Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty Leaves 34 Americans Dead, 173 Wounded. John McCain, Jr. Led the Cover-Up
September 2nd, 2008 10:08 pm | by Jake4Constitution |
A 40-Year Overdue Headline. Israel deliberately attempted to destroy the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. John McCain’s father hushed it up. Was it also the day America almost nuked Egypt? Read and decide for yourself.
by Jake, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published August 31, 2008 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article4660.html
Few are aware of the reality behind the events of June 8th, 1967. Few are aware that Israel during its pivotal Six Day War offensive against Egypt and other Arab powers launched a savage attack against the unarmed USS Liberty, an undefended surveillance ship that was sailing in international waters north of Egypt. The land that Israel annexed the following day still fuels the never-ending feud.
Out of a crew of 294, 34 Americans died and 173 were wounded. In this article, I have tried to separate out the facts, list some of the speculation, and provide you, the Reader, with a source list to make up your own mind. Although the truth is not known for certain, if you do the research with an unbiased mind, and if you weigh the testimonies of the American sailors on board as more or less accurate as I do, the evidence is in favor that the state of Israel suddenly and deliberately attacked our unarmed surveillance ship, the USS Liberty. For the past 40 years, Israel continues to claim this was a case of mistaken identity, but recent declassified top secret documents from the National Security Agency support the opposite. Take a look at the below, research the attached links, and decide for yourself.
Why did I write this? Several reasons, I hold that this is an example that relations between nation-states should not be looked upon by We the People so naively by the simple labels of “friends” or “enemies.” Often nation-states are simply doing what is best for their own selfish interests. Many Americans look upon our relations with Israel as an example of a crystal-pure friendship of the great superpower helping the oppressed pre-Jesus descendents back to their joyous return to the Holy Land after their victimization in the Holocaust and by Hitler and efforts by other anti-Semites. I urge that this view should be reexamined, so the decision is not made so blindly. Secondly, in my last article, Ron Paul and the Struggle of Attrition, I mention throwing snowballs at the Reps and Dems. The article has an attack on Senator John McCain (not just his dad!). I have waited until releasing this just before the Republican convention for this reason. My third reason is simple. Not doing so affronts my personal morals of truth and justice.
The Political-Military Background of the USS Liberty Incident (1) pages 9-11
The geopolitical situation was, then as now, fairly complex but also notably involved the USSR of course. Here are a few critical items.
- Similar to the upcoming US blockade of Iran, Egypt blockaded the key Israeli port of Elat in the Gulf of Aqaba in late May 1967, which led to a full military mobilization by Israel. This was combined with military build-ups by Iraq, Syria, and Jordan, who were in coalition with Egypt.
- On June 5, Israel launched a massive surprise attack against all four of the above nations, annihilating their air forces. A blitzkrieg of Israeli land forces surged into Egypt’s Sinai. For the remainder of the war, Israel would completely dominate the airspace.
- On June 6, President Nasser of Egypt cut off all diplomatic relations with America and closed the Suez Canal to all shipping, stating that American and British warplanes had interceded on behalf of Israel. In retaliation, America also cut off all relations with Egypt. Israel defeated Jordanian land forces and secured Jerusalem.
- On June 7, Israel conquered the West Bank, secured the Gaza Strip, and its tank columns were within 18 miles of the Suez Canal. The Gulf of Aqaba blockade was broken with the capture of an Egyptian city. Israel agreed to the UN ceasefire, provided the Arab nations also agreed.
- On June 8, the USS Liberty was stationed in international waters at all times and its task was to listen on all communications and give real-time intelligence to the military and Washington. At the time it was attacked, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Israel had all agreed to the UN ceasefire, so in theory (not in actuality) a ceasefire was in effect.
- On June 9, Israel charged that Syria violated this ‘theoretical’ ceasefire and plunged its tanks deep into Syria, conquering a large swath of the country, including the Golan Heights.
- On June 10, another UN ceasefire was established and held.
Summary of the Assault on the USS Liberty
As day broke on June 8, the USS Liberty was quite close to the Egyptian shoreline but out of visible range and in international waters, where it would remain for the entire incident. Visibility was perfect on a sunny day with a slight breeze, and the Liberty confirmed it would remain at its assigned position for the next 24 hours. There may have been an order sent to withdraw the Liberty, but the message never reached the Liberty, which was a communications ship filled with $40 million worth of the most modern surveillance and radio equipment, armed only with a few machine gun turrets designed to thwart boarders. (1) page 33 and (2) pages 3-4.
