Israel Murdered U.S. Sailors and Tried to Sink Their Ship … A Failed False Flag Attack Against the United States

An Attempt to Drag America Into Israel’s War

On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked the American naval vessel USS Liberty in international waters, and tried to sink it.

After checking the Liberty out for 8 hours – and making 9 overflights with Israeli jets, within 200 feet … close enough for the pilots and the sunbathing Liberty sailors on deck to waive at each other.

Yet the Israelis attacked it with Mirage fighter jets, torpedoes and napalm.  The USS Liberty suffered 70% casualties, with 34 killed and 174 wounded.

The Israeli attack spanned two hours … as long as the attack on Pearl Harbor. The air attack alone lasted approximately 25 minutes: consisting of more than 30 sorties by approximately 12 separate planes using napalm, cannon, and rockets which left 821 holes in the ship.  The Israelis fired 30mm cannons and rockets into the boat.

Following the attack by fighter jets, three Israeli motor torpedo boats torpedoed the ship, causing a 40 x 40 foot wide hole in her hull, and machine-gunning firefighters and stretcher-bearers attempting to save their ship and crew. More than 3,000 machine-gun bullet holes were later counted on the Liberty’s hull.

After the attack was thought to have ended, three life rafts were lowered into the water to rescue the most seriously wounded. The Israeli torpedo boats returned and machine-gunned these life rafts at close range. This was followed by the approach of two large Israeli Army assault helicopters filled with armed commandos carrying what appeared to be explosive satchels (they departed after hovering over the ship for several minutes, making no attempt to communicate).

The Israelis clearly knew it was an American ship, tried to sink it, and tried to frame the Egyptians for the attack, as shown by the following evidence:

(1) The Liberty was flying a huge, brand new American flag. The flag was 5-by-8 feet.  The weather conditions were ideal to ensure the flag’s easy observance and identification, because it was clear and sunny, with a wind-speed which made for a constant rippling motion in the flag.  After the flag was shot up by the jets, the Liberty’s crew replaced it with a giant 7-by-13 foot American flag, which flew during the entire duration of the attack.

(2) The Liberty had a unique profile and didn’t look like any other boat, since it had more and bigger antennas – including large, high-tech dishes and giant towers – than any other boat in the world (it was an NSA spy ship).

(3) The Liberty was marked with uniquely American numbering and colors in front.

(4) The Israeli pilots shot out the Liberty’s communications equipment first, and specifically jammed the ship’s emergency radio signal … unique to American naval vessels in the 6th Fleet. The ships from other fleets and other nations used different frequencies, which the Israelis did not jam.

(5) The Israelis used unmarked fighter jets and unmarked torpedo boats during the attack.

(6) Recently-declassified radio transcripts between the Israeli attack forces and ground control show that – at least 3 times – an Israeli fighter jet pilot identified the craft as American, and asked whether ground control was sure he should attack.  Ground control repeatedly said, yes, attack the vessel.

(7) The Israeli torpedo boats methodically destroyed all of the Liberty’s liferafts one by one (which is a war crime).

(8) The only reason the Israelis did not successfully sink the Liberty and kill all of its crewmen was that one sailor duck-taped together antennae – and took many bullet wounds in the process – which enabled an emergency SOS to get out from the Liberty to American 6th Fleet.

(9) The Israelis later claimed that they mistook the Liberty for an Egyptian vessel.  But the Egyptian ship – the El Quseir – was an unarmed 1920s-era horse carrier out of service in Alexandria, four times smaller than the Liberty, which bore virtually no resemblance to the Liberty.

(10) President Lyndon Johnson believed the attack was intentional and he leaked his opinion to Newsweek.

Other high-level Americans agreed:

“I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation….  Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations.  I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day.  The attack was outrageous.”
–U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk

“The evidence was clear.  Both Adm. Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack … was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew….  Not only did the Israelis attack the ship with napalm, gunfire, and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned three lifeboats that had been launched in an attempt by the crew to save the most seriously wounded — a war crime….”
–Affidavit of U.S. Navy Captain Ward Boston, the legal counsel for the official investigation into the Liberty attack

“There is compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew.”
–Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 14 January 2004

“Israeli authorities subsequently apologized for the incident, but few in Washington could believe that the ship had not been identified as an American naval vessel…. I have yet to understand why it was felt necessary to attack this ship or who ordered the attack.”
–C.I.A. Chief Richard Helms

“Yet the ultimate lesson of the Liberty attack had far more effect on policy in Israel than in America.  Israel’s leaders concluded that nothing they might do would offend the Americans to the point of reprisal.  If America’s leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of American citizens, it seemed clear that their American friends would let them get away with almost anything.”
–George Ball, U.S. Undersecretary of State at the time, The Passionate Attachment

(Sources: Congressional record and videos shown below.)

