- Dear Jeff,
- Yesterday, the Suffern Library was "on fire"
as two USS Liberty Survivors, Ernie Gallo and Rocky Sturman, told their
story. Many of the members of the audience were rude.
(No great shock, eh?) Allison Weir was there to help out. It was a
heart wrenching story indeed, and today it will be repeated in Nyack
at the Fellowship For Peace and Reconciliation.
- The article that came out in The Journal News (Suffern,
NY) was beyond repulsive...a true journalistic obscenity. Here's the link:
- I sent the following email to the so-called 'reporter'
who wrote it...
- Subj: Your Report About The Forum In Suffern
- Date: 9/28/2008 9:15:49 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
- From: Jude10901
- To: jlerner@
- Dear Ms. Lerner,
- I would be remiss if I let your article "slide"
without commenting. It was a very one sided report of what transpired
at the Suffern library on Saturday. You could not control your bias and
do a real journalistic report.
- You began by saying that "Many Rockland residents
walked out of a forum yesterday on the MISTAKEN bombing of a U.S. spy ship
more than 40 years ago. How can you be so sure that it was a MISTAKEN
bombing? There is a great body of evidence that supports
the fact that the bombing was deliberate. Did you hear the presentation
by Rocky Sturman and Ernie Gallo? These men were present on the USS Liberty
and, by the Grace of God, they lived to tell the story.
- Have you read anything by James M. Ennes, Jr? Mr.
Ennes was a lieutenant on the bridge of the ship during the attack and
is author of Assault on the Liberty, available through the AET Book Club. In
an article, which I will be happy to send to you, he talks about the reality
that "the Israeli government tells a story of the attack totally at
odds with the physical evidence and the story told by the crew. Every
survivor and nearly every government insider calls the attack deliberate.
None of these considerations, however, has moved Congress to try to sort
out the facts."
- As Mr. Ennes staes, in his article "USS Liberty:
38 Years and Counting" "Contrary to the claims of Israel and
its supporters, the US has never accepted the explanation or excuses offered
by Israel. The official U.S. position is that the attack was "quite
literally incomprehensible" and showed a "reckless disregard
for human life." Even Secretary of State Dean Rush and heads of all
the intelligence agencies have called the attack deliberate."
- "Dwight Porter, who was U.S. ambassador to Lebanon
at the time of the Israeli attack on the Golan, told columnist Roland Evans
in late 1991 that the CIA station chief showed him, during or immediately
after the attack, the transcript of intercepted Israeli messages. Israeli
planes had been given the order by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to attack
the Liberty, but a pilot replied that it was an American ship. The order
was repeated, but the pilot still insisted that he could see the American
flag. He was then told harshly that he had his orders: "Attack it."
And, as we sadly know, he did. These facts were published in the Evans
and Novak column of 6 November 1991."
- It was "one of the classic all-American cover-ups,"
said retired admiral Thomas Moorer, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman
who spent a year investigating the attack as part of an independent panel
he formed with other former military officials. The panel also included
a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Akins.
- "Why would our government put Israel's interests
ahead of our own?" Moorer asked from his wheelchair at the news conference.
He was chief of naval operations at the time of the attack.
- Moorer, who has long held that the attack was a deliberate
act, wants Congress to investigate.
- Ms. Lerner, I was thoroughly disgusted that your article
contained such buzz words as "Anti Semite" and
"Nazi" ; words designed to divert attention away from
the facts and stir up people's emotions. Your report diverted
attention away from the horrendous injustice that was perpetrated
on the crew of the U.S.S. Liberty by Israel.
- I seriously wonder how much you have delved into the
story of the U.S.S. Liberty. Have you looked at such sites as www.usslibertyinquiry.com
or www.ussliberty.org ? Do you feel that some injustices
are more acceptable than others?
- There are those of us who are committed to the truth
at all costs. It is not a matter of race or religion. It is a matter
of ethics. And, at the end of the day, as James Ennes says, "This
is a story that will not go away".
- Judy Andreas