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The only confirmed voice behind Tokyo Rose has died.

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posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:21 AM
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Iva Toguri d'Aquino has died at the age of ninety. Iva broadcast Japanese propaganda during World War Two. The people who made the broadcasts were known as "Tokyo Rose " to American service personal. Iva was prosecuted for treason after the war and was later pardoned by President Ford.

 



www.smh.com.au
Iva Toguri d'Aquino, who was convicted and later pardoned of being World War II propagandist "Tokyo Rose," has died of natural causes. She was 90.

In 1949, she became the seventh person to be convicted of treason in American history and served six years in prison. But doubts about her possible role as Tokyo Rose later surfaced and she was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.

The FBI and the Army conducted an extensive investigation to determine whether d'Aquino had committed crimes against the US.




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I doubt that any American or other allied World War Two veterans will be saddened by Iva death. Iva and her fellow broadcasters pioneered the use of a differnt medium to spread propaganda. The medium used was radio which shared the media scope with newspapers at the time.

IMO Today you can see what Iva and her Japanese masters pioneered in the form of Fox News and Al Jazeera TV networks. Note Im not saying that Iva and her fellow broadcasters were the sole pioneers of broacasting propaganda via differnt methods of commication and media.

Its worth noting that no other criminal charges were laid against any other US citzens.

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[edit on 27-9-2006 by xpert11]




posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:06 PM
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That is a very interesting story. It has the plot, and the twists, and the world changeing events that you would exspect to see in a James Bond or similar movie.

Speaking of that some one probably could make a movie about this lady.

Nice find, thanks for positng it.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 07:12 PM
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In 2004, actor George Takei announced he was working on a film titled Tokyo Rose, American Patriot, about Toguri's activities during the war.

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RedGolem there arent many details yet but it appears as if a movie is in the works. I think that it will be very interesting to see how Iva is portrayed by Hollywood. Often Hollywood will ignore or add fictional elements to a charchter to make a story more appealing to audiences.



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posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:00 PM
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Originally posted by xpert11
RedGolem there arent many details yet but it appears as if a movie is in the works. I think that it will be very interesting to see how Iva is portrayed by Hollywood. Often Hollywood will ignore or add fictional elements to a charchter to make a story more appealing to audiences.



Xpert,
I think I would take your statment one step farther and say they always add things to make the story more apealing. I obviously dont know the story behind this lady aside from what I just read but I hope whoever is makeing the movie does enough research and gets the facts right.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:30 PM
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Once upon a time, in an undisclosed location, I had an opportunity to share tea with a person closely connected to the woman known as Tokyo Rose.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:34 PM
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Moscow Molly carried on the technique of using a woman with a sultry voice to broadcast propaganda and undermine the morale of U.S. & allied forces. The last time I personally heard Moscow Molly was in 1958 when I was stationed in Turkey. I don't know how long she continued to spew forth her particular brand of poison. She wished me a happy birthday once and said I should be ashamed to be doing what I was doing.

How she knew who I was, where I was and what I was doing says a lot about the effectiveness of Soviet intelligence back in those days.

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posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 04:45 AM
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Astronomer70. I'd love to hear that story someday. My father has told me about listening to both TokyoRose, and the ones that RadioMoscow put on. He said that they used virtually the same sort of things. Names of units, locations, even individuals in those units. Must have been downright freaky to hear your name come over the radio like that.



posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 06:18 AM
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Yes, but she wasn't Tokyo Rose. She did another, totally separate and utterly boring, radio broadcast. Her trial in 1945 was a a travesty, and she was treated very badly - hence the pardon from Ford.
She was very proud to be a US citizen and she never complained about the way that she had been treated.



posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 06:20 AM
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Here's the link to the obituary in today's Times:
www.timesonline.co.uk...

Sad...




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