"One month after the explosion, chemists at the FBI crime laboratory in Washington found traces of PETN, an explosive component of bombs and surface-to-air missiles. However, on November 18, 1997, the FBI closed its investigation by announcing that "no evidence has been found which would indicate that a criminal act was the cause of the tragedy of TWA flight 800."
TWA Flight 800 was a United States commercial jetliner that crashed off Long Island in 1996. Below is a partial timeline.
This is the best early example of a large number of people in government agreeing to present inaccurate information to the public "for the public's own good".
As commercial air wars start to develop, this deception by "safety agencies", supposedly in the public interest, will cause more problems than it solves.
The opportunistic deception of the "authorities" is a feature of melting pot societies. They present themselves as serving the public interest, but they actually are depending on public stupidity, which they encourage, and simply promoting their own authority with regard to facts and secrecy.
July 3 1988 Iran Air flight 655 is shot down by the USS Vincennes under the command of William C. Rogers III.
The United States excreted a mass of subterfuge in defense of the slaughter.
"When questioned in a 2000 BBC documentary, the U.S. government stated in a written answer that they believed the incident may have been caused by a simultaneous psychological condition among the 18 bridge crew of Vincennes called "scenario fulfillment", which is said to occur when persons are under pressure. In such a situation, the men will carry out a training scenario, believing it to be reality while ignoring sensory information that contradicts the scenario. In the case of this incident, the scenario was an attack by a lone military aircraft."
Nevertheless, the cause of the incident was clear.
"Craig, Morales and Oliver, in a slide presentation published in M.I.T.'s Spring 2004 Aeronautics & Astronautics as the "USS Vincennes Incident", commented that Captain Rogers had "an undeniable and unequivocal tendency towards what I call 'picking a fight.'" ":
"... Finally, in another fateful decision, he crosses the 12-nautical-mile (22 km) limit off the coast and enters illegally into Iranian waters" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655
The commander of the Vincennes later wrote a book about the incident. Reviews of the book give more information from different perspectives https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Center-Vincennes-Personal-Terrorism/product-reviews/1557507279/
August 7 1988 George Bush makes a comment that is generally interpreted as his response to Iranian outrage over the killing.
"The U.S. government issued notes of regret for the loss of human lives, but never formally apologized or acknowledged wrongdoing. George H. W. Bush, the vice president of the United States at the time commented on a separate occasion, speaking to a group of Republican ethnic leaders (7 Aug 1988) said: "I will never apologize for the United States — I don't care what the facts are... I'm not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." The quote, although unrelated to the downing of the Iranian air liner, has been attributed as such." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655
December 21 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 crashes near Lockerbie Scotland. At least 4 of the 243 passengers have been identified as government employees traveling on some sort of official business.
"Matthew Gannon, the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, was sitting in Clipper Class, Pan Am's version of business class, seat 14J. Major Chuck "Tiny" McKee, a US Army officer returning from an assignment with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Beirut, sat behind Gannon in the centre aisle, seat 15F. Two Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents were also on board, acting as bodyguards to Gannon and McKee." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103
March 10 1989 A bomb explodes in a vehicle owned by the commander of the Vincennes.
“Nine months after the downing of Iran Air Flight 655, on the morning of March 10, 1989, Rogers' wife Sharon escaped uninjured when a pipe bomb exploded and set fire to her minivan as she sat stopped at a red light across the street from the University Towne Center shopping mall in San Diego. The van was registered in the name of Will Rogers III, and many people at the time of the bombing suspected that terrorism was involved. Five months later, the Associated Press reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had shifted focus away from terrorism towards the possibility of someone with a personal vendetta against Capt. Rogers. As of 2003, the bombing of Rogers' van remains an unsolved case, despite a major investigation involving at some time up to 300 police and FBI agents. On February 17, 1993, the case was featured on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries, but no additional information was uncovered.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_C._Rogers_III
The relevance of the ‘bomb’, and the context, are meaningful. Evidence suggests that the bomb was an attempt, by various U.S. individuals, to defuse a growing tension with Iran. There were enough mistakes made by the ‘bomber’, as well as complimentary mistakes made by the supposed ‘investigators’ that it is clear the two sides are trying to go in the same direction. Whether that itself was a ploy would not be hard to ascertain by any interested person or group.
Early 1990s Interest in the Flight 655 downing starts to pick up again.
"Nunn Wants to Reopen Inquiry into Vincennes' Gulf Location. Washington Times, 4 July 1992. Abstract: Senator Sam Nunn called on the Pentagon to probe allegations that the Navy "deliberately misled Congress" about the location of the USS Vincennes when it shot down an Iranian civilian airliner four years ago."
February 1996 The United States pays $131.8 million to Iran through the International court of Justice. Iranian rhetoric regarding the incident becomes stronger. The United States never makes any effort to publicly punish the commander who shot down the plane.
July 17 1996 TWA Flight 800 crashes near Long Island, NY. Numerous witnesses say they saw two missiles launched and there are abundant witnesses to the event as it occurred. The FBI sent 80 agents to interview witnesses, but did not record the witness statements, and later changed some of the statements, irking some of those witnesses. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800
Numerous books, websites and videos have been made about the TWA Flight 800 downing. The evidence points strongly to a deliberate act by individuals on the fringes of the U.S. government acting to 'balance' tensions with Iran and its subordinate powers e.g. Hezbollah.
All the United States had to do was admit it made a mistake in killing a large number of civilians, arrange some sort of accountability for the guilty, and there would have been no problem.
Instead justice was left to a mafia of outsiders.