49 Years Ago the US Covered Up an Israeli False Flag Attack that Killed 34 Americans, Wounded 173

uss-libertyBy Jay Syrmopoulos

On June 8, 1967, 34 American servicemen were slaughtered and 173 more wounded after Israeli forces repeatedly attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The Liberty was not a battleship and was entirely unable to defend itself as the hours-long assault took place.

For decades, the US government threatened the survivors with jail if they spoke about it and kept the truth from the public.

Although Israel apologized for the devastating attacks and maintained that a simple misidentification caused the strikes, startlingly new evidence has surfaced that refutes Israeli claims that this attack was done in error and that the Israelis were unaware they were attacking an American Navy vessel.

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of El Arish, by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats.

It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the end of World War II and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The new evidence exposed in a documentary called The Day Israel Attacked America, by award-winning British filmmaker Richard Belfield, includes audio that proves the Israelis knew they were attacking a U.S. ship. Survivors of the attack have long maintained that Israel intended to kill the entire crew and sink the USS Liberty as a means of scapegoating blame for the incident onto Egypt.

Earlier this year, I acquired a copy of the audiotape of the attack as it had unfolded, the real time conversations between Israeli Air Force pilots and their controllers back at base. It had never been broadcast before. I went to talk to Al Jazeera and after careful consideration, the network commissioned the film. – Richard Belfield

But why would Israel want the U.S. to believe that Egypt was responsible you ask?

The answer would be found in what is know as a ‘false flag’ attack, which was meant to shift the blame for an incident as a means of drawing President Lyndon Johnson and the U.S. public into declaring war on Egypt.

The attack on the USS Liberty lasted for over two hours, but just sixteen minutes after the attacks had begun audio evidence confirms that the Israelis knew the identity as that of an American vessel.

These recordings can be heard in the documentary, which aired on Al Jazeera.

“To what state does she belong?” (Answer): “American”

Yet the attacks continued for another hour and forty-five minutes!

Five minutes prior to the commencing of the attack, Israeli Air Force pilots can be heard questioning whether the ship was an American vessel.

“Is it an American ship?” “What do you mean American?” “No comment.”

The first torpedo hit the USS Liberty twenty minutes after a ground controller confirmed to Israeli Air Force pilots that the ship was indeed part o the U.S. Navy. Incredibly, even after the confirmation that it was an American ship, a voice can be heard clearly confirming that the ship is to be destroyed – remember this is after the ship has been identified as American craft.

“The torpedo is taking care of the ship now.”

After the initial torpedo struck the Liberty, torpedo boats circled and strafed the vessel with machinegun fire, gunning down American sailors attempting to flee the damaged vessel in lifeboats — a war crime according to the Geneva Conventions.

Over a decade ago, a journalist named Arieh O’Sullivan from the Jerusalem Post was given access to these same audio recordings and published a transcript of the Israeli military transmissions that could be heard directing the ongoing attack. His analysis of the recording was almost exactly the same as that of the documentary, as sixteen minutes after the attack started, just as in the recording obtained by Al Jazeera, O’Sullivan’s transcript reveals the same exchange.

“Kislev, what country?” (Answer): “Apparently American.”

Oddly, the O’Sullivan’s transcript ends here even though the attack continued for another hour and a half.

An independent commission tasked with investigating the incident, and headed by Navy Admiral Thomas Moorer, who served this country as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations, publicly released the commissions shocking findings in 2003.

  • The attack, by a U.S. ally, was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill its entire crew.
  • The attack included the machine-gunning of stretcher-bearers and life-rafts .
  • The White House deliberately prevented the U.S. Navy from coming to the defense of the USS Liberty.
  • This was the first time in naval history a rescue mission had been cancelled while an American ship was under attack.
  • Surviving crew-members were later threatened with court-martial, imprisonment, or worse if they talked to anyone about what had happened to them; and were “abandoned by their own government.”

In what CIA analyst Ray McGovern called the ‘most detailed and accurate account of the Israeli attack,’ John Crewsdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, published his in-depth analysis for the Chicago Tribune only to be fired a year later – after being employed there for 24 years.

Israeli messages intercepted on June 8, 1967, leave no doubt that sinking the USS Liberty was the mission assigned to the attacking Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats as the Six-Day War raged in the Middle East. Let me repeat: there is no doubt – none – that the mission of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was to destroy the USS Liberty and kill its entire crew. – Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

The Free Thought Project recently attended a speaking event by Jack Beattie and Bryce Lockwood, a Naval seaman and a Marine who were on the USS Liberty when it was attacked.

In the video below, Beattie gives his description of events that occurred that day. He confirms that the ship was clearly labeled as American and the flag was flying. He also recalls how the fighter jets were firing on people in life rafts and how the ship was almost completely defenseless.

At the end of his talk, Beattie then explains how everyone on the ship was told that if they talk about what happened, they will be thrown in prison. Here is the real story of the USS Liberty.

Jay Syrmopoulos writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


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7 Comments on "49 Years Ago the US Covered Up an Israeli False Flag Attack that Killed 34 Americans, Wounded 173"

  1. More Americans have been killed by the CIA and Mossad than in WW1.

  2. Arlene Lane | June 9, 2016 at 4:49 am | Reply

    there is still a cover up, and what the people of America and the rest of the world want to know is why, and all other False Flag attacks since, Has AMERICA become the second ISRAEL, since when and how long has AMERICA been fighting the battles of the ARSE-KE-NAZI’S, this is probably what is leading to the downfall of the USA, otherwise the only answer is for the people of the USA to rise up and take back your country from this ROTHSCHILD KAZARIAN MAFIA, Russia has already started to do it by throwing out the ROTHSCHILD BANKERS. this may also be the reason for the creation again of the cold war, because the people of Europe never had a cold war with Russia until the US created it.

  3. Brings the leftists phrase ‘by any means necessary’ into clear focus or should I say hocus pocus.
    Oil wars – keeping the population thinned – so long as the unholy ones aren’t in the line of fire.
    KUDOS – to the survivors making this film.

  4. Arlene Lane | June 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm | Reply

    maybe there is a new agenda for Israel, it is for there to be another USS LIBERTY, where it gets bombed by the Turkish air force and the US government pays both ISRAEL and TURKEY for killing US SOLDIERS, it is complicated to everyone else but not the US.

    • Not at all. In the meantime it is know that all Americans outside of D.C. are suspected terrorists nowadays. In the meantime the world also learned since a couple of years that the American people are living under marshall law since 1863. It is the military which is your dictatorship government.
      In the meantime the world also learned that the US Military is one of the its tools (three) of the Kazarian Mafia & Underworld to build a New World Order and a nation not listening to the ordes of these military gods will be made unstable by means of Chaos, Demonstrations and thereafter a nice “Regime Change” and destruction of their land.

      Arlene your are a politically up to date person. Well said. Thank you.

  5. yeahyeahyeah | June 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm | Reply

    israel has shown time and time again they need no excuse whatsoever to commit murder. Why is anything that John Loftus writes “required reading” when it is obvious that USA + Israel ties coulnt be stronger as USA is gifting Israel a military budget this year the highest ever.

    Israel was a stupid mistake right from the start, and defending them makes your credibility questionable.

  6. Doug Stevens | June 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm | Reply

    After all the untold billions in financial and military assistance the USA regime have been channeling from the tax payers to Israel it really smacks very self-indulgent and ungrateful to accuse US as sabotaging Israel.

    If there were people in US government who took exception to these terrorist actions that Israel executed, Lavon, etc, then Israel have only itself to blame for actions that could be construed as “sabotage”.

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