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The Coming Storm - Avenge the USS Liberty (Part 2)
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The Coming Storm - Avenge the USS Liberty (Part 5)
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Click on this text to see/hear THE BALLAD OF THE USS LIBERTY by Chuck Maultsby & Friends at Youtube
"I knew it was like going up against a 5-alarm fire with a squirt
gun, but I was not about to go to my grave and then on to meet my Maker and have to account for the fact that in my country's
most desperate hour, I had sat back and done nothing."
....Phil Tourney, USS Liberty Survivor
Click on this text to read a truthful and factual article that appeared in the U.S. Naval Institute - Naval History magazine
USS LIBERTY "INCIDENT"
On June 8, 1967,
the US Navy virtually defenseless intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas
in international waters by air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this
was an American ship and lied about it being "accidental". 34 American servicemen were killed and 174 were wounded
(many were severely wounded) out of a crew of 294. The Survivors were forbidden under the strictest of orders for 40 years
to tell their story to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated
to the memory of the 34 brave men who died. Visit The USS LIBERTY MEMORIAL website.
USS Liberty (AGTR-5) receives assistance from units of the Sixth Fleet, after she was
attacked and seriously damaged by Israeli forces off the Sinai Peninsula on June 8, 1967. (US Navy photo)
Flags and Synthetic Terror
with knowing who your
must be noted that men with bad instincts are more in
number than the good, and therefore the best results in
them are attained by violence and
terrorization, and not by academic discussions.”
...Anonymous, from the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
are different types of False Flags
that have occurred throughout ancient and modern
history. The most popular False
Flag is when a
government carries out an attack on its own
people, then blames it on some enemy, either
or domestic, and is then justified in
attacking the falsely accused perpetrators. 9/11 is
a perfect example.
Another type of False Flag is when a government
a real enemy into an attack justifying a
declaration of war because THEY started it. Pearl
Harbor is a for instance.
And there are the
fabricated False Flag attacks that didn’t happen at
all. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident is a for instance.
The Truth is always concealed from the public
for everyone to get over it and just
move on. If the truth reveals itself a decade or
lifetime later, then it’s
all water under the bridge
and what can be done? So, let’s just move on...
There is no statute of limitations on murder,
attempted murder (attempted
murder is just as bad
as an accomplished murder and there should be no
leniency just because you failed at the attempt),
aiding and abetting murder, or instigating a
murder, especially mass murder.
Israeli False Flag operations go back at least to the
summer of 1954, when a failed operation,
named Operation Susannah was conducted in
As part of that False Flag operation, a group of
Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military
that planned to plant bombs inside
Egyptian, American, and British owned targets.
The bombings were to be blamed
on the Muslim
Brotherhood, Egyptian Communists, and other
malcontents with the aim of creating an
of fear, instability and more violence
to influence the British to keep their occupying
troops in the Suez Canal
zone. Israel did not want
Egypt nationalizing the Suez Canal and planned to
alienate Egypt from the U.S. and Britain
in support of Egypt on the matter.
The operation resulted in no casualties apart from
some of the Jewish recruits who committed suicide
found out and arrested.
The operation became
known as the Levon Affair;
so named for Israeli Defense Minister Pinhas
Lavon who was forced to resign because of
incident. Israel denied any complicity in the affair
for 51 years, but the surviving Levon Affair agents
were honored in 2005 by Israeli President Moshe
Katzav who presented them with a certificate of
The TRUE HISTORY of America's FALSE FLAG WARS -- James Perloff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac72x6pDTiM
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SEE: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
The U.S.S. Liberty
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not
because of the
people who are evil, but because of
the people who don’t do anything about it.”
The U.S.S. Liberty massacre or so called
on June 8, 1967 in
international waters 13 miles off the coast of the
Sinai Peninsula during the so called Arab-Israeli
Six Day War.
The Liberty was a lightly armed U.S. Navy
surveillance ship (call it a spy ship if you’d like)
with a crew of 294 officers and men on board. The
mission was to monitor the military
actions taking place onshore between our ally
Israel, and their Egyptian foes.
Two hours after the Liberty arrived near the scene,
the Israeli Defense
Forces sent out plainly marked
reconnaissance aircraft to identify the ship. Eight
flyovers were made over a three-hour
large U.S. flag made the Liberty easily
recognizable as being American. The ship’s U.S.
designation, GTR5, was plainly painted in
large white lettering on the bow.
The crew was relaxed and many off-duty crewmen
were on deck sunning themselves and enjoying the
Two hours later, Israeli Mirage III fighter
arrived and commenced fire on the relatively
defenseless ship with rockets and machine guns.
that, a second flight of fighters,
French built Mystere jets armed with napalm,
coated the deck with flaming jelly.
By now there
were dozens of killed and wounded American
sailors. Of course the ship’s radio team was trying
to issue SOS distress calls, but Israeli aircraft were
197jamming the frequencies with what U.S. Navy
specialists described as a ‘buzz
saw’ sound. The American flag was shot to shreds
and replaced by a
An open frequency was finally found and an SOS
was sent to the 6 th Fleet. Twelve armed F-4s and
A-4s were launched from the U.S.S. Saratoga.
about the unfolding events,
particularly the part about the inability of the
Israelis to sink the ship in a timely
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, he
ordered the jets to return to the U.S.S. Saratoga.
The attack on the Liberty continued with three
Israeli torpedo boats also engaging, scoring a
torpedo hit, tearing
a 40-foot wide hole in the hull,
flooding the lower compartments, and killing a
dozen more American sailors. As
began listing, rafts were lowered over the side to
facilitate abandonment of the ship. The Israeli
torpedo boats raked the rafts with machine gunfire.
It was apparent that there were to be no survivors.
After two hours of nonstop attack the Israelis
finally ceased fire.
One of the torpedo boats
approached the Liberty at which point an Israeli
officer asked in English with the aid
of a bullhorn,
“Do you need any help?” A wounded Capt.
William McGonagle ordered the quartermaster to
respond with an unmistakable, “Fuck you.” The
Israeli boat turned and left evidently aware that a
Destroyer was arriving on the scene in
response to the distress calls. The Soviet Destroyer
offered assistance but
the Liberty’s conning officer
Unknown to the Liberty crew, there was
also a U.S. submarine, The Amberjack, in the area
on a covert
mission but did nothing at all to assist
Finally, after being dead in the water for 16 hours,
two American Destroyers reached the Liberty to
find 34 U.S.
sailors dead and 174 wounded. Many
were seriously wounded. As the wounded were
being evacuated to the U.S.S. America
of Naval Intelligence officer, Admiral Kidd,
arrived and commanded the survivors not to talk to
about the ordeal or face the severest of
As it turned out, the attack on the
Liberty was a joint U.S.-Israeli operation
The plan was: The U.S. would position a
convenient American sitting duck (The U.S.S.
The Israelis would then sink the sitting
duck with all hands lost at sea and blame the
Egyptians. The U.S.A. would
be outraged and
enter the war against Egypt and the rest of Israel’s
opponents, and a large section of the
would then be restructured to Israel’s liking with
If it hadn’t been for those damn Russian commies
and their destroyer arriving and
the operation probably would have worked out
well, or terrible, depending upon your point of
view. Of course, within three weeks, an official
report was released describing the awful but
involving the Liberty.
“These errors do occur,” Secretary of Defense
Robert McNamara concluded.
The cover story and cover up is almost as
outrageous as the attack.
I could go on about the
cover up, but the still living survivors who are no
longer disposed to shut up, can best
tell that story.
Lt. Commander James Ennes relates first hand his
experience in his book, Assault on the Liberty.
Survivor, and past president of the Liberty
Veterans Association, Philip Tourney, wrote his
book called, What
I Saw That Day. Tourney also
mans the helm on every Saturday on the Republic
Broadcasting Network’s show,
Your Voice Counts.
He and some of the other elderly U.S.S Liberty
survivors will not let allow the lies of the
governments of America and Israel stand and will
push for the truth till they are dead.
The BBC produced a documentary about the
Liberty incident called, Dead in the Water, which
can be found on YouTube in its entirety. The
book, Operation Cyanide, by BBC investigative
journalist Peter Hounam
is a must read and lays
the whole sordid affair out for you. The Liberty
massacre has never been publicized by the
censored and totally Zionist controlled American
Upon learning about the U.S.S. Liberty a couple of
years ago, I posted a link on my Facebook page to
website, <ussliberty.org>, and “asked”
my 1,200 Facebook “friends” if they had ever
heard about this incident and why hadn’t I heard of
it? Only one Navy vet offered that he had heard
about it. Everyone else, except two
people, who responded claimed total ignorance.
Those two people immediately attacked me in the
Facebook comments accusing me of being
Nazi for posting anti-Semitic lies.
I was surprised
and my feelings were hurt. I’d
never been called a neo or any other kind of Nazi
before! I have Jewish pals
and had a Jewish Little
League coach, Jewish teachers, Jewish classmates,
Jewish work mates, even a Jewish girlfriend
high school. Shall I go on? I had a Jewish uncle
(deceased) who was married to my mother’s sister.
loved him and if there were more people like my
Jewish uncle in this world it would be a much
Upon going to these attacker guys’ Facebook
pages it didn’t
take long to deduce that they were
Jewish Americans. So whose side are these
Facebook attackers on who throw the
down so readily? The Jewish American Facebook
attackers even said that the American sailors killed
and wounded on the Liberty had it coming because
it was a spy ship! ...Well, yes it was a spy ship, but
an American spy ship, I’m an American, so
excuse me if I stand on the American side of this
issue. Fuck Israel.