At 05:15 after the sun rose, an unmarked aircraft circled the ship three or four times and left in the direction of Tel Aviv. (3) pages 15-16. Later it was indisputably confirmed by Israel that this aircraft was Israeli and had positively identified the USS Liberty as an American vessel at 10:50. (2) page 5. At all times up until air attack was underway, the Liberty was flying a 5×8 foot American flag.
At 08:50, an unidentified jet aircraft flew overhead and left in the direction of Egypt. (3) page 16
At 10:30, two unidentified jet aircraft orbited the Liberty three times. (3) page 16. I have been unable to find in what direction these aircraft left in, which, due to the close proximity of the USS Liberty and Israeli air domination is a key piece of information.
At 10:56, 11:45, 12:20, and 12:45, jet aircraft similar to an “American flying boxcar” were observed to circle the USS Liberty and return in the direction of the Sinai peninsula, which was under Israeli air domination. These planes from visual identification and photographs taken have been confirmed to have been Israeli French-built NORD 2501 military aircraft. (3) page 16
At 13:51, three (3) incoming surface contacts were detected bearing down on the USS Liberty at a range of 18 miles. These were the Israeli torpedo boats that would later assault the Liberty. (3) page 16
At 13:58, the USS Liberty began transmitting an SOS call for immediate assistance. This call would repeat for the next 2 hours. (4)
Also at 13:58, an unidentified jet that was “similar if not identical” to the 10:30 aircraft was approaching the Liberty in attack formation. (3) page 16
From 14:03 until 14:10, the Israeli air assault unleashed hell, concentrating a coordinated strafing attack first of bombs, then of rockets, armor-piercing bullets, and napalm on the ship’s communication antennas and crew. Basically these fighters exhausted all of their ordnance and ammunition on a ship they knew could not return fire before they left. (3) page 16 and (4). Israel later confirmed that multiple Mirage fighter-bombers and Dassault Mystyres swept-wing fighters were used, and this was confirmed from photographs taken by Liberty sailors. During the assault, the aircraft jammed all frequencies so the Liberty was only able to communicate during the short intervals when the Israeli rockets were in-flight, as the fighters had to switch off jamming temporarily. (1) page 36. Also during the assault, the American flag was shot away, but before the torpedo attack began, it was replaced with a larger 8×13 foot version. (3) page 19.
Between 14:24 and 14:28, the three torpedo boats arrived in visual range and were reported as flying Israeli flags. (3) page 19 and (1) page 36.
At 14:31, both the USS Liberty and the torpedo boats opened fire at each other. At least five (5) torpedoes were launched, and two (2) torpedoes made contact at about 14:35, and later mechanical analysis revealed one of the torpedoes hit in an area where a few meters in either direction would likely have broken the ship in half. Twenty-five (25) Americans working in the SIGINT section were killed instantly by this torpedo. Following the torpedoes, the Israeli boats raked the USS Liberty with cannon and machine-gun fire, shooting at any visible sailor above deck. At one point, the Israelis concentrated their fire on the boiler, trying to cause an explosion and sink the ship. The torpedo boats were later confirmed to be Ayah class motor torpedo boats, each carrying two (2) torpedoes, and (4) cannons. Before the ship was scrapped, there were 861 holes larger than a man’s fist and thousands of 0.50 caliber machine gun holes. (3) pages 19-20, (2) pages 7-8, (1) page 37-38. Same as the fighter attack, basically the Israelis expended all of their ordnance and then just opened up with machine-guns, possibly to keep the sailors from activating a new radio line. They threw everything they had at the USS Liberty, trying to sink a defenseless vessel that they had confirmed to be American.
Directly following the torpedo hits, Captain McGonagle gave the order to abandon ship, but this effort was abandoned as the Israelis did not cease fire, and machine-gunned the life boats that were launched, destroying them. (2) page 8.
However, by improvising a radio wire made from their completely destroyed equipment, the USS Liberty was able to alert carriers USS Saratoga and USS America, which were stationed not more than 15 minutes away. At 14:50, USS Saratoga launched its “ready aircraft” - four (4) F-4 Phantoms and four (4) A-1 fighters. The rules of engagement were all Israeli forces were declared hostile and were to be destroyed. These orders were transmitted “in the clear” meaning that no encryption was used. Following this transmission, the Israeli motor torpedoes abruptly terminated their attack and asked if USS Liberty required assistance, which was refused. (2) page 8-10. They maintained contact with Liberty until roughly 16:45. (1) page 39.
