On June 8, 1967, 34 American servicemen were slaughtered and 173 more wounded after Israeli forces repeatedly attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The Liberty was not a battleship and was entirely unable to defend itself as the hours-long assault took place.

For decades, the US government threatened the survivors with jail if they spoke about it and kept the truth from the public.

Although Israel apologized for the devastating attacks and maintained that a simple misidentification caused the strikes, startlingly new evidence has surfaced that refutes Israeli claims that this attack was done in error and that the Israelis were unaware they were attacking an American Navy vessel.

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a U.S. Navy intelligence ship in international waters about 12.5 nautical miles from the coast of the Sinai Peninsula, north of El Arish, by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats.

It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the end of World War II and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The new evidence exposed in a documentary called “The Day Israel Attacked America,” by award-winning British filmmaker Richard Belfield, includes audio that proves the Israelis knew they were attacking a U.S. ship. Survivors of the attack have long maintained that Israel intended to kill the entire crew and sink the USS Liberty as a means of scapegoating blame for the incident onto Egypt.

“Earlier this year, I acquired a copy of the audiotape of the attack as it had unfolded, the real time conversations between Israeli Air Force pilots and their controllers back at base. It had never been broadcast before. I went to talk to Al Jazeera and after careful consideration, the network commissioned the film.” – Richard Belfield



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But why would Israel want the U.S. to believe that Egypt was responsible you ask?

The answer would be found in what is know as a ‘false flag’ attack, which was meant to shift the blame for an incident as a means of drawing President Lyndon Johnson and the U.S. public into declaring war on Egypt.

The attack on the USS Liberty lasted for over two hours, but just sixteen minutes after the attacks had begun audio evidence confirms that the Israelis knew the identity as that of an American vessel.

These recordings can be heard in the documentary, which aired on Al Jazeera.

“To what state does she belong?” (Answer): “American”

Yet the attacks continued for another hour and forty-five minutes!

Five minutes prior to the commencing of the attack, Israeli Air Force pilots can be heard questioning whether the ship was an American vessel.

“Is it an American ship?” “What do you mean American?” “No comment.”

The first torpedo hit the USS Liberty twenty minutes after a ground controller confirmed to Israeli Air Force pilots that the ship was indeed part o the U.S. Navy. Incredibly, even after the confirmation that it was an American ship, a voice can be heard clearly confirming that the ship is to be destroyed – remember this is after the ship has been identified as American craft.

“The torpedo is taking care of the ship now.”

After the initial torpedo struck the Liberty, torpedo boats circled and strafed the vessel with machinegun fire, gunning down American sailors attempting to flee the damaged vessel in lifeboats — a war crime according to the Geneva convention.

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Over a decade ago, a journalist named Arieh O’Sullivan from the Jerusalem Post was given access to these same audio recordings and published a transcript of the Israeli military transmissions that could be heard directing the ongoing attack. His analysis of the recording was almost exactly the same as that of the documentary, as sixteen minutes after the attack started, just as in the recording obtained by Al Jazeera, O’Sullivan’s transcript reveals the same exchange.

“Kislev, what country?” (Answer): “Apparently American.”

Oddly, the O’Sullivan’s transcript ends here even though the attack continued for another hour and a half.

An independent commission tasked with investigating the incident, and headed by Navy Admiral Thomas Moorer, who served this country as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations, publicly released the commission’s shocking findings in 2003.

-The attack, by a U.S. ally, was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill its entire crew.

-The attack included the machine-gunning of stretcher-bearers and life-rafts .

-The White House deliberately prevented the U.S. Navy from coming to the defense of the USS Liberty.

-This was the first time in naval history a rescue mission had been cancelled while an American ship was under attack.

-Surviving crew-members were later threatened with court-martial, imprisonment, or worse if they talked to anyone about what had happened to them; and were “abandoned by their own government.”

In what CIA analyst Ray McGovern called the ‘most detailed and accurate account of the Israeli attack,’ John Crewsdon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, published his in-depth analysis for the Chicago Tribune only to be fired a year later – after being employed there for 24 years.

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“Israeli messages intercepted on June 8, 1967, leave no doubt that sinking the USS Liberty was the mission assigned to the attacking Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats as the Six-Day War raged in the Middle East. Let me repeat: there is no doubt – none – that the mission of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) was to destroy the USS Liberty and kill its entire crew.” – former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

The Free Thought Project recently attended a speaking event by Jack Beattie and Bryce Lockwood, a Naval seaman and a Marine who were on the USS Liberty when it was attacked.

In the video below, Beattie gives his description of events that occurred that day. He confirms that the ship was clearly labeled as American and the flag was flying. He also recalls how the fighter jets were firing on people in life rafts and how the ship was almost completely defenseless.

At the end of his talk, Beattie then explains how everyone on the ship was told that if they talk about what happened, they will be thrown in prison. Here is the real story of the USS Liberty.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis. You can support his work at Patreon.
  • Rogue cops cost us money

    I guarantee you will not hear anything about this on the MSM.

  • 30yrfed

    Proof of your accusations? Links, books, by reputable authors etc?

  • Rothschilds and the Sabbatean-Frankists are behind it all. Started in 1600s.

  • 174thandvyse

    Hmmph! This story has been covered up for decades by the Neo-Con FILTH who run this country. If I were President, I would tell Binyamin Netanya-filth to shut his big mouth when he tries to lecture me, as the US congress should. But alas, the only thing that the US Congress, especially the Republicans, did was to bow down to Binyamin.

  • junktex

    LBJ and his co-conspirators planned to blame Egypt to inflame American public opinion against them to justify America’s entry into Israel’s aggression.Like 911

  • junktex

    Bullshit.It was a joint op like 911.

    • jgarbuz

      “Palestinian” neo-Nazi propaganda. All the Jew haters united against the Jews. The fact is that Bin Laden thought that the WTC was full of Jews. In fact, the trade center had relatively few Jews working in those buildings even if it was a Jew who owned the property. I worked on Wall Street back in the mid-1960s. Very few Jews work in Wall Street. Very few work in the Pentagon which was also hit on 911.

      • Roseann

        That’s because out of all the Jews that worked in those buildings on 911 NONE were killed???Because they were warned! The Arabs are too stupid to pull off 911 this was totally a Netanyahu Mossad brain child with willing useful idiots like Bushwacker 2 and Dickhead Cheney..Netanyahu had the perpetrator before an investigation hmmmm

        • jgarbuz

          No, quite a few Jews were killed but there are two reasons why it wasn’t more : (a) There was a mayoral primary that very morning, and I went to vote and when I came back home just before 9:00 AM I saw the first building on fire on the TV, and then I saw the second hit the other building.And (b)not very many Jews work on Wall Street. Bin Laden, your hero, thought Jews run Wall STreet and that he would kill thousands of Jews. Thank God, he was wrong. As for Arabs being too stupid to pull off such an attack. if the US airliners had done what Israeli airlines had done, and had steel doors on pilot cabins and undercover air marshalls on board, the stupid Arabs could not have taken over those three planes.

          • Roseann

            So typical …rambling bullshit and the fake news narrative explanation! You can believe that crap or read it from your script but we know better! I wish it would have been Wallstreet or the Federal Reserve! You know how incompetent Arabs are! How can aluminum planes cut through a steel and concrete building???Ask an engineer and see what they say?

        • junktex

          Lucky Larry Silverstein apparently knew about it.

          • Roseann

            EXACTLY..what a Cohen sidence!

    • sab1053


  • junktex

    I believe the guys that were THERE.

    • jgarbuz

      The guys who were there had no clue where they were, that there was even a war going on between Israel and the Arabs, or anything. My son was in the navy. Sailors don’t know squat. All they know is the jobs they have on board and nothing more.

  • sab1053

    Independent documentation …..The surviving sailors. Dies that qualify?

    • Wendy Colby

      The video shows surviving sailors telling you the ship was a spy ship.What was a spy ship that should have been near the South China Sea doing in the ME?What were they there to listen to? The Russians?Just off the coast of the war….

      • sab1053

        Maybe the US was gathering info on the Egyptians? There were Egyptian vessels in the area. Why didn’t the Egyptians attack? They had no right to attack it. They could have boarded the Liberty or warned it. Besides it was in international waters. Warning shots were never fired. What would you do if your son were on that ship? Israel is our friend? Right! The Liberty was never warned! The Liberty never gave positions away to the Egyptians. President Johnson pleaded with the Israelis weeks earlier not to start a war. They​ fired the first shots in a war of aggression. The Israelis were out to steal more land. Remember God has no real estate license. The cowardly Israeli Airforce knew exactly what they were doing. The first thing they did was to take out the communication tower. Israel is our ally? Some ally. They get a $3.8 billion welfare check every year from the US and that’s how you say thanks.
        You are either delusional, a traitor if your an American citizen or unable to comprehend the facts.

        • Wendy Colby

          The ship was warned with warning flights over it by the Israelis which you can hear the soldiers attesting to the flyovers.Also, military and others up to and including the President were given warnings to stop transmitting or be destroyed. If you want the truth most of the information from our own governments sources are available. A traitor for actually taking the time to know what I am talking about? Whatever.

  • sab1053

    On target, Roseanne. Maybe the U.S. should discontinue the $3.8 billion a year welfare check.

    • Roseann

      Under our law that money should NOT be given to the satanists because they refuse to have inspections on their nukes!!!

      • sab1053

        Agreed. No one has mentioned the Lavon Affair. An Israeli agent failed in his attempt to blow up the Egyptian and American Embassies in Cairo in 1953. The goal was to blame some Egyptian terrorists. There was not even a hand slap. And the welfare checks continue.

  • Julio

    Typical story of the U.S. government…….

  • kevinbaja

    ….and the u.s. government has been israel’s little bitch ever since…..

  • Roseann

    Man I wish their a statute of limitations on that war crime? …oh it’s ok we have the recent attack by (((them))) 911 with their new found evil friends Saudi Arabia

  • Roseann

    Typical JU double speak..and yet you say nothing!Always play the victim!

  • Roseann

    That’s sounds like a really UN BIASED book written by a gentile!! Hahahahahahaha…stop already that’s so funny

    • Wendy Colby

      It may be written in a biased manner but all the statements have reference notes in the back to look them up from their primary sources many of which are documents from the UN.Funny off the cuff statement but if you want to know the truth check it from a library and look up the sources in the back.

  • Wendy Colby

    The Arabs were paid for each parcel of land in the original Israel many times over.First to people on the land who claimed ownership then to the Arab League who claimed the people had no right to sell and that the money must be paid to them. Quotes from members of the Arab League show they thought it hilarious the money the Jews were paying for “barren,useless land “. I wish more people would check out the original documents rather than just taking whatever narrative they are fed. It is possible even if you are reading a biased material to discover the sources and check them out but you must be really interested in knowing the truth.Most people aren’t.