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
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 states, 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"