The USS Liberty murders are arguably Lyndon Johnson’s greatest crime if one does not include deceiving and dragging America into the horrors of the Vietnam War where millions perished.
The USS Liberty event is one of the most important and also one of the highly suppressed events in modern American history.
William F. Buckley, the publisher of the National Review smelled a dead rat: “Is the Liberty episode being erased from history. So it would seem…What has happened to our prying journalistic corps and our editors, normally so indignant of attempted suppression of the news?…We believe that a joint select committee of Congress should investigate the strange case of the USS Liberty…” (Buckley on June 27, 1967).
Why the cover-up? That is because the horrible and grisly truth about the USS Liberty reflects very poorly on Lyndon Johnson, the United States and Israel. Starting at 2PM Mediterranean time on June 8, 1967 Israel bombed, torpedoed, napalmed and even machine gunned the life boats of the USS Liberty.
As I detailed in the second edition (paperback) of my NY Times bestseller The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, Lyndon Johnson was the one who ordered Israel’s IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to not just sink the USS Liberty, but also to murder every person on board and eliminate any survivors.
The same man who murdered the president John Kennedy in 1963 is the same man who was hell bent on murdering all 294 Americans on board the USS Liberty in June of 1967: Lyndon Johnson.
But why? The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty occurred on the 4th day of the Six Day War, which was a war between Israel and its Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The Six Day War was a spectacular success for Israel because it succeeded in taking the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt.
Israel began the Six Day War on June 5th with a surprise attack on Egypt and by the end of that day Israel had utterly destroyed the Egyptian air force as it lay sitting on it airfields. Israel within a one day had claimed air superiority over both Egypt (planes destroyed on tarmac) and Syria (2/3 of air force in ruins by end of June 5th).
Even though Israel crushed the Arabs during the Six Day War, that outcome was not known nor foreordained before the war. Perhaps 900 Israelis were killed while its Arab neighbors lost 20,000 people. Israel lost 46 aircraft while the Arabs lost a whopping 452 aircraft, mostly planes.
Israel was secretly coordinating the Six Day War with LBJ and the United States -- we were sharing intelligence with the Israelis. One can read Peter Hounam’s fabulous book Operation Cyanide: How the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War Three (2003) for greater detail.
The reason LBJ ordered the USS Liberty destroyed and all 294 crew members murdered was because he and Israel were going to blame the massacre of the USS Liberty on Egypt so that the United States would have a pretext to attack, bomb and take out Nasser of Egypt who, as author Barry Chamish points out, had drifted into the Soviet camp over the previous ten years.
Author Peter Hounam discovered the smoking gun on LBJ’s participation in the USS Liberty murders when he interviewed former SAC (Strategic Air Command, i.e. nuclear) B-52 pilot Jim Nanjo who told him his nuclear SAC unit in San Diego went on high alert 1-2 hours before the Liberty was attacked on June 8, 1967. Only President Johnson could have given the grave order to go on nuclear high alert, which implies LBJ knew about Israeli attack on the Liberty in advance.
If LBJ knew about attack on the Liberty in advance then it means he orchestrated the whole plot with the Israeli Defense Forces acting on his orders through IDF head Moshe Dayan.
The other smoking gun that indicts LBJ in the USS Liberty murders is what we learned from what Rear Admiral Lawrence Geis told Lt. Commander David Lewis, who was the head of the Liberty’s NSA group. LBJ told Admiral Geiss that he did not give a damn if the ship sank that he would not embarrass an ally (Israel).
Which begs the question, how did Lyndon Johnson know before anyone else that Israel was attacking the USS Liberty?
The emergency SOS flash bulletin that was sent out by the Liberty within 10-15 minutes of it being attacked (assault began 6:58AM Wash DC time) only said: “Liberty is under attack by unknown enemy air and surface units. Request Assistance.” The SOS emergency bulletin said nothing about Israel attacking the ship, although Israel had made numerous overflights of the Liberty earlier in the day.
Johnny Carson used to have a character called Carnac the Magnificent and the Carson schtick was that Carnac could answer a question before it was even asked.
So what was Lyndon Johnson: “Carnac the Magnificent?” Giving the answer that it was Israel attacking the USS Liberty before any other person on the planet knew this? How did that happen? What did Lyndon Johnson "know" before anyone else?
