I don’t know what happened in
. Don’t guess we will ever know.
Congress is screaming to find out. “We
must investigate,” they say. “We’ll leave no stone unturned. It’s our duty to know. Our credibility is at
We may never know what happened last September in
, which caused
the death of three brave Americans. However, I do know what happened on June 8,
1967. Israel deliberately attacked an unarmed American ship in international
waters, killed 34 brave American sailors, wounded 171 others, and Congress has, to this day, refused to investigate what or why it happened. Benghazi
What happened is abundantly clear.
warplanes, on a sunny afternoon, after circling numerous times, bombed and
machine gunned the U.S.S. Liberty. With
the Stars and Stripes flying and the ship’s identification numbers clearly
visible, Israeli jets struck the antenna to hinder any SOS call for help. Torpedo
boats blasted the Israel while Israeli aircraft strafed our
men aboard and dropped napalm on the decks.
fired on the crew as they tried to rescue their fellow sailors and shot up life
rafts in the water to prevent there being any survivors. Yet, none of this merited a Congressional
Professor James Petras writes:
In an unprecedented act of betrayal, President Johnson, in close liaison with powerful American Jewish Zionist political backers, covered up the mass murder on the high seas by issuing orders, first to recall Mediterranean-based warplanes from rushing to assist their besieged comrades, then threatening to court-martial the survivors who might expose the deliberate nature of the Israeli assault and finally by repeating the Israeli line that the attack was a matter of mistaken identity, a lie which numerous military leaders rejected.[i]
Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chair of the Joint Chief of Staff, described the official conclusion of the Naval Court of Inquiry as a whitewash and “one of the classic all-American cover-up”.
The clampdown was not actually for security reasons but for domestic political reasons. I don’t think there is any question about it. What other reason could there have been? President Johnson was worried about the reaction of Jewish voters… I will never buy the idea that the pilots did not know this was an American ship. The attack was deliberate.[ii]
Secretary of State Dean Rusk agreed,
I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink
In 2002, Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, U.S. Navy, senior counsel for the Court of Inquiry, said that the Court's findings were intended to cover up what was a deliberate attack by Israel on a ship it knew to be American.
scholar and author, wrote just last week:
The cover-up was finally exposed by an Israeli pilot who was interviewed 15 years later by former Congressman Paul McCloskey about the attack. The senior pilot revealed that he informed headquarters the target appeared to be a
If it was an accident, it was the best planned accident I’ve ever heard of.[vi]
Even if it were a mistake, which no one believes anymore, deliberately shooting up life rafts in the water of a ship in distress is a war crime. If it’s not, it should be. Was Johnson afraid of
He was afraid of the ire of the American Jewish voting community and its
lobby. And that’s not the worst of it. Every president thereafter has yielded
to an unwritten job description: He must above all else, cover up for Israel . Israel
George Ball, former undersecretary of state wrote, “If America’s leaders did not have the courage to punish
for the blatant murder of
American citizens, it seemed clear that their American friends would let them
get away with almost anything.[vii] He was
right. And that is the worst of it. Israel
June 25, 2013
[i] James Petras, War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America, (Clarity Press, 2010) p.127
[ii] Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out. (
1989) p. 179 Lawrence
Hill, New York
[iii] Dean Rusk, As I Saw It, (WW Norton, 1990) p. 388.
[iv] Counterpunch.org, June 9, 2007.
[v] Jamal Kanz, The USAs Irrational Relationship with
, Intifada-Palestine Newsletter, June 6, 2013 Israel
[vi] BBC Documentary on the USS Liberty: Dead in the Water.
[vii] James Scott, The Attack on the
, Simon and Schuster, 2009.) p.287. Liberty