Did Israel commit one war crime to hide another?
There's much, much more to this account of the 1967 attempted sinking of the USS Liberty and annihilation of her entire crew. For details, including names of players and victims, see other related articles in this section.
We read briefly here of the deliberate slaughter of U.S. sailors by Israeli fighter pilots 'just following orders'; the recall of U.S. fighter pilots who were sent to defend their brothers under attack; the blatant lies of the Israeli Military / Government; and most outrageously... the thirty-five year cover up by creatures in the U.S. Government / Military.
It is difficult to believe. It is true. And it all began well before 1967. People in the Pentagon, Departments of State and Defense as well as other high-level positions in the U.S. Government over the past hundred years or more have been involved in - or have turned a blind eye to - unspeakable acts of evil inflicted directly upon U.S. soldiers in all branches of the military. They have also committed hostile acts upon American civilians, utilizing U.S. soldiers.
The few who have tried to sound the warning have been either ignored, silenced by threats to them and/or their families, demoted, destroyed by lies, imprisoned, or committed to mental institutions. If all else fails, they are simply killed. 'Suicide' and unfortunate 'accidents' has long been a popular means of silencing pests who dare to tell the truth, and some just disappear without a trace.
As each dark secret is brought to light though, a pattern emerges. It is a persistent pattern of certain high-placed officials / officers - both elected and appointed - who've succumbed to the whispered threats and promises of alien Barbarians inside our gates. In too many cases, the alien Barbarians themselves have wormed their way into the high places.
This fact is becoming more clear as dusty, long-hidden records, books and manuscripts are being discovered and made known to others. Propaganda presented as history for several generations is now being openly discussed and corrected.
The term 'revisionist history' seems somewhat misleading, since the word describes the process: to revise or change. The process of presenting revised versions of historical events began taking place long ago, and has drastically acccelerated since the turn of the last century. Maybe those who call themselves revisionist historians would more accurately be termed, 'authentic historians'. Revisionist history, it seems, is not revisionist at all. It is reversing a trend -- replacing revised history with the truth about the past. . . we hope.
Our people perish, not only for lack of knowledge. Our people perish because they have ceased to think and reason outside of the box crafted by the Zionist controlled media and entertainment industries coupled with religious indoctrination and educational programs preaching and teaching to an 'International Mind'. That 'mind' is programmed to obey orders without thinking.
This next may seem off-subject. It isn't. Our children of today are claimed as 'their' cannon fodder of tomorrow.
The majority of our new generation of young adults are products of a controlled educational system, designed (along with other abhorrent agendas) to deliberately retard their ability to read and / or comprehend what they read. Teach a child to read, give him a grasp of the language and nothing can stop him or her from discovering the truth. That will never happen in the government schools, or any educational system funded by the U.S. Government, Inc. -- especially including education 'vouchers'. Beware of the U.S. Government bearing gifts, for what the U.S. government 'funds' the U.S. Government, Inc. controls. For more on this see our section on children.
-- Jackie -- November 15, 2002
Reprinted with permission from The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Did Israel commit one war crime to hide another?
By James M. Ennes, Jr.
Washington Report readers know the story well. In 1967 on the fourth day of the Six Day War, the armed forces of Israel attacked the American intelligence ship USS Liberty for 90 minutes in international waters in broad daylight following several hours of close, low-level reconnaissance. Thirty-four men died, 171 were hurt, and the ship was so badly damaged that it had to be scrapped.
The government of Israel has lied about the circumstances ever since, telling a story markedly different from that told by American survivors. Congress has refused to question Israel's demonstrably false account, even though the State Department's own analysis finds the Israeli story to be untrue.
Yet the most pressing question remaining from that infamy is not whether the attack was deliberate. That was settled long ago for most reasonable people. The question is why Israel risked its cozy relationship with America by killing American seaman on the high seas.
Indeed, spokesmen for Israel use that question in Israel's defense. Why, they ask, would Israel risk alienating its American friends?
So why did Israel attack? Intelligence analysts and others have long supposed that Israel attacked to prevent the ship from reporting the impending invasion of the Golan Heights, then imminent despite cease fire pleas by the United States. Israel's defenders reject that explanation.
Recent reports in the Israeli and Egyptian press suggest another powerful possibility.
According to eyewitness accounts by Israeli officers and journalists, the Israeli Army - the army that claims to hold itself to a higher moral standard than other armies - executed as many as 1,000 Arab prisoners during the 1967 war.
Historian Gabby Bron wrote in the Yediot Ahronot in Israel that he witnessed Israeli troops executing Egyptian prisoners on the morning of June 8, 1967, in the Sinai town of El Arish.
Bron reported that he saw about 150 Egyptian POWs being held at the El Arish airport where they were sitting on the ground, densely crowded together with their hands held on the back of their necks. Every few minutes, Bron writes, Israeli soldiers would escort an Egyptian POW from the group to a hearing conducted by two men in Israeli army uniforms.
