US Navy Veterans Continue to Seek Justice for Israeli Attack Tuesday 01 June 2010 by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t | Report

Damage to USS Liberty, June 1967. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
US Navy Veterans Continue to Seek Justice for Israeli Attack

Tuesday 01 June 2010

by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t | Report

The Israeli military has attacked a flotilla of international peace activists, killing as many as 19 innocent civilians while they were carrying ten tons of aid to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. This is not the first time the Israeli military has attacked a nonthreatening entity in international waters.

On June 8, 1967, while sailing in international waters, the US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked by air and naval forces of the state of Israel. Of the Liberty's crew of 294, more than half were killed or wounded. More than 40 years later, survivors are still seeking justice.

The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that the Liberty was an American ship, yet survivors have been forbidden to tell their story under oath to the American public.

Joe Meadors was on the Liberty during the attack.

"I watched some jets pass us then turn left after they passed our ship, then they started strafing [attacking repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft] us," Meadors told Truthout.

"The attack lasted 90 minutes, during which we got a message off to the 6th fleet asking for assistance, and we learned later, Joe Tully, commanding officer of the USS Saratoga, launched aircraft within minutes of the attack, but he told us later they were recalled before they reached the horizon. We found this out 20 years after the attack."

Meadors said he and his group, the USS Liberty Veterans Association, believe that Rear Adm. Lawrence Geis, the Sixth Fleet carrier division commander at the time of the attack, was following orders from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who called off the Navy's rescue mission for the USS Liberty.

Meadors, along with other survivors of the attack, have been engaged in what has evolved into a more than 40-year struggle to find justice.

"The most frustrating thing has been a lack of reaction from the US government," Meadors explained, "On June 8, 2005 we filed a war crimes report, and they [the US Government] are required to investigate these allegations. They've created reports about our mission, but they never did conduct an actual investigation of the attack itself."

Meadors and the other veterans he works with to bring about a governmental investigation of the attack take the position that they should not have to force the government to do this.

In 2003, an independent commission of highly regarded experts was created to look into the matter. The Moorer Commission, named after its chairman, included Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, United States Navy (Ret.), former chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Raymond G. Davis, United States Marine Corps and former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

Findings of this commission included: "Israel launched a two-hour air and naval attack against USS Liberty ... Israeli torpedo boats later returned to machine-gun at close range three of the Liberty's life rafts that had been lowered into the water by survivors to rescue the most seriously wounded ... Israel's attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew."

Ray McGovern is a senior CIA analyst who served under seven presidents - from John Kennedy to George H. W. Bush.

McGovern is clear about why he believes the US government continues to refuse to launch an investigation. "For the same reason that President Johnson called back the fighter/bombers; i.e., so as not to embarrass our friend Israel," McGovern explained to Truthout, "It is my view that the killing of 34 USS Liberty crew and wounded more than 170 others and the fact that the US Navy, Congress, executive branch not only prohibited the survivors to speak about it, but also launched faux 'inquiries,' is the poster child for what is wrong with the US relationship with Israel, showing the penchant of senior US officials to sacrifice honesty, justice, and US servicemen on the sacral altar of "compassionate attachment" to Israel."

McGovern added that, in his view, the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is "the archetypical example of how Israel was given convincing affirmation of its belief that it can get away with murder, literally, and the US Gulliver would be bound to ignore it ... or even mount 'official' inquiries to explain it away."

Bryce Lockwood survived the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions during the attack, when he saved at least one wounded sailor's life.

Lockwood, like McGovern, feels there is no doubt whatsoever that the attack was no accident.

"It was deliberate," Lockwood told Truthout. He went on to explain why he thinks Moshe Dayan, who was appointed as Israel's Defense Minister in 1967, ordered the attack.

"I only learned recently, via a document released by the CIA, that Dayan ordered the attack, despite objections from his staff members," Lockwood explained, "Our ship had the capability of monitoring virtually everything ... all communications. The Israelis had nuclear capability, and it was extremely important to the Johnson administration that the Israelis not use the nuclear option. We could monitor all of this, even when it was done by the Israelis. The Israelis wanted unbridled use of the nuclear option, and they didn't want us to know about it ... that's why they attacked us."

