The National Transportation Safety Board has a story and it’s sticking to it no matter what.

The government agency claims American Airlines Flight 587 just fell apart in the sky inexplicably Nov. 12, over Belle Harbor, New York. No explosions. No evidence of sabotage.

There’s just one problem with the explanation. The NTSB is ignoring, once again, eyewitness reports to the contrary. Not just ignoring them, mind you, the NTSB, the FBI and other investigators are not even showing enough interest in them to interview the eyewitnesses.

This is a familiar scenario. We saw the same thing happen after TWA Flight 800. Hundreds of eyewitnesses reports were either discounted, distorted or ignored. The government had made up its mind what happened and it wasn’t about to let the facts get in the way of its official cover story.

History is repeating itself with Flight 587.

“No tail fell off, not before the explosion,” retired firefighter Tom Lynch told Steve Dunleavy of the New York Post. “I swear to that.”

Lynch describes watching the plane on a clear day – just staring directly at it while it banked.

“It made a bank turn and suddenly there was an explosion, orange and black, on the right-hand side of the fuselage,” he said. “It was a small explosion, about half the size of a car. The plane kept on going straight for about two or three seconds as if nothing happened, then ‘vwoof’ – the second, big explosion on the right wing, orange and black. It was only then that the plane fell apart. It was after the explosion and I’m telling you, the tail was there until the second explosion.”

Lynch says he knows 13 other eyewitnesses who saw the same thing.

But here’s the kicker: Lynch called the FBI, the NTSB, Rep. Anthony Weiner and Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.

“I got no response from anyone,” he says.

This is an all-too-familiar story. We heard it with TWA Flight 800 – over and over and over again. You can catch up on that story by reading the latest of some excellent work by filmmaker Jack Cashill and author James Sanders for WorldNetDaily.

But this is too important to allow the truth to be swept under the rug. America is in a war. We cannot fight that war without knowing the truth about what we are up against. America needs the facts. The government has no business soft-pedaling the threat we face as a nation.

Is Lynch’s story credible?

According to the New York Post column, Jim Conrad, a retired police lieutenant, coincidentally met Lynch in a dentist’s office a week after the crash of Flight 587.

“I saw exactly what Tom saw,” he says. “I was near a stop light at the Marine Parkway Bridge. First, the small explosion. The plane kept on going, tail intact, then the big explosion and the plane nose-dived. The first thing I said was: ‘The bastards did it again.'”

Conrad, of course, was referring to the terrorists. But he could well be referring to our own government if the American people permit investigators, for whatever reason, to perpetrate another cover-up.

If you think this can’t happen in America, if you think this hasn’t already happened in America, I have some advice for you: I urge you to see the video documentary produced by Cashill and Sanders called “Silenced: Flight 800 and the Subversion of Justice.” You will never believe again that it can’t happen in America.

You can say eyewitnesses are not always reliable. You can choose not to believe your own eyes if you choose. But, is there any excuse for the government investigators to deliberately ignore evidence in such high-profile disasters – disasters that could relate directly to our national security?

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