The Israel Firsters – USS Liberty apologists never stop throwing the USS Liberty survivors and families under the bus. Israel and the US government have to even after 43 years. Increasing public awareness require it. Just who and what do they really serve? The interests of the US Navy?, the people who serve and served are susceptible to political retribution as well when they state their opinion, truths and personal experiences? Is the First Amendment secondary? No where is the League’s mission or it’s membership requirements does it state USS Liberty members need not apply or “Thou shall always follow the “official line’”on Israel and the USS Liberty attack.
“Naval League of the United States”, my ass. You must be so proud Mr. Korach.
Perhaps in celebration the Naval League of the United States and its Florida directors and the (NLUS) St. Augustine Council will grovel and ask Israeli permission to display the helm and bell of IDF Navy motor torpedo boat #23, (MTB) that fired the torpedo that killed 25 Liberty crewmen that Israel publicly displays in its own Naval Museum in Israel for permanent display at its Washington D.C. headquarters? Or rotate it around to ‘deserving’ NLUS Councils as a reward? I wouldn’t put it past them. After all…they “don’t want to embarrass” Israel. Nor speak honestly about history. Not allowed.
Just how in the hell can the Naval League of the United States (sic) promote and protect the US Navy and its personnel when it won’t even protect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (First Amendment) and members for political expediency and agendas of another foreign country and a complicit US government? Hypocrites, dishonest gutless REMFs. -jd
“Loss of Freedom of Speech and My Navy League Termination
I am a loyal American and a survivor of the June 8, 1967 deliberate and vicious Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, the most decorated Navy ship since WWII. The Presidential Unit Citation and 246 metals were awarded to include the skipper who received the Medal of Honor. Unbelievably, the Israeli and U.S. government lied indicating that the attack was an accident. Some senior U.S. government officials and the Liberty crew know differently. Unfortunately, this state lie implies that we are anti-Semitic because the incident involves Israel. In seeking justice, I give speeches indicating the truth, evidence, and the fact that 34 Americans were killed, 174 were wounded, and the attempted murder of 294 Americans (torpedo attack) by Israel. We have irrefutable proof that Israel knew this intelligence ship was U.S. before and during the attack in international waters.
I was asked and gave a presentation to the St. Augustine Navy League (SANL). My speech was warmly received and as of November 2005 I became an enthusiastic SANL loyal member.
I have undertaken numerous tasks during my membership. One of the projects I suggested and successfully initiated was the “Captain William McGonagle Memorial Library”, named after the USS Liberty skipper. New and used books were gathered and distributed to SANL support components and to every ship at Mayport. I have distributed over 5,000 books. When a box of books was presented to a command, I talked freely about Captain McGonagle, his Medal of Honor, and his courageous efforts to get us out of harms way. When I stated that the Israeli attack was brutal and deliberate (a historical fact), I received a few irritated comments by a few SANL members. None of the military commands ever complained about the USS Liberty story. Based on what happened to us, my fear is that it could happen again and Admiral Mullen agrees.
Ending 2009, I was presented with the SANL Presidential award and elected Vice president for Military Affairs by the membership. In addition, I continued to carry out my USS Farragut liaison duties and the Capt. William McGonagle Memorial Library project.
On January 1, 2010, a new SANL president took over. This individual, an Israeli supporter, found my Israeli statements offensive and in February attempted to officially curtail my freedom of speech. When I sought justice, I was kicked out as requested by the new president and eventually supported by the Northeast and all Florida presidents, and Washington Navy League officials. (FYI: Navy League Headquarters indicated that I should believe the attack was accidental as they do.) Upper level managers supported the hierarchy chain of command rather than review my past record or my first amendment rights. After total support since 2005, my membership was suddenly terminated and I was forbidden to participate in future Navy League events locally and all of Florida. This was arranged so that I could not speak to the council to defend myself. In fact, while in my presence, I witnessed speeches indicating I supposedly stated that I wanted Israel wiped off the map, I was anti-Semitic, and I was mentally sick for not supporting our ally. The SANL president and the all Florida president who is also the St. Johns Veterans Council Chairman indicated that if I never talk about the USS Liberty again and be placed on six month probation, I could return to SANL without resuming my elected position. I refused reaffirming that I did nothing wrong.
The prior SANL president was viciously criticized for his support of me by the current SANL president and Florida aforementioned superiors which resulted in his SANL council resignation. This individual, a retired Navy Chief, was one of the most caring, active, effective, and proficient SANL members. SANL cannot dispute his documented hard work.
America must come to grips with the lack of U. S. government honesty by placing a foreign country and their supporters above the murder of 34 Americans and USS Liberty survivors’ military service. Truth is the benchmark for honest government — no matter how difficult it is. These attributes should also pertain to the Navy League. God bless America.
Ernest A. Gallo, former CTM2, Palm Coast, FL”
Information provided by USS Liberty Newsletter #315 (8/26/10) by John Gidusko
This website has reported on this issue before when Ernie Gallo was suspended.
May 4, 2010 LINK
April 23, 2010 LINK
We’ll have more on this later.