Letter to Congressional Delegation: Investigate the Attack on the USS Liberty
The USS Liberty was a US Navy ship steaming on a lawful mission in international waters off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea when she was attacked without warning or provocation by a hostile force using aircraft and motor torpedo boats on June 8, 1967.
34 Americans were killed and 174 more were wounded during the attack.
The armed force attacking the ship used unmarked aircraft.
The armed force attacking the ship jammed the USS Liberty's radios on both US Navy tactical and international maritime distress frequencies.
The attacking torpedo boats slowly circled the burning and torpedoed ship while MTB personnel fired on USS Liberty personnel who either were trapped topside or who ventured topside to help their wounded shipmates.
Two flights of rescue aircraft that had been launched from Sixth Fleet aircraft carriers were recalled while the Liberty was still under attack and calling for help. In all likelihood those aircraft would have arrived in time to prevent the torpedo attack which resulted in the death of 25 USS Liberty crewmen.
While many claim that there were "ten official US investigations (including five congressional investigations)" of the attack on our ship the fact remains that a researcher in the Congressional Research Service has told USS Liberty survivors that there have been no US government investigations of the attack.
A complete and comprehensive public Congressional investigation of the attack on the USS Liberty is long overdue.
I am asking you to publicly support USS Liberty survivors' effort to ensure the attack on their ship is finally and thoroughly investigated by the US government.