Attack On Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 by Mark R. Elsis

I compiled this article for my interview with Deanna Spingola on December 11, 2015.
There are dozens of linked resources at the end, including my interview with Deanna.

I Have Two Personal Stories Concerning Pearl Harbor That I Would Like To Share:

During my honeymoon, I visited Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning August 8, 1993. I’ll never forget when at the USS Arizona Memorial I looked over the railing down into the water and while saying a prayer, I saw what looked like oil coming to the surface. I stayed there looking down and sure enough again oil had come to the surface. I kept watching and every 30 seconds or so another little bit of oil would surface. I was amazed that almost 52 years later oil would still be seeping out of the USS Arizona.

When I lived on Siesta Key, Florida (1997 – 2008), I had a wonderful conversation with an old navy man, Captain Ralph Emerson Styles, a graduate of the US Naval Academy in 1933. I had heard about him and that he did a sunset flag ceremony every evening from his home that was literally right across from beautiful Siesta Beach, at 99 Beach Road. He told me that he was in the attack at Pearl Harbor assigned to the submarine USS Narwhal, and that he was one of the gunners in action to assist in the destruction of two Japanese torpedo planes.

Pearl Harbor:

On November 26, 1941, a Japanese task force (the Striking Force) of six aircraft carriers – Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, and Zuikaku-departed northern Japan en route to a position northwest of Hawaii, intending to launch its 408 aircraft to attack Pearl Harbor: 360 for the two attack waves and 48 on defensive combat air patrol (CAP), including nine fighters from the first wave. The first wave was to be the primary attack, while the second wave was to attack carriers as its first objective and cruisers as its second, with battleships as the third target.

Before the attack commenced, two reconnaissance aircraft launched from cruisers Chikuma and Tone were sent to scout over Oahu and Maui and report on U.S. fleet composition and location. Reconnaissance aircraft flights risked alerting the U.S., and were not necessary. U.S. fleet composition and preparedness information in Pearl Harbor was already known due to the reports of the Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa.

The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

Important base installations such as the power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 64 servicemen killed. One Japanese sailor, Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.

If you asked any smart Navy person on December 6, 1941, what is the most important weapon that the Navy has, they would have said, the aircraft carrier. so. I do find it rather interesting that all three Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers were not at Pearl Harbor before attack. Two of three carriers assigned to the Pacific Fleet, the USS Lexington and USS Enterprise had been dispatched on missions that took them away from Pearl Harbor that fateful Sunday. The third, USS Saratoga, was in refit in Puget Sound, at the Bremerton shipyard.

At the time of the attack, Enterprise was about 200 mi (170 nmi; 320 km) west of Pearl Harbor, heading back. In fact, Enterprise had been scheduled to be back on December 6, but was delayed by weather. A new arrival estimate put her arrival at Pearl around 07:00, almost an hour before the attack, but she was also unable to make that schedule.

On the same day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they also attacked Guam, Wake Island, and the Commonwealth of the Philippines, which at the time was under control of the United States. The Japanese also, on the same day, invaded the British crown colony of Hong Kong resulting in its occupation, and Thailand where the Japanese continued on down the peninsula to Malaysia.


Firstly, members of the Japanese general staff were politely invited to observe an attack on Pearl Harbor from an aircraft carrier in the 1928-9 period. The same ships hit in 1941 were moored in the same berths and were hit with sacks of flour in the 1920s attack. In command of the demonstration attack was the highly competent naval officer Ernst Joseph King (who launched another surprise attack on Pearl in 1938 to highlight his claim that the air defenses were grossly inadequate and needed to be strengthened-and was ignored by FDR.) The carrier-launched planes took off from the USS Lexington (then designated CV-2).

Not only were the Japanese given a visual demonstration of the power of carrier-launched aircraft (which they had begun developing on their own) but they were given detailed technical, logistic, material and intelligence help by the British in a quasi-official program to aid Japan to build and equip aircraft carriers obtain powerful planes/engines (using Rolls Royce technology) suitable for carrier operations and train carrier-based pilots capable of utilizing this equipment.

In an apparent effort to whitewash the affair, BBC2 aired a revealing documentary “The Fall of Singapore, The Great Betrayal” by Paul Elston, which was recently pulled from the BBC website but is still on YouTube as of this writing.

