The below well referenced article was sent to me by JFK Assassination expert Robert Morrow. In the email to me, he endorses the analysis, “I think it is fine article.”
I have no separate knowledge of the facts detailed in this article or if the facts could be interpreted differently. I provide this analysis simply as a starting point for those who may want to explore the topic in more depth.
The USS Liberty, Israel & President Johnson’s Order to Destroy the USS Liberty
By Judy Morris
Economic Policy Journal, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Lyndon Baines Johnson is a president who has escaped the scrutiny and judgment of history despite considerable documentation that should make him an outstanding candidate for historical review, critique and analysis. His primary biographer, Robert Caro, consistently gets rave book reviews from mainstream media for his disingenuous puff piece books on LBJ. It’s entirely possible that LBJ is the most evil or one of the most evil presidents in US history.
Some researchers believe that LBJ was the mastermind behind JFK’s assassination and researcher Phillip F. Nelson wrote a book documenting his investigation on this issue: LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination.
However, one of greatest unknown chapters in LBJ’s presidency is that he personally gave the order to Israel to bomb and utterly destroy the USS Liberty and its entire crew of 294 Americans. Astoundingly, when the mission went awry and Sixth Fleet Commanders were ordering the rescue of the besieged and bloodied USS Liberty crew, LBJ ordered that rescue operations be called back, at least twice. Against all odds, the USS Liberty survived but after the attack, 34 Americans lay dead. Except for 4 worthless 50 caliber machine guns, the USS Liberty was unarmed and defenseless against the far superior firing power of the Israeli navel and air force armada that descended upon it with relentless and unspeakable terror.
Not a whole lot has been written about the USS Liberty and its just another critically important issue that has been buried in history but two extraordinary books document the truth. James M. Ennes Jr., a retired US Navel Officer and a survivor of the USS Liberty who wrote a book on the USS Liberty that documents his investigative disclosure of the truth, here.
Peter Hounam, an investigative journalist, wrote Operation Cyanide, Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III. Hounam’s extraordinary book, published in 2003, relies heavily on the work of Ennis and also documents numerous interviews that Hounam conducted with the USS Liberty survivors as well as other folks in the US, British and Israel governments.
The “official” story of the USS Liberty according to the government and mainstream media version of the event is that on June 8, 1967 the Israelis accidentally bombed the USS Liberty off the coast of Egypt and killed 34 American sailors.
The real story is that President Johnson, who was being battered in the polls over the Vietnam War and facing a general election loss and even losing the DNC primary, ordered the Israelis to bomb the USS Liberty to create a casus belli to secure a Gulf of Tonkin style resolution to explode the world into war because in America everybody loves an outraged and indignant president who will use the full force of the military at the slightest provocation, even a government planned false flag attack.
The USS Liberty, however, encompasses far more than a murderous psychopathic American president resorting to hideously evil deeds to get re-elected. In addition to ordering the total destruction of the USS Liberty and sending 294 Americans to a watery grave in the Mediterranean Sea, LBJ also ordered the nuclear bombing of Cairo, an event specifically designed to create a nuclear war by blaming the entire USS Liberty affair on Russia or Egypt. More horrifying, it’s documented that US planes were on emergency standby orders as pilots waited on the runways in their planes armed with nuclear weapons. The nuclear bombing of Cairo was called off only 3 minutes before the nuclear bomb drops.
As fate would have it, LBJ’s plan blew up in his face and the world got a reprieve from a nuclear US induced holocaust. How did it happen? First, it must be understood that the USS Liberty was supposed to be destroyed and sunk within minutes and without any survivors.
The actual attack on the USS Liberty commenced at 2:00 p.m. Israel time on June 8, 1967. The USS Liberty was 13 miles off the coast of Gaza and moving slowly at 5 knots. The crew had observed several flyovers by Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier in the day.