Between 14:50 and 15:07, two (2) Israeli attack helicopters arrived above the Liberty. Reports were that the helicopters were packed full of soldiers wearing full battle dress. Captain McGonagle gave the order to prepare to repel boarders, but no assault was made by the helicopters. The attack was over. (2) page 8-12.
Was the USA about to nuke Cairo?
That’s unknown and I have found no evidence in the NSA declassified documents that even remotely suggest it. However, after the release of these documents, BBC made a film documentary in 2007 on the USS Liberty where they speculate that the strike aircraft launched were nuclear armed and that due to the chaos of the situation the USS Saratoga may have thought Egypt was attacking the USS Liberty. (5) (6) One has to wonder what would have happened if the USS Liberty had been sunk with all hands on board, or if their message that it was Israel attacking was never received. Remember, it was not even confirmed by the Liberty that Israel was the attacker until the torpedo boat arrival at roughly 14:24, and Israel terminated the attack at 14:50 when they discovered that the USS Liberty was still able to transmit freely. Here is what Lieutenant Commander James Ennes wrote in his 1980 book, Assault on the Liberty:
Aircraft-carrier sailors know that certain airplanes are always spotted near the catapults where they are kept fueled, armed and ready to fly. They are maintained by special crews, they are flown by carefully selected pilots, and they are kept under special guard at all times. These are the “ready” aircraft. To visitors, they are almost indistinguishable from other aircraft, but they are very special aircraft indeed, and their use is an ominous sign of trouble. They carry nuclear weapons.
No one in government has acknowledged that ready aircraft were sent toward Liberty, and no messages or logs have been unearthed to prove that nuclear-armed aircraft were launched; moreover, there is no indication that release of nuclear weapons was authorized under any circumstances, on that ready aircraft, which normally carry nuclear weapons, were launched toward Liberty, and that the Pentagon reacted to the launch with anger bordering on hysteria. Widely separated sources have described the launch and subsequent recall of those aircraft in detail, and the circumstances are compelling.
According to a chief petty officer aboard USS America, the pilots were given their orders over a private intercom system as they sat in their cockpits. A United States ship was under attack, they were told, and they were given the ship’s position. Their mission was to protect the ship. Under no circumstances were they to approach the beach. (4)
So why was the Liberty attacked? Well, options are that 1) the Israelis went far out of their way sending in fighter bombers, torpedo boats, and attack helicopters in quick, coordinated succession just to sink an Egyptian freighter but did mistake the USS Liberty (it was half the size of the vessel Israel claimed it to be) during the fog of war, or 2) they did it on purpose. I’ve read the official Israeli explanation and listened to a few of the attackers, and there is nothing that convinced me that the attack was not deliberate. (1) pages 45-50 and (6). Decide for yourself. If Israel attacked the Liberty on purpose, the theories rage - to cover up a mass murder of Egyptian POWs, a false flag attack codenamed Operation Cyanide, etc. The theory that makes the most sense to me is that they did it to mask their aggression into the Golan Heights the following day. Eric Margolis posted that in 2001 article “intelligence expert James Bamford came out with Body of Secrets, his latest book about the National Security Agency. In a stunning revelation, Bamford writes that unknown to Israel, a US Navy EC-121 intelligence aircraft was flying high overhead the ‘Liberty,’ electronically recorded the attack. The US aircraft crew provides evidence that the Israeli pilots knew full well that they were attacking a US Navy ship flying the American flag… Israel, which claims it fought a war of self defense in 1967 and had no prior territorial ambitions, will be much displeased by Bamford’s revelations. Those who believe Israel illegally occupies the West Bank and Golan will be emboldened.” (7)
Not surprisingly, I have been unable to find any mention of this incident in the recent American mainstream media, or MSM, except for this article from the Chicago Tribune. (9) Par for the course for our war chickens at CNN, FOX, CBS, CNBC and ABC, which is as good a reason for me to write as any.
Admiral McCain Leads the Cover-Up
Somewhere around 14:10 a message was relayed by the USS Saratoga to Admiral McCain, Navy Commander-in-Chief Europe (CINCNAVEUR) that the Liberty was under attack from an unidentified attacker. At 14:34 a message was relayed by the USS Saratoga to Admiral McCain. (1) pages 36-37.
At 15:20, the F-4 Phantom force was in transit but ETA was 17:15, as the carrier group was well over 450 miles away. (1) page 39.
