USS Liberty: More Congressional B***S***
The response I received from Senator John Cornyn is so outrageous that it deserves far more than the meek and mild "BS," it warrants a more emphatic, spelled out description of what it is: B***S***.
by Joe Meadors
For decades USS Liberty survivors have been waiting for Congress to tell us they are beginning an investigation of the attack on our ship. Not an unexpected event given the fact that Congress has investigated every attack on a US Navy ship since the end of World War II.
You can understand our surprise when in the late 1990's we learned from our Congressional Delegations that "there have been ten official US investigations (including five congressional investigations)" of the attack.
Actually, more confusion than surprise.
You see, despite so many investigations of the attack, not a single USS Liberty survivor was questioned. Well, that's not entirely true. There was a US Navy Court of Inquiry that was conducted. A few USS Liberty survivors were interviewed by that Court. But we know that some testimony has been removed from the record of the Court.
The removed testimony that we know about is Lloyd Painter's.
He testified about his witnessing the attacking torpedo boats deliberately machine gun the life rafts we had dropped over the side in anticipation of abandoning ship.
Why the Court picked his testimony to remove from the record is anyone's guess. Perhaps they didn't want to embarrass our "best friend and only ally in the Middle East."