When the USS Liberty was struck, it was struck with an awesome force. According to USSLiberty.org, a website created by the survivals to document and expose the truth, the ship was first struck by Israeli fighter aircraft:
“Israeli fighter aircraft launched a rocket attack on USS Liberty. The aircraft made repeated firing passes, attacking USS Liberty with rockets and their internal cannons. After the first flight of fighter aircraft had exhausted their ordnance, subsequent flights of Israeli fighter aircraft continued to prosecute the attack with rockets, cannon fire, and napalm. During the air attack, USS Liberty’s crew had difficulty contacting Sixth Fleet to request assistance due to intense communications jamming. The initial targets on the ship were the command bridge, communications antennas, and the four .50 caliber machine guns, placed on the ship to repel boarders.
After the Israeli fighter aircraft completed their attacks, three Israeli torpedo boats arrived and began a surface attack about 35 minutes after the start of the air attack. The torpedo boats launched a total of five torpedoes, one of which struck the side of USS Liberty, opposite the ship’s research spaces.  Twenty-six Americans in addition to the eight who had been killed in the earlier air attacks, were killed as a result of this explosion.
Following their torpedo attack, the torpedo boats moved up and down the length of the ship (both the port and starboard sides), continuing their attack, raking the ship with cannon and machine gun fire. In Malta, crewmen were later assigned the task of counting all of the holes in the ship that were the size of a man’s hand or larger. They found a total of 861 such holes, in addition to “thousands” of .50 caliber machine gun holes.“, link here.
USS Liberty Timeline, here.
0600: Israeli Nord 2501 Noratlas (flying boxcar) reconnoiters Liberty….
0603: Reconnaissance aircraft reports to Israeli naval headquarters that “GTR-5” is written on the ship, identifying it as an NSA intelligence vessel.
0720: Fresh American flag is raised….
1000: Two unmarked, rocket-armed, delta-winged jets circle Liberty three times. Liberty officers can count rockets and see the pilots, but see no identifying marks on the plane. The jets radio Israeli headquarters that the ship is flying an American flag….
1055: Pinchas Pinchasy, naval liaison officer at Israeli air force headquarters, reports to Naval Headquarters that the ship cruising slowly off El Arish is “an electromagnetic audio-surveillance ship of the U.S. Navy, named Liberty, whose marking was GTR-5.”…
1100 & 1130: Israeli reconnaissance aircraft again circle Liberty.
The above information is critically important because it proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Israelis were well aware that the USS Liberty was a well marked US spy ship. US spy ships are extremely easy to spot because as telecommunication vessels, they are loaded with wires, antennas and other communication gear that are easily recognized and identifiable (unlike Russian spy ships that were realistically camouflaged as trawlers and fishing boats). The reason it’s important to understand this is because the cover-up of of the USS Liberty incident was so flimsy and fictitious that both the US and Israeli governments officially stated that the USS Liberty was mistook for an Egyptian vessel that hauls horses. This is simply impossible.
As the timeline unfolds, it’s clear that the attack on the USS Liberty had two goals: 1. first destroy and disable all communication capabilities and 2. sink the ship, her crew and guarantee that there were no survivors. The timeline continues.
1358: Two unmarked delta-winged Mirage jets attack Liberty. After taking out gun mounts, they target ship’s antennae and bridge with heat-seeking missiles.
1424: Three French-built 62-ton Israeli motor torpedo boats approach Liberty in attack formation.
1435: Torpedo boats launch five German-made 19-inch torpedoes at Liberty. One torpedo strikes starboard directly into NSA area, accounting for 25 of the 34 men who would be killed. Torpedo boats then circle, machine-gunning the ship with armor-piercing projectiles for another 40 minutes.
At this point, the USS Liberty was being pummeled by air and sea with everything that attack planes and motorized torpedo boats (MTB’s) could possibly throw at them. The decks were ablaze from napalm fires, the ship was being torpedoed by the Israeli Navy and bombs and rockets from the air rained down on them.
This is where the story turns extraordinarily heroic from human ingenuity that pretty much killed LBJ’s grand plan. One of the USS Liberty’s communication transformers had been down and not functioning, something the Israeli’s must have known in advance because it wasn’t destroyed or even hit. A courageous crew member managed to fix it by stringing long wires across a burning deck and rendered it operable, and, of course, capable of sending out a mayday message to numerous US aircraft that permeated the area. However, the Israeli planes had high tech jamming equipment that successfully jammed the signal. It’s probably also true that at that point the Israeli’s were not much concerned with the USS Liberty sending out a message because they believed that all communication equipment was knocked out permanently.