When the RMS Lusitania was sunk on May 7, 1915, Franklin D. Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and his distanced cousin, Winston Spencer Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty. This false flag event helped to get America into WWI.

At the time of Pearl Harbor, these same two cunning and deceitful men are now the leaders of their countries. Roosevelt is the President of the United States and Churchill is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In August 14, 1941, FDR met with Churchill at Newfoundland (Atlantic Conference), where FDR promised that any Japanese attack on British or Dutch possessions would bring the United States into the war. Churchill noted the “astonishing depth of Roosevelt’s intense desire for war.” But there was a problem: the President could not overcome the resistance to “Europe’s war” felt by most Americans and their elected representatives.

One perspective is given by Vice Admiral Frank E. Beatty, who at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack was an aide to the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox and was very close to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inner circle, with perspicuous remarks as: Prior to December 7, it was evident even to me… that we were pushing Japan into a corner. I believed that it was the desire of President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill that we get into the war, as they felt the Allies could not win without us and all our efforts to cause the Germans to declare war on us failed; the conditions we imposed upon Japan-to get out of China, for example-were so severe that we knew that nation could not accept them. We were forcing her so severely that we could have known that she would react toward the United States. All her preparations in a military way-and we knew their over-all import-pointed that way.

Roosevelt’s administrative assistant at the time of Pearl Harbor, Jonathan Daniels; it is the telling comment about FDR’s reaction to the attack – “The blow was heavier than he had hoped it would necessarily be. … But the risks paid off; even the loss was worth the price.

Americans needed this false flag because they were still very against entering WWII. They had been completely disenchanted by World War I for many reasons:
They had been told they would be fighting for “democracy” yet they learned from the postwar Graham Committee of Congress that they’d been defrauded out of some $6 billion in armaments that were never manufactured or delivered.

An interesting sidebar, try Googling; Graham Committee; you will find next to nothing.
It seems to me that the Jewish owners of Google and the warmongers neocons don’t want this very reverent piece of history known.

Americans also learned that the tall tales about German soldiers cutting the hands off thousands of Belgian children had turned out to be war propaganda;

And as I mentioned earlier, the sinking of the Lusitania had been committed by Germany not to kill women and children but to prevent millions of rounds of ammunition and tons of explosives from reaching the war.

Overwhelming percentage of Americans didn’t even know of Pearl Harbor or where it was. In January 1893, the Queen of Hawaii was overthrown and replaced by a provisional government composed of members of the American Committee of Safety. …the Newlands Resolution was used to annex the Republic to the U.S.; it became the Territory of Hawaii. The Newlands Resolution was passed by the House and by the Senate in 1898. We just stole Hawaii. Hawaii was not a state yet, it became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

In a 1940 speech, Roosevelt stated: “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” But privately, the President planned just the opposite: to bring America into the World War as Britain’s ally, exactly as Woodrow Wilson had done in World War I. Roosevelt dispatched his closest advisor, Harry Hopkins, to meet Churchill in January 1941. Hopkins told Churchill: “The President is determined that we [the United States and England] shall win the war together. Make no mistake about it. He has sent me here to tell you that at all costs and by all means he will carry you through, no matter what happens to him – there is nothing he will not do so far as he has human power.

Roosevelt and Churchill started to conspire a plan to get Japan to strike out, but this only occurred after numerous provocations could not get Germany to retaliate and hence give the United States an excuse to enter WWII.

FDR used the newly enacted Lend-Lease policy along with numerous provocations against Germany, some of these were; freezing its assets; shipping 50 destroyers to Britain; our Navy escorted many convoys, and there was a constant depth-charging of Germany’s U-boats. The Germans did not retaliate, they learned their lesson in World War I and knew America’s entry had shifted the balance of power against them. They did not seek a repeat of that same mistake.

There was one incident that FDR tried to make a big deal of and say it was an unprovoked attack. On September 4, 1940 the destroyer USS Greer pursued the German submarine U-652 for many hours before it fired at (but did not hit) the Greer.

Enter the alternative plan to get the United States into WWII. Both FDR and Churchill were well aware that Japan had signed a mutual defense pact with Germany and Italy (the Tripartite Treaty). FDR knew that if Japan went to war with the United States, Germany and Italy would have to declare war on America – thus allowing the United States to enter the war.

