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    COVER-UP ALLEGED IN PROBE OF USS LIBERTY Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press, 10/23/03 http://transfer.go.com/cgi/transfer.pl?
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      COVER-UP ALLEGED IN PROBE OF USS LIBERTY
      Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press, 10/23/03
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      WASHINGTON - A former Navy attorney who helped lead the military
      investigation of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that
      killed 34
      American servicemen says former President Lyndon Johnson and his
      defense
      secretary, Robert McNamara, ordered that the inquiry conclude the
      incident
      was an accident.

      In a signed affidavit released at a Capitol Hill news conference,
      retired
      Capt. Ward Boston said Johnson and McNamara told those heading the
      Navy's
      inquiry to ``conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken
      identity'
      despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.''

      Boston was senior legal counsel to the Navy's original 1967 review of
      the
      attack. He said in the sworn statement that he stayed silent for years
      because he's a military man, and ``when orders come ... I follow
      them...''

      The USS Liberty was an electronic intelligence-gathering ship that was
      cruising international waters off the Egyptian coast on June 8, 1967.
      Israeli planes and torpedo boats opened fire on the Liberty in the
      midst of
      what became known as the Israeli-Arab Six-Day War.

      In addition to the 34 Americans killed, more than 170 were wounded...

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