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Israel's Deadly 1967 Attack on the U.S.S. Ship LibertyTim King Salem-News.com
An event shrouded in mystery in 1967 left more than three dozen American sailors dead and many unanswered questions.
(SALEM, Ore.) - An amazingly large number of educated and intelligent people that I converse with have never heard of the Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty that caused the deaths of 34 U.S. Navy sailors and injuries to 171.
When I first wrote this in 2006, many of our readers were shocked to learn that in 1967, during Israel's Six-Day War with Egypt, Israeli fighters repeatedly attacked a U.S. Navy ship from the air for 25 minutes and then by torpedo boats for 40 minutes.
That, after circling the ship 13 times in daylight over a nine hour period to establish her identity. This is probably, of all things, the worst act Israel ever took directly against the United States. It certainly is not the only incident where the Israeli military killed an American, that has happened many times, but a full on military attack is a different story.
For years, hundreds of Americans knew about the attack and they knew that it was kept under wraps until more recent years. And as I said, most people still don't know about it.
Why the secrecy? How and why could this have happened? We are after all, allies. It isn't like it was a random shot, it was friendly fire on steroids.
This incident has remained a matter of controversy ever since that fateful day. The Israeli government insists the attack was a tragic accident, while survivors and many top US officials say it was planned and deliberate.
Officially, the United States says only that Israel's motive for attack could not be determined. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, in office at the time, called the attack deliberate.
The official excuse is still withheld from the American public at the request of the Government of Israel. That sounds sneaky, and we fight fire with fire around here. While we can't bring you the report in its entirety, this is an official U.S. synopsis called the Salans Report: www.ussliberty.org/salans.htm
I have no problem with the bully state of Israel on most days, well, maybe that isn't true. OK, it isn't... I can't stand to think of the history of the occupation of the place. It isn't so much what happened, but it is the obvious ignorance that goes with it. History is a sad thing when the oppressed become the oppressors.
In 1947, with the help of the British Secret Service and other western government sponsored groups, the founder of the Jewish state forced the Palestinians from their homes; places where they were born.
Then twenty years later, they blasted the heck out of a U.S. Navy ship and killed a lot of the guys who were aboard, while injuring scores of others. We should have this in the back of our minds as we go through our lives here in the States, and things need to be laid out the way they really happened.
I cannot do this story any real justice, anyone who is interested should visit this site, where you can spend hours reading about the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty: www.ussliberty.org/
This story was originally published on 13 September 2006, but for some reason it mysteriously stopped showing up as of yesterday. It happens to be a story that is referenced frequently in our archives and contains many interesting comments, some from the survivors of the Liberty attack itself.
Gee, I am not sure what happened, but I suspect that people can manipulate things to mess with ranking. It happened to us once before, when we published the story about Israel's possession of illegal nuclear weapons. Well fortunately today that would not have the effect that it did then. We diversify our product and make sure that stories like this show up in multiple online locations, and you boys from Mossad can't get them all, you just can't do it. Google's motto is "do no evil" and I refuse to believe that we would be savaged by Google, perhaps someone within Google, but not Google itself.
Since the original story disappeared from Google's lineup, we'll make it easy for people to access it: Sep-13-2006: The Day Israel Attacked the United States - Tim King Salem-News.com. Read the comments from actual survivors.
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY: "USS Liberty: Dead in the Water"
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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