Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty

Friendly Fire or Failed False Flag?

Join us for a screening of the BBC Four Investigative Report USS Liberty: Dead in the Water (2002) for a primer on the USS Liberty Incident and its cover-up.

On the afternoon of June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel attacked a virtually unarmed United States Navy intelligence-gathering vessel, the USS Liberty. The assault by unmarked jets and Israeli torpedo boats killed 34 and wounded 170 crew members. Rescue jets were deployed twice from the nearby Sixth Fleet, and twice the rescue jets were recalled by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Help would not arrive until the next morning.

Israel has always claimed that the incident was a tragic accident based on mistaken identification, and publicly the Johnson Administration accepted this explanation. But, declassified White House meeting minutes and intercepts recorded during the incident suggest Washington believed the attack was intentional.

Was Israel trying to destroy evidence of war crimes intercepted by the USS Liberty? Did the U.S. cover up the incident to avoid embarrassment or public outrage? Was there a covert alliance between U.S. and Israeli intelligence to sink the USS Liberty? Was the USS Liberty incident intended to be a false flag event? Had the USS Liberty been successfully sunk, leaving no survivors, would the attack have triggered a nuclear assault on Cairo, Egypt?