June 8, 1967: The Day Israel Attacked the USS
The pattern set in 1967 -- covering
up for Israeli aggression, remains a major contributor to U.S. problems in the Middle
On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, was attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft
and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats. At the time of the attack, the ship was in
international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 29 miles northwest from the
Egyptian city of Arish.
Yet many Americans have no idea this attack ever happened. If they do, they have heard
the prevailing myth that the attack was accidental.
Very few have heard the overwhelming evidence indicating that the attack was
intentional, and that Israel intended to sink the ship altogether, along with everyone
After getting away
with this "act of war against the United States" (according to Admiral Thomas Moorer,
former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), many believe the Israeli government
concluded that it could get away with anything.
For 40 years, survivors of the USS Liberty have been forbidden "to tell their story
under oath to the American public." The cover-up of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty,
begun under the Johnson administration, continues to this day.
What have successive U.S. administrations been covering up?
On the morning of June 8, the USS Liberty was secretly listening in on the Israelis who
were then attacking Arab air bases from Damascus in Syria to Luxor in Egypt. The
Israelis had occupied the Jordanian section of Jerusalem, and captured Sharm al-Sheikh.
And while the USS Liberty eavesdropped (Bamford, Body
of Secrets): a scant dozen or so
miles away, Israeli soldiers were butchering civilians and bound prisoners by the
hundreds, a fact that the entire Israeli army leadership knew about and condoned,
according to the army's own historian. . . .
At the time, Israel was loudly proclaiming -- to the United States, to the United
Nations, and to the world -- that it was the victim of Egyptian aggression . . .
Israel's commanders would not have wanted tape recordings of evidence of the slaughters
to wind up on desks at the White House, the UN, or the Washington Post.
The pattern set in 1967 -- covering up for Israeli aggression, remains a major
contributor to U.S. problems in the Middle East.
"Sen McCain Confronted About USS Liberty Cover-up," May 31, 2012
[Liberty is among the most decorated ships for a single engagement in the entire history
of the U.S. Navy. . . .
Legion bigwigs have torpedoed American Legion members' resolutions supporting the
Liberty; prevented dissemination of information about the attack; refused to allow a
booth by the Liberty Veterans Association at its 2013 national convention; and privately
attempted to convince the Veterans of Foreign Wars to similarly prohibit a Liberty booth
at its national convention.--Alison Weir, "American Legion Honchos Betray Liberty Veterans," counterpunch.org,
May 16, 2014]