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‘The Day Israel Attacked America’

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Al Jazeera investigates the shocking truth behind a deadly Israeli attack on a US naval vessel (1967, June 8), 2014, October 30.

In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, 5 – 10 June 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean.

Israeli jet fighters hit the vessel with rockets, cannon fire and napalm, before three Israeli torpedo boats moved in to launch a second more devastating attack. Though she did not sink, the Liberty was badly damaged. Thirty-four US servicemen and civilian analysts were killed, another 171 were wounded.

Later Israel apologised for what it claimed to be a tragic case of mistaken identity. It said that it had believed the ship to be hostile Egyptian naval vessel. US President Lyndon Johnson was privately furious but publicly the White House chose not to challenge the word of its closest Middle East ally and accepted that the attack had been a catastrophic accident. However, as this exclusive Al Jazeera investigation reveals, fresh evidence throws new light on exactly what happened that fateful day – and the remarkable cover up that followed.

In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, 5 – 10 June 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean.

Israeli jet fighters hit the vessel with rockets, cannon fire and napalm, before three Israeli torpedo boats moved in to launch a second more devastating attack. Though she did not sink, the Liberty was badly damaged. Thirty-four US servicemen and civilian analysts were killed, another 171 were wounded.

Later Israel apologised for what it claimed to be a tragic case of mistaken identity. It said that it had believed the ship to be hostile Egyptian naval vessel. US President Lyndon Johnson was privately furious but publicly the White House chose not to challenge the word of its closest Middle East ally and accepted that the attack had been a catastrophic accident. However, as this exclusive Al Jazeera investigation reveals, fresh evidence throws new light on exactly what happened that fateful day – and the remarkable cover up that followed.

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A Victory Ship, her keel was laid down on 23 February 1945, as Simmons Victory, a Maritime Commission-type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation of Portland, Oregon. She was delivered to the Maritime Commission on 4 May 1945, and chartered to the Pacific Far East Line of San Francisco. She operated in commercial trade until 1958, Simmons Victory was returned to the Maritime Administration for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Olympia, Washington.

In February 1963, the Navy acquired Simmons Victory and converted her to a “Miscellaneous Auxiliary” ship at Willamette Iron and Steel of Portland. On 8 June 1963 she was renamed the Liberty and given hull classification symbol AG-168. On 1 April 1964, she was reclassified a Technical Research Ship AGTR-5. She was commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, in December 1964.

In February 1965, Liberty steamed from the west coast to Norfolk, Virginia, where she was further outfitted (cost: US$20 million) to suit her for a mission of supporting the National Security Agency by collecting and processing foreign communications and other electronic emissions of possible national defense interests.

In June Liberty began her first deployment, to waters off the west coast of Africa. She carried out several more operations during the next two years, and went to the Mediterranean Sea in 1967. During the Six-Day War, between Israel and several Arab nations, she was sent to collect electronic intelligence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Comment, 2014, November 16: Gordon Duff, is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Al Jazeera has released a film depicting Israel’s role in the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, June 8 and America’s despicable cowardice in failing to seek retribution. The video above outlines how a relationship between the US and Israel had been created in 1967 that left Israel feeling it could slaughter anyone, Americans by the thousand as we know now, with impunity.

Those of us who served in the American military knew nothing of the USS Liberty and of the heinous attack in 1967. Our government had lied to us. That was to continue all our lives, during our services, during our times as veterans. When an entire Army, after having served in Vietnam, began dying of chemical poisoning, as many as 2 million dead. Similarly, with suicides from the Bush wars topping 200,000, “veteran’s sites” still use figures listing dozens or hundreds despite the ease we had in getting our number from the Bureau of Census. They count veterans suicides each year. Why bother reading when ignoring pays better.

When Veterans Today received the 75 meg document from Russia outlining 9/11 as part, perhaps even a small part, of a wider “situation,” information we had received from other intelligence sources began coming together. Not everything we had believed or assumed agreed with the initial 2003 report from the US Department of Energy. We knew the twin towers had been destroyed by nuclear weapons. We now know there had been an investigation, a report, who read the report and now, with access to the long silence investigation teams, the historical context as well.

According to the film, a film both credible and compelling, the USS Liberty was relentlessly attacked to cover Israel’s unprovoked attack on Egypt and their seizure of Jerusalem (Al Quds), the West Bank, Golan Heights and Sinai. Egypt never attacked; the 1967 War was a long planned sneak attack to create a “Greater Israel.”

What Veterans Today knows, however, is that Israel had coordinated the attacks, not with the United States but with their real ally [at that time], the Soviet Union. The Soviet’s had long known that their fleeting embrace with Arab allies would never bring down the West, as Khrushchev had promised the Russian people. Only Israel could do that and has done so, even after their Soviet allies themselves may well have fallen victim, having chosen the wrong “bedfellows.” There is a parable about the scorpion and the frog. The Russians have always been so good with such things, why would they miss something so simple?

The attack on the USS Liberty, perhaps planned by a few rogue officers as the Al Jazeera film claims, certainly makes clear that Israel learned it was above the law. That lesson has written itself across the history of nearly half a century leaving millions dead. The attack on the USS Liberty was hardly planned a few “rogues” in Tel Aviv. It was a single move on a global chessboard, part of a “game theory “long in place, a move as the film so aptly misses, against the US government itself.

Israel got the land it wanted. Israel also got control of the US government as well. When Kissinger was placed next to Nixon, any examination of tapes and documents make it clear, Nixon’s soul, such as it was, melted away as he became a wraith enthralled to Kissinger.

When stalwart Jimmie Carter, still a voice of truth and honor in America, perhaps the last for any major public official, current or former, became a thorn in the side of Israel, the world landed on him. America’s economy was crashed by the Federal Reserve, moving interest rates to unimagined inflationary levels though America had, by today’s standards, almost no national debt.

In 1963, November 22, with the murder of President Kennedy, George Herbert Walker Bush would be seen in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository. Bush was there running the cover-up. It can easily be assumed, based on recent declassified documents, that Bush had also been part of the killing as well, documents that outline US oil interests in the Zapata region of Cuba, adjacent to the Bay of Pigs, oil interests controlled by the Bush family.

Similar photos, taken only hours before showed Lee Harvey Oswald, purported assassin, standing in the same doorway while FBI and CIA assassins from at least 3 vantage points murdered a president who opposed Israel’s nuclear program and wished to dismantle the Federal Reserve.

This happened four years before the USS Liberty and the 1967 land grab. The 9/11 reports, from the Department of Energy and later the real Able Danger files aren’t entirely about Israel. They tell of an America controlled, enslaved and co-opted, bribery, blackmail, brain washing certainly, an America ruled by a controlled narrative, manipulated through false flag attacks, rigged elections, an America increasingly Israel’s “junkyard dog.”

The Al Jazeera film, excellent though it is, limited in scope as it is, will be seen by few. The DOE 9/11 Report, Israel’s theft of 350 American nuclear weapons, the demolition of the World Trade Center, the missile attack on the Pentagon, killing the Able Danger investigators, all has been published but will continue to be denied.

The USS Liberty was denied and still will be though a dozen US officials are cited in the film debunking the cover story and outlining the cover-up. No amount of truth can find root in such barren soil.

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