posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 07:09 PM
What has long been believed by many historians has finally been proved - that there was no 'second attack' by North Vietnamese boats on US warships
in 1964, the 'event' that led to major US involvement in the Vietnam war.
A recently declassified document, previously withheld by the National Security Agency (NSA), shows that the intelligence provided to the US leadership
at the time was 'skewed', although Lyndon B Johnson or Robert McNamara were unaware of it.
A spy-agency analysis released Thursday contends a second attack on U.S. ships in the Gulf of Tonkin never happened, casting further doubt on the
leading rationale for escalation of the Vietnam War.
The mishandling of intercepted communications 41 years earlier is blamed in the National Security Agency paper for giving President Johnson carte
blanche in the conflict.
The agency put out more than 140 long-secret documents in response to requests from researchers trying to get to the bottom of an episode that
unfolded in the South China Sea on Aug. 4, 1964, and has been disputed since.
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One would have to wonder if this information was released intentionally during a time when we are questioning the intelligence and reasoning for
going to war with Iraq.
Is the NSA trying to discredit the FBI for some reason? Or, is someone playing political games?
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[edit on 5-12-2005 by asala]