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who were brutally killed aboard a United States Ship
in international waters on June 8, 1967,
by the air and naval forces of the state of Israel.




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The USS Liberty Veterans Association has filed a formal
Report with the Department of Defense
of War Crimes Committed Against U.S. Military Personnel on June 8, 1967,
by elements of the Israeli military forces.

To read the Report as a PDF document, click here
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The United States is obligated by law and by international treaty
to investigate all reports of war crimes by or against United States Forces.
This report obligates such an investigation.
We are still waiting patiently for a reply.


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The Israeli government, the AntiDefamation League, and
certain notorious apologists for Israel insist that the attack was
a tragic accident and that the US government accepts that assertion.
Not so. Virtually every knowledgeable American official with
the lone exception of Robert McNamara is on public record
calling the attack deliberate and the Israeli story untrue.
Here are a few of those American leaders.


        "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 "
          -- US Secretary of State Dean Rusk

        "...the board of inquiry (concluded) that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing in attacking the Liberty."
          -- CIA Director Richard Helms

        "To me, the picture thus far presents the distinct possibility that the Israelis knew that the Liberty might be their target and attacked anyway, either through confusion in Command and Control or through deliberate disregard of instructions on the part of subordinates."
          -- CIA Deputy Director Admiral Rufus Taylor

        "I can tell you for an absolute certainty (from intercepted communications) that the Israelis knew they were attacking an American ship."
          -- NSA Deputy Director Oliver Kirby

        ". . . the commander of the Sixth Fleet was informed by the Washington Intelligence Apparatus that it had evidence that the Liberty was going to be attacked and to provide protection for it. That message was never really acted upon, and the ship was dead in the water when it was hit. So the end result was no accident."
          -- Raymond Tate, Deputy Assistant SecNav and Deputy Director, NSA, "Worldwide C3I and Telecommunications" (1980, pp. 25-47)

         "That the Liberty could have been mistaken for the Egyptian supply ship El Quseir is unbelievable"
          -- Special Assistant to the President Clark Clifford, in his report to President Lyndon Johnson

        "The highest officials of the [Johnson] administration, including the President, believed it 'inconceivable' that Israel's 'skilled' defense forces could have committed such a gross error."
        -- Lyndon Johnson's biographer Robert Dallek in Flawed Giant, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 430-31)

        "A nice whitewash for a group of ignorant, stupid and inept [expletive deleted]."
          -- Handwritten note of August 26, 1967, by NSA Deputy Director Louis W. Tordella reacting to the Israeli court decision exonerating Israelis of blame for the Liberty attack.

        "Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken, on faith, the word of their attackers.
          -- Captain Richard F. Kiepfer, Medical Corps, US Navy (retired), USS Liberty Survivor

        "The evidence was clear. Both Admiral Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack...was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew.... It was our shared belief. . .that the attack. . .could not possibly have been an accident.... I am certain that the Israeli pilots [and] their superiors. . .were well aware that the ship was American."
          -- Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, US Navy (retired), senior legal counsel to the US Navy Court of Inquiry

        That the attack was deliberate "just wasn't a disputed issue" within the National Security Agency
          -- Former NSA Director retired Army Lieutenant General William Odom on 3 March 2003 in an interview for Naval Institute Proceedings

        Former NSA/CIA Director Admiral Bobby Inman "flatly rejected" the Cristol/Israeli claims that the attack was an accident
          -- 5 March 2003 interview for Naval Institute Proceedings

        Of four former NSA/CIA seniors with inside knowledge, none was aware of any agency official who dissented from the position that the attack was deliberate
          -- David Walsh, writing in Naval Institute Proceedings

        "It appears to me that it was not a pure case of mistaken identity."
        -- Captain William L. McGonagle, Commanding Officer, USS Liberty, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, June 8, 1997

         "To suggest that they [the IDF] couldn't identify the ship is ... ridiculous. ... Anybody who could not identify the Liberty could not tell the difference between the White House and the Washington Monument."
          -- Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and later Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, quoted in The Washington Post, June 15, 1991, p. 14

         "Those sailors who were wounded, who were eyewitnesses, have not been heard from by the American public. . . [Their story] leaves no doubt but what this was a premeditated, carefully reconnoitered attack by Israeli aircraft against our ship."
          -- US Senator Adlai Stevenson III in interview with Wm. J. Small, UPI, for publication September 28, 1980

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This is the USS Liberty Memorial Web Site
honoring the memory of thirty four Americans
who were brutally killed by the Armed Forces of Israel
on June 8, 1967.

This web site is dedicated to the memory of thirty-four fine young men who gave their lives on June 8, 1967, defending the USS Liberty against a sustained air and sea attack by the armed forces of the State of Israel.

During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 174 were wounded.

The attack, which was a war crime, has been a matter of controversy ever since. Survivors and many key government officials including Secretary of State Dean Rusk, former JCS Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer, and nearly every senior American intelligence professional say it was no accident. Israel and its supporters insist it was a "tragic case of misidentification" and charge that the survivors are either lying or too emotionally involved to see the truth.

