The Attack on the USS Liberty is NOT a “Conspiracy Theory”

The Attack on the USS Liberty is NOT a “Conspiracy Theory”

Far be it for me to present Wikipedia as a source authority.  I hope you forgive me this one transgression.

“A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy by sinister and powerful actors, often political in motivation, when other explanations are more probable.  The term has a pejorative connotation, implying that the appeal to a conspiracy is based on prejudice or insufficient evidence.  Conspiracy theories resist falsification and are reinforced by circular reasoning: both evidence against the conspiracy and an absence of evidence for it, are re-interpreted as evidence of its truth, and the conspiracy becomes a matter of faith rather than proof.”  [See Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory]

by Joe Meadors

The only reason someone describes an event as a “conspiracy theory” is to cast aspersions on anyone who brings the subject up for discussion even if that person has undeniable proof of the accuracy of the event in question.

The attack on the USS Liberty, the War Crimes committed by the forces attacking the USS Liberty, and the coverup of that attack by the US government is NOT a “conspiracy theory.”

The attack happened.

They committed war Crimes during that attack.

The US government not only participated in those War Crimes but has actively covered them up for over 52 years.

Disgraced Retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw (R-TX2)
Disgraced Retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw (R-TX2)

The USS Liberty is back in the news again.  This time to be disparaged by Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX02), formerly a respected US Navy SEAL.

This comes on the heels of the insults heaped upon USS Liberty survivors and those who ask about the USS Liberty by Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA.

I have reached out to both Mr. Kirk and Congressman Crenshaw asking for an apology for their efforts to demean USS Liberty survivors, the sacrifice of our fallen shipmates and the suffering of our families.

I have received nothing in response.

Like others of their ilk, they don’t have the courage to answer us.

Mr. Kirk and Congressman Crenshaw have no problem with an attacking force committing War Crimes during their attack on a virtually unarmed US Navy ship.  Indeed, they condone those actions and condemn anyone who publicly raises them.

I know why Mr. Kirk does.  His position is popular in his circles.

Congressman Crenshaw is more of a puzzle.  I doubt many in the SEAL community condone the actions during the attack or the coverup by the US government.

Unfortunately, his new role as a Member of Congress has come to the fore allows him to not only trivialize the attack on our ship but to insult the survivors and the sacrifice of our fallen shipmates.  Perhaps he always did.

Both Mr. Kirk and Congressman Crenshaw should know that the motto of the USS Liberty Veterans Association is taken almost entirely from the SEAL creed:

“I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my shipmates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.”

That is a creed we live by every day.

Sadly, Mr. Kirk and Congressman Crenshaw do not.

USS Liberty: Why Investigate the Attack on a US Navy Ship?

USS Liberty: Why Investigate the Attack on a US Navy Ship?

Congressional investigations of the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Stark and USS Cole as well as the 1982 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut were initiated almost immediately following each of those attacks.

The Israeli’s attacked the USS Liberty over 19,100 days ago with no Congressional investigation in sight.

What effect has Congress’ refusal to investigate the attack on the USS Liberty had on the survivors of the attack, our families and the families of our 34 fallen shipmates?

Do Members of Congress even care?  Hint: No!

by Joe Meadors

We’ve been approached by a staff member of a Member of Congress who solicited my input to be presented to his boss regarding the attack on the USS Liberty and the possibility of a Congressional investigation of the attack.

In my email response to him I addressed the questions he posed as well as a question posed in an attachment he included.  To paraphrase his main question, “The attack happened over 52 years ago, why investigate the attack in the first place and why investigate now?”

My response follows:


Thank you for reaching out to me.

To get directly to the questions you asked.

No Member of Congress (now or previous) has ever indicated an interest in a Congressional investigation of the attack on our ship.  In fact, they are so averse to anything USS Liberty that no Member of Congress has ever attended the annual memorial service we hold in Washington, DC.  Proof that Members of Congress perform a litmus test to determine whether or not the sacrifice of American KIA’s are worth publicly honoring.

I know of nothing in the Constitution or statutes that requires Congress to conduct an investigation of the attack.

That said, historically Congress has investigated all attacks on a US Navy ship since the end of World War II.  The attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Stark and USS Cole have all been the subject of a Congressional investigation.  As have been the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut and the attack on the SS Mayaguez.

The attack on the USS Liberty is the only attack on a US Navy ship not to be the subject of a Congressional investigation since the end of WWII.

This despite the facts that the attack included:

  • Unmarked aircraft;
  • Jamming of our radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies;
  • Deliberate machine gunning of serviceable life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship;
  • Slow circling of our torpedoed and burning ship by attacking torpedo boats as they fired from very close range at USS Liberty crewmen who ventured out to help our wounded shipmates trapped topside; and,
  • The decision of the attacking torpedo boats to depart the scene immediately after they ceased hostilities only to return some 90 minutes later in an obvious attempt to be able to claim they were coming to our assistance to drive off the aggressors.  International law obligates the aggressor to offer aid immediately after they cease hostilities, not 90 minutes later.

The Department of Defense, on the other hand, IS under an obligation to conduct an investigation.  Under the DoD’s Law of War Program (see link at http://bit.ly/2Natc7t) the Department of Defense is obligated “to investigate all allegations of war crimes whether committed by or against the United States.”  This is not a suggestion or recommendation.  It is an obligation.

On June 8, 2005 we submitted “A Report: War Crimes Committed Against U.S. Military Personnel, June 8, 1967” to the Department of Defense. (see link at http://bit.ly/2Natc7t).

The Department of Defense responded by claiming that the Court of Inquiry that they conducted shortly after the attack satisfied their obligation under their Law of War Program.

Unfortunately, the independent Congressional Research Service disagrees with the DoD’s position.

Some 25 years ago I had the opportunity, with the help of a mutual friend, to sit down with Mr. Clyde Mark, a Researcher with the Congressional Research Service.

Mr. Mark was in the CRS when the ship was attacked and was the researcher to whom USS Liberty-related questions would be submitted to for response.

I asked Clyde the direct question, “Has the US government conducted an investigation of the attack on the USS Liberty?”

His response was immediate and emphatic.  “No.”

