DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST "SCORPION
DOWN" FAILS TO DENT CREDIBILITY OF EXCELLENT
NEW BOOK ON SINKING OF U.S. SUBMARINE DURING
"COLD WAR" - AUTHOR ED OFFLEY
WELL QUALIFIED TO TELL TALE THE PENTAGON
DOESN'T WANT KNOWN - LONGTIME MILITARY
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST SAYS MANY YEARS
OF RESEARCH COUPLED WITH SHEER LUCK AND
DETERMINATION LED TO THE TRUTH ABOUT
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE U.S.S. SCORPION
IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA SOME 40 YEARS AGO
One of the best new military books this year has caused quite a stir among certain quarters at the Pentagon. "Scorpion Down" by veteran investigative reporter Ed Offley (www.scorpiondown.com) has aroused the ire of certain powers that be and the result has been a series of negative articles and so-called book reviews which have hysterically attacked the tome with such overkill you know the dogs have been loosed. And why. The top Navy brass and Pentagon fat cats want the truth buried as to what happened to this submarine some 40 years ago.
We read one of the diatribes which said Offley, a respected veteran of the Norfolk, Va. LEDGER-STAR; Seattle POST-INTELLIGENCER, DefenseWatch magazine and currently military reporter for the Panama City, Fla. NEWS-HERALD, is a "hack writer" who has "urinated on the graves of 99 dead sailors."
Such frantic hyperbole indicates the hit man is more likely the "hack" than Offley, a former Naval officer, who gave a recent interview to MilitaryCorruption.com. You have to ask yourself why such a vicious reaction has come from some quarters to a work which should be a welcome addition to every sailor's bookshelf. As Col. Jessup said in A FEW GOOD MEN, some people just "can't handle the truth."
"I've upset some individuals in high places, but that doesn't dissuade me from telling the story of what really happened to the Scorpion," Offley told an MCC reporter from his home in beautiful Panama City, (we are looking at real estate there) on Florida's gorgeous panhandle. "I expected there would be some criticism, but even I have been shocked at the vitriol that has been fired in my direction."
While the cheap shot artists and hired hands take aim at "Scorpion Down," no less than Bill Gertz, national security correspondent of the WASHINGTON TIMES minces no words when he says: "Ed Offley, one of the most experienced defense writers on the beat, uncovers data on the USS Scorpion that the Navy's censors sought to shred nearly 40 years ago."
Doug Waller, author of "Big Red: Inside the Secret World of a Trident Submarine" calls "Scorpion Down" a "meticulously researched, gripping narrative that draws you in with the very first sentence."
WE GIVE THIS BOOK "FOUR-STARS" - OUR HIGHEST RATING
MilitaryCorrupton.com also is impressed with the scholarship of this book and highly recommends it to all our readers, both inside and out of the Navy. This is a work that needs to be seen by anyone concerned about how our government lies and covers up events they would rather you didn't know about.
We don't intend to spoil the true story with a lot of detail, except to say that on May 22, 1968, the USS Scorpion, on a routine three-month deployment to the Mediterranean, was torpedoed and sunk by a Soviet sub in what has been called "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era."
Unsolved no longer, thanks to Offley's hard work as an investigative reporter and what he calls "sheer luck" in getting a senior naval officer, now retired, to "open up" to him about the true facts of the case.
When you pick up this 482-page book, complete with numerous photographs, you will read how Pentagon spinmeisters staged an elaborate five month-long "hunt for wreckage" when the top brass already knew where the sub was and how it was sunk. Offley reveals the Navy's "official account" of the Scorpion's fate was "a carefully constructed lie" that stood for nearly 40 years.
The captain and crew of the USS Scorpion deserve to have the truth be known about their fate. And unlike the ravings of his detractors, some undoubtedly encouraged by various incentives, Offley uses rational deduction and diligent research to reconstruct the real events of that day in May back in 1968.
We rate "Scorpion Down" at "four stars" and urge you to either "click on" Amazon.com's advertisement on our home page or contact the publisher directly at www.basicbooks.com. This book is a "must read."