Damage from Zuni rockets (possibly US made) fired from unmarked Israeli Jets. The machine gun damage probably came from the Israeli torpedo boats later. This attack came out of the blue after apparently friendly Israeli reconnaissance overflights — which would definitely have seen the large US flag and hull markings.
A Photographic Essay of Israel’s Treachery
The USS Liberty, June 8, 1967
Israeli Mystere Jet (French made) lacking national insignia (a war crime), during one of the strafing runs and photographed by Captain McGonagle with a 35mm camera kept on bridge. The crew had no idea just who was attacking them until the torpedo boats showed up.
Photograph taken during high-speed turn to evade Israeli torpedo boat attack.
One of the 3 Israeli torpedo boats. These boats actually machine-gunned the deployed lifeboats from the ship (a war crime). One took aboard a shot-up inflatable raft, probably as a souvenir.
Israeli helicopter, possibly with a commando boarding party, circles stricken ship before being called off by home base. It appeared to be looking for a place to set down on the ship and crew members described seeing armed, helmeted soldiers ready to disembark. Were they planning on gunning down the crew at close quarters and sinking the ship with explosives?
Marked for death: Dazed, but lucky survivors shortly after the attack. Many are covered in blood from their shipmates.
In this stark color photo, Napalm (to burn alive the bridge crew), Zuni rockets, machine gun and cannon fire damage is easily seen. The Israeli’s first attack priority was on the communications antennas and bridge — to stop any revealing maydays. Only by the crewman using a jury-rigged spare antenna, managed to save the entire crew from a watery grave — the Israelis must have intercepted their calls for help to the US Sixth fleet and, once realizing the jig was up, called off the rest of the attack.
A US helicopter from the Sixth Fleet comes to give aid long after attackers had left.
The Liberty limps under her own power 14 hours after. When attacked, the ship was in international waters, 14 miles off the coast of Gaza and the Egyptian Sinai.
Arrival at port in Malta (when it should have been ordered to the much closer Crete). The Israelis could not sink her, but they sure tried. The only real question left: Were they the only ones trying?
Defense Secretary Robert McNamara with President Johnson. They called off supporting US planes* from the US Sixth fleet and Johnson is said to have known they were Israelis before the crew even did. McNamara’s memory of the day remained "foggy" and dismissive to the end.
Reports from officers on board the USS Saratoga say that planes took off for Egypt, carrying nukes for a preplanned attack, but were soon recalled when it was found out the ship still floated and that sailors had survived.
Back in the port, the crew were threatened to stay silent about it all, with John McCaine’s admiral father heading a phoney investigation. The US government has covered up much about all this, even 42 years after. One Texas clown was President for a false-flag attack on the US in 1967 and another Texas clown was President in 2001. Think about it!
Torpedo (probably US made) damage from Israeli torpedo boats. Looks a lot like what happened to the USS Cole after a terrorist attack in Yemen that killed 17 US sailors. The USS Liberty lost 25 sailors and communications analysts from this torpedo explosion alone and only by fluke did the ship not break apart and sink. No Hebrew translators were on board. 34 lives were lost in total and about 174 wounded, some terribly.
"The ground control station stated that the target was American and for the aircraft to confirm it," Forslund recalled. "The aircraft did confirm the identity of the target as American, by the American flag.
"The ground control station ordered the aircraft to attack and sink the target and ensure they left no survivors."
Forslund said he clearly recalled "the obvious frustration of the controller over the inability of the pilots to sink the target quickly and completely."
"He kept insisting the mission had to sink the target, and was frustrated with the pilots’ responses that it didn’t sink."
Read the Chicago Tribune Article on the evidence of Israeli duplicity.
Ask yourself these things:
If this was a mistake by Israel, like they still try to say, then why would they spray paint out the insignia on their attacking Jets and launch 3 different kinds of attacks on her? All trying to sink her and kill the 300 man crew. And why would Johnson and McNamara call off US Jets on their way to help?
My blog posting on this: A Treacherous False Flag Attack Foiled by Fate
"People may dismiss what I say as the rantings of an angry old man, but given what is taking place today regarding the war in the Middle East and everything that may happen, my suggestion is that–while there is time–people turn off the Britney Spears, the Desperate Housewives and the football games and listen, listen carefully to what happened, as it is likely to happen again, because, as the old saying goes, 'a leopard does not change its spots.’"
-– Phil Tourney, A Survivor’s Blog (excellent) here at WordPress
The tragedy though (and certainly the part hardest to swallow by patriotic Americans who would just as soon take their own lives as betray their fellow countrymen) is that there have been and are players on the American side of the equation whose hands are just as dirty as those of their Israeli counterparts
'These rats,’ he said, referring to Israel and her defenders. 'They lie about everything. You can’t believe a word they say’ he told AFP.
Excellent blog synopsis of this event: Slow Decline blog posting
* Sometimes the excuse is given that the planes happened to be carrying nuclear weapons (which actually leads to even more inconvenient questions) and could not respond so equipped, but how many other planes on hand could have been vectored easily to the scene with conventional armaments? This shows you just one of the many lies of our government in covering all this up.