Somewhere in between was a series of events when Washington was notified. Per the 2007 BBC documentary, Americans sailors claim Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara (of 1964 Gulf of Tonkin false flag attack fame) personally recalled all strike aircraft back to the carriers, although MacNamara denies this. Then the USS Saratoga relaunched strike aircraft, this time assumedly not armed with nuclear weapons. MacNamara and other top Navy brass again personally recalled all strike aircraft to return. Whatever happened in actuality, the end result is that the USS Liberty never received ANY HELP on the day of the attack. (6) This leads to the claim by the Liberty’s survivors at their website: “Americans who volunteer for military service effectively write a blank check, payable to the United States of America for an amount “up to and including my life.” The United States, in turn, promises to spend these checks responsibly. That bargain implicitly includes a promise by the United States to protect them and to seek retribution against anyone who harms them. In the case of USS Liberty, the United States has failed to keep its promise.” (8)
On June 10, Admiral John McCain ordered a naval court of inquiry into the incident. How did he cover it up, assumedly under orders from Washington? First, he ordered the proceedings to be closed, and the hearing notes have been kept secret for almost 40 years. Second, he opened and closed the case in London in less than a week after it occurred, some of the sailors brought into the court to testify were dragged from the hospital still bleeding and in pain. (3) pages 8 and 117. I’ve reviewed the 728-page file, and while it is impressively extensive for one week’s work, particularly the section on how much it would take to repair the ship, it missed many subsequent discoveries, and I conclude it offers very little truth or justice to the men that died and their families. It dishonors both them and the survivors. Seventy percent (70%) of the crew are dead or injured by a foreign power, and if you review the casualty list, their injuries were not slight - legs blown off, shrapnel in the brain, napalm burns, broken limbs, cervical damage. And the world’s superpower stays silent to avoid arousing the ire from its mini-ally? That’s sort of like a father failing to chastize a son for acting inappropriately and bringing dishonor to the family.
President Lyndon Johnson was reportedly furious but did very little publicly to entertain the possibility that the attack was not done by mistake. When the incident went to press, it was in the newspaper’s back pages. There was no investigation into the incident ordered by Congress. This is in stark contrast to the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole, where 17 sailors died and 39 were wounded. Therefore, I have no issues with using my tax money to have a final investigation and put this matter to a close. To fund it, simply use part of our annual foreign aid to Israel.
Israel never punished any of their military personnel for negligence during the mistake. Israel paid $6 million in reparations to the families of the dead, and $6 million in reparations for the ship itself, but as the ship was worth $40 million in 1967, Israel is short by $34 million, or $220 million in 2008 dollars. No problem, if Israel does not want to print up some shekels, take it out of their foreign aid.
In closing on Admiral John McCain, Jr., I find it strange that the long Wikipedia entry on the USS Liberty incident does not even bother mentioning him. Although the sins of the father should have no influence on my thoughts on his son as a presidential candidate, the fact that little Johnny openly claims his dad was a source of his inspiration and integrity is indeed worrisome. Since when is hiding the truth something to be proud of?
Admiral McCain, Jr.’s record as a WWII submarine captain is quite uneventful, in stark contrast to his father’s Admiral McCain, Sr.’s record as a WWI and WWII war hero. John McCain, Sr. helped lead America through the Guadalcanal, Phillippines, and Okinawa battles against the Japanese. See the photo of Admirals Bull Halsey and McCain, Sr. at the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945. McCain, Sr. had pleaded with Halsey to let him skip the ceremony and return home to rest, as the stress of the war had shrunk his body to 100 pounds. He was not joking, but Halsey refused. Four days later, he died at home in San Diego. Next take a look at his son (also taken September 2, 1945) and grandson, the presidential candidate (my favorite is his Annapolis photo). (12) (13) (14) However, the hero’s grandson, Senator or whatever, is a far lesser man in my opinion than the grandfather. Here is what I wrote here in May:
McCain has this image of a being a normal Joe Blow who was tortured during the war, but the truth the American public should know is McCain is anything but. He is really a Military Aristocrat. Granddaddy McCain was a 4-star Admiral, Daddy McCain was the Admiral-Top Dog during Vietnam who married a rich oil heiress. After his return, McCain would eventually start an affair and divorce his first wife, a professional model who (faithfully) waited for him to return but whose beauty (and slimness) was marred by an automobile accident, for a rich beer heiress (net worth >$100 million!). McCain has apologized publicly for this, and after all he has been through, I sympathize.
