75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, The Noble Lie


“We knew well in advance that  the Japanese was going to attack. It was a lie that we didn’t have direct radio communication with Washington, D.C.”  ~ LT. Col. Clifford Andrew

December 7, 1941

It is critical to understand the hidden truth of history behind Pearl Harbor for it was so successful to get the Agenda of the power elite the desired outcome of getting the U.S. involved in WWII that further false false efforts to get us more involved in overseas war in Vietnam (Gulf of Tonkin), Operation Northwoods (Cuba) and of course 9/11. In fact the U.S. holds 5 out the 10 top false flag events in modern history. (Source)
The myth of the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor is a pillar of the “Greatest Generation” narrative that is the foundation of our interventionist foreign policy. That storyline goes something like this: we “saved” the world from the Axis powers, overcoming our “isolationist” inclinations, and went on to create a “world order” in which we established, forevermore, our duty and destiny to police the four corners of the earth and stand up for GoodnessJustice, andFair Play. Now that we know how FDR lied us into that war, however, the picture becomes a bit more complicated – and certainly less favorable to an American president described by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a man who “never told the truth where a lie would suffice.
Most historians when pressed on the matter now grudgingly concede that Roosevelt lied when he told the American people that he would never send their boys to fight into foreign wars, but they excuse his treachery as a “noble lie,” a deception perpetrated against the public by the political elite to achieve a supposed greater good.Americans, who a year previously had been assured by Roosevelt that they would not be sent to fight foreign wars, suddenly found their fates transformed. The US military swelled, with 16 million heading off to war, and women took on new and more widespread roles in the workforce, and in the military.Washington became a global power base and the War Powers Act gave the president supreme executive authority. The “America First” movement, which had lobbied against the country’s entry into the war and at its peak had 800,000 members, disbanded within days.”December 7, 1941, was the powder-keg that changed the world. It changed America instantly from an isolationist country on the morning of December 7 to an internationalist country on the morning of December 8,” said Mr Shirley.*****

Truth Behind the Myth about FDR

After the Manchurian Incident in 1931, the US proclaimed neutrality. US policy, on the other hand, was anything but neutral. The Occidental world feared a strong Japan because it would upset the balance of power and the western hegemony in the region. It would also threaten western corporate balance sheets. The US (along with the UK, France, Germany, the Soviets and others) supported China in the Second Sino-Japanese war.

FDR always wanted in the worst way to get into the war in Europe, but he knew neither Congress nor the American people would let him. Even after running through the various Neutrality Acts to Cash and Carry to Boats for Bases to Lend Lease, he couldn’t build sentiment for war. Even after he effectively declared War during his Fireside Chat on Sept 11, 1941, he couldn’t find the necessary votes. Well, if you can’t get in through the front door, try the rear windows, he reasoned. If Japan could be provoked into attacking, then the US would be at war with Japan and war with Germany would surely follow.

Some means by which such an attack could be provoked were laid out in the McCollum Memo. On October 7, 1940, Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum of the Office of Naval Intelligence submitted a memo to Navy Captains Walter Anderson and Dudley Knox.” The memo illustrated an eight step plan to provoke Japan into attacking the United States of America:  

1.    Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of 
       British bases in the pacific, particularly in 
       Singapore.2.     Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of 
        base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the 
        Dutch East Indies. 
3.     Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of 
4.     Send a division of long range heavy cruiser to the Orient, Philippines and Singapore.
5.     Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.
6.     Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
7.   Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.
8.    Completely embargo all U.S trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British empire.
FDR exceeded that plan.

He beefed up bases all through the Japanese sphere of influence, especially in the Philippines and on Taiwan, Midway and Guam. He moved the Pacific Fleet from San Diego to Pearl, against the advice of his best admirals. CinCPac James Otto Richardson twice refused to obey the order, calling the move an unjustifiable and unwarranted provocation, likely to induce an attack, and he said the fleet would be a sitting duck and could not be defended against a carrier launched air attack. After obeying his orders, he continued to protest. He was relieved of command for his effort. His successor, Husband Kimmel, voiced similar objections on equally deaf ears. Chester Nimitz declined the post because he too believe it would invite and attack that would destroy the fleet.

