Richard Stanley

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I accidentally came across a copy, on my computer, of this excerpted article below, that I had thought was scrubbed from the host site. The article discusses the foreknowledge of the Red Cross as to what happened at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This dovetails with what Robert Stinnett detailed in his Day of Deceit, where he documented not only the top miltary foreknowledge of the attack, but asserts that FDR had approved the goading of the Japanese to do so via our execution of all the items on the McCollum Memorandum.

In more recent years General Short and Admiral Kimmel were posthumously relieved of their official responsibility for what happened at Pearl Harbor -- in regards to defense preparations. On 9/11, similar medical supplies were pre-positioned, and this time war games confusion was used to shield the military brass.

Families of the Pearl Harbor commanders have been championing the theory that official Washingon knew when and where the 1941 Japanese attack would occur. Evidence of secret medical shipments prior to the attack is lending credence to it.
A previously unsubstantiated report that President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the national office of the American Red Cross to send medical supplies secretly to Pearl Harbor in advance of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack is beginning to look much more feasible.
Don C. Smith, who directed the War Service for the Red Cross before World War II and was deputy administrator of services to the armed forces from 1942 to 1946, when he became administrator, apparently knew about the timing of the Pearl Harbor attack in advance. Unfortunately, Smith died in 1990 at age 98. But when his daughter, Helen E. Hamman, saw news coverage of efforts by the families of Husband Kimmel and Walter Short to restore the two Pearl Harbor commanders posthumously to what the families contend to be their deserved ranks, she wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton on 5 September 1995. Recalling a conversation with her father, Hamman wrote:
. . . Shortly before the attack in 1941 President Roosevelt called him [Smith] to the White House for a meeting concerning a Top Secret matter. At this meeting the President advised my father that his intelligence staff had informed him of a pending attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese. He anticipated many casualties and much loss, he instructed my father to send workers and supplies to a holding area at a P.O.E. [port of entry] on the West Coast where they would await further orders to ship out, no destination was to be revealed. He left no doubt in my father's mind that none of the Naval and Military officials in Hawaii were to be informed and he was not to advise the Red Cross officers who were already stationed in the area. When he protested to the President, President Roosevelt told him that the American people would never agree to enter the war in Europe unless they were attack [sic] within their own borders.
. . . He [Smith] was privy to Top Secret operations and worked directly with all of our outstanding leaders. He followed the orders of his President and spent many later years contemplating this action which he considered ethically and morally wrong. ...
The following are comments to the above linked article:

StukaPilot4 years ago • edited
interesting and useful. Now, how about a smoking cannon:
1) Richard Montpelier, in WW II Magazine, III/#1, May 1988, pp. 12-17, describing a German radiotelephone intercept station on the Dutch coast which, in September, 1941, began picking off and descrambling Roosevelt-Churchill trans-Atlantic radiotelephone conversations.
2) Gregory Douglas, GESTAPO CHIEF: THE 1948 OSS INTERROGATIONS OF HEINRICH MUELLER (San Jose, 1995), Vol. I, pp. 42-55, 246-254, documents a particularly interesting intercept on 26 November, 1941 (GMT 1:35 PM; DC Time: 9:35 AM). Churchill initiates, and gives Roosevelt specific information on the upcoming Pearl Harbor attack, including date (8 Dec. Japan time) and composition of attacking force...all this (apparently) via break of IJN code by British Far East Intel. He also - after some resistance by FDR - convinces the President to play it has way: just let it happen, manufacture an "infamy", get Congress to declare War on Japan. Roosevelt, having failed to front-door American entry into the conflict via his Atlantic provocations during the spring and summer of 1941, finally agrees to do it via back-door High Treason. Incidentally, George Victor - the only "mainstream" historian to look at the intercepts, in PEARL HARBOR MYTH: RETHINKING THE UNTHINKABLE (Washington, 2007) - checked Roosevelt's daily log to see if he had been wheeled into the White House basement RT room at this hour. Yes indeed.
3) finally, did Brit FE Intel sufficiently crack the IJN code to get this information? We won't know for sure until 2042 (and maybe not even then), but the first-hand account by Peter Shepherd, THREE DAYS TO PEARL (Annapolis, 2000, esp. pp. 121-127 et seq.) certainly suggests so. Having stumbled on details of the attack, via a 5 December conversation with a drunken Japanese naval architect in a bar in Japanese-occupied Indochina, he then reported to the Higher-Ups and was told, in no uncertain terms, to "STFU or we'll disappear you. The fix is on. Events will take their course...". And so they did.
Early Warning
On February 1, 1932, the United States began its annual Grand Joint Army and Navy Exercises. As in earlier years, the participating soldiers and sailors were divided into “Blue” and “Black” teams. This year the goal was to test the defenses of the main American bastion in the Pacific. The Blue attackers, with the Navy’s two new carriers, USS Saratoga and Lexington, plus a formidable array of battleships and cruisers, were ordered to land a combined Army-Marine assault force on Oahu, Hawaii.
The Black defenders, equally well supplied with battleships and cruisers and submarines, were supposed to stop them. The Blacks also had imposing batteries of antiaircraft guns and more than 100 planes at their disposal.
For a decade, the Navy had been evolving Plan Orange, which envