Cristol's book, The Liberty
By K. J. Halliwell
(November 14, 2004 -- Revised August 22, 2007)
For years, USS
Liberty attack survivors and researchers have sought an
explanation for the very poor quality of gun camera
photographs presented in both a Thames, Ltd., television film and
A. J. Cristol's book (cover and page 79) about the
attack. The photographs appear grossly blurred and
highly contrasted. Typically, apart from relatively minor
motion blurring, most gun camera photos appear reasonably
well-focused and properly exposed. Considering that
the attack was performed with the sun
high-in-the-sky and well-illuminating the target, why are
these photographs of such extremely poor quality?
Additionally, the photographs' content is strange. For
example, what is the large white cloud-like area near the
starboard bow? The ship took no large hits in this area
during the air attack; thus, it cannot be explained as a large
explosion. Also, the dark smoke rising from behind the
superstructure appears in a location (main deck in front of
the Captain's Gig) where no fire occurred. How can this
be explained? And why is there absolutely
no trace of the ship's identification number on the
bow? Even if the number was shaded by the bow's
curvature, it should be at least marginally visible.
To answer these questions,
the images printed in and on the cover of A. J.
Cristol's book were carefully enhanced, studied and
analyzed. One analysis involved comparing the gun camera
photos with clear and well-exposed photographs of USS
Liberty. This analysis paid-off. It showed
clearly that the gun camera photos contained many identical and
unique features contained in a photograph of USS Liberty
docking at a pier in Little Creek, Virginia, in July 1967, upon
her return from repairs in Malta, after the attack.
When viewing the
comparative analysis, you will see significant and uniquely
matching features, in both photographic images, shown within
circles and connected with a line between them. As you can
see, they are virtually identical. The only difference
between them being a minor change in perspective and time, as the
photographs were taken. It's clear that the gun camera
photo series is based on a docking photograph.
To show further that the
gun camera photo is fake, take a look at how high USS
Liberty floats in the water.
When the ship was attacked,
it was heavily loaded and floating low in the water, with only
one or two feet of black paint showing. But in all
docking photos, the lightly loaded ship is shown floating high,
with about 8 feet of black paint showing when analyzed,
after completing her crossing of the Mediterranean Sea and the
Atlantic Ocean. This single feature alone demonstrates that the
gun camera photo cannot be real.
Finally, take a look at the
bow wave in the gun camera photo.
James Whitcomb Riley: "When I see a bird that walks like a duck
and swims like a duck and
When compared to a real bow wave, taken from a photograph of USS
Liberty, you can see that the gun camera photo's bow wave has an
extremely poor resemblance, and lacks proper overall physical
characteristics when closely analyzed.
The mystery of the gun
camera photographs is solved: their grossly blurred and highly
contrasted appearance, and unexplainable content are
attempts to hide the fact that they are fake.
quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck."