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Offline Walt Cakebread

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A bit off track...but this is LBJ at work....
« on: March 04, 2019, 05:10:42 PM »
Terry Halbardier, who -- as a 23-year-old seaman in 1967 -- thwarted Israeli attempts to sink the USS Liberty, died on Aug. 11 in Visalia, California. It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier's heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington's determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded.

On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship which had been monitoring Israeli transmissions about the conflict. Intercepted Israeli communications indicated that the goal was to sink the Liberty and leave no survivors.

Warplanes and torpedo boats had already killed 34 and wounded 174, when Halbardier slid over the Liberty's napalm-glazed deck to jury-rig an antenna and get an SOS off to the Sixth Fleet. The Israelis intercepted the SOS and broke off the attack immediately. In effect, Halbardier prevented the massacre of all 294 onboard. Still, the infamy of the attack on the Liberty was two-fold.

First, the Liberty, a virtually defenseless intelligence collection platform prominently flying an American flag in international waters,came under deliberate attack by Israeli aircraft and three 60-ton Israeli torpedo boats off the coast of the Sinai on a cloudless June afternoon during the six-day Israeli-Arab war. Second, President Lyndon Johnson called back carrier aircraft dispatched to defend the Liberty lest Israel be embarrassed -- the start of an unconscionable cover-up, including top Navy brass, that persists to this day.

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Re: A bit off track...but this is LBJ at work....
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 07:56:21 PM »
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Lyndon Johnson called back carrier aircraft dispatched..
I was on that aircraft carrier Saratoga CVA 60---- Of course our shore leave in Beirut was cancelled.

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I was on that aircraft carrier Saratoga CVA 60---- Of course our shore leave in Beirut was cancelled.

So you know the story of the USS liberty?.....  Lyndon Johnson wanted that ship sunk with no survivors so he could blame the sinking of an unarmed US Navy ship on the Egyptian's as a pretext to join Israel in attacking Egypt.....LBJ even ordered other US  Navy ships not to go to the aid of the USS Liberty. 

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Re: A bit off track...but this is LBJ at work....
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2019, 01:27:24 AM »
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Terry Halbardier, who -- as a 23-year-old seaman in 1967 -- thwarted Israeli attempts to sink the USS Liberty, died on Aug. 11 in Visalia, California. It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier's heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington's determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded.

On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship which had been monitoring Israeli transmissions about the conflict. Intercepted Israeli communications indicated that the goal was to sink the Liberty and leave no survivors.

Warplanes and torpedo boats had already killed 34 and wounded 174, when Halbardier slid over the Liberty's napalm-glazed deck to jury-rig an antenna and get an SOS off to the Sixth Fleet. The Israelis intercepted the SOS and broke off the attack immediately. In effect, Halbardier prevented the massacre of all 294 onboard. Still, the infamy of the attack on the Liberty was two-fold.

First, the Liberty, a virtually defenseless intelligence collection platform prominently flying an American flag in international waters,came under deliberate attack by Israeli aircraft and three 60-ton Israeli torpedo boats off the coast of the Sinai on a cloudless June afternoon during the six-day Israeli-Arab war. Second, President Lyndon Johnson called back carrier aircraft dispatched to defend the Liberty lest Israel be embarrassed -- the start of an unconscionable cover-up, including top Navy brass, that persists to this day.

On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, the Israeli military attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship which had been monitoring Israeli transmissions about the conflict.

The Liberty had NOT been monitoring Israeli radio transmissions.   She had just arrived on station off the coast of Egypt, where she had been ordered to station herself by the direct orders of Lyndon Baines Johnson ( A president doesn't normally involve himself by ordering his Admirals to move an specific vessel) 

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