Admiral Thomas H. Moorer – former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – chaired a non-governmental investigation into the attack on the USS Liberty in 2003. The committee – which included General of Marines Raymond G. Davis, Rear Admiral Merlin Staring, former Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia James E. Akins – held Israel to be culpable and suggested several theories for Israel’s possible motives, including the desire to blame Egypt and bring the U.S. into the Six Day War.

Indeed, President Lyndon Johnson dispatched nuclear-armed fighter jets to drop nuclear bombs on Cairo, Egypt.  They were only recalled at the last minute, when Johnson realized that it was the Israelis – and not the Egyptians – who had fired on the Liberty.

An NSA report from 1981 found:

A persistent question relating to the Liberty incident is whether or not the Israeli forces which attacked the ship knew that it was American . . . not a few of the Liberty’s crewmen and [deleted but probably “NSA’s G Group”] staff are convinced that they did. Their belief derived from consideration of the long time the Israelis had the ship under surveillance prior to the attack, the visibility of the flag, and the intensity of the attack itself.

Speculation as to the Israeli motivation varied. Some believed that Israel expected that the complete destruction of the ship and killing of the personnel would lead the U.S. to blame the UAR [Egypt] for the incident and bring the U.S. into the war on the side of Israel . . . others felt that Israeli forces wanted the ship and men out of the way.

Allegedly:

Scouring the Liberty records in the LBJ Library in Texas, Ennes [an officer on the bridge of the Liberty] stumbled upon a smoking gun – a one-page memo of the minutes of the 303 Committee [the U.S. National Security Council group that reviewed sensitive intelligence operations] held in advance of the war in April 1967.   The Committee consisted of a handful of top level intelligence and government officials who examined black operations and devised plausible deniability for the executive branch in the event of public discovery of an attack.  The memo relates to a clandestine joint US-Israeli effort to blame Egypt for the sinking of the Liberty.

We haven’t yet located a copy of the alleged memo, and so we’re not sure we believe this explosive claim. But – given that Israel (1) used unmarked jets and ships, (2) destroyed the Liberty’s communication equipment and then jammed the Liberty’s emergency distress channel, and (3) destroyed all liferafts – the logical inference is that Israel intended to frame Egypt for the attack, and didn’t want the Liberty’s crew to be able to tell the world what really happened.

The following must-watch documentaries from the BBC, Al Jazeera and an independent producer provide first-hand interviews with the crew of the USS Liberty which prove that this was a failed false flag attack:

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  • Jo

    It is the height of unmitigated anti semitism for Mercans to refuse to sacrifice and even gladly die for the state of the lord’s chosen people. If reducing Merca to penury and stomping all over its obsolete constitution is proper and usual for Merca’s zionist funded “politicians” then how dare ordinary tax cattle ethnics to criticize how Merca’s anglozionazi elite choose to rightly serve the interest$ of God’s chosen people in supremacist, apartheid Palestine.

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    • cyndyt

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  • pacificwaters

    One of the first things one does in a criminal investigation is look for motive. No one, to this day, has come up with a plausible motive. It’s simple. Command made a mistake because they wanted to believe the ship was hostile. The on scene elements could not persuade them otherwise. Make of it what you will. Military brass refuse to listen to subordinates all the time. The Liberty incident was different. Get your head out of your Jew hating ass and look at the facts as they are, not as you want them to be. It was blue on blue and nothing more.

    • jay_diggity

      Sorry no. Israel already admitted in the jerusalem post they knew the ship was american.

      This was a false flag event that went sour due to the heroic actions of the liberty crew who defied zionism everywhere and against all odds.. survived.

      Betrayed by their allies, betrayed by their own president.

    • artguerrilla

      @ pac wee wee-

      oh, so no ‘motive’, no crime ? ? ?
      urine idjit…
      they circle for 8 hours and didn’t know it was US ship ? ? ?
      what is YOUR ‘motive’, dickless wonder ? ? ?

    • Gord Hicks

      Dude did you even read the F*cking article? The Israeli fighters flew back and forth over the Liberty for hours. They HAD to know it was the Liberty, (and not some smaller Egyptian cargo ship that looked nothing like it as they later claimed)

    • Shaherizad

      Sorry, but there was a motive, given the hundreds of Egyptian POW’s they executed that day. The Liberty was used to gather intelligence (it was looking for Soviet subs at the time) the popular belief is that Israel feared the ship had intercepted the order to execute them. Whether that’s the reason or not, I don’t know, but the Israeli government obviously believed the USS Liberty had heard something they wanted to keep secret. The very fact that they were firing upon the life rafts and murdering US sailors as they tried to evacuate their sinking ship, shows Israel’s intent…. (Plus, they’ve been caught in so many lies at this point, that their word isn’t worth anything.)

