ON JUNE 8, 1967, THE AIR AND
NAVAL FORCES OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL conducted a brutal three-hour attack on a
barely armed U.S. intelligence vessel. Israeli jets strafed the ship; torpedo boats
launched their deadly projectiles at the stricken ship. The life rafts were machine-gunned.
“No survivors” was the order from Israeli military officials. When the attack
was over, 34 American sailors and Marines were dead and 171 gravely wounded.
“Mistaken identity,” Israel cried,
as the American public was kept completely in the dark about the incident. But the Liberty was easily identifiable that
clear day. Some of the Israeli pilots, seeing that the ship was an American
“ally” vessel, broke off their strafing runs. They were ordered to renew their deadly
attacks. But Liberty would not go
down. She limped home listing badly to one side.
Once they returned from the
hospital, surviving U.S. sailors were threatened with court-martial “or worse”
if they talked of the incident. The American mainstream press was silent.
President Lyndon Johnson personally recalled the U.S. fighter jets dispatched
to aid the ship rather than “embarrass” American Jews.
Finally, in 1976, independent
journalists at The Spotlight
newspaper, published by the now defunct Liberty Lobby, broke the story of the
attack on the Liberty after nine
years of silence by the controlled U.S. media.
Now, 46 years later, the truth
can no longer be kept hidden. Why were U.S. government officials so forgiving when
all evidence told them the attack was deliberate? Why was the U.S. public
denied information on the incident? How did Israel get away with this blatant war
crime? Find out by reading this special report.
PDF, 12 pages