Our government left us out there to die and when we all didn’t die they
ordered us to lie! We gave our information freely and willingly. Our government
broke our hearts, they broke our trust. They broke us like match sticks and
threw us all to the wind. The United States Government is just as guilty of
murdering Americans as the Zionist murderers are. All of them from LBJ to the
new president should be brought up on charges of aiding and abetting
- 'The USS Liberty': America's Most Shameful
NEW YORK – On the
fourth day of the 1967 Arab Israeli War, the intelligence ship 'USS Liberty' was
steaming slowly in international waters, 14 miles off the Sinai Peninsula.
Israeli armored forces were racing deep into Sinai in hot pursuit of the
retreating Egyptian army.
'Liberty,' a World
War II freighter, had been converted into an intelligence vessel by the
top-secret US National Security Agency, and packed with the latest signals and
electronic interception equipment. The ship bristled with antennas and
electronic 'ears' including TRSSCOMM, a system that delivered real-time
intercepts to Washington by bouncing a stream of microwaves off the
'Liberty' had been
rushed to Sinai to monitor communications of the belligerents in the Third Arab
Israeli War: Israel and her foes, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.
At 0800 hrs, 8
June, 1967, eight Israeli recon flights flew over 'Liberty,' which was flying a
large American flag. At 1400 hrs, waves of low-flying Israeli Mystere and
Mirage-III fighter-bombers repeatedly attacked the American vessel with rockets,
napalm, and cannon. The air attacks lasted 20 minutes, concentrating on the
ship's electronic antennas and dishes. The 'Liberty' was left afire, listing
sharply. Eight of her crew lay dead, a hundred seriously wounded, including the
captain, Commander William McGonagle.
At 1424 hrs, three
Israeli torpedo boats attacked, raking the burning 'Liberty' with 20mm and 40mm
shells. At 1431hrs an Israeli torpedo hit the 'Liberty' midship, precisely where
the signals intelligence systems were located. Twenty-five more Americans
circled the wounded 'Liberty,' firing at crewmen trying to fight the fires. At
1515, the crew were ordered to abandon ship. The Israeli warships closed and
poured machine gun fire into the crowded life rafts, sinking two. As American
sailors were being massacred in cold blood, a rescue mission by US Sixth Fleet
carrier aircraft was mysteriously aborted on orders from the White
An hour after the
attack, Israeli warships and planes returned. Commander McGonagle gave the
order. 'prepare to repel borders.' But the Israelis, probably fearful of
intervention by the US Sixth Fleet, departed. 'Liberty' was left shattered but
still defiant, her flag flying.
The Israeli attacks
killed 34 US seamen and wounded 171 out of a crew of 297, the worst loss of
American naval personnel from hostile action since World War II.
Less than an hour
after the attack, Israel told Washington its forces had committed a 'tragic
error.' Later, Israel claimed it had mistaken 'Liberty' for an ancient Egyptian
horse transport. US Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, and Joint Chiefs of Staff
head, Admiral Thomas Moorer, insisted the Israeli attack was deliberate and
designed to sink 'Liberty.' So did three CIA reports; one asserted Israel's
Defense Minister, Gen. Moshe Dayan, had personally ordered the
In contrast to
American outrage over North Korea's assault on the intelligence ship 'Pueblo,'
Iraq's mistaken missile strike on the USS 'Stark,' last fall's bombing of the
USS 'Cole' in Aden, and the recent US-China air incident, the savaging of
'Liberty' was quickly hushed up by President Lyndon Johnson and Defense
Secretary Robert McNamara.
The White House and
Congress immediately accepted Israel's explanation and let the matter drop.
Israel later paid a token reparation of US $6 million. There were reports two
Israeli pilots who had refused to attack 'Liberty' were jailed for 18
crew members would not be silenced. They kept demanding an open inquiry and
tried to tell their story of deliberate attack to the media. Israel's government
worked behind the scenes to thwart these efforts, going so far as having
American pro-Israel groups accuse 'Liberty's' survivors of being 'anti-Semites'
and 'Israel-haters.' Major TV networks cancelled interviews with the crew. A
book about the 'Liberty' by crewman James Ennes' was dropped from distribution.
