Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty

Created on Friday, 09 April 2010 18:35

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 war planes 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. This documentary uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack. The film combines a 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.

Interviewees include President Lyndon Johnson's Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy Admiral Shlomo Errell and members of the USS Liberty crew. 

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