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US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty
The Second World War freighter had been converted into an intelligence vessel by the top-secret US National Security Agency, and packed with the latest signals and electronic interception equipment.
At 1400 hrs, 8 June, 1967, a squadron of low-flying Israeli Mystere and Mirage-III fighter-bombers repeatedly attacked the American vessel with rockets, napalm, and cannon. The bombing lasted 20 minutes, concentrating on the ship's electronic antennas and dishes. The 'Liberty' was left afire listing sharply. Eight of her crew lay dead, a hundred seriously wounded, including the captain, Commander William McGonagle.
At 1424hrs, three Israeli torpedo boats attacked, raking the burning 'Liberty' with 20mm and 40mm shells. At 1431hrs, an Israeli torpedo hit the 'Liberty' midship, precisely where the signals intelligence systems were located. Twenty-five more Americans died.
Israeli gunboats circled the wounded 'Liberty,' firing at crewmembers trying to fight the fires. At 1515, the crew was ordered to abandon ship.
The Israeli warships closed and poured machine gun fire into the crowded life rafts, sinking two. As American sailors were being massacred in cold blood, a rescue mission by US Sixth Fleet carrier aircraft was mysteriously aborted on orders from the White House.
The Israeli attacks killed 34 US seamen and wounded 171 out of a crew of 297, the worst loss of American naval personnel from hostile action since World War II.
Less than an hour after the attack, Israel told Washington its forces had committed a 'tragic error.'
updated Sun. September 17, 2023
March 11, 2018
He'll be signing his books at 5:00. His latest must-read book sheds new light on Angleton's close relationship with Israeli intelligence citing such cases as the Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty and the diversion of U.S. government-owned weapons-grade uranium from Apollo, PA to Israel in the '60s.
March 5, 2018
Also for Wilkerson's respectful take on Vladimir Putin; for his unvarnished opinion of the Israel lobby, so different from the tame piece he published in The New York Times a month ago; and for his comments about Israel attacking the USS Liberty in 1967 and stealing US uranium to build a nuclear weaponÃâÃÂ ...
The Arab Daily News (blog)
March 4, 2018
Maria Shriver's The Sunday Paper email newsletter is one of my Sunday 'must reads' and today's also provided the inspiration for this article. By Eileen Fleming. Maria Shriver's The Sunday Paper email is a free gift filled with “news and views above the noise” delivered by “powerful, passionate andÃâÃÂ ...
March 3, 2018
(For the REAL history of the Israeli region, please check out Miko Peled, Ilan Pappe, Max Blumenthal and look into the USS Liberty attack.) At the end of this column I always put things in parenthesis in order to spark an interest. “War is a Racket” by Major General Smedley D. Butler is so to the point and very important.
March 1, 2018
After thousands of hours of freediving, research and designing, Mike Van de Ven has released a set of comprehensive maps of the USS Liberty wreck. In collaboration with Apneista, Van de Ven, over a two-year period, researched, modeled and created a series of functional dive guides to the wreck.
The Arab Daily News (blog)
February 8, 2018
When Representative Devin Nunes presented the Silver Star Medal to Terry Halberdier a USS Liberty Survivor of the Six Day War, the Congressman publicly admitted: “The government has kept this quiet for too long.” This June 8 marks 51 years since President LBJ issued the Cover-Up on the USS Liberty,ÃâÃÂ ...
August 30, 2017
Seattle resident Michelle Kinnucan was just out of Coast Guard boot camp when she became interested in the USS Liberty. She was on her way to her first duty station, a cutter home ported in Guam, in 1983, and heard legendary investigative journalist James Bamford speaking to Larry King about his newÃâÃÂ ...
July 31, 2017
Charles Giuliani's letter lambasting the City Council for refusing to commemorate the sailors who lost their lives in a tragic 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, resulting from misidentification of the ship, is misleading and biased. A Google search for one of his sources, “James Bamford: Golan-HeightsÃâÃÂ ...
July 12, 2017
Amid the jubilee celebrations for the Six-Day War, the tragic story of the American spy ship USS Liberty – which was bombed by an Israeli fighter jet and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967 in the eastern Mediterranean – was somewhat overlooked. Thirty-four American sailors were killed in the Israeli attack andÃâÃÂ ...
June 8, 2017
The USS Liberty was owned and operated by the U.S. Navy, which euphemistically referred to her as one of its Technical Research Ships, but she really worked for NSA. A converted World War Two freighter, the Liberty was barely a warship, possessing minimal armament for self-defense, and her missionÃâÃÂ ...
June 6, 2017
On June 8, 1967, an Israeli torpedo tore through the side of the unarmed American naval vessel USS Liberty, approximately a dozen miles off the Sinai coast. The ship, whose crew was under command of the National Security Agency, was intercepting communications at the height of the Six-Day War whenÃâÃÂ ...
Modesto Bee (blog)
May 27, 2017
In 1982, after the first reunion of the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Ron Grantski returned to his Modesto home and flipped on the phone's message recorder. Several played, and then this one: “You'd better stop talking about the USS Liberty and Israel,” Grantski recalls the voice saying. “Something willÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
Excluding Palestinian or Arab American citizens who may have been killed in Israel's wars, 34 Americans were killed when Israel tried to destroy the USS Liberty in 1967. In 2010 a Turkish American citizen, Furkan Dogan, was murdered, with other supporters of Palestinian rights, when heavily armed IsraeliÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
The tragic assault by Israeli forces during the Six Day War in 1967 on an American vessel, the USS Liberty, has been a source of conspiracy theories since it occurred. Several government investigations have concluded that the attack was carried out in error. Furthermore, every piece of informationÃâÃÂ ...
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