Israel intentionally committed an act of war on the United States

guspasho

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Israel intentionally committed an act of war on the United States

More suprisingly, the media hasn't picked it up. I didn't hear about this month-old article or this military commission report until I checked The Memory Hole. WTF? Why did everyone fail to publicize this?

Betrayal behind Israeli attack on U.S. ship

By ADM. THOMAS MOORER

After State Department officials and historians assembled in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the 1967 war in the Middle East, I am compelled to speak out about one of U.S. history's most shocking cover-ups.

On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked our proud naval ship -- the USS Liberty -- killing 34 American servicemen and wounding 172. Those men were then betrayed and left to die by our own government.

U.S. military rescue aircraft were recalled, not once, but twice, through direct intervention by the Johnson administration. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's cancellation of the Navy's attempt to rescue the Liberty, which I personally confirmed from the commanders of the aircraft carriers America and Saratoga, was the most disgraceful act I witnessed in my entire military career.

To add insult to injury, Congress, to this day, has failed to hold formal hearings on Israel's attack on this American ship. No official investigation of Israel's attack has ever permitted the testimony of the surviving crew members.

A 1967 investigation by the Navy, upon which all other reports are based, has now been fully discredited as a cover-up by its senior attorney. Capt. Ward Boston, in a sworn affidavit, recently revealed that the court was ordered by the White House to cover up the incident and find that Israel's attack was "a case of mistaken identity."

Some distinguished colleagues and I formed an independent commission to investigate the attack on the USS Liberty. After an exhaustive review of previous reports, naval and other military records, including eyewitness testimony from survivors, we recently presented our findings on Capitol Hill. They include:

· Israeli reconnaissance aircraft closely studied the Liberty during an eight-hour period prior to the attack, one flying within 200 feet of the ship. Weather reports confirm the day was clear with unlimited visibility. The Liberty was a clearly marked American ship in international waters, flying an American flag and carrying large U.S. Navy hull letters and numbers on its bow.

Despite claims by Israeli intelligence that they confused the Liberty with a small Egyptian transport, the Liberty was conspicuously different from any vessel in the Egyptian navy. It was the most sophisticated intelligence ship in the world in 1967. With its massive radio antennae, including a large satellite dish, it looked like a large lobster and was one of the most easily identifiable ships afloat.

· Israel attempted to prevent the Liberty's radio operators from sending a call for help by jamming American emergency radio channels.

· Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned lifeboats at close range that had been lowered to rescue the most seriously wounded.

As a result, our commission concluded that:

· There is compelling evidence that Israel's attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew.

· In attacking the USS Liberty, Israel committed acts of murder against U.S. servicemen and an act of war against the United States

· The White House knowingly covered up the facts of this attack from the American people.

· The truth continues to be concealed to the present day in what can only be termed a national disgrace.

What was Israel's motive in launching this attack? Congress must address this question with full cooperation from the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the military intelligence services.

The men of the USS Liberty represented the United States. They were attacked for two hours, causing 70 percent of American casualties, and the eventual loss of our best intelligence ship.

These sailors and Marines were entitled to our best defense. We gave them no defense.

Did our government put Israel's interests ahead of our own? If so, why? Does our government continue to subordinate American interests to Israeli interests? These are important questions that should be investigated by an independent, fully empowered commission of the American government.

The American people deserve to know the truth about this attack. We must finally shed some light on one of the blackest pages in American naval history. It is a duty we owe not only to the brave men of the USS Liberty, but to every man and woman who is asked to wear the uniform of the United States.


Moorer was chairman of the joint chiefs of staff from 1970 to 1974. He is joined in the independent commission of inquiry by Gen. Ray Davis (recently deceased); Rear Adm. Merlin Staring, former Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and Ambassador James Akins.
 

Smelly

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Ash Housewares said:
It would have been during the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt/Syria/Jordan.
Never heard of that one. I hate History, but you seem so smart about it, man. So what do you think, Ash? Couldn't have been a case of mistaken identity then. Maybe they were told the ship was an ally of someone else to get the opposing side to attack?
 

dantose

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if true I would like to see an investigation/reparations. however, given how much stuff gets blamed on israel (earthquakes, unemployment, the masons, ect.) I'm hesitant to assume anything.
 

publius

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I've heard of it, there was something about an official apology afterwards and the matter was cleared up. Such things have happened before (like the Panay in 1937).
 

publius

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I think (my memory is a little hazy) that it was in the Mediterranean, and it was attacked by land based Israeli planes.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if U.S. history textbooks glossed over the entire incident, though. Ever hear of the Panay?
 

llad12

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Ash Housewares said:
so where did the attack take place? I would search the net but I'm writing an essay, if anyone knows
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After reviewing documents dating back 36 years, the State Department has concluded that Israel's attack on a U.S. spy ship in 1967 was an act of gross negligence for which it should be held responsible.

