It’s been over 54 years since the attack. In the intervening years the US government hasn’t bothered to investigate the attack on our ship. Despite this verifiable fact, Members of Congress have lied to their constituents about the USS Liberty Attack by claiming that numerous investigations of the attack have been conducted by the US government. Now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer enters the picture and lies to his constituent.
by Joe Meadors
Members of Congress, have you no shame? Did you think we’d allow you to lie about the US government’s investigation of the attack and let you get away with it?
Do Senate ethics rules allow you to lie to your constituency when that lie is easily proven to be just that — a lie?
The US government has never investigated the attack on our ship. This has been verified by the Congressional Research Service, the National Archive and Records Administration as well as the Historians of both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
To claim otherwise is admitting you take your talking points not from Americans who were aboard the USS Liberty and who can provide eyewitness testimony but from Israel partisans who have been spreading the lie of multiple US government investigations of the attack for decades.
I have duplicated below an email received from one of Senator Chuck Schumer’s constituents. In it, he lies to this constituent.
To show Mr. Schumer for the liar he is, we recommend asking him for a copy of the investigations he claims were performed.
Email your Congressional Delegation and have them send you a copy of Congressional Investigation of the Attack. http://bit.ly/2ZxgqTI.They will be unable to provide you with any because it doesn’t exist.
Email your Congressional Delegation and have them ask Congressional Research Service to send a copy of the US government investigation of the attack. http://bit.ly/2JYf29p.The CRS will tell you that they cannot find any reference to a US government investigation of the attack.
Email the Congressional Historians and have them send you a copy of Congressional Investigation of Attack. http://bit.ly/2XrJwXe. Neither Congressional Historian will be able to provide you with a copy of a Congressional investigation of the attack since they cannot find any in the records available to them.
From: Senator Schumer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2021, 3:07 PM
Subject: A message from Senator Charles E. Schumer
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern with the 1967 attack targeting the USS Liberty. I share your concerns.
The USS Liberty was a technical research ship that belonged to the United States Navy from 1963 to 1968. On June 8, 1967, while conducting an intelligence collection mission near the Sinai Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship was mistakenly attacked by Israeli fighter jets and torpedo boats, killing 34 crewmembers and wounding 171 more. Israel-which was in the midst of the Six-Day War against six Middle Eastern countries-apologized for the tragic accident, explaining that the Israeli military had incorrectly identified the USS Liberty to be an Egyptian ship. Inquiries performed by both the Israeli and U.S. governments arrived also concluded that the attack was accidental, caused by Israeli confusion about the ship’s identity.
We must never forget that the freedom enjoyed by so many Americans is possible only because of sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces. Throughout my career, I have been a steadfast supporter of honoring our beloved service members and those who died in the line of duty. That is why I, alongside several of my fellow Senators, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, urging him to add to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial the names of 74 sailors who were killed while serving aboard the USS Frank E. Evans on June 3, 1969.
Although investigations of the USS Liberty attack and financial compensation to the families of the 34 fallen crewmembers were completed, I will continue to keep your concerns in mind as conversations about potential future probes take place. I will also continue fighting to ensure that all veterans receive the recognition they so greatly deserve, and that the sacrifices they made to protect our country are never forgotten.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch with your thoughts and opinions.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
Please do not respond to this email. To send another message please visit my website at https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck . Thank you