PLUS GOOGLE DOT COM — Comments/conversation between Liberty apologist Bennett Ruda and USS Liberty supporter Ken Halliwell re the NSA transcripts which were re-leased nine years ago. More to come?https://plus.google.com/115919399429868244664/posts/1zMPrbth5bk
Bennett Ruda - Nov 23, 2011 - Public
Elder of ZiyonIn addition to the newly released tapes, Elder of Ziyon also links to transcripts from the NSA website–posted in 2009–that prove the same thing.
There you will find the full version of the transcripts.
They contain no communications that occurred during the attack.
They contain only communications that occurred after the attack.
Some actual key points in the communication transcript’s content:
- Ground controller for post-attack helicopters appears confused about ship’s nationality.
- Helicopter pilot sees and reports American flag on ship.
- Helicopter pilot asks torpedo boat pilot the meaning of “GTR5″ (ship’s ID number) on the ship’s bow. Torpedo boat pilot responds: “It means nothing.”None of this has anything to do with communications during the attack, between the attack-pilots and their ground controller.
Regarding the middle example–at what point does this happen and what is the response to that information?
The helicopter pilot is asked to confirm that the ship’s flag is American a few minutes after he arrives at the ship’s location.
This occurs after both the air and sea attacks have completed.
You can read a point-by-point summary of attack events, as presented in Israeli investigation reports, here:
essay1 | usslibertyinquiry
What remains is to assess the degree of negligence/error.
There is no doubt that the pilots were willful. All Israeli reports are clear in stating that the ship was not identified before the air attack began. Yet, the attack-pilot’s air controller ordered them to attack an unidentified ship, and the pilots followed their orders; i.e., the pilots willfully attacked an unidentified ship.
Here are two essays that deal with this issue:
essay2 | usslibertyinquiry
essay28 | usslibertyinquiry
It’s not commonly known, but key IDF personnel were charged with gross negligence, but the IDF military judge hearing the matter concluded: “I have not discovered any deviation from the standard of reasonable conduct which would justify committal of anyone for trial.” In other words, it’s apparently standard operating procedure for the IDF to attack unidentified targets.