As Harold Ickes, secretary of the Interior, said in October 1941: “For a long time I have believed that our best entrance into the war would be by way of Japan.”

To lay the groundwork we started a propaganda war against Japan. We claimed they wanted to take over the world (same tactics we used against Germany). There was a government-produced film, Our Enemy: The Japanese that laid this out. As proof of The United States press went into high gear using the Japanese troops in Manchuria to back up their claims. They never mentioned that the Soviets first invading Outer Mongolia and China’s northwestern provinces.

Next, we started to implement an eight-point plan of provocation toward Japan which had been previously drawn up (October 7, 1940) by Lt. Commander Arthur McCollum of Naval Intelligence. The eighth step was “completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire.” McCollum’s next sentence was: “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better.”

On June 23, 1941 (one day after Operation Barbaross started), Interior Secretary Ickes wrote in a memo to Roosevelt: There will never be so good a time to stop the shipment of oil to Japan as we now have. . . . There might develop from embargoing of oil such a situation as would make it, not only possible but easy, to get into this war in an effective way. And if we should thus indirectly be brought in, we would avoid the criticism that we had gone in as an ally of communistic Russia.

We wanted to provoke Japan so that that it would attack the United States. Just like we did with the USS Maine and RMS Lusitania – America, as the “innocent victim of unprovoked aggression” – would go to war. War Secretary Henry Stimson (CFR, Skull and Bones) wrote in his diary, after meetings with FDR that autumn: “We face the delicate question of the diplomatic fencing to be done so as to be sure that Japan is put into the wrong and makes the first bad move – overt move. The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into the position of firing the first shot….”

Between July 26 and August 1, 1941, FDR seized Japanese assets in America, closed the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping, and enacted the sweeping trade embargo that McCollum and Ickes had urged. Britain and the Netherlands followed suit with similar embargoes. For the Japanese, this constituted a death threat. Japan heavily depended on imports for raw materials, for 88 percent of its oil and 75 percent of its food.

The timing of these measures was again significant. In July 1941, all reports indicated the Germans and their allies were crushing the Red Army. Hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers were surrendering; as they did, many shouted “Stalin kaput!” Stalin himself was nearly paralyzed with fear. He had only fought wars of aggression and was unprepared for defense. If Japan, Germany’s ally, joined Operation Barbarossa from the East, Stalin would be trapped in a vise, and communism – which was an Illuminati creation – destroyed.

Roosevelt’s trade embargo guaranteed that Japan would not join Operation Barbarossa, but would instead turn its attention south. No nation can prosecute war without oil. Tanks, trucks, ships and aircraft require it. If Japan attacked Russia through Siberia, there would be no oil to be confiscated. But there was abundant oil to the south, in the Dutch East Indies. And Southeast Asia held many other resources the embargo denied Japan, such as rubber, tin and iron ore.

Following the U.S. embargo, Japan’s representatives in Washington earnestly negotiated for the embargo’s repeal, to no avail. On November 26, 1941, the State Department delivered an ultimatum to Japan: sanctions would only be lifted if all overseas Japanese troops were withdrawn to Japan. Although the ultimatum or “Hull note” was officially credited to Secretary of State Cordell Hull, it is now known that it was drafted by Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Harry Dexter White, a Soviet operative.

The White/Hull ultimatum was a deliberate catch-22. If the Japanese refused it, the embargo would continue, and they would collapse from economic strangulation. If they complied, and withdrew all troops from the mainland, communism would sweep Eastern Asia (exactly as happened after the war, resulting in Communist China, and the Korean and Vietnam wars). The Japanese were thus given a two-headed coin: die by starvation, or die by communism. They decided to reject both options, and fight instead.

To have any hope of success in a war against the mighty USA, Japan would need an edge. Franklin D. Roosevelt made sure they got one in the form of attractive bait.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii from its previous base in San Diego. U.S. Fleet Commander Admiral J. O. Richardson was outraged by Roosevelt’s decision and met with him on to protest it. Richardson presented the President with a list of logical reasons why the fleet should not be based in Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt could not rebut these objections and simply said that having the fleet there would exert a “restraining influence on the actions of Japan.”

Admiral Richardson was soon relieved of his command without any explanation.

