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USS Liberty Attack Cover-up/San Diego Union Tribune Article on Captain Ward Boston

by America Firster Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at 2:45 AM

USS Liberty Attack Cover-up

Subj: San Diego Union Tribune Article on Captain Ward Boston

Date: 2/17/04 2:43:25 PM Pacific Standard Time

To: neillwe2@state.gov, sussermj@state.gov

Mr. Susser and Mr. Neill,

I am sending you this email (which includes the Captain Ward Boston article that appeared today in the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper) in order to request that Captain Ward Boston's declaration (which was read by James Bamford at the USS Liberty panel discussion at the State Department last month on January 12th, 2004) be added to the State Department's historical record associated with the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. Mr Susser responded to my request (on the telephone just now) that Captain Boston's declaration will not be added to the State Department's historical record because Captain Boston is not active duty military. That is completely unacceptable to any patriotic American like myself who puts the best interests of the USA before Israel as Mr. Susser is apparently letting his apparent pro-Israel bias cloud his objectivity as the historian for the State Department (and thus perhaps should not be in such a position).

Sincerely,

James Morris



From the web site at:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040217-9999-1n17liberty.html

-------------------------------------------------------

EX-OFFICER ALLEGES COVER-UP IN PROBE OF SPY SHIP ATTACK

By James W. Crawley

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

February 17, 2004

Ward Boston is an unassuming octogenarian who resides in a gated

community on Coronado's Silver Strand.

A retired Navy captain, he hardly attracts attention in a town

full of active-duty and retired sailors.

Yet Boston is in the maelstrom of a nearly 37-year-old

controversy surrounding Israel's deadly attack on the Navy's spy

ship Liberty during the Six-Day War with Egypt, Syria and

Jordan. The June 1967 attack killed 34 Americans and wounded

171.

Last October, Boston broke decades of silence and declared that

the Navy admiral who investigated the incident had been ordered

by President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert

McNamara to conclude it was a case of mistaken identity, despite

evidence to the contrary.

As the chief counsel for the Navy's court of inquiry, Boston had

an insider's view.

"I didn't speak up earlier because I was told not to," Boston

said in an interview.

His revelation, repeated last month before a State Department

conference about the Six-Day War, has rekindled a smoldering

debate over how it happened and whether the United States and

Israel covered up the truth.

Anti-Israel factions portray Boston's words – true to his legal

background, memorialized in two affidavits but rarely spoken to

an audience larger than one person – as proof of Israel's guilt.

Israel's supporters, including a federal bankruptcy judge who

researched the attack and wrote a book on it, say Boston is

lying. Some pin an anti-Semitic badge on his lapel.

On Web pages and through e-mail, an electronic brawl is raging

over Boston's disclosures among his admirers and detractors.

But, for the men who survived the attack, Boston's comments

endorse views smelted in cordite, blood and smoke.

"We feel we've been vindicated," said James Ennes, the Liberty's

officer of the deck the day of the attack, which left him

severely wounded.

"We've been saying for 37 years that the court of inquiry was a

fraud, that it was corrupted, that it ignored evidence and made

findings not supported by the evidence," said Ennes, whose book

about the incident claims it was a deliberate Israeli attack.

Boston's cover-up allegation is "enormously significant," said

author James Bamford, who has written several books about the

super-secret National Security Agency, which analyzed radio

intercepts from Liberty and other U.S. surveillance ships.

"It's equivalent to former Supreme Court (Chief) Justice Earl

Warren coming out and saying 'the Warren Commission report on

(the) Kennedy (assassination) – everything we said was not what

we believed, but we were pressured to say it,' " Bamford said.

"It puts an enormous shadow over everything that was in the

(Navy) report," he said.

Even with Boston's affidavits and some newly released documents

presented at the State Department conference, no consensus was

reached on whether the attack was deliberate, accidental or the

result of negligence.

---



The Liberty was a Navy spy ship, plain and simple.