Peter Hounam writes in Operation Cyanide “Liberty radioman Richard Sturman concluded that the attackers had carefully prepared for the attack with the specific intention of preventing the ship communicating with the outside world. To do so effectively they must have had prior knowledge from shore-based receivers of the five frequencies being used by the ship, so that jamming gear could be tuned to them. Sturman recalled his anger when he discovered that the international distress frequency, used for Mayday messages, was also jammed”.
The astute crew however made a startling discovery. The Israeli jamming capabilities did not work when they were actually engaged bombing and the USS Liberty crew had windows of a few seconds of opportunity in between strikes to send out a message.
Hounam writes “At first, the signalmen felt their task was hopeless. Plane after plane was swooping in on the ship, firing cannon, shooting missiles and dropping napalm….Then someone spotted that there was a respite from the jamming, lasting just a few seconds, when the attacking planes fired their missiles. Halman grabbed the opportunity and shouted into the mike, ‘Any station, this is Rockstar. We are under attack by unidentified jet aircraft and require immediate assistance!”. On the USS Saratoga (call-sign ‘Schematic’) the radioman picked up the message but it was garbled, possibly by further jamming. ”Rockstar, this is Schematic,’ he said. ’Say again, you are garbled.’”
Eventually, the USS Liberty message was acknowledged and authenticated 10 minutes after the attack began. The USS Saratoga confirmed Liberty’s message with ‘Roger, Rockstar. Authentication is correct…’. The messaged bounced everywhere and was even acknowledged by 2 US embassies in the region. Furthermore, it was impossible for the Pentagon not to know of Liberty’s attack as all messages are also automatically routed to the Pentagon and other government agencies. The Israeli’s must have also intercepted the radio message.
The Liberty crew was relieved and believed that help was on the way. Wrong! Although fleet commanders quickly ordered rescue operations, twice the rescue missions were ordered called back by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, a close friend and trusted associate of LBJ. In fact, it’s documented that during one of the conversations between the the Sixth Fleet Commander and McNamara, LBJ got on the phone and roared ‘We will not embarrass an ally’ to reinforce McNamara’s direct command from LBJ to NOT to rescue the ailing USS Liberty and her crew.
According to James Ennes, the entire attack lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, although some crew members believe it was longer. Unquestionably, the attack was sheer hell for those on board the USS Liberty and the agony was prolonged by the fact that help from the Sixth Fleet never arrived as expected.
Then something extraordinary happened. The Israelis stopped attacking despite having more than enough firepower to finish the job of sinking the USS Liberty and her crew. It’s been documented that the Israelis had commando helicopter crews hovering above the USS Liberty with a crew to finish the job. Clearly, the USS Liberty crew expected to die.
But with the message out and everybody knowing about it, including the Russians who knew what was going because they were close by in their own disguised spy ships as they intercepted the message or possibly even observed the USS Liberty being attacked, the Israelis panicked, called off the attack and never finished the job. Eventually, the surviving crew was rescued and many were badly injured.
Hounam documents an interview with one of the injured USS Liberty crew members, Joe Lentini.
I woke up, it was pitch-black and I was in water. I tried to stand up and put my weight on my left leg and it wouldn’t support me, obviously I fell back down; I didn’t know at the time I had six broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a fractured skull, both tympanic membranes in my ears were blown out, shrapnel all over me in my body…it never occurred to me that I didn’t have a leg and it never occurred to me that I was about to die.
Shockingly, the USS Liberty tragedy did not begin at 2:00 p.m. Israeli time according to the sanitized official version. It began earlier. According to Hounam, he interviewed a retired Air Force pilot, Jim Nanjo, who spent 20 years on the H-bomb attack force. The job of such pilots who lived on US air bases was to be READY to jump into a plane and carry out orders immediately.
