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

George Washington's picture

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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Dr. Sandi's picture

The bankers just want to control EVERY exchange, nuclear or conventional.

SMG's picture

Yea at this point what else can you do.   Unless someone can figure out a way for a mass awakening (I haven't) to the Oligarchs who run the world, all we can do is sit and watch.   A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of doing anything else.   Espcially if it's worrying about stuff you have no control over.

monad's picture

GayWad, it really kills you that the facists lost WW2. Read this, it will cheer you up

Enjoy your ulcers, asshole.


monad's picture

I'm just calling you an asshole. You are completely full of haka. Go sell your poison somewhere people won't call you on it, like TV. 

Augustus's picture

Geo Wash,

You are using Numbers 7 and 8 from that Textbook.

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could so taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough “jargon” and “minutiae” to illustrate you are “one who knows”, and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

ArmchairRevolutionary's picture

I think you need to point out where. Otherwise, you are using 8 as you claim GW is doing. Quite funny really.

nodhannum's picture

I can see why that is your number one read George.  You are a good student.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

What people knew and when they knew it has always been a great cause of concern regarding Pearl Harbor.  Sixty years on, what GW puts forth as absolute fact, has been propagated by a great many others also.

I suspect, as do many others, that there was prior knowledge of an attack.  I do not however, understand how GW puts forth with such certainty that this was a coverup and a conspiracy staring at the highest levels.


lakecity55's picture

If we had done nothing, we would be speaking Jap and Kraut now.

Everyone wants to rule the world.

Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is a great way to be forced to speak Arabic and convert to Islam.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Why we'd be driving German and Japanese cars.  Think of what that would have done to Detroit.

And we'd have to date Japanese babes.  I know you don't want that.

Precious's picture

We would be bi-lingual.  Danka sushi ! 

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

In the past 20 years, the family of Husband Kimmel petitioned Congress to exonerate the late Admiral for his war time charges of dereliction of duty.  

In 1999, the US Congress chose to exonerate Admiral Kimmel, but Clinton wouldn't, nor any other US President touch this.  Why?

Call me naiive, but how do these conspiracists get away with and deny what you see as definitive proof? 


Captain Nukem's picture

Careful now, George. If you maintain that declaring an oil embargo is a "provocation" for war, then wouldn't that mean that if any middle eastern nations decided to embargo their oil, any of their customers could consider that as a justification for war?

Remember that at the time Japan was conducting an illegal occupation of Korea and China. The US had a perfect right and, in my opinion, a moral obligation not to support those activities by selling oil to Japan. And at that time, Japan was also considering opening a front against the USSR. In late 1941, the German army was within sight of Moscow. If Japan had attacked Russia then, it might well have collapsed. Such an attack would have made extremely good sense and the only reason Japan didn't do that was because they were short of oil due to the US embargo.

schadenfreude's picture

You are right in terms of imperalism. Defend the status quo of US is birth-giving right. Right?

George Washington's picture

I am not saying that an oil embargo - by itself - is provocation.  I am saying that the American government appears to have intentionally come up with a strategy to provoke Japan into attacking us.

lakecity55's picture

George, I agree it is 100% possible.

It's also possible we screwed up as usual.

It's probably a combination of the 2.

nodhannum's picture

George doesn't five a shit about the genocide of millions of Chinese nor does he care about the Korean "comfort women".  Maybe he can elucidate on how the Japanese used a false flag to goad us into an oil embargo.  Whenever, I see George wack job raps it just reminds me of some of huffington post dreck.

George Washington's picture

The Japanese were war criminals in China. That doesn't address the main topic: that WWII military officers and code breakers said  that the U.S. knew of the impending Pearl Harbor attack ...

Winston Churchill's picture

The author is ignorant.

There was no surprise in capability unless no one read newspapers.

Google; Battle of Taranto.

The whole thing had been done six months prior to PH ,in much more difficult circumstances,

by the Royal navy with great publicity.Yamato's flag leftenant,in his memoirs,said Yamato

used the same exact battle plan cribbed from that attacke.

Precious's picture

Japanese actions in China pale in comparison to the shit Mao did to his own countrymen.  

"MAO the CRIMINAL."  You never hear it.  Because it ain't PC.  Not here.  Not anywhere.

It's only PC to yell "Japanese war criminals".  Yah.  I feel a lot better.  Especially because Britain, US and Israel are such saints.

Of course US baited Japan into war using embargos.  WTF.  Same thing the US does today.  Yay democracy.  The statue of liberty.  Etc.  Etc. 

DaveyJones's picture

funny how that works. It's almost always the power within the country that does the most damage. When will America see that.

Robslob's picture

Ok...then if this is true I officially "re-invite" the "terrorist" to bypass blowing up Wall Street and move straight to the personal residences of:
DODD / FRANK (they live together right?)

Add your own my fingers are tired already...

NotApplicable's picture

Don't you realize she did all that shit just to piss you off?

Don't empower her like that!

Disenchanted's picture



Hawaii was not even a State of the USA in 1941, and many contend that it was illegally annexed as a US territory in 1898. So how was Pearl Harbor an an attack on America in the first place? In reality it was an attack on the outpost of an aggressive, offensive(as opposed to a defensive force) US blue water Navy.


Most folks have heard that Hawaii is a state, one of the United States of America. Most people, including those who live in Hawaii, accept that statement as a fact.


But the reality is that in a world in which nations are as bound by the rule of laws as are the citizens of nations (if not more so), the truth is quite different!


The truth is that each and every step along Hawaii's path from sovereign and independent nation, to annexed territory, to state, was done in violation of laws and treaties then in effect, without regard to the wishes of the Hawaiian people. Many people, including President Grover Cleveland, opposed the annexation of Hawaii.