Like its ill-fated sister vessel Pueblo, which was captured by

North Korea six months later, the Liberty was festooned with

antennas and its cargo holds were converted into top-secret

locked compartments lined with receivers where petty officers

eavesdropped on other nations' militaries.

During the Six-Day War, the Liberty loitered off the Sinai

Peninsula, listening to Israel's lightning victory over Egypt.

On the afternoon of June 8, 1967, Israeli jets strafed the ship.

Hours later, Israeli torpedo boats attacked. By the evening, 34

U.S. sailors were dead and 171 injured.

Israel said the attack was a terrible mistake caused by the

misidentification of the Liberty as an Egyptian vessel.

Investigations followed, including the Navy's court of inquiry.

That's when Ward Boston's involvement began.

---



If Hollywood had discovered Boston, he could have been the

real-life prototype for Cmdr. Harmon Rabb, one of the leads on

the television show "JAG."

In the Pacific during World War II, Boston flew harrowing

photo-reconnaissance missions over Tokyo and Iwo Jima in Navy

Hellcat fighters, sometimes making three passes over a single

target – once to take pre-bombing pictures, then joining other

planes in attacking the target and, finally, a post-attack pass

to photograph the damage.

After the war, Boston went to law school, passed the bar and

entered private practice. Meanwhile, he continued to fly Navy

fighters as a reservist, including its first jet, the FH-1

Phantom.

In the late 1940s, he joined the FBI and was assigned to field

offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. During the Korean War,

he rejoined the Navy, this time as a JAG officer.

By June 1967, Boston was legal officer for then-Rear Adm. Isaac

Kidd Jr. when the flag officer was assigned to head the hastily

convened inquiry into the Liberty attack.

Unable to interview hospitalized sailors and Israeli military

and civilian officials, the investigative panel was given just a

week to examine the battered ship, interview survivors and

collect radio intercepts and other information.

Boston said it was obvious then who was responsible.

"There's no way in the world that it was an accident," Boston

said.

In his affidavits and a recent interview, Boston recounted how

he and Kidd discussed their conclusions about the survivors'

testimony.

"(Kidd) referred to the Israelis as 'murderous bastards,' "

Boston said.

After Kidd delivered the panel's report to Washington officials,

Boston said the admiral told him, "they aren't interested in the

facts or what happened. It's a political issue. They want to

cover it up." Then Kidd admonished Boston to keep silent.

Boston said Kidd told him privately that orders came from

Johnson and McNamara to find the incident was a mistake and not

a deliberate act.

There is no documentation to support Boston's account.

Kidd died in 1999 at 79 after a career topped by command of the

Atlantic Fleet. He never spoke of a cover-up.

The late '60s was the height of the Cold War between the United

States and the Soviet Union. The Soviets were backing the Arab

nations; the United States was allied with Israel. U.S. troops

were fully engaged in Vietnam and the United States was fearful

of growing Soviet influence, especially in the oil-rich Mideast.

Those who claim the attack was no accident argue that Israel

wanted to stop the Liberty from snooping on its military during

the war.

Boston kept quiet too, until the 2002 publication of "The

Liberty Incident," by Judge Jay Cristol, provoked him.

Cristol's book, based on more than 10 years of research and

hundreds of interviews and the collection of thousands of

documents, argued that Israeli pilots, sailors and top military

officials, in the heat of combat and the fog of war, were

unaware the Liberty was a U.S. ship, mistaking it for an

Egyptian vessel.

The two men spoke twice during the 1990s while Cristol

researched his book, but Boston said recently that he only

discussed his career and did not reveal details of the inquiry.

"It is Cristol's insidious attempt to whitewash the facts that

has pushed me to speak out," Boston said in a Jan. 8 affidavit,

read by Bamford at the State Department conference last month.

Boston did not attend the conference.

Boston's affidavit was passed to Bamford by a friend who

believes that Israel is responsible for the attack on the

Liberty.

