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THE ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY

HERE ARE SOME RELEVANT QUOTES:

            “During the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, the U.S. electronic and intelligence research vessel ‘Liberty’ was cruising in international waters in the Mediterranean [Sea] and was suddenly attacked by Israeli torpedo boats and jet aircraft.  The attack, which lasted almost two hours, killed 34 American sailors and wounded 171.

            A U.S. naval court of inquiry found that the ‘Liberty’ was, without question, in international waters; the weather was clear; the ship’s identity plainly marked and the U.S. flag waving in the wind.”  – Andrew Hurley in his book, One Nation Under Israel

“When the circumstances of the attack [on the USS Liberty] became known, an elaborate conspiracy of secrecy was organized from President Johnson on down to cover up the extent of Israel’s involvement and to keep from the American people the deliberate nature of the Israeli attack.” – Andrew Hurley in his book, One Nation Under Israel

            “Twenty-six years have passed since that clear day on June 8, 1967 when Israel attacked the USS Liberty with aircraft and torpedo boats, killing 34 young men and wounding 171.  The attack in international waters followed over nine hours of close surveillance.  Israeli pilots circled the ship at low level [i.e., at low altitudes] 13 times BEFORE attacking.  Radio operators in Spain, Lebanon, Germany, and aboard the ship itself all heard the [Israeli] pilots reporting to their headquarters that this was an American ship.  They attacked anyway.  And when the ship failed to sink, the Israeli government concocted an elaborate story to cover the crime.”

James M. Ennes Jr., author of the book Assault on the Liberty (Random House, 1980)

((Note: James Ennes retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978 as a lieutenant commander.  He

was serving as a lieutenant on the bridge of the USS Liberty on the day of the attack.))

            “Eyewitness participants from the Israeli side have told survivors that they knew they were attacking an American ship…Fifteen years after the attack [on the USS Liberty], an Israeli pilot approached Liberty survivors and then held extensive interviews with former Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey about his role.  According to this senior Israeli lead pilot, he recognized the Liberty as American immediately, so informed his headquarters, and was told to ignore the American flag and continue his attack.  He refused to do so and returned to base, where he was arrested…the pilot’s protests were also heard by radio monitors in the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.” – James M. Ennes Jr.

No survivor [of the USS Liberty] was permitted to describe the close-in machine-gun fire that continued for forty minutes after Israel claims all firing stopped.  No survivor was allowed to talk about the life rafts the Israeli torpedo [boat] men machine-gunned in the water. [Ed. of TTT Comment: Isn’t machine-gunning life rafts containing survivors of a ship attack considered a WAR CRIME?] No survivor was permitted to challenge defects and fabrications in Israel’s story.  Even my eyewitness testimony as officer-of-the-deck was withheld from the official record.  No evidence of Israeli culpability was ‘found’ because no such testimony was allowed.  To [the] survivors [of the attack on the USS Liberty], this was not an investigation.  It was a coverup.” – James M. Ennes Jr.

            Yet Israel and its defenders continue to stand by their claim that the attack was a ‘tragic accident’ in which Israel mistook the most modern electronic surveillance vessel in the world for a rusted-out 40-year-old Egyptian horse transport [freighter] [Ed. of TTT Note: the Al-Kasir].”

           James M. Ennes Jr.

            “There’s no way that a trained naval officer from the close range of the [Israeli] torpedo boats – or even the aircraft – could have confused the Liberty with the other ship [the Al-Kasir].

The Al-Kasir [the Egyptian horse transport freighter] was one-fifth the size and had a top-side configuration that looked absolutely nothing like the Liberty.  At the time the Liberty had the only moon-dish in the world.  The Liberty had eight 40-foot antennae down each side of the ship.  Seven of them were connected and they were all knocked out in the first pass by Israeli heat-seeking missiles.”  – Tito Howard, film-maker (He made the video “Loss of Liberty”.)

((Above comment from a radio interview with Tom Valentine (host of “Radio Free America”) which was published in the September 16, 2002 issue of the “American Free Press”.))

“I can never accept the claim that this [i.e., attack on the USS Liberty] was a mistaken attack.” – Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

            “Those sailors and marines [aboard the USS Liberty] deserved our best defense – we gave them no defense.” – Admiral Thomas Moorer

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

            Editor of TTT is a 20-year military veteran who spent 26 years in the “intelligence community” – 20 years divided between the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and 6 years at a top Department of Defense Intelligence Agency.  I am NOT anti-war, and I am NOT anti-government.  I am, however, against government betrayals, corruption, cover-ups, and lies.

I also am NOT anti-Semitic.  In fact, I believe that both Israel and her Arab neighbors have a right to exist in peace.  I do, however, believe that evil deeds – whether done by Israelis, Arabs, Russians, Chinese, or even Americans – need to be exposed.

I flew on numerous airborne reconnaissance flights during my first several tours in the U.S. Air Force.  The aircraft on which I flew were RC-130 and RC-135 unarmed reconnaissance aircraft.  The reconnaissance missions we flew were over international waters.

