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Cover-Up Alleged in Probe of US$ Liberty

New revelations in attack on American spy ship

New tapes show Israel's attack on US$ Liberty was deliberate

War Crimes Committed Against US Military Personnel, June 8, 1967

New Evidence Proves Israel Attacked US$ Liberty With Orders to Kill 294 Americans

"June 8, 1967: I was a 20 year old 3rd class petty officer in damage control at the time of this sneak attack from our so-called ally, Israel.

We were identified as American and friendly many hours before the slaughter began at 2:00 P.M.

The Israeli jet aircraft were ruthless and stubborn in their attempt to sink and murder all hands aboard.

They hit every antennae on our ship, no accident for sure.

The Israeli reconnaissance aircraft took pictures of our ship in the morning hours, nothing was missed.

The attacking aircraft dropped napalm on the bridge of our ship to burn us alive.

Soon after the jets were done with us we see 3 motor torpedo boats approaching our ship at a high rate of speed.

We then learned who our attackers were.

We saw 3 flags marked with the Star of David.

We were in shock because the Israelis were supposed to be our allies!

We had had no idea who was attacking us until then.

The attacking jet aircraft were unmarked.

The torpedo boats maneuvered themselves into a torpedo launch attitude, now come the 5 to 6 torpedoes.

The captain was doing his best to maneuver the ship to avoid sudden death.

The torpedoes whizzed by our ship, forward and aft with 1 hitting its mark, almost dead mid-ships, blowing to bits 25 American heroes who stood their ground below the water line and accepted their fate, doing their duty.

The torpedo gunboats were not even close to being done with us.

The torpedo gunmen shot at our fire fighters and stretcher bearers, anything that moved.

They were shooting at our water line to blow up the boilers inside and finish the job of sinking us.

The leaders of our country who swore an oath to protect this nation ordered the survivors of the LIBERTY to never repeat this piece of history under penalty of jail or worse. 40 years ago, another nation got away with cold-blooded murder on the high seas, and as an American veteran, let me say this for the record – NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET BY WITH COLD-BLOODED MURDER, AND ESPECIALLY NOT ISRAEL, NOT THEN AND NOT NOW." - Phil Tourney 2007


The Israeli torpedo and machine guns took a terrible toll on the Liberty's crew, killing 34 and wounding 172.

The US government, military, and media all went along with the cover-up of the deliberate attack on the US$ Liberty to avoid blaming Israel for the murder of 34 American servicemen.

Lt. James M. Ennes, Jr., an officer on the bridge of the US$ Liberty, wrote his first-hand account of the Israeli attack in a 1979 book labeled Assault on the Liberty.

Lieutenant Ennes' describes how Israeli torpedo boats repeatedly machine-gunned US$ Liberty sailors fighting the napalm fires on deck and shot her life rafts in the water while an oversize US flag flew from its mast.


"The Israeli planes and gunboats spent more than one hour hitting us with rockets, napalm bombs, torpedoes, cannon and machine-gun fire.

They machine-gunned our firefighters on deck and they shot our life rafts out of the water… I don't know of a single member of our association who believes that attack was an accident." - Chief Petty Officer Stanley W. White, president Liberty Veterans Association


The shooting of the life rafts indicates that the Israelis did not want anyone to survive the assault and intended sinking of the US$ Liberty.


"Twenty minutes later, after the Liberty had been hit repeatedly by machine guns, 30 mm cannon and napalm from the Israelis' French-built Mirage and Mystere fighter-bombers, the controller directing the attack asked his chief in Tel Aviv to which country the target vessel belonged.

"Apparently American," the chief controller replied.

Fourteen minutes later the Liberty was struck amidships by a torpedo from an Israeli boat, killing 26 of the 100 or so NSA technicians and specialists in Russian and Arabic who were working in restricted compartments below the ship's waterline." - Christopher Bollyn


Oliver Kirby, the National Security Agency 's deputy director for operations at the time of the Israeli attack on the US$ Liberty confirmed the existence of the transcripts of intercepted Israeli communications which prove the Israelis were aware that they had targeted an American ship.


"They said, 'We've got him in the zero', whatever that meant - I guess the sights or something.

And then one of them said, 'Can you see the flag?'

They said, 'Yes, it's US, it's US'.

They said it several times, so there wasn't any doubt in anybody's mind that they knew it.

Its something that's bothered me all my life.

I'm willing to swear on a stack of Bibles they knew." - Oliver Kirby


"The ground control station stated that the target was American and for the aircraft to confirm it.

The aircraft did confirm the identity of the target as American, by the American flag.

The ground control station ordered the aircraft to attack and sink the target and ensure they left no survivors.

He kept insisting the mission had to sink the target, and was frustrated with the pilots' response that it didn't sink." - Steve Forslund, an intelligence analyst for the 544th Air Reconnaissance Technical Wing in 1967, who saw the transcripts from the Israeli pilots and their ground control as they came off the teletype machine at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.


"I don't care if the ship sinks and every man on board drowns, we are not going to fight against our allies." - statement made by Lyndon Johnson to Admiral and Commanding Officer of the Mediterranean Fleet Larry Geis


"I think that those 34 men who were killed on the Liberty were killed deliberately in a preconceived operation." - Congressional Testimony of Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff



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"US intelligence documents indicate the Israelis attacked the Liberty deliberately. They feared she would monitor their plans to attack the Golan Heights in Syria - a move the US opposed for fear of provoking Soviet military intervention." - James Ennes

There are three reasons that have been given as to why the Israelis wanted to sink the US electronic reconnaissance vessel:

To prevent the US from knowing that Israel was planning to seize the Golan Heights from Syria;

To prevent the US from obtaining evidence that Israeli troops were slaughtering some 1,000 Egyptian prisoners of war near Gaza;

To destroy the US vessel that was capable of discerning that Israel was sending false communications to Jordan and Egypt to keep them in the war until the Israeli military achieved its territorial goals on the ground.


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