On the same day that FDR ordered all Japanese assets in the US to be seized, he also created an entire new army, the USAFFE, pulled Douglas MacArthur out of retirement to lead it, and stationed it in the Philippines, directly amidst vital Japanese commercial and military shipping routes. He them created an air wing for the new army, the USAAFE, and stationed the largest collection of US warplanes outside of the USA in the Philippines, poised as a dagger at Japan’s throat. He expanded the embargoes. He supported a group of “nationalists”, “freedom fighters” and “patriots”, as he called them, in Indochina, promising to help them in their war for independence against France and Japan. (They were the Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap and he would stab them in the back at Tehran, a treachery compounded by Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in 1945, 1946, 1954 and 1956, leading directly to the Vietnam War, but his offer to give aid to them in 1940/41 was a factor that led to Pearl then.)


U.S. Had Broken the Japanese Codes Well Before Pearl Harbor Attacks

The truth is that, by the winter of 1941, the Americans had decrypted the various Japanese military and diplomatic codes: President Roosevelt, key members of his cabinet, and top military leaders, including Gen. George C. Marshall, US Army chief of staff, had access to this intelligence, which was intercepted, decoded, and transmitted directly to them. The President and 35 other Americans in top political and military circles knew where the attack was to take place, they knew when it was to take place, and they watched it unfold, step by step, with full knowledge of its import.

In 1979 the NSA released 2,413 JN-25 orders of the 26,581 intercepted by US between Sept 1 and Dec 4, 1941. The NSA says “We know now that they contained important details concerning the existence, organization, objective, and even the whereabouts of the Pearl Harbor Strike Force.” (Parker p 21) Of the over thousand radio messages sent by Tokyo to the attack fleet, only 20 are in the National Archives. All messages to the attack fleet were sent several times, at least one message was sent every odd hour of the day and each had a special serial number. Starting in early November 1941 when the attack fleet assembled and started receiving radio messages, OP-20-G stayed open 24 hours a day and the “First Team” of codebreakers worked on JN-25. In November and early December 1941, OP-20-G spent 85 percent of its effort reading Japanese Navy traffic, 12 percent on Japanese diplomatic traffic and 3 percent on German naval codes. FDR was personally briefed twice a day on JN-25 traffic by his aide, Captain John Beardell, and demanded to see the original raw messages in English. The US Government refuses to identify or declassify any pre-Dec 7, 1941 decrypts of JN-25 on the basis of national security, a half-century after the war.

Robert Stinnett published his book “Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor” in 1999. Stinnett, a decorated WWII veteran and author, requested files about the attack, and the events preceding it, through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He discovered that FDR not only knew about the attack in advance, but that his administration did everything it could to cause a Japanese attack on America.

One of the most important pieces of information that Stinnett came across was the McCollum memo, which outlined eight points that the FDR administration could do to instigate a dramatic response by the Japanese without the Congress, or the American people getting too suspicious, like cutting off economic ties with Japan, refusing it oil, establishing relations with Japan’s main enemy, China, and other provocations. Stinnett’s book is centered on the new historical evidence that he gathered, which is rigorously documented.He gave an interview to Douglas Cirignano in 2002 about how he came to his conclusion that the FDR administration pushed America into a war that the majority of the American people were dead set against prior to the attack on December 7. The interview is archived at the Independent Institute, and it is called “Do Freedom of Information Act Files Prove FDR Had Foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor?” An excerpt:

Another claim at the heart of the Pearl Harbor surprise-attack lore is that Japan’s ships kept radio silence as they approached Hawaii. That’s absolutely untrue, also?

Stinnett: That is correct. And this was all withheld from Congress, so nobody knew about all this.

Until the Freedom of Information Act.

Stinnett: Yes.

Is this statement true?—If America was intercepting and decoding Japan’s military messages then Washington and FDR knew that Japan was going to attack Pearl Harbor.

Stinnett: Oh, absolutely.

You feel it’s as simple as that?

Stinnett: That is right. And that was their plan. It was their “overt act of war” plan that I talk about in my book that President Roosevelt adopted on October 7, 1940.

You write that in late November 1941 an order was sent out to all US military commanders that stated: “The United States desires that Japan commit the first overt act.” According to Secretary of War Stimson, the order came directly from President Roosevelt. Was FDR’s cabinet on record for supporting this policy of provoking Japan to commit the first overt act of war?

Stinnett: I don’t know that he revealed it to the cabinet. He may have revealed it to Harry Hopkins, his close confidant, but there’s no evidence that anybody in the cabinet knew about this.

I thought you wrote in your book that they did…That some of them were on record for…

Stinnett: Well, some did. Secretary of War Stimson knew, based on his diary, and also probably Frank Knox, the Secretary of Navy knew. But Frank Knox died before the investigation started. So all we have really is Stimson, his diary. And he reveals a lot in there, and I do cite it in my book…You must mean his war cabinet. Yes. Stimson’s diary reveals that nine people in the war cabinet—the military people—knew about the provocation policy.

