USS Liberty: When Israel Murdered 34 Americans and U.S. Government Covered It Up
BLACK EYE NEWS
January 29, 2012
The U.S. government and its state-run media’s “official” story regarding the September 11, 2001 destruction of three skyscrapers in New York City, a missile-sized hole being blown into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 going down in Shanksville, PA is that 19 “Islamist terrorists” armed with box-cutters caused it all. Though fewer and fewer Americans are buying this ridiculous story, the USA’s 10-plus year global war on Islam, genocide of all Muslim people, and arbitrary hatred and detest for all things Muslim continues unabated as a result of these alleged “Muslim jihadist’s” acts.
Now let’s flashback to June 8, 1967…a date which should be just as familiar to Americans as “9/11,” but is unknown to the vast majority. The USS Liberty was an intelligence gathering U.S. Navy ship stationed off the coast of Abidjan, Ivory Coast (West Africa) in 1967. On May 24 of that year, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff ordered the Liberty to head for the eastern Mediterranean Sea, with its final destination being off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
Israel, on June 5, 1967, attacked and completely destroyed the air forces of Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Egypt (then known as the United Arab Republic). This attack would be the beginning of what Israel, the USA and Britain call the “Six Days War,” and what Muslims refer to as the time they were removed from the Holy City. Israel had said Egypt attacked them first, but later admitted to the UN Security Council that they, in fact, launched the first strike because of their paranoid conspiracy theories about an “impending” Arab assault on the U.S./British colony.
Captain William McGonagle, the skipper for USS Liberty, requested a destroyer be sent their way as a result of the commencement of war.
USS Liberty was not a ship meant to engage in potential conflict, armed only with a few machine guns. The request for assistance was denied, however, by Admiral William Martin, who said Liberty was “a clearly marked United States ship in international waters” and was not a reasonable target for any of the war participants.
In the early morning hours of June 8, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Reconnaissance Center ordered Liberty to change its closest approach of the Sinai coast from 12 1/2 miles to 20 miles. This is after the NSA received a message from Tel-Aviv saying it will attack Liberty if its course is not changed. The NSA, an hour later, then ordered Liberty to move at least 100 miles off the Sinai coast. The first message never reached the Liberty due to “miss-routing”, while it took the second message more than 16 hours to reach the Liberty, which by then was too late.
Israeli reconnaissance planes began circling Liberty around 6 a.m. Not only was a large American flag raised from the ship, but the Israeli pilots reported to their naval commanders that “GTR-5″ (General Technological Research) was inscribed on the ship, also identifying it as American. According to a de-classified September 21, 1967 report by Carl L. Sagans, Legal Advisor for then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk, there were at least 8 of these reconnaissance flights by Israeli aircraft from 6 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
At about 2 p.m., unmarked Israeli planes began attacking Liberty with rockets, machine guns and napalm bombs. 8 unarmed sailors and civilians on the deck were killed and 75 more injured. Less than one hour later, three Israeli torpedo boats approached Liberty and fired six torpedoes at the American vessel, hitting it once. The blast killed 26 more Americans and injured an additional 96. And the lies commence from here.
After the initial attacks by Israeli warplanes on Liberty, Captain McGonagle sent distress signals to Captain Joe Tully of nearby USS Saratoga. Captain Tully dispatched four fighter jets in response, but Defense Secretary Robert McNamara ordered the planes back, saying, “tell the sixth fleet to get those aircraft back immediately.” It is reported that an admiral challenged McNamara’s order, which prompted President Lyndon Johnson to intercede, telling the admiral he “doesn’t give a damn” if Liberty sinks because he did not want to embarrass Israel. When interviewed three decades later, McNamara played dumb, saying he did not remember “anything” about the USS Liberty incident and would not talk about it anyway.
Most Americans have no idea how close the U.S. government was to launching nuclear war on Egypt as a result of the Liberty incident. McNamara had ordered USS America bombers to Cairo to execute the nuclear strike after Israel’s initial lie, saying Egypt attacked them first. Israel’s next lie (and official government position) was that it mistook the Liberty for the El Quseir, a very old, much smaller and obviously distinct Egyptian horse carrying vessel (we’ll forget for a moment the fact the Israeli navy had already identified Liberty as an American vessel).
As mentioned, Israel termed the brutal attack on Americans as a “tragic accident.” The U.S. Navy, which did not allow testimony from any of the survivors, also concluded the attack was “an accident.” The only people who seem to believe the Israel/U.S. government accounts are those who choose to be Zionist apologists and willing subjects.
The Soviet Union, shortly after the attacks by Israel, introduced a resolution at the UN Security Council which determined Israel as the sole aggressor in the attacks. Of course, the U.S. and Britain blocked it, thus there is no official account by the UN. Virtually all of the survivors and many U.S. officials at the time believe Israel lied about the attacks to get the U.S. involved in yet another war for Israel’s interests. Just as, inter alia, “9/11″ and the Gulf of Tonkin incidents brought the U.S. into perpetual wars under false pretenses (which is golden for the central banking war profiteers), Israel’s attack on USS Liberty was meant to do the same.
“[Israel's] sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous,” Secretary Rusk said in his memoirs.
“I have never believed that the attack on the USS Liberty was a case of mistaken identity. That is ridiculous. Israel knew perfectly well that the ship was American,” Admiral Thomas Moorer (then-Chief of Naval Operations) said in a June 1997 “Americans For Middle East Understanding” article.
Fifteen years after the Liberty attack, a senior Israeli airman who piloted one of the planes told survivors that he informed his commanders that Liberty was an American vessel. When he refused to continue the attack, he returned to base and was arrested.
Captain McGonagle maintained silence until shortly before his death. In a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1997, McGonagle said he wanted all U.S. and Israeli officials involved in the cover-up held accountable. He also sent an open letter to President Bill Clinton that same year, asking him to force Israel to admit they deliberately and maliciously murdered Americans on that June 1967 afternoon. He died on March 3, 1999 as the only recipient of a Congressional Metal of Honor (1968) which was not presented to him by the President of the USA. The secret ceremony was intended to keep the story of Israel’s attack on America quiet. Almost all of the survivors have tried to get the U.S. government to hold Israel accountable, to no avail.
So instead of there now being a global, arbitrary war against everything Zionist, everything Jewish and everything Israel because of this brutal, Israeli-government sanctioned terror attack on America, the United States is instead now more subservient to Israel than it ever has been.
It’s almost as if Israel felt it needed to prove it can kill Americans whenever it feels like it, while still controlling America’s money (Federal Reserve), military and media. The fact that very few Americans are even aware of this terrorist attack by Israel on America further conveys Israel’s control of U.S. media and public schools. Unlike the Lockerbie Bombing back in 1988 being used by the U.S. military as part of the reason to invade and completely destroy Libya this past summer, Israel’s murder of American sailors and civilians has caused this government to worship Israel even more.
This article is dedicated to our fellow Americans who died at the hands of Israeli terrorists back on June 8, 1967.
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