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This is a "Book To Film" book club selection.

"Pearl Harbor, Mother Of All Conspiracies" by Mark Emerson Willey is a fascinating read.  A lot of work and research went into this book.  If the explosive allegations are proven true, will Hollywood have the guts to make a film?  Our book club staff gave this book a three star *** rating.

 

PEARL HARBOR:

 

EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS:

"Everything that the Japanese were planning to do was known to the United States..."ARMY BOARD, 1944. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) allegedly, provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders.  FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe.  It was his backdoor to war.

1. FDR allegedly denied intelligence to reach Hawaii.

2. On Nov. 27th, 1941, the commanders were allegedly misled into thinking negotiations with Japan were continuing to prevent them from realizing the war was on.

3. False information was allegedly sent to Hawaii about the location of the Japanese carrier fleet.  1940-FDR ordered the fleet transferred from the West Coast to its exposed position in Hawaii and ordered the fleet remain stationed at Pearl Harbor over complaints by its commander Admiral Richardson.  Richardson felt so strongly that he twice disobeyed orders to berth his fleet there and raised the issue personally with FDR in October, he was replaced shortly afterwards.

His successor Admiral Kimmel brought up the same issues with FDR in June 1941.  1941-FDR allegedly sold munitions and convoyed them to belligerents in Europe, both acts of war and both violations of international law-The Lend Lease Act.

1941- An Korean agent Kilsoo Haan allegedly told Eric Severeid of CBS that the Korean underground and Japan had positive proof that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor before Christmas. Haan, allegedly, convinced US Senator Guy Gillette that the Japanese were planning to attack.  Gillette allegedly, alerted the State Dept., Army, Navy Intelligence and FDR personally, nothing was done.

1941-Soviet spy Richard Sorge, considered the greatest spy in history allegedly informed Kremlin that Pearl Harbor would be attacked within 60 days.   Moscow allegedly informed him that his information was passed on to the US.  All references to Pearl Harbor in the War Departments copy of Sorge's 32,000 word confession to the Japanese has been deleted-NY Daily News, May 17, 1951.  Allegedly, on Dec. 6th, 1941 at 9:30 p.m., FDR read the first 13 parts of the decoded Japanese diplomatic declaration of war and allegedly said, "this means war."  When he returned to his 34 dinner guests, he allegedly made the comment "the war starts tomorrow."

The next day on Dec. 7th, 1941-Harry Hopkins, who was the only person with FDR when he received the news of the attack by telephone from Knox, recounted, that FDR seemed unsurprised and seemed to express a great relief when he was informed of the war. Nine hours later, MacArthur's entire air force was caught by surprise and wiped out in the Philippines.  His reaction to Pearl Harbor was unusual.

He locked himself in his room and refused to meet with his air commander General Brereton and he allegedly refused to attack Japanese forces on Formosa even under orders from the War Department.  Despite this, he kept his command and received his fourth star and a Congressional Medal Of Honor. Later, Jonathan Daniels, press secretary and administrative assistant to FDR said, "The blow was heavier than he hoped it would necessarily be...But the risks paid off; even the loss was worth the price."

The US was warned about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor by the governments of Britain, Netherlands, Australia, Peru, Korea and the Soviet Union.   All Japanese codes were broken prior to the attack yet nothing was done to prevent the attack.  According to this book, Chief Safford of OP-20-G and Chief Friedman of Army SIS allegedly said- "FDR knew Pearl Harbor was going to be attacked." CASUALTIES OF PEARL HARBOR: Deaths: 2,403. Wounded: 1,178.  Eighteen ships were sunk and 188 planes were destroyed.