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The Story of USS Liberty (2002)

USS Liberty: Dead in the Water (original title)
During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by ... See full summary »
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Richard Helms Richard Helms ... Himself
Robert McNamara ... Himself (archive footage)
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During the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly. Now, Dead in the Water uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy Admiral Shlomo Errell and members of the USS Liberty crew. Written by Ørnås

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1 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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The "Liberty" fiasco
26 July 2017 | by WalsinghamxSee all my reviews

This documentary film is 15 years old now but don't overlook it. It is well done and contains some information that you won't get anywhere else on the fate of the spy ship USS "Liberty."

The first-half details the Israeli attack and the bravery of the crew as they faced an overwhelming three pronged force from both air and sea. The "Liberty's" NSA civilian's and sailor's survival was truly a miracle although the casualties were about 70% with more than 200 either killed (34) or wounded. It could have been much worse. Many of the film's interviews attest to this.

The film's second half included explanations from the Israelis on why they weren't responsible. And from the American Executive Dept.and Navy, on why they didn't exact a price from Israel when they believe --without admitting it-- that the Israelis attacked with knowledge and forethought. It was no mistake, as Israel was --and still is-- claiming. The Johnson Administration made the political decision to cover things up. This was 1967. Something like this obviously could not happen in 2017 with today's media capabilities and satellite technology.

I would say the most important part of the film was at the 50 min. mark. It's new information to me and I consider myself well-read on the subject. Without giving anything away it has to do with whether the US had any role --on the side of Israel-- in the '67 war or not? This could be a key point in why President Johnson felt he must keep information under lock and key which would have shed light on why this terrible incident happened. That (coverup) was carried out. And is why this film is a valuable addition to US history. Congratulations to the BBC for coming through with a first-rate effort when American media cower to the Israelis and stay away from reporting the truth.


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