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Shhhh Valley Navy Veteran Receives Silver Star
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Valley Navy Veteran Receives Silver Star

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http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/video?id=6835528


  By Jessica Peres
Visalia, CA (KFSN) -- Forty-two years ago the USS Liberty was attacked as it was docked in the Mediterranean Sea during the Arab -Israeli War.

One of the sailors on board was awarded the Navy's third-highest honor for saving more than 260 lives on that ship.

65-year old Terry Halbardier never thought he'd be in Congressman Devin Nunes' office receiving a Silver Star, the Navy's third highest honor for his role in saving 260 lives during the Arab-Israeli War, also known as "The Six Day War."

Terry Halbardier said, "I'm stoked! It's a total honored humbly honored right now I never expected something like this to happen."

The Navy vet was only 23-years old when his ship ... the USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli fighter jets. 34 crewmembers were killed, 170 others injured. During the two-hour attack Halbardier fixed an antenna that was shot down and sent out a signal for help.

The June 8th 1967 attack is widely controversial because Israel was the U.S.'s ally during the war. President Lyndon Johnson declared it an "accident" but those aboard are certain the attack was deliberate.

"There's a lot of theories but let's just say they didn't want us listening in to what they wanted to do," said Halbardier.

"The government has kept this quiet I think for too long and I felt as my constituent he needed to get recognized for the services he made to this country," said Nunes.


Halbardier still has scars all over his body from shrapnel during the attack. Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern flew from Virginia to see Halbardier receive the Silver Star.

"Now we have a Silver Star- the third highest award for the Navy given to a person without whom there'd be no tale to tell that Liberty would be at the bottom of the Mediterranean," said McGovern.

Terry Halbardier says he still suffers from survivor's guilt. He continues to tell his story about the truth from that day to anyone who will listen.

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=6835367



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`Cristol must be an Israeli agent.`

Almost certainly. Kidd was right.
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Ward Boston, Jr.,Captain, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Counsel to the U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry`s investigation into the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

Cristol responds to Ward Boston:

http://www.thelibertyincident.com/boston-comments.html

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On October 22, 2003, an affidavit by Captain Ward Boston, USN (Ret.) was read at a press conference in Washington, DC.

I have notes from telephone conversations with Captain Boston on July 23, 1990 and December 10, 1996. Captain Boston recently stated he never spoke to me. More recently, he admitted to the two conversations, while claiming we did not discuss the Liberty incident and only talked about his personal life. Whether Captain Boston's memory of those conversations is more accurate than my notes made at the time of the conversations is for the reader to decide. The notes appear in my comments on the affidavit.

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Here's the full response:

http://www.thelibertyincident.com/docs/boston-comments.pdf

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Ward Boston completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy and retired. He was a
competent lawyer. That is why it is so strange that he should close his record with an act that
dishonors himself by admitting to lying under oath, that is, filing a false report in a U.S. Navy
Court of Inquiry after taking an oath to faithfully perform his duty as counsel for the Court of
Inquiry.

In the legal arena lawyers struggle to impeach (destroy the credibility of) a witness`s
testimony. Impeachment is accomplished by establishing a prior inconsistent statement made by
the witness and then asking the witness `were you lying then or now?` The testimony of an
impeached witness is given little consideration because it has been established that the witness is
a liar.

Why did Ward Boston sign an affidavit impeaching himself? Why did a man with a
distinguished military record swear under oath that he did not faithfully preform a duty he took
an oath to faithfully perform? It can only be suggested that memory changes with time. I can
not imagine why Boston signed this self-destructive affidavit.

The affidavit also offers statements of hearsay reputedly made by President Lyndon
Johnson, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and Admiral Isaac Kidd. As a lawyer, Boston is
aware of a principle of evidentiary law known as `the dead man statute.` Simply stated,
testimony about statements of deceased persons is not accepted in evidence for the simple reason
that the deceased person is not able to respond and confirm or deny the alleged remark.
President Johnson and Admiral Kidd are both deceased. They cannot respond. The record is
clear that President Johnson, during his lifetime, never confirmed Boston`s claim. The
documentary record is even stronger that Admiral Kidd fully supported the validity of the
findings of the Court of Inquiry to his dying day. As a close friend of `Ike` Kidd, I could also
repeat statements made by `Ike` to me, but those statements would be equally in violation of the
dead man statute.

Secretary Robert McNamara is alive and well and as of my last conversations with him
on May 8, 2003 and October 28, 2003, his mental faculties were of the same brilliant quality that
persuaded President John F. Kennedy to appoint him as Secretary of Defense in 1961. On
October 28, 2003 he declined to comment publically on this matter. He is probably right. His
comment would only leave us with a claim and a denial when the best evidence of the quality of
the report is the document itself which may be reviewed at www.thelibertyincident.com.
At this point it is appropriate to consider events leading up to the Boston affidavit. It
states that it was generated `in particular, [by] the recent publication of Jay Cristol`s book The
Liberty Incident.` Without dispute, Ward Boston was counsel for the Court of Inquiry in 1967.
He was recommended for the assignment by Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, Jr., who was appointed
President of the Court by Admiral John McCain, Jr. (the father of Senator John McCain).
Admiral McCain, as Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe convened the U.S. Navy
Court of Inquiry.

