Liberty Injustices: A Survivor's Account of American Bigotry by Ernest A. Gallo
On a bright, sunny day, June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy Intelligence ship was sailing off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The Israeli/Arab 6 Day War had begun three days earlier. Without warning, our ally's IDF (Israeli Defense Force) aircraft and torpedo boats deliberately attacked, killing 34 United States Americans (31 sailors, 2 marines, and 1 NSA civilian) and wounding 174 - two thirds of the crew were either killed or wounded. Carrying the scars of this attack would be bad enough, but learning of a United States and Israeli government cover-up of the facts of the attack has added insult to injury for the brave men who survived this attack. Add in bigotry and prejudice toward the USS Liberty survivors because of their quest to reveal the truth of the events of that fateful day, you cannot read this book without feeling a deep-seated rage at what governments will do to protect their interests - even to the point of wronging the very protectors of their nation.