Letter: Govt. blocked coverage of attack on USS Liberty


To the editor:

Dalton Delan explained in his July 7 oped commentary that journalists were not controlled by our government during the Vietnam War years (1964-1972). That was not always true because our government went to great lengths to suppress the fact that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, with bombs, rockets, machine guns, napalm, and torpedoes on June 8, 1967.

One hundred eight members of the crew were killed or wounded and the survivors were ordered not to talk about the attack for the rest of their lives by government agents. News media that learned of the attack were warned not to run stories on the assault by powerful forces within our society and, as a result of that suppression, most Americans still do not know about the assault.

Findings of an independent commission of inquiry into the Israeli attack on USS Liberty, the recall of military rescue support aircraft while the ship was under attack, and the subsequent cover-up by the United States government can be found by Googling "The Moorer Commission Report."

Allan Gehring,

Lenox and Longboat Key, Fl.



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