By Eileen Fleming
USS LIBERTY survivor Joe Meadors is a former U.S. Navy signalman who exemplifies the USS Liberty Survivors’ Creed:
I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my shipmates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.
In 2010, Meadors was again attacked by Israeli forces in international waters –this time as a passenger on the Sfendoni, one of the Free Gaza flotilla boats and he will soon be on-board another!
Meadors explains he persists to put himself in harms way because he “has known about the situation in Palestine literally my entire life having been fortunate enough to live in Saudi Arabia as a child and learn about Palestine and the Zionist effort to depopulate the area from the Palestinians who were driven from their homes.”
In an 2010 interview Meadors said:
Nothing happened to me. As a matter of fact, on hindsight, they were fairly polite. It was always ‘please’ and ‘thank you’; but those words take on a different meaning when they’re said at the point of a gun.
There is no doubt that the Israelis were committing piracy on the high seas against the Freedom Flotilla and used deadly force against unarmed humanitarians whose only crime was defending themselves against a sea and airborne invasion by heavily armed aggressors.
On Tuesday, Meadors informed this reporter:
Freedom Flotilla I resulted in the death of 9 participants including one American citizen during the attack by the Israeli Defense Forces.
Freedom Flotilla II wasn’t permitted to sail from Greece.
I have accepted an invitation to participate in Freedom Flotilla III, which is scheduled to embark in the next few weeks.
Hopefully this Flotilla will be successful in breaking the siege and arrive safely in Gaza.
The only thing I am authorized to say about it is that I will be a passenger and I have to raise my own expenses.
I obviously know more but I am not at liberty to share any more info about it.
Perhaps Meadors will reach Gaza by September 10, when this Honor the USS LIBERTY Petition to Congress and President Obama will be delivered:
“Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Naval Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken on faith the word of their attackers.”- Captain Richard Kiepfer, MD.
Fifteen minutes into Israel’s attack on the USS LIBERTY, Dr. Kiepfer was operating on a wounded sailor when he was hit by shrapnel and, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to overwhelmingly accurate rocket and machine gun fire, administered first aid and treated 174 USA Troops for pain and shock and conducted a major surgical operation.
Congress has not INVESTIGATED Israel’s June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty which killed 34 unarmed Americans and wounded 174 service men.
In 2003, an independent commission of experts convened, including Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN, Ret. Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, General of Marines Raymond G. Davis, Rear Admiral Merlin Starling and Ambassador James Adkins.
They concluded there was compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was deliberate and “Israel committed acts of murder against American servicemen and an act of war against the United States.”
The esteemed experts expressed their “Duty to the brave crew of USS LIBERTY and all Americans who are asked to serve in our Armed Forces, hereby call upon the Department of the Navy, the Congress of the United States and the American people to immediately take the following actions”:
The first called for a new and true Court of Inquiry to be convened.
The second, for every appropriate committee of the Congress of the United States to investigate the actions of the White House and Defense Department that prevented the rescue of the USS LIBERTY, including the NSA, CIA and military intelligence.
The third called for the establishment of every June 8 to be known as USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY.
We, the undersigned Call on Congress to honor the USS LIBERTY and Support the Troops by taking the 3 steps listed above!
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