Recently, presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a graduation speech at a small high school. The speech might have gone unnoticed, if not for which school it was. In a poignant feature, young writer Stephanie Farr asks, “Who remembers Montoursville?” In answer to her rhetorical question, here is a list of names that remember: James Sanders, Jack Cashill, Dr. Thomas Stalcup, Graeme Sephton, Capt. Ray Lahr, and Tom Kovach. There are others, but space and memory limitations prevent me from listing them here. As long as we are remembering, though, we cannot overlook “The Truth Warrior,” the late William Donaldson (Lt. Cmdr., USN, Ret.).
For those that do not immediately recognize the name of that small town in north-central Pennsylvania, it was the home of an ill-fated high school French club that was on its way to an annual summer field trip in Paris. The club (16 students and five chaperones) was flying aboard TWA Flight 800 when it exploded in midair just south of Long Island in July of 1996. Montoursville, Pa., gained sudden notoriety as the home of the largest single group of victims of the deadliest airline disaster in United States history.
One of the Montoursville parents, Donald Nibert, was quoted in the recent article. Years ago, after my column that helped to debunk the government’s “dog story” (which attempted to explain away the presence of the RDX and PETN explosive residues in the wreckage), Mr. Nibert e-mailed me to ask that I never stop searching for the truth. And, to the best of my ability, I’ve kept that promise. So have the others listed above.
But, we have grown frustrated. Despite numerous pleas by several writers, no other eyewitnesses have come forth. Given the complexity of the situation surrounding the crash, and the Navy’s documented presence in the vicinity, it seems logical that someone in the Navy would have come forward with information by now. Last year, the tenth anniversary came and went with little hope of refreshing the trail of clues, nor of renewing public interest in Flight 800. Sadly, the public wants to know more about some porn star’s three-day jail stint for DUI than about an extensive government cover-up of the missile strike against an airliner with 230 innocent civilians aboard.
But, then, Rudy Giuliani went to Montoursville.
As the mayor of the city from which Flight 800 had taken off, only a few minutes before the explosion, it was sensible that he had visited Montoursville soon after the 1996 crash. And, if we are to believe the current reports, he was invited back this year to make a “non-political” graduation speech. But, the fact remains Rudy Giuliani is a presidential candidate. And, as such, he has re-injected the questions about Flight 800 into the presidential campaign dialogues. Just as the crash may have been the “unintended consequence” of a Navy attempt to prevent the downing of the airliner by terrorists, it seems Mr. Giuliani’s visit to Montoursville may have the unintended consequence of shining a spotlight on a topic that has been buried by presidents of two different political parties.
And, within recent days, Fred Thompson has announced his official “test the waters” committee for a presidential run. As an attorney helping the U.S. Senate committee investigating the Watergate affair, Thompson is credited with that famous question, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” If he is elected as the next president of the United States, would that same Fred Thompson help the American public answer that question regarding President Bill Clinton and his knowledge of the true cause of the Flight 800 disaster?
Election speculations notwithstanding, it is not likely Thompson or Giuliani would order the declassification of information known to exist about the destruction of Flight 800. Two examples come to mind instantly. First, the report of Dr. Wetli, the medical examiner of Suffolk County, N.Y., at the time of the crash. His report was confiscated by the FBI, put under a national-security classification of Secret, and was the subject of a years-long lawsuit by Graeme Sephton under the Freedom of Information Act. (A lawsuit that, notably, was ignored by the “lamestream” news media.) The other example was a reference by a three-star Air Force general, during a public speech, to the existence of satellite infrared images of the Flight 800 explosion. Those images are classified Top Secret. Given that Thompson is a member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations, it is not likely he would release information that could help to imprison fellow CFR members Sandy Berger and Bill Clinton. (Giuliani, although not listed as a CFR member, is certainly working to advance a globalist program.)
So, although a high-profile presidential candidate recently made a trip to “remember Montoursville,” this writer is confident that most candidates will soon do their best to forget it. Thanks for the speech, Mr. Giuliani. We might forget what you said, but we will long remember the people that brought you to the place where you said it.
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Tom Kovach lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written for several online publications. He recently published his first book. Kovach is also an inventor, a horse wrangler, a certified paralegal and a former talk-radio host. To learn more, visit: www.TomKovach.us.