Roosevelt’s sole pretext for basing the fleet in Pearl Harbor – that it would deter Japanese aggression – was resoundingly discredited on December 7, 1941. Roosevelt was never held accountable for his action. All blame was instead leveled at the Navy, especially Richardson’s successor as Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Husband Kimmel, who accepted the position believing Washington would notify him of any intelligence pointing to a threat.

This trust proved misplaced. As Washington watched Japan prepare for the attack, it kept Kimmel and his army counterpart in Hawaii, General Walter C. Short, well out of its intelligence loop.

Husband E. Kimmel was a four-star admiral in the United States Navy and Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was removed from that command after the December 1941 attack and reduced to the two-star rank of rear admiral. He retired from the Navy in early 1942 with that rank.

Walter Short was a lieutenant general in the United States Army and the U.S. military commander responsible for the defense of U.S. military installations in Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Japanese Prime Minister Konoye then offered to personally meet with Roosevelt, but Roosevelt insisted on coming to an agreement before any meeting. The U.S. ambassador to Japan repeatedly urged Roosevelt to accept the meeting, warning that it was the only way to preserve the conciliatory Konoye government and peace in the Pacific. His recommendation was not acted upon. The Konoye government collapsed the following month when the Japanese military refused to agree to the withdrawal of all troops from China

I read something years ago about how the United States had kept the shipping lanes in the area of the Japanese navy approach clear of all traffic, so that no one would accidentally stumble on them.

Japan May Strike Over Weekend, Hilo Tribune Herald, November 30, 1941.

Code Broken:

The Japanese used a code called “Purple” to communicate to their embassies and major consulates throughout the world. Its complexity required that it be enciphered and deciphered by machine. The Japanese considered the code unbreakable, but in 1940 talented U.S. Army cryptanalysts cracked it and devised a facsimile of the Japanese machine. U.S. intelligence was reading Japanese diplomatic messages, often on a same-day basis.

They nicknamed these deciphered texts, “Magic” and they were delivered in locked pouches to select individuals, including President Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall, and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Harold Stark. Copies also went to Harry Hopkins, FDR’s shadowy advisor who held no cabinet position.

Although Hopkins had access to “Magic” intercepts, our commanders in Hawaii did not. And what did these intercepts reveal?

Tokyo had ordered its Consul General in Hawaii to divide Pearl Harbor into five areas and, on a frequent basis, report the exact locations of American warships there. Nothing is unusual about spies watching ship movements – but reporting precise whereabouts of ships in dock has only one implication.

November 29th (three days after the U.S. ultimatum), Japan’s envoys in Washington were told a rupture in negotiations was “inevitable,” but that Japan’s leaders “do not wish you to give the impression that negotiations are broken off.”

November 30th Tokyo had ordered their Berlin embassy to inform the Germans (their allies) that “the breaking out of war may come quicker than anyone dreams.”

December 1st, the Japanese had ordered all of their North American diplomatic offices to destroy their secret documents.21 (Once war breaks out, the offices of a hostile power lose their diplomatic immunity and are seized.)

East Wind, Rain:

An additional warning came via the so-called “Winds” message. A November 18th intercept indicated that, if a break in U.S. relations was forthcoming, Tokyo would issue a special radio warning. This would not be in the Purple code, as it was intended to reach consulates and lesser agencies of Japan not equipped with the code or one of its machines. The message, to be repeated three times during a weather report, was “Higashi no kaze ame,” meaning “East wind, rain.” “East wind” signified the United States; “rain” signified diplomatic split (war).

This prospective message was deemed so significant that U.S. radio monitors were constantly watching for it, and the Navy Department typed it up on special reminder cards. On December 4th, “Higashi no kaze ame” was broadcast and picked up by Washington intelligence.

Brigadier General Elliott Thorpe was the U.S. military observer in Java, then under Dutch control. In early December 1941, the Dutch army decoded a dispatch from Tokyo to its Bangkok embassy, forecasting an attack on Hawaii. The Dutch passed the information to Thorpe, who considered it so vital that he sent Washington a total of four warnings. Finally, the War Department told him to send no further warnings.
The Dutch Military attaché in Washington, Colonel F. G. L. Weijerman, personally warned U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall about Pearl Harbor just days before the attack.

Personal Warnings:

Dusko Popov was a Yugoslavian double agent whose true allegiance was to the Allies. Through information furnished by the Germans, Popov deduced the Japanese were planning to bomb Pearl Harbor. He notified the FBI; subsequently FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover warned Roosevelt.