Another reason why Lockwood is so certain that the attack was deliberate is because he watched Joe Meadors hoist three US flags up a pole in an attempt to insure the Israeli pilots knew they were firing on a US ship.

"The Israelis claim they didn't see a US flag, but they shot down two, and Joe raised three of them, since they kept firing on them," Lockwood explained, "They riddled the third with bullet holes, but it stayed up."

In addition, writing in his memoirs, Richard Helms, the director of Central Intelligence at the time of the attack, explained that the CIA undertook a "final" investigation after more evidence became available, and he offered the following information concerning the CIA's final finding:

"Israeli authorities subsequently apologized for the incident, but few in Washington could believe that the ship had not been identified as an American naval vessel. Later, an interim intelligence memorandum concluded the attack was a mistake and not made in malice against the US.... I had no role in the board of inquiry that followed, or the board's finding that there could be no doubt that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing in attacking the Liberty. I have yet to understand why it was felt necessary to attack this ship or who ordered the attack."

Meadors' and Lockwood's struggle to find justice spans decades, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

Meadors is measured in his explanation of how he perceives the politics behind the lack of an investigation. "Politicians feel the Israeli lobby is so powerful, that if they do anything about this it will cost them votes. Nobody thinks it was a mistake, everybody knows it was deliberate. But they won't investigate it because they feel it would damage the relationship between the US and Israel."

"I'm disgusted with our country and our representatives," Lockwood concluded, "My country doesn't give a damn about me or the people on the Liberty. I'm terribly disappointed in the way our country has dealt with us."

While both Meadors and Lockwood urge people to contact their Congressional representatives and demand an investigation, Meadors is moving ahead with looking for an attorney who will help the USS Liberty Veterans group to which he belongs determine if they have a course of action through federal courts.

Loss Of Liberty

Dead In The Water - The Sinking of the USS Liberty

USS Liberty yearly reunion

This year, the reunion is in New York

TV Interview last year's reunion - (3 1/2 minutes)

This 5 minute video gives a good synopsis of the incident.
Lemnitzer was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in June 1967.
Operation Northwoods -

First-hand crew accounts -

Don't forget: Criticism of

Don't forget: Criticism of Israel is out of bounds. Invoking such criticism will at least get you voted down, perhaps even name-called as "antisemitic". The previous thread featuring Alan Hart and Kevin Barrett highlighted this.

With the above in mind, now you're free to comment.

Are we getting bored with 911?

Or just feeling frustrated and impotent that after 10 years we still haven't gotten a real investigation into it?

Are we quitting?

Not I. The USS Liberty Incident was Classic False-Flag

Knowledge of it can help us with our waking the Somnambulists.

Best of luck

May the Force be with you.

Article at TRUTHOUT

the main reason I submitted this article was that it appeared at TRUTHOUT. A site that notoriously withholds the whole truth.

This is a small break for the WHOLE UGLY TRUTH as many will become aware of the USS Liberty for the first time.

Palestinians & American Indians


the attack on the Liberty was not a false-flag operation. Israel affirmed she attacked the Liberty, which isn't to say that Israel hasn't engaged in false flag operations.

Look folks, the Arabs have a plan, and that plan is the eventual retrieval of "Palestine" from Israel. Of course, when the Arabs (and the media) talk about Palestine, they aren't talking about Jordan, which is also Palestine.

So that no one gets the wrong idea about me, every time Israel lobs a missile into an apartment building in order to assassinate one person, I too am disgusted, just as I am disgusted when we lob a Predator missile into an Afghan wedding party in order to take out one hostile. We all do it, but that doesn't mean I'm going to forsake my American citizenship.

I understand the Arabs' point of view, but when the Ottoman Empire lost WW I, Britain and France became the 'deciders' of who owns the land. If you're really concerned about native land rights, then why not turn your attention to the American Indians here. They're closer to home!