The USS Liberty was attacked off the Egyptian coast June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, while gathering electronic intelligence. The attack killed 34 Americans and injured another 171.

"In many respects this is kind of a classic bi-national case of Murphy's Law," a State Department official said Monday. "Everything that could possibly go wrong, on either side, did."

The official said that though Israel should be held responsible for the attack, the United States was also negligent for failing to notify Israel the Liberty was in international waters and for failing to withdraw the ship from the war zone.

"This is a ship that should have been hundreds of miles away from the war zone," the official said.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/01/12/us.israel.ussliberty/
 

1SG Bowie

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It has been some time but, if a recall correctly.

Shortly after the attack began a distress message was received and, assistance was sent. The State Department then intervened and, they managed to get the assistance recalled.

The State Department believed it was a Nation other than Israel that had launched the attack at that time. The State Department feared that it could start a war and, the ship and all hands were left to die.
 

guspasho

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Smelly said:
Never heard of that one. I hate History, but you seem so smart about it, man. So what do you think, Ash? Couldn't have been a case of mistaken identity then. Maybe they were told the ship was an ally of someone else to get the opposing side to attack?
Read the article dude. That's the first thing they ruled out.
 

guspasho

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1SG Bowie said:
It has been some time but, if a recall correctly.

Shortly after the attack began a distress message was received and, assistance was sent. The State Department then intervened and, they managed to get the assistance recalled.

The State Department believed it was a Nation other than Israel that had launched the attack at that time. The State Department feared that it could start a war and, the ship and all hands were left to die.
That's what the article says too. Don't you guys read the articles we post?

Disgusting. (Abandoning the Liberty, I mean, not the not reading.)
 
Actually Gus, if it's not too much to ask, next time highlight the important details, and underline important names and dates. Oh and next time remember, we're putting cover sheets on our articles, we sent out a memo, i'll have another one sent to you right away. Yeeah, that'd be terrific, thanks a bunch Gus
 

llad12

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publius said:
I think (my memory is a little hazy) I wouldn't be surprised at all if U.S. history textbooks glossed over the entire incident
I'll buy that. In my home state, Tulsa was the scene of the largest race riot in American history. Hundreds of people were murdered and several square blocks of a well-to-do black business area were burned to ashes. This information was subsequently omitted from the Oklahoma history books and faded into obscurity. In the 1990's, a PBS program brought the incident back into the public view and forced the state to form an investigation committee which later published a large dossier on the subject.

I attended Oklahoma City public schools in the 1960's and was required to take a Oklahoma history class. This incident was never addressed. Oklahoma's politics, in the 1920's, was strongly influenced by the notorious Klu Klux Klan. That was never discussed either. It was nearly 30 years later that I found out much of this information.

Funny how embarrassing incidents like Israel's bombing of a US ship and the race riot of Tulsa are quickly shuffled away and subsequently ignored.

I guess we don't like to teach our children that our nation and its allies can and do make grievous mistakes.

edited for clarification
 

Ash Housewares

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I don't know if this is a case of embarassment as much as politics, the Maine or the Lucitannia were heavilty publicized and helped instigated war. Had this incident received similar press it would have furthered war into a volatile region and drawn military support away from Vietnam.

I know I didn't spell that right, don't care, got history paper to write!!1one
 

guspasho

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Ah, but both those events were ones where the government wanted to go to war. With the Liberty they absolutely did not want to stir any **** with the Israelis. They wanted to avoid it so badly they were willing to let American servicemen die in order to preserve their alliance with Israel, a country that was killing these very servicemen!
 

Ash Housewares

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guspasho said:
Ah, but both those events were ones where the government wanted to go to war. With the Liberty they absolutely did not want to stir any **** with the Israelis. They wanted to avoid it so badly they were willing to let American servicemen die in order to preserve their alliance with Israel, a country that was killing these very servicemen!
that was my very point
 
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