- Press Conference
- The press conference began at 10:30am with a family member,
Marge Gross, who lost her brother on the flight, expressing her belief
that the NTSB and FBI were not telling the truth about the loss of Flight
800. She also related a story about how FBI Deputy Director Kallstrom,
early in the investigation, told her "It was definitely a missile,
but I'll deny it if you quote me." She said she was stunned, but
that there were other witnesses present who could corroborate her story.
- Next was Master Chief Dwight Brumley, the passenger on
USAir Flight 217, who saw a streak of light coming from behind his plane
(the USAir flight), going faster than Flight 217, end in a small explosion
that subsequently grew to a large fireball. His aircraft was traveling
approximately north and Flight 800 was traveling east. The CIA distorted
his statement, after reading a short FBI 302 form, and said his view of
the streak was consistent with the flight path of Flight 800. In fact,
his view of the streak was at a 90-degree angle to Flight 800's path and
could not have been the burning aircraft as claimed by the CIA.
- Next was Michael Wire, the eyewitness on a bridge. Although
only the FBI interviewed him, the CIA based their entire video discrediting
the eyewitnesses, on his written FBI 302 statement. Mr. Wire stated that
the CIA video bears no resemblance to what he saw. He proceeded to describe
seeing a flare rapidly rise from the surface, arcing up leaving a squiggly
smoke trail, and then disappear for a second and erupting into an explosion.
During the Q&A it was clear that what the CIA video showed was not
what Mr. Wire saw.
- Next was James Sanders who presented photographs from
the Calverton hanger. He discussed how metal was bent during the reconstruction
to fit the CWT explosion theory. He presented quite a few photographs
with a discussion of how the missile went through the aircraft.
- Next came Tom Stalcup, president of FIRO, Flight 800
Independent Researchers Organization. Tom gave a discussion of the eyewitness
evidence and provided some examples along with the statistics related to
the witness forms. He also discussed the lawsuit filed by FIRO to force
the FBI to release information.
- Last was Cmdr. Donaldson who spoke passionately about
his reasons for pursuing this investigation and the evidence that is being
ignored by the NTSB - the failure of the left wing due to asymmetrical
damage which is completely inconsistent with the CWT theory and completely
consistent with the China Lake military expert's report that recommended
the FBI fire live stinger missiles into the #2 left wing tank to see if
it matched the damage to the left upper wing skin. The expert suggested
this is the only explanation for the damage found on the left wing.
- Finally, there was an open Q&A session with active
participation in by numerous reporters present. For an hour and a half
after the conference all of the presenters were sought out for one on one
- At the end of the session, AIM filmed each of the presenters
for a documentary on the tragedy.
- Cmdr. Donaldson's interview with Paula Zahn was cancelled
late this afternoon to provide more coverage of Hillary Clinton's alleged
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