Lyndon Johnson had another “Carnac” moment four years before at 1:20 PM on 12-22-63 in Dallas, TX at Parkland Hospital at the very moment he found out that John Kennedy was dead. LBJ immediately told assistant press secretary Mac Kilduff, who was about to hold a press conference, “Well now Mac before you make that announcement we don’t know what kind of a communist conspiracy this might be.” LBJ said this 30 minutes before the arrest of “communist” Lee Harvey Oswald (the CIA’s pre-selected patsy for the JFK assassination). Lyndon “Carnac the Magnificent” Johnson was immediately saying that a red killed JFK while the rest of the world was just sure that the notorious andvociferous Dallas 1963 was behind the JFK assassination.
In 2002 author Peter Hounam interviewed Liberty survivor Moe Schafer who told him what Sixth Fleet Commander William I. Martin told him:
Not only did Admiral Martin tell me that four jets were on their way to the Liberty with conventional weapons [and were recalled]; he stated that four were on their way to Cairo loaded with nuclear weapons.He stated they were three minutes from bombing them [the Egyptians].He also said that the jets could not land back on the carrier with nuclear arms and they had had to land in Athens.He stated this from my bedside while on the Little Rock [the codename of the flagship] after the attack.” Lyndon Johnson had sent planes with nuclear payloads to bomb Cairo and they were turned around 3 minutes before World War III was going to begin. JFK assassination expert Robert Morrow has cogently described Lyndon Johnson as a “functional lunatic” just as some people are “functional alcoholics.
McGeorge Bundy, the former National Security Advisor for both John Kennedy and LBJ was called in from retirement by LBJ to help manage the U.S. response to the Six Day War. Three and one-half years after the USS Liberty crisis, Bundy was having dinner with Arthur Schlesinger and Schlesinger remarked that he had read Nikita Khruschev’s account of what it was like to work with Joseph Stalin and Schlesinger remarked that it reminded him of Adolph Hitler.
Bundy’s reply was, “When I read Khrushchev, I was reminded of something else in addition - my last days in the White House with LBJ.” Bundy’s last time in the White House was during the USS Liberty crisis.
The reality is that Lyndon Johnson was a one-man crime wave running through the elite levels of American politics for thirty-five years. His own top Aide Cliff Carter bragged that LBJ had ordered the murder of at least 17 men and as well as his own indiscreet sister.
LBJ murdered JFK and LBJ orchestrated the 34 USS Liberty murders, 171 casualties and LBJ was the singular lunatic who brought the world to the precipice of World War III during the Six Day War.
For anyone who thinks that Israel would have intentionally attacked an American ship and attempt to exterminate all survivors (including machine gunning the Liberty life rafts, a war crime) without the express orders of the head of the American state, please remember that Israel in 1967 was utterly aware that the tall Texan in the White House was their best friend ever. The Jewish Times has gone so far as to say Lyndon Johnson was the USA’s first Jewish president. Lyndon Johnson had been an advocate of Jewish causes from his first moment as a congressman in 1937 and it is just nuts to think Israel would have savagely attacked an American ship unless ordered to do so by Lyndon Johnson personally.
Because Lyndon Johnson had brought the world on the edge of nuclear war in a situation every bit as dangerous as the Cuban Missile Crisis, cooler heads in the USA and USSR decided that relations must be immediately improved between the two nuclear superpowers. That is why the Glassboro Summit Conference was convened June 23-25 in the immediate wake of the Six Day War.
Final note: Admiral John S. McCain, the father of his namesake U.S. Senator John McCain was the person who LBJ assigned to issue a whitewash on the USS Liberty within 10 days.
The report concluded that Israel had accidentally attacked (“a case of mistaken identity”) the USS Liberty despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Admiral McCain’s whitewash report was the precise equivalent of the discredited Warren Commission report on the JFK assassination.
My old friend Eleanor Clift reports for the Daily Beast:
"Coming off the Patriot Act fight, the presidential hopeful is sponsoring a bill to declassify 28 pages of a 9/11 report that may blame Saudi Arabia.
Senator Rand Paul, the man of the hour when it comes to pushing back against government secrecy, is throwing his weight behind a fresh push to declassify 28 pages from a 2002 Senate inquiry into the causes of 9/11.
The Kentucky Republican is sponsoring legislation called the “Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Act,” which would force the release of the disputed pages. With his support, an important issue that has languished far too long may be finally gaining traction.'
Meanwhile, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has taken millions of dollars from the Saudi's attempting to buy influence with a woman who might be the next president.
The $2 million contribution from Saudi Arabia is the most troubling. Putting aside that the Saudi's oppress women, denying them the most basic human rights, the self styled “women’s advocate’ should still return that cash. Money from foreign nationals and foreign governments is illegal in US political campaigns. So the Saudis are using their petro-dollars to buy future influence.