Dean Jackson/Editor-in-Chief
Washington, DC

Admitted after being caught

"the attack on the Liberty was not a false-flag operation. Israel affirmed she attacked the Liberty, which isn't to say that Israel hasn't engaged in false flag operations."

Had there been NO survivors or witnesses it would have been Egypt that sunk the ship.

Some Such Other Nonsense


then America would be at war with Egypt and other Arab states would come to Egypt's aid. I don't see that. What I do see is the Pentagon saying that the Liberty sunk after hitting a World War II mine or some such other nonsense.

Dean Jackson/Editor-in-Chief
Washington, DC

It is relevant

...... This goes to show the lack of honesty and integrity in our government. What one word would you use to describe Johnson and McNamara?

Also shows

that US authorities and media are willing and able to cover up mass murder of Americans by close friend and ally, Israel.

You mean 9 years

Why does everone think we're coming up to the 10th anniversary THIS year. We lose credibility if we can't count to 10.

You're right - I can't count to ten

But I can count to 2.25 which is 2.25 too many seconds to be free falling while destroying 8 stories of steel and concrete structure. (I can count to 8) :)

I will neve quit

but I have to admit it is frustrating. To be honest right now I am more worried about the oil spill. I am sure that was a planned event just like 9/11. These NWO people have no empathy. Evil to the core. May they rot in hell.

There is no proof of that at the moment

and you might want to refrain from publicly stating your opinion that the oil spill was intentional without some solid evidence.

What there is proof of is that there was a lot of insider shenanigans between the oil industry and regulators and it certainly seems that criminally negligent shortcuts were taken.

of course the oil spill was planned

chaos injury destruction death disease all equal big big profits for the likes of Haliburton and others. it's the planned demolition of the United entity which is quite offensive to certain bloodlines and families that have history on their side and it is deliberate depopulation. the gulf area will quite probably be uninhabitable in the near future, not to mention most of florida. tis a cold blooded calculated assault.....BUT they did not reckon on the internet or on the awakening now engulfing humanity. we do live in interesting times.

oil rupture

this was pure negligence on the part of greedy corporations. this of course happened with collusion of govt regulators. if you this this particular disaster was conspiracy, consider the hundred of million dollars in lost revenue of the escaping crude oil. This is a significant loss to greedy BP. they would not have spend $100M drilling the well just to throw away the booty. Their losses mount daily reportedly now hovering around $1B. And that doesn't even in include years of legal fees and payouts.

bloggulator makes false accusation- again

"Don't forget: Criticism of Israel is out of bounds. Invoking such criticism will at least get you voted down, perhaps even name-called as "antisemitic". The previous thread featuring Alan Hart and Kevin Barrett highlighted this."

blogulator makes this claim- even though this article, the Hart article and many other articles focusing on Israel have been posted here!

bloggulator, you made the same false accusation on the Hart thread, and I pointed out to you that it was false, so why are you still making the same false accusation?

It's obvious there's no issue with criticism of the state crimes of Israel, especially as they relate to 9/11 and related factors, including motive, means and opportunity.

Israel repeatedly attacked the USS Liberty, knowing it was a US ship, and that a cover up continues, with the help of the US Establishment; this parallels the 9/11 false-flag attacks in a number of ways.

Israeli and other nations spying in the US, the passing of sensitive information to Israel and other nations by Jews and non-Jews, corruption of the US government by Jews and non-Jews- all these are relevant.

There's no issue with presenting or discussing the limited and mostly circumstantial evidence pointing to an Israeli/Mossad role in 9/11, as well as the connections of powerful Jews in the US govt- these will be part of any genuine investigation, and this has all been covered at 911blogger.

Some people want to blame 9/11 primarily/entirely on Jews/Israelis/Zionists, and steer inquiry/discussion away from evidence pointing to the involvement of non-Jewish Americans, as well evidence of a role played by the Saudi Royals/GID and Pakistani ISI. However, the available evidence doesn't support their claims or their efforts. Too much evidence is still being suppressed to conclusively say what exactly happened on 9/11, and who all the people involved were, what their knowledge and roles were.