McCain went to Annapolis where he graduated a dismal 894 of 899, the “Admiral’s son” who apparently had troubles with authority and rules and had temper issues. During peacetime duty in the inhospitable Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas, McCain had a reputation for being a party man, and his flying skills were so acute that he crashed two planes and smashed a third into power lines WITHOUT being attacked. At age 30, McCain finally went to war in Vietnam. McCain was frustrated by the micromanagement from Washington. He wrote “In all candor, we thought our civilian commanders were complete idiots who didn’t have the least notion of what it took to win the war.” (I note here that the President is the top civilian commander, and since McCain obviously believes he can win wars, my main question is how to define when the Iraq War is won? How to define when the Global War on Terror is won? I have not heard answers that make sense from this candidate) McCain’s simple job was to fly over Vietnam and bomb it to hell, but was shot down (or just crashed? Just Kidding, but you have to wonder!) during bombing run #23.
He was horribly tortured, his hair quickly went white and was a POW for over five years, two of which were in solitary confinement (hear that does wonders for a man’s mind, ask Jose Padilla in my “We the People vs. the Might of the Government” article. Wish McCain had had the conviction to have stood up for him!). So he is a rich, adulterous, at one time was semi-sane, imperious, and not-very-book-smart military aristocrat who has crashed at least 3 planes. Sounds more like a certain Saudi Terrorist than an American Hero.
The Israelis failed to sink Liberty. I salute all Americans who heroically fought for their lives that day. It is quite possible that in so doing they unknowingly saved many others. But to a man, these brave sailors have been discontented with their government until their deaths as old men over 40 years later. They deserved better from their Navy and their government. Although one by one their voices will finally be extinguished by old age, there is at least one young American who remains to shout:
REMEMBER THE LIBERTY!
Jake, the Champion of the Constitution
PS It appears that all questioners of the USS Liberty are categorically labeled as anti-Semites, so as a disclaimer I am harbor no ill will towards the religion of the Israelis, which is the same religion as some Americans. However, I am of the opinion that all foreign aid to Israel should be halted as well as to the rest of the region, which omitting Iraq, is still far higher than our aid to the Israelis. I am of the opinion that the national security of Israel is not a priority for the President of the United States per the Constitution. I am of the opinion that our government should consider carefully how its gung-ho approach to supporting Israel, as this serves to isolate America from the world community and makes peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and other Arabs practically impossible. Israel most likely (but unconfirmed) has a full nuclear arsenal, WMD if you will, and is fully capable of defending itself. Last time I checked, Israel and Iran are both members of the IAEA and particularly due to the highly religious influence in government, perhaps the IAEA should also consider a surprise audit in Israel, since well over nine surprise visits have resulted in no findings in Iran.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
As always, unlike the NFL, the author grants full permission to allow any accounts of, rebroadcasts, retransmissions, repostings in part or full of this article to your blog or anywhere else in order to promote the Restoration of our Republic.
Veritas numquam perit. Veritas odit moras. Veritas vincit. Truth never perishes. Truth hates delay. Truth conquers.
“When the truth walks away,
Because the truth about the world is that crime does pay!
So if you walk away,
Who is gonna stay?
Because I’d like to think the world is a better place!”
- from Offspring’s song “Have You Ever.” For now, I will stay to fight. But who is John Galt?
Article Source List
(1) NSA 2007 Declassified Top Secret Document on the USS Liberty
(2) USSLiberty.org 2005 document entitled “A Report: War Crimes Committed Against US Military Personnel, June 8, 1967”
(3) McCain’s June 1967 Naval Court of Inquiry Report, recently declassified top secret document
(4) Excerpt from the USS Liberty’s Lt. Cmdr. James Ennes 1980 book, Assault on the Liberty
(5) BBC June 8, 2007 news article.
(6) BBC 2007 Documentary on the USS Liberty incident entitled “Dead in the Water”
(7) Eric Margolis 2001 www.lewrockwell.com article on the USS Liberty incident.
(9) Chicago Tribune October 2007 news article.
(10) USS Liberty.org website. Oral testimony from the Liberty’s survivors.
(12) John McCain, Sr. Wiki entry
(13) John McCain, Jr. Wiki entry.
(14) John McCain, III Wiki entry.
(15) Carol McCain Wiki entry (Senator McCain’s first wife).
(16) The Israel Lobby. Free documentary. Decide for yourself.