In order for his response to be officially from the CRS, the question must be posed by a Member of Congress.  No Member of Congress will ask.  I know they won’t because I have asked them to – repeatedly – and they have refused.

Members of Congress insist there has been an investigation of the attack on our ship.

The Department of Defense insists there has been an investigation of the attack on our ship.

The Congressional Research Service insists there has been NO investigation of the attack on our ship.

Will you ask the CRS the question?

Will I participate in a conference call with the Congressman?

That depends.  And it should be noted that it comes at a personal price.

I have been invested in the effort to persuade Congress and the DoD that an attack on a US Navy ship warrants a complete and comprehensive public US government simply because it happened since before the USS Liberty Veterans Association was created in June, 1982.

There was a time when I could pursue that goal dispassionately.  Almost like the attack happened to someone else.

That wall was destroyed years ago.

Now I protect myself by confining my actions to the protection of a computer and word processor.  Unlike the Congressmen and their staffers I have interfaced with over the past decades, my computer doesn’t tell me anything I want to hear or make promises it doesn’t have any intention of honoring just to get me out of the office.

To anticipate a question routinely asked during meetings with Congressmen:  Why after over 52 years should we now conduct an investigation of the attack on the USS Liberty?

The answer is complicated and simple at the same time:

  • It happened.  That alone should suffice.  It worked for the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Stark and USS Cole as well as the 1982 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut.  Not so for the attack on the USS Liberty;
  • War Crimes were committed by and against the United States during the attack;
  • While we were still under attack and calling for help, LBJ personally ordered the recall of two flights of rescue aircraft that had been launched to come to our aid and would have arrived in time to drive off the torpedo boats, saving the lives of 25 of our shipmates;
  • The US government, by its refusal to conduct an investigation of the attack, has allowed War Crimes to be committed against the United States with impunity;
  • The investigation should be expanded far beyond the attack to include a review of the reason why the US government has not conducted an investigation of the attack despite the pleadings of USS Liberty survivors who relate the account that includes violations of the Geneva Convention, the Laws of War, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice; and,
  • The families of our fallen shipmates have lived since June 8, 1967, with the knowledge that the US government thinks so little of the sacrifice of their sons or fathers that it won’t bother to determine the facts of the attack nor will they attend a memorial service honoring the sacrifice of their loved ones even when that memorial service is held literally in their back yard.

In the attachment you included with your email the question is asked, “Why did the government of Israel knowingly attack the crew and ship of the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967?”

The question is one that should be addressed during the US government investigation we have been advocating for for decades.  The US Navy Court of Inquiry was directed NOT to pursue that question even though it was clearly within the scope as described by ADM John S. McCain, Jr. the Convening Authority.

The NSA has acknowledged the existence of voice tapes that may address that question although they refuse to release the tapes referenced in their message.  The referenced message is at https://usslibertyveterans.org/files/station_has_voice_tapes.pdf.  Please help us by asking the NSA to release of the voice tapes referenced in the NSA message.

My response to your email has been far longer than I anticipated when I began and has covered far more material than anyone can include in a brief, 5-minute conference call with a Member of Congress.

If it’s all the same to you, my preference would be to allow these comments to be submitted for consideration in lieu of the phone call.

I would also appreciate the courtesy of a written response from the Congressman.

If you have any other questions or want any further information, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch with us.

Warmest regards,

Joe Meadors, USS Liberty Survivor
Director of Operations
USS Liberty Veterans Association
Email: joe@ussliberty.com
https://usslibertyveterans.org
https://usslibertyveterans.blog
https://usslibertydocuments.info NEW! Library of All USS Liberty-Related Information (Under Construction)

 

Turning Point USA Founder Charlie Kirk Insults USS Liberty Survivors; His Audience Agrees

Turning Point USA Founder Charlie Kirk Insults USS Liberty Survivors; His Audience Agrees

I don’t know anything about Charlie Kirk or Turning Point USA other than what I read on the internet.  He founded a group that claims to advocate policies associated with the conservative side of the political spectrum. 

I hope others in his organization or who share his political dogma don’t share his public disdain for American servicemen whose only crime is to be victims of Israeli War Crimes.

Are we overreaching to hope the people in his circle will publicly disavow Mr. Kirk’s position?  From the reaction of his audience, we definitely are.

Like us, he readily takes advantage of the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. 

Unlike us, he doesn’t accept responsibility for what he says. 

Nor does he accept responsibility for the damage done to those who are affected by his words.

by Joe Meadors

Open Letter to Charlie Kirk

Please Forward to Addressee

October 29, 2019

Mr. Charlie Kirk, Founder
Turning Point USA
4940 East Beverly Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

Dear Mr. Kirk:

In the video above you condemned as “Conspiracy Theorists” the officers and crew of the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) who survived the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on our ship.

Since the term is only used as a pejorative, since nothing could be further from the truth, and since your use of the term is a direct insult to the sacrifice of 34 of our shipmates, the effort of those of us who survived the attack and the suffering of the families of our fallen shipmates, I am compelled to write.

Mr. Kirk, over 52 years ago our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” attacked us without warning and without provocation while we were steaming in international waters on a lawful mission for the United States.

Over 52 years ago military elements belonging to our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” jammed our radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies.

Over 52 years ago unmarked aircraft belonging to our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” attacked us without warning.

Over 52 years fighter aircraft from our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” reported the correct nationality of the USS Liberty to their headquarters only to be told to begin their attack.

Over 52 years ago The White House ordered the Sixth Fleet to abandon us while we were still under attack by our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” and calling for help.

Over 52 years ago attacking elements of our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East” departed the scene immediately after they ceased hostilities only to return 90 minutes later in an obvious attempt to claim they were coming to our help to drive off the forces attacking our ship.

Over 52 years ago the Commander in Chief, US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR) ADM John S. McCain, Jr., signed a qualified endorsement to a US Navy Court of Inquiry Report that his Legal Advisor, Capt. Merlin Staring, recommend he not sign since it was replete with many gross errors.

