Cover-Up Alleged in Probe of USS Liberty
A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.
In a signed affidavit released at a Capitol Hill news conference, retired Capt. Ward Boston said Johnson and McNamara told those heading the Navy's inquiry to "conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary."
It was “one of the classic all-American cover-ups,” said retired Admiral Thomas Moorer, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman who spent a year investigating the attack as part of an independent panel he formed with other former military officials. The panel also included a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins.
|“Why would our government put Israel’s interests ahead of our own?” Moorer
asked from his wheelchair at the news conference. He was chief of naval operations at the time of the attack.
Moorer, who has long held that the attack was a deliberate act, wants Congress to investigate. [Newsday]
Photos of attack on USS Liberty
Crews mess hall used as an emergency room
Fifteen years after the attack, an Israeli pilot approached Liberty
survivors and then held extensive interviews with former Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey about his role.
According to this senior Israeli lead pilot, he recognized the Liberty as American immediately, so informed
his headquarters, and was told to ignore the American flag and continue his attack. He refused to do so and
returned to base, where he was arrested.
Israel attacked the USS Liberty using UNMARKED AIRCRAFT. This is the single fact which proves Israel knew exactly who they were attacking. Israel's story is that they thought USS Liberty was an Egyptian ship and therefore a legitimate target of war. Were that true, there would be no reason to attack a supposedly Egyptian ship with unmarked aircraft. The only possible reason to use unmarked aircraft to attack the ship is that Israel knew it was an American ship and intended to sink it, then to blame the attack on Egypt.
Moorer, who as top legal council to the official
investigation is in a position to know, agrees that Israel intended to sink the USS Liberty and blame Egypt
for it, thus dragging the United States into a war on Israel's behalf. This seems to be a common trick of
Israel. Starting with the
Lavon affair, through the USS Liberty, to the
transmitter that tricked Reagan into attacking Libya, to potentially
9-11 itself, Israel's game is to frame Arabs and set them up as targets for the United States.
The real question facing the American people is why the US Government seems more concerned with protecting Israel after they are caught playing these dirty tricks, rather than doing something to convince Israel not to kill any more Americans.
See also: Is Israel blackmailing America?
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