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WAWA Blog June 1, 2008: Why what happened on that other day in infamy- June 8, 1967-to the USS LIBERTY matters even more 41 years later. UPDATE June 22, OBIT @ end




The REAL problem with the USS LIBERTY is NOT about the state of Israel.

The REAL problem with the USS LIBERTY is NOT about Zionism.

The REAL problem with the USS LIBERTY is about the American Government failing to support and honor our troops by ordering the survivors to shut up about what they experienced while the American government covered-up the details and the media went MIA.




"In the long run, there is no JUSTICE without FREEDOM. There can be no human rights without LIBERTY. All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know the United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for LIBERTY, we stand with you."-President George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address



 On June 8, 2007, I attended the 27th annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Washington, D.C. Conference which preceded a March Against the 40 Years of Occupation of Palestine by Israel.

86 year old, walker-bound Congressman Paul Findley, a moderate Republican addressed the luncheon crowd:

 “I was here for the first convention 27 years ago and I still have a fire in my belly for the civil and human rights of Arabs. It is time to speak openly and honestly about Israel. But, in American politics, that is still forbidden.

 “…Pity that we cannot seem to shed our fear of Israel. We are afraid to speak out on Capitol Hill, for fear of losing the next election. They are more like trained poodles jumping through hoops than leaders!

"Why this fear? How did we get here?

“Forty years ago to this day, June 8, 1967 the change occurred, the floodgates opened and money poured into Israel as never before. When President Johnson heard about the U.S.S. Liberty being attacked by Israel he ordered the rescue fighter planes to return to the deck. The rescue mission was aborted and the survivors have said they heard LBJ’s voice tell Admiral Giess, 'Get those planes back on deck. I don’t care if the ship sinks, I will not embarrass Israel.'

“LBJ also threatened to court martial anyone who reported what had happened. Johnson accepted Israel’s false claim of “mistaken identity” and he knew it was a lie.  That is when the change began and Israel learned they could get away with murdering U.S.A. soldiers."


 
Another reason for the fear is the fear of being called an anti-Semite, although the charge is ludicrous, for Arabs are Semites too.

Over the next few days, I will be defining the term Zionism especially how it relates to American Christians.




Following are links to my previous LIBERTY articles, but you should know that the LIBERTY UNDER FIRE film needs you!

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November 6, 2007: Honoring LIBERTY and Calling for a Second American Revolution!

Veteran's Day: Part 3 in the series: "It was God that kept us afloat."

The Torpedo that Hit the USS LIBERTY: Made in the USA?


Here's to Seconding Captain McGonagle's Two Word Epithet: And the Fourth in the Series: "It was God that kept us afloat"


December 22, 2007: "July 4th in Hell without the ice cream"
Part 5 in a Series on the USS LIBERTY: "It was God that kept us afloat"


WAWA Blog January 1, 2008: The Blow Back from "My nightmare in the Mediterranean" : 6th in the LIBERTY series "It was God that kept us afloat"

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WAWA Blog January 4, 2008: "There Can Be No Peace in the Middle East Until Israel Owns its Own Atrocities" 7th in the USS LIBERTY Series: "It was God that kept us afloat"    Read more...


WAWA Blog January 16, 2008: Disrespecting the Troops, the McCain's and Hillary
8th in the USS LIBERTY Series: "It Was God That Kept Us Alive"
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Ward Boston, 84; Navy lawyer investigated Israel's attack on U.S. ship Liberty during Six-Day War
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
June 21, 2008

Ward Boston, a former Navy attorney who helped investigate the 1967 Israeli attack on the U.S. intelligence ship Liberty that killed 34 crewmen and who years later said President Johnson ordered that the assault be ruled an accident, has died. He was 84.

Boston, a Navy captain who retired to Coronado, Calif., died June 12 of complications from pneumonia at a San Diego-area hospital, his wife, Emma, said.

Boston was assigned as a legal advisor to a military board of inquiry investigating the attack on the Liberty, an electronic-intelligence-gathering ship that was cruising international waters off the Egyptian coast on June 8, 1967. Israeli planes and torpedo boats fired on the Liberty in the midst of the six-day Middle East War.

In addition to the 34 Americans killed, more than 170 were wounded.

Israel has long maintained that the attack was a case of mistaken identity, an explanation that the Johnson administration did not formally challenge. Israel said its forces thought the ship was Egyptian and apologized to the United States.

A Navy court of inquiry concluded that there was insufficient information to make a judgment about why Israel attacked the ship, stopping short of assigning blame or determining that it was an accident.

In 2002, Boston said Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, told those heading the Navy's inquiry to "conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary," according to a signed affidavit.

Boston said he kept his silence because he was a military man, and "when orders come . . . I follow them." He said he felt compelled to go public after the publication of the book "The Liberty Incident," which concluded the attack was unintentional.

Boston said in a legal declaration that he was certain the Israeli pilots knew the Liberty, which clearly displayed American flags and had markings in English instead of Arabic, was a U.S. Navy ship.

Retired Adm. Thomas Moorer, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman who investigated the attack as part of an independent panel he formed with other former military officials, wrote in 1997 that he believed Israel intentionally attacked the Liberty to conceal that it was preparing to seize the Golan Heights from Syria.

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