Over 52 years ago the attack on the USS Liberty became the only attack on a US Navy ship since the end of World War II NOT to be the subject of a US government investigation.  A mark that stands today despite the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Stark, and USS Cole all of which have been investigated by the US government.  Likewise, the USS Vincennes incident and the bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut have been investigated by the US government.  Not so the attack on the USS Liberty.

For over 52 years USS Liberty survivors, our families and the families of our fallen shipmates have been waiting for the announcement that the US government has finally decided to investigate the attack on the USS Liberty.

Instead of being outraged at learning these facts about the attack on our ship as most patriotic Americans are, Mr. Kirk dismisses them as the rantings of a group of “Conspiracy Theorists.”

These are not baseless mutterings of a group of anti-Semitic bigots. Mr. Kirk.

These are proven facts being lived by the victims of Israeli War Crimes that were committed with the tacit approval and active participation of the United States government.

You can read them for yourself.

But you won’t.  Said simply, you don’t give a damn about us.  You don’t give a damn about the facts of the attack on our ship.

Your concern — and the concern of your audience — is for the forces who attacked us.  For those who killed 34 of our shipmates.

34 Americans — like you.

34 Patriotic Americans — unlike you.

You’re in good company, Mr. Kirk.

That is the same concern repeatedly expressed by every Member of Congress for over 52 years.

What you will do is stand behind your microphone and insult the sacrifice of 34 Americans who were killed during the attack on the USS Liberty, the suffering of their families, and the effort of the survivors of the USS Liberty attack to ensure that attack is finally investigated by the US government.

We’re open to an apology from you, Mr. Kirk.  But only if that apology is followed by a  public and ongoing effort from you and your organization to ensure the US government conducts the investigation that has been denied the attack on the USS Liberty for over 52 years.

My email address is joe@ussliberty.com.

We hope you will agree that it was improper for you to single out a military unit for condemnation simply because we were attacked by our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East.”

Respectfully,

Joe Meadors, USS Liberty Survivor
Director of Operations
USS Liberty Veterans Association
P.O. Box 689275
Marietta, GA 30068
https://usslibertyveterans.org
https://usslibertyveterans.blog

USS Liberty Survivor Ron Trader. Rest in Peace Shipmate

USS Liberty Survivor Ron Trader.  Rest in Peace Shipmate

The relationship between USS Liberty survivors in unique among American military units.  The death of one of us is not only a sad event, it tears a hole in the heart of each of us who remains.

by Joe Meadors

USS Liberty Survivor Ron Trader 1946-2019
USS Liberty Survivor Ron Trader 1946-2019

Another USS Liberty survivor has died without knowing that the truth surrounding the ultimate sacrifice of 34 of his shipmates is held publicly and in honor by the very government they swore “to preserve, protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

I didn’t know Ron Trader.  He was a CT, a Communications Technician who worked in the “Research Spaces” that were entered through a locked door.  Those of us in “ship’s company” didn’t mingle with many of them while we were aboard the ship.

In the past 52 years all USS Liberty survivors have shifted from shipmates to family.

And now, one member of our family is gone forever.

Ron may not be with us physically but he is in spirit.  As is the spirit of all of our shipmates who were killed during the attack and those who have passed since.

Unlike the politicians who served then and have served since, we will honor the debt we owe our fallen shipmates.

Smooth sailing, shipmate.  May you Rest in Peace.

JerusalemU Lies About the USS Liberty [UPDATED]

JerusalemU Lies About the USS Liberty [UPDATED]

Two years ago, I contacted the founder of the JerusalemU website about the claims made in his video mentioning the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.

He told me, “We will look into your website and your claims more in depth.”

He has not.

UPDATE

I had a recent email exchange with Rabbi Raphel Shore of JerusalemU.  While he did not distance himself or his organization from the lies about the USS Liberty attack in his video or tell us the lies will be corrected, Rabbi Shore wrote: “While the video you are referring to of ours mentions the USS LIberty, it’s not really about it. We are however, considering a video that does unpack the USS LIberty story, and show the different sides.”

He then asked if I would consider being interviewed for the planned video.

My response:

Thank you for your kindness in responding to my email.

I applaud your effort to create a more inclusive video about the attack on our ship.

While I feel it would be inappropriate for me to direct you in a way that will result in a video that has a pre-determined conclusion, I hope you don’t mind my making a few suggestions of what you should consider for including in your video.  I will be the first to admit that any of these suggestions will go a long way in achieving our goal of ensuring the attack is documented as completely as possible.

First on my list would be interviews with Israelis involved in the attack.  I was briefly in touch with a retired Israeli Admiral who was the head of an organization of former IDF Navy personnel.  He told me he counted in the membership of his group a number of attack participants.  I have been looking for his contact information but cannot find it.  I’m sure your associates in Israel will be able to obtain that information from the IDF.

You may also find Gen. Yiftah Spector who lead the air attack amenable to being interviewed.

My second suggestion is to have your Congressional Delegation contact the Congressional Research Service and ask the question, “Has the US government conducted an investigation of the attack on the USS Liberty?”

To your offer to my being interviewed for the video, there was a time when I would gladly accept the invitation.  A time when I could speak about the attack as if it had happened to someone else.  Unfortunately, that time is long past.  One can only speak about our being ordered abandoned by the Sixth Fleet while we were still under attack and calling for help for so long before the wall I created between me and the attack comes crashing down.  And the knowledge that no Member of Congress has ever accepted our invitation to attend our annual memorial service in DC is just one of the things I have a hard time dealing with. 

I’m afraid the mental preparation needed to participate in such an interview has gotten to be too much for me to handle.  I hope you can use the videos on our YouTube channel in lieu of a new interview.

Thank you again for your kindness and your interest in the attack on our ship.

According to his Wikipedia reference, Rabbi Shore is a Canadian-Israeli Rabbi who founded JerusalemU and the Clarion Project.  In his email to me he showed no concern for the effect the lies in his video about the USS Liberty has on the American survivors of the attack and on our families.

One can only hope that his anticipated video about the attack on our ship will not include comments by parties not involved in the attack itself (e.g. Jay Cristol who did not interview a single USS Liberty survivor for his dissertation about the attack) but will include comments, evidence and testimony made available by those actually involved in the attack.