Nanjo told Hounam about how he was awakened on the morning of 6/8/67 between 2:00 a.m. and no later than and 4:00 a.m. by an alert that told him an emergency situation existed and he need to man his plane immediately. Others bomber pilots were also manning their planes and revving up their engines waiting for the “go” order and their orders. They knew nothing about their mission and Hounam writes:
Nanjo was in no doubt that the world was near to Armageddon that day…
There was however one other significance of his story that he had not spotted. The klaxons had woken him at between 1 am. and 4 am; he was certain it was no later, but the Liberty was not attacked until 5 am California time. How were the American military and their commander in chief, Lyndon Johnson, able to anticipate the attack, and yet apparently not know the Israelis were behind it.
Hounam also documents that Nanjo was aware that other US Air Force bases were under the same HIGHEST alert in Guam, Britain, Moron, Spain as well as in the US. What was Nanjo carrying? Hounam writes:
Even after 35 years, he was reluctant to provide details of the bombs carried by his squadron that morning.: ‘Other than to say it was a weapon of mass destruction. I am not able to give you the nomenclature.’. Thenhe confirmed that they were carrying thermonuclear weapons – H-bombs…“
It’s well documented that LBJ and his trusted Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, were deeply and personally involved in the USS Liberty tragedy, the cover-up of the truth and even a scheme to explode the world into nuclear warfare.
To comprehend the severity of the situation, it’s imperative to understand the Cold War, the backdrop against which it was played, the prevalent paranoia at the time of the Communist threat and the incredible rise of America’s military industrial complex to the worlds sole superpower. Many who knew LBJ well feared that he was unstable, mentally ill, a psychopath or even worse. He was notoriously crude and vulgar. Denis Healey, the Secretary of Defense in Britain so despised and distrusted LBJ that he wrote in his memoirs:
Lyndon Johnson was a monster….
[He was] one of the few politicians with whom I found it uncomfortable to be in the same room. Johnson exuded a brutal lust for power which I found most disagreeable. When he said, “I never trust a man unless I have his pecker in my pocket“, he really meant it. He boasted about acting on the principle, “Give me a man’s balls, and his heart and mind will follow.“… Source: Operation Cyanide
That LBJ was mad is validated by his numerous actions that fueled his personal ambitions over the decades and in the summer of 1967 LBJ was obsessed with one thing and one thing only: reelection. He was in grave danger of losing the presidency and his power. That he would do anything to maintain that power is 100% consistent with the depth of his evil.
But LBJ was also an extraordinarily clever master politician who profoundly understood how raucous game of geopolitics could be played and manipulated to his own advantage, especially when it came to courting the approval of the American people. Vietnam was already a whopper of a failure and LBJ’s war was growing more unpopular by the second.
The Middle East has always been a disaster (some things never change), at least since since oil came into play and the modern nation state of Israel was created by the United Nations in 1948. The rise of Arab nationalism was also heating up as Egyptian President Gamal Nasser and the Marxist styled Baathist movements were flourishing. Syria and Iraq had shed western imposed monarchs and were raising their own brand of dictators. Israel was becoming America’s unofficial 51st state as the Evangelical movement was rising in anticipation of fulfilling Biblical prophecy now that Israel existed for the first time since Biblical times.
The bellicose rhetoric blossomed as Arab leaders public vowed to destroy Israel. This was nothing new and even the Israelis perceived that such utterances were an appeasement to the neurotic Arab street rather than an actual threat. Still, that didn’t stop Israel from launching the preemptive Six Day War.
The significance of the Six Day War as it relates to the USS Liberty is that the USS Liberty was bombed on the 4th day of the Six Day War that Israel had actually won during the first hour of the first day of the Six Day War when it wiped out the entire Egyptian Air Force. The geopolitical drama of the Middle East is acutely linked to the Cold War because the Soviet Union was arming and funding Middle East regimes, notably Egypt and Syria. The Middle East was a pawn on the chessboard of America vs. the Soviets during the Cold War because influential dominance of the region was a key goal of both nations. Of course, the obviously oily nature of Middle East natural resources was considered a prize.