Then the man would be taken away, given a spade, and forced to dig his own grave.
"I watched as (one) man dug a hole for about 15 minutes," Bron wrote. "Afterwards, the (Israeli military) policeman told him to throw the shovel away, and then one of them leveled an Uzi at him and shot two short bursts, each of three or four bullets."
Bron says he witnessed about ten such executions, until the grave was filled. Then an Israeli Colonel threatened him with a revolver, forcing him to leave the area.
USS Liberty was nearby
As those executions were underway, America's most sophisticated intelligence platform, USS Liberty, was less than 13 miles from El Arish.
We were close enough to see the town mosque with the naked eye. With binoculars we could make out individual buildings and might have seen the executions if we had looked in the right place.
Could our operators have heard voice radio messages revealing these killings? Did senior Israeli officers sanction the murders, or did they learn of them? How would they have reacted to the knowledge that USS Liberty was nearby and might have heard incriminating radio traffic?
Would they have been desperate enough to attack an American ship?
The Liberty attack was a war crime
The attack on USS Liberty was itself a war crime. US Navy Commander Walter Jacobsen, a Navy Legal Officer then doing graduate work at George Washington University, conducted an extensive legal analysis of the attack.
His conclusion, reported in the Winter, 1986, Naval Law Review, was that several aspects of the attack violated provisions of the Geneva Conventions -- war crimes. Specifically, Commander Jacobsen found that the attack was not legally justified, that it constituted an act of aggression under the United Nations Charter, that the use of unmarked aircraft, the wanton destruction of life rafts in the water, the jamming of international radio distress frequencies, and the failure of the torpedo boat commanders to render immediate assistance to a disabled and helpless enemy were all violations of international law.
US refusal to investigate violates Geneva Conventions
For years, USS Liberty survivors have asked Members of Congress to investigate the circumstances of the attack.
The Israeli version is untrue. We did fly a flag. We did identify ourselves. We were in international waters. They did not stop firing after seeing our flag as they claim, but continued to fire for another 40 minutes. The attack lasted 75 minutes and was not brief or accidental as Israel claims. We did not "attempt to hide" or escape when detected, as Israeli has charged. These things are easy to prove.
More important are the war crimes discussed by Commander Jacobsen. These things should have been investigated in 1967. Yet U.S. officials have ignored the offenses for 29 years, refusing to investigate or even to acknowledge them.
That refusal is itself a crime. The United States, as a signatory to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, is "under the obligation to search for persons alleged to have committed, or to have ordered to be committed" violations of the conventions, and to see that violators are brought to trial.
There are no exceptions. War crimes reported to government officials must be investigated and perpetrators tried.
Yet even this is ignored by U.S. officials. Liberty survivors for many years have reported the crimes committed against us and have requested an appropriate investigation. Despite the law, our complaints are ignored. No investigation of these charges has ever been held.
Recently Liberty's Joe Meadors, a former president and chairman of the Liberty Veterans Association, has filed formal complaints with the House and Senate Ethics Committees against members who have ignored our complaints.
To no surprise, these complaints, too, are being ignored.
Navy Refusal to investigate violates Navy Regulations
When the Liberty was attacked, Captain Joseph Tully in the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga received the ship's call for help and immediately sent jet aircraft to her assistance. Tully's jets were recalled almost immediately by orders from Washington. As a result, American jet fighter support was withheld for more than 90 minutes. By then the damage was done and 34 men were dead or dying.
Had those aircraft been sent, they would probably have arrived before the torpedo boats started their part of the attack. At least 25 lives could have been saved.
We survivors have tried for 29 years to learn why we were denied the immediate air support that we were promised in case of trouble. There are no answers. The Navy still will not even admit that help was not sent, even though one of the aircraft carrier commanders has offered to testify that he was forbidden to help us.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice, the body of law that governs every military person, provides that "Any person subject to this chapter who before or in the presence of the enemy . . . does not afford all practicable relief and assistance to . . . troops, vessels, or aircraft of the armed forces . . . when engaged in battle . . . shall be punished by death or such punishment as a court martial may direct."
That provision was clearly violated when Liberty's air support was withheld. Yet the Navy will not even admit that we were not defended.
George Orwell suggested in 1945 that some animals are more equal than other animals. Some countries, too, it would seem.
James Ennes retired from the Navy in 1978 as a lieutenant commander after 27 years of enlisted and commissioned service. He was a lieutenant on the bridge of the USS Liberty on the day of the attack. His book on the subject, Assault on the Liberty (Random House, 1980), is a "Notable Naval Book" selection of the U.S. Naval Institute and was "editors choice" when reviewed in The Washington Post.
So... You Want
to Go to War? - Introduction
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Think long and hard about whether to send your children off to war. For whom, and what purpose, will you allow your children to spill their blood?