Israel claims they mistook our ship for the out-of-service Egyptian horse carrier El Quseir and that we brought the attack upon ourselves by operating in a war zone without displaying a flag. Not so. We were in international waters, far from any fighting, and flew a bright, clean, new American flag. The flag we flew when the torpedo boats approached is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland and can be seen there, or in the USS Liberty Images Archive. The flag we flew during most of the air attack will be permanently displayed at the Cold War Museum near Washington, DC.

Our commanding officer, Captain William Loren McGonagle, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during the attack. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award our country can bestow. To avoid embarrassing our attackers, Captain McGonagle's Medal of Honor was presented in a quiet ceremony in the Washington Navy Yard instead of in the White House by the President as is customary.

The USS Liberty Web Page presents part of the story along with some historical information and links to other sources.


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The USS Liberty Memorial Web Site is a creation of Jim Ennes and Joe Meadors, survivors of the attack, with support and encouragement from USS Liberty survivors and special help from John Gidusko, Ron Gotcher and Gary Harvey

Joe was a signalman on the bridge during the attack and is a former chairman and president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association

Jim was an officer on the bridge when the attack started and is author of Assault on the Liberty (Random House 1980; Ballantine 1986; Reintree Press 2003, 2004) which tells the story

The University of Kansas Military History Department has named this The Top Military History Web Site in the United States. Check that and other awards we have received.


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WE SAY THEY SAY
Assault on the Liberty
by James Ennes
File list photo gallery
is back
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Memorials to our lost shipmates The official position of the United States The Israeli Investigation
Sample chapter from
Assault on the Liberty
Israel's official excuse Our ship looked like this Governor Clinton honors our ship Liberty Survivors
Speak Out
IDF Historian supports the excuse
2004 addendum to Assault on the Liberty America's official response:
US rejects Israel's excuse
and this President Clinton honors our ship Hear them in their own
voices
Yitzhak Rabin supports the excuse
Naval Institute reviews
Assault on the Liberty
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Admiral Thomas Moorer
rejects
the Israeli excuse
Chaim Herzog supports the excuse
Washington Post reviews
Assault on the Liberty
Clark Clifford rejects the excuse The result was this American Legion honors our ship USS Liberty pix
Admiral Moorer
writes in
Stars and Stripes
2004
Hirsch Goodman supports the excuse
Charley Reese reviews
Borne's book
Lyndon Johnson rejects
the excuse
and this Grafton, Wisconsin honors the ship George Ball rejects the excuse Abba Eban supports the excuse
Books about the attack JCS Chairman
rejects
the excuse
and this The US Navy honors the ship James Bamford
rejects
the excuse
Robert McNamara
accepts
the excuse
Ennes reviews
Borne's book
Navy Under Secretary rejects the excuse and this Awards and Medals Adlai Stevenson
rejects
the excuse
Stewart Steven
supports
the excuse
The Aegean Park Press book Intelligence Professionals
reject the excuse
and this Annual Ceremony by No Greater Love
Jim's 1981 Defense Electronics
article
Dan Raviv supports the excuse
Sample chapter from
They Dare to
Speak Out
US Navy
Court of Inquiry
testimony

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Pictures from
the
Navy Historical Center
National Cryptologic Museum The story of the attack
in a few words
Israeli "torpedoman"
tells his story

Operation Cyanide
By Peter Hounam
Ship's logs
were
doctored
More pictures
from the
Navy Historical Center
..... Moorer and Ennes
1985
An Israeli speaks out
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and
articles
about the attack
Clark Clifford
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on the excuse

Israeli
photo fraud

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Washington Report
2004
Israeli pilot
speaks out

State Department
historian
Review the evidence IDF
History Department
Fraud
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Taking Sides
by
Stephen Green
(prior knowledge)
Liberty's
Official History
USS America Yearbook Who is Michael Oren Admiral Moorer
Washington Report

1985
Michael Oren
attacks Liberty

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Halliwell
Essays
Norman
Finkelstein
destroys Orens
Bamford replies to critics Navy
Historical
Center
How to order
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Richard Carlson
recalls
Self Hating
Americans say

..... Gerhard Report
2005 release
Dead in the Water
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Joe Lentini
remarks
Ram Ron
Report

The Tucson Phanton
fiction
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Findings of
The Moorer Commission
as published in the Congressional Record
by Congressman John Conyers
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The Yerushalmi Report
..... The Washington Report
on
Middle East Affairs

Major USS Liberty Reporting
USS Liberty Survivors:
Our Story
DVD
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IDF History Report
(TEXT)

..... The Washington Report
on
Middle East Affairs

25 years of USS Liberty Reporting
The History Channel
Coverup:
Attack on the USS Liberty
VHS
..... Richard Cabral
Interviews Survivors
The
IDF History Report
(PDF)

..... The Moorer Commission Report
as published by
If Americans Knew
The History Channel
Coverup:
Attack on the USS Liberty
DVD
..... WING TV
Interviews
Ennes, Lewis, Weaver, Gallo, Lentini
Cristol Rambles at NSA Museum
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Hughes Commentary
..... David Walsh
in
Naval Institute Proceedings
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at Arlington National Cemetery
June 8, 2007
ADL Obfuscates
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Dead in the Water
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says

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on
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