Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Attack on Liberty

A small demonstration of the power of the Israeli Lobby in Washington is how for forty years their attack on a U.S. spy ship has been white-washed. A new article by a prize-winning journalist updates the story. Here is former CIA analyst Ray McGovern:
  • Israel deliberately attacked the intelligence collection ship USS Liberty, in full awareness it was a U.S. Navy ship, and did its best to sink it and leave no survivors;

  • The Israelis would have succeeded had they not broken off the attack upon learning, from an intercepted message, that the commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet had launched carrier fighters to the scene; and

  • By that time 34 of the Liberty's crew had been killed and over 170 wounded.

    Scores of intelligence analysts and senior officials have known this for years. That virtually all of them have kept a forty-year frightened silence is testament to the widespread fear of touching this live wire. Even more telling is the fact that the National Security Agency apparently has destroyed voice tapes and transcripts heard and seen by many intelligence analysts, material that shows beyond doubt that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing.
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