1964 Gulf of Tonkin Attack Never Happened

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    (Reuters) U.S. intelligence officials in 1964 skewed evidence of an attack on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin to support claims of communist aggression that led to a massive escalation of the Vietnam War, according to a newly declassified government document.

    An article by a National Security Agency historian, released by the NSA this week along with intelligence reports and other related documents, said officials at the spy agency withheld nearly 90 percent of intelligence on the August 4, 1964, incident to back allegations of a North Vietnamese attack.

    "It is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened. It is that no attack happened that night," NSA historian Robert Hanyok wrote.

    Hanyok's article, which appeared in a classified NSA publication in 2001, was based on a review of newly discovered signals intelligence documents from 41 years ago.

    The Gulf of Tonkin incident gave President Lyndon Johnson carte blanche for a huge U.S. military buildup in Southeast Asia that led to the deaths of more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers and over 2 million Vietnamese civilians.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051202/pl_nm/vietnam_usa_tonkin_dc&printer=1

     
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  3. BarnGoddess

    BarnGoddess Former Member

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    Dakini, does that make President Johnson a closet Republican?
     
  4. concernedperson

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    This is still pretty upsetting.
     
  5. Cypros

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    Lies to justify war. Looks like Bush has a predecessor. Of course, we know that this is an age-old tactic. When will people wise up? sickening.

    An appropriate time to repeat the famous quote justifying Nazi propaganda to get the people behind Hitler's war:

    "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

    -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
     
  6. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    I don't have the same affinity towards Johnson. I think he screwed up constantly. But he did usher in Nixon and boy, was that a fun time!!
     
  7. Zman

    Zman Former Member

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    Well at least back then you could get away with complete fabracation.
    In todays media heavey, satalite, camcorder carrying world you need to smash planes into buildings to get anybodys attention.
     
  8. dakini

    dakini Former Member

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    "All we are is just another brick in the wall.."
     

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