We should’ve nuked ‘em in’67
guys defended Israel, pointing out
that it’s surrounded by people who want it wiped
off the face of the earth,
it’s a tiny country with a
small population, Jews have been persecuted for a
201thousand years, remember the
holocaust and so
I’ll always defend the
U.S.A. before I’ll let some
stranger get away with some crack about how
murdered Americans had it coming!
got me to thinking about loyalty priorities, what
sort of ally Israel really is... and much,
This book is the result of that thinking
The more I thought about this episode,
the more I
thought that Israel can go to hell and to hell with
the traitorous LBJ, his Jewish National Security
Advisor (Walt Whitman Rostow), his Secretary of
State (Dean Rusk), his Secretary of Defense
(Robert S. McNamara)
and the military lackeys
who served them. And to hell with ANY
American Jew, goy or whomever, who places
importance of Israel above the United States
An interesting person involved in the Liberty
incident was Admiral John S. McCain (the Arizona
father and Commander of European U.S.
Naval Forces, including the 6 th Fleet, in June 1967)
for his role in the
cover up. Senator McCain, to
this day, will defend his position that the slaughter
of 34 American sailors (170 wounded)
“accident of mistaken identity.”
you’d like to see a U.S. Senator get red faced
and squirm, just ask Senator John McCain if the
massacre will ever be
reinvestigated. He is totally on board with the
continuing U.S.S. Liberty whitewash to the
of having endorsed, in writing, the completely
bogus disinformation book, The Liberty Incident,
by a Jewish bankruptcy lawyer from
Florida named A.J. Cristol.
Cristol’s version of the U.S.S. Liberty “incident” is
complete bullshit designed to convince any
that the “incident” was an accident... and IT WAS
NOT AN ACCIDENT! His book was sent to every
member of Congress to be used as a “reference
book” in case any politicians or their constituents
bring up the issue of the U.S.S. Liberty
demanding justice and a reinvestigation.
To refer to Arizona Senator John McCain III as a “war
hero” is an insult to war heroes.
John McCain’s father,
Admiral John McCain II, was a key player in the U.S.S.
Liberty massacre cover-up and
was in total cahoots with
LBJ, Robert McNamara, and with the Israelis by doing
so. The McCains are traitors, plain
How LBJ's Vietnam
War Paralyzed His Mideast Policymakers
By Grace Halsell
In the summer of 1967, Iwas a staff
writer for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. I was aware of that year's Middle East crisis but, like most Americans,
understood little about it other than the fact that it involved Jews and Arabs. In that year I did not know a single Arab,
and possibly LBJ did not either. Like most Americans, I was pro-Israel, Israel having been sold to most all of us as the
Everyone around me, without exception, was pro-Israel. Johnson had a dozen or more close associates and
aides who were both Jewish and pro-Israel. There were Walt Rostow at the White House, his brother Eugene at State, and Arthur
Goldberg, ambassador to the United Nations. Other pro-Israel advisers included Abe Fortas, associate justice of the Supreme
Court; Democratic Party fundraiser Abraham Feinberg; White House counsels Leo White and Jake Jacobsen; White House writers
Richard Goodwin and Ben Wattenberg; domestic affairs aide Larry Levinson; and John P. Roche, known as Johnson's intellectual-in-residence
and an avid supporter of Israel.
around me, without exception, was pro-Israel.
I did not "know," but could sense, that events of great
portent were transpiring. I heard rumors of CIA Director Richard Helms sending a warning to LBJ that the Israelis were about
to attack, and the president getting word from Moscow that if the Israelis attacked any Arab country, the Soviets would
go to that nation's defense.
I could see the comings and goings of Abe Fortas and Arthur Goldberg, and I knew that
Walt Rostow, in particular, had close Israeli connections, and met frequently with Israeli Embassy Minister Ephraim (Eppy)
On occasion I saw a strikingly attractive blonde woman who, I learned, was an ardent supporter of Israel and
a woman of whom the president was fond. Her background sounded like material from a spy novel. She was born Mathilde Galland
in 1927in Italy, where she was reared as a Roman Catholic. Then, when her family returned to her father's birthplace in
Switzerland, she became a Lutheran.
While a student in Geneva, she fell in love with a young Bulgarian Jew, David Danon,
who had been brought up in Palestine and exiled by the British for his association with the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a Jewish terrorist
group led by Menachem Begin. Danon was studying to become a medical doctor, but spent most of his time recruiting and carrying
out secret Irgun operations throughout Western Europe.
In later interviews with former Time reporter Donald
Neff, Mathilde said that as a teenager she saw Danon as a dashing and heroic figure, an activist dedicating his life to the
founding of a Jewish state in Palestine. He was a personal friend of the Stern Gang terrorists, led by Yitzhak Shamir, who
killed British resident minister Lord Walter Moyne in Cairo during World War II, and the Irgun terrorists who blew up the
King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946,with heavy loss of life. As bloody as these actions were, Mathilde said, she saw them
as heroic. They represented the depth of the convictions of Danon and the Irgunists—and drew her to them.
became so enamored of the Jewish struggle and of Danon's daring undercover operations in Europe that she converted to Judaism
and married Danon. Then she, too, became an Irgun agent.
Reporter Neff, in his book entitled Warriors for Jerusalem:
The Six Days That Changed the Middle East, documents Mathilde's role as a young "gun-runner" for the Jewish
terrorist group. "As a seemingly innocent petite and pretty blonde out for a bicycle ride along Switzerland's borders,"
wrote Neff, "she in reality was taking messages and explosives into neighboring France and Italy—to be passed
on to the Irgunists.
Five years after the creation of Israel obviated the need for pretty blonde gunrunners, Mathilde
received a Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Geneva in 1953.She and Danon then moved to Israel, where she became a
cancer researcher at the Weizmann Institute. After the birth of a daughter, she and Danon separated. While still at Weizmann,
however, she met and later married the rich—and 20 years her senior—Arthur Krim, a motion picture executive
who became finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee.
American Jews such as Krim and Abraham Feinberg—a
New York banker and the first Jew to become a prominent moneyraiser in presidential campaigns—were by then bringing
in well over half of the Democratic Party's funds. Thus it was natural that such fund-raisers would become very important
to many Democratic candidates—and particularly to the leader of the Democratic Party, Lyndon B. Johnson.
often invited the Krims to his Texas ranch. There also were many instances in which Arthur and Mathilde were guests at the
White House, and other times when, for many days running, Mathilde—without her husband—was a guest there. The
Krims built a house near the LBJ ranch known as Mathilde's house, and Johnson often traveled there by helicopter.
and Counsel LBJ Part 2
Krims, as well as other Jewish Americans who were closely associated with Johnson, advised and counseled him on the events
leading up to the Six-Day War of June 1967. On the Memorial Day weekend in May 1967, Mathilde and her husband were guests
at the LBJ ranch. On arrival at the ranch, Johnson learned that the Soviets had warned the U.S. that if Israel attacked
an Arab state, the Soviets would go to the aid of that state. The State Department was preparing a message for LBJ to send
While awaiting the draft message, Johnson got behind the wheel of his Lincoln Continental and took Mathilde
and Arthur Krim for a drive over the hill country. They were at a neighbor's house when an aide brought Johnson a message
drafted by the State Department for Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. It relayed to Israel Moscow's warning that "if
Israel starts military action, the Soviet Union will extend help to the attacked party."
After reassuring Eshkol
of America's interest in Israel's safety, the draft message cautioned: "It is essential that Israel not take any preemptive
military action and thereby make itself responsible for the initiation of hostilities." The president strengthened
the warning by adding two words so that the sentence read, "It is essential that Israel JUST MUST NOT take any preemptive
military action. . ."
On June 3, Johnson traveled to New York to deliver a speech at a Democratic Party fund-raising
dinner. He moved on to a $1,000-a-plate dinner dance, sponsored by the President's Club of New York, whose chairman was
Arthur Krim. While at the table, fund-raiser Abe Feinberg leaned over the shoulder of Mathilde Krim, seated next to Johnson,
and whispered: "Mr. President, it [Israel's attack] can't be held any longer. It's going to be within the next 24 hours."
June 4, Johnson went to the home of his close adviser and friend, Justice Abe Fortas. The following day, June 5, Rostow
woke Johnson with a phone call at 4:30 a.m. "War has broken out," Rostow said. The Israelis had attacked Egypt
Mathilde Krim was a guest at the White House and, before going to the Oval Office, and apparently before
waking Lady Bird or notifying anyone else, Johnson dropped by the bedroom where Mathilde was sleeping and gave her the news:
"The war has started."
At 7:45 a.m., Johnson talked—for the first time—on the hot line with Moscow.
Soviet Premier Aleksi Kosygin expressed the hope that the United States would restrain Israel. Both leaders vowed to work
for a cease-fire.
On that day—June 5, 1967—I walked the White House corridors as the telephone lines and
news tickers recorded developments of the first morning of the war that would change the Middle East. I learned that in
the war's first hours, Israeli planes had destroyed the air forces of both Egypt and Syria on the ground.
