Exactly 50 years ago today, on June 8, 1967, an American naval vessel, the USS Liberty was sailing in the Mediterranean, on June 8, 1967, when Israel’s military purposely attacked it. They killed and injured over 200 Americans. The attack, as the survivors describe, was like a hellish nightmare, something out of a Hollywood movie; It didn’t feel real. It was unbelievable.
The American flag aboard at the time was in plain sight when this dastardly attack by three unmarked Israeli planes occurred. Three torpedo boats joined the savagery starting with rockets and then napalm our troops used in Vietnam that caused many to protest because of its effect on burning skin. As if this was not brutal enough, American soldiers aboard the Liberty were pelted with machine-guns while they attempted to put out the fires these attackers started and three torpedo attacks finished the assault for good measure! Moreover, the Israelis shot all of the life rafts on the American ship, which was a war crime for a ship in extreme distress.
The USS Liberty was a United States Navy Technical Research and Intelligence ship that was attacked by numerous Israeli Air Force jet fighters aircraft AND Israeli Navy torpedo boats on June 8, 1967, which was during the Israeli “Six-Day War”.
The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (officers, seamen, Marines, and one civilian), wounded 174 crew members, as the Israeli forces did their best to sink this ship.
At the time, the ship was in “protected” international-waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, which was about 26 miles northwest of the Egyptian city, Arish.
Both the Israeli AND the U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded that the attack was a “mistake” due to Israeli confusion about the identity of the USS Liberty, which was “the one and only” ship of its kind in the world at the time ??!!
U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials continue to dispute the “official findings”.., saying the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was not a mistake, and remains the only maritime incident in U.S. history in which U.S. military forces were killed, and then was NEVER investigated by the U.S. Congress!!!
President Lyndon Johnson, who might have just had a dog in the fight, thought these attacks must have come from Egyptians and prepared our forces nearby for retaliation, but called it off when informed our ally, Israel’s forces, were the culprits. The American newscasters reported this deliberate attack as a mistake. An investigation under Admiral John S. McCain’s direction stated it was a case of mistaken identity! McCain’s shielding Israel’s massacre of American sailors created a distinctive union with Israel and continued with his Arizona Senator son. All the sailors were sent to different locations and told to consider it an “accident.” One must believe the Israelis would blame the Arabs for this deliberate attack on our sailors and ship.
Why would the Israelis want to destroy the Liberty? She was an intelligence gathering vessel, a spy ship, that knew Israel sought to accelerate the 1967 Six-Day War to increase territory by attacking Arab territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and possibly Syria as well. One report asserted a conspiracy existed between Israel and the CIA and theorized the attack on the Liberty would arouse suspicion against the Arabs and inflame a passion for revenge against them to Israel’s delight.
Over the years, there have been numerous documentaries (and books) produced on this “incident”, but this particular film (originally titled “Loss of Liberty”) was one of the very first to be made, AND because of that.., has interviews with more of the actual survivors of the Israeli attack than any other documentary to date…
“Truth Does Not Fear Investigation”
“He who Wins the War.., also Writes the History”
USS Liberty Cover Up – “The Loss Of Liberty”
Special Series – The Day Israel Attacked America
The Attempted Sinking of the USS Liberty
THE USS LIBERTY, Every American Must Know
USS Liberty — the Real Story — as told by the survivors.
“USS Liberty: Dead In The Water” (BBC Documentary 2002)
Israel’s Assault on the U.S.S. Liberty with James Ennis
The True Story of the USS Liberty – Part 1 – Israel Betrays America
For the families of the victims, I cannot imagine the pain, especially since the deaths of their loved ones were delegitimized. Their honor was taken from them by the media blackout of this horrendous and purposeful attack. We should honor those that died by admitting the truth, even if it is politically incorrect.