But in the end, simple greed and military interest overrode any concerns or moral right and legality. Hawaii's legitimate government was toppled using threat of American military force. Hawaii was stolen from her people for the benefit of wealthy American plantation owners and military interests, and the justifications for the crime were invented after-the-fact.


Hawaii's government was overthrown on Jan. 17, 1893, by a relatively small group of men, most of them American by birth or heritage, who seized control of the Islands with the backing of American troops sent ashore from a warship in Honolulu Harbor. To this "superior force of the United States of America," Queen Lili`uokalani yielded her throne, under protest, in order to avoid bloodshed, trusting that the United States government would right the wrong that had been done to her and the Hawaiian people.


Who were this group of American men and why did they overthrow the government? Sugar!


quote from:

Hawaii is not legally a state!
Tango in the Blight's picture

So this means that Obama was born in another country even if he had been born in Hawaii.


NewWorldOrange's picture

Spot on George. Ditto for the recent article on America dropping the bomb on Japan. No bullshit links either (thinking of the one where a "study" claimed 14,000 infants died in the U.S. in the three months after and because of Fukushima -- steer clear of those kinds of absurdities and you're credible.)

shovelhead's picture

Place obligitory S. Butler quote here:


Thank You.

NotApplicable's picture

Would you believe I never once heard that quote in bootcamp?

(or any other)

Nothing but whitewash.

aerojet's picture

The tell was that they placed all the older ships in port while dispersing the carriers and more modern ships. And killed all those dumb hayseed sailors whom the Navy didn't want around but then glorified with propanganda for ever after--that's the military way, right there.

It's been done over and over again by the US and other nations.  The false-flag or what is now referred to as the "____ Pearl Harbor" is a common theme throughout history.  Next up will be an "Internet Pearl Harbor" so they can crack down on sites like ZH where we come to discuss these matters in a public forum.  "Remember the Maine!"  LOL. 

NewWorldOrange's picture

"They" don't need to crack down on ZH "discussions." Plenty of brokedick panty wastes already here, jumping at the chance to post some idiotic sophistry at the top of the page without even reading the article first. Ikea Boyz need their daily affirmation/green arrows.

illyia's picture

I have the book by Stinnett. Amazing and disgraceful. And fully believable.

NotApplicable's picture

I'm reading this book right now.

Pearl Harbor: The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy Percy L. Greaves, Jr.

There is no doubt that it was a setup. Or do Commanders in Chief routinely have the Pacific Fleet hang out in Hawaii indefinitely rather than return to their West Coast bases?

Cyrano de Bivouac's picture

NA. A classic is this genre is George Morganstern's "Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War".

adr's picture

American banks funded the Nazis. Major American industrialists funded the Red Army and built their war machines, along with funding the Nazis as well.

The goal was always to drive the world to war for profit and the concentration of power. The problem is Europe would have moved to stability with a German victory and threatened America's dominance in the future. Hitler and Stalin had almost nothing on the American national socialists moving things behind the scenes. Much of what caused the war was a disagreement over who should have control of the global political system.

The war was almost ended many times from 38 to 45. Each time something kept it going so the wartime profit engine would keep running. Had the Battle of Britain gone the other way, the Germans would have made short work of the Russians before the winter. Had Hitler not been too stupid to force the absolute destruction of Stalingrad, his generals would have taken Moscow easily.With the red army out of the picture the American and British force would have never been able to make much of a stand.

The German generals probably would have overthrown Hitler after a German victory and installed a different government. Perhaps they would have even agreed to let the UK stay independent of the greater European empire. The goal was always a unified Europe under a German banner. Wow, not much has changed.

Patton could have ended the war within weeks had he not been ordered to retreat and allow the Germans to consolidate their forces. Too much was riding on the war machine back home to let the war end too early. In fact in a pre-Keynesian wet dream, the industrialists and bankers knew the absolute destruction of Europe would require spending on a scale never seen before to put the continent back together. America would profit immensely.

Millions of people died and a continent ended up divided for 50 years, causing mass hardship for millions more. Now the world is being put back right where it was before WWII and the Keynesians and Socialists are once again clamoring for war to jumpstart the global economic engine, and once again concentrate power into even fewer hands.

Randall Cabot's picture

 "Had Hitler not been too stupid to force the absolute destruction of Stalingrad, his generals would have taken Moscow easily"

The Germans were driven back from Moscow a year before Stalingrad.

Tango in the Blight's picture

The Russians had let Napoleon take Moscow a century before, it didn't do him any good.

otto skorzeny's picture

Patton was an outspoken liability that wanted to push the Red horde back to the Russian border but that would have meant missing out on 50  years of a Cold War and would have cost the Rothschilds and the MIComplex trillions of dollars in profits. war is a racket and one that pays quite well.

williambanzai7's picture

They have since learned that smaller regional conflicts such as Iraq can be better contained and managed for profit.

Truly existential wars involving an existential death struggle for national existence are bad for business.

NewWorldOrange's picture

Yep, and could actually throw the war pigs' own power and lives into peril. Can't have that.

Bear's picture

Not much different than what State Department knew about Libya on 09/08/2012. 


schadenfreude's picture

You want to compare WWII and Libyia to be on a equal level of escalation?

Bear's picture

Only equal in terms of Government Mendacity

automato's picture

My Great-Uncle was the Captain of an Ammunition ship in the 40's and has told the family for decades how he received the unusual orders (the night before the attack) to delay his arrival to Pearl Harbor by several hours. He was convinced that the 'higher ups' were well aware of the impending attack as his ship was not the only one that was fortuitously asea at the time of the attack.