The USS Liberty: A Test For Americans   June 8,2017:Activist Post

uss liberty west volusia beaconBy Philip C. Restino, Jr.

Image: Remembering the Liberty Forty-nine years after the USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats during the Six-Day War, activists gather petitions (see end of article – Ed.) to focus renewed attention on the incident and call for a fresh investigation. Pictured is the USS Liberty. BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON

June 8, 1967. The USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy intelligence ship, was stationed in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea off the Sinai coast, while the U.S. ally Israel was engaged in its Six-Day War with the Arab nations.

Israeli planes had flown over the Liberty many times that morning, sometimes close enough that crewmen could see the Israeli pilots wave back to them as the crewmen casually sunned themselves on the ship’s deck.

However, later in the day, the Israeli military returned to carry out an unprovoked two-hour air and naval attack on the basically defenseless ship. The idea was to sink the Liberty, leaving no survivors. Yet due to the great courage and efforts of the ship’s crew and captain, William L. McGonagle, the Liberty survived and stayed afloat.

Rescue aircraft from the nearby 6th Fleet were launched to aid the Liberty, but were recalled by direct orders from President Lyndon B. Johnson. Never before in the history of the U.S. Navy had a rescue mission been recalled when an American ship was under attack.

The White House proceeded to cover up the truth about the attack on the Liberty, and to this day, the corporate media and our U.S. representatives and senators who would rather not deal with it continue to cover it up.

In October 2003, an Independent Commission of Inquiry Into the Attack on the USS Liberty, co-chaired by the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired Adm. Thomas J. Moorer, and former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Raymond G. Davis, issued the following statement among its findings: “Israel committed acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of war against the United States.”

“Freedom isn’t free” is more than sending American troops into harm’s way. It requires participatory citizenship from the American people here at home, which entails holding accountable those in our servant government who have violated the U.S. Constitution and otherwise broken the law.

It is when we the people do not hold those in our government accountable for their crimes that we allow for similar or worse crimes against the American people to continue, and there have been many since that shameful day in June 1967.

Right now, justice for the men of the USS Liberty  is long overdue. We owe them.

“Thank you for your service” and singing “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch don’t cut it. Demanding from our servant government full and proper accountability for the 34 American servicemen killed and 174 wounded by the foreign state of Israel is the test before you, the reader. Let’s see how you do. So far, we’ve been failing miserably.

This article first appeared at The West Volusia Beacon

— Restino, who lives in Port Orange, is a member of the Dr. Bob Bowman Memorial Chapter of the nonprofit peace-and-justice organization We Are Change-Central Florida. For more information about the organization, call Restino at 386-788-2918 or email

Please print the petition, sign and deliver to the address noted at the bottom.

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Mistaken identity....baloney. It lasted 2 hours. They informed D.C. 1 1/2 hours later they "might have attacked an American ship"

LBJ didn't want to embarrass an ally....but aren't you just a little embarrassed by that?

Our flag was flying--the Israelis lied---this was an unprovoked BRUTAL attack. First they shot out the antennaes....but they missed one.

SOS- Still no help came.

LBJ betrayed our sailors---So did our congress. Will you also?

If you don't think this was covered up why did they award them honors secretly? And threatened to KEEP THEIR MOUTH SHUT....well they are talking now.

It's traitorous to call Israel an ally once you know the true story. Or else you would have to believe all these sailors are lying....what's it going to be? WHY would anybody ever join the military now knowing that the American people will not stand with them? I sure wouldn't because too many Americans are double minded....more loyal to Israel than the U.S.

Just like the story of the Star Spangled Banner one sailor risked his life to make sure our flag kept flying.


I wonder if most Americans have no honor & loyalty to our country that they can so staunchly support Israel after this.

Anyway you see it, whatever side you take, if this p*sses you off.....GOOD. I've been outraged ever since I learned what really happened.

Iran took hostages...but they didn't kill them. Who is worse?

34 Americans killed and 170 wounded
by the Israeli military.

It happened on June 8, 1967

USSLiberty The Unmentioned Parts - Survivor Richard Larry Weaver - YouTube

Thanks Alexandra.I meant to post that one here too but forgot.!/Judaisms-Strange-Gods-Book-By-Michael-Hoffman/p/80585280/category=15986016
---the deepest cut of all is that his fellow Christians chose to side with the evil state of Israel...."looking Satan in the eye and living to tell" requires a lot of faith and bravery ---but you would never think that fellow Christians would turn on you & reject your testimony. His church did. That is the spirit of the it lurking in your church too? Get thee behind me Satan.

What ever happened to Christians admonishing each other? Proverbs 27:6
Verse Concepts

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

****Only 1 Israeli pilot refused orders and turned back BECAUSE IT WAS AN AMERICAN SHIP....they put him in prison but he immigrated to America later & told the truth. So you can never say it was a mistake attack. You really have no way out of this except to acknowledge the truth & not chose evil.

God saved him by telling him to "GET DOWN NOW" but He also opened his eyes. Thank you Jesus !

" I really don’t believe that physical Israel has a thing to do with Biblical Israel at all."
Me neither. This story proves it. Would God really chose them if they are capable of such treachery? It's a sure bet God didn't chose LBJ or McNamara either.
My Interview With A USS Liberty Survivor
By Chuck Baldwin
June 8, 2017



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