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Filmmaker responds to Justice
Posted By Julie Foster On 08/09/2001 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
In an open letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft, filmmaker Jack Cashill responds to the Justice Department’s rejection of his work presenting compelling evidence that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by a missile.
As reported by WorldNetDaily, Executive Officer Gwendolyn L. Turner of the DOJ’s criminal division responded in writing to a WND reader’s inquiry about the filmmaker’s work.
Cashill’s five-part series for WND detailing evidence of a missile attack against the Boeing 747 suggested various government agencies covered up such evidence. The series concluded with an encouragement for readers to forward the articles to the DOJ, asking for answers to many unanswered questions in the case. Turner’s response to those who did so, WND has learned, was sent to several inquirers.
It said the agency “found no credible evidence in [the articles] to substantiate Mr. Cashill’s conclusion that the federal agencies attempting to ascertain the cause of the destruction of TWA Flight 800, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), were engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.”
The filmmaker said he is “appalled” by Turner’s response and asks Ashcroft exactly what kind of review the criminal division made of the articles.
“How much time did the Criminal Division spend? A day? A few hours? Why did no one at Justice contact any of us?” asks Cashill in his open letter to the attorney general. “I am sure you can understand how dismissive and insulting this letter sounds to all of us.”
His letter lists more than 20 unanswered questions surrounding the tragedy. Some of those questions deal with the FBI’s loss of all documents related to shrapnel removed from 89 of the victims, missing eye-witness drawings of the plane’s explosion and descent and the erasure of the flight-data recorder’s final four seconds.
“Every salient bit of evidence in this investigation has been compromised or corrupted,” Cashill’s letter continues. “As you can see, these are questions that some still within Justice might not want raised, let alone answered.”
He concludes the letter by asking Ashcroft to meet with him and fellow researcher Jim Sanders, who has spent five years looking into the crash.
Sanders is featured in Cashill’s hour-long video documentary titled “Silenced: Flight 800 and the Subversion of Justice.” The video looks into different explanations and theories about the catastrophe and gives voice to witnesses the FBI, NTSB and CIA chose not to hear. From tampered and stolen evidence to de-bunked theories about the plane’s post-explosion trajectory and the modification of eyewitness testimonies, “Silenced” showcases the startling – many consider overwhelming – evidence discounted or ignored by government officials.
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