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U.S. officials in a State Department Operations Room briefing could not conceal their glee over Israel's successes. With
a wide smile, Eugene Rostow said, "Gentlemen, gentlemen, do not forget that we are neutral in word, thought and deed."
the State Department's noon briefing on June 5, press spokesman Robert J. McCloskey repeated those words for reporters.
(Since the U.S. was not neutral but totally supportive of Israel, however, this statement would need—over the next
several weeks—endless clarification.)
Also on June 5, Arthur Krim wrote a memo to the president saying: "Many
arms shipments are packed and ready to go to Israel, but are being held up. It would be helpful if these could be released."
Johnson got the shipments on their way.
Walt Rostow, in a memo to the president, referred to the results of Israel's
surprise attack on Egypt and Syria as "the first day's turkey shoot." On June 6, in another memo to the president,
Walt Rostow recommended that the Israelis not be forced to withdraw from the territories they had seized—short of
peace treaties with the Arab states.
"If the Israelis go fast enough and the Soviets get worried enough,"
he wrote, "a simple cease-fire might be the best answer. This would mean that we could use the de facto situation on
the ground to try to negotiate not a return to armistice lines but a definitive peace in the Middle East."
Krim, still a guest in the White House, left for meetings in New York. Before departing, however, she wrote out a statement
supportive of Israel which she asked the president to deliver "verbatim to the American people." Johnson was sufficiently
impressed with her comments to, later in the day, read some of them to Secretary of State Dean Rusk. But the president did
not, as she had asked, read them to the American people.
Jordan, treaty-bound to come to the aid of Egypt and Syria
if either were attacked, had done so and, on June 7, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem. Also on June 7, Wattenberg
and Levinson wrote in a memo to Johnson that the U.N. might attempt "to sell Israel down the river."
urged LBJ to support Israel's claim to the territories seized militarily. They referred to McCloskey's statement that the
U.S. was neutral, suggesting LBJ issue a statement affirming total support for Israel which, they said, might stop American
Jews from meeting in Lafayette Square to protest the "neutrality" statement.
While Johnson never minded
getting pro-Israel advice from such close friends as Mathilde Krim or Abe Fortas, he apparently resented advice from relatively
minor White House staffers such as Wattenberg and Levinson. Seeing Levinson he stormed:
"You Zionist dupe! You
and Wattenberg are Zionist dupes in the White House! Why can't you see I'm doing all I can for Israel! That's what you should
be telling people when they ask for a message from the president for their rally." As LBJ abruptly stormed off, Levinson
reports, he stood there, "shaken to the marrow of my bones."
Meanwhile, on the night of June 7, the USS Liberty , a Navy "ferret" ship equipped to monitor electronic communications, had approached within sight of the
Gaza Strip so the National Security Agency personnel aboard could intercept the military communications jamming the airwaves.
The president retired at 11:30 p.m., but White House logs reported that at one minute to midnight he got a call from Mathilde
Krim, still in New York.
By June 8, despite U.S. and Soviet demands for a cease-fire, the Israelis were planning one
more attack to take Syria's Golan Heights. Perhaps to prevent U.S. intelligence from learning of their plan, despite Syria's
acceptance of the cease-fire, the Israelis dispatched planes to the USS Liberty. One roared over the Liberty
so closely that the portholes of the aircraft's reconnaissance cameras were clearly visible. Lieutenant James M. Ennes,
deck officer, saw on its wings Israel's insignia, the Star of David.
The Liberty Assault LBJ Part
at the U.S. flag atop his ship's tall mast. If he could see the Israeli pilots in their cockpits, he reasoned, the pilots
could certainly see the large U.S. flag. It was not long after the last of several such Israeli reconnaissance flights,
however, that an Israeli aircraft swooped down and fired rockets directly at The Liberty. Rocket fragments and
30mm bullets punched through the heavy deck plating—and through the flesh of the stunned crewmen. Then more planes—with
cannon and napalm—turned the Liberty into a floating hell of flames and screaming men.
attacks killed 34 Americans and wounded 171. The ship was partly flooded when an Israeli torpedo boat hit the U.S. ship with
a torpedo below the water line. Another machine-gunned the ship's life rafts when the crew tried to launch them.
by a miracle did The Liberty remain afloat. But its threat to Israel's plans was finished. The next day, June 9,
Israeli forces attacked and captured the Golan Heights. On Saturday, June 10, the war's sixth day, Israel agreed to a cease-fire.
was Rostow who first notified Johnson of the assault on the Liberty. Asked who did it, Rostow said he did not know.
Later the Israelis said they had done it, by mistake.
Johnson sent an immediate report to Kosygin that the Israelis
had torpedoed a U.S. ship. Thus the Kremlin now knew about the Israeli attack, but the American people did not. From the
beginning, the Johnson administration covered it up. Surviving crew members were separated from each other and the Navy
was ordered to make certain that no survivor talked with any reporter—or to anyone else—about the assault on
the USS Liberty .
It went virtually unnoticed. Not only the crew of the USS Liberty , but all Americans were victims. Johnson and most of those who entered and left the Oval Office were oriented toward
Israel. For that matter, I too, was ready and eager to believe in 1967 that the Arabs, not the Israelis, had started the
war and that the bombing raid on the USS Liberty was not intentional, but a mistake.
While there can be no
moral justification for the White House cover-up orders to the Navy after the assault on the Liberty, from hindsight
Johnson's political motivation is obvious. It was the same motivation that led him subsequently to listen to the Jewish friends
and advisers who urged him not to put any pressure on the Israelis to relinquish territories they had seized in the Six-Day
In 1967, President Johnson felt he needed all the support he could get to I 'win" in Vietnam. Many American
Jews were liberals outspokenly opposed to the war there. Johnson was told if he gave all out support to Israel—which
would include ignoring the Israeli attack on the Libertyinfluential Jewish Americans would stop opposing his Vietnam
In a memo to the president, Wattenberg, whose parents had moved to the U. S. from Palestine and who was
known as a strong supporter of the Jewish state, said flatly that if the president came out with strong support for Israel,
he would win American Jewish support for the war in Vietnam. Many American Jewish leaders are "doves" on Vietnam,
Wattenberg wrote, but "hawks" on a war with Arab states.
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stand to be cheered now by those (American Jewish leaders) who were jeering last week," Wattenberg wrote the president.
He added that the Mideast crisis could be "a bonus" for Johnson. All-out support of Israel, he predicted, would
"help turn around 'the other war'—the domestic dissatisfaction about Vietnam."
The support given by
the American Jewish leaders "was welcome to the president," as reporter Donald Neff observed, when at every turn
he was being attacked by critics, particularly in the media, of his Vietnam policy.
I was, at the time, a typical
American. I was convinced back then that the Arabs had started the war and deserved what they got. I didn't try to reason
how, if the Arabs had started the war, they were surprised with their air forces on the ground and how it was that Israel
so easily seized all of Palestine, including the rest of Jerusalem. Instead, like millions of Americans, I was thrilled
by the might of "little Israel."
Yet, despite the euphoria around me, what I saw in the White House planted
questions in my mind. As Americans we had just passed through a dangerous Middle East conflict that threatened to explode
into World War III. There were two parties to the conflict, Arabs and Jews. But for weeks on end I had seen only one set
of advisers who could call or see Johnson whenever they pleased. The Arabs had no voice, no representation, no access, whatsoever.
was only later that I came to reflect on how America, which devoted so much of the efforts of its "best and brightest"
to the problem of Vietnam, had in 1967 quite unwittingly stumbled into a Middle East quagmire that, long after the fall
of Saigon, would continue to enmesh U.S. soldiers and diplomats, and project an image of double standards and insincerity
onto U.S. diplomacy all over the world.
more than his failed policies in Vietnam, the Middle East policies that LBJ allowed to fall into place in the June 1967
war would remain to haunt the U.S. for decades to come.
Halsell, a Washington-based writer, is the author of Journey to Jerusalem and Prophecy and Politics, as
well as several other works of nonfiction.
Our First Jewish President Lyndon Johnson? – an update!!
A few months ago, the Associated Press reported that newly released tapes from US president Lyndon
Johnson’s White House office showed LBJ’s “personal and often emotional connection to Israel.” The
news agency pointed out that during the Johnson presidency (1963-1969), “the United States became Israel’s chief
diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier.”
But the news report does
little to reveal the full historical extent of Johnson’s actions on behalf of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Most students of the Arab-Israeli conflict can identify Johnson as the president during the 1967 war. But few know about
LBJ’s actions to rescue hundreds of endangered Jews during the Holocaust – actions that could have thrown him
out of Congress and into jail. Indeed, the title of “Righteous Gentile” is certainly appropriate in the case
of the Texan, whose centennial year is being commemorated this year. Appropriately enough, the annual Jerusalem Conference
announced this week that it will honor Johnson.
Historians have revealed
that Johnson, while serving as a young congressman in 1938 and 1939, arranged for visas to be supplied to Jews in Warsaw,
and oversaw the apparently illegal immigration of hundreds of Jews through the port of Galveston, Texas….
A key resource for uncovering LBJ’s pro-Jewish activity is the unpublished 1989
doctoral thesis by University of Texas student Louis Gomolak, “Prologue: LBJ’s Foreign Affairs Background, 1908-1948.”
