The American and British Governments Knew – Down to the Day – of the Coming Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor … And Let It Happen

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Preface: We don’t contest that World War II was – in many ways – a “good war”.

The Nazis, imperial Japanese and fascist Italians were nasty folks trying to take over the world, who brutalized millions within their own borders and in the nations they occupied.

But a full an honest account of World War II shows that some big American banks funded the Nazis. And America dropped nuclear bombs on Japan when top U.S. military officials said it wasn’t needed.

And – as shown below – we probably knew about the coming Pearl Harbor attack, but let it happen to justify America’s entry into World War II.

The White House apparently had – a year before Pearl Harbor – launched an 8-point plan to provoke Japan into war against the U.S. (including, for example, an oil embargo). The rationale for this provocation is that the U.S. wanted to aid its allies in fighting the Nazis and other axis powers, and decided that an attack by Japan would be the most advantageous justification for the U.S. to enter WWII.

Moreover, Honolulu newspapers warned of a possible attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor:

SMALL pearlharborwarning The American and British Government Knew   Down to the Day   of the Coming Japanese  Attack on Pearl Harbor ... And Let It Happen to Justify American Entry Into WWII

Indeed, as the following must-watch BBC documentary – with interviews with many of the main players, including military officers and code-breakers – shows, the American and British knew of the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor — down to the exact date of the attack — and allowed it to happen to justify America’s entry into World War II:

And see this short essay by a highly-praised historian summarizing some of the key points. (The historian, Robert B. Stinnett, a World War II veteran, actually agreed with this strategy for getting America into the war, and so does not have any axe to grind).

Active Interference with Military’s Ability to Defend

It has also recently been discovered that the FDR administration took numerous affirmative steps to ensure that the Japanese attack would be successful.  These steps included taking extraordinary measures to hide information from the commanders in Hawaii about the location of Japanese war ships (information of which they would normally be informed), denying their requests to allow them to scout for Japanese ships, and other actions to blind the commanders in Hawaii so that the attacks would succeed. See, for example, this book (page 186).

Key Military Players Incommunicado

In addition, the heads of the Army and Navy suddenly disappeared and remained unreachable on the night before Pearl Harbor. And they would later testify over and over that they “couldn’t remember” where they were (pages 320 and 335).

Gagging Whistleblowers

Two weeks after Pearl Harbor, the Navy classified all documents top secret, and the Navy Director of Communications sent a memo ordering all commanders to “destroy all notes or anything in writing” related to the attacks. More importantly, all radio operators and cryptographers were gagged on threat of imprisonment and loss of all benefits. (page 256).

Scapegoating and Labels of “Conspiracy Theory”

The commanders in Hawaii, General Short and Admiral Kimmel, were scapegoated as being the cause for the “surprise” attack on Pearl Harbor (they were recently cleared by Congress).

And, according to a statement made to me privately by a leading Pearl Harbor scholar, the government repeatedly denied foreknowledge and labeled anyone who discussed the military’s prior knowledge of the attacks as a nutty conspiracy theorist.

Media Complicity

Amazingly, the Army’s Chief of Staff informed the Washington bureau chiefs of the major newspapers and magazines of the impending attacks before they occurred, and swore them to an oath of secrecy, which the media honored (page 361); and listen to interview here (we personally spent an hour speaking with Stinnett, and find him to be a highly credible and patriotic American.)

Postscript: Coincidentally, Philip Zelikow, the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, the administration insider whose area of expertise is the creation and maintenance of “public myths” thought to be true, even if not actually true, who controlled what the 9/11 Commission did and did not analyze, then limited the scope of the Commission’s inquiry so that the overwhelming majority of questions about 9/11 remained unasked, also happened to be the main guy defending the alleged unforeseeablity of the Pearl Harbor attack, who wrote a hit piece on Pearl Harbor historians like Stinnett.

It has been proven that 9/11 was entirely foreseeable and yet – unexplainably – all of the key military players just happen to have been unavailable and out of the loop when they were needed (and see this).

But that’s just an interesting coincidence, because countries never use false pretenses to launch wars. Well, almost never, especially when it involves the innocent killing of our own people.

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Roger Knights's picture

Here's a link to a convincing six-page review of George Victor's The Pearl Harbor Myth, which also takes a revisionist line, although defending FDR's actions as strategically necessary. The review is in the October 2010 issue of Liberty magazine, pages 39-44, by Jane Shaw. It isn't just a review of that book, but of the whole dispute, and gives a good overview.

PSL Here's the tail end of the link above, for reference:

dreadnaught's picture

Just like certain groups inside the gov ALLOWED 911 to happen-look up OPERATION NORTHWOODS-same people much more vicious and uncaring 

Clashfan's picture

Um, allowed? Think again. Try planned, financed, conspired. Drills on the same day are not coincidental. Nanothermite in the buildings could not have come from anywhere else besides US military bases, especially since they ended up in buildings guarded by the Bush and Walker families.

