If you believe that I detest the violent state of Israel, you are absolutely right. When Israel murdered our sailors on the USSLiberty, I was the Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, Germany, and I was the one who took the wire copy of Israel's murderous deed from the transmission of our desperate sailors, who were then barely clinging to the debris of the Liberty, in the hope of surviving Israel's treachery against our sovereign nation. The report of war crimes committed against US military personnel was submitted to the Honorable Secretary of the Army, in his capacity as Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Department of Defense Directive Number 5810.01B, 29 March 2004. This report was filed by the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Inc. a California non-profit corporation, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt veterans organization, acting on behalf of the surviving crew members of USS Liberty. On June 8, 1967 while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of ISRAEL. Of a crew of 294 officers and men, (including three civilians) the ship suffered thirty four (34) killed in action and one hundred seventy three (173) wounded in action. The ship itself, a Forty Million ($40,000,000) Dollar state of the art signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform, was so badly damaged that it never sailed on an operational mission again, and was sold in 1970 for $101,666.66 as scrap. Israel acknowledged the following facts without qualification: a. USS Liberty was an American ship, hence a neutral vis-a-vis the June 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. USS Liberty remained in international waters at all times on June 8, 1967. The attacking Israeli forces did NOT make a positive identification of the nationality of USS Liberty before unleashing deadly force in their attack on the ship. AND THAT NATION NOW CLAIMS TO BE A "FRIEND" OF OUR UNITED STATES!! As our division's commander told me when I rushed the tragic news of Israel's murderous attack to him: "With Friends like the Israelis, we have NO need of enemies!!!!"