Israeli Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin paid a visit to former Israeli Prime Minster David Ben Gurion who is Israeli’s most esteemed national hero, loved and respected by all. Ben Gurion was appalled at the prospects of war with Egypt or anybody, and is reported to have told Rabin “You made a mistake….You led the state into a grave situation. We must not go to war”. Rabin was reportedly horrified that he didn’t have the blessing of Ben Gurion for a preemptive war. Ben Gurion isn’t shy about war; in fact, he was the leader of Israel’s War of Independence when Israel was the the target of Arab military violence right after the UN declared Israel a nation. Though a fighter and even a terrorist according to some, Ben Gurion preferred peace and negotiation with his cantankerous Arab neighbors because war was always hideously destructive.
Who was behind the Six Day War and why? It’s highly unlikely that Israel unilaterally initiated the Six Day War without specific instructions and support from the U.S. Some observers believe that the US and LBJ engineered the Six Day War as part of America’s Cold War strategy to humiliate the Soviet Union and and advance U.S. hegemony in the Middle East.
Furthermore, it’s ludicrous to accept that Israel accidentally bombed the USS Liberty and it’s clearly obvious that the official US/Israel version is so flimsy a cover-up that any citizen journalist using his Google fingers could credibly research enough facts to blow that lie to shreds.
However, the USS Liberty incident was far more sinister. Nasser, other Arab leaders and Arab journalists tended to believe that the U.S. and Britain were behind the Six Day War and actually participated. The consensus in the Arab world was that the entire Israeli Air Force wasn’t sufficient in numerical strength to accomplish the now infamous Israeli aerial armada that struck the Egyptian Air Force with such a devastating force that the entire Egyptian Air Force was demolished. Moreover, it appears that the Arab world was clueless about US plans to start a war with Egypt through its proxy Israel and/or that the nuclear bombing of Cairo was on the table. Hounam writes:
Before Day Four of the war, Nasser had been accusing the US and Britain of directly assisting Israel. After the hot-line exchange about the Liberty, he was convinced of it. Of course, he was not aware that the ‘reconnaissance planes’ had in fact been on their way to bomb Cairo or…..that an atomic device could have been detonated.
Hounam interviewed a guy named Joe Sorrels who back in the 1960′s was doing freelance special operations and intelligence work for the U.S. and Britain. Sorrels was no ordinary technician with skills; his function was sufficiently important that he personally met Meir Amit, head of the Mossad, the Israeli secret service. Hounam writes:
From his viewpoint, it seemed the Israelis were responding to pressure from the United States to eradicate Nasser; Israel was not the prime mover….
According to Sorrels the war plans went well, the driving force being the US…
Sorrels described as ‘horse shit’ the commonly-held notion that Israel fought this war on its own: ‘Anybody working around intelligence knows it isn’t true’. He repeated that Operation Cyanide was a secret plan to start a war against Egypt….
He said Israel’s only motive was to grab territory, nothing more, and it was elements in the United States who were pushing them to invade Egypt…”
The USS Liberty survivors had organized over the years and met periodically to share research and contribute their version of what happened on June 8, 1967. At a 5/4/2002 gathering, Hounam met with Moe Schafer and shared his recollection of two important USS Liberty events.
Before the attack he was cleaning the moon-bounce dish and watched as an Israeli plane flew low over the ship taking photographs….it was confirmation of the testimony of other eyewitnesses that Israel was well aware of the ship’s presence.
The second memory from after the attack was much more significant. Moe said he was hurt by shrapnel during the assault….Unlike most of the injured who had already been taken away to the USS America, he was loaded into a helicopter and flown to the USS Davis, the flagship of Sixth Fleet commander Admiral Martin. The next morning he was sitting on his bunk with two or thee other injured men when Martin came in to see them.
Shafer said he seemed to want to tell someone about what had happened before he would be obliged through pressure from above to clam up: ‘Not only did Admiral Martin tell me that four jets were on their way to the Liberty with conventional weapons [and were recalled]; he stated that four were on their way to Cairo loaded with nuclear weapons. He stated they were three minutes from bombing them [the Egyptians]. He also said that the jets could not land back on the carrier with nuclear arms and they had had to land in Athens. He stated this from my beside while on the Little Rock [the codename of the flagship] after the attack.
