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The official history of that event is that it was a "sneak attack" precipitated by war-crazed Japanese militarists, and that the totally unprepared Americans – kept from arming themselves by evil "isolationists" in Congress and the Republican party – were caught completely by surprise.
There is, however, one big problem with this official history: it’s a lie.
The truth is that, by the winter of 1941, the Americans had decrypted the various Japanese military and diplomatic codes: President Roosevelt, key members of his cabinet, and top military leaders, including Gen. George C. Marshall, US Army chief of staff, had access to this intelligence, which was intercepted, decoded, and transmitted directly to them. We know this because Robert Stinnett, in researching his seminal book, Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor, obtained heretofore unknown documents under the Freedom of Information Act, which trace the intelligence stream from interception stations throughout the Pacific to the 36 Americans cleared to look through what was, in effect, a window into Japanese plans and preparations for the Pearl Harbor attack. The President and 35 other Americans in top political and military circles knew where the attack was to take place, they knew when it was to take place, and they watched it unfold, step by step, with full knowledge of its import.
It is widely remarked that even on the eve of Pearl Harbor, the vast majority of the American people stubbornly resisted efforts to drag us into the European war. The Court Historians responsible for constructing the FDR cult would have had great difficulty denying the pattern of presidential prevarication that had us effectively fighting the Axis powers long before war was officially declared. So instead of taking on this impossible task, which would have been laughed out of court, they openly valorized him for his expertise at the art of deception. Thomas Bailey, who taught history at Stanford University for 40 years and authored The American Pageant, long a standard US history textbook, extolled the liar and his lie in his 1948 book, The Man in the Street: The Impact of American Public Opinion on Foreign Policy:
"Franklin Roosevelt repeatedly deceived the American people during the period before Pearl Harbor. He was like the physician who must tell the patient lies for the patient’s own good…. Because the masses are notoriously shortsighted and generally cannot see danger until it is at their throats, our statesmen are forced to deceive them into an awareness of their own long-run interests."
In a rave review of the Bailey volume on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, a young Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., hailed Bailey’s "candor and good sense" in dealing with "the Roosevelt problem." "If he was going to get the people to move at all," wrote the future Official Historian of American liberalism, "he had to trick them."
Trick them he did. He also tricked the Japanese, who had no idea their codes had been broken, thus allowing the Americans access to their internal diplomatic deliberations as well as their military preparations after the peace proposals of then Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye had been decisively rejected by Washington. Konoye had proposed traveling to the United States on a secret mission to reach an accommodation with Washington over China and Southeast Asia: Washington responded with a disdainful silence – and by leaking the Japanese proposal to the pro-war Herald-Tribune.
A few weeks later, due in no small part to this revelation, the Konoye government fell. Japan’s War Party was in charge, and war preparations had begun on the Japanese side – followed step by step by our extensive intelligence-gathering operation, which intercepted and translated coded Japanese messages almost as soon as they were transmitted, drawing a comprehensive picture of Japan’s war plans weeks before the Pearl Harbor assault.
As Stinnett shows, a Japanese spy at Pearl Harbor, attached to the Japanese consulate, was closely watched, his messages to his superiors decoded and dispatched to Washington, where they were eagerly read. The Japanese had mapped Pearl Harbor down to the last warship, and Ensign Takeo Yoshikawa’s last message to his commander read:
"There are no barrage balloons at these places – and considerable opportunity is left for a surprise attack."
Could it get any clearer than that? Yet when US Admiral James O. Richardson objected to FDR’s insistence on keeping the US fleet bottled up at Pearl Harbor, he was summarily fired.
Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s diary for November 25, 1941 notes a meeting of FDR’s top advisors: "The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into … firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves."
