“If this country has been misled, if this committee, this Congress, has been misled by pretext into a war in which thousands of young men have died, and many more thousands have been crippled for life, and out of which their country has lost prestige, moral position in the world, the consequences are very great,” proclaimed in 1968 by Senator Albert Gore Sr. of Tennessee and father of Vice President Al Gore.
President Lyndon B. Johnson used the attacks to influence Congress to get militarily involved in Vietnam. Historians now believe that the attack never happened. Senator Frank Church, Democrat of Idaho said, “In a democracy you cannot expect the people, whose sons are being killed and who will be killed, to exercise their judgment if the truth is concealed from them.”
Retired N.S.A. historian, Robert J. Hanyok, found in 2001 that the N.S.A. intentionally faked communications in the incident to create a false flag attack on August 4th, 1964.
Senators worried that if these facts were released to the public that the masses would become infuriated. Senator John Kerry, the current committe chairman said, “shows these guys wrestling with the complexity of it when our generation was living it out in a very personal way.”