December 7th, 2006

Betrayal at Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

This article poignantly sums up the peril at Peril Harbor, and at whose door judgment and responsibility will ultimately lay. On this, the 65th anniversary of the attack, the message the article conveys is more important than ever, especially when compared to the events of today.

Betrayal at Pearl Harbor
by Bliss W. Tew

I have written this essay on December 4, 2006, 65-years after the Japanese navy’s torpedo planes attacked our fleet while it was anchored at Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. This short essay was written to commemorate the event, to honor the sailors and soldiers who lost their lives in combat that morning by telling the truth, to vindicate those before me who have told the truth at personal cost to their own popularity, and to remind my fellow Americans that only the truth can make us free, not myths or cover-ups stories created by politicians to cover up their own misdeeds.

John T. Flynn’s 1945 pioneering effort to bring to light Franklin Roosevelt’s betrayal at Pearl Harbor was contained in his pamphlet The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor. Other books followed telling parts of FDR’s dirty secret; books such as William Stevenson’s A Man Called Intrepid< .em>, George Morgensterns’s 1947 book Pearl Harbor; Russell Grenfell’s 1952 Main Fleet To Singapore; Charles Beard’s 1948 book President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941. Then, there was Husband Kimmel’s book in 1955, Admiral Kimmel’s Story.

In 1954, Robert Welch, the founder of The John Birch Society, wrote: “For, let’s go back to December 12, 1941. It was only the preceding Sunday that General George C. Marshall had woefully failed to use the telephone, or any other prompt means, to give General Short or Admiral Kimmel in Hawaii his own advance information as to the coming Japanese attack. Half of the American fleet had been deliberately decoyed as sitting ducks in Pearl Harbor, with Marshall’s full knowledge and connivance, to induce the Japanese to strike. So afraid were he and Roosevelt that the Hawaiian commanders might somehow get some warning of Japanese intentions that they had even denied these commanders the possession of a ‘Purple’ decoding machine, through which Kimmel and Short might themselves have learned at first hand what was afoot.”

The late Robert Welch, so often ahead of the curve, had early on, through studious research and his voracious reading habits, discovered that American cryptoanalysts had broken the Japanese code in 1940 and devised a facsimile to the Japanese machine. The deciphered texts of Japanese diplomatic communications were nicknamed “Magic.”

But the best book was yet to come. In 2000, Robert B. Stinnett, a World War II Navy veteran, completed his expose concerning Franklin Roosevelt’s prior knowledge that the Japanese were about to attack Pearl Harbor, information Roosevelt obtained through his almost daily reading of the decoded Japanese diplomatic and naval messages during the months before the December 7th Sunday attack.

Stinnett’s excellent book, Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor, added to the growing body of evidence surrounding the Pearl Harbor battle, evidence that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge he did not share with his commanders at Pearl Harbor, nor with Congress, that the Japanese would soon attack, evidence that President Roosevelt in fact had an 8-step plan he had been carrying out to spur and bait the Japanese into attacking our fleet harbored at Pearl.

James Perloff wrote in 2001, “Copies of Magic were always promptly delivered in locked pouches to President Roosevelt, the secretaries of State, War, and Navy. They also went to Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall and to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Harold Stark.” These were the American leaders who attempted to keep the secret of their prior knowledge locked up forever, forever to be unknown by the American public.

But why, why would President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General George C. Marshall keep the important knowledge they obtained daily from decoded and translated Japanese naval and diplomatic messages from reaching their commanders at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii? And why would President Roosevelt insist that most of the Pacific fleet remain in the Harbor like sitting ducks against the advice of admirals who warned him of the danger of doing so?

The obvious reason was that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was willing to sacrifice the lives of American service men at Pearl Harbor to a Japanese preemptive-attack, an attack which he saw coming, for the sake of getting us into the war through a blow struck first by an enemy. If the Japanese could be convinced to fire the first shot, Americans would be aroused to anger and Congress would surely then declare war.