When I went through survival training, my fellow airmen and I were told that if we were ever shot down, that our government would do everything within its power to rescue us.  The sailors and marines on the USS Liberty no doubt believed that if they were ever under attack, that U.S. military forces, if nearby, would hurry to rescue them.  This did NOT happen on that fateful day of June 8, 1967 when Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats viciously and deliberately attacked a clearly-marked U.S. Navy surveillance vessel.  This story absolutely must be told, and those responsible for the cover-up of what really happened on that day must be held accountable.

 

  1. THE VICIOUS AND DELIBERATE ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY

            The USS Liberty, then America’s most modern surveillance vessel, was in international waters in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea on June 8, 1967.  She was on a reconnaissance mission.  The weather was clear.  A large American flag flew proudly above her deck.  With her antennae arrays, her “moon dish”, etc., there is no way that any professional military pilots flying at low altitudes, or naval personnel of any nation who were within close range, could have identified her as anything but a naval reconnaissance vessel.  Likewise, with such clear weather and with such a large American flag flying above her deck, there is no way any professional military pilots flying at low altitudes, or naval personnel of any nation who were within close range, could have identified her as anything but a UNITED STATES naval vessel.

UNMARKED Israeli aircraft were sent out to attack the USS Liberty only after Israeli aircraft had already performed over nine hours of reconnaissance flights to check her out.  The Israeli pilots circled the USS Liberty at low altitudes 13 times on eight different occasions BEFORE attacking.

The attack by the Israeli aircraft lasted 25 minutes.  Then Israeli torpedo boats joined in the attack on the Liberty.  Six torpedoes were fired from relatively close range – miraculously, only one hit.  Equally miraculously, the torpedo that did hit struck a “rib” in the USS Liberty.  Had it been one foot to the left or the right of the rib, the Liberty would have most likely sunk.

The total time of the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli air and naval forces was two hours and 12 minutes.  The USS Liberty sustained the following damage: 821 rocket and cannon holes, a torpedo hole in her side, and thousands of holes in her hull from 50-caliber armor-piercing rounds.  Napalm was also dropped on the USS Liberty by Israeli aircraft.  34 American sailors and marines were MURDERED, and 171 wounded (many of them severely)!  Additionally, the three life rafts that the Liberty launched were attacked by Israeli torpedo boats, which machine-gunned those in the life rafts. (Isn’t such an action considered a WAR CRIME?)

Early into the attack on the USS Liberty, some of her crewmembers were able to get distress calls out to other U.S. Naval ships in the area, such as the aircraft carriers the USS Saratoga and USS America.  (The crewmembers of the USS Liberty were able to do so because the attacking Israeli aircraft briefly stopped jamming the UNITED STATES military emergency radio frequencies in order to fire their missiles.)

The aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, upon hearing the pleas for assistance from the crew of the USS Liberty, launched fighter aircraft to go to the Liberty’s rescue.  However, the American aircraft never reached the USS Liberty.  After the Saratoga’s aircraft were launched, a call came in to the Captain of the Saratoga from Secretary of Defense McNamara telling him to RECALL the aircraft.  The Captain of the Saratoga REFUSED McNamara’s order.  So, President Lyndon Johnson called the Captain of the Saratoga, ordering him to RECALL the aircraft, which he did.  Both Johnson and McNamara were said to have commented that they did not want a war with our “ally” (i.e., Israel), and thus the other U.S. naval vessels in the area were to ALLOW the USS Liberty to be sunk, even if it meant the loss of all the American sailors and marines aboard!  ((This ought to make every American’s blood boil!))

But the BETRAYAL of the brave American sailors and marines on board the USS Liberty does not end on June 8, 1967.  No – it continues to this very day in the form of a cover-up by top levels of both the U.S. and Israeli governments, both of which claim that the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was a case of “mistaken identity”!  This claim is made despite numerous eyewitness accounts to the contrary – eyewitness accounts that all point to a deliberate attack by Israel on a vessel that they clearly knew was a U.S. Naval vessel.

Possibly worst of all, we find that some top naval personnel participated in the cover-up that was no doubt ordered by Lyndon Johnson and top officials in his administration.  Survivors of the USS Liberty were also threatened with court martial or “worse” if they dared to tell the truth about the deliberate Israeli attack on their ship!

 

III. QUESTIONS

  1. If the Israelis believed the ship to be Egyptian, then WHY would they send out UNMARKED aircraft to attack her?
  2. If the Israelis did not know that it was a U.S. Naval vessel that they were attacking, then why were the Israeli attack aircraft jamming the FIVE emergency radio frequencies used by UNITED STATES military forces?
  3. If top-level U.S. government officials, such as President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara, did not know prior to the Israeli attack that the Israelis were the ones attacking the USS Liberty, then why did both McNamara and Johnson order the two U.S. aircraft carriers to RECALL the U.S. fighter aircraft that had been launched to go to the assistance of the USS Liberty?

