Assault on the Liberty: The True Story of the Attack by Israel For shipment anywhere else in the world, please email [email protected] for details. You may also. : ASSAULT ON THE LIBERTY: pp Illus “The true story of the Israeli attack on an American intelligence ship.” Presentation copy signed by “a. This fifth edition of Assault on the Liberty should be read by all James M. Ennes , Jr. .. deck, to the room I now shared with Jim O’Connor.

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A life raft which floated from the ship was picked up by T and found to bear US Navy markings. Unsourced material may be libfrty and removed. Ennes provides a moving and thorough account. I recall Admiral Kidd repeatedly referring to the Israeli forces responsible for the attack as ‘murderous bastards’. Much of the ship’s superstructure caught fire.

Assault On The Liberty by James M. Ennes Jr.

Keith rated it liked it Apr 23, Martin recalled the aircraft minutes later. McGonagle testified at the naval court of inquiry that during “the latter moments of the air attack, it was noted that three high speed boats were approaching the ship from the northeast on a relative bearing of approximately [degrees] at a distance of about 15 [nautical] miles.

Although America could not send conventionally armed jets, reports still come in that four jet bombers were catapulted from the carrier America with nuclear bombs aboard. After arriving, one of the helicopter pilots was asked, by his ground-based controller, to verify that the ship was flying an American flag.

Secretary of State Dean Rusk to U. It was not an investigation focused on the Liberty attack; although, the committee’s report contains a section that describes communications flow involved asaault the Liberty incident. Does this mean something?

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It presages all kinds of awful things in the Mideast. No one was found. Other Liberty sailors received decorations for their actions during and after the attack, but most of the award citations omitted mention of Israel as the perpetrator.

Within an hour of learning that the Liberty tbe been torpedoed, the director of the U. Retrieved 26 December I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. McGonagle sent an urgent request for help to the Sixth Fleet, “Under attack by unidentified jet aircraft, require immediate assistance.

No communications were available. Interesting personal account of an often overlooked event. The fact that the ship had Latin alphabet markings led Chief of Staff Rabin to fear that the ship was Dnnes.

On 10 OctoberThe Jerusalem Post ran an interview with Yiftah Spectorone of the pilots who participated in the attack, [99] and thought to be the lead pilot of the first wave of aircraft. Write a book on our beloved “ally” deliberately and repeatedly attacking a Teh Navy technical research vessel in international waters in broad daylight with the Stars and Stripes flapping in the wind and you’re labeled a conspiracy theorist. Naval Court assauly Inquiry record, various military and government messages and memorandum, and personal interviews for its content.

From War to War: The inquiry’s terms of reference were limited to whether any shortcomings on the part of the Liberty’s crew had contributed to the injuries and deaths that resulted from the attack. Johnson launched allegedly nuclear-armed aircraft targeted against Cairo from a U.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin was concerned that the supposed Egyptian shelling was the prelude to an amphibious landing that could outflank Israeli forces. The Navy said a large volume of unrelated high-precedence traffic, including intelligence intercepts related to the conflict, were being handled at the time; and that this combined with a shortage of qualified Radiomen contributed to delayed sending of the withdrawal message.


I always knew that the Liberty incident was a fouled up mess, but until reading this book I had not realized how messed up. Asszult yes this was hushed up. Liberty ‘ s personnel received firm orders not to say anything to anybody about the attack, and the naval inquiry was conducted in such a way as to earn it the name of “coverup”. The Liberty ‘ s survivors contradict Spector.

Assault On The Liberty

Soon afterward, the Israelis said libertyy they had mistakenly attacked the ship. Some intelligence and military officials dispute Israel’s explanation.

To ask other readers questions about Assault On The Libertyplease sign up. Divisioncodenamed ” Pagoda “, was under the command of Commander Moshe Oren.

Retrieved 26 November The aircraft were recalled only just in time, when it was clear the Liberty had not sunk and that Israel had carried out the attack.

Lucas around the port side of the bridge, around to the skylights, to see if he could tell [Seaman] Quintero, whom [he] believed to be the gunner on Machine gun 53, to hold fire”.

May their memory be blessed. We learned that the ship had been attacked in error by Israeli gunboats and aircraft. From the start, the response to Israeli statements of mistaken identity ranged between frank disbelief and unquestioning acceptance within the administration in Washington. He consulted an Israeli identification guide to Arab fleets and concluded the ship was the Egyptian supply ship El Quseirbased on observing its deckline, midship bridge and smokestack.

The Anti-Defamation League supports Cristol’s opinion:. As a common root of these problems, Israel blamed the combination of alarm and fatigue experienced by the Israeli forces at that point of the war when pilots were severely overworked. Not to call attention on the sad event that left many American sailors dead!