The judge, during a recent telephone interview, discounted

Boston's contention that Johnson and McNamara covered up Israel

complicity.

"I think those (accusations) are kind of nonsense," Cristol

said.

Cristol – also a former Navy pilot and JAG officer – said

Boston's comments show that he either lied in 1967 by knowingly

filing a false report or that his memory has changed with age.

Referring to Cristol, Boston said, "I'm not going to get into a

spitting contest with a skunk."

He also rejected suggestions that he is anti-Semitic, while

acknowledging some sympathy for the plight of Palestinian

refugees.

As he splits his day between local organizations and daily

visits to the gym to loosen up arthritic joints, Boston remains

largely oblivious to the electronic cacophony of e-mail and

Internet chat that makes him out to be either a patriot or a

patsy for anti-Israel factions.

That's because Boston doesn't have a computer. Friends print out

and pass along Internet postings mentioning him or his

statements.

"I'm a dinosaur," he said. "I use a pencil with an eraser and a

typewriter."

----------------------------------------------------------------

James W. Crawley: (619) 542-4559; jim.crawley@uniontrib.com



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USS Liberty Attack Cover-up

by SkullnBonz Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at 3:36 AM

This web site is dedicated to the memory of thirty-four fine young men who gave their lives on June 8, 1967, defending the USS Liberty against a sustained air and sea attack by the armed forces of the State of Israel.

During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 172 were wounded.

http://www.ussliberty.org/

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USS Liberty survivor Phil Tourney responds to Cindy McCain email

by Justice4Liberty Sunday, Oct. 02, 2011 at 10:18 AM

USS Liberty survivor Phil Tourney responds to Cindy McCain email:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59P3UXsDWlU



911 Motive and Media Betrayal:

http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal



Israel and 911:

http://tinyurl.com/israeland911

http://America-Hijacked.com

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Cindy McCain doesn't care about Israel murdering US Navy sailors & marines

by Justice4Liberty Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Cindy McCain doesn't care about Israel murdering US Navy sailors & marines



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCBsJGwADsM





Additional via http://America-Hijacked.com

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Cindy McCain on the USS LIBERTY COVERUP: ?I don?t care about this issue.?

by NoMoreWarsforIsrael Thursday, Oct. 06, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Cindy McCain on the USS LIBERTY COVERUP: “I don’t care about this issue.”

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/10/04/cindy-mccain-on-the-uss-liberty-coverup-i-dont-care-about-this-issue/

http://tinyurl.com/CindyMcCainonUSSLiberty

Additional via http://America-Hijacked.com

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USS Davis Larry Broyles response to Cindy McCain on not caring about USS Liberty cover-up

by JusticeforUSSLiberty Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

USS Davis Larry Broyles response to Cindy McCain on not caring about USS Liberty cover-up (USS Davis was first ship to get to the USS Liberty after she was deliberately attacked by Israel) as Larry’s response to Cindy McCain is included near the end of the youtube):



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL_l85P5fs4



USS Liberty survivor, Phil Tourney and James Morris hosted the Officer Jack McLamb program Thursday night where they had the opportunity to discuss Cindy McCain’s email:

http://neoconzionistthreat.blogspot.com/2011/10/uss-liberty-survivor-phil-tourney.html



Following is the direct URL to the youtube linked at the above URL:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3x_eIYJSdY



Following is an archive link for the entire broadcast:



http://archives2011.gcnlive.com/Archives2011/sep11/McLamb/092911.mp3



Cindy McCain’s email to James Morris: http://tinyurl.com/CindyMcCainEmail



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Phil Tourney’s call for C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ (click on picture at following URL):http://tinyurl.com/philoncspan



‘USS Liberty’ veterans demand investigation:



http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/0603liberty0603.html



Following is the Cindy McCain URL via http://investigateUSSLiberty.com



http://www.investigateussliberty.info/index.php?special=cindymccain



Can also do a search for ‘Cindy McCain USS Liberty’ at Google.com and at Yahoo.com as well!