Johnson’s activities were confirmed by other historians in interviews with his wife, family members and political
Research into Johnson’s personal history indicates that
he inherited his concern for the Jewish people from his family. His aunt Jessie Johnson Hatcher, a major influence on LBJ,
was a member of the Zionist Organization of America. According to Gomolak, Aunt Jessie had nurtured LBJ’s commitment
to befriending Jews for 50 years. As young boy, Lyndon watched his politically active grandfather “Big Sam” and
father “Little Sam” seek clemency for Leo Frank, the Jewish victim of a blood libel in Atlanta. Frank
was lynched by a mob in 1915, and the Ku Klux Klan in Texas threatened to kill the Johnsons. The Johnsons later told friends
that Lyndon’s family hid in their cellar while his father and uncles stood guard with shotguns on their porch in case
of KKK attacks. Johnson’s speech writer later stated, “Johnson often cited Leo Frank’s lynching as the
source of his opposition to both anti-Semitism and isolationism.”
Already in 1934 – four years before Chamberlain’s
Munich sellout to Hitler – Johnson was keenly alert to the dangers of Nazism and presented a book of essays, ‘Nazism:
An Assault on Civilization’, to the 21-year-old woman he was courting, Claudia Taylor – later known as “Lady
Bird” Johnson. It was an incredible engagement present.
after taking office in 1937, LBJ broke with the “Dixiecrats” and supported an immigration bill that would naturalize
illegal aliens, mostly Jews from Lithuania and Poland. In 1938, Johnson was told of a young Austrian Jewish musician who
was about to be deported from the United States. With an element of subterfuge, LBJ sent him to the US Consulate in Havana
to obtain a residency permit. Erich Leinsdorf, the world famous musician and conductor, credited LBJ for saving his live.
That same year, LBJ warned Jewish friend, Jim Novy, that European Jews faced annihilation.
“Get as many Jewish people as possible out of Germany and Poland,” were Johnson’s instructions. Somehow,
Johnson provided him with a pile of signed immigration papers that were used to get 42 Jews out of Warsaw. But that
wasn’t enough. According to historian James M. Smallwood, Congressman Johnson used legal and sometimes illegal methods
to smuggle “hundreds of Jews into Texas, using Galveston as the entry port. Enough money could buy false passports
and fake visas in Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Johnson smuggled boatloads and planeloads of Jews into
Texas. He hid them in the Texas National Youth Administration. Johnson saved at least four or five hundred Jews, possibly
During World War II Johnson joined Novy at a small Austin gathering
to sell $65,000 in war bonds. According to Gomolak, Novy and Johnson then raised a very “substantial sum for arms
for Jewish underground fighters in Palestine.” One source cited by the historian reports that “Novy and Johnson
had been secretly shipping heavy crates labeled ‘Texas Grapefruit’ – but containing arms – to Jewish
underground ‘freedom fighters’ in Palestine.”
ON JUNE 4, 1945, Johnson visited Dachau. According
to Smallwood, Lady Bird later recalled that when her husband returned home, “he was still shaken, stunned, terrorized,
and bursting with an overpowering revulsion and incredulous horror at what he had seen.”
A decade later while serving in the Senate, Johnson blocked the Eisenhower administration’s attempts
to apply sanctions against Israel following the 1956 Sinai Campaign. “The indefatigable Johnson had never ceased pressure
on the administration,” wrote I.L. “Si” Kenen, the head of AIPAC at the time. As Senate majority
leader, Johnson consistently blocked the anti-Israel initiatives of his fellow Democrat, William Fulbright, the chairman
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Among Johnson’s closest advisers during this period were several strong
pro-Israel advocates, including Benjamin Cohen (who 30 years earlier was the liaison between Supreme Court justice Louis
Brandeis and Chaim Weizmann) and Abe Fortas, the legendary Washington “insider.”
for the Jewish people continued through his presidency. Soon after taking office in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s
assassination in 1963, Johnson told an Israeli diplomat, “You have lost a very great friend, but you have found a better
one.” Just one month after succeeding Kennedy, LBJ attended the December 1963 dedication of the Agudas Achim
Synagogue in Austin. Novy opened the ceremony by saying to Johnson, “We can’t thank him enough for all those
Jews he got out of Germany during the days of Hitler.” Lady Bird would later describe the day, according to
Gomolak: “Person after person plucked at my sleeve and said, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t
for him. He helped me get out.'” Lady Bird elaborated, “Jews had been woven into the warp and woof of all [Lyndon’s]
The PRELUDE to the 1967 war was a terrifying period for Israel,
with the US State Department led by the historically unfriendly Dean Rusk urging an evenhanded policy despite Arab threats
and acts of aggression. Johnson held no such illusions. After the war he placed
the blame firmly on Egypt: “If
a single act of folly was more responsible for this explosion than any other, it was the arbitrary and dangerous announced
decision [by Egypt that the Strait of Tiran would be closed [to Israeli ships and Israeli-bound cargo].”
Kennedy was the first president to approve the sale of defensive US weapons to Israel,
specifically Hawk anti-aircraft missiles. But Johnson approved tanks and fighter jets, all vital after the 1967 war when
France imposed a freeze on sales to Israel. Yehuda Avner recently
described on these pages prime minister Levi Eshkol’s
successful appeal for these weapons on a visit to the LBJ ranch. Israel won the 1967 war, and Johnson worked to make
sure it also won the peace. “I sure as hell want to be careful and not run out on little Israel,” Johnson said
in a March 1968 conversation with his ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg, according to White House tapes
Soon after the 1967 war, Soviet premier Aleksei Kosygin
asked Johnson at the Glassboro Summit why the US supported Israel when there were 80 million Arabs and only three million
Israelis. “Because it is a right thing to do,” responded the straight-shooting Texan.
The crafting of UN Resolution 242 in November 1967 was done under Johnson’s scrutiny. The call for
“secure and recognized boundaries” was critical. The American and British drafters of the resolution opposed
Israel returning all the territories captured in the war. In September 1968, Johnson explained, “We are not the ones
to say where other nations should draw lines between them that will assure each the greatest security. It is clear, however,
that a return to the situation of 4 June 1967 will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized
borders. Some such lines must be agreed to by the neighbors involved.” Goldberg later noted, “Resolution
242 in no way refers to Jerusalem, and this omission was deliberate.” This historic diplomacy was conducted under
Johnson’s stewardship, as Goldberg related in oral history to the Johnson Library. “I must say for Johnson,”
Goldberg stated. “He gave me great personal support.”
David Johnson, a professor of history at Brooklyn College, recently wrote in The New York Sun, Johnson’s policies stemmed
more from personal concerns – his friendship with leading Zionists, his belief that America had a moral obligation
to bolster Israeli security and his conception of Israel as a frontier land much like his home state of Texas. His personal
concerns led him to intervene when he felt that the State or Defense departments had insufficiently appreciated Israel’s
diplomatic or military needs.”
President Johnson firmly pointed American
policy in a pro-Israel direction. In a historical context, the American emergency airlift to Israel in 1973, the constant
diplomatic support, the economic and military assistance and the strategic bonds between the two countries can all be credited
to the seeds planted by LBJ.
Lyndon Johnson’s maternal ancestors, the Huffmans, apparently migrated to Frederick, Maryland from
Germany sometime in the mid-eighteenth century. Later they moved to Bourbon, Kentucky and eventually settled in Texas
in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.
According to Jewish law, if a person’s mother is Jewish, then that person is automatically Jewish, regardless
of the father’s ethnicity or religion. The facts indicate that both of Lyndon Johnson’s great-grandparents,
on the maternal side, were Jewish.
These were the grandparents of Lyndon’s
mother, Rebecca Baines. Their names were John S. Huffman and Mary Elizabeth Perrin. John Huffman’s mother was
Suzanne Ament, a common Jewish name. Perrin is also a common Jewish name.
Huffman and Perrin had a daughter, Ruth Ament Huffman, who married Joseph Baines and together they had a daughter, Rebekah
Baines, Lyndon Johnson’s mother. The line of Jewish mothers can be traced back three generations in Lyndon Johnson’s
family tree. There is little doubt that he was Jewish.
by Morris Smith
VISIT THE USS LIBERTY MEMORIAL
Captain Ward Boston Jr. was so disgusted
A.J. Cristol’s version of the Liberty slaughter that he
required himself to issue a legal affidavit in
2003 stating the following:
I, Ward Boston, Jr.do declare
that the following
statement is true and complete:
For more than 30 years, I have remained silent on
of the USS LIBERTY. I am a military
man and when orders come in from the Secretary
of Defense and the President
of the United States, I
However, recent attempts to rewrite
compel me to share the truth.
In June of 1967, while serving
as a Captain in the
Judge Advocate General Corps, Department of the
Navy, I was assigned as senior legal counsel
the Navy’s Court of Inquiry into the brutal attack
on the USS LIBERTY, which occurred on June 8 th .
The late Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, president of the
Court, and I were given only one week to gather
the Navy’s official investigation into
the attack, despite the fact that we both estimated
that a proper court
of inquiry into an attack of this
magnitude would take at least six months to
Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., then Commander-in-
Chief, Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR),
headquarters in London, had charged
Admiral Kidd (in a letter dated June 10, 1967) to
inquire into all the pertinent
circumstances leading to and connected with the
armed attack; damage resulting therefrom; and
of and injuries to Naval personnel. Despite
the short amount of time we were given, we
gathered a vast amount of
hours of heartbreaking testimony from the young
The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I
believed with certainty that this attack, which
34 American sailors and injured 172 others,
was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship
and murder its entire
crew. Each evening, after
hearing testimony all day, we often spoke our
private thoughts concerning what we had
heard. I recall Admiral Kidd repeatedly referring to
the Israeli forces responsible for the attack as
“murderous bastards.” It was our shared belief,
based on the documentary evidence and testimony
received first hand, that the Israeli attack was
planned and deliberate, and could not possibly
have been an accident.