It is worth taking a moment to examine how the Saudi's have used their vast wealth to effect US foreign policy and have used their influence to hide the facts about the Saudi's actual role in the events of 9/11 from the American people. In fact, the Saudis have used their power and influence to cover-up their involvement in the greatest terrorist attack in US history and continue to do so today.
As many American's know, at least 11 members of the Bin Laden Family were spirited out the country in 24 hours after the 9/11 attacks with the assistance of the George W. Bush Administration. The FBI still denies knowing about the seven airplanes used to move the Bin Ladens out of the country when all private, commercial and military air-travel was grounded.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, orchestrated the exodus of more than 140 Saudis scattered throughout the United States, They included members of two families: one was the royal House of Saud, the family that ruled the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, perhaps the richest family in the world. The other family was the Saud's close allies, the Bin Ladens, who in addition to owning a multibillion-dollar construction company had produced the notorious terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
Yet none of those spirited out of the country were questioned, nor was a list of those leaving supplied. Dan Grossi, a former police officer recruited by the Tampa Police to escort the departing Saudis, said he did not get the names of the Saudi he was escorting. “It happened so fast,” Grossi says. “I just knew they were Saudis. They were well connected. One of them told me his father or his uncle was good friends with George Bush Senior.”
The White House denied the flights even took place. Officially, the FBI says it had nothing to do with the repatriation of the Saudis. “I can say unequivocally that the FBI had no role in facilitating these flights one way or another,” said FBI Special Agent John Iannerelli.” Bandar, however, characterized the role of the FBI very differently. “With coordination with the FBI,” he said on CNN, “we got them all out.”
Among those hustled out of the country were Osama’s brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, thought by US Intelligence to be an important figure in Al Qaeda and connected to the men behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and to the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Also in the traveling party was Khalil Bin Ladin, who boarded a plane in Orlando to leave the United States and was suspected by Brazilian Intelligence for possible terrorist connections. According to the German wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur, he had visited Belo Horizonte, Brazil which was a known center for training terrorists. Neither was questioned before leaving the US.
The erudite, Western-educated and Saville Row tailored Prince Bandar was a influential figure in the world of Islam and the power circles of Washington. His father, Defense Minister Prince Sultan, was second in line to the Saudi crown. Bandar was the nephew of King Fahd, the aging Saudi monarch, and the grandson of the late king Abdul Aziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia.
So close to the Bush family was the Saudi Ambassador that Barbara Bush dubbed him “Bandar Bush."
The Bush and bin Laden families have long-standing business dealings. These began in the late 1970's when Sheik Mohammed bin Laden, the family patriarch and Osama's father, had, through a friend of the Bush family named James R. Bath, invested $50,000 in Arbusto, the oil exploration company founded by George W. Bush with his father's help. The "investment" was arranged by James R. Bath, an aircraft broker who had emerged as an agent for the House of Saud in political and business circles.
In 1997, Prince Bandar gave $1 Million to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. In 1989, King Fahd gave $1 Million to Barbara Bush's campaign against illiteracy. In 2002 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal gave $500,000 to Andover to fund a George Herbert Walker Bush scholarship. In 2003, Prince Bandar gave a $1-Million oil painting of an American Buffalo hunt to President Bush for use in his presidential library after he leaves the White House.
On September 11, 2001, Shafiq Bin Laden, an “estranged” half-brother of Osama, invested an initial $38 million in the Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C. Carlyle is a $16 billion private equity firm that pays huge fees to “advisors” George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State James Baker.
After former president George H.W. Bush, James Baker, and former prime minister John Major of Great Britain visited Saudi Arabia on behalf of Carlyle, the Saudis increased their investment in the Carlyle Group to at least $80 million.
It’s therefore not surprising that the BBC reported that FBI agents in London were pulled off an investigation of Bin Laden family and Saudi royals soon after George W. Bush took office. In addition to Osama Bin Laden, other members of the family had terrorists connections and were under investigation by FBI.
Of the 19 9/11 hijackers 14 were Saudi, yet after the attack on American soil FBI Agent John O'Neill stated publicly he was blocked from investigating the Saudi connection for “political reasons." What political reasons are more important than the investigation of the World Trade Center destruction and the murder of 2000 Americans?
More recently, the New York Times and others have reported on an aborted investigation into Saudis who fled Florida two weeks before the 9/11 attack. The investigation into the prominent Saudi family’s ties to the hijackers started on Sept. 19, 2001, and remained active for several years. It was led by the FBI’s Tampa field office but included the bureau’s field offices in New York and Washington.
Incredibly, the FBI identified persons of interest, established their ties to other terrorists, sympathies with Osama bin Laden and anti-American remarks. They examined their bank accounts, colleges and places of employment. They tracked at least one suspect’s re-entry into the US. Yet none of this was never shared with Congress or the 9/11 Commission.
