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USS Liberty - Israeli
Pilot Speaks Up
We had been surveilled all morning and part of the afternoon by Israeli forces. they knew who we were. We heard them reporting over radio who we were
and how we were sailing and where we were sailing. They saw the flag and everything else. We were in international waters."
1. Adlai Stevenson supported USS Liberty 2. USS LIBERTY in Ha'aretz 3. USS Liberty Israeli denial; Israeli Pilot Speaks Up
(1) Adlai Stevenson supported USS Liberty
From: RePorterNoteBook@aol.com Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003
Adlai Stevenson supported USS Liberty
Senator Adlai Stevenson III in 1980, his last year as a United States Senator from Illinois, invited Jim Ennes to his Senate office for a private, two
hour meeting to discuss the USS Liberty attack and coverup. Following the private meeting, Ennes was invited back the next day to discuss the attack
with members of Stevenson's staff, along with members of the staff of Senator Barry Goldwater and members of the Senate Select Committee on
In that meeting, staff members told Ennes that they found his story convincing, but that they would recommend to both senators that they not pursue an
investigation because an investigation would only antagonize Israeli interests while "nothing good could come of it." Goldwater accepted that staff
recommendation. Stevenson did not. Instead, Stevenson called a news conference in which he announced that he was convinced that the attack was
deliberate and that the survivors deserved an investigation. He would, he said, spend the remaining few weeks of his Senate term attempting to arrange
for an inquiry.
Almost immediately, the government of Israel contacted the White House and offered to settle the outstanding $40million damage claims for $6million an
amount equal to one dollar for each Jewish victim of the Holocaust. Vice President Walter Mondale quickly agreed to that offer just before Christmas
while Congress and President Carter were on vacation. The Department of State followed immediately with a press release, reported on the front page of
the New York Times, which announced, "The book is now closed on the USS Liberty."
Indeed, from that point on, it was impossible to generate any congressional interest in the Liberty at all. Senator Stevenson's staff told me later
that they felt the settlement was directly related to Senator Stevenson's announced plan to hold an inquiry, and was engineered to block forever any
inquiry plans. Israel did subsequently pay $6million in three annual installments of $2million each. Secretary of State Dean Rusk said later that he
considered the payments meaningless, as Congress merely increased the annual Israeli allotment by that amount.