Senator Guy Gillette of Iowa received information from Kilsoo Haan of the Sino-Korean People’s League that the Japanese intended to assault Hawaii “before Christmas.” Gillette briefed the President, who said the matter would be looked into.

U.S. Congressman Martin Dies of Texas came into possession of a map revealing the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor. He later wrote: As soon as I received the document I telephoned Secretary of State Cordell Hull and told him what I had. Secretary Hull directed me not to let anyone know about the map and stated that he would call me as soon as he talked to President Roosevelt. In about an hour he telephoned to say that he had talked to Roosevelt and they agreed that it would be very serious if any information concerning this map reached the news services . . .
I told him it was a grave responsibility to withhold such vital information from the public. The Secretary assured me that he and Roosevelt considered it essential to national defense.

Naval Intercepts:

In his book Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor (2000), Robert Stinnett proved, from documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, that Washington was not only deciphering Japanese diplomatic messages, but naval dispatches also.

Stinnett Day Of Deceit:

It had long been presumed that as the Japanese fleet approached Pearl Harbor, it maintained complete radio silence. This was not the case. The fleet observed discretion, but not complete silence. U.S. Naval Intelligence intercepted and translated numerous dispatches, which President Roosevelt had access to through his routing officer, Lieutenant Commander McCollum, who had also authored the original eight-point plan of provocation. The most significant message was sent by Admiral Yamamoto to the Japanese First Air Fleet on November 25, 1941:

The task force, keeping its movement strictly secret and maintaining close guard against submarines and aircraft, shall advance into Hawaiian waters, and upon the very opening of hostilities shall attack the main force of the United States fleet and deal it a mortal blow. The first air raid is planned for the dawn of x-day. Exact date to be given by later order.

Historians have traditionally censured the Hawaiian commanders, Admiral Kimmel and General Short, for failing to detect the approaching Japanese carriers. What goes unsaid: Washington denied them the means to do so.

During the week before December 7th, naval aircraft searched more than two million square miles of the Pacific – but never saw the Japanese force. This is because Kimmel and Short had only enough planes to survey less than one-third of the 360-degree arc around them, and intelligence had advised (incorrectly) that they should concentrate on the southwest.

There were not enough trained surveillance pilots. Many of the reconnaissance craft suffered from lack of spare parts. Repeated requests to Washington for additional patrol planes were turned down. As George Morgenstern noted in Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War: “While the Hawaiian air commanders were clamoring for planes to safeguard the base, 1,900 patrol planes were being lend-leased to foreign countries between February 1 and December 1, 1941. Of these, 1,750, or almost ten times the number which would have rendered Oahu safe, went to Great Britain.”

Rear Admiral Edward T. Layton, who served at Pearl Harbor, stated: “There was never any hint in any intelligence received by the local command of any Japanese threat to Hawaii. Our air defenses were stripped on orders from the army chief himself. Of the twelve B-17s on the island, only six could be kept in the air by cannibalizing the others for spare parts.”

Radar, too, was insufficient. And when General Short attempted to build a radar station on Mount Haleakala, Harold Ickes’ Interior Department withheld permission, stating that it would harm the beauty of the landscape.

Advance Damage Control: The War Warning:

It was clear, of course, that once disaster struck Pearl Harbor, there would be demands for accountability. Washington seemed to artfully take this into account by sending an ambiguous “war warning” to Kimmel, and a similar one to Short, on November 27th. This has been used for years by Washington apologists to allege that the commanders should have been ready for the Japanese.

Indeed, the message began conspicuously: “This dispatch is to be considered a war warning.” However, it went on to state: “The number and equipment of Japanese troops and the organizations of naval task forces indicates an amphibious expedition against the Philippines, Thai or Kra Peninsula, or possibly Borneo.” None of these areas were closer than 5,000 miles to Hawaii (that is further than the distance from New York to Moscow). No threat to Pearl Harbor was hinted at. It ended with the words: “Continental districts, Guam, Samoa take measures against sabotage.” The message further stated that “measures should be carried out so as not repeat not to alarm civil population.” Both commanders reported the actions taken to Washington. Short followed through with sabotage precautions, bunching his planes together (which hinders saboteurs but makes ideal targets for bombers), and Kimmel stepped up air surveillance and sub searches. If their response to the “war warning” was insufficient, Washington said nothing. The next day, a follow-up message from Marshall’s adjutant general to Short warned only: “Initiate forthwith all additional measures necessary to provide for protection of your establishments, property, and equipment against sabotage, protection of your personnel against subversive propaganda and protection of all activities against espionage.