Even though Roosevelt made contrary statements to the public, didn’t he and his advisors feel that America was eventually going to have to get into the war?

Stinnett: That is right. Well, his statement was, “I won’t send your boys to war unless we are attacked.” So then he engineered this attack—to get us into war really against Germany. But I think that was his only option. I express that in the book.

Who was Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum and what was his connection to the Pearl Harbor attack?

Stinnett: He worked for Naval intelligence in Washington. He also was the communications routing officer for President Roosevelt. So all these intercepts would go to Commander McCollum and then he would route them to the President. There’s no question about that. He also was the author of this plan to provoke Japan into attacking us at Pearl Harbor. And he was born and raised in Japan.

McCollum wrote this plan, this memorandum, in October 1940. It was addressed to two of Roosevelt’s closest advisors. In the memo McCollum is expressing that it’s inevitable that Japan and America are going to go to war, and that Nazi Germany’s going to become a threat to America’s security. McCollum is saying that America’s going to have to get into the war. But he also says that public opinion is against that. So, McCollum then suggests eight specific things that America should do to provoke Japan to become more hostile, to attack us, so that the public would be behind a war effort. And because he was born and raised in Japan, he understood the Japanese mentality and how the Japanese would react.

Stinnett: Yes. Exactly.

Has the existence of this memo from Commander McCollum ever been revealed to the public before your book came out?

Stinnett: No, no. I received that as pursuant to my FOIA request on January 1995 from the National Archives. I had no idea it existed.

FDR and his military advisors knew that if McCollum’s eight actions were implemented—things like keeping the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, and crippling Japan’s economy with an embargo—there was no question in their minds that this would cause Japan—whose government was very militant—to attack the United States. Correct?

Stinnett: That is correct, and that is what Commander McCollum said. He said, “If you adopt these policies then Japan will commit an overt act of war.”


The Bankers Were Calling the Shots for the U.S. to Enter WWII

Professor Sutton led the way in exposing the treacherous duplicity of America’s financial and political leaders.  Never before in history has mankind produced national leadership in any country which allowed the financial powers to manufacture and strengthen enemies, to wage war against their own countrymen.  Sutton documented this, producing detailed research which implicated the international bankers, especially those with American citizenship, even though he endured public charges of “anti-Semitism” for daring to expose powerful Jewish interests.

Further investigations by Dr. Sutton into American secret societies like the Skull & Bones, and shadowy organizations like the Trilateralists shone light where none had been before, from his insider positions in academia.  His work showed us that America’s secret leaders have been sowing subversion and creating America’s own enemies long before today’s “Islamists” came along.  We need more insiders like him to dig through the real records of the infinite crimes committed in their quest for a global empire.

Antony C. Sutton

FDR and his Wall Street Handlers .pdf

Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler.pdf

Wall Street and the Bolsheviks. .pdf

Excellent 40 min. summary of this revisionist histrorical trilogy by Mr. Sutton on You Tube

Antony Sutton,(source), was a former Stanford Research Institute member, until he was kicked out for writing these books, has a great trilogy (FDR and the Bolsheviks, FDR and Hitler) (source) which a must read for anyone wanting to know in detail how long the bankers have been making war for profit and power since the early 1900’s.  Again, they are the same names as we see in power today, Rothschild (Bank of England), Rockefeller (Chase Bank, et. al) , Warburg (Warburg, Pincus), Morgan (J.P. Morgan Bank), et. al.).

Anyone who reads this trilogy will know the shadow sources of power in this country, how long they’ve controlled this nation and what their long term agenda is.


In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and a sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States.

These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.

This contract is in existence at the present time, and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country being filled with all sorts of preparedness arguments and misrepresentations as to the present condition of the United States Army and Navy and the possibility and probability of the United States being attacked by foreign foes.

This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served. The effectiveness of this scheme has been conclusively demonstrated by the character of stuff carried in the daily press throughout the country since March 1915. They have resorted to anything necessary to commercialize public sentiment and sandbag the National Congress into making extravagant and wasteful appropriations for the Army and Navy under the false pretense that it was necessary. Their stock argument is that it is “patriotism.” They are playing on every prejudice and passion of the American people.

Franklin D. Roosevelt privately believed that the U.S. government was owned by a financial elite.

[Franklin] Roosevelt was a Wall Streeter, descended from prominent Wall Street families and backed financially by Wall Street. The policies implemented by the Roosevelt regime were precisely those required by the world of international finance.