By Joe Meadors

In a previous version of the JerusalemU website we learned that the organization was “founded by Rabbi Raphael Shore in 2009 to address the prevalent and growing need to educate and inspire the new generation about Judaism and Israel so that they gain a stronger Jewish identity and an appreciation of their heritage.”

Jerusalem U is committed to strengthening the emotional and intellectual connection of young Jews to Judaism and Israel breaking old molds, forging new approaches to Jewish and Israel education through the creative use of film and technology all distributed via the Internet, social media, television, grassroots campaigns and partnerships with mainstream pro-Israel and Jewish organizations.

Apparently, that approach involves lying about the attack on the USS Liberty.

In their video about day six of the Six Day War they repeat the claim that the attack consisted solely of an air attack followed by a recognition of the true identity of the ship and termination of the attack.

They omit the apparently mundane facts that are routinely overlooked by those more intent on ensuring their visitors are told a fictionalized account of the attack instead of one supported by evidence and testimony of all persons involved. 

Do they think their visitors can’t handle the truth?

If they don’t, why omit the facts that they used unmarked aircraft, jammed our radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies, deliberately machine-gunned serviceable life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship, fired upon USS Liberty crewmen who attempted to help our wounded shipmates who were trapped topside during the attack, and departed the scene for over an hour instead of offering aid immediately upon cessation of hostilities as is their obligation under international law?

Two years ago, I contacted Rabbi Shore and asked that he consider information we have accumulated over the past 5 decades and include that information in their reference to the USS Liberty.

He promised that he would.

He has not.

Perhaps it is time for me to remind him of his promise.

Help Wanted: USS Liberty FOIA Attorney

Help Wanted: USS Liberty FOIA Attorney

The National Security Agency has a habit of claiming they have posted all USS Liberty related documents in their files on their webpage, waiting a few years and posting more USS Liberty related documents on their website and claim they have posted all USS Liberty related information in their files on their website, waiting a few years and posting more USS Liberty related documents on their website and claim they have posted all USS Liberty related information in their files on their website, etc., ad nauseum.

Now there’s a file they didn’t intend on posting.  But they did.

by Joe Meadors

Station Has Voice Tapes

So says a document the National Security Agency has posted on its website.

They didn’t want to – but we insisted.

“On 08 June 2007, the National Security Agency (NSA) finalized the review of all material relative to the 08 June 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. This additional release adds to the collection of documents and audio recordings and transcripts previously posted to the site on 02 July 2003.”  From the NSA Website.

Their June 8, 2007, release of USS Liberty documents didn’t include the “Station Has Voice Tapes” message.

That document had been in our possession for many years prior to the 40th anniversary of the attack release of USS Liberty documents.

I informed the NSA that their release didn’t include the “Station Has Voice Tapes” message and I included a copy of that message in my email.

They posted it on their website.

That was followed immediately by an FOIA request for the voice tapes referenced in the message or, if the voice tapes had been destroyed, a copy of the documentation authorizing the destruction of the voice tapes.

Their response was the “no relevant documents” reply we are so used to receiving.  Subsequent FOIA requests received the “no relevant documents” reply until one day I was told that any further FOIA requests from me would be discarded out of hand.

We don’t know what is on those tapes but we want to.  To our knowledge, nobody on the Revisionist side of the equation has pursued a release of the tapes in the legal arena.

We’re looking for an attorney who is interested in helping ensure the release of the NSA tapes.

It is not necessary that you coordinate your efforts with us.  Simply that you make the effort and share the tapes with us and the rest of the American people.  If you do want to share your efforts with us, you can contact us at ussliberty@usslibertyveterans.org.

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Help Wanted: USS Liberty Whistleblower

Help Wanted: USS Liberty Whistleblower

In 1979 with the publication of Assault on the Liberty, Jim Ennes became the first USS Liberty whistleblower.  In 1982 the survivors of the USS Liberty became whistleblowers followed closely by many high-ranking US Navy officers.

Now it’s your turn.

by Joe Meadors

We’re looking for a Whistleblower who can tell us what happened between the time the US Navy Court of Inquiry was ordered and the publication of the Court of Inquiry Report.

It’s an old story.  One we’ve told many times.

A US Navy ship is attacked in international waters by unmarked aircraft.  Her radios are jammed on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies.  Attacking torpedo boats deliberately machine-gun her serviceable life rafts that were dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship.  They then circle the torpedoed and burning ship while firing from very close range at USS Liberty crewmen who ventured topside to help their wounded shipmates who were trapped and unable to move below decks.  After they cease hostilities, the torpedo boats depart the scene immediately only to return some 90 minutes later with an offer of assistance in an obvious attempt to be able to claim they were coming to drive off the aggressors.

In the middle of this, The White House was informed of the attack but orders the rescue aircraft recalled because LBJ “didn’t want to embarrass an ally.”

Continuing the charade of concern, the US Navy orders a Court of Inquiry to look into “all aspects of the attack.”

The Court takes over where LBJ left off:

  • They remove from the record any evidence of Lloyd Painter’s testimony of his witnessing the deliberate machine gunning of our life rafts in the water.
  • They refuse to hear the testimony of Glenn Oliphant after they learn that he, too, witnessed the deliberate machine gunning of our life rafts in the water.
  • They ask for and receive written statements from some 65 USS Liberty crewmen but refuse to enter them into evidence.
  • They refuse to investigate the decision to obey LBJ’s order to recall the rescue aircraft despite it being unlawful and a capital violation of Article 99 of the UCMJ.
  • The Convening Authority ignores the recommendation of his Legal Advisor and attaches his limited endorsement.

We’ve done everything we can think of to try to convince the US government to conduct a proper investigation of the attack on our ship.

We know that there are others who were involved in the process that culminated in the publication of the US Navy Court of Inquiry Report.

We need them to come forward and tell how they were involved in the process and what they witnessed. 

I’m thinking specifically of the yeomen who served as court reporters who took the dictation of the verbatim testimony and who were involved in transcribing that testimony which involved removing a portion of Lloyd Painter’s testimony from the record.

The position of whistleblower comes without monetary compensation. 

What you will be able to do is look yourself in the mirror in the morning knowing that you have finally come forward and unburdened yourself of this cross you have carried for these past 52 years.

