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.
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