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USS Liberty was a spy ship during the Six Days War when they detected and decoded transmissions from Israel suggesting the Israelis planned to attack an American base to make it look like the Arabs had done it to draw the USA to Israels side.


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Evelyn B (63)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 12:50 pm
A false flag effort that went wrong - because there were survivors who could (and did, despite the pressure from US & Israeli authorities) witness the truth of the event.

Not Egyptians, as the narrative was supposed to state -
But Israelis ...

People should listen to and watch the witness statement by Ernie Gallo - one of the survivors - which you posted last week:
Remember The USS Liberty on Memorial Day

But also read Ron Grantski's witness -
50 years later, truth still matters to USS Liberty crewman who survived attack by Israelis

In 1982, after the first reunion of the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Ron Grantski returned to his Modesto home and flipped on the phone’s message recorder.

Several played, and then this one: “You’d better stop talking about the USS Liberty and Israel,” Grantski recalls the voice saying. “Something will happen to you.”

Nothing’s happened. Grantski is still here at 70 years old. He believes the best way he can honor 34 shipmates killed when unmarked Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats attacked the super-secret spy ship on June 8, 1967, in the Mediterranean Sea is to speak his mind about the attack and the coverup that followed. Memorial Day, he said, is as good as any to do so after being told for decades to shut up.

Grantski and others believe the attack was intentional, that Israel did not as it claimed mistake the USS Liberty for another ship when it tried to sink it on the fourth day of the Six Days War.

Israel later admitted to the attack. It paid more than $3.2 million to the families of those killed and over $3.5 million to 74 of the wounded by 1969. Then, in 1980, it paid the U.S. $6 million for damages to the ship’s communications equipment. But the governments of Israel and the U.S. refuse to say the attack was purposeful even though cryptographers and techs aboard the Liberty – including Grantski – intercepted messages they believe inferred the Israelis staged the attack to make it look like Egypt or other members of the Arab coalition did it in order to draw the U.S. into the war on Israel’s side.

“I had top-secret crypto clearance – the highest you could get,” Grantski said. His job was to copy the messages transmitted. “They would change the station in the middle of a message and someone else would say, ‘Ski, he’s on .. ’ whatever station, and I’d switch to that one.’ They were using lots of Morse Code, and sending at 50 to 70 words per minute, which is pretty darned fast to be copying in code.”

One message in particular stood out.

“I had intercepted a message the Israelis were going to attack (a U.S.) base and blame it on the Arabs, or implied so,” he said. The message forwarded as top-secret to the White House. “Unbeknownst to us, it was our ship that was going to be attacked.”

He’d just finished his shift and was smoking a cigarette on the fantail when the captain sounded the call to general quarters. In came the fighter planes with their 20 mm cannons blasting away, some dropping napalm that sent the crew scrambling to get below deck.

Grantski felt the burning of the napalm on his hands and later took shrapnel in the buttocks, wounds for which he received a Purple Heart.

The gunners front and midship had no chance, he said, holding an armor-piercing bullet he’d found on the deck after the attack. “This one was a dud.”

Then the torpedo boats came upon them.

“The captain had the ship zig-zagging,” he said. “They fired five torpedoes. One hit.”

It blew a huge hole in the side. The crew closed the hatches to keep the ship afloat, but most of those killed were below deck.

“I was down there on my first cruise,” Grantski said. “If I had still be down there, I’d have been dead. The captain (William L. McGonagle) was wounded. He ran the ship on his back, with an aide holding a megaphone so he could give orders.”

At one point, someone told the crew to prepare to abandon ship – an order McGonagle quickly overruled.

“He said, ‘Gentlemen’,” Grantski recalled, “ ‘get to your battle stations. We are not abandoning ship’.”

The attack, according to accounts, lasted about 80 minutes though it seemed much longer to those aboard. U.S. fighter planes never arrived to drive off the attackers. Grantski said the image of the fires, the blood and carnage are etched in his mind forever.

“It was 50 years ago, and its sharp like it was yesterday,” he said.

So is the memory of the message left on his answering machine when he returned from the reunion in 1982. Hearing it chilled him, he admits, because he knew there was a chance whoever uttered it wasn’t kidding. Other crew members received similar calls, he said.

He muted his educated opinions to protect the family he and partner Sharon Rocha raised in Modesto. (Rocha’s daughter, Laci Peterson, was murdered in 2002 by husband Scott Peterson in a case than drew national attention.)

But those days are over for Grantski and those who believe the Israeli attack not only was intentional, but also that the Johnson administration likely ordered the coverup, ruled accidental in a game of international politics. Grantski isn’t alone. Admiral Thomas H. Moorer wrote a detailed 1997 memorandum that is posted on

A couple of passages from that document:

“Israel knew perfectly well that the ship was American. After all, the Liberty's American flag and markings were in full view in perfect visibility for the Israeli aircraft that overflew the ship eight times over a period of nearly eight hours prior to the attack,” Moorer wrote. “I am confident that Israel knew the Liberty could intercept radio messages from all parties and potential parties to the ongoing war, then in its fourth day, and that Israel was preparing to seize the Golan Heights from Syria despite President Johnson's known opposition to such a move. I think they realized that if we learned in advance of their plan, there would be a tremendous amount of negotiating between Tel Aviv and Washington.”

And Moorer questioned why U.S. air support for the ship never arrived.

