Saturday, September 11, 2004

Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and the Coming Outrage

A great article about Pearl Harbor and September 11th has been posted over at Highly recommended reading.

Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and the Coming Outrage
By Heather Wokusch

As sick as it seems, it wouldn't be the first time a U.S. administration has furthered its own political ambitions through attacks on American citizens.

Take Pearl Harbor. The official story (long ago discredited, yet still touted in Hollywood B-movies) was that Japanese forces caught the U.S. totally off guard when they brutally attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.

It was probably a lie. Many historians believe that members of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration actually knew about the impending assault, and just let the carnage roll in order to get the U.S. public primed for war with Japan.

In his 1982 book Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, Pulitzer-prize winner John Toland reveals that almost everything the Japanese were planning to do "was known to the United States" on the morning of the attack, via intercepted messages never communicated to commanders at Pearl Harbor. He cites the case of U.S. counterintelligence translator Dorothy Edgers, who uncovered critical Japanese messages days before the assault, including "a scheme of signals regarding the movement and exact position of warships and carriers in Pearl Harbor." But Edgers' boss, Alwin Kramer, seemed "more annoyed than electrified" at the discovery and ordered her to "run along home." Unbeknownst to Edgers, Kramer was part of the subterfuge.

We all know what happened next. Japanese bombs rained down on the U.S. naval vessels and aircraft poised like sitting ducks at Pearl Harbor, and the ensuing bloodbath left over 2,400 U.S. service members and civilians dead. The following day, Congress voted overwhelmingly to give FDR all of the resources he wanted to wage war with Japan.

The parallels with 9/11 are stunning. [Read more...]

After reading that article, check out the Historic Deceptions page on this site for some great links about Pearl Harbor and September 11th.


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