I am certain that the Israeli pilots that undertook
the attack, as well as their
superiors, who had
ordered the attack, were well aware that the ship
I saw the flag, which had visibly identified the ship
as American, riddled with bullet holes, and heard
testimony that made it clear that the Israelis
intended there be no survivors. Not only did the
the ship with napalm, gunfire and
missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine gunned
three lifeboats that had been launched
by the crew
in an attempt to save the most seriously wounded –
a war crime.
Admiral Kidd and I both felt it necessary to travel
to Israel to interview the Israelis who took part
the attack. Admiral Kidd telephoned Admiral
McCain to discuss making arrangements. Admiral
Kidd later told
me that Admiral McCain was
adamant that we were not to travel to Israel or
contact the Israelis concerning this
Regrettably, we did not receive into evidence and
the court did not consider any of the more than 60
witness declarations from men who had been
hospitalized and were unable to testify in person.
I am outraged at
the efforts of the apologists for
Israel in this country to claim that this attack was a
case of “mistaken
identity.” In particular, the
recent publication of Jay Cristol’s book, The
Liberty Incident, twists
the facts and misrepresents
the views of those of us who investigated the
It is Cristol’s insidious attempt to whitewash the
facts that has pushed me to speak out.
know from personal conversations I had with
Admiral Kidd that President Johnson and
Secretary of Defense Robert
him to conclude that the attack was a case of
“mistaken identity” despite overwhelming
evidence to the contrary.
Admiral Kidd told me, after returning from
Washington, D.C. that he had been ordered to sit
down with two civilians from either the White
House or the Defense
Department, and rewrite
portions of the court’s findings.
Kidd also told me that he had been
ordered to “put the lid” on everything having to do
with the attack
on the USS LIBERTY. We were
never to speak of it and we were to caution
everyone else involved that they could never
of it again.
I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of that
statement as I know that the Court of Inquiry
transcript that has been released to the public is
not the same
one that I certified and sent off to
I know this because
it was necessary, due to the
exigencies of time, to hand correct and initial a
substantial number of pages. I have
released version of the transcript and I did not see
any pages that bore my hand corrections and
initials. Also, the original did not have any blank
pages, as the released version does. Finally, the
of Lt. Painter concerning the deliberate
machine gunning of the life rafts by the Israeli
torpedo boat crews, which
I distinctly recall being
given at the Court of Inquiry and included in the
original transcript, is now missing
and has been
Following the conclusion of the Court of Inquiry,
Admiral Kidd and I remained in contact. Though
we never spoke of the attack in public, we did
discuss it between
ourselves, on occasion. Every
time we discussed the attack, Admiral Kidd was
adamant that it was a deliberate, planned
an American ship.
In 1990, I received a telephone call from
Cristol, who wanted to interview me concerning
the functioning of the Court of Inquiry. I told him
I would not speak to him on that subject and
prepared to hang up the telephone. Cristol then
began asking me about
my personal background
and other, non-Court of Inquiry related matters. I
endeavored to answer these questions and
extricate myself from the conversation. Cristol
continued to return to the subject of the Court of
which I refused to discuss with him.
Finally, I suggested that he contact Admiral Kidd
and ask him about the Court
Shortly after my conversation with Cristol, I
received a telephone call from Admiral Kidd,
about Cristol and what he was up to. The
Admiral spoke of Cristol in disparaging terms and
even opined that “Cristol
must be an Israeli agent.”
I don’t know if he meant that literally or it was his
way of expressing his
disgust for Cristol’s highly
partisan, pro-Israeli approach to questions
involving the USS LIBERTY.
At no time did I ever hear Admiral Kidd speak of
Cristol other than in highly disparaging
find Cristol’s claims of a “close friendship” with
Admiral Kidd to be utterly incredible.
I also find it
impossible to believe the statements he attributes
to Admiral Kidd, concerning the attack on the
Several years later, I received a letter from Cristol
that contained what he purported to be his notes of
our prior conversation. These “notes” were grossly
incorrect and bore no resemblance in reality to that
discussion. I find it hard to believe that these
were the product of a mistake, rather than
an attempt to deceive. I informed Cristol that I
disagreed with his recollection
of our conversation
and that he was wrong. Cristol made several
attempts to arrange for the two of us to meet in
person and talk but I always found ways to avoid
doing this. I did not wish to meet with Cristol as
we had nothing
in common and I did not trust him.
Contrary to the misinformation presented by
Cristol and others, it is important
for the American
people to know that it is clear that Israel is
responsible for deliberately attacking an American
ship and murdering American sailors, whose
bereaved shipmates have lived with this egregious
conclusion for many
Dated: January 9, 2004 at Coronado, California.
Captain, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Senior Counsel to the USS LIBERTY Court of
Captain Ward Boston JAG Officer for 1967 Inquiry of USS Liberty attack
The Dangling McCAIN Puppet
There are many non-Jewish politician puppets that gladly
from their master’s puppet strings and perform
every sort of treasonous act
for the benefit of their
masters. A few examples would be George W. Bush,
Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and... Senator the from
How can a self-absorbed, disloyal, grand-standing
Zionist lackey lap-dog like John McCain get away with
shameful shenanigan he’s ever been caught doing?
Well, it helps a lot if
a Zionist Jewish author like Robert
Timberg writes a glowing whitewash about you
Zionist media omits anything critical of you in return for
your fullest support of Israel’s agenda. Not to mention all
Zionist contributions to McCain political campaigns.
For instance... Merrill Lynch,
Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse
Group and Blank Rome LLP were all amongst McCain’s
10 presidential campaign contributors and he is still
beholden to them all. The
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) alone contributed $750,000
to McCains’ ill-fated, ill-advised presidential run of
Senator John McCain got away with a lot of
unprofessional wastes of taxpayer money as a Navy pilot
regularly promoted up through the ranks in spite,
of incompetence and tomfoolery...
only because his
father was a very influential Navy admiral.
For instances: McCain crashed a jet into Corpus Christi
on March 12 th , 1960 while undergoing advanced
flight training. The official Navy
McCain’s inattention to altitude and speed for the crash.
In December of 1961, while McCain was on a training
flying from the carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, he clipped
some power lines while hot
dogging with his aircraft in
Spain. McCain says in his book, Faith of My Fathers,
“There were occasional setbacks in my efforts to round
my Navy profile. My reputation was not enhanced
when I knocked down some power
lines while flying too
low over southern Spain. My daredevil clowning had cut
off electricity to a great many Spanish homes and created
small international incident.”
He did manage to
land his aircraft on the Intrepid while
trailing ten feet of power cable and dealing
severed oil line. Any dumb-ass pilot who pulled such a
stunt would have been court marshaled... unless their
was an influential admiral.
McCain suffered another flameout
over the Chesapeake
Bay on November 28 th , 1965, and blamed it on an “an
explosion in the engine” after making a safe ejection. In a
report dated Jan. 18 th , 1966, the Naval Aviation Safety
said it could not determine the cause of the
accident or corroborate McCain’s
account of an
explosion in the engine.
A close examination of the engine found “no
which would have caused or contributed to
engine failure or malfunction.”
...Then, two weeks after
issuing its initial report, the Safety Center revised
findings and said the accident resulted from the failure or
481malfunction of “an undetermined component of the
So, the Admiral’s son benefitted from the fix
McCain was not responsible for the explosions and fire
the U.S.S. Forrestal on July 29 th , 1967 that killed
134 sailors. The so called
“wet start” theory does not
“Wet starting” involves deliberately dumping fuel into
the afterburner of a jet engine before starting causing a
flame to shoot out from the tail of an aircraft when
started. The subsonic A-4
jets that McCain’s squadron
was flying were powered by non-afterburning Pratt
Whitney J-52-P-408A engines. And although a “wet
start” can be accomplished with a non-afterburning
the fact that McCain’s aircraft was parked on
deck with the tail pointed
out to sea with no aircraft
behind him shoots down the theory that McCain “wet
started” his aircraft causing a flame to shoot out from his
tail which “cooked-off” (ignited) a Zuni rocket attached
the aircraft behind him.
The man can’t be faulted
for being in the wrong place at
the wrong time, as usual, while losing yet another
fourth aircraft McCain lost was the Skyhawk he was
flying when he was shot down
during a bombing raid
over Hanoi, North Vietnam on October 26 th , 1967; and
thus began the nearly five and a half years of
in North Viet Nam that is interesting upon
First we must ask why McCain would vote against the
HR 3603 Truth Accountability Bill. The bill was
by Senator Bob Dornan (R-Ca.) and Senator
Bob Smith (R-N.H.). The purpose of the
bill was to
get any and all records of POWs in Vietnam, Korea, and
anywhere else to determine if any POWs were still alive
The House passed the bill by a vote of
401 to 0, but when
it got to the Senate for a vote, McCain was the only one
that blocked the bill. McCain did not want any scrutiny
to his own POW records that he had permanently
sealed for very good reasons.
McCain does not want the general public to know how
cooperative he was with his North Vietnamese captors.
broke both arms and a leg while ejecting from his
aircraft after being hit by a
surface to air missile over
Hanoi. He needed medical attention for his condition
after capture and arranged to trade classified information
medical treatment; he also agreed to appear in no
fewer than thirty-two anti-American
interviews with the North Vietnamese news service. In
these interviews he stated that America’s principal targets
schools, orphanages, hospitals, temples, and
McCain has freely admitted in his autobiography, Faith of
Fathers, that he felt disgraced and ashamed of himself
for making a propaganda
tape for the North Vietnamese
that was broadcast over the Hanoi Hilton (POW camp)
public address system describing himself as a war
who had bombed a school. He claims that, “I
felt faithless and couldn’t
control my despair,” for having
made the tape, and said, “I still wince
when I recall
wondering if my father had heard of my disgrace.” This
admission is only the tip of the iceberg of his traitorous
McCain’s 1991 McCain Bill created a bureaucratic maze
from which only the tiniest fraction of available
could emerge related to missing and deceased
POWs. So restrictive were the bill’s
provisions that one
clause actually stated that the Pentagon didn’t have
inform the public if, or when, it received intelligence that
Americans were alive in captivity.
supporters point out that he passed on an
opportunity to be released early and
ahead of those who
had been imprisoned longer at the Hanoi Hilton. But had
McCain taken the early out his Navy career would have
over for disregarding Navy code and he would have
become a cowardly pariah; not
to mention any political
aspirations would have been off the table. Besides, he
received enough special treatment to make his time as a
McCain’s first wife since 1965, Carol,
who was a former
swimsuit model for Jantzen swimwear, was in a car crash
on Christmas Eve 1969. She suffered two smashed legs, a
pelvis, broken arm and ruptured spleen. She
chose not to inform her husband of
reasoning that he had enough to worry about as a POW.
Businessman, former presidential candidate, and POW
Ross Perot stepped up to pay for all of her
BTW: Remember Ross Perot warning America about
much damage NAFTA and other “free-trade”
agreements would do to us.
He was right about every
warning he issued during his presidential run for office.
The 17 trade agreements have gutted America’s
engine and has hamstringed all of
America’s trade advantages.
When the McCains were reunited upon his release from
captivity on March 14 th , 1973, Carol was then four inches
in a wheelchair or on crutches and was much
heavier than when he’d last seen
her. The next six years
were a series of extramarital affairs by John resulting
separations. John pushed for a divorce that Carol agreed
to without contesting that was finalized on April 2 nd ,
John McCain then married the pretty, young (18 years
younger than McCain) Arizona multi-millionaire alcohol
heiress (Hensley & Co.), Cindy Lou
Hensley, six weeks later.
As Cindy’s trophy husband working for alcohol
distributor Hensley & Co., McCain met and befriended
influential Phoenix crooks such as future Arizona
Governor Fife Symington who resigned
as governor after
his conviction for bank fraud in 1997 (later pardoned by
President Clinton), and Charles Keating, who defrauded
tax-payers out of $3 billion dollars and left
23,000 Lincoln Savings and Loan customers
worthless junk bonds after Lincoln Savings and Loan
Five U.S. Senators, who associated
with Charles Keating,
and accepted his financial contributions, argued for
preferential treatment from government regulators
Keating and became known as the Keating
Five. John McCain was one of the five and
the only one
of the five senators with close personal, business, and
social ties to Keating. McCain had to pay back all the
Keating spent on all the McCain family vacations
spent at Keating’s Bahamas
vacation retreat (including
transportation aboard Keating’s private jet)
whole scandal hit the news.
McCain was eventually somehow exonerated of
but was “criticized for poor judgment.”
And then the hypocrite sponsored
a campaign finance
reform bill that would eliminate the corrupting influence
of large political contributions from corporations, labor
and wealthy individuals. It became his signature
issue, along with Jewish Senator
Russ Feingold, that was
named the McCain-Feingold Act. The Act was initially
filibustered in the Senate and never came to a vote until
years later and after much watering down ... of
It was John McCain and Zionist Senator Joe Lieberman
authored the legislation that created the totally
compromised and abjectly corrupted
that completely whitewashed 9/11. This was after he
pushed very had for an Iraq invasion.
pushed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Act of 2007 which was an illegal immigrant
He supported Bush II and the tax cut extensions that
benefitted the wealthy (such as his wife).
choosing the embarrassingly incompetent fool
Sarah Palin as his running mate for
the 2008 presidential
campaign, McCain suspended his campaign long enough
to push for the Wall Street bailout.
McCain has been the chairman of a little known
($80 million annually with 400
employees) by the U.S. government called the
International Republican Institute (IRI) since 1993. The
of the IRI is “Advancing Democracy Worldwide”
and they endeavor to
“expand freedom throughout the
The IRI conducts international political programs
called ‘democratization’ programs in foreign
countries. IRI involvement
in the Haitian coup of 2004,
the Honduras coup of 2009, and the uprisings in Egypt,
Tunisia and Libya during the so-called “Arab Spring” are
examples of IRI ‘democratization.’
IRI boasts about having been in 40 different
countries to “monitor”
the proceedings and results of
over 130 elections; yet where was this neocon peopled
far right organization when our own elections of 2000
2004 were hijacked? Check out the International
Republican Institute and see if
you can smell a rat like I
do; after all, you are paying for this “institute.”
sounds like a CIA front company to me...
I wonder what the IRI thought of McCain’s 2008
campaign committee being fined $80,000
by the Federal Election Commission for accepting
contributions that exceeded federal limits.
There was a book published in 2006 titled, Debunking
Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to
the Facts. It touted itself as,
“An In Depth Investigation
By Popular Mechanics.” It was a lame whitewash,
to debunk any 9/11 facts, and relied on the once reputable
name of Popular Mechanics to lend credibility to the
Zionist Jew James B. Meigs is the editor-
in-chief of the Hearst owned Popular
wants the 9/11 truth trail leading away from Israel and
Jewish Americans at all costs. John McCain wrote the
for the Popular Mechanics 9/11 disinformation
Anyway... In summation: John McCain was not a war
There is nothing heroic about being shot down after
only 23 combat missions and
then earning the
designation, “Songbird,” by your fellow captives and
captors for cooperating with the enemy.
His sucking up to Israel by endorsing the lies related to
LIBERTY massacre is traitorous. His sucking
up to Israel related to our fighting
Israel’s wars in the
Middle East is traitorous.
His being a brutal
and turning his back on former POWs and
MIAs is shameful. His being a “globalist”
is disturbing to
the point of repulsion.
Zionists control the media that controls lackeys for Israel
John McCain who will be a featured speaker at the
2013 American Israel Public Affairs
convention... again. McCain will be consorting with the
of McCain consorting with the enemy...
He spent Memorial
Day 2013 in civil war torn Syria
meeting with the Syrian rebels. His “super-secret”
stand was an end-run around the Obama administration’s
policy of caution regarding involvement in Syria’s civil
that was agitated by Israel in the first place.
wants the current Syrian leadership out because it
isn’t in bed with Israeli
regional domination designs.
McCain crossed the border
into Syria from Turkey to
meet with rebel military leadership. McCain has never
met a war he didn’t like and went on location to hype the
prospects of another Middle Eastern debacle where
America can shed
blood and capital in a civil conflict
where both sides hate us for being Israel’s
Also speaking at the 2013 AIPAC policy conference
be Vice President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi
Netanyahu, Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak, House
Leader Eric Kantor (R-Va.), uber-Zionist
Dennis Ross and former National Security
Bush II, Elliot Abrams.
AIPAC is nothing more or less than a Washington D.C.
of Jewish Zionist political arm twisters and bribery
specialists who want nothing
more than to use the
American military to eviscerate Iran as the next step in
Israel’s goal of total dominance over the Middle East
then they will work on tipping over all the other
dominoes on the planet.
Recall how Americans were told that we had to stop
“communist aggression” in Vietnam or else all of Asia,
eventually the world, would come under the
dominance of communism. If you consider
communism was invented by Jews such as Marx, Lenin
and Trotsky, then the commie-domino theory isn’t too far
Only... after America was unceremoniously
kicked out of Vietnam, after a decade
of slaughter, no
other dominoes fell; but they sure are falling in the
Middle East and America has been totally subjugated
Evidently America was used,
and is being used,
as an imperial war machine by the actual people who
have designs of world domination. Very clever of the
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A very dark sidebar to the USS Liberty incident is the account by Gabriel Bron, an Israeli reporter for the Tel Aviv daily
newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, who was a soldier present in the Egyptian town of El Arish that day in June when the Liberty
was attacked. He claims that the USS Liberty would probably have been sunk anyway just for being there.
Bron asserted that the USS Liberty’s crew might have been aware
of a massacre taking place in El Arish just 13 miles away. In fact, the USS Liberty’s skipper was using the town’s
mosque tower to fix their location making it potentially possible for the crew to witness the execution of between 60 to150
(depending on whose story you like best) Egyptian POWs who had been ordered to dig their own graves before being shot by
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) military police.
