Editor’s note: In his extraordinary new DVD documentary, “Mega Fix,” Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Jack Cashill traces the roots of Sept. 11 to the political exploitation of terror investigations by the Clinton White House in the desperate 1995-1996 election cycle. This 8-part series began in Oklahoma City and today moves to the coast of Long Island.
On July 17, 1996 – Liberation Day in Saddam’s Iraq and two days before the Atlanta Olympics – at least 270 people see streaking objects zigzagging off the horizon and culminating in the destruction of TWA Flight 800 off the south coast of Long Island.
At the time of the crash, Richard Clarke is serving as chairman of the Coordinating Security Group on terrorism. Within 30 minutes of the plane’s crash, Clarke tells us, he convenes a meeting of the CSG in the White House situation room.
“The FAA,” Clarke reports, is “at a total loss for an explanation. The flight path and the cockpit communications were normal. The aircraft climbed to 17,000 feet, then there was no aircraft.”
In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration does have an explanation. Its radar operators in New York saw on their screens an unknown object “merging” with TWA 800 in the seconds before the crash and rushed the radar data to Washington. For reasons that will become clear later, Clarke also deceives the reader about the altitude of TWA 800. The last altitude the FAA actually recorded was about 13,700 feet. This is easily verified and beyond debate.
And remember the concept of planes as bombs, Ramzi Yousef and the Bojinka-related plot? President Clinton, in fact, reviews these plans in the summer of 1996, after TWA Flight 800 has been destroyed. U.S. Air Force Col. Buzz Patterson, who carried the “nuclear football” for the president, relates in his book, “Dereliction of Duty,” that he was returning a daily intelligence update from the president’s desk to the National Security Council when he notices the heading “Operation Bojinka.” He keys on a reference to “a plot to use commercial airliners as weapons.” As a pilot, he has a keen interest in the same.
About four weeks after the crash, based on his own rough timeline, Richard Clarke visits the site of the TWA 800 investigation on Long Island. There he casually stops to talk to a technician, who shares with Clarke the astounding fact that, despite all evidence to the contrary, an exploding fuel tank destroyed TWA Flight 800.
That same day, Clarke tells us he returns to Washington and breathlessly shares his exploding fuel tank theory with Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and NSA Director Tony Lake, even sketching the 747 design.
“Does the NTSB agree with you?” Lake asks Clarke.
“Not yet,” says Clarke. In one chance stroll through the hangar, the amateur Clarke discovers something the National Transportation Safety Board has not yet discovered itself.
Clarke then adds the telling comment: “We were all cautiously encouraged.” They are “encouraged” because the political people do not want to face the consequences of terrorism. It could derail their cakewalk to re-election.
At this same time in the investigation, however, the FBI is ignoring the politics. Its agents are telling the New York Times that explosive residue has been found throughout the plane and especially along the right wing. Plus, the FBI’s Washington lab has identified the residue as PETN, a component of either missiles or bombs. The same Times article calls the finding “a serious blow to the already remote possibility that a mechanical accident caused the crash.”
Something has to give, and it’s the FBI. On Aug. 22, future 9-11 commissioner Jamie Gorelick – as the Clintons’ deputy attorney general she was also field commander at Oklahoma City – summons the FBI’s Jim Kallstrom to Washington for a Come-to-Jesus meeting.
Kallstrom has been a good soldier the past five weeks. He’s kept all talk of eyewitnesses and satellites and radar and missiles out of the news. But the evidence has led him to a terrorist scenario of some sort, and there’s no easy way to turn back.
No account of the meeting provides any more than routine detail, but behaviors begin to change immediately, especially after the New York Times breaks a headline story the next day, top right, above the fold – “Prime Evidence Found That Device Exploded in Cabin of Flight 800.” This article steals the thunder from Clinton’s election-driven approval of welfare reform in that same day’s paper and threatens to undermine the whole peace and prosperity mantra of the Democratic convention just days away.
From this point on, the administration spends all its energies making Clarke’s exploding fuel tank theory stick. When the FBI is forced to change its story, so does the New York Times. And America lets its guard down once more.
About Mega Fix: In this stunning, surprisingly entertaining, 90-minute DVD video documentary, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Jack Cashill traces the roots of Sept. 11 to the perfect storm of disinformation that surrounded the Clintons’ desperate drive for the White House in the years 1995-1996.
Cashill leads the viewer from Oklahoma City to Dubrovnik, where Ron Brown’s plane crashed, to the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia to the destruction of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island to the Olympic Park bombing.
As Cashill proves beyond dispute in this DVD, these are not multiple conspiracies, but all part of one major political fix, the mother of all fixes … the Mega Fix.