Assault on the USS Liberty

Excerpts from the book: Assault on the Liberty


On May 2nd, 1967, the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty sailed from Norfolk on a routine patrol of the African coast. Five weeks later she was suddenly and overwhelmingly attacked in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. Her decks were strafed with machine fire and scorched by napalm She was crippled by rocket and torpedo damage. Her life rafts, readied for survivors, were machine gunned in the water. Thirty-four of her crew died. Scores were seriously wounded.

Despite a near-universal consensus that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge that USS Liberty was a US Navy ship, the Johnson administration began an immediate cover-up of this fact. Though administration officers continued individually to characterize the attack as deliberate, the Johnson administration never sought the prosecution of the guilty parties or otherwise attempted to seek justice for the victims. They concealed and altered evidence in their effort to downplay the attack. Though they never formally accepted the Israeli explanation that it was an accident, they never pressed for a full investigation either. They simply allowed those responsible literally to get away with murder.

Now, a survivor of the Assault on the Liberty tells what really happened in 1967-- the astonishing, true story of the most baffling incident of the six day war, of courage on a the high seas and cover-up's in the councils of governments, of the single, shocking moment in history when Israel waged war on the United States."

United States technical research ship Liberty sailed from Norfolk may 2, 1967, on a routine patrol of the African coast. Five weeks later she was suddenly and overwhelmingly attacked in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. Her decks were strafed with machine gun fire and scorched by napalm; she was crippled by rocket and torpedo damage; her life rafts, readied for survivors, were machine gunned in the water. Thirty-four of her crew died; scores were seriously wounded.

Even before the wounded were evacuated, a news lid went down over the entire episode. This story was not to be told. Then Navy's own failures were never exposed or acknowledged, and Israel's fragile alibi was nurtured and protected. Israel claimed that the ship was at fault for being near the coast, for "trying to escape" after being fired upon by jets, and for not informing the Israeli government of her location; and our government tolerantly kept those assertions from public knowledge. Israel claimed that the attack resulted from mistaken identity, and our government quietly excepted that excuse.

Three weeks after the attack, the Pentagon released the lengthy Summary of Proceedings of the Navy Court of Inquiry, but though report added little to the public knowledge and it failed to fix blame.

Complaints came from everywhere.

"The published [report] leaves a good many questions unanswered," said the New York Times.

"This naval inquiry is not good enough," said the Washington Post.

"They Must Have Known... that Liberty was an American ship," said the Washington Star.

"... the action was planned in advance," said Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson. [Washington post]

"Only the blind-- or the trigger happyŚ could have made such a mistake" said the national observer.

"... the attack... was delivered," said California congressmen Craig Hosmer. "Those responsible should be court Marshall on charges of murder..."

"How can this be treated so lightly? What complaint have we registered?" Demanded Mississippi's Thomas G. Abernathy.

"The story has been up," said Louisiana's John R.. Rarick.

Despite the outcry, the public affairs apparatus of the defense department succeeded in keeping most of Liberty Truman away from the press. Without witnesses to interview, the press had no story to tail.

Little more was printed anywhere about the Liberty affair. The crew soon dispersed and the ship was the deactivated. I (Enns) began taking notes, interviewing and corresponding with other survivors of the attack, and piecing together this story of what really happened on an around June 8, 1967.

It is written down in history as "it was a case of mistaken identity." Bullshit! Israel does not want anybody, including the U.S. messing with any thing that Israel does. Israel feels its' self proclaimed right to existence supersedes that of any thing or anyone else.

"At the time of the attack, the U.S.S. Liberty was flying the American flag and its identification was clearly indicated by large white letters and numerals on its hull. It was broad daylight and the weather conditions were excellent. Experience demonstrates that both the flag and the identification number of the vessel were readily visible from the air. At 1450 hours local time on June 8, 1967, two Israeli aircraft circled the U.S.S. Liberty three times , with the evident purpose of identifying the vessel. Accordingly there is every reason to believe the Liberty was identified, or at least nationality determined, by Israeli aircraft approximately one hour before the attack."

Excerpts from the "Opinion of Counsel to the Court of Inquiry.":

IDF Navy had earlier reports of bombardment of El Arish from sea.

Point 7: Comment-- it is inconceivable that either the IDF Navy or Air Force would associate Liberty, with her for 50 caliber machine guns for the El Qusier, armed with two 3 pounders, for shore bombardment.

Over a dozen national papers called for a full investigation as well as the American Legion and several other groups. Israel to this day says it was a case of mistaken identify. Truth is, Israel didn't want the U.S. snooping on their little war despite the fact the we subsidize every part of their infrastructure and to this day get more foreign aid than the rest of the countries combined.

New videos are out with new information and interviews with all parties. I encourage you to check you-tube [search "USS Liberty"] or try one of the videos I found on google. First a 52 minute video. Second a 67 minute video put out by the BBC if you would prefer a different opinion and a little more through investigation. There is also many other sites out there with varying explanations of what happened.