FDR had unsuccessfully attempted to goad the Germans into striking a blow against American naval ships so he could join in World War II, but Hitler wouldn’t oblige him. So a “back door” approach to gaining a Declaration of War from Congress was needed.

Since Japan and Germany were allies, if Japan could be goaded and baited into attacking Pearl Harbor, then Congress would be forced to declare war on both Japan and Germany. Thus, Roosevelt could gain entrance into the war against Hitler at whatever the cost, but a cost acceptable to Roosevelt. The cost ended up being seven American warships, 2,897 Americans killed, 879 wounded, and 26 missing. It was acceptable to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to sacrifice these Americans in order to gain entrance into the war on the side of the U.S.S.R. and England.

By 2001, even the History Channel had produced and aired a documentary, Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor, which through the medium of television restated the facts that had been so long in print that President Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the coming attack, a knowledge that he kept from his commanders in Hawaii, from Congress, and from the American people to his dying day. The “sacrifice” the documentary referred to is Roosevelt’s sacrifice of our service men at Pearl Harbor in order to convince Congress to declare war. (In those days, Congress obeyed the constitution before assigning the executive, the Commander in Chief, to execute a war they had decide upon, Congress first legally declared war before a President would be called on to act as commander in that war.)

On January 27th, 1941, eleven months before the attack, our U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Grew, sent a message to Washington stating: “The Peruvian Minister has informed a member of my staff that he has heard from many sources, including a Japanese source, that in the event of trouble breaking out between the United States and Japan, the Japanese intended to make a surprise attack against Pearl Harbor with all their strength….” But FDR ordered the Pacific fleet to be kept at Pearl Harbor anyway instead of its normal berthing on the U.S. West Coast.

James Perloff informs us that after meeting with President Roosevelt on October 16, 1941, Secretary of War Henry Stimson wrote in his diary: “We face the delicate question of the diplomatic fencing to be done so as to be sure Japan is put into the wrong and makes the first bad move — overt move.” Then, on November 25th, 1941, the day before FDR’s administration sent an ultimatum to Japan’s ambassadors, Stimson wrote in his diary: “The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into the position of firing the first shot….”

President Roosevelt’s order to keep the fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor went against the advice of admirals such as Admiral J. O. Richardson, who was the admiral of the Pacific fleet in 1940. The two had a heated argument over the question of keeping the fleet at Pearl Harbor.

FDR soon relieved Richardson of command of the Pacific Fleet and replaced him with Admiral Husband E. Kimmel. Whereupon Admiral Kimmel also informed the President of Pearl Harbor’s deficiencies, but accepted placement there. And Roosevelt then dangled the fleet stationed at Pearl as bait to the Japanese, available for attack from any direction.

By FDR keeping such prior knowledge of the certain and impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to himself and his inner circle of top leaders in Washington in order to engineer entry into war, he was preventing a timely warning from reaching U.S. Admiral Kimmel or U.S. Army General Short in Hawaii, an act which significantly aided the Japanese forces in obtaining a surprise attack victory against our forces stationed in Hawaii. This advantage to the Japanese enabled them to inflict a major blow through surprise upon our fleet, a blow of such significance it was guaranteed to motivate Congress to declare war.

But, by thus aiding the military forces of our enemy, Japan, it must be finally, plainly stated in print, President Franklin D. Roosevelt committed an act of treason against our nation and its military forces in order to gain his objective, entry into World War II.

Whatever President Franklin Roosevelt’s reasons may have been for gaining American entry into World War II, and some defenders claim FDR’s reasons were good reasons, his method of gaining entry by betraying thousands of our servicemen to their deaths that Sunday morning was nevertheless a grave crime against those soldiers and sailors in Hawaii, their families, and thus against our entire nation.

The unveiling of his deceitful betrayal of Congress and the American people by keeping secret his prior knowledge of the coming attack and his December 8th pretense at being shocked and surprised, as he gave his “Day of Infamy” speech, should outrage all Americans, especially those who fought in World War II. The outrage should stem from Roosevelt’s enabling the Japanese attack to be so successful and then cynically speaking in pretended outrage to the American people as if he too were surprised by the attack.