      The Israeli government is just a bunch of racist white europeans, who are slaughtering Christians & Muslims mercilessly, and continuously expanding their Apartheid state by settling on land that is outside the borders of their state. Who cares what their religion is? They are criminals. The only difference it should make is that once they’re locked up, they should get kosher meals.

      Yes, I said “Apartheid”, because having different laws for different races, roads for Jews only, and claiming racial superiority is the very definition of the word.

    • We have a real live shill above!

    • America

      No plausible motive? How about the Liberty picked up intelligence of Israel’s plan to take the Golan Heights? How about Israel was trying to pull the US into the War against Egypt? How about maybe the Liberty picked up the massacre of Egyptian prisoners that was taking place almost directly in front of them onshore at El Arish (and I apologize if I have misspelled this)? How about the Director of the CIA (Richard Helmes) The NSA guy (Bobby Ray Inman) The United States Secretary of State (Dean Rusk) and the Chief of US Naval Operations and future Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Thomas Moorer) who ALL AGREE ISRAEL KNEW IT WAS AN AMERICAN SHIP!!! Yeah-they are all liars. The truth is they stuck their neck out for the truth and for America. How about Clark Clifford-oh right-he’s just a liar too: “There is no justification for the failure of the IDF-With the otherwise outstanding efficiency which it demonstrated in the course of the war–to ensure prompt alerting of all appropriate elements of the IDF of the fact that a U.S. ship was in the area. There was ample time to accomplish such alerting because the Liberty HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A US FLAG VESSEL FIVE HOURS BEFORE THE ATTACK TOOK PLACE” And from Cliffords report: “That the Liberty could have been mistaken for the Egyptian supply ship El Quseir is unbelievable. El Quseir has one-fourth the displacement of the Liberty, roughly half the beam, is 180 feet shorter, and is very differently configured” But of course they are all simply jew haters, right? All of them are lying to try to get the jews. Yeah-you don’t get to hide behind that rhetoric anymore. They murdered American’s and they did it on purpose. I just wonder if they used Napalm they got from America?

    • cyndyt

      Get your head out of your American hating ass. The facts are in the doc below. BTW disagreeing with the Bolshevik government that calls itself Israel is not anti Semitic or Jew hating.

      The Day Israel Attacked America in 1967

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_yy3Awn77M

  • Jo

    Right on cue the shill is here with his anti semitic canard. Proof that the vile attack on the Liberty is still the achilles heel in the Golem that war mongering zionist thugs have constructed out of the gullible and ignorant US masses.

    • Exactly. That guy is CLASSIC shill. I guess they don’t know that we are on to shills. It’s easy to spot them. They’ll definitely say “anti-semite” or “jew hater”. And offer no argument or facts on the actual subject, save to name-call.

      Jewish man caught red-handed spray-painting “JEW” on 20 cars in France (home of the Charlie Hedbo FALSE FLAG). If he wasn’t caught, the MOOZLUMS/ISIS would be blamed.

      Anti-semitetic hoax: (where’s the same media that rammed Charlie Hedbo down our throats or the beheadings? on this one:)

      http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/11/caught-the-backstory-on-the-paris-anti-semitism-hoax/

      • truth

        As a side note: I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a couple interviews with survivors on that ship and they also believe that A. The U.S. government betrayed them and B. Israel knew they were Americans

        So would that mean the surviving soldiers that spoke out are also conspiracy “theorists”?

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  • Hp B

    Fast forward to the 2010 and the Mavi Marmara.
    Turkey, a NATO member, has its ship (Mavi Marmara) attacked in international waters by Israel. Turkish citizens are killed. At least one of whom is murdered/executed at point blank range while lying wounded on the deck. This person is ALSO an American citizen. So we have Israeli war crimes in view of the entire world resulting in the murder of Turkish AND American citizens.

    Meanwhile, at NATO H.Q. all the phony generals, commanders, etc. could do was wring their hands and gnash their teeth, helpless to even muster so much as a criticism of the Israelis.

    A display to all the world of the the REAL worth of NATO membership when the eternal *asterisk is involved.