On December 1, Naval intelligence sent Kimmel its fortnightly intelligence summary entitled “The Japanese Naval Situation.” It stated: “Major capital ship strength remains in home waters, as well as the greatest portion of the carriers.”34 Contrast that to the diary of Captain Johann Ranneft, the Dutch naval attaché in Washington, who was awarded the Legion of Merit for his services to America. Ranneft recorded that on December 2nd, he visited the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Ranneft inquired about the Pacific. An American officer, pointing to a wall map, said, “This is the Japanese Task Force proceeding East.” It was a spot midway between Japan and Hawaii. On December 6th, Ranneft returned and asked where the Japanese carriers were. He was shown a position on the map about 300-400 miles northwest of Pearl Harbor. Ranneft wrote: “I ask what is the meaning of these carriers at this location; whereupon I receive the answer that it is probably in connection with Japanese reports of eventual American action. . . . I myself do not think about it because I believe that everyone in Honolulu is 100 percent on the alert, just like everyone here at O.N.I.

On the morning of the Sunday the 7th, the final portion of Japan’s lengthy message to the U.S. government (rupturing relations, effectively declaring war) was intercepted and decoded. Tokyo added two special directives to its envoys. The first, which the message called “very important,” was to deliver the statement at 1 PM. The second directive ordered that the last copy of code, and the machine that went with it, be destroyed.

Admiral Stark, Chief of Naval Operations, arrived at his office at 9:25 AM. He was shown the message and important delivery time. One junior officer pointed out the possibility of an attack on Hawaii; another urged that Kimmel be notified. But Stark refused; he did nothing all morning. Years later, he told the press that his conscience was clear concerning Pearl Harbor because all his actions had been dictated by a “higher authority.” As Chief of Naval Operations, Stark had only one higher authority: Roosevelt.

In the War Department, where the statement had also been decoded, Colonel Rufus Bratton, head of Army Intelligence’s Far Eastern section, understood the message’s terrible significance. But the head of intelligence told him nothing could be done until Chief of Staff General Marshall arrived. Bratton tried reaching Marshall at home, but was repeatedly told the general was out horseback riding. The horseback ride turned out to be a very long one. When Bratton finally reached Marshall by phone and explained the emergency, Marshall said he would come to the War Department. Marshall took 75 minutes to make the 10-minute drive. He didn’t come to his office until 11:25 AM – an extremely late hour with the nation on the brink of war. He perused the Japanese message and was shown the delivery time. Every officer in Marshall’s office agreed these indicated an attack in the Pacific at about 1 PM EST. The general finally agreed that Hawaii should be alerted, but time was running out.

Marshall had only to pick up his desk phone to reach Pearl Harbor on the transpacific line. Doing so would not have averted the attack, but at least our men would have been at their battle stations. Instead, the general wrote a dispatch, which was not even marked “priority” or “urgent.” After it was encoded it went to the Washington office of Western Union. From there it was relayed to San Francisco. From San Francisco it was transmitted via RCA commercial radio to Honolulu. General Short received it six hours after the attack. Two hours later it reached Kimmel. One can imagine their exasperation on reading it.

As for Marshall’s notorious “horseback ride” which allegedly prevented him from warning Pearl Harbor in time, that cover story was unintentionally blown by Arthur Upham Pope, in his 1943 biography of Maxim Litvinoff, the Soviet ambassador to the United States. Litvinoff arrived in Washington on the morning of December 7th, 1941 – a highly opportune day to seek additional aid for the Soviets – and, according to Pope, was met at the airport that morning by General Marshall.

Despite all the evidence accrued through Magic and other sources during the previous months, Marshall had never warned Hawaii. To historians – ignorant of that classified evidence – it would appear the general had tried to save Pearl Harbor, “but alas, too late.” Similarly, FDR sent a last-minute plea for peace to Emperor Hirohito. Although written a week earlier, he did not send it until the evening of December 6th.37 It was to be delivered by Ambassador Grew, who would be unable to receive an audience with the emperor before December 8th. Thus the message could not conceivably have forestalled the attack – but posterity would think that FDR, too, had made “a valiant, last effort.”