Corporate socialism [is] the political way of running an economy [that] is more attractive to big business because it avoids the rigors and the imposed efficiency of a market system… through business control or influence in regulatory agencies and the police power of the state, the political system is an effective way to gain a monopoly, and a legal monopoly always leads to wealth.

The objective of [the financial elite] is monopoly acquisition of wealth – corporate socialism. It thrives on the political process, and it would fade away if it were exposed to the activity of a free market.


Hartford Van Dyke’s Pearl Harbor Story

The opening line to a rare 1975 document entitled The Skeleton in Uncle Sam’s Closet reads, “I am Hartford Van Dyke, a Non Union lawyer. I have become sensitive to political situations because my family was involuntarily involved in the treasonous murder of 4000 men1 at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. My relatives knew it was going to happen beforehand.”

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, writes Van Dyke, was instigated by the U.S., Britain and Holland, when they cut off all shipping into and out of Japan, threatening its people with starvation. Hartford’s great uncle, Gerald Mason Van Dyke, was an Army Intelligence officer in Hawaii at the time of the attack.
According to Skeleton, Mason Van Dyke had foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack and sent his warning to Washington DC at 2:00 p.m. on December 4, 1941. His message was received in Washington at about 7:00 p.m. (due to the time difference) by Rear Admiral, Paulus Prince Powell. As Van Dyke tells the story, Powell notified Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, who then contacted Secretary of War, Henry Stimson. Stimson contacted President Roosevelt, and Roosevelt reported to Naval Intelligence in Washington.
As Skeleton claims, Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, wanted to move the Navy out and set up a defense perimeter around the islands. James Vincent Forrestal, Undersecretary of the Navy, also wanted to act defensively. According to Skeleton, what happened next is a claim that has never been made before (to my knowledge). President Roosevelt put Powell, Knox and Forrestal under armed Marine guard until after the Pearl Harbor attack. He sent a message to Lt. Col. Clifford M. Andrew, Intelligence officer at Army Intelligence in Hawaii, which read: “The Japanese will attack, do not prepare defenses, we need the full support of the American Nation in a war time effort by an unprovoked attack upon the Nation.”
As Hartford writes in Skeleton, in 1949 James Vincent Forrestal’s knowledge became a threat to those in power, and he was thrown out of a seventh floor window of a Bethesda hospital. Less well known, on May 15, 1966, Lt. Col. Clifford M. Andrew, who had received FDR’s stand down order at Military Intelligence in Hawaii, was murdered in his home in Tigard, Oregon, by a bullet in the back of the head.
Roger A. Stolley worked in a civilian capacity for Clifford Andrew. Stolley testifies in Skeleton that, “A limited number of personnel were directly involved with the events behind the Pearl Harbor incident. Information directly concerned with the attack was labeled TOP SECRET, held in approximately forty file cabinets of the Army Intelligence Office.” The file cabinets, which were situated in Honolulu, he writes, was taken out and burned – another claim not made elsewhere (to my knowledge). All personnel with knowledge of them were subject to military court martial if they revealed their contents.
Stolley further testifies that Lt. Col. Clifford Andrew confided in him, on several occasions, part of the contents of those files. Stolley paraphrases Andrew’s words, “We knew well in advance that the Japanese were going to attack. It was a lie that we didn’t have direct radio communication with Washington DC. Not only did my office have direct radio communications, but so did the territorial government and the FBI.” Stolley concludes, “The responsibility for Pearl Harbor rests upon five men: Franklin D. Roosevelt; Gen. George C. Marshall; Harold R. Stark (Chief of Naval Operations); Lt. Col. Kindall J. Fielder, G-2, under General Short; and Clifford M. Andrew.” The extract is signed and witnessed by Roger A. Stolley, dated May 25, 1975.


Pearl Harbour poster

On January 27, 1941, Joseph C. Grew, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, wired Washington that he’d learned of the surprise attack Japan was preparing for Pearl Harbour. On September 24, a dispatch from Japanese naval intelligence to Japan’s consul general in Honolulu was deciphered. The transmission was a request for a grid of exact locations of ships in Pearl Harbour. Surprisingly, Washington chose not to share this information with the officers at Pearl Harbour. Then, on November 26, the main body of the Japanese strike force (consisting of six aircraft carriers, two battleships, three cruisers, nine destroyers, eight tankers, 23 fleet submarines, and five midget submarines) departed Japan for Hawaii.

Despite the myth that the strike force maintained strict radio silence, US Naval intelligence intercepted and translated many dispatches. And, there was no shortage of dispatches: Tokyo sent over 1000 transmissions to the attack fleet before it reached Hawaii. Some of these dispatches, in particular this message from Admiral Yamamoto, left no doubt that Pearl Harbour was the target of a Japanese attack: “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.”