 

  1. CONCLUSIONS

This 20-year military veteran can come to no other conclusions than these:

The Israeli military conducted a deliberate and vicious attack for over two hours on a naval vessel that they clearly recognized and knew to be a US Naval surveillance vessel.  The top levels of the Johnson administration, with some help from some top U.S. Navy personnel, covered up the truth about the attack.

            The Israelis were not content to merely damage the USS Liberty, and put it out of the “intelligence-gathering business” as some have tried to maintain.  The attack that lasted over two hours was designed to SINK the USS Liberty and to murder every single sailor and marine aboard her – how else does one explain the machine-gunning of the life rafts?

Let us again consider Admiral Moorer’s quote: “The sailors and marines [aboard the USS Liberty] deserved our best defense, and we gave them none.” 

 

  1. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

The betrayal of the brave sailors and marines of the USS Liberty was NOT the only betrayal of America’s fighting men.  We have “Agent Orange”; Gulf War Illness; the nuclear, chemical, and biological testing on our servicemen (frequently without their knowledge or consent); and the horrible legacy of THOUSANDS of brave American servicemen LEFT BEHIND as prisoners-of-war and missing-in-action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam!  We also have Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack – where he and a couple of top U.S. advisors ALLOWED our American servicemen to be “sacrificed” so that America could enter the war on the side of her “allies”.

When will ENOUGH be ENOUGH?  Will we Americans ever hold accountable those “leaders” of ours who have BETRAYED our American fighting men?

           

  1. WHAT CAN WE DO?
  2. We must all get informed on the horrible, deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967.  The following video has been highly recommended to me by some folks I trust (I have not seen it, and just ordered it myself today): “Loss of Liberty” by Howard Films.  To order one copy ($25 postpaid) or three copies ($50 postpaid), send check or money order made out to “Howard Films” and mail it to: The Liberty Alliance // P.O. Box 663 // Front Royal, VA 22630.  Or, you can order the video by calling toll-free 888-253-3139 (Alex Jones’ order line).
  3. Call, write, fax, and/or e-mail your congressmen and senators and urge them to launch a real Congressional investigation into the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967.

(And let them know that we, the American people, will NOT accept another cover-up!)

  1. If you would like to learn more about government betrayal and cover-ups on such issues as our prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action (POW/MIA) in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, then editor of TTT most highly recommends that you get a copy of Lieutenant Colonel Craig Roberts’ 421-page book The Medusa File (which deals with a lot of government cover-ups!) by calling “Radio Liberty” at their toll-free number: 800-544-8927 (it is $24.95 plus S&H). ((NOTE: “Radio Liberty” has a ton of great books, audio and video tapes, and special information packets; visit their web site at www.radioliberty.com for more information.))
  2. Another book I most highly recommend is Operation Vampire Killer 2000 (often abbreviated OVK2000) by” Police Against the New World Order” (Jack McLamb’s organization).  OVK2000 can be ordered by sending $11 PPD in cash or postal money order made out to “Aid & Abet”, and mailing it to “Aid & Abet Police & Military Newsletter” // HC 11, Box 357 // Kamiah, Idaho 83536.  ((This book is an absolute MUST read for all Americans, and especially for military and law enforcement personnel.  It deals with the globalist rich elite’s plans to end America’s national sovereignty, and to bring in a New World Order.  The book is in 8 ˝” X 11” format; and is profusely illustrated with drawings.  It uses a lot of great quotes, including some from the mouths of the globalists, to show us what the globalists are up to.))  Bulk prices are available on OVK2000 – for more information call 208-935-7852; or Fax 208-935-7854.
  3. We also need to get informed about the truth of the September 11 attacks, Gulf War Illness, and the emerging police state here in America.  Here are some great videos that are highly recommended by Editor of TTT:

a.) Documentary films: “The Masters of Terror”, “9-11: The Road to Tyranny”, “Police State 2000”,  “Police State II – The Takeover”, and “Police State 3 – Total Enslavement”; all by Alex Jones.  To order: call toll-free 888-253-3139 or visit their web site at www.infowars.com.

b.) Video, “Gulf War Illness – Fact or Fiction?” by American Gulf War Veterans Association (:)  This tremendous video deals with the Gulf War Illness. To order, call toll-free 877-817-9829; or, See their web sites at:  www.gulfwarvets.com  or  www.thepowerhour.com.

 

  1. We need to get our news and analysis from somewhere OTHER THAN       the establishment-CONTROLLED mainstream media.  Please visit the following web sites for broadcast information on the following radio/satellite/internet programs:

a.) The Alex Jones’ Show: www.infowars.com or www.infowars.net ;

b.) The Power Hour broadcast: www.thepowerhour.com or www.gulfwarvets.com; and,

c.) The “Radio Liberty” broadcast: www.radioliberty.com.

 

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