Ten Official U.S. Inquiries:

The U.S. government made nine official inquiries into the attack between 1941 and 1946, and a tenth in 1995. They included an inquiry by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (1941); the Roberts Commission (1941-42); the Hart Inquiry (1944); the Army Pearl Harbor Board (1944); the Naval Court of Inquiry (1944); the Hewitt investigation; the Clarke investigation; the Congressional Inquiry (Pearl Harbor Committee; 1945-46); a top-secret inquiry by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, authorized by Congress and carried out by Henry Clausen (the Clausen Inquiry; 1946); and the Thurmond-Spence hearing, in April 1995, which produced the Dorn Report.[14] The inquiries reported incompetence, underestimation, and misapprehension of Japanese capabilities and intentions; problems resulting from excessive secrecy about cryptography; division of responsibility between Army and Navy (and lack of consultation between them); and lack of adequate manpower for intelligence (analysis, collection, processing)

Roberts Commission Coverup:

The Roberts Commission, headed by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Owen J. Roberts, was formed soon after the attack on the Hawaiian Islands. General Short, along with Navy Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and Pacific Fleet, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, was accused of being unprepared and charged with dereliction of duty. The report charged that he and Kimmel did not take seriously enough an earlier war warning and did not prepare for an air attack at Pearl.

More to the point is the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Americans in 1941 were told this was a brutish surprise attack by subhuman, bespectacled and buck-toothed Nipponese, much like modern Americans are told the ISIS threat from obscurantist bearded “terrorists” appeared clear out of the blue. Like the ISIS threat, however, close scrutiny of history shows that this threat was manufactured.

Firstly, members of the Japanese general staff were politely invited to observe an attack on Pearl Harbor from an aircraft carrier in the 1928-9 period. The same ships hit in 1941 were moored in the same berths and were hit with sacks of flour in the 1920s attack. In command of the demonstration attack was the highly competent naval officer Ernst Joseph King (who launched another surprise attack on Pearl in 1938 to highlight his claim that the air defenses were grossly inadequate and needed to be strengthened-and was ignored by FDR.) The carrier-launched planes took off from the USS Lexington (then designated CV-2).[x]

Not only were the Japanese given a visual demonstration of the power of carrier-launched aircraft (which they had begun developing on their own) but they were given detailed technical, logistic, material and intelligence help by the British in a quasi-official program to aid Japan to build and equip aircraft carriers obtain powerful planes/engines (using Rolls Royce technology) suitable for carrier operations and train carrier-based pilots capable of utilizing this equipment.

In an apparent effort to whitewash the affair, BBC2 aired a revealing documentary “The Fall of Singapore, The Great Betrayal” by Paul Elston, which was recently pulled from the BBC website but is still on YouTube as of this writing.

In a nutshell, a peer, Lord Semphill of the British Admiralty started assisting Japan after an officially-sponsored visit in 1921. Although Japan was soon removed from the list of British allies, Semphill continued aiding the Japanese and was awarded several medals including “3rd Order of the Rising Sun”. Despite repeated investigations by MI5, Semphill was protected by successive British governments, including that of Winston Churchill.

One of Semphill’s associates did not fare as well. Frederick Rutland, a former Royal Naval Air Service carrier pilot was instrumental in helping Mitsubishi Corp. train carrier-based pilots for the attack on Pearl. However, he was turned over to the Americans who interned him for the duration of the war. He committed suicide shortly after his release. As with ISIS, we are to believe Semphill and Rutland acted in a vacuum, without any official or unofficial sanction.


December 11, 2015: Mark R. Elsis was Deanna’s returning guest today to talk about the attack at Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941 and the assassination of John Lennon. (MP3) (1:42:22)
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The Truth About FDR And Pearl Harbor – May 24, 2000

FDR Provoked The Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor

Sacrifice At Pearl Harbor (BBC Documentary)

Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt’s 9/11
by James Perloff

James Perloff On The Truth About Pearl Harbor; New Book: Truth Is A Lonely Warrior
by VisionLiberty

The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy (Videos)

Pearl Harbor Attack No Surprise
by Roger A. Stolley

December 7, 1941: A Setup From The Beginning
by Robert B. Stinnett

Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt Knew
A Day That Will Live In Infamy
by Justin Raimondo

