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V136 The Loss of Liberty
On June 8, 1967, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats launched a ferocious two-hour attack against
the USS Liberty, an American intelligence ship operating in the eastern Mediterranean. Of the 294
men aboard the vessel, 34 were killed and 172 were wounded.
For years the survivors kept silent about what happened, under threat by military authorities of
severe punishment if they revealed the truth. Now, in this powerful film documentary, USS Liberty
survivors speak with moving candor about what really happened.
"The Loss of Liberty" includes interviews with high-ranking Israeli military officers, who present the
Zionist explanation for the assault. High-ranking American military and civilian officials, including
Dean Rusk, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the
Joints Chiefs of Staff, provide authoritative analysis.
"I have never believed that the attack on the USS Liberty was a case of mistaken identity," Admiral
Moorer has said. "What is so chilling and cold-blooded, of course, is that they [the Israelis] could kill
as many Americans as they did in confidence that Washington would cooperate in quelling any
public outcry. I have to conclude that it was Israel's intent to sink the Liberty and leave as few
survivors as possible."
"Israel's premeditated, sneak attack, on the USS Liberty was a direct attack on America," says
Phillip Tourney, a crewman wounded in the attack. Awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism under
fire, he is president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association. "The disgraceful refusal of unpatriotic
American governmental officials of dubious allegiance to defend America and come to the aid of
brave Americans under attack can only be characterized as treasonous," he says.
"The Loss of Liberty" tells the shocking, long-suppressed truth about the treacherous assault, and
tears to shreds the shameful official story that the attack was a case of mistaken identity.
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