- Independent investigator James Sanders has new evidence
that could amount to smoking gun proof of a cover-up in the investigation
into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
- While on Long Island this week to interview eyewitnesses
to America's worst unexplained air disaster, Sanders tipped NewsMax.com
to his latest find -- photographs of crash investigators tampering with
key evidence as they reassembled the plane's carcass at Long Island's Calverton
- It was four years ago next Monday that the jumbo jet
exploded in a ball of flame off Center Moriches, Long Island. Hundreds
of eyewitnesses said they saw something streaking towards the ill-fated
airliner just seconds before the fireball erupted.
- Sanders himself was prosecuted last year for receiving
seat fabric from the reconstructed plane from a TWA employee, which he
promptly had analysed by a California lab. The result? The red streaks
on the fabric were found to be consistent with rocket fuel residue.
- When the government claimed the residue was glue, the
mainstream press looked the other way -- denying him the vindication that
would have rendered any prosecution moot. Both Sanders and his wife Elizabeth
were found guilty of conspiracy by a New York court last April. They are
currently appealing their convictions.
- But after Sanders goes public with his new TWA 800 evidence
next week, government officials may find they have a lot of explaining
to do. For four years the FBI and NTSB have maintained there was no compelling
physical evidence that showed the plane was hit by a missile, arguing instead
that TWA 800 went down after the center fuel tank exploded.
- But Sanders told NewsMax.com late Monday, "I now
have photos showing investigators in the process of bending the metal down
so that they could say the explosion was caused by an internal event."
- The new cache of evidence sounds voluminous. "It's
stacks of pictures and documents, I think it must be about a half pound
worth of material," Sanders said.
- Next Monday, on the anniversary of the crash, the Association
of Retired Aviation Professionals is holding a press conference in Washington,
DC where Sanders will reveal the photos and other compelling documentary
evidence pointing to a cover-up.
- If the photos are as dramatic as they sound, it may not
be so easy this time for the mainstream press to bury their heads in the
- Sanders has authored two books on the TWA 800 crash,
which can be purchased at NewsMax.com's bookstore: The Downing of TWA Flight
800 and Altered Evidence.
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