Instead of looking up Northwoods, try looking up GLADIO.

Treason Season's picture

Still waiting on your expose of MK ULTRA. Guess I won't hold my breath.

topspinslicer's picture

Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor -- the state always demands a sacrifice it goes without saying but of course it was AYN RAND that said it best. Let them read Rand I say.

TerraHertz's picture

Having watched the BBC documentary, I consider it to be a limited hangout. Along the lines: "Elements in the US possibly had evidence the Japanese would attack, but they allowed it to happen."

No mention of the McCollum memo at all. No explicit mention that the US deliberately goaded Japan specifically into an attack on Pearl Harbor with the intention of enabling US entry into the European war. No mention of the many actions taken by the US side to ensure such an attack would be a 'surprise', and murderously effective (see below).

The USA took steps calculated to force Japan into a position in which Japan had no option but to attempt a maximally effective first strike against US naval forces.

US intelligence had intercepted and pinpointed Japanese fleet radio communications as it moved across the Pacific towards Hawaii. This intelligence was withheld from everyone who could have warned forces on Hawaii. Roosevelt lied about this, pretending he didn't know.

To ensure the attack was a 'surprise', the US:
 - Shut down the Station H radar station on Hawaii. It would have detected the approaching Japanese aircraft.
 - Ordered the naval commander to keep the majority of ships in harbor, and moored in rows. Two previous commanders of the Pacific fleet at Hawaii had been sacked due to refusing to follow this order.
 - On the night of the attack, at least one major ship's captain ordered the ship's watertight bulkhead doors to be left open overnight (never happened before.)
 - When a US destroyer close by Hawaii the night before the attack sighted and sank a Japanese mini submarine, the ship's commander was ordered direct from Washington to remain silent about it.
 - A US admiral in Washington who found out about the plans beforehand, was placed under house arrest and told he'd be shot if he passed on the information to anyone.
 - When the Japanese ambassador in Washington attempted as instructed to deliver a declaration of war to the US shortly prior to the attack, he was deliberately kept waiting until too late.

This is the way the US government operates, has operated for over a hundred years, and still does today. It is immensely evil.


TheObsoleteMan's picture

This has been known for some time now. FDR and his handlers wanted involvement in both theaters of the war, and baited both Japan and Germany into attacking them or declaring war on them. In Japan's case, it was an oil embargo which caused Japan to lose 90% of it's oil imports. With Germany, it was Lend-Lease and convoy escorts.

proLiberty's picture

The fish rots from the head down, an in this case the head was FDR.


hannah's picture

george i have some ideas for future articles.


1. the americans didnt win the american revolution without the help of aliens.

2. the kennedy's were reptilians.

3. abraham lincoln belonged to the church of scientology.

4. ben franklin didnt fly a kite with a key, it was an islamist named akmed franklin.



prains's picture



5. Hannah's transvaginal mesh is cutting off blood supply to her brain

Jam Akin's picture

It has a vagina?    #17...

New_Meat's picture

no one built anything ;-)

hannah's picture

lets just lay this out old are a fucking idiot. your stories just suck and have zero value. it is kind of odd the massive difference between a ZH article on HFT and then your weird ass propagandist articles on nonsense dredged up from 50years ago.


i think i know what is going on (i.e. ZH is just a front for a shady east block 'financial group') and your very bizarre bullshit stories just proves it. then we have the supporting cast of people show up that only show up on your stories to bless your work and down grade everyone that is critical.


what is the real purpose of ZH.......?

Clashfan's picture

Er, what is the real purpose of "Hannah?" What, no Barbera?

Kiwi Pete's picture

Hey Hanna, do you work for the NSA or the CIA?

AurorusBorealus's picture

"a front for a shady east block 'financial group'"

This is possibly the most ridiculous comment that I have ever read on Zerohedge.

Mr Pink's picture

Great article, GW. Keep them coming. Maybe in the next article you could teach the sheep why Pearl Harbor was NOT a sneak attack.

Thanks, GW! Something tells me you already had this one in the works

rsnoble's picture

Absolutely sickening.

Funny thing is all the dumbasses "oh well that was a long time ago we are an advanced, civil society now."

Really? Ha.

Stoploss's picture

BINGO GW, stay on it..

Flakmeister's picture

Why am am not suprised by the overall quality of the posts...

People are forever confusing incompetence with conspiracy...

TerraHertz's picture

Shills are forever claiming 'incompetence' when attempting to obfuscate clear and undeniable evidence of conspiracy.