New York Times article by Youssef Ibrahim published September 21, 1995:
Egypt Says Israelis Killed POWs in “67 War
the September 25, 1995 CNN World News article by Gayle Young who reported that mass graves were recently discovered in El
Arish. In her report, Aryeh Biro, a retired Israeli officer admitted that war crimes were committed. The report also stated
that the Israelis were offering to compensate families of the victims but some Egyptians want Israeli officers put on trial
as well; which the Israelis have refused to do.
El Arish happened way back in 1967 and isn’t relevant anymore right? So let’s jump ahead to April 18th, 1996
when Israeli forces bombed a United Nations refugee compound in Southern Lebanon in a town called Qana killing 100 Lebanese
civilians and mutilating scores more.
The Israelis claimed
that the bombing was in response to a Hezbollah rocket attack on an Israeli patrol …but this patrol was planting
anti-personnel mines and roadside explosives in a UN protected area of Lebanon near Qana. The Hezbollah indeed conducted
the rocket attack knowing full well what the “patrol” was doing and had hard feelings about Israelis planting
mines because a Lebanese teenager had been killed by an Israeli planted mine the previous month.
The UN conducted an investigation and determined that the bombing of the Qana was deliberate;
but, of course, Israel was not held accountable and never is …because the USA controls the UN and Israel controls
the USA. It’s really that simple.
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If someone refuses to
believe that our "ally" Israel would ever stab America in the back with a murderous terror even such as 9/11....
bring the USS LIBERTY stab in the back incident to their attention. And if they still want to "Stand with Israel"
then tell the beguiled fool of a traitor to go Stand IN Israel where they belong.
It's always best to learn
about any incident from someone who was actually there:
FROM ERNEST GALLO To Doug
Martin-KVOI Radio, Tucson (Who claims that the deliberate ISRAELI attack on the USS LIBERTY on June 8th,1967was an "accident"):
"I am a survivor and I spent 28 years with the CIA after the Navy. I am committed
to the USA and I love what this country used to stand for and the Ideals my father fought for in WWII. It went wrong in
1967 with the Johnson administration. The USS Liberty crew knows it because we have seen the dishonestly coming out of Washington.
America has been lied to about the attack. I am a eye witness of the event and if we could ever present our evidence in a
court of law, our government and the Israelis would look very bad. If that is not enough, go to www.usslibertydocumentcenter.org and you will find a copy of a CIA cable that identifies Mosha Dayan giving the orders to deliberately attack the
ship. A General in the room replied "this is pure murder". The ship was in international waters flying the American
flag and ship had 40 some attenni from bow to stern. If we did not look like an American intelligence ship, you would have
to blind. What we did not have was formidable weapons to fight off an aggressor because we were NOT a man-of-war type of
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States Ship LIBERTY. The document center has been formed by the Board of Directors of the USS LIBERTY Alliance and the Board
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JP Feldmann to Doug Martin:
"I was a crewmember of the USS Liberty for the year just before the IDF attack on the ship. In fact my replacement was
killed by the torpedo blast. There were 13 low level reconnaissance flights over the ship that morning. Pictures are available
if you wish to see them. The USS Liberty ALWAYS flew a US flag on the main mast while she was under weigh. The ship markings
were clearly visible with the naked eye at the distance of half a mile of more. Again, pictures are available if you would
like to see them. Voice intercepts made by NSA resources of the pilot chatter indicate that they saw the flag and the ship's
markings and knew that the subject ship was an AMERICAN ship of some sort.
This was in NO WAY, SHAPE,
or FORM an accident. The IDF intended to sink the USS Liberty with ALL hands on board. However, the US Navy was too good
for them to kill off so easily."
Ronald Kukal: "To add to what JP has said. First of all we have all been awarded our medals. Combat Action
Ribbon, Purple Heart, ect. You do not award medals to men who have been exposed to so called Friendly Fire. There are about
35 to 40 VIP's of that era who have left statements about this attack, and none of them say it was friendly fire. The one
I like best comes form former Sec of State Dean Rusk who in his book, "As I Saw It" said, " I never believed
the Israeli excuse, I didn't believe it then, and I don't believe it now". Admiral Thomas Moorer who was the Head of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a personal friend of mine said you don't have accidents from friendly fire when you attack
over and over and over again for two hours. The USS Liberty is the most decorated ship since WWII, and those decorations
didn't come from friendly fire. As the POIC of body recovery and identification I can tell you that I was there. I will
bring up more people to testify if you want. I got them standing in line."
From Remmic Lewis: "How is every
possible effort to destroy a United States Naval Ship an accident? Was the 18 hour wait for assistance an accident too?
Doug is under Zionist hypnosis.
The USS Liberty attack being an accident is as believable as 19 men
armed with boxcutters (directed by a man who died in 2001) pulling off the most sophisticated defeat of the most heavily-defended
airspace in the world. 19 hijackers aka "Islamists" - devout religious fundamentalists who liked to drink alcohol,
snort cocaine and spend time with strippers - managed to knock down 3 buildings with 2 planes in New York, while in Washington
a pilot who couldn’t handle a single engine Cessna was able to fly a 757 in an 8,000 foot descending 270 degree corskscrew
turn to come exactly level with the ground, hitting the Pentagon in the budget analyst office where DoD staffers were working
on the case of the 2.3 trillion dollars that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had announced “missing” from
the Pentagon’s coffers in a press conference the day before."
FROM R Larry Weaver: "Ya know,
I have had this happen many times, Just ask the ASSHOLE (DOUG MARTIN), just where was he June 8th 1967? Then tell him I
was trapped on the Fantail under fire from UNMARKED ISRAELI JETS, I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. If he wants me as a guest I'd be
glad to set him straight! A LIE IS STILL A LIE AFTER 47 YEARS! You can Quote all of this if you want. It's just that if
I jump on every person that believes the "LIE" I wouldn't be able to Live my LIFE, Which I am doing "IN MEMORY
OF THOSE SHIPMATES THAT WERE MURDERED JUNE 8 1967!"
Phillip Tourney To Mr. Zionist
Doug Martin, collaborator and cover-up artist for the Zionist state of Israel. You are as guilty of murder as the blood
thirsty thugs, the Israelis, who viciously murdered 34 of my crew mates and wounded 174 others, including myself. On June
8, 1967, our ship, the USS LIBERTY, was clearly marked and flying the American flag, as always. We were identified by our
murderers as an American ship, the USS LIBERTY in international waters doing what our government ordered us to do. Over
800 canon and rocket holes were in our ship, along with over 5000 armor piercing bullets. Napalm was burning us up and we
had a 40' x 40' hole in our starboard side when one of five torpedoes hit us in the communications area of the ship. Twenty
five national security agency personnel were instantly blown to bits. These were the most trusted men in the armed forces
of the United States of America working directly for the national security agency. In this 2 hour blood bath that lasted
as long as the attack on Pearl Harbor, help was denied us by the president of the United States himself, recalling rescue
aircraft that were on their way to help us, only 15 minutes away. We were set up to be murdered by our own government and
the hit men were the blood thirsty Israelis. We were ordered by Admiral Isaac Kidd never to speak about this act of war
and war crimes committed against the crew of the USS LIBERTY as well as the citizens of the United States of America. You,
Sir, are disgusting, an un-American, and an Israeli apologist, just as our bought and paid for congress are who get on their
knees and are nothing more than boot lickers to their masters in Tel Aviv. The survivors, their families, and friends of
this dispicable cover up will not allow scum like you to disrespect our fallen heros from our gallant crew of the USS LIBERTY
George Sokol to Doug Martin: When you see my cover picture on my
page that is where I was on June 8& 9th 1967. when we went to General quarters we were told that the Liberty was under
attack by unknown air and naval forces. Every account states that there were no markings on the airplanes. The ship's communications
were jammed. Now 'splain to me that the Egyptians had been at war for three days before the attack so they didn't need to
hide their identity from them and the Russians were trying to cover their own asses ( the America told them if they kept
screwing around they might live to regret it. ) The next day, from the flight deck of the USS America, as the Liberty became
visible on the horizon the flag's white stripes looked like tiny strobes as the wind moved and the sun hit them. that was
some 20mi away. Covered with soot and blood her name and numbers still proudly proclaimed I AM AMERICAN1
Fif**** years after the attack, an Israeli pilot approached
survivors and then held extensive interviews with former Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey
about his role. According to this senior Israeli lead pilot, he recognized the Liberty as American immediately, so informed
his headquarters, and was told to ignore the American flag and continue his attack. He refused to do so and returned to
base, where he was arrested.
Later, a dual-citizen Israeli major told survivors that he was in an
war room where he heard that pilot's radio report. The attacking pilots and
in the Israeli war room knew that they were attacking an American ship, the major said. He recanted the statement only after
he received threatening phone calls from Israel.
The pilot's protests also were heard by radio monitors
in the U.S. Embassy
in Lebanon. Then-U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dwight Porter has confirmed this. Porter
told his story to syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak and offered to submit to further questioning by authorities.
Unfortunately, no one in the U.S. government has any interest in hearing
these first-person accounts
of Israeli treachery.
Key members of the Lyndon Johnson administration have long agreed that this
attack was no accident. Perhaps most outspoken is former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer. "I
can never accept the claim that this was a mistaken attack, " he insists. Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk is equally
outspoken, calling the attack deliberate in press and radio interviews. Similarly strong language comes from top leaders
of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency (some of whose personnel were among the victims), National Security
Council, and from presidential advisers such as Clark Clifford, Joseph Califano and Lucius Battle.
top-secret ****ysis of Israel's excuse conducted by the Department of
State found Israel's story to be untrue.
