posted on Jun, 12 2015 @ 02:45 AM
a reply to: mike dangerously
Here's an oldie but goodie.Pearl Harbor what did FDR know and when did he know it? We had several warnings in the months and weeks leading up to the
attack but nothing was done to put the fleet on high alert or even get them out to sea.
It was known that something was coming down the pike. But not where, or when. Several war warnings were sent out, the last the week before the
attack itself. But, the main threat, or so it was thought, would be sabotage...which is why the planes were parked as they were. Though some small
number were moved to adjoining airfields, not enough. The Fleet... The carriers were out to see with their escorts of cruisers and destroyers,
delivering fighters to various garrisons. The battleships were left in port because they weren't anything like fast enough to keep up with 30 knot
plus carriers and cruisers. Not to mention it was peace time drill.
They were as alert as they thought they needed to be. Remember it was peace time. Negotiations were underway to try and resolve the differences
between the United States and the Empire of Japan. The warnings, such as they were, didn't say where the attacks might be. Several different places
were mentioned. The Philippine Islands. Kral Peninsula. Hawaii. the Panama Canal. The West Coast. All were thought to be possible targets.
Alert conditions can not be maintained indefinitely.
Various documents were lost or destroyed,also the US had broken the Japanese cypher machine so we have been reading their messages for months
at that point.
The codes were dented, not completely broken. I read somewhere, though I can't find it right now...that they were reading only about half of what
they were intercepting. Enough to give an idea, but nothing definitive. that's why they were able to give warnings, but nothing as to where, not
really. As I said, they suspected, they didn't know. Big difference.
As for what Roosevelt knew? As I understand it, for a while he was kept out of the loop so far as the intelligence intercepts because of security
concerns in the White House...It was only just before the attack (a week or two, I think...) that the White House was put back on the list.
Peace time. Negotiations underway. Not a little bit of racism. All these and more contributed to the US getting caught with its pants down on Dec.