Stinnett’s book provides a wealth of detail, and cites hundreds of supporting documents, including those unearthed thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, which prove conclusively that the movements of the Japanese military as they made their way across the Pacific to Pearl Harbor were well-known to the Americans. The communications of Japan’s chief of the naval general staff, Admiral Osami Nagano, from November 5 to December 2, "violated every security rule," writes Stinnett:
"[Admiral] Yamamoto would direct Vice Admiral Nagumo and the First Air Fleet to set sail from Hitokappu Bay on November 26, 1941 (Tokyo Time), proceed through the North Pacific, and refuel north of Hawaii (transmitted November 25, 1941); and finally, Nagano set the date for commencement of hostile action against the United States, the British Empire, and the Netherlands as December 8, 1941 (Tokyo Time; transmitted December 2, 1941). Based on these transmissions, President Roosevelt and General George Marshall predicted war with Japan would begin the first week of December. We would know even more about what FDR and his chief advisors thought, but the Japanese radio messages remain incomplete, still cloaked in American censorship. Though the author has filed Freedom of Information requests for all communication data concerning Nagano’s messages, the information has not been released."
Of course it hasn’t, and for a very good reason: the myth of the "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor is a pillar of the "Greatest Generation" narrative that is the foundation of our interventionist foreign policy. That storyline goes something like this: we "saved" the world from the Axis powers, overcoming our "isolationist" inclinations, and went on to create a "world order" in which we established, forevermore, our duty and destiny to police the four corners of the earth and stand up for Goodness, Justice, and Fair Play. Now that we know how FDR lied us into that war, however, the picture becomes a bit more complicated – and certainly less favorable to an American president described by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a man who "never told the truth where a lie would suffice."
It is a testament to the persistence of mythology in place of actual history that Michael Beschloss, an alleged historian, could tweet the following as the Pearl Harbor anniversary approached: "Friday is Pearl Harbor Day, and no, FDR didn’t knowingly allow the attack to take place."
The Court Historians never rest, for their job is never done: since the truth is eventually going to come out, no matter how strenuously the cover-up is engineered and maintained, they are constantly seeking to marginalize truth-tellers like Stinnett and others, who labor to disinter the facts from the collection of self-serving fables we call "history."...
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2012/12/06/pearl-harbor-roosevelt-knew/The official history of that event is that it was a "sneak attack"... more
George Takei, former crew member of the Star Trek USS Enterprise and LGBT activist, has recently posted a video on YouTube about this year’s election. Takei explores his tragic childhood memories of a Japanese-American Internement Camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and applauds the nation for the progress we have made. However, his main goal is to urge the Asian-American community to get involved in this election and vote...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=43940George Takei, former crew member of the Star Trek USS Enterprise and LGBT activist,... more
– From Dec. 7, 1941 until long after VJ Day and the end of World War II, Americans referred to the Japanese strike against Pearl Harbor as a “sneak attack.”– From Dec. 7, 1941 until long after VJ Day and the end of World War II,... more
Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war against Japan for the deliberate bombing of Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands.
In honor of all my brothers, and sisters, who served in the United States Navy and was on duty December 7th, 1941.
Anchors Aweigh!Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared war against Japan for the deliberate bombing of... more
Rare Photos of Attack on Pearl Harbor (37 pics)
http://www.webofentertainment.com/2011/08/rare-photos-of-attack-on-pearl-harbor.htmlRare Photos of Attack on Pearl Harbor (37 pics)... more
Latest Complete News Updates This time of year we see lots of pictures of our favorite celebrities sunning themselves and their families on the beaches of Hawaii. A small earthquake hit Hawaii on Thursday, with a jolt felt across Honolulu.Latest Complete News Updates This time of year we see lots of pictures of our favorite... more
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Latest News Updates Pearl Harbor Day is commemorated on December 7th each year. On Dec. 7 each year, Americans commemorate Pearl Harbor Day in memory of the thousands who were killed or injured when the Japanese attacked an American naval base in Hawaii that day in 1941.Latest News Updates Pearl Harbor Day is commemorated on December 7th each year. On... more
At its heart, the Non-Ground Zero Non-Mosque Mosque is a simple zoning application gone awry. What ever happened to driving governmental decision-making down to the local level? I mean, it doesn't get any more local than a planning department.At its heart, the Non-Ground Zero Non-Mosque Mosque is a simple zoning application... more
From "Pearl Harbor" to "The Matrix" sequels, The Rotten Tomatoes Show counts down the Top 5 Worst Blockbusters. It should be no surprise that Michael Bay makes this list twice.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a movie review show that airs on Thursday nights at 10:30 e/p on Current TV. From reviews of the newest releases to commentary on cult favorites and movie trends, each episode of The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a fast-paced, comedic journey through the week in cinema.