At last, with so much evidence revealed against him, Franklin Roosevelt’s name deserves to rank forever with the names of the like of Benedict Arnold and Judas Iscariot as another potent symbol of human betrayal. FDR’s betrayal of our armed forces at Pearl Harbor should be a lesson learned by all Americans to be vigilant and watchful of elected officials, since even a president can betray us to our enemies for his own political reasons, yes, even a president can commit treason!

And later, Roosevelt’s betrayal of our allies in Eastern Europe during the Yalta Conference and the Teran conference held with Stalin should be understood as well by Americans as another warning of secret betrayals on a grand scale. Oh if Americans even knew of and understood “Operation Keelhaul” for example, they would know how Polands brave people were betrayed into Soviet hands. Or if the people understood Eisenhower’s later betrayal of the people of Hungary, then, they would see how Presidents are able to do evil on a grand scale.

In my view, the statue of Franklin Roosevelt seated in his wheelchair now found in an honored place in Washington, D.C. should be removed and taken to Pearl Harbor to be placed aboard the upturned hull of theU.S.S. Arizona for Americans to look upon in disgust as they pass by it on their way to honor those sailors who were drowned, burned, torpedoed, bombed, and machine-gunned that day as a consequence of FDR’s betrayal of them in order to lead America into World War II. A plaque should be placed on FDR’s statue reading: “Here is FDR, the cruel President who betrayed the men of our pacific fleet by allowing the Japanese enemy to attack by surprise when he could have warned the fleet’s Admiral and permitted them to escape the torpedo trap of being anchored inside Pearl Harbor.”

My heart goes out to the families of those who suffered in this tragic event, just as it does to those involved in 9/11 and the current war. Those responsible for allowing such events to take place, when they could have been prevented, will one day have to answer for their crimes to our Judge. Sucks to be them!

12 Responses to “Betrayal at Pearl Harbor”

  1. JohnP
    December 8, 2006 at 7:30 am #

    I am truly curious to know if you can find a single historian at BYU who would accept this nonsense as fact. Let us know.

  2. Naiah Earhart
    December 8, 2006 at 8:43 am #

    The essayist is appalled at what she sees as Roosevelt’s feigned surprise and shock. I almost wonder if those were real. What President signs away thousands of men’s lives? I almost wonder if his ‘projected losses’ were much, much less than they turned out to be. Did Roosevelt overestimate the Navy’s ability to handle the emergency situation? Not that sacrificing *any* number of lives is acceptable, but for some reason that line in the essay stuck out for me.

    His shock may well have been real in that, in that moment it went in his mind from strategy to having committed murder.

  3. Kelly Winterton
    December 8, 2006 at 9:55 am #

    I wonder how old John P is? If he is over 35 years or so, he can be forgiven. He was undoubtedly taught history in his school years to believe in the “official” version of history.

    Interested specifically to Roosevelt’s complicity, I asked my daughter what she was taught in history, and she replied to me that she had learned that Roosevelt had indeed had prior knowledge of the attack.

    I inquired further to a just-retired history teacher, and he told me the prevailing school of thought on the question among historians was that Roosevelt had prior knowledge and let the attack happen anyway.

    Reminds me of 9/11.

  4. The Silent Observer
    December 8, 2006 at 5:23 pm #

    That is the biggest wad of horsecrap I have seen in a long time.

  5. Connor
    December 8, 2006 at 9:00 pm #


    I am truly curious to know if you can find a single historian at BYU who would accept this nonsense as fact. Let us know.

    Is your barometer of truth gauged merely by what BYU professors say?! If so, then surely you believe that the twin towers fell as a result of demoltion, right? 🙂


    Reminds me of 9/11.

    I’m glad somebody can draw the parallel! 🙂

    The Silent Observer,

    That is the biggest wad of horsecrap I have seen in a long time.

    I am in awe at your persuasive argument backed by supporting evidence and logic. I could similarly respond by stating how stupid your comment is, but I’ll refrain.