The other thing I enjoy about the revealed true nature of the Peal Harbor 'setup attack', is that it kills forever another key Shill argument - such and such *can't* be a conspiracy, because too many people knew and someone would have talked.

Many, many people did know all about Pearl Harbor, and look how many decades it took for the truth to come out. Also see what happened to the few brave souls who did try to talk, and how completely their words were silenced in history.

911 has been the same - many people knew, some tried to talk, and were silenced and/or ignored. The media, law enforcement and courts are controlled, so nothing happens. No arrests and trials, even though a large portion (likely a majority) now understand the basics of that treasonous betrayal of America by its own government.

Praetorian Guard's picture

Buddy says he read the article and is skeptical, ie nuking 2 cities actually eneded the war and saved lives... - I guess history is written by the victor...

Louie the Dog's picture

"ie nuking 2 cities actually eneded the war and saved lives... -


Probably saved my father's life.  He was to be inviolved with the planned invasion of Japan.  So, in that respect, fuck the Nips, I give a shit.

I do enjoy it though when the tinfoil hat crowd crawls out on ZH with their attempts to right history.  I'm mean, if it's on the internet it has to be true, especially if the BBC says so.

"I guess history is written by the victor..."


Sheriff Douchenik from AZ's picture

Yep - if it shows somehow the government did it, then it must be true. 9-11 truther motherfuckers. But if Apple did it, nope, there's a perfect reason why it's perfectly ethical.

Clashfan's picture

The truth will be the truth regardless of how many insults you hurl.

Precious's picture

Sorry GW.  There was probably no Internet when Ellsberg said that.  Secrets are very difficult to keep now.  Just ask Wikileaks.

DaveyJones's picture

and wikileaks is evidence for which side of the argument?  What has happended to Assange and his military leaker has preserved more secrets than leaks has broken.  That's why they're called secrets.

andrewp111's picture

Internet, shminternet. Most secrets are kept well regardless of the internet.  A very very tiny fraction does get out. The internet  actually makes it easier to stop and retroactively correct accidental spillages. Deliberate ones are another matter, and that is what Gitmo and Firing Squads are for.

George Washington's picture

Anyone who watches the BBC documentary may disagree ...

Ignatius's picture

Questions for your consideration, George:

Who is telling us? (BBC)

Why are they telling us?

And why are they telling us now?


This has of course been suspected for some time now.

Flakmeister's picture

Sorry GW, I have other fish to fry...

That being said, Churchill and FDR knew war with the Japanese was a foregone conclusion...

And if they really knew the details of Pearl Harbor, they could have achieved the goal of a casus belli without sacrificing the better part of the Pacific Fleet...

keesooi's picture

Sorry to disagree here but losing a few aging, obsolete battleships did not constitute a sacrifice of the better part of the pacific fleet. By then, aircraft carriers and submarines had taken over. Remember that the vaunted Bismarck had been taken out of action by a torpedo hit from a WWI era plane launched from a carrier. And where were the US carriers? Conveniently missing from port.
Although I agree with the article ( GW is not the first, read " Day of deceit"), it could have turned out badly for the US had the Japanese not made the enormous blunder of not attacking the massive fuel storage and maintenance facilities. That would have knocked the US effectively out of the pacific theater for many months. Instead, by the battle of midway, the tide had turned in US favor.

So yes, the politicians knew about the attack, and did nothing to stop it. They got lucky because of the Japanese inability to capitalize, a possibility that probably did not even enter the minds of Roosevelt and his fellow conspirators.

I'm sure Roosevelt, Churchill, et al were no fools (statist fascist dickheads, yes), but wars are full of errors, and WWII was no exception.

Flakmeister's picture

Pearl Harbor, Malaysia and the Indian Ocean raid is what cemented the ascendancy of the Aircraft Carrier. You are guilty of putting the cart before the horse....

BTW, Roosevelt read Mahan when he was 18, he understood the capabilities of the IJN as well as anyone...

As far as the carriers go, the orders to be at sea were issued before Nagumo sailed....

ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

Wrong. If we had prepared for the attack, we would have defended Pearl Harbor without substantial loss. If we had done that, it would have been difficult to change public opinion to get behind the war.

Roger Knights's picture

"If we had prepared for the attack, we would have defended Pearl Harbor without substantial loss."

Yeah, but: The Japanese initially intended to attack Pearl Harbor twice, a second time after all the returning planes had been rearmed and refueled. Because the first attack was so successful, because the defenders were so unprepared, the Jap commander decided that a second attack wasn't necessary. (He may have been a bit of a nervous Nellie.) If a second attack had occurred, it would have done far more damage, because it targeted the oil tank farms. I've read that their loss would have set the US back six months in its response to Japan.