For more from the Rotten Tomatoes Show: http://rottentomatoesshow.comFrom "Pearl Harbor" to "The Matrix" sequels, The Rotten Tomatoes... more
Friday, March 17, 2000
By STEVEN A. HOLMES
THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON -- Two scholars say in a new research paper that despite earlier denials, the Census Bureau was deeply involved in the roundup and internment of Japanese Americans at the onset of U.S. entry into World War II.
The academics say the Census Bureau's involvement included identifying concentrations of people of Japanese ancestry in geographic units as small as city blocks, lending a senior Census Bureau official to work with the War Department on the relocation program and a willingness to disclose names and address of Japanese Americans.
While it is common today for the Census Bureau to publish reports that detail the number of people of a given race living in an area as small as a city block, such information was generally not available in the 1940s. But the authors of the paper contend that the Census Bureau provided such detailed information as well as age, sex, citizenship and country of birth to the War Department, now the Defense Department, on only one group -- Japanese Americans.
In 1941 and '42, the paper says, Census Bureau officials believed that such information was valuable to the War Department's effort in rounding up Americans of Japanese ancestry.
The paper, "After Pearl Harbor: The Proper Role of Population Data Systems in Time of War," was written by William Seltzer, a statistician and demographer at Fordham University, and Margo Anderson, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee whose area of expertise is the census.
Seltzer and Anderson plan to present the paper at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America next week in Los Angeles.
The practices described in the paper did not appear to have violated laws governing the census, which prohibit the bureau from disclosing information on individuals. But the authors indicated that Census Bureau officials appeared to be willing to provide such data. What is not clear is whether they were asked to do so.
"We're by law required to keep confidential information by individuals," the paper quotes the director of the Census Bureau, J.C. Capt, as saying at a meeting of the Census Advisory Committee in January 1942. But if the defense authorities found 200 Japanese Americans missing and they wanted the names of the Japanese Americans in that area, Capt said, "I would give them further means of checking individuals."
The Census Bureau often boasted that its conduct in the relocation of Japanese Americans had been its finest hour because it resisted pressure to provide explicit data to the War and Justice Departments.
But Census Bureau officials do not dispute the findings of the paper. They say, however, that the strengthening of the laws protecting the confidentiality of data on individuals and the environment today would make a repeat of those abuses unlikely.
Japanese Americans have long suspected that the Census Bureau played a prominent role in the roundup and relocation of 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry to detention camps in the interior.
"We've always suspected this," said Norman Mineta, a former California congressman who was relocated with his family from San Jose to a detention camp in Wyoming. "After all, they are the keeper of this kind of information."
On Dec. 9, 1941, two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Census Bureau produced a report titled, "Japanese Population of the United States, Its Territories and Possessions." The next day it issued a report on the Japanese population by citizenship and place of birth in selected cities. The next day it published another report, this one on the Japanese population by counties in states on the West Coast. All reports were based on data from the 1940 census.
Capt justified the speed with which the bureau produced these reports by saying at meeting of the Census Advisory Committee in January 1942: "We didn't want to wait for the declaration of war. On Monday morning we put our people to work on the Japanese thing."
The United States declared war on Japan that Monday afternoon.Friday, March 17, 2000 By STEVEN A. HOLMES THE NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON -- Two... more
Ever slap down $10 for a ticket for a film so foul you choked on the popcorn? It's time for payback. Film critic Bob Mondello has caught the worst offenders of the past 10 years.
