The USS Liberty was a U.S. Navy signals intelligence ship attacked by Israeli fighter planes and torpedo boats. This wartime atrocity--initially designed as a "false flag" incident--happened 50 years ago on June 8, 1967.
It occurred during the Six-Day War, a conflict between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. The Israeli attack killed 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173. The attack was the second-deadliest against a U.S. warship since the end of World War II and marked the single greatest loss of life by the U.S. intelligence community. (more)