Yet Israel and its defenders
continue to stand by their claim that the attack was a "tragic accident"
which Israel mistook the most modern electronic surveillance vessel in the
a rusted-out 40-year-old Egyptian horse transport. Despite the
evidence, no U.S. administration has never
found the courage to defy the
Israeli lobby by publicly demanding a proper accounting from Israel.
The pilot's protests also were heard by radio monitors in the U.S. Embassy
in Lebanon. Then-U.S.
Ambassador to Lebanon Dwight Porter has confirmed this. Porter told his story to syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and
Robert Novak and offered to submit to further questioning by authorities.
Unfortunately, no one in the
U.S. government has any interest in hearing
these first-person accounts of Israeli treachery.
"The US military rank and file are waking up to the truth that Israel
has been attacking our country under false flag operations from The Lavon Affair to the USS Liberty to 9/11 and Benghazi
with traitors who infiltrated our government issuing stand down orders. Well yesterday, Obama described 9/11 as 'small evil
minds conspiring' if people are conspiring it means they are creating a conspiracy. Words in presidential speeches are chosen
with care and this is a clear message that current leadership is aware of Israeli tactics of murder, lies, and theft. May
the days to justice for the USS Liberty and 9/11 victims be few. Stay strong all who honor truth and justice." ...Captain
Joe Camera USN (Ret.)
Testimonial of Jerry Hamby (Aboard the USS America on
June 7th 1967)
I entered the Navy June 5th 1964, after graduating from high school. I attended basic at Great
Lakes training center North Chicago . After basic I went to Navy Electronics class A school at Great Lakes and went through
the Radar section of the equipment phase. After graduating from there I was assigned to the USS AMERICA, CVA-66, our
newest aircraft carrier which was home ported in Norfolk Va. After a few short cruises to the Caribbean and the area
around St Thomas etc, we came back and were deployed to the Mediterranean Sea ( Navy's 6th fleet) for 9 months.
During this cruise, I was flown
back to the states to attend the AN/SPN-10 air traffic control radar school at Glynco NAS , Ga. After graduating
from this school and returning to the ship, this was my primary job assignment.
this cruise we returned to the states and after a few months we again were deployed to the 6th fleet. This cruise was for
8 months and this is where we were when the 6 day war broke out and on June the 8th we were alerted to a distress call from
one of our ships saying "we are being attacked, send assistance". The rest is history.
I was assigned to the SPN-10 aircraft landing radar system and my battle station was in
the equipment rooms for this radar that were located in the rear of the island. Our equipment rooms were on the 05 and 06
levels which are two and three decks above the flight deck.
This was the only equipment located in the rear most section of the
island and there was nothing on the deck below us or the deck above us. One level up was access to the outside where
there was a catwalk that ran on both sides and the rear of the island. You could walk around to the outboard side or to the
inboard side that gave the full view of the rear 2/3rds of the flight deck. This is where I spent many hours when not needed
for watch or equipment work.
I was here when I first heard of the attack on "one of our ships".
It was probably 15 minutes
or so before we got more information of the ship under attack.
The air wing had recently launched around 18 aircraft or so for their normal air operations.
The next thing I heard was the Air Boss announcing that "we have
received orders to recover all aircraft and stand by for further instructions". I watched them recover these aircraft
and with much activity within probably 20 minutes or so EVERY AIRCRAFT that could be, was fully armed and ready for combat.
There were 4 Phantom Fighters
that were fully armed that were launched to provide screen protection for the ship.
Over the next hour or so there were medical personnel along with stacks
of medical supplies, stretchers etc brought up to the flight deck just below where I was during the whole time.
I will never forget that day as the "day they took the safety off". It seemed
that we were going to war somewhere but we were not sure where or with whom.
day we did come along side the Liberty along with the
destroyer, USS DAVIS DD 937. All three of our ships were dead in
the water "stopped". With our helicopter carrying personnel and medical supplies between ships.
The rest is pretty much burned into memory, as I will never forget what I saw. The very fact that
this ship could float with the large 30-40 foot hole in the side along with all the damage due to rockets, machine gun fire
and napalm that burned much of the bridge, was nothing less that a miracle.
said that this attack was "a mistake" which is surely a lie for one thing the ship was flying an American flag,
the weather was clear, this was midday local time and the side numbers are large enough to be seen clearly from a long distance.
These numbers may be seen in any of the photos of the ship. It also had the name " Liberty " across the stern. Also,
this would be the longest mistaken attack in history of naval warfare.
of the injured and dead were brought over to our medical facilities and we did get to talk with a few of them over the next
few days. We had a memorial service on the flight deck next day or so with those who could make it were there many in
wheel chairs, on crutches etc.
of the crew told us that the gunners were wounded or killed before they could get to the four 50 cal machine gun stations
on the ship. These guns were no match for the tremendous fire power that was that this ship received.
While I have done much research on this attack and have many files from then (which can't be believed
for the most part) and many that have come available in the last few years, along with the voice recordings of President Johnson
saying that "I want that GD ship on the bottom". I find this later information very disturbing that our president
would willingly sacrifice an American ship with all hands so that he could initiate another war.
USS LIBERTY SURVIVING CREWMAN
HAS DIED (Monday Aug. 11th):
Visalian receives Silver Star medal (Terry Halbardier)
May 27, 2009
The spy ship USS Liberty
was sailing off the coast of Egypt on June 8, 1967, under clear skies when, without warning, Israeli military aircraft began
strafing the ship with 20-caliber rounds, sending shrapnel everywhere and demolishing virtually every antenna on the ship.
It was the fourth day of the Six-Day War between Israel and neighboring Arab states.
The strafing lasted about an hour, then a torpedo hit the ship's right side, killing 26 men. Electronics technician
Terry Halbardier, 23, was hit by shrapnel in both arms, body and left leg, but he kept going.
Forty-two years after the USS Liberty was attacked by Israel, electronics technician James Halbardier was awarded
a Silver Star by the Navy.
A 24-foot whip antenna on the ship's left side toward
the rear had somehow escaped damage, but the cable connecting it to a transmitter was destroyed. Halbardier ordered a reel
of cable. With planes still strafing the ship, he ran onto the deck and attached new wire to the antenna so a radioman could
send out a Mayday distress signal to the U.S. Sixth Fleet, which also was in the Mediterranean Sea.
The attack finally ended -- but 34 were dead and 171 wounded out of 294 officers and enlisted crew members.
Halbardier's heroism under fire 42 years ago earned him a Silver Star -- the third most prestigious medal after
the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. The medal was finally awarded to him Wednesday in Visalia.
"I may be the lucky sailor to wear this, but it took us all that day," Halbardier said after Rep. Devin
Nunes pinned the medal on him. "I didn't do anything more than anyone else."
Halbardier's "conspicuous gallantry" under fire "were instrumental in saving the ship and hundreds of lives,"
according to the citation signed by the Secretary of the Navy. Shipmates say they believe that if the antenna hadn't been
fixed and the Mayday sent by Morse code, the ship would have been sunk.
day, the attack remains controversial. Israel apologized and said the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian ship. It
But the crew of Liberty remains convinced Israel meant to sink
the ship. Theories abound as to why.
Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst who attended
Wednesday's Silver Star ceremony and has had a longtime interest in the Liberty attack, said there's speculation that Israeli
didn't want the U.S. electronic surveillance spy ship listening in on Israeli military communications as it was about to
take the Golan Heights. Another is that Egypt could have been easily blamed for a sunken ship with no survivors, giving the
U.S. a pretext to attack Cairo and kill President Nasser.
Whatever the case, the
Mayday was answered by the USS Saratoga, which sent helicopters to fight off the Liberty's attackers -- only to recall them
before they arrived. Officials said Israel by then had communicated an apology to the United States. Halbardier said Liberty
crew members are suspicious of the official Navy investigation but believe the Mayday caused a chain of events that "forced
Israel to back off."
At any rate, after the Liberty limped into Malta for
repairs, an admiral gathered the remaining crew members and warned them not to talk to reporters, tell drinking buddies
at bars about it, wear clothing with Liberty markings on shore leave or even tell their wives what happened, Halbardier
told reporters Wednesday. As a low-ranking crew member, he said, the warning was taken seriously.
So he kept quiet. He left the Navy in 1970 and became a real estate investor, first in Texas and then later after
moving to Visalia. But 20 years ago, he started going to reunions. A few years ago, two ex-officers from the Liberty talked
him into seeking a commendation for repairing the antenna. Nunes' office made the official request, and the officers wrote
letters explaining what Halbardier did that day.
Halbardier, now 65, said he thought
he might get a letter of commendation, or maybe a Bronze Star. He never thought he'd get the Silver Star. "I'm stoked,"
Halbardier said. "This is an extreme honor for me."
The wording in the
official citation caught the attention of Halbardier and of David Pageler of Westminster, a fellow former crew member.
They noted that all previous citations for Liberty crew members have never mentioned Israel by name, just "attack
by enemy aircraft." This one specifically states: "The USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo
boats in the East Mediterranean Sea on the fourth day of the Six Day War."
"We need another investigation" of the Liberty incident, Halbardier said: "It's not going to happen in our
lifetime, but the truth will someday come out."