There is no statute limiting prosecution for murder. Murder involves extinguishing a flame forever. Taking away love and protection from a family in a permanent way. A family left with a gaping wound, an emptiness, there forever.
I remind myself of this, trying not to see the it as an event in history, trying not to depersonalize it, trying not to do that thing we all do when the truth is a monster.
The “U.S.S. Liberty Incident,” as it’s sometimes called, is a euphemism for the mass murder of 34 and violent injury (& attempted murder) of 170 Americans – as well as the cover up by Israel and parts of the U.S. Government. It’s a stark piece of evidence supporting the idea that the American government could sacrifice its own people’s lives to achieve political goals. That our government has walked hand in hand with Israel to stoke the fires of racism should offend everyone.
What makes this relevant?
Well, a couple weeks back, I wrote a post about ISIS’s support by Israel and the U.S., something that might be difficult to believe for many. Could these two countries be so underhanded as to exploit Islamophobia, and blame terrorists for their atrocities? Yeah, they could.
They could, would, and have done it. In fact, it’s a trademark Israeli move. The Haaretz (Israeli newspaper) reported:
Israel’s plan was to bomb Western targets, make it seem as though Egypt was behind the attacks…
[T]he strategic goal its operators had set: the cancellation of the planned British evacuation of the Suez Canal…
The Lavon affair — also known locally as esek habish, “the rotten business” — was a plan to discredit Egypt’s government, then headed by Gamal Abdel Nasser, by bombing theaters, post offices and U.S. and British institutions, and making it seem as though Egypt was behind the bombings. The thinking in Israel at the time was that if the British were to give up control of the Suez Canal, it would be left in Egypt’s hands, putting Cairo in a better position to exert pressure on Israel.
The agents were told “to undermine the West’s trust in the [Egyptian] government by causing public insecurity” while concealing Israel’s role in the sabotage.
That was 1954. Skip ahead now to June 1967.
…while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship suffered thirty four (34) killed in action and one hundred seventy three (173) wounded in action. The ship itself, a Forty Million ($40,000,000) Dollar state of the art signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform, was so badly damaged that it never sailed on an operational mission again and was sold in 1970 for $101,666.66 as scrap.
At 1400 hours, while approximately about 17 nautical miles off the northern Sinai coast and about 25 nautical miles northwest of El Arish, USS Liberty’s crew observed three surface radar contacts closing with their position at high speed. A few moments later, the bridge radar crew observed high speed aircraft passing over the surface returns on the same heading. Within a few short moments, and without any warning, Israeli fighter aircraft launched a rocket attack on USS Liberty. The aircraft made repeated firing passes, attacking USS Liberty with rockets and their internal cannons. After the first flight of fighter aircraft had exhausted their ordnance, subsequent flights of Israeli fighter aircraft continued to prosecute the attack with rockets, cannon fire, and napalm.
During the air attack, USS Liberty’s crew had difficulty contacting Sixth Fleet to request assistance due to intense communications jamming The initial targets on the ship were the command bridge, communications antennas, and the four .50 caliber machine guns, placed on the ship to repel boarders. After the Israeli fighter aircraft completed their attacks, three Israeli torpedo boats arrived and began a surface attack about 35 minutes after the start of the air attack. The torpedo boats launched a total of five torpedoes, one of which struck the side of USS Liberty, opposite the ship’s research spaces. Twenty-five Americans, in addition to the nine who had been killed in the earlier air attacks, were killed as a result of this explosion.
What happened in actuality, was that the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet abandoned the Liberty, which met with the approval of the Department of Defense. Two rescue flights en route were recalled as those pilots listened over the radio to the carnage. McGonagle, Medal of Honor recipient, had this to say: (Ibid)
McGonagle remained tight-lipped about the attack for years, according to James Scott, author of Attack on the Liberty. He wanted to believe it was a mistake, but finally he could not.
First in 1997 and more strongly in 1998 – four years before Cristol’s book was first published – McGonagle publicly stated that he believed the attack on Liberty was deliberate.
Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, where some crew remains are buried beneath a memorial stone, McGonagle said …
“[I] wanted to believe that the attack … was pure error.”
“It appears to me it was not a case of mistaken identity. I think that it’s about time that the state of Israel and the United States government provide the crewmembers of the Liberty and the rest of the American people the facts of what happened.”
The survivors demanded a Congressional inquiry. They did not receive one. They had seen it happen, they knew what happened. Israel claimed they looked Egyptian, as if this made it okay.
Indeed, Israel’s story to the public was patently unbelievable. The Israeli Navy brought in machine gun armed watercraft to mow down drowning and burning survivors and survivors in lifeboats bearing the American flag, claiming confusion as U.S. sailors screamed for their lives in English. Their claim of confusion was offensive.
So survivors of the U.S.S. Liberty demanded again for a Congressional hearing. The government refused again.
(Original PDF document available here: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/download/BostonDeclaration.pdf)
More recent evidence, a declaration under penalty of perjury by Ward Boston (images of the declaration provided above), the Senior Counsel to the Court of Inquiry, a (ret.) Captain and JAG Corp. officer, supported the veterans’ claim, and pointed at an Israeli and American cover up.
So the survivors of the U.S.S. Liberty asked again for a Congressional Inquiry, and they were again refused. The Department of Defense wouldn’t even send a speaker to talk to them about what happened. To this very day, the survivors continue to ask for the truth and for justice. To this day, their government has refused to even look into it beyond the superficial investigation which was then doctored, falsified in a cover up. These vets deserve an answer. The families of the deceased deserve some peace.