  6. theKnife
    December 9, 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    This discussion misses the most important point. Who knew what when is secondary to the TRUTH that the Japanese DID attack us first. THEY did KILL thousands of Americans and murdered MILLIONS of others over the course of the war (and before) and committed other atrocities upon millions more. Japan was a nation of barbaric and evil men bent on the subjection of other nations and peoples.

    Placing blame on our leaders who may have known or not known hints of what was to come in the FUTURE is so ridiculous when compared to the ultimate TRUTH that the Japanese unilaterally chose to attack and murder our people (or do you think there was some secret plans that America was out to attack Japan first and they just beat us to it?). We manipulated the Japanese into attacking us? That is what your argument boils down to. Sheesh!

    Operating on hindsight is much different than having to act upon bits of information (some conflicting) and respond and make decisions in real-time. You can second-guess leaders in any number of situations. Why did Lincoln go to the theatre?!? Didn’t he know he would be assassinated there? Ah! He must have been given tickets by the Rockefellers and couldn’t say no…

    What hubris to think that if you are younger than 35 then you have a better knowledge about everything that transpired at that time. My observation of what is being taught in schools now leads me to believe quite the opposite is true. I pity the education you have been given. It is quite obvious that you have never had to make any decisions of importance that will affect the lives of many others. Your comments are those of someone who knows little of leadership, let alone of history.

    There are always some who would rather focus on the supposed conspiracy behind an event and who was supposedly pulling what levers, than on the TRUTHS of the event itself. I draw a parallel to the comments in this thread to those that others have made who believe President Bush “orchestrated” and “manipulated” people and events to create the 911 attacks. Some even going so far as to say even bringing down some of the buildings ourselves to perhaps build our nations resolve.

    35 years from now, I suppose “facts” like these will be taught in your children’s history classes. And CERTAINLY, if your children’s history teacher says something is true then it MUST be… A pity that.

    If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.
    Albert Einstein

    Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.
    Bertrand Russell

    The fact that someone says something, doesn’t mean it’s true. Doesn’t mean they’re lying, but it doesn’t mean it’s true.
    Carl Sagan

  7. Kelly Winterton
    December 9, 2006 at 5:19 pm #


    I can see you choose to dismiss my post because it doesn’t fit with your perceived truth. That’s OK, at least you read my post, and that is why I put it out there.

    I didn’t state it as truth, but I stated what a retired history teacher and my daughter told me. It is truth that they told me that.

    And, I HAVE read that Roosevelt not only knew the attack was coming, but that he also had an 8-point plan to anger and entice the Japanese to attack us. Of course I am not stating that as truth, but again stating this as what I’ve been told.

    And I disagree with you that the Japanese were barbaric people and bent on destruction of other peoples. Who are you to judge this?

    But I stand by my comparison of foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack and the foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks. I believe history will, in 35 years, bear me out on that.

  8. APJ
    December 9, 2006 at 6:03 pm #

    Kelly, Why do you believe this? You go out of your way to say that you aren’t presenting it as truth, but close by saying that you believe history will bear you out. It’s a big difference between saying something is possible and that you actually believe it…why do you believe it?

    I appreciate Naiah’s comment: it seems like a middle of the road approach. It’s nice to give people the benefit of the doubt, (especially when we’ve never met them), as opposed to relying on the writings of others and concluding that some people are guilty of heinous crimes.

  9. Kelly Winterton
    December 9, 2006 at 7:21 pm #

    I don’t think I am vain or authoritative enough to say I know what the truth is. But, I have heard and read and studied enough to know for sure that we don’t get the whole truth from the mainstream media or school teachers.