Now it’s being whitewashed again, in a newly released report by the 9/11 Review Commission, set up last year by Congress to assess “any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission.” Though the FBI acknowledges the Saudi family in Florida was investigated, it maintains the probe was a ‘dead end.”
The 9/11 review panel included one local FBI report from the Florida investigation that said Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, the prominent Saudi couple who “fled” their home, had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The panel’s report also doesn’t explain why visitor security logs for the gated Sarasota community and photos of license tags matched vehicles driven by the hijackers, including 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta.
Former Florida Senator Bob Graham, former Chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee has publicly accused the FBI of a ‘cover-up” in the Florida case. Graham said there was no evidence that the Bureau had ever disclosed the Florida investigation to his Committee or the 9/11 Commission, which delivered their report in 2004.
There are still 28 pages of the 9/11 report regarding the Saudis that remain classified and were redacted, wholesale, by President George W. Bush. After reading it, Congressman Thomas Massie described the experience as “disturbing” and said, “I had to stop every two or three pages and rearrange my perception of history… it’s that fundamental.” Intelligence officials say the claims in the secret 28 pages were explored and found to be “unsubstantiated” in a later review by the national commission. If that is the case, why not release them? The Saudis have covered their trail.
Both the Florida Investigation and the hidden 28 pages of the 9/11 report received more attention this year when an Al Qaeda operative in custody described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s. The claim by terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, prompted a quick statement from the Saudi Embassy saying 9/11 commission rejected allegations that Saudi officials had funded Al Qaeda.
But Senator Graham who has seen the classified material spilled the beans. “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11, and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier,” he said, adding, "I am speaking of the kingdom, or government, of Saudi Arabia, not just wealthy individual Saudi donors..." This is a pervasive pattern of covering up the role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 by all of the agencies of the federal government which have access to information that might illuminate Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11.”
US Intelligence has sought to undermine the credibility of both Graham and Moussaoui, labeling Graham as a past-his-prime publicity seeker and Moussaoui as mentally unstable.
Yet the New York Post reported, “sources who have seen the censored 28 pages say it cites CIA and FBI case files that directly implicate officials of the Saudi Embassy in Washington and its consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks" — which, if true, would make 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war by a foreign government. The section allegedly identifies high-level Saudi officials and intelligence agents by name, and details their financial transactions and other dealings with the San Diego hijackers. It zeroes in on the Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi Embassy, among other Saudi entities.”
If true, [it] would make 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war by a foreign government.
In fact the Saudi’s are playing a dangerous double game, claiming to be US allies in the war on terror at the same time funding terrorist groups that espouse a violent Wahhabi Islamic ideology that is particular to Saudi Arabia. At the same time, they have used their money and influence to shield the truth from the American people. With their huge contributions to the Clintons, they hope to do it again.
By Roger Stone
Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics, is one of the most sensational books I've read in a long time. The frightening part is that it's not fiction. Author Donald Jeffries manages to fit in an astonishing number of topics, from the JFK assassination to 9/11, and exposes the hidden reality behind all of them.
Jeffries seems to lean a bit to the Left, but is extremely even-handed as he uncovers the misdeeds of every president from LBJ to Barack Obama. It was especially illuminating to recall all the crimes and scandals that occurred during the Clinton years. Those who might harbor the slightest interest in voting for Hillary Clinton should read the chapter on the eight years under Slick Willie, aptly titled "Conspiracy Central." The death of Vince Foster, Waco, Oklahoma City, and the mysterious plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy, Jr., are just some of the important events that transpired under the watch of Bill Clinton.
The book details a terrifying "body count" that can be connected to the administrations of LBJ, Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama. There is no simple explanation for all the many unnatural deaths of those who were associated with the most significant political figures of our time. It is both convenient and powerful to have a timeline of the past fifty years of what the author calls "organized corruption" delineated in one book. One is overwhelmed by how our personal liberties have been gradually but steadily eroded, and how our moral compass has been all but broken. How can the self-proclaimed "greatest country" in the world officially sanction the assassination of its citizens? Or condone torture? Is the Bill of Rights really compatible with such things as "free speech zones" and "hate crimes?"
I hope that young people, especially, read this explosive book. It is well-written, and a real page-turner. I finished it in a day and a half. The material itself is engrossing, but Jeffries adds the touch of a novelist, which I understand he is. I don't say this about many books, but Hidden History is a masterpiece. Read it, pass the word, and awaken to the awful reality that we are being ruled by tyrannical leaders.