A President Who Should ‘Live In Infamy’
Pearl Harbor: FDR knew
by Justin Raimondo

Exonerating Pearl Harbor’s Scapegoats
by John Weir

Robert Stinnett, Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR And Pearl Harbor, On The Power Hour – 1/4

Pearl Harbor
Mother Of All Conspiracies

October 7, 1940: The Day That Should Have Lived In Infamy
Pearl Harbor Was An Inside Job FDR Not Only Knew About The Attack In Advance, But That His Administration Did Everything It Could To Cause A Japanese Attack On America
by Saman Mohammadi

Pearl Harbor: Case Closed?
by Theodore O’Keefe

FDR, Pearl Harbor, The McCollum Memo, and the Road to WWII Pt. 2
by Douglas P. Horne

Did President Roosevelt Provoke Pearl Harbor?
by Patrick J. Buchanan

Pearl Harbor: Fifty Years Of Controversy
by Charles Lutton

Pearl Harbor 2.0
by John Koster

FDR, Pearl Harbor And The U.N.
by John V. Denson

FDR Should Have Been Impeached For Pearl Harbor
by Jacob G. Hornberger

How Franklin Roosevelt Lied America Into War
… American Involvement In War With Germany Was Preceded By A Long Series Of Steps [By Fdr, Including] … The Orders To American Warships To Shoot At Sight At German Submarines, Formally Announced On September 11 [1941].
by William Henry Chamberlin

The Big Leak
So Big Was The Leak That It Might Have Caused Us To Lose World War II. So Mysterious Is The Identity Of The Leaker That We Can’t Be Sure To This Day Who It Was…Or At Least Not Entirely Sure.
by Thomas Fleming

The Truth Of Pearl Harbor
Editorial from The Times-Herald, Washington, D. C., Thursday, September 28, 1944
by Basil Brewer, Publisher, The New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times

The Final Secret Of Pearl Harbor
This article offers great insight into American scheming to provoke Japan, but does not cover FDR’s foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attacks, which is explored here: The Pearl Harbor Conspiracy.
by Professor Revilo P. Oliver (July 1989)

How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack On Pearl Harbor
by Robert Higgs

Pearl Harbor Attack No Surprise
by Roger A. Stolley

Parl Harbor: Fifty Years of Controversy
by Charles Lutton

Franklin Roosevelt, the Myth of Pearl Harbor, and the U.N.
by John V. Denson

How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Robert Higgs

Pearl Harbor: Case Closed?
by Theodore O’Keefe

The True Cause of World War 2 – Part 1

The True Cause of World War 2 – Part 2

The Pearl Harbor Betrayal And James Forrestal’s Death
As told by Walter Trohan

The Ultimatum That Gave Us Pearl Harbor
by David Martin

Pearl Harbor vs. 9/11
by David Martin

Roosevelt’s Infamy
by Jacob G. Hornberger

A Short History Of The Major False Flag Events:

For the last 117 years, the United States has been number one in creating false flag events to start wars that have killed well over 100 million people. This has always been done quite nefariously and covertly by our cunningly malevolent Jewish overlords using their control of finance, newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and television. Today they control around 95% of the matrix.

The Essence Of The Banking Industry (2:21)
by Tom Tykwer

Remember The Maine (1898)
RMS Lusitania Sinking (1915)
Pearl Harbor Attack (1941)
Gulf Of Tonkin (1964)
USS Liberty (1967)
312 Babies Slaughter In Their Incubators (1991)
Attack On America (2001)
Weapons Of Mass Destruction (2003)
Libya Is Attacking Its Own People (2011)
Iran Is Going To Get The Bomb (Ongoing)
Syria Used Chemicals Weapons (2013)

Published December 7, 2022

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Mark R. Elsis

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One Reply to “Attack On Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 by Mark R. Elsis

  1. The truth of Pearl Harbor is hard for “the greatest generation” to accept. But FDR’s crimes were bigger than that. According to various diplomats of that time FDR surrounded by zionists in his administration played a central role in inciting the German invasion of Poland. Germany’s economic success was a mortal threat to central banker domination in western countries. That was the cause of both WWI and WWII. I suggest his urgency to provoke Japan was not only to get the US into the war but to distract Japan from the confrontation with Russia. This allowed Stalin to redeploy forces against Germany.

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