Applicants can indicate their interest in this position by emailing ussliberty@usslibertyveterans.org.

Highly Praised US Navy Historian Ignores 50+ Years of USS Liberty History

Highly Praised US Navy Historian Ignores 50+ Years of USS Liberty History

The US Naval Institute Press heaps praise on Naval Historian Robert J. Cressman:

“Naval historian Robert J. Cressman lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. His The Official Chronology of the United States Navy in World War II received a John Lyman Book Award (1999) and his body of work on U.S. naval aviation history was recognized by the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award (2008).”

by Joe Meadors

The US Naval Institute Press has a history of publishing authors who write accounts of the USS Liberty attack without interviewing any USS Liberty survivors.

They first did it when they published Jay Cristol’s screed, The Liberty Incident Revealed

In the advertising for that book, The US Naval Institute Press claims that Cristol wrote it  “After . . . interviewing all then-living individuals directly involved in the incident.”

There is no way to characterize that claim other than what it is.

It is a lie.

Jay Cristol didn’t interview a single USS Liberty survivor in the preparation of his doctoral thesis, his first book, The Liberty Incident, or his latest screed, The Liberty Incident Revealed.

Now, another US Naval Institute Press author has written a history of the USS Liberty without interviewing a single USS Liberty survivor.  To add insult to injury, he has ignored all the evidence that has come to light in the 52 years since the attack.

On June 12, 2017, Robert J. Cressman published the Official US Navy’s History of the USS Liberty (AGTR-5).

Absent from the official US Navy history of the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) are the apparently mundane facts that the Israelis used unmarked aircraft, they jammed our radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies, their torpedo boats deliberately machine-gunned serviceable life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship, their torpedo boats slowly circled the torpedoed ship while firing from close range at USS Liberty crewmen who either were trapped topside or who ventured topside to help our wounded shipmates, and the immediate departure of the torpedo boats after they ceased hostilities only to return 90 minutes later in an obvious attempt to lay the groundwork to claim they were coming to our assistance.

These facts are readably available to anyone writing a history of the USS Liberty.

Why do authors who are held in such high regard by The Naval Institute Press ignore these facts?

 

Who Says the USS Liberty Attack Was Deliberate?

Who Says the USS Liberty Attack Was Deliberate?

RADM Samuel Cox, USN (ret.), The US Navy Historian, Claims the Attack on the USS Liberty Was a Mistake.  So Does CAPT. A. Jay Cristol, USN, JAGC (ret.), the Father of USS Liberty Revisionism, and the Congressionally-Anointed “Authority on US Government Investigations of the Attack”, the Jewish Virtual Library.

To No One’s Surprise, They Have Quite a Litany of Detractors who (unlike RADM Cox, CAPT Cristol and the Staff of the JVL) Bring a Significantly Higher Level of Experience and Credentials to the Issue.

By Joe Meadors

The following is a partial list of individuals and groups supporting the position that the attack was deliberate.  This is the group that Israeli supporter Ahron Jay Cristol calls conspiracy theorists”

  • I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. . . . Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”

      US Secretary of State Dean Rusk
  • “Accidents don’t occur through repeated attacks by surface vessels and aircraft. It obviously was a decision made pretty high up on the Israeli side, because it involved combined forces. The ship was flying an American flag. My judgment was that somewhere along the line some fairly senior official gave the go ahead. I personally did not accept the Israeli explanation.”

    US Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Recorded interview, www.ussliberty.org
  • “...the board of inquiry (concluded) that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing in attacking the Liberty.”

      CIA Director Richard Helms in his book A Look Over my Shoulder
  • “It was no accident.”

    CIA Director Richard Helms in interview for Navy Times, 6/26/2002. Asked to say more, Helms remarked that he did not want to spend the rest of his life testifying in court about the attack.
  • “To me, the picture thus far presents the distinct possibility that the Israelis knew that the Liberty might be their target and attacked anyway, either through confusion in Command and Control or through deliberate disregard of instructions on the part of subordinates.”

      CIA Deputy Director Admiral Rufus Taylor
  • That the attack was deliberate “just wasn’t a disputed issue” within the National Security Agency

      Former NSA Director retired Army Lieutenant General William Odom on 3 March 2003 in an interview for Naval Institute Proceedings
  • Former NSA/CIA Director Admiral Bobby Inman “flatly rejected” the Cristol/Israeli claims that the attack was an accident

      5 March 2003 interview for Naval Institute Proceedings
  • “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 H. Moorer, former Chief of Naval Operations and later Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff writing for Americans for Middle East Understanding, June 8, 1997
  • “To suggest that they [the IDF] couldn’t identify the ship is … ridiculous. … Anybody who could not identify the Liberty could not tell the difference between the White House and the Washington Monument.”

      Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and later Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, quoted in The Washington Post, June 15, 1991, p. 14
  • “To me, the picture thus far presents the distinct possibility that the Israelis knew that Liberty might be their target and attacked anyway.”

    Admiral Rufus Taylor, Deputy CIA director, as quoted by CIA director Admiral Rufus Taylor in A Look Over My Shoulder.
  • Of four former NSA/CIA seniors with inside knowledge, none was aware of any agency official who dissented from the position that the attack was deliberate

      David Walsh, writing in Naval Institute Proceedings
  • “That the Liberty could have been mistaken for the Egyptian supply ship El Quseir is unbelievable
      Special Assistant to the President Clark Clifford, in his report to President Lyndon Johnson
  • “Inconceivable that it was an accident. 3 strafing passes, 3 torpedo boats. Set forth facts. Punish Israelis responsible
    Clark Clifford, Secretary of Defense under Lyndon Johnson, in Minutes of NSC Special Committee Meeting, 9 June 1967
  • “A nice whitewash for a group of ignorant, stupid and inept [expletive deleted].”

      Handwritten note of August 26, 1967, by NSA Deputy Director Louis W. Tordella reacting to the Israeli court decision exonerating Israelis of blame for the Liberty attack. Dr. Tordella expressed the view that the attack was deliberate and that the Israeli government attempted to cover it up to authors James Ennes and James Bamford and to Congressman George Mahon (D-Texas), and in an internal memorandum for the record. He noted “a nice whitewash for a group of ignorant, stupid and inept (redacted)” in the margin of the official Israeli excuse for the attack as noted in the NSA Gerhard report 1982)
  • “The attack was clearly deliberate.”

