Operation Cyanide

Operation Cyanide

Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III

Book - 2003
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An investigation into the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 Israeli-Arab War reveals that the attack was a part of a clandestine plan between the United States and Israel known as "Operation Cyanide."

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During the 1967 Six Day War, the American surveillance ship Liberty came under attack by Israeli planes, killing 34 sailors in what has officially been described as a case of "mistaken identity." Hounam (a former investigative journalist for London's The Sunday Times ) argues that the attack was actually part of an agreed plan, coordinated by Israeli and American intelligence, to blame the attack on Arabs or the Soviet Union, thereby justifying American intervention in the region in support of Israeli ambitions against Egypt. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Independent Publishing Group
"This hard-hitting investigation into the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty raises disturbing questions about an attack by unmarked planes and torpedo boats in international waters during the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab states. It tells the story of a 75-minute attack on this surveillance ship that killed 34 men and injured 172. The attack was initially thought to be the responsibility of either Egypt or the Soviet Union, but astonishingly Israel, the United States' closest ally, said that the planes and boats belonged to them and that they mistook the ship for an Egyptian vessel despite the prominently displayed Stars and Stripes. This investigative account reveals that the attack was part of a clandestine plan between the United States and Israel known as “Operation Cyanide,” which was developed well before the Six-Day War, and was designed to ensure victory for Israel in the Middle East. By blaming the attack on the Arab world, this book asserts, United States retaliation on a grand scale would be justified. Based on interviews with former government officers and the examination of official documents, this book questions why the White House twice called back rescue planes from helping the Liberty; what the CIA's role was in this attack; whether Lyndon B. Johnson knew about the attack in advance; and why the U.S. government accepted Israel’s explanation. The massive coverup that has endured to this day is explained—the attack on the USS Liberty remains the only maritime incident that has not been investigated by Congress."

Publisher: London : Vision, 2003
ISBN: 9781904132196
Characteristics: x, 289 p., [8] p. of plates : map, ports. ; 24 cm

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