Even on the night before the attack, US intelligence decoded a message pointing to Sunday morning as a deadline for some kind of Japanese action. The message was delivered to the Washington high command more than four hours before the attack on Pearl Harbour. But, as many messages before, it was withheld from the Pearl Harbour commanders.Although many ships were damaged at Pearl Harbour, they were all old and slow. The main targets of the Japanese attack fleet were the Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carriers, but Roosevelt made sure these were safe from the attack: in November, at about the same time as the Japanese attack fleet left Japan, Roosevelt sent the Lexington and Enterprise out to sea. Meanwhile, the Saratoga was in San Diego.

I have always considered Admiral Kimmel and  General Short to be splendid officers who were
thrown to the wolves as scapegoats for something over which they had no control. They had
to work with what they were given, both in equipment and information.
They are our outstanding military martyrs.
Fleet Admiral, US Navy
Fishers Island, N.Y.
September, 1953

Keeping the route clear for the Japanese Attack ~
from Pearl Harbor ~ The Final Secret written by Admiral Robert A Theobold, Commander of Battle Ship Destroyers,  Pearl HarborROUTE ALL TRANSPACIFIC SHIPPING THRU TORRES STRAITS. CINCPAC AND CINCAF PROVIDE NECESSARY ESCORT. REFER YOUR DISPATCH 230258.{endnote 10 on p. 59: 10. See Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner’s discussion of the Vacant Sea order in PHPT 4, p. 1942. The significance of his admission that the North Pacific was cleared for the Japanese carrier force did not register with Congress or with the news media covering the 1945-46 investigation.}{p. 145} The order was dispatched about an hour after Admiral Nagumo’s carrier force departed Hitokappu Bay and entered the North Pacific.The Vacant Sea order dramatizes Admiral Kimmel’s helplessness in the face of FDR’s desires. The admiral tried on a number of occasions to do something to defend Pearl Harbor, based on Rochefort’s troubling intercepts. Exactly two weeks prior to the attack, Kimmel ordered a search for a Japanese carrier force north of Hawaii. Without White House approval, he moved the Pacific Fleet into the North Pacific Ocean in the precise area where Japan planned to launch her carrier attack on Pearl Harbor. But his laudable efforts came to naught. When White House military officials learned Kimmel’s warships were in the area of what turned out to be the intended Japanese launch site, they issued directives that caused Kimmel to quickly order the Pacific Fleet out of the North Pacific and back to its anchorages in Pearl Harbor.11 {for endnote 11, see below}

This unfortunate reversal of direction has been ignored by every Pearl Harbor investigation. It was never discussed during the original series of inquiries held from 1941 to 1946. It escaped scrutiny during the 1995 Congressional probe by Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. Congress opened the 1995 Pearl Harbor probe at the request of Husband Kimmel’s surviving family members. But neither Admiral Kimmel nor his family ever mentioned the mysterious sortie and the sudden recall from the North Pacific waters. Yet it provides exculpatory evidence which proves that Kimmel vigorously reconnoitered the waters north of Hawaii. After the attack, Kimmel was accused of failure to conduct precisely this type of reconnaissance.

{endnote 11 on p. 59: 11. The Vacant Sea order was authored by Rear Admiral Royal Ingersoll, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, and can be found in PHPT 12, p. 317. The order was Issued after Admiral Kimmel disputed an earlier Vacant Sea order of Nov. 22, which interfered vvith his plans to have the Pacific Fleet patrolling the North Pacific waters starting Sunday Nov. 23. See Kimmel’s protest: CINCPAC to OPNAV, Serial 220417 of Nov. 22, 1941 in RG 38, PHLO, Archive.

Truth is often stranger than fiction

Must Hear;  FDR orders U.S. Ships sunk as Seaman abandoned and sent down to their watery graves
(also see the attached article on Hidden History article in Nexus Magazine by Mr. Dietrich that is known only to the very, very few).
Douglas Dietrich was a Librarian for the military in charge of document destruction at the Presidio Military Base in San Francisco.  He had access to facts and truths that were subsequently destroyed. He is now speaking out about what really happened at Pearl Harbor because both his parents have been killed and he feels he can only stay alive by going public about what really happened at Pearl Harbor 76 years ago. and how FDR and his men provoked the attack, then kept our own military from stopping the Japanese attack.

‘A Date That Will Live in Infamy’  ~ FDR

President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .

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