    General Marshall Carter, former director, National Security Agency, in a telephone interview with James Ennes
  • “The attack was deliberate
    Lucius Battle, former presidential advisor, as keynote speaker for 1982 USS Liberty reunion.
  • “My immediate reaction was it was not an accident. It had to be a deliberate attack.”

    Lucius Battle, in BBC Documentary “Dead in the Water”.
  • “….did not buy the Israeli ‘mistake’ explanations either. Nobody believes that explanation.” When informed by author Bamford of gruesome war crime (killing of large numbers of POWs) at nearby El Arish, Morrison saw the connection. “That would be enough,” he said. “They wouldn’t want us in on that. You’ve got the motive. What a hell of a thing to do.”

    Major General John Morrison, US Air Force, Deputy Chief NSA Operations during the attack and later Chief of NSA Operations as reported in Body of Secrets by James Bamford, p233.
  • “I can tell you for an absolute certainty (from intercepted communications) that they knew they were attacking an American ship.”

    Oliver Kirby, former deputy director for operations/production, National Security Agency. Kirby participated in NSA’s investigation of the attack and reviewed translations of intercepted communications between pilots and their headquarters which he reports show conclusively that they knew their target was an American ship. Kirby is considered the “Godfather” of the USSLiberty and USS Pueblo intercept programs. (Telephone interviews with James Ennes and David Walsh for Friendless Fire, Proceedings, June 2003)
  • On the strength of intercept transcripts of pilots’ conversations during the attack, the question of the attack’s deliberateness “just wasn’t a disputed issue” within the agency.

    Lieutenant General William E. Odom, former director, National Security Agency, interview with David Walsh on March 3, 2003, reported in Naval Institute Proceedings, June, 2003
  • Inman said he “flatly rejected” the Cristol thesis that the attack was an accident. “It is just exceedingly difficult to believe that [USS Liberty] was not correctly identified” based on his talks with NSA seniors at the time having direct knowledge of intercepted communications. No NSA official could be found who dissented from the “deliberate” conclusion.

    Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, USN, Director National Security Agency 1977-1981, reported in Proceedings, June, 2003
  • “I found it hard to believe that it was, in fact, an honest mistake on the part of the Israeli air force units. I still find it impossible to believe that it was.”

    Paul C. Warnke, Undersecretary of the Navy and later general legal counsel to the Department of Defense.
  • “In many years, I have wanted to believe that the attack on the Liberty was pure error. It appears to me that it was not a pure case of mistaken identity. . . .   I think it is about time that the State of Israel and the United States government provide the crew members of the Liberty, and the rest of the American people, the facts of what happened and why it came about that the Liberty was attacked 30 years ago today.” Later, McGonagle remarked, “USS Liberty is the only US Navy ship attacked by a foreign nation, involving large loss of life...that has never been accorded a full Congressional hearing.”

    Captain William L. McGonagle, Commanding Officer, USS Liberty, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery June 8, 1997.
  • “The Israelis told us 24 hours before that ...if we didn’t move it, they would sink it. Unfortunately, the ship was not moved, and by the time the message arrived the ship was taking on water.”

    John Stenbit, Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3Im in an address to the AFEI/NDAI Conference for Net Centric Operations, Wednesday, April 16, 2003
  • State Department Legal Advisor and author of highly critical detailed analysis of the Israeli excuse in telephone interview from his home in France, Mr. Salans described the attack as deliberate.

     Carl Salans, State Department Legal Advisor
  • Walter Deeley, NSA department head, conducted still-classified investigation of the attack and remarked later in telephone interview that he regards the attack as deliberate.

     Walter Deeley, NSA Department Head
  • “The highest officials of the [Johnson] administration, including the President, believed it ‘inconceivable’ that Israel’s ‘skilled’ defense forces could have committed such a gross error.”

      Lyndon Johnson’s biographer Robert Dallek in Flawed Giant, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 430-31
  • Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken, on faith, the word of their attackers.

      Captain Richard F. Kiepfer, Medical Corps, US Navy (retired), USS Liberty Survivor
  • “The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack...was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew…. It was our shared belief. . .that the attack. . .could not possibly have been an accident…. I am certain that the Israeli pilots [and] their superiors. . .were well aware that the ship was American.”

      Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, US Navy (retired), senior legal counsel to the US Navy Court of Inquiry
  • According to Kidd’s legal counsel, Captain Ward Boston, USN, Kidd discussed with him his belief that the attackers were aware they were attacking an American ship. The Court ruled otherwise because they were so directed by Washington.

      Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, President of the Navy Court of Inquiry, as reported in Navy Times, 6/26/2002
  • “I feel the Israelis knew what they were doing. They knew they were shooting at a U.S. Navy ship.”

    Captain Ward Boston, legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry, as reported in . Navy Times, 6/26/2002
  • “No one in the White House believed that the attack was an accident.”

    George Christian, Press Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson in letter to James Ennes, 1978.
  • After reviewing the Court of Inquiry in his official capacity as legal counsel to the convening authority, concluded that the evidence did not support the findings that the attack was an accident and declined to recommend that his Commander sign and forward it to Washington.

    Rear Admiral (then captain) Merlin Staring, Staff Legal Office for Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe and later Chief Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Statement toNavy Times, 3 June 2002 and elsewhere
  • “This book [Assault on the Liberty] gives convincing evidence that the attack was deliberate and that the facts, including the Navy’s bungling before and during the attack, were covered up.”

    United States Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III as reported in Congressional Record Senate S13136 September 23, 1980. Senator Stevenson later announced his interest in holding Congressional hearings on the attack. He pointed out that the survivors have been consistent in their accounts of what happened and that the attack was, in his word, “premeditated.” Also reported by William J. Small, United Press International, September 28, 1980.
  • “The Congress never investigated this matter, and I don’t detect much enthusiasm for getting into it now.”