So, ironically, our lack of preparedness turned out in our favor.

Flakmeister's picture

The monniker Armchair is apropos for you...

For a start, you could make sure adequate torpedo nets were in place....

Do you think that given  Pearl Harbor having already achieved its goal that the British would sacrifice the PoW and Repulse just three days later?

Only fools gamble at war and for whatever their faults Churchill and FDR were no fools...


Some measures were taken.  Cables went out to all of thr overseas facilities in the pacific. They knew there was a high degree of probability that the Japanese would strike but didn't know where. The US and Japan was dancing toward War. (the reason the japanese delivered the declaration of war late was that they took too much time translating and typing up the communique . When they arrived to submit to the secretary of war Cordell Hull, it was too late, the attack had already been initiated. )

They didn't have torpedo nets because of a certain degree of arrogance on the part of the US. We didn't much respect the japanese capabilities and the idea at the time was that the water in Pearl was too shallow for torpedo bombers to be able to do a run at battleship row and be able to drop a torpedo that wouldn't get stuck in the mud.

Most of the concerns was about local Japanses sympathizers which is why the airplanes at Hickam Field were placed wingtip to wingtip.  on Dec 7th no one really thought the Japanese would travels thousands of miles to attack a sleepy little island.  They really did think the Japances would make a move into the rubber and oil fields that the dutch controlled. 

The war and the change in naval warfare moved faster than the times. This was before TV. Price of Wales and Repulse demonstrated that the Era of Big Battleships was over. Gen Mitchell had proved it years before but it took the Japanese to prove it beyond a doubt.

People might try reading, "The Rising Sun", it is an excellent historical account of the war with Japan and is book ended very well with Shirer's THe Rise and Fall of the THird Reich.

People give too much credence to leaders being able to manipulate circumstances to the exact end result desired.  In todays age its almost impossible.  In 1914 when the Luisitania was sunk, its was far more possible that the british stocked her with arms and manipulated her demise , than FDR sitting in the white house on Dec 6th 1941 and knowing exactly when and where the Japances would attack.  Rooselvelt might have realized a Japanese attack would serve his interests in joining the war and even set the actions in place to increase the probability, but no way he knew 100% when and where.




Cosimo de Medici's picture

Eve Knew the Serpent was a Rothschild...and Still Ate the Apple

Posted by:  George Washington

Post date:  10/15/2013 - 15:15


Clashfan's picture

What, Cosimo is not threatening to report anyone to DHS tonight? What number is that one, GW?

Joebloinvestor's picture

Hey George, appreciate the "history" lessons, but I think you are stuck in WWII.

supermaxedout's picture

Soldiers are sold souls and their king or warlord or president can do whatever he wants with them. They have no rights, only to follow orders.  A soldier kills (or does nothing to stop the killing) even soldiers from his own side or country.  He just has to get the orders to do so. In most cases he will do it because he is told that it is necessary and unavoidable for whatever "good and higher" reason.  

 The problem starts later in his life when he finds the time to think about his doings which might be crimes. Then he realises that he was fooled.  But the problem is, that he did it personally, he saw it, he heard the noises, he can never forget it and it gives him never ending nightmares. Nobody takes away the responsibility from his subconscious. He just followed orders but it sticks deep inside with him forever because he did it personally.  And this has devastating consequences on his personality. The subconscious does not make a difference if he just followed orders when killing people.  This is the fate of most soldiers all over the world.

azusgm's picture

Following orders to hold fire on a Taliban fighter aiming a RPG launcher at one of your helicopters and watching him fire and hit that helicopter could put a soldier over the edge too.

Who is it that comes up with these stupid rules of engagement in a stupid undeclared war against an original enemy who is no longer alive (bin Laden) or in country (al Qaeda).

Can't help but think these guys were set up.


Escapeclaws's picture

"The American and British Governments Knew – Down to the Day – of the Coming Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor … And Let It Happen"

Hey folks, it's now safe to say this! Thanks for the heads-up, George.

TerraHertz's picture

The USA has *never* been involved in a war that was not started with a lie (by the USA.)

Here are more links to Pearl Harbor  information:!_Pearl_Harbor_links.txt

(Edit: select & copy the whole link. ZH link parsing software is buggy.)

When you understand what the Pearl Harbor 'surprise attack' really was, the Neocon references to 911 as 'a new Pearl Harbor' take on new significance. Well, 'new', to anyone who didn't already know 911 was orchestrated by the US and Israeli administrations, as an enabler for their fascist, warmongering agenda.

denny69's picture

There's much evidence (John Erickson's books on the Russo/German War for starters) that the Russians (They had a highly placed agent in Japan who hung out with the German legation) told the British about Pearl Harbor and that Churchill hesitated before telling us.