The Attack on the
[back] False flags
Ward Boston, Jr.,Captain, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy
intelligence ship was attacked by Israeli fighter planes
and torbedo boats as it floated in intenational waters
12 miles off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. 34 US
sailors were killed in the attack and 172 were injured.
The attack proceeded in broad daylight on clear sunny
day as the Liberty displayed the American flag. The
attack went on for two hours, according to Admiral
Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
On that June day in 1967, the weather was
beautiful... Clear and sunny, visibility unlimited...
the LIBERTY, an elaborate state-of-the art intelligence
gathering platform, was in international waters off the
Gaza strip and was flying the Stars and Stripes. Israeli
reconnaissance planes flew overhead for hours. Pilots
and ship's crew waved to each other. Then, inexplicably,
unmarked Israeli aircraft began attacking the ship.
The defenseless LIBERTY radioed for help. Two
aircraft carriers in the Med responded by launching
fighter aircraft. Unbelievably, they were recalled by
the White House. RADM Geis, then commanding the carriers
in the Sixth Fleet, called Washington personally to
confirm the order. SecDef McNamara came on the line,
then President Johnson. Johnson indicated to Geis that
the aircraft were to be returned, that he would not have
his allies embarrassed, and that he didn't care who was
killed or what was done to the ship. Geis, like any good
sailor, recalled the aircraft.
The official explanation for the attack is that it
was a case of mistaken identity. That explanation is
undermined by the following facts:
- The ship was clearly identified with an American
- The three Israeli Mirage figher-bombers that
attacked the ship were unmarked.
- The Mirage jets jamed the communication
frequencies used by the ship.
- The jets strafed the ship at close range, where
the details of the ship would have been cleary
visible to the pilots.
- The attack included multiple waves of air
- The torpedo boats strafed survivors in life
boats, an international war crime.
- The two aircraft sent by the US 6th fleet to
defend the Liberty were recalled.
- The recall order was confirmed by the White
While one theory holds that the attack was
perpetrated by Israel acting alone, another theory puts
responsibility on the Johnson administration.
Israeli Pilot Claims Attack Was Intentional
Fifteen years after the attack an Israeli Pilot who
was ordered to participate in the attack came forward,
approaching Liberty survivors and former Congressman
Paul N. McCloskey. The pilot relates that he identified
the ship as American and informed his superiors, but was
told to proceed with the attack. When he refused to do
so, he was arrested on returning to base.
The Assault on the USS Liberty Still Covered Up After 26
Years, washington-report.org, 6/93