911blogger won't be used as a forum for promoting unsupported, unsubstantiated, inflammatory and/or racist claims.

Misunderstood, methinks.

I am clearly being misunderstood. Never ONCE have I leveled any criticism towards 911blogger.

However, if the points system were any indication as to the general approval (or otherwise) of a comment, then it is clear that *many readers and commentators* who *VISIT* (emphasis) *V-I-S-I-T* 911blogger (who commented on a recent 9/11blogger article) do not tolerate any discussion in which there is a suggestion that (the Israeli government) might less than 100% squeaky-clean and a paragon of morality.

My complaint (and worry) was if, criticism of Israeli actions, or questioning Israeli motives is taboo or verboten in the minds of many people who *VISIT* 911blogger, and even describe themselves as 911 truth seekers, how are we going ever going to solve this issue, if there is one law for one of the key players (Israel) and another law for the rest of us, in the minds of so many?

I do not follow how my comments could have been construed as a criticism leveled against 911blogger. Quite plainly, they are not. My issue is all about how a section of the public has been quietly and subconsciously coerced into the belief that Israel is an international sacred cow, immune to questioning, and which is above the law (as has been witnessed in recent days). How is real justice is possible under such circumstances? To keep Israel out of the 9/11 discussion is akin to attempting to launch the space shuttle without liquid oxygen.

I commend 911Blogger for flouting the taboo, and including Israel in the discussion (as witnessed by the list above)... a rarity in (US) media. I hope I have made myself a little clearer and apologize if my comments could have been misconstrued, as a slur against 911blogger... they clearly are not, and were never intended to be.



'Don't forget: Criticism of Israel is out of bounds.'

Well if it's so 'out of bounds,' why isn't this the first time I'm reading about this topic on 911blogger?:

Nor possibly even the second time.

'Criticism of Israel' is like criticism of anything else, in that it can be done more or less capably, more or less convincingly. Often I find that it isn't criticism of Israel per se that people object to, but that they see it expressed in ways that are insufficiently substantiated and not as convincing as the people making the criticisms evidently believe them to be.

Just as 'antisemitism' is a label that can be applied more or less accurately, fairly or unfairly. (I know it can really rankle when it is applied unfairly.)

So you keep saying

However, I think my post in that thread summed up the reality of the situation a tad better than what you're able to muster here.

Turkish Press - Article today
"...Some U.S. diplomats, veterans and intelligence officials involved in the incident continue to dispute these official findings, saying the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was not a mistake, and it remains the only major maritime incident in U.S. history not investigated by the U.S. Congress."

Clark Clifford

The author of the official cover-up report for the USS Liberty incident was Clark Cifford, LBJ's second Secretary of Defense, after Robert McNamara.

Clifford had earlier been JFK's personal lawyer and then his chairman of the FIAB. Clifford went on to become the attorney for BCCI and the chairman of First American Bank, secretly owned by BCCI. The Pakistani/Saudi/UAE run BCCI was a "bank" that worked with (and perhaps was run by) the CIA, and was deeply involved in funding and supplying the Afghan rebels in the 1980s, some of whom later became al Qaeda.

Interestingly, John Connally, the former governor of Texas who was in the car when JFK was shot, "appears at least three times in deals by BCCI insiders" (see False Profits by Truell and Gurwin). Connally was closely associated with the Saudis Ghaith Pharaon and Khalid Bin Mahfouz.

what a tangled...

web we weave. The corruption is like a recurring theme through recent US history. Thanks Kevin for this piece of the puzzle.

There Is A Memorial to the USS Liberty Incident in Grafton, WI

Hello Truthseekers & Truthtellers,
A library in Grafton, WI has the only memorial for the USS Liberty. There was a lot of controversy when it was proposed, but it was approved. I plan on visiting it again, in a few days.
Take Care Matt