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Sir Walter Scott once stated, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." His statement affirms that conspiracies have always been a reoccurring matter.

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Sir Walter Scott once stated, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." His statement affirms that conspiracies have always been a reoccurring matter. The event of December 7, 1941 has become one of the most controversial debates in American history. On this day, Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States' Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Not only did the attack devastate the nation's public, but the deception and betrayal of high government officials contributed to a national controversy. Due to the superiority of American naval intelligence, forewarnings of the bombings at Pearl Harbor were revealed to the president 15 months ahead of time. Contrary to the belief that government conspiracies cannot possibly happen, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack remained a secret in order to provoke the United States into a second world war. Many people believe that if a conspiracy concerning the issue of Pearl Harbor did exist, the United States was the only nation that knew about the forewarnings. ...read more.

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Roosevelt's popular war quote was, "I won't send your boys to war unless we are attacked". Hypocritically, Roosevelt provoked Japan to commit an overt act of war and indirectly stimulated United States involvement. The radio intercept stations had worked efficiently for years. Japan was kept under tight surveillance. This nation's actions were always made apparent to Washington. An intercepted transmission from the Japanese fleet to its headquarters in Tokyo was decoded to indicate the exact date of a Japanese attack. Technologically advanced naval trackers even discovered the position of this Japanese fleet. Roosevelt was presented all of this information. Lieutenant Commander Arthur McCollum also partook in an attempt to provoke the Japanese to initiate a war atrocity on the United States. McCollum advantageously devised an eight-part plan to instigate an attack on the United States. In addition, Naval Intelligence discovered a Japanese spy reporting to the Japanese government the whereabouts of the Pacific Fleet. Instead of arresting this suspect, Roosevelt permitted him to continue his covert operation. ...read more.

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Intelligence officers in Washington were deliberately prohibited from transmitting specific information to Short and Kimmel. In this case, the White House opposed a prepared Pacific Fleet. The attack was blamed on the naval incompetence of Short and Kimmel. Even though Kimmel was relieved of his position, he believed that the navy department had used him as a scapegoat to avoid acknowledging public responsibility for its own errors. The government manipulated, and in turn did use some Americans in order to prevent their hindrance of a Japanese provocation. Pearl Harbor is a prime example of government treating human beings like guinea pigs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "Sooner or later the Japanese will commit an overt act against the United States and the nation will be willing to enter the war." His intentions seemed to hold much clairvoyance. Radio-intercepted messages, cracking of Japanese codes, McCollum's eight action plan, and the tracking of Japanese ships all indicate the certainty that Roosevelt knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Since there was a strong isolation movement after World War I, admittance into a second world war was strongly opposed. Roosevelt's only option was to provoke an attack. 1 Critelli ...read more.

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