Disrespecting the Troops, the Mccain’s and Hillary:

http://www.freecindymccain.com/cover-uss/

McCain, NeoCons, the Israel Lobby Ron Paul Weekly Standard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfLeZXrluZw

7000 Miles for the USS Liberty: http://tinyurl.com/7000milesfortheUSSLiberty

Additional will be added to following URL:

http://tinyurl.com/CindyMcCainonUSSLiberty

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Cindy is another pig

by Yup Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

These people are on the high side of the overclass and will not endanger the life they lead. Just another pig at the trough.

The influence of the Israeli is total and through bribes, blackmail and extortion, they run the American political system.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SURVIVOR OF ISRAELI ATTACK REVEALS SECRETS OF 1967 HIGH SEAS MASSACRE

by Phillip Tourney Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM
tonktime5@yahoo.com

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SURVIVOR OF ISRAELI ATTACK REVEALS SECRETS OF 1967 HIGH SEAS MASSACRE and MCCAIN, BACHMANN CONFRONTED OVER "INCIDENT"



[[Big, big articles by AFP re interviews with Phil Tourney and James Morris]]



http://americanfreepress.net/?p=2309



http://www.uss-liberty.com/2012/01/14/exclusive-interview-survivor-of-israeli-attack-reveals-secrets-of-1967-high-seas-massacre/



Michele Bachmann Called Out (following referenced in above article):



http://Tinyurl.com/BachmannCalledOut



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PacfTAw1NBU&list=PL912DBB739371FB9E&feature=plpp_play_all

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McCain, Bachmann Confronted Over USS Liberty ‘Incident’

by Phillip Tourney Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at 4:14 AM

McCain, Bachmann Confronted Over USS Liberty ‘Incident’ (scfoll down to comments at following URLs):

http://salem-news.com/articles/january192012/politicians-liberty-vt.php

http://www.shoah.org.uk/2012/01/16/mccain-bachmann-confronted-over-incident/

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SURVIVOR OF ISRAELI ATTACK REVEALS SECRETS OF 1967 HIGH SEAS MASSACRE and MCCAIN, BACHMANN CONFRONTED OVER “INCIDENT”

[[Big, big articles by AFP re interviews with Phil Tourney and James Morris]]

http://americanfreepress.net/?p=2309

http://www.uss-liberty.com/2012/01/14/exclusive-interview-survivor-of-israeli-attack-reveals-secrets-of-1967-high-seas-massacre/

Michele Bachmann Called Out (following referenced in above linked AFP article)

http://Tinyurl.com/BachmannCalledOut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PacfTAw1NBU&list=PL912DBB739371FB9E&feature=plpp_play_all

Additional at http://tinyurl.com/AFPUSSLiberty

Cindy McCain on the USS LIBERTY COVERUP: “I don’t care about this issue.”

http://tinyurl.com/CindyMcCainUSSLiberty

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McCain Confronted on USS Liberty Cover-up & Media Accomplices

by AmericaFirstPatriot Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

McCain Confronted on USS Liberty Cover-up & Media Accomplices



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2d0CKXy8HQ&list=PL32A3140D59BF5772&feature=plpp_play_all



http://tinyurl.com/mccainconfronted

John McCain Confronted About USS Liberty Cover-up Memorial Day 2012



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWyjykrLbvU

USS Liberty Survivor (Phillip Tourney) Email to Aide about Sen McCain ‘Jerk’ Remark



http://gidusko.webs.com/temp/tourney16.htm



Can see entire video of John McCain and Mitt Romney via C-SPAN video at following URL:



http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/306284-1



USS Liberty Memorial Service Renews Calls of a Government Cover-Up:



http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/06/04/uss-liberty-memorial-service-renews-calls-of-a-government-cover-up



Additional via http://tinyurl.com/mccainussliberty

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