In June 1967 McCain was in London. Kidd and Boston were in Italy. They flew to
London on June 10, 1967. They opened the Court proceedings 46 minutes before midnight on
June 10 and stayed in session until 2:50 AM on the morning of June 11. Then Kidd, Boston and
a court reporter flew to Souda Bay, Crete and traveled by destroyer out to sea where they
boarded the USS Liberty the next day, June 12. The other members of the Court flew to
Valletta, Malta and met the ship there. On the morning of June 14, 1967 the Court convened and
took testimony and received evidence for two days, including over 150 pages of sworn testimony
from 14 Liberty crew members. Then the Court flew back to London, took additional testimony
in London until 4:15 PM on June 16, closed, deliberated for two days and presented its record,
including its findings of fact to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, Admiral
John S. McCain.

Questions:

If President Johnson or Secretary McNamara sent orders to Admiral Kidd, how were the
orders transmitted?

If the Court, as Boston alleges, did not faithfully perform its duties, who was in on this
infidelity?

Just Kidd? Kidd and Boston?

What about Captain Atkinson, Captain Lauff, Lieutenant Commander Feingersch and the
court reporter, Chief Joeray Spencer?

Boston`s affidavit is accurate in its statement about the investigation, `We gathered a
vast amount of evidence, including hours of heartbreaking testimony from the young survivors.`
The entire Court of Inquiry record may be viewed on this website. Go to Documents -
Court of Inquiry. The entire report is there including the `heartbreaking testimony` of the crew,
referred to by Boston, as well as all the contemporaneous endorsements of the report. The
testimony and record do not support the comments in Boston`s affidavit. If any reader finds a
discrepancy between the actual court record and my book, The Liberty Incident, I would be glad
to acknowledge the appropriate correction upon being advised thereof.

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Cristol responds to Ward Boston:

The Big Lie


Ahron Jay Cristol 
A. Jay Cristol, a U.S. bankruptcy court judge who wrote `The Liberty Incident,` said in the book that 10 U.S. and three Israeli investigations have found no evidence of any Israeli intent to attack an American ship.
http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2008/06/ap_liberty_investigator_061808/


Ahron Jay Cristol, the author of dense and nearly unreadable screed published in 2002 as The Liberty Incident, persists in repeating at every opportunity the false report that the Liberty attack has been repeatedly investigated and found to be a tragic accident. The Liberty Incident, now out of print, was first published as a doctoral thesis and eventually in hard and soft cover by Brassey's. Cristol's web site proclaims in its second paragraph:
"After ten official US investigations (including five congressional investigations), there was never any evidence that the attack was made with knowledge that the target was a US ship. There is substantial evidence the attack was a tragic mistake caused by blunders of both the US and Israel. Eight US presidents, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43), have each accepted the conclusion that the attack was a tragic case of mistaken identity."

We have found no evidence that any of those assertions are true. Mr. Cristol has not responded to our repeated requests for proof or documentation of those claims. Moreover, the Liberty Veterans Association has long offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can show that these statements are true. See www.ussliberty.org/challenge.htm. No one has ever applied for the reward. There has never been a Congressional investigation. We are unaware that any American president has accepted the position that the attack was a tragic accident. The only American government investigation of any kind was the U.S.Navy Court of Inquiry in 1967. That inquiry examined only the performance of the crew and the adequacy of communications and avoided entirely the question of whether the attack was deliberate, accepting "at face value" the Israeli claim that the attack was an accident. That inquiry has been dismissed by its own legal counsel, legal counsel to the convening authority and numerous other key figures as fraudulent. Yet Mr. Cristol persists in his false reports. Unfortunately, the big lie has been repeated so often that it is widely repeated even by Members of Congress as if it were established fact. Moreover, we have a letter from the Librarian of Congress verifying that there has never been such an investigation which is reproduced below.

We have repeatedly requested that Mr. Cristol explain, justify, remove or stop repeating his false claim. He declines to do so or to respond -- although his failure to keep the book in print is a statement in itself.

Meanwhile, Cristol ignores our specific request for comment.


The Library of Congress confirms that Congress has never held hearings or launched an investigation into the attack on USS Liberty. Mr. Cristol's account is false. We have repeatedly asked him to remove his false report from his web site. He declines to reply or to correct the false claim despite frequent requests for him to do so.


The USS Liberty Website...

http://www.ussliberty.org/thebiglie.htm
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Captain Boston is a good man...In the military, you get orders, and then you get 'orders', that if you don't obey, you get F*****, in the ass, hard...

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Captain Boston is a good man...In the military, you get orders, and then you get 'orders', that if you don't obey, you get F*****, in the ass, hard...

Amen to that!  That is how it is!  He was a good man!  Bless him! 
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
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