Archive for August 23rd, 2011
7,000 miles for the USS Liberty
By Larry Toenjes
Special to The Daily News
Published August 20, 2011
I’m on my sailboat in Valetta, Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on my way to perform a memorial service for American servicemen killed in action almost 45 years ago.
With Texan crew members Joe and Sherrie Wagner, I’ve sailed 7,000 miles from Galveston. We’re going 1,000 miles more to the exact spot where Israeli forces perpetrated a ruthless, two-hour assault on the USS Liberty, killing 34 and injuring 174.
Israel said it was a “tragic mistake.” The survivors said it was deliberate. Lifeboats were shot up and stretcher-bearers machine-gunned.
The attack occurred in international waters off the coast of Egypt while the Liberty was monitoring communications during Israel’s Six Day War. Most Americans are unaware of that attack because the cover-up began even before the smoke had cleared, the wounded cared for and the dead counted (see ussliberty.com).
The cover-up occurred because President Lyndon Baines Johnson did not want to embarrass Israel, thus alienating the powerful Israel lobby that would then pour money into his opponent’s campaign.
The cover-up continues to this day, which is why I undertook this voyage. I’m planning to commemorate the victims as best I can and to support their shipmates, sons, daughters and widows (most of the mothers and fathers are now gone) in their demand for the investigation that never happened.
Congress never formally investigated the incident because members are intimidated by the pro-Israel lobby. That same lobby is picking up the travel expenses for 81 members of Congress to visit Israel this very month.
Apparently, new members need to be oriented before voting on the appropriation that gives $8 million per day to Israel.
Refusal to participate in the trip would mark a member as unfriendly to Israel and the lobby would work to defeat him or her in their next election.
Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold is among the 81.
Now that we’ve sailed across the Atlantic and halfway across the Mediterranean without any serious problems, there is one more obstacle.
Israel has continued its practice of harassing Americans at sea. Survivors Joe Meadors of Corpus Christi and Jim Ennes, who wrote the first book about the attack, have been communicating with U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv and Cairo, trying to ensure the Israeli navy will leave me alone.
The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion a year, but then must plead with the country not to harass, injure, or kill innocent Americans!
I merely want to exercise my right as an American citizen to proceed to a point in international waters where a grave injustice was perpetrated against U.S. sailors and express my dismay that injustice is being extended by Congress’s timidity.
Members of Congress never miss an opportunity to say to a U.S. service man or woman, “We thank you for your service!”
But their service is not praised if doing so would embarrass the state of Israel, the pro-Israel lobby or diminish campaign contributions.
Larry Toenjes lives in Clear Lake Shores. His progress can be followed at: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/followlarry.html
2011 USS LIBERTY MEMORIAL SERVICE
LIVE (today, Sept. 8th, 2011) from the Mediterranean Sea…………..
Sailing 8,000 Miles to Hold a Memorial Service for USS Liberty Fallen, Survivors
US Navy brushes off man sailing 8,000 miles to honor veterans
U.S. Navy tells sailboat Captain sailing to USS Liberty attack site we cannot guarantee your safety against Israel
U.S. Navy Won’t Protect Americans From Israel’s Terrorists
Texans in 39 foot boat expected to arrive off coast of Gaza on Tuesday to honor USS Liberty
Americans sail across Atlantic to commemorate USS liberty
Sailing to the Scene of the Crime: ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY:
Record crowds protest in Israel (mentioned in above youtube):
Attack on the Liberty
Jean and Larry Toenjes on the RBN Network
You can see additional videos linked at the Investigate Liberty youtube channel via the following URL:
Texan Sails Across Atlantic to Mark a U.S. Government “Cover-Up” of the USS Liberty Incident (Update)
Texas man making dangerous voyage to site of 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty
Israel’s deadly attack on USS Liberty emerges from the past
Survivor and president of the Liberty Vets Assn, Joe Meadors wrote
open letter to Texas governor Rick Perry on July 3, 2011:
Governor Perry, why are you recommending prosecution of the Amer-
icans trying to deliver humanitarian supplies but not of those who
machine gunned our life rafts in the water or ordered us to be
abandoned while we were under fire?
John McCain Praises Father’s Whitewashing of Israel’s Attack on the USS LIBERTY!
Press TV – ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’
James and John Scott on FOX NEWS on USS Liberty attack (and cover-up)
AIPAC Sends Congress to Israel:
Scroll down to link for George Washington’s ‘Farewell Address’ (warning US to avoid passionate attachments and entangling alliances for foreign nations like we have with Israel which is taking US down as conveyed via http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 and http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 as well) to read at bottom of http://astandforjustice.org
Read via following article by former Republican Congressman Paul Findley why the USS Liberty attack/cover-up still matters even to this day:
The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley):
Why They Attacked US on 9/11: http://tinyurl.com/WhyTheyAttackedUSon911