    (*Israel is exempt)

  • jay_diggity

    i like how you left out the part where “president” johnson was shouting “i want that ship on the bottom!” to the CAG commander.

    why are you tryig to rewrite history? he was complicit in the crime and was a dirty as the day is long.

    pfft

  • LeseMajeste

    Israel took the lessons learned from this False Flag attack and used then on 9/11. Forget Brian Williams, the MSM has been lying constantly to Americans about who really attacked us on 9/11 so we’ll keep fighting ‘Wars for Wall Street and Israel,’ the only two who benefit.

  • Rehmat
  • DebL.

    Actually Israel’s false flag attack was an unmitigated success for Israel, who now owns the US govt., a large number of folks who are still afraid of being called “anti-semitic”, “Christian” Zionists, which make up about 40 percent of US Christians now, meaning at least 50 million people favor the genocide of Palestinians and put Israel either on the same footing as Christ, or higher than Christ, and before the end comes will bow before the Anti-Christ, aka Satan, who will take over the temple in Jerusalem as Christ.

    • Shaherizad

      “Now owns”? LOL
      Over $3.5 Trillion US tax dollars gifted (through loans that were later forgiven, foreign aid, & weapons) to Israel over 66 years, which is the conservative estimate, says there was never a time the US government was not in Israel’s pocket.

      (*Which equals aprox. $10 million USD for every single day between May 15, 1948 & February 22, 2015)

      • Monica

        It seems everyone has there hands in the United States cookie jar of money! We don’t have any yet we offer it all over the world and even bring in terrorist who we pay! Ridiculous!

    • ac05jn

      there are 14 million Jews and 330 million semites.

  • Judy Morris

    This isn’t exactly true. LBJ ordered the destruction of the USS Liberty and he came within 3 minutes of nuking Cairo.

    http://judymorrisreport.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-most-incredible-story-never-told.html

    The Most Incredible Story Never Told: The USS Liberty, Israel & LBJ’s Order to Destroy the USS Liberty

  • M McLain

    Hypothesis: It was a false flag attack agreed upon by US and Israel to bring US into the war. The hoax fell apart when the ship did not sink immediately And it became obvious there would be survivors that would ID the Israelis. So a few clean up lies and no repercussions for the Isreal but no chance for the US to join the fight.

    Not saying it’s true…just throwing it out there…

  • Why do you think Lehman bros sent over 400 billion to three Israel Banks just four days before declaring bankruptcy on that money and over 200 billion more. shuva.net
    why do you think the mossad had anything to do with making 911 happen.. http://www.911missinglinks.com No need in any semetics, dissent, or conspiracy rattatattat, we know why the USA created Israel state in 48, and how the Rothschild’s money has bought the US financial and media syndicates and with the help of murocks, Soros, and a illegal federal reserve, they have a empire, and Iran wants to temp the God of the Bible by threatening to harm Israel, and that is key to Jesus of the Bible’s return. They are evil terrorists but their goal is genius. Tempting God of the bible to retutn to save his saints and chosen. As you see I provide some food for thought here. Forward!

  • cammo99

    This article differs radically with other accounts and wild guesses as to why the Israelis attacked the USS Liberty, and why the USG covered the story and Top Secret Classifications. There is no agreement as to if the IAF attacked the USS Liberty because it had fired on Israeli MTBs, or the Israeli’s wanted to keep the USG from finding out its intentions to invade more of Egypt versus this account a direct contradiction to speculations the Israeli’s did not want the US to know what it was doing; they just wanted to drag the USA into the war? As a potential enemy? Conspiracy theories have to make some kind of sense.
    The Muslim Brotherhood has spent a lot of money to keep this issue alive and used its influence although they would have us believe that interest is only a matter of Seaman who survived the attack on the USS Liberty.
    That sort of helps make it easier to accept Hussein’s wayward pilot who killed 31 Seamen on the USS Stark?
    The USS Cole?
    The Marines Barracks in Beirut?
    Khobar Towers?
    911?
    That’s the short list, many of these attacks were assisted by the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.
    No wonder they fund the continued renewal of interest in the USS Liberty.

  • cygkju

    This all sounds to me as if Obama is pulling the false flag to make his enemy of Israel an enemy of the US. This story is worded for the sheep to follow

  • Fred Z

    Every year on June eighth at 12 noon the survivors of the Liberty hold a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery. I suggest that all of you attend this service and listen to what really happened. The last time I was there I spoke with a fellow named “Rocky”, one of the survivors of the attack. This service is open to the public. These guys need our support and know they have not been forgotten.

  • ac05jn

    you really should delete Richard Helms’ steaming pile of lies from this page.. unless you want us to believe any cia director doesn’t know what a false flag is… ps, jfk.