Ignored by Congress for Israel and the US Israel First media is an automatic for 43 years and counting -jd
September 6, 2008
Three U.S. Navy Veterans will be speaking out across the Lower Hudson Valley at the end of September about a long hidden secret.
Ernie Gallo, Rick Aimetti and Rocky Sturman were sailors in the U.S. Navy when they lived through the sudden and brutal attack on the research vessel, USS Liberty, by the air and naval forces of the State of Israel in international waters on June 8, 1967. “The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship,” say the three survivors.
The USS Liberty was identified by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft as a US naval ship sailing in international waters at less than five knots. With no offensive armament, the ship was no military threat to anyone. Yet after more than nine hours of radar tracking and aircraft surveillance by almost hourly over-flights, Israeli air and naval forces attacked the US vessel without warning.
Thirty four Americans were killed and another 174 were wounded. The ship, a $40 Million state of the art Signals Intelligence Platform, was later declared unsalvageable and sold for scrap.
Despite a near consensus of the crew that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge of USS Liberty’s identity, the Johnson administration never sought the prosecution of the guilty parties or otherwise attempted to seek justice for the victims. It reportedly concealed and altered evidence in its effort to downplay the attack. And while it never formally accepted the Israeli explanation that the attack was an accident, neither did it press for a full investigation.
Instead, the federal government placed USS Liberty survivors under a gag order for 40 years. The order carried threats of imprisonment or fines up to $10,000, and prohibited survivors from telling any story at variance with the official US Navy version.
This month, in spite of the still standing gag order, three USS Liberty Veterans are speaking out to honor the memory of the 34 brave American men killed and the 173 wounded on June 8th, 1967.
Veteran Ernie Gallo tells why: “The coordinated lie of our government and Israel dishonors our dead…. For posterity, we want the truth told in our history books rather than the lie…. And last but most importantly, it is vital that our current Naval personnel know that when they are in the presence of the Israeli Defense Forces, history indicates that there is not an American politician that will stand up for you.”