The Israel lobby branded him 'an Arab propagandist.'
The attack on
'Liberty' was fading into obscurity until last week, when intelligence expert
James Bamford came out with Body
of Secrets, his latest book about the National Security Agency.
In a stunning revelation, Bamford writes that unknown to Israel, a US Navy
EC-121 intelligence aircraft was flying high overhead the 'Liberty,'
electronically recorded the attack. The US aircraft crew provides evidence that
the Israeli pilots knew full well that they were attacking a US Navy ship flying
the American flag.
Why did Israel try
to sink a naval vessel of its benefactor and ally? Most likely because
'Liberty's' intercepts flatly contradicted Israel's claim, made at the war's
beginning on 5 June, that Egypt had attacked Israel, and that Israel's massive
air assault on three Arab nations was in retaliation. In fact, Israel began the
war by a devastating, Pearl-Harbor style surprise attack that caught the Arabs
in bed and destroyed their entire air forces.
Israel was also
preparing to attack Syria to seize its strategic Golan Heights. Washington
warned Israel not to invade Syria, which had remained inactive while Israel
fought Egypt. Bamford says Israel's offensive against Syria was abruptly
postponed when 'Liberty' appeared off Sinai, then launched once it was knocked
out of action. Israel's claim that Syria had attacked it could have been
disproved by 'Liberty.'
'Liberty's' intercepts may have shown that Israel seized upon sharply rising
Arab-Israeli tensions in May-June 1967 to launch a long-planned war to invade
and annex the West Bank, Jerusalem, Golan and Sinai.
Far more shocking
was Washington's response. Writes Bamford: 'Despite the overwhelming evidence
that Israel attacked the ship and killed American servicemen deliberately, the
Johnson Administration and Congress covered up the entire incident.'
Johnson, a man never noted for high moral values, preferred to cover up the
attack rather than anger a key constituency and major financial backer of the
Democratic Party. Congress was even less eager to touch this 'third rail'
was quietly awarded the Medal of Honor for his and his men's heroism – not in
the White House, as is usual, but in an obscure ceremony at the Washington Navy
Yard. Crew member's graves were inscribed, 'died in the Eastern Mediterranean..'
as if they had be killed by disease, rather than hostile action.
A member of
President Johnson's staff believed there was a more complex reason for the
cover-up: Johnson offered Jewish liberals unconditional backing of Israel, and a
cover-up of the 'Liberty' attack, in exchange for the liberal toning down their
strident criticism of his policies in the then raging Vietnam
claims it fought a war of self defense in 1967 and had no prior territorial
ambitions, will be much displeased by Bamford's revelations. Those who believe
Israel illegally occupies the West Bank and Golan will be
important, the US government's long, disgraceful cover-up of the premeditated
attack on 'Liberty' has now burst into the open and demands full-scale
investigation. After 34 years, the voices of 'Liberty's' dead and wounded seamen
must finally be heard.
Copyright Eric S.
- Forty years later, I now know why they didn’t
send us to the Island of Crete, (only a few days away) rather than Malta, which
took five–There wouldn’t have been enough time for them to scare the crew into
- But today is a different day than was
yesterday. Like the Americans who swarmed on the British like hornets as
America’s enemies burned the town of Concord in 1775, we will not take it
anymore. Not one inch, not one ounce. Not one millimeter. This is our country,
the place where we and our loved ones and friends live and we will not disown or
dishonor it for anyone, and especially not for a foreign country that has
attacked us on many occasions. It is 1775 and the Minutemen have heard the call
and are grabbing their muskets and powder horns and we will not finish until it
is all done, and like what happened at Lexington Bridge over 200 years ago, this
is the shot heard round the world.
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