“In the Liberty case, fighters were put in the air not once, but twice. They were ordered to stand down by Secretary of Defense McNamara and President Johnson for reasons the American public deserves to know,” Thomas wrote. “The captain and crew of the Liberty, rather than being widely acclaimed as the heroes they most certainly are, have been silenced, ignored, honored belatedly and away from the cameras, and denied a history that accurately reflects their ordeal.”

The USS Liberty Association will meet in Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday to mark the 50-year anniversary of the attack. Only 20 then, the 70-year-old Grantski has health problems that will prevent him from joining the 150 or so surviving crew members. He will be with them in spirit, though, and half a century later his goal remains unchanged.

“It’s important that the true story comes out,” he said.

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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 1:22 pm
Thank you Evelyn, I believe this was the article you gave me a link to. I saved it for the 50th Anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty.

I posted this then left immediately to go downtown to be with some people who were going to be there for the 50th Anniversary. I didn't know who was going to be there or what they were doing but I knew I HAD to be there. I only found out about after posting this story while looking for a picture for it I saw a meme with my town and the USS Liberty ship. I clicked on the photo and it took me to an activity in my own town.

I'm so glad I went, the man running it couldn't thank me enough, few people were there, he said most do not know about it, but thankfully he had a petition I gladly signed, he had a few helpers, who were asking the few passers by if they'd sign.

I didn't even have much $$ on me as I didn't know this was going to happen so I gave him a small donation for the jar that was there to help offset all his material he had printed. He was just so happy that someone KNEW of this, actually knew of the USS Liberty that he gave me a movie to show to others. He said that the same movie is going to be shown tonight at the public library, he is in hopes someone will show up. So I'm going to contact a few people after I write this in hopes of getting a few people to go there.

I also just posted a petition PETITION for the USS Liberty

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 1:37 pm
(Grantski's story is the article posted here - don't miss the video on the site!

Judy C (91)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 2:22 pm
I had never heard of this story at all. I imagine most people never have. Also, I didn't see the story from Memorial Day that you posted on this subject, dandelion. Thanks for providing the link for that, Evelyn. I will take a look at it, too. I did just sign the petition you posted, Dandelion.

This entire matter needs to be investigated thoroughly – especially in light of the fact that Grantski has been threatened to keep it quiet over all these years.

Dawnie W (250)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:33 pm
💙💜Noted... Really interesting article, 1967 was a bitter sweet year for me. I was a 17 year old bride and my beloved father was killed on the farm when the tractor rolled on him. But I still have a memory of this event in history.💙💜Thank you...Dandelion.💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ💙😉

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday June 9, 2017, 3:48 am
Another miscalculation by the Zionists.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday June 9, 2017, 3:56 am
Shared article and analysis over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday June 9, 2017, 5:15 am
This is why I keep posting this story about the USS Liberty Judy, as this is the 3rd or 4th time I've posted about it. People don't always catch every article and this is one of those stories few are aware of, at least in the USA. So I do my best to try to reach more, and so delighted I did, for you are one more Judy, who was unaware of this.

Dawn very sad, many people don't realize how dangerous farming is, but it certainly is. I'm sorry you lost your Dad at 17 as my own daughter lost her Dad at 18, my husband, and it really affected her tremendously and still does. A hard age for someone to lose their parent; as you had them throughout childhood so there is strong connection but you never got to know them as an adult.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday June 9, 2017, 5:16 am
Maybe not Arild - our President buried the story. Who leads who.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday June 9, 2017, 7:58 am
Good question Sheryl,I know LBJ was pressured to bury this story by the AIPAC but how can USA who spends 59% of it's GDP be so afraid of the Zionists.I know what power they hold over the US politicians but maybe you would like to explain this to those who don't know?

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday June 9, 2017, 8:33 am
59% on it's Military Machine.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday June 9, 2017, 10:18 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Friday June 9, 2017, 2:11 pm
Noted, Thank you

Winn Adams (179)
Friday June 9, 2017, 4:52 pm

Colleen L (3)
Saturday June 10, 2017, 1:39 pm
Thanks Dandelion

Janet B (0)
Saturday June 10, 2017, 6:44 pm

Animae C (507)
Saturday June 10, 2017, 6:45 pm
Thanx Dande

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 8:22 am
Thank you

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 11:53 am
********************************* Dandelion & Arild!

And Judy - other survivors also report the same kinds of threats - I think it is also referred to in one of Dandelion's other posts I gave links for!

Carrie has in the past posted stories about USS Liberty at this time of year, but mainstream media avoid discussion - so only when one catches the info (and gets angry) does it stick in one's mind.

I remember the events - and the initial news coverage clearly blamed the Egyptians ... until the survivors were brought out. But their statements were quickly stifled. It was later that questions began to seep out into media, & "accidental" became the "explanation" ... By '68, I'd moved to the Middle East, where discussion & questioning of the "mistake" was possible, but the witnesses were clearly torn between scared (& muzzled) and angry about the huge discrepancy between what they'd seen & experienced, & the "alternative facts" that the US government opted to endorse.

I suspect the US feared a diplomatic incident that could lead to their being labelled "anti-Semitic" ...
And AIPAC probably contributed to threatening phone calls to the survivors ... rather than the US government per se.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 1:13 pm
"All is fair in love and war" But, stabbing your partner is the back and say someone else did it is too wrong.

Janet B (0)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 3:25 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 13, 2017, 6:19 am
Thanks again

Janis K (129)
Tuesday June 13, 2017, 8:19 pm
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