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How the FBI, CIA, and NYT Collaborated to Sway the 1996 Election

Posted by M. C. Fox on June 1, 2018

Hovering above TWA 800 the moment it exploded was a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion with its transponder off.  The P-3 plays a critical role in missile tests relaying information among the various “combatants,” in this instance a cruiser and three subs that were in the “immediate vicinity” of the crash site.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/05/how_the_fbi_cia_and_nyt_collaborated_to_sway_the_1996_election.html

By Jack Cashill

The gold standard of government conspiracy remains the investigation into the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the south coast of Long Island.  The ensuing cover-up involved many of the same players as in the Russia conspiracy and for the same immediate goal: to secure a presidential election for a Clinton.

As with the Russia scandal, not all the collaborators in the TWA 800 case were equally motivated or equally powerful.  The White House drove the conspiracy through its Justice Department.  The CIA executed it without conscience.  The FBI grudgingly yielded to the CIA.  And the New York Times dutifully reported what the FBI whispered in its reporters’ ears…

The FBI talked almost exclusively to the Times.  Reporters treasure such close connections with a source.  The knowledge gleaned from these sources elevates the status of their newspapers and, more to the point, burnishes the star of the reporter within the newspaper.

If reporters have an inside source that talks only to them, they will often shape the news to avoid alienating that source.  In fact, it is the rare reporter who can resist manipulation by a key source, especially if the source is telling a story that suits the politics of the newsroom.

This pattern of seduction and manipulation seems to have shaped the reporting in the Russia investigation as well.  How else to explain a Times headline as implausible and borderline comic as “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims”?…

At the FBI’s direction, the Times ran an above-the-fold, front-page headline on August 23, 1996, “Prime Evidence Found That Device Exploded in Cabin of TWA 800.”  The conspirators had settled on a bomb as a sellable and less scary explanation than a missile.  For weeks, at the FBI’s direction, the Times ran stories about explosive residue found throughout the plane…

Hovering above TWA 800 the moment it exploded was a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion with its transponder off.  The P-3 plays a critical role in missile tests relaying information among the various “combatants,” in this instance a cruiser and three subs that were in the “immediate vicinity” of the crash site.

Times readers never knew that the P-3 was there.  The Times never asked any Naval officer a single question.  Indeed, by November 1996, its editors and reporters were openly mocking anyone who suggested Navy involvement.

The collaborators had one final challenge before they could close the investigation: how to explain the 250-plus eyewitnesses – including military people, pilots, fishermen, and at least one person with a video camera  – who saw a missile or missiles strike the 747.  Someone near the top of this conspiracy took the task away from an untrustworthy FBI and assigned it to the CIA, specifically two CIA analysts who had no relevant expertise…

As troubling as the TWA 800 investigation was, the Russia case appears to be more troubling still.  TWA 800 was a conspiracy of concealment.  These are commonplace in all governments everywhere.

The Russia case involves a conspiracy of concealment, the Hillary investigation, and a much less common conspiracy of execution, the Trump investigation.  Neither conspiracy could ever have succeeded without the cooperation of the major media, the New York Times in particular.

There are, however, two major differences between 1996 and 2016, and they will affect the outcome of the Russia case.  One is the internet.  The other is Donald Trump.  Here is hoping the collapse of the latter conspiracy will lead to the exposure of the former.

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