USS Liberty Revisionism: It Started With a Lie
In June 1997 (the 30th anniversary of the attack), retired US Navy JAG officer A. Jay Cristol submitted his dissertation, The Liberty Incident, to the Faculty of the University of Miami in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Coral Gables, Florida. In his dissertation, Jay Cristol lied.
by Joe Meadors
With the publication of his dissertation, The Liberty Incident, Jay Cristol became the Father of USS Liberty Revisionism.
In his abstract he claims:
All thirteen official investigations of the Liberty incident . . . were compiled and analyzed.
The dissertation demonstrates that the Liberty incident was no more than a tragic mistake.
A version of that claim has made its way into virtually every discussion of the attack on the USS Liberty.
Members of Congress use it in boilerplate responses sent to constituents who inquire about the USS Liberty.
There’s only one thing wrong with it.
It’s a lie.
Not Congress nor any other branch of the US government has investigated the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.
Four Hundred and fifty-eight interviews of two hundred and twenty-two persons were conducted.
Of the 458 Cristol claims he interviewed, only 4 are USS Liberty survivors.
There’s only one thing wrong with that claim.
It’s a lie.
The four USS Liberty survivors he claims to have interviewed are Jim Ennes, George Golden, Lloyd Painter, and Steve Richard.
All have denied being interviewed by Cristol.
We need your help in educating Members of Congress that the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is the only attack on a US Navy ship since the end of WWII NOT investigated by the US government.
Email your Congressional Delegation and have them send you a copy of Congressional Investigation of the attack.
Have Congressional Delegation ask the Congressional Research Service to send you a copy of the US government investigation of the attack.
Ask Congressional Historians for a copy of Congressional Investigation of Attack.
They cannot send you any because there are none. Which is the point.
We urge everyone to ask for a copy of those investigations to educate your Congressional Delegation that the US government has never investigated the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.
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- USS Liberty: Why Investigate the Attack on a US Navy Ship? - November 5, 2019