The story told by Moe Schafer about Admiral Martin confirming that the US planned to nuke Cairo is also a story that is validated by Air Force pilot Jim Nanjo in California and a member of the H-bomb attack force. Nanjo didn’t know that Cairo was the target, only that he and other crews were on standby to take-off and drop nuclear bombs. Nanjo could never understand why he was called out of bed in the middle of the night on June 8, 1967 (California time) BEFORE the USS Liberty was attack by Israel. Nanjo also confirmed that he knew that other nuclear bomb units were on under the same alert in Guam, Britain, Moron, Spain as well as in the US.
That a U.S. president would give an order to nuke Cairo, explode the world into nuclear war and destroy an unarmed and defenseless U.S. military vessel with a crew of nearly 300 is beyond incomprehensibly evil. This is something that the USS Liberty survivors have struggled with over the decades but the more they analyzed their own research and eyewitness accounts, the more they were convinced that no other conclusions could be drawn. The hardest thing for the survivors to accept relative to what happened that day was the fact that their own government, the very same government they swore an oath to serve as a matter of patriotism and duty to their county, would do such a thing.
In the context of the red meat geopolitical ramifications that occurred on June 8, 1967, there are several extraordinary takeaways.
1. The USS Liberty crew member who string wired a telecommunication device on the burning and napalmed deck of the ship and facilitated Liberty’s ability to get a message out played a key role in averting a disaster of Biblical proportions. Once the message got out, everybody got it including the Israelis, the Pentagon, NSA, the White House, the president, other U.S. intelligence and defense agencies, the State Department, U.S. Embassies and the Soviets whose outstanding spy capabilities didn’t miss a thing. The cat was out of the proverbial bag.
2. The Israelis acknowledged their role in the USS Liberty attack and vigorously collaborated with the U.S. in the “it was an accident” cover-up. Unquestionably, the Israelis do have blood on their hands. But in a perverse sort of way, the Israelis may have deliberately sabotaged the attack because they did indeed have the firepower to quickly sink the USS Liberty and her crew but they didn’t. There are accounts about Israeli pilots who were carrying out their orders by dropping their bombs into the Mediterranean Sea on purpose. Whether they did it as a matter of conscience or on direct orders, we’ll never know.
The Israelis were in fact terrified of an Arab-Soviet alliance and they dreaded unleashing a global and regional nuclear war because they believed they would indeed be a target for annihilation. The Israelis were, however, motivated to engage in some level of warfare to expand their own obsession with real estate. The Israelis wanted land and after the Six Day War they indeed ended up with the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza and Syria’s Golan Heights.
It’s entirely possible that the Israelis thwarted LBJ and his draconian plans but it’s also true that Israel played along with the U.S. but only to the extent that it could maneuver something out of it for Israel. Israel is dependent on U.S. foreign aid and as an ally, Israel’s goals and national interests do in fact collide with U.S. goals and intentions. Israel cannot realistically refuse the U.S. anything which is precisely why Israel is constantly gaming its relationship with the U.S.
3. The Soviets were well aware of what was going on relative to the USS Liberty and probably even LBJ’s plan to spark a US-Soviet confrontation through its proxies in the Middle East, especially Egypt. There was considerable ‘buzz’ between DC and Moscow on June 8, 1967 and it’s entirely possible that Moscow screamed to DC something that went like this but in diplomatic language “Hey you idiots, we’re on to you, we know what you did and if you take it any further we’ll tell the whole damn world about it and expose your president for the murderous psychopath that he is”. The Soviets did not want war.
4. Only the president of the United States could give the order to launch warplanes loaded with nuclear bombs and only the president could give the order to recall the order.