    Senator Adlai Stevenson III in letter to James Ennes dated September 9, 1980
  • “From what I have read, I can’t tolerate for one minute that this was an accident! … What have we done about the Liberty? Have we become so placid, so far as Israel is concerned or so far as that area is concerned, that we will take the killing of 37 (sic) American boys and the wounding of a lot more and the attack on an American ship in the open sea in good weather? We have seemed to say: ‘Oh, well, boys will be boys.’ What are you going to do about it? It is most offensive to me!

    Senator Bourke Hickenlooper; From transcript of July 1967 Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Foreign Assistance Act of 1967.
  • “I have read the Navy investigation of the Liberty, and the evidence adduced there, and I have read the Israeli court of inquiry records, and based upon their own records of the investigation, I cannot agree that it was accidental.”

    Senator Bourke Hickenlooper; From transcript of May, 1968, Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Foreign Assistance Act of 1968, page 444.
  • “American leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of its citizens. . . . The Liberty‘s presence and function were well known to Israel’s leaders. ...Israel’s leaders concluded that nothing they might do would offend the Americans to the point of reprisal. If American leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of American citizens, it seemed clear that their American friends would let them get away with almost anything.

    George Ball, under secretary of state at the time writing in The Passionate Attachment: America’s Involvement with Israel, pages 57-58.
  • “I don’t think that there’s any doubt that it was deliberate…. [It is] one of the great cover-ups of our military history.”

    David G. Nes, the deputy head of the American mission in Cairo at the time
  • “FBI officials counter that ‘friendly’ spying can be as damaging as spying for enemies, they note, as in 1967 when Israeli jets deliberately attacked the electronic intelligence-gathering ship USS Liberty….”

    FBI Officials reported in Washington Times, November 26, 1998
  • “How much better if Congress would….call to account those who were involved in spreading lies about the tragedy.”

    James Akins, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Akins in Special Report, The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December, 1999
  • “The attack was deliberate and not an accident.”

    Victor Ostrovsky, author and former Mossad officer, in telephone conversations with former Congressman Pete McCloskey October 10, 1991, and with and several conversations with James Ennes.
  • “It’s an American ship!” the pilot of an Israeli Mirage fighter-bomber radioed Tel Aviv as he sighted the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. Israeli headquarters ordered the pilot to attack the American ship.

    former US Ambassador to Lebanon Dwight Porter describing transcripts of communications he saw, reported in syndicated column “Remembering the Liberty” by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, November 6, 1991.
  • The historical event which took place in June 1967 can hardly be called enigmatic and mysterious. ...It is difficult to understand that the Israelis could not identity the USS Liberty, since the ship had a unique antenna and equipment and especially since the Israelis had identified the ship with long term observation.”

    Translated from a taped interview with Sergeev Oleg Korneevitch, retired Colonel, Soviet GRU.
  • “The government of Israel intentionally attacked the ship. ...The attack was not legally justified. …(there were) two further violations of international law...the use of unmarked military aircraft (and)...the wanton destruction of life rafts.”

    Walter L. Jacobsen, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, in Naval Law Review, Vol 36, Winter 1986
  • “The attack was not an accident.”

    Stephen Green, author. Antelope Valley Press, April 5, 1984
  • “Certain facts are clear. The attack was no accident. The Liberty was assaulted in broad daylight by Israeli forces who knew the ship’s identity. ...The public, however, was kept in the dark. Even before the American public learned of the attack, U.S. government officials began to promote an account satisfactory to Israel. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee worked through Congressmen to keep the story under control. The President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, ordered and led a cover-up so thorough that years after he left office the episode is still largely unknown….”

    Paul Findley, author and former Member of Congress 1961-1983 in They Dare to Speak Out, by Paul Findley, 1985, page 166
  • “Is the Liberty episode being erased from history. So it would seem...What has happened to our prying journalistic corps and our editors, normally so indignant of attempted suppression of the news?...We believe that a joint select committee of Congress should investigate the strange case of the USS Liberty…”

    William F. Buckley, journalist and publisher, National Review, June 27, 1967
  • (In a review of “Six Days of War by Michael Oren.) “Oren...frequently descends to vulgar propaganda. Deeming the Israeli combined air and naval assault on the USS Liberty ...an accident,’ Oren rehashes official Israeli tales and embellishes them with his own whoppers.”

    Norman Finkelstein, PhD, author, professor of political science, DePaul University, writing in Journal of Palestine Studies, Spring, 2003, p85
  • “The attack on the USS Liberty was planned and there is and was a cover-up.” “If the very valuable lessons of the Liberty were known, the capture of the USS Pueblo could not have happened.”

    Lloyd M. “Pete” Bucher, US Navy, Commanding Officer USS Pueblo when captured by North Korea in January 1968, in telephone conversations with James Ennes and on September 6, 2002, with Richard Schmucker.
  • “Nearly everyone who is not affiliated with Israel...and who has seriously looked into the attack believes that it was deliberate. ...The bare facts of the attack rule out any other conclusion.”

    Donald Neff, author, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August, 2002, p29
  • Ralph Hoppe, Colonel, US Army, retired, reports that dozens of intelligence reports soon after the attack described the attack as deliberate including a “consensus report” which summarized the collective view of the US intelligence community. Soon orders came from Washington to collect and destroy all such reports. Nothing more in official channels described the attack as deliberate.

    Aerotech News and Review, March 2, 2001, by John Borne, PhD, and conversations with James Ennes
  • It is clear that the Israelis knew that they were attacking a vessel of the US Navy, especially as it was flying a large Stars and Stripes at the time. The fact that they spent six hours reconnoitering and executing the attack, which included machine-gunning the lifeboats, attests to the deadly intent of the operation.

    Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, Dangerous Liaison, the Inside Story of the US-Israeli Covert Relationship, by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, p152.
  • “A. Jay Cristol’s virtual minority of one assessment is not supported by the detailed non-technical common sense evidence to the contrary in Body of Secrets (by James Bamford). There is nothing surprising in Bamford’s conclusion that the attack was deliberate. Liberty survivors have made that case convincingly for years.”

    Professor Hayden Peake, author, former CIA officer and member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, The Intelligencer, Vol. 12, No.1, Summer 2001
  • Book reviews transcripts of communications during the attack which establish that the attack was deliberate.

