The USS Liberty
was attacked by unmarked planes and torpedo boats in international
waters during the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States. The
attack on the surveillance ship lasted 75 minutes -- 34 men died and 172
Initially it was thought that either Egypt or the
U.S.S.R. was responsible, but astonishingly Israel, the U.S.'s closest
ally, said that the planes and boats belonged to them, and that they
mistook the ship for an Egyptian vessel -- despite the prominently
displayed Stars and Stripes.
investigation shows that on that day in 1967, the world came closer to
all-out nuclear war than ever before -- this incident made the Cuban
Missile Crisis seem tame by comparison. Peter Hounam reveals that the
attack was part of a clandestine plan between the US and Israel known as
"Operation Cyanide," designed to ensure victory for Israel in the
Middle East. By blaming the attack on the Arab world, retaliation on a
grand scale would be justified.
A massive cover-up has endured to this day -- the attack on the Liberty
remains the only maritime incident that has not been investigated by
Congress. But many survivors and senior government officials say that
the attack was no accident, including Secretary of State at the time,
Based on interviews with ex-government officers and the
examination of official documents, this book answers the following
questions: Why did the White House call back rescue planes from helping
the Liberty -- twice?
What was the CIA's role in this attack? Did LBJ know in advance about
the attack? Why did the U.S. government accept Israel's explanation?
book will shock any reader interested in Middle-East affairs, as it
shows that the U.S. was prepared to -sacrifice its men and risk nuclear
war to ensure victory for Israel.
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