    I have also studied enough in my own mind to know that we got mostly lies in regards to the 9/11 attacks. After studying out the reasons why we got lies from the government and the MSM regarding the 9/11 attacks and Weapons of Mass Destruction, I have concluded that there is enough reason to doubt the story Americans got after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

  10. Don't Tread On Me
    December 7, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Kelly Winterton you are right on point. It is not an OPINION to say that FDR
    is behind the attacks on Pearl Harbor and that ultimately it was the ELITES
    who have now hijacked our govt engineered and financed WW2 to get us into
    the UN just as WW1 got us into the league of nations which is all pieces that are
    meant for the new world order. WW1 and WW2 were both started over FALSE FLAG
    attacks as was Vietnam and 9/11. Operation Northwoods. Need I say more! Knife and other people spouting on with the bs we were taught in public govt run schools are just mind controlled sheep who wanna believe govt is there to protect us. Guess what Knife? Go look up DEMOCIDE! Go look up on google how many people ( non military ) GOVERNMENT on behalf of the global elites have MURDERED. What happened is what happened and there are plenty of writings out from the past and present that well document the TRUTH of what happened. And it IS what happened! Go to LEW ROCKWELL .com . He has stacks of books that don’t just SAY what happened. They ARE what happened! Keep speaking truth to power Kelly! Knife and others like him need to wake up! Start by educating yourself about FALSE FLAGS. Check out the movie TERROR STORM by Alex Jones and NO he is not a conspiracy nut and neither are we. If you call us that it’s only further evidence that you are mind controlled. Snap out of it!

  11. Watchfulwaiter
    May 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Only tonight (after 75 years after the pre-planned and aggressively provoked attack) did i come across this site. I was searching to gain as much present-day knowledge of the chicanery and high treason caused by F. oul D. ictator R. ussiovelt.
    I do recall that in my dad’s day -he signed up with the Navy upon news of this mini-genocide, and heinous deed-, the general feel of the population was not nearly as pro-R. ussiovelt, as our schools would have us believe.
    One man named Dieckhoff, known by my father, and family was on, either the Nevada, or the Utah. He died when it sank; a veterans meetinghouse in Neenah WI named in his honour.
    I certainly agree with the content of this article, but feel -with all due respect-, that it is, ‘too kind’. By that i mean that F. oul D. ictator R. ussiovelt should be more scathed. For example, instead of simply putting the statue of his ‘polio pose’, it should be altered.
    It might send a much more poignant and direct message -though blunt, still appropriate-, showing that lecherous traitor in his chair, slumped over, impaled with a bayonet and depicting him also with, at least, half his head shot off. They did that to JFK. FDR, actually deserved it.
    In response to the first comment-December 8, 2006-, it should be noted that JohnP, merely ‘takes a jab’ at your article, to -not surprisingly-, provoke a defensive reaction. His baseless and empty claim of ‘…nonsense…’, has no more true substance than trying to sink ones teeth into cotton candy. it’s also not sweet, and therefore tasteless as well as baseless.
    He also tried to use an institution of dubious respect at best, to try to sway people away from proof. University profs have been proven to be indoctrinators of false information for years. It will depend upon the particular school, as to what lies, they’ll accept, how often, and how many.
    BYU? Who in their genuinely right mind cares about the ‘king of polygamy’?! Just referring to this college is telling of ‘JohnP’; he may have a lot more problems than his weak and baseless accusation.

  12. Bliss William Tew
    December 6, 2021 at 11:33 am #

    Today is December 6th, 2001, so I wrote the above article, BETRAYAL AT PEARL HARBOR, fifteen years ago now. I have seen a growing understanding in America that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General George Catlett Marshall had prior knowledge of the coming December 7th attack, but failed to warn the commanders at Hawaii. Was that and accidental or an intentional failure? Could top secret information which was that important have been accidentally and mistakenly not forwarded in a timely way when President Roosevelt could have picked up his phone and made a warning phone call? Why would General Marshall not pick up his phone to call Hawaii in a timely way? There is no excuse. Isn’t it more likely that a top general and a president of the United States, both having such top secret, decoded, translated information from the Japanese diplomatic service and Japanese navy about their attack planned for December 7th would have acted responsibly to call their admiral and general at Pearl Harbor to warn them if they were doing their jobs? Can anyone really believe that it would have been an accident that either of them didn’t pass on a timely warning? That belief simply makes reason stare.

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