    Israel’s Wars, 1947-1993, by Ahron Bregman
  • Survivors of the attack are unanimous in their conviction that the attack was deliberate. Among other things, their belief is based upon the intense pre-attack reconnaissance, the fact that the firing continued from close range long after the attackers examined the ship and its markings from a few feet away, and because the Israeli version of events as reported to the United States is grossly untrue.

    USS Liberty survivors
  • Several Air Force intelligence analysts who have come forward to report that they saw real-time transcripts of communications from the attacking forces which show clearly that they were aware they were attacking an American ship. Others who saw these transcripts include Dwight Porter and Oliver Kirby, mentioned above, and several top officials of the American intelligence community.

    Former US Air Force intelligence analysts Ron Gotcher, Steve Forslund, Richard Block and pilot Charles Tiffany
  • Published doctoral thesis establishes that the attack was deliberate.

    John Borne, PhD, adjunct professor of history, NY University.
  • Rejects the US Navy Court of Inquiry as inadequate, declares that the attack was apparently deliberate, and calls upon the United States to conduct a complete and thorough investigation.

    Resolution #508 of the American Legion at its 49th annual national convention in August, 1967
  • “The [Navy Court of Inquiry] leaves a good many questions unanswered.”

    The New York Times, July 1, 1967
  • “The naval inquiry is not good enough.”

    The Washington Post, June 30, 1967
  • “They must have known...that Liberty was an American ship.”

    The Washington Star, June 30, 1967
  • The action was planned in advance
    Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson in The Washington Post, June 30, 1967
  • “Only the blind or the trigger happy could have made such a mistake
    The National Observer
  • “The attack was deliberate. Those responsible should be court-martialed on charges of murder.”

    California Congressman Craig Hosmer in the Congressional RecordHouse, June 29, 1967, p. 17893
  • “How can this be treated so lightly? What complaint have we registered?

    Mississippi Congressman Thomas G. Abernethy in the Congressional RecordHouse, June 29m, 1967, pp. 17894-5
  • “Certain facts are clear. The attack was no accident. The Liberty was assaulted in broad daylight by Israeli forces who knew the ship’s identity. ...The President of the United States led a cover-up so thorough that years after he left office, the episode was still largely unknown to the public and the men who suffered and died have gone largely unhonored.”

    Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out, Lawrence Hill & Co., 1985, p166
  • “Nearly as bizarre as the attack itself was the reaction of the American government to the incident. A foreign nation had butchered American servicemen, sending thirty-four to their graves… A virtually unarmed American naval ship in international waters was shot at, strafed with rockets, torpedoed, set on fire...then left to sink as crazed gunners shot up the life rafts. The foreign nation then says, sorry about that, and offers an explanation so outrageous that it is insulting, and the American government accepts it, sweeps the whole affair under a rug, then classifies as top secret nearly all details concerning it.”

    James Bamford, author, “The Puzzle Palace”
  • The story has been hushed up.”

    Louisiana Congressman John R. Rarick in the Congressional RecordHouse, September 19, 1967, pp. 12170-6

USS Liberty: More Congressional B***S***

USS Liberty: More Congressional B***S***

The response I received from Senator John Cornyn is so outrageous that it deserves far more than the meek and mild “BS,” it warrants a more emphatic, spelled out description of what it is: B***S***.

by Joe Meadors

For decades USS Liberty survivors have been waiting for Congress to tell us they are beginning an investigation of the attack on our ship. Not an unexpected event given the fact that Congress has investigated every attack on a US Navy ship since the end of World War II.

You can understand our surprise when in the late 1990’s we learned from our Congressional Delegations that “there have been ten official US investigations (including five congressional investigations)” of the attack.

Actually, more confusion than surprise.

You see, despite so many investigations of the attack, not a single USS Liberty survivor was questioned. Well, that’s not entirely true. There was a US Navy Court of Inquiry that was conducted. A few USS Liberty survivors were interviewed by that Court. But we know that some testimony has been removed from the record of the Court.

The removed testimony that we know about is Lloyd Painter’s.

He testified about his witnessing the attacking torpedo boats deliberately machine gun the life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship.

Why the Court picked his testimony to remove from the record is anyone’s guess. Perhaps they didn’t want to embarrass our “best friend and only ally in the Middle East.”  

Maybe that’s the reason the US Navy removed the written statements submitted to the Court at its request by 65 USS Liberty crewmen. Maybe something they wrote in those sworn statements would embarrass the people who attacked us.

Clearly that was paramount in their minds. Just like it was during the investigations of the attacks on the USS Pueblo, USS Stark and USS Cole as well as the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. <Sarcastic mode off> 

Where does Senator John Cornyn enter the picture?

We all know that Congress has never investigated the attack on our ship. Despite this, Members of Congress routinely reply to constituent’s inquiries by insisting the US government (and Congress) has conducted numerous investigations of the attack. John Cornyn is no different. He lies about the USS Liberty investigation right along with the best of them.

I thought the best way to educate Members of Congress that there has been no Congressional investigation is to ask them to provide me with a copy of it. And not only me, but everyone who is sick and tired about Congress lying about the attack on our ship.

So, I created an easy way to email your Congressional Delegation to ask for a copy of their investigation and I encourage everyone to do so. Just click here to send an email to your Congressional Delegation asking for a copy of the Congressional investigation of the attack on the USS Liberty.

I sent a request to my Texas delegation. John Cornyn responded by claiming: 

“I have received your recent letter and regret the problem you describe does not appear to be one over which I have jurisdiction as a United States Senator. Consequently, I am unable to afford you the assistance you requested.”

So a United States Senator, second in the Senate only to Senator Mitch McConnell, cannot send me a copy of the Congressional investigation of the attack on our ship nor can he contact the Congressional Research Service and have them send me a copy of any US government investigation of the attack because it is not in his jurisdiction!?

If you are as outraged at this turn of events as we are, please email your Congressional Delegation with a request that they send you a copy of the Congressional investigation of the attack on our ship. When they respond, please send a copy of their response to us at congressionalresponse@usslibertyveterans.org.