First, some ground rules. The film has to have burned a big enough American audience to be worth talking about — at least 4 million people at, say, $7.50 a pop, or roughly $30 million. That excludes Paris Hilton's The Hottie and the Nottie, which only made $27,000 in the United States — though it made $1.5 million in Russia.
Second, to recognize the singular dreadfulness of each movie, we're breaking the list into categories. We'll start with Worst Romance of the Decade.
Mondello first considered Gigli, with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. But somehow the public knew better and stayed away from it, so it was disqualified.
"On the other hand, they did go to the Matthew McConaughey picture Fool's Gold," Mondello tells NPR's Guy Raz.
McConaughey and Kate Hudson star as a divorced couple searching for hidden treasure. The two spit venom at each other through most of the film. "They were amazingly bad, and it was clear that they had complete contempt for the material," Mondello says. "It was enough to put me off the whole genre."
Mondello's Worst Science Fiction flick was an easy pick: John Travolta's salute to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Battlefield Earth. Travolta plays the leader of aliens who have enslaved humans in the year 3000.
"You just wanted to die while you were watching it." Mondello doesn't give it much hope of coming back as a cult classic, either. "It was long and just sort of exhausting. And it's dark and it isn't fun. You wanted it to be fun, but it's just terrible."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121951704Ever slap down $10 for a ticket for a film so foul you choked on the popcorn?... more
The NY Times reports that two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to carry aircraft for attacks on American cities, have been found in deep water off Hawaii where they were sunk in 1946. Specifically designed for a stealth attack on the US East Coast — perhaps targeting Washington, DC and New York City — the 'samurai subs' were fast, far-ranging, and some carried folding-wing aircraft. Five Japanese submarines were captured by American forces at the end of the war and taken to Pearl Harbor for study, then towed to sea and torpedoed, probably to avoid having to share any of their technology with the Russian military. One of the Japanese craft, the I-201, was covered with a rubberized coating on the hull, an innovation intended to make it less apparent to sonar or radar; it was capable of speeds of about 20 knots while submerged, making it among the fastest diesel submarines ever made. The other, the I-14, much larger and slower, was designed to carry two small planes, Aichi M6A Seirans that could be brought onto the deck and launched by a catapult. The submarines were meant to threaten the United States directly, but none of the attacks occurred because the subs were developed too late in the war, and American intelligence was too good. 'It's very moving to see objects like this underwater,' says Hans Van Tilburg of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 'because it's a very peaceful environment, but these subs were designed for aggression.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/science/13wreck.html?_r=1The NY Times reports that two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to... more
The Navy's USS Port Royal discharged about 5,000 gallons of raw sewage into the ocean over the weekend and the state health department said it was never notified about the release.
The State Health Department advised the public to stay out of the water fronting the reef runway between the Keehi Channel to the Pearl Harbor Channel.
The advisory comes after the health department's clean water branch confirmed Tuesday the Port Royal had released thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the ocean.
Have this been a commercial company this would have never gotten overseen.The Navy's USS Port Royal discharged about 5,000 gallons of raw sewage into the... more
It was a sight to see for many Friday, as a navy vessel sat idle on the reef south of Oahu.
The USS Port Royal ran aground last night during sea trials.
A handful of people came to Lagoon Drive to get a closer look. Monique Escoto, a wife of a Navy diver wanted to see for herself. "He's been out there since about 8 o'clock this morning said he'll probably be out there all night," Escoto said.
Navy officials say the vessel ran aground about a half mile south of the Airport's Reef Runway.
Officials say the crew was conducting a normal procedure transferring passengers from the vessel to a smaller ship.
They also say the vessel had recently been dry-docked for repairs.
Navy Captain Gureck says, "The ship had completely her regular scheduled maintenance sea trials is what you do to take the ship out to make sure everything was fixed properly."It was a sight to see for many Friday, as a navy vessel sat idle on the reef south of... more