"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.
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
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
torpedo and machine
guns took a terrible toll on the Liberty's crew, killing 34 and wounding
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
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
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
"The Israeli planes and gunboats spent more than one hour
hitting us with rockets, napalm bombs, torpedoes,
machine gun fire.
machine gunned firefighters on deck and shot 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
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
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
"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
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." -
"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.
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
"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
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
There are three reasons that have been given as to why the
Israelis wanted to sink the US electronic reconnaissance vessel:
prevent the US from knowing that Israel was planning to seize the Golan Heights
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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