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An open letter to John Ashcroft
Posted By Jack Cashill On 08/10/2001 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Dear Mr. Ashcroft,
If my memory serves me, I have voted for you at least four times. I have staked your signs in my yard. I even shared a dais with you last year and a meal. I spoke to the audience that evening on the Elian raid and the demise of the Department of Justice. Little did either of us expect that you would soon be heading up that same department.
Like millions of Americans, I cheered you through the confirmation process. Though not overly mystical, I saw a divine hand in the torturous process that brought you there, and I still do. I think you are at Justice for a purpose.
Your staff, however, must not. They are serving you badly. From the beginning of my involvement in the investigation of TWA Flight 800, I have been sending a key member of your staff all relevant information. He has been encouraging, if a bit patronizing, and has even called me a “good citizen.” This information he has referred on to the Criminal Division.
Knowing how Washington responds to pressure, my partner in this investigation, James Sanders, and I have been encouraging the readers of our WorldNetDaily series to contact your office and that of Dan Burton. We believe that of all the agencies in Washington your respective offices are the only ones from which we can hope for justice.
A few days ago, we saw for the first time how the Criminal Division was responding to these letters, and we were appalled. I did not know that WorldNetDaily would publish that letter before I had a chance to discuss it with your office privately, but now that they have, I think it best to respond openly.
“The [WorldNetDaily] articles have been reviewed in this Section,” wrote Executive Officer Gwendolyn L. Turner, “and we have found no credible evidence in them 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.”
Might I ask you, Mr. Ashcroft, to inquire as to exactly what kind of review took place? I have been working on this project for six months. James Sanders has been working on it for five years, as have hundreds of aviation professionals. How much time did the Criminal Division spend? A day? A few hours? Why did no one at Justice contact any of us? I am sure you can understand how dismissive and insulting this letter sounds to all of us.
If you choose to redirect the energies of the Criminal Division, you might have them address the following questions:
Every salient bit of evidence in this investigation has been compromised or corrupted. As you can see, these are questions that some still within Justice might not want raised, let alone answered.
To be sure, Ms. Turner does acknowledge in her letter that “the cause of the explosion in the wing tank may never be determined to a mathematical certainty.” But she fails to share with the readers the New York Times revelation, four weeks after the crash, that analysis of the recovered center wing tank and the debris field, as well as the finding of explosive residue all over the plane, “deals a serious blow to the already remote possibility that a mechanical accident caused the crash.”
The Times also reported that “by keeping open the possibility of a malfunction, safety board investigators can continue to pursue all possibilities, no matter how remote.” Four years and $40 million later that possibility was even more remote still. No “mathematical certainty” indeed.
Mr. Ashcroft, I feel deeply that you have been sent to Justice for a purpose. I don’t presume to know what that purpose is, but I am hopeful that if you give Mr. Sanders and myself two hours of your time, it might just become clear.
– Jack Cashill
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