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Operation Cyanide: How the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War Three Hardcover – May 15, 2003
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About the Author
Peter Hounam was the Chief Investigative Journalist for The Sunday Times of London from 1986-1994. . In 1996, he won the prestigious 'Scoop of the Year' award for obtaining the British Budget prior to its delivery - this is the first time this has ever been acheieved. He is the author of five books. He has made a number of documentaries, including a major dramatised documentary on Operation Cyanide for the BBC.
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If we accept this as true, then can we reason forward from the known facts as to what may have been the real reason for the attempt to sink the USS Liberty?
Fighter planes were dispatched from an aircraft carrier in the gulf, armed with nuclear bombs headed for Cairo to drop them. Because the Liberty did not sink, they were recalled.
In the light of Peter Hounams excellent book, can we not surmise that the sinking of the USS Liberty was a planned triggering event that would lead to a much wider war?
Frontlet 615 was the cover name for the project that involved the sinking of the USS Liberty and events to follow. Could that indicate something happening on June 15? 6-15? The attack on the Liberty was 6-8.
Many have wondered "How close did we come to world war III when the Liberty was attacked?" Would it be too far out of line to consider that that was the very plan from the beginning, to bring us into world war III?
Do we note the series of miracles that prevented the USS Liberty from sinking? 5 torpedoes shot at it with only one striking, the others going below and passing by? The 1 that did hit, luckily hit a reinforced stanchion. A few inches in either direction and the Liberty may have gone down. Miracle?
How lucky was it that earlier 1 antenna was malfunctioning; It was in shut down and cooled off, thereby avoiding a heat seeking missile when the attack began? The USS Liberty was able to promptly tell the world of the attack upon them. How lucky was that?
Several thousands of rounds of armor piercing ammunition and not one penetrated the boilers. How miraculous was that?
From previous review:
"As a God fearing man I have no doubt what so ever that the USS Liberty was kept afloat by the Hand of God. So what does that tell you about the people who attacked her? It should tell you loads."
If Karl Liebknecht was right in his estimation of war as a tool of the dominant class to subordinate the mass of the ordinary people, then why has this nation built tens of thousands of nuclear weapons?
Could it be anything other than the hand of God that has held us in? Less than a couple thousand well placed nuclear weapons would remove the mass of the people from the face of the earth.
150,000 have been built since 1945. What other than the hand of God could explain why we are still here?
Operation Cyanide-Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty nearly caused World War III is a must read for those seeking understanding of the nuclear armed world we live in.
However, according to Peter Hounam, the author of the expose', "Operation Cyanide," the murderous Israeli attack was a set up to blame the Egyptians and bring the U.S. into the 1967 war on their side. The Liberty was a "sitting duck" for the Israeli jet planes' missiles and rockets and their torpedo boats. The attack lasted at least 75 minutes, killing 34 brave Americans and wounding 172 others. On first hearing of the Liberty attack by allegedly "unidentified aircraft," the U.S. launched planes from the Sixth Fleet carriers, then located in the Mediterranean, off Crete, armed with nuclear weapons. They were headed for Cairo to retaliate. Only minutes before reaching their target, they were recalled. Why? The Israelis had failed to sink the Liberty! According to Hounam's research, the White House knew within minutes of the Liberty attack, that the perpetrator was really Israel (p. 94). On two separate occasions, the White House recalled aircraft rescue missions for the Liberty. On the last attempt, LBJ told Rear-Admiral Lawrence Geis of the Sixth Fleet, "I WILL NOT EMBARRASS OUR ALLY." The Liberty was then left "dead in the water," without any assistance for over 16 hours.
At pp. 267-268, Hounam said, "Sinking the Liberty and blaming Egypt and the Soviets would have freed Johnson's hand to do almost anything-even to drop an atomic bomb on Cairo. Trouble only arose when the Israel operation failed - and the damned ship stayed afloat." Hounam revealed that within LBJ's hawkish administration, there was shadowy clique that met under the rubric of the "303 Committee." Richard Helms, the late CIA Director, said that entity was, "A device for examining covert operations of any kind and making a judgment on behalf of the President, so he wouldn't be nailed with the thing, if it failed." Out of the "303 Committee," came a project labeled, "Frontlet 615," which was furthered defined as, "A secret political agreement in 1966 by which Israel and the U.S. had vowed to destroy (Egypt's Gamal Abdel) Nasser." The military name for the operation was, "Operation Cyanide." The secrets of our government can kill.
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