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Warren Peterson writes on Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Good reasons why Shanksville tapes not released
ABOUT a month ago I e-mailed you about my skepticism involving any shoot down of Flight 93. There are some details associated with cockpit voice recorders (CVR) and tower tapes which might help you not go down the conspiracy road.
I have taken the Federal Aviation Administration's basic crash investigation course and one very important detail is overlooked by the media and law enforcement.
The CVR tapes are not to be released to the public and are only for crash investigation purposes, it's the law. When people hear a tape on the news reports it is not the CVR, they are hearing the tower tapes -- the conversations between Air Traffic Control and the crew on the aircraft.
The media is obsessed with airplane accidents and show their ignorance whenever these events happen. When you hear an "I love you mom" while the plane is going down on the television, it is the tower tapes, which are not protected by law, that you are hearing.
My guess is that the FBI clown is not even aware of this and is using his law enforcement training when he says they are not going to be released because of an ongoing investigation.
They are not to be released, period!
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David Irving answers:
YES, thank you for that information; I was aware that the pilots' professional association had enforced the adoption of a law rendering the contents of cockpit voice records sacred and protected, never to be released, for reasons of common decency; and I am sometimes puzzled that newspaper reporters don't seem to know this. Even so, there seem to be urgent reasons why independent outsiders should be allowed to scrutinize these tapes, in the same manner that the NTSB officials can.