That LBJ was such a demented power mad psychopath who directly and personally issued orders that brought the planet within 3 minutes of a nuclear holocaust that would vaporize all or part of Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world with 1960′s population of over 8 million (now 20 million), should be shocking for clueless Americans but it’s not shocking for the very few journalists and folks who researched and dug for the truth. However, what is even more shocking is that LBJ’s role in the Six Day War and the USS Liberty, as well as his grand schemes to reorder the world and even create a nuclear war to feed his ambitions, continues to be covered up in the U.S.
LBJ didn’t do this alone and his close associates in the Pentagon, CIA, State Department and intelligence agencies were all complicit and willing partners. Furthermore, LBJ was indeed angry that he was somewhat restricted by the Constitution and Congress. An Israeli diplomat, Eppie Evron, recalled a meeting he had with LBJ on 5/26/67 as documented by Hounam.
“Then he went on to say, “I, Lyndon Johnson, have to get congressional approval if I want to act as President of the United States. Otherwise, I’m just a six-foot-four Texan friend of Israel”. (That description stuck in my memory.) “But you and I, the two most powerful people in Washington, are going to get Congress to pass another Tonkin resolution.”….
I thought, “He’s telling me that Congress is never going to give him permission to use military force.”….
To be sure, LBJ was lamenting his own lack of power and resented any accountability to anyone. For a power mad autocrat like LBJ, consulting with Congress or requesting Congressional action was humiliating and beneath him.
For more on the false flag Gulf Tonkin Resolution, see De-classified Vietnam-era Transcripts Show Senators Knew Gulf Of Tonkin Was A Staged False Flag Event.
The survivor of the USS Liberty have created a website, USS Liberty Memorial, to honor the fallen and document the truth. Because the USS Liberty has created a firestorm of raging anti-Semites and Jew haters, the website has a disclaimer affirming that it has no connection with any of these groups.
The USS Liberty Memorial web site abhors the racist and extreme positions taken by antiSemitic, Holocaust denial, conspiracy theorist and other such groups which often seek to identify with us and to usurp our story as their own. We have no connection with and do not support or encourage support from any of these groups including National Alliance, National Vanguard, The New Order, National Socialists, The French Connection, Liberty Lobby, American Free Press, Republic Broadcasting, USS Liberty Radio Hour, Storm Front or other such groups. We wish harm to no one and encourage social justice and equality for everyone; we seek only accountability for the criminal acts perpetrated against us and can do that without help from hate-mongers.
On the Israeli side, the group of pro-Israel, anti-American critics of our story, while small, persists in launching loud, vicious ad hominem attacks on anyone who attempts to discuss the deliberateness of the attack. These anti-American apologists refuse to discuss the facts of the case. Instead, they rely on propaganda and charge anyone who questions the Israeli position with being antiSemitic.
Sifting through the lies, propaganda and disinformation definitely requires an open mind, diligence and the ability to astutely decipher geopolitical consequences and intentions that are deliberately obsfucated, twisted and distorted by government and the media.
The USS Liberty cost American taxpayers $40 million but was sold for scrap in 1970 – $101,000. Things only got worse for LBJ and he announced on 3/31/68 that he would not seek re-election, probably because he couldn’t bear losing in a primary or general election. LBJ dropped dead of a heart attack on 1/22/73 and is still revered as one of America’s greatest liberal progressive Democratic presidents despite his attempts to explode the world into nuclear war, despite his direct orders to sink the USS Liberty, despite murdering millions of Asians and despite being responsible for over 58,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial of Americans who died in Vietnam.
The above originally appeared at SpreadLibertyNews.com
Phi Beta Iota: The jury is still out. It is entirely possible this is a masterful Israeli/Zionist covert action (why now, as they are taking so much heat over the USS Liberty to the point it has slammed them shut on the Hagel nomination?). We are inclined to doubt the story above, but we have one of the most open collective minds on the planet, so this is in our view a perfect opportunity for Israel to formally present evidence to the public — at the United Nations — proving this story, if it can be proven. It is also an opportunity for all officers to reflect on their oaths and their duty. To what extext should US or Israeli officers enable plots such as the USS Liberty, or 9/11? At what point do our officers take responsibility for defending the Constitution against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign?