Day In History June 8, 1967

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  1. Martin Alonzo

    Martin Alonzo Very Well-Known Member
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    50 years ago to-day USS Liberty was attacked by unmarked planes knocking out all antennas but missed one so the ship could not call for help and could not identify the attacking planes. Motor torpedo boats than attacked still not sinking the ship finally commandos on helicopters were sent out but by the time they arrived the jig was up radio signal got out so they knew it was the Israel’s who attacked the ship.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident
    http://www.usslibertyveterans.org/
     
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    Cherry picking negative Israeli articles proves only one thing to some on forums.

    "Israel apologized for the attack, saying that the USS Liberty had been attacked in error after being mistaken for an Egyptian ship.[6] Both the Israeli and U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the ship's identity,[2] though others, including survivors of the attack, have rejected these conclusions and maintain that the attack was deliberate.[7]

    In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3.32 million (equivalent to US$22.9 million in 2016) to the U.S. government in compensation to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3.57 million ($23.3 million in 2016) to the men who had been wounded. In December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million ($17.4 million in 2016) as the final settlement for material damage to Liberty itself plus 13 years' interest.[8]"
     
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    So elaborate on their point of the attack and logical reasons.
    Why attack an ally ship?
    Why did President Lyndon Johnson and his defense secretary, Robert McNamara, order that the inquiry conclude the incident was an accident.


    Why then was USS Liberty attacked by Israel? The only speculative reason might be that :

    U.S. officials, believe that the attack was deliberate, staged to conceal Israel’s pending seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights, which occurred the next day. The ship’s listening devices would likely have overheard Israeli military communications planning this controversial operation.

    And that sounds pretty lame.
     
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    Interesting documents, thanks. They took a long time to read. There is no doubt of an Israeli attack on a US ship during that time of war.
    Joint Chief of Staff Messages et al.
    The State Dept Documents correspondence were of particular interest and enlightening.'Correspondence For Acting Secretary June 13,/67, pg. 1 - pg 2 suggest that there was reports that after the attack, " Ground controllers (Israeli) may have begun to be apprehensive about the possibility of a mistake."

    This gleaned from Israeli communications referenced.

    I can see no rational reason for a deliberate attack by Israel on an ally.\Reading much on the details it seems a terrible mistake by confused and irresponsible actions.
    I do not see anywhere that a directed attacked was planned on a US vessel nor a reason for doing so. Occam's razor leads me to a conclusion that an error was made that could have been avoided.

    Further investigation I made does not support a purposeful attack. http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-uss-liberty-incident
     
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