Pearl Harbor – A Day That Will Live In Secrecy

Battleship USS West Virginia sunk and burning at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In background is the battleship USS Tennessee.

What you’ve been taught

According to the media and our history books, Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack that was not fathomably foreseeable by the US government and the Roosevelt Administration.

You might not be so inclined to believe this if you delve beneath the surface of the murky political waters of the Pacific at that time, and see it for the false flag event that it was.

Allies & Enemies

Japan had already invaded China, and with their invasion of French Indochina in 1940, tensions rose, as France, of course, was an ally to the US, and Japan signed the Tripartite Pact in September of 1940, aligning them with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy under Mussolini. In essence, it is said that any of them would come to the aid of any other that was attacked by another country, most particularly, that was not already involved in the war.

Public Opinion

US sentiment at that time was very isolationist, and the majority of Americans were opposed to entering another World War. If Roosevelt wanted to deploy US forces to the European theater, he would have to have justification.

A few key pieces of evidence demonstrate the explicit actions of the Roosevelt administration to allow Pearl Harbor to be attacked, providing the justification needed to enter the war.

Suspicious Troop Movement

One particularly incriminating fact to observe is that on May 27, 1941, Roosevelt announced the Pacific Fleet units had been transferred to the Atlantic, despite the growing tensions with Japan, and the fact that it was already perceived that Germany was not going to attack the United States.[1]

According to, this transfer included “Three battleships, six cruisers, 18 destroyers, six transports with all the trained marines on the West Coast. The commanders in the Pacific protested without avail. Then in June the President ordered the transfer of three more battleships, four more cruisers, and two squadrons of destroyers to the Atlantic. The naval defenses of the Pacific were being stripped by the President.”[2]

Many have interpreted this reduction in forces in the Pacific theater as a means of providing safe passage to the harbor for the Japanese fleet of aircraft carriers, with less forward observers to be able to provide an early warning of the impending attack.

The Memo – Lieutenant Commander McCollum

The next significant event that allows one to observe the provocative nature of the US government in the attack on Pearl Harbor was the McCollum memo.  McCollum was a lieutenant commander that was the director of the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Far East Asia section that purportedly inspected every decoded Japanese communication, and advised the president directly on these intelligence reports.

On October 7, 1940, McCollum authored a memo prescribing courses of actions that he felt that the Roosevelt Administration should follow to antagonize and/or entice Japan into attacking America.[3]

The memo consisted of the eight following recommendations:

A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore

B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies

C.  Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek

D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore

E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient

F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific, in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands

G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil

H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire

Evidence of foreknowledge

According to author Robert Stinnett in his book “Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor,” the Roosevelt Administration had completed every one of these actions by the time of the “surprise attack” at Pearl Harbor.

Of note as well, is the fact that the US had already broken the codes for Japanese communications, and consequent intelligence reports were flooding in, to the point that those who feel that Pearl Harbor was indeed a surprise attack point to the fact that the intelligence community was overwhelmed by the incoming flow of information.

Plausible Deniability?

The primary blame by those who do not believe our government was complicit in the attack rests on the intelligence community’s confusion and misinterpretation of available data, and was actually one of the key reasons given for the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947, and the subsequent creation of the CIA.

There is also debate that some codes were still not broken, so apparently, the official line there is that we were able to decode so much information that the intelligence community was overwhelmed, but we couldn’t decode the most important ones that would’ve prevented the attack.

It would be nice to be able to view things in such a manner, and wrap ourselves up in the blanket of false security, and maintain the belief that surely our government would not sacrifice our own troops and/or civilians, and would almost seem believable, until one learns of the last piece to consider in this puzzle of propaganda.

The Patsies

In 1995, the families of the two commanders at Pearl Harbor, Husband Kimmel and Walter Short, petitioned the US government to posthumously promote them to the positions of rank that they would have had, had they not been accused of being to blame for not better preventing the attack.

As Daryl Borgquist, former media affairs officer for the Community Relations Service Headquarters, US Department of Justice, and also former US Naval Reserve Public Affairs Officer stated in his June 1999 article published in Naval History Magazine, this prompted an unprecedented action by someone who claimed they knew better than Kimmel and Short being to blame.[4]

Director of War Service for The Red Cross – Don C. Smith

Helen E. Hamman, the daughter of Don C. Smith, who directed the War Service for the Red Cross before World War II, wrote a letter to President Clinton in September 1995 revealing a conversation she had with her father, where he recounted that :

“Shortly before the attack in 1941, President Roosevelt called him to the White House for a meeting concerning a top-secret matter. At this meeting, the president advised my father that his intelligence staff had informed him of a pending attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese.

He anticipated many casualties and much loss; he instructed my father to send workers and supplies to a holding area. When he protested to the president, President Roosevelt told him that the American people would never agree to enter the war in Europe unless they were attack[ed] within their own borders. . . . ”

I find it quite doubtful that there is any sense of impropriety on her part, as it would seem that only a sense of fairness and justice would convince one to implicate their own father to exonerate two men whose family’s concerns hold no vested interest for her.

Testimony & Bodies of Evidence – You Decide

I suppose that it is up to each of us as to whether we accept her eyewitness account as valid, however within the article [4], Borgquist details much in the way of secrecy regarding large shipments of supplies, the transferring of inordinate amounts of personnel to Hawaii, as well as revisions to Red Cross policy that were indicative of how they would be structured to operate during a time of war, all in the months before December of 1941.

Helen Hamman’s testimony, in addition to the corroborating evidence provided by official sources, present a compelling enough case, in my opinion, to convict those in the highest positions of the Roosevelt Administration, as well as FDR himself, of at least coercion and complicity, if not outright treason.

The Ultimate Sacrifice

If you ask me, what we should be asking for is not merely a posthumous promotion of the commanders who were the patsies for the president, yet instead as well, for a posthumous impeachment of Roosevelt as an act of contrition for the approximately 2400 soldiers, sailors, and civilians that lost their lives that day, their families, and the American people that were lied to.

The Secrets Continue

Unfortunately, this will never happen, because all of the pertinent details remain shrouded in secrecy, never having been declassified upon request during the 1946 congressional inquiry into Pearl Harbor.  They remain classified to this day, and I’m sure, for what is considered to be good reason, but by my estimation, is the worst reason of all – to cover up the misdeeds and lies of our government that conclusively prove, in case there was any question, that our government is completely willing to sacrifice the lives of soldiers and civilians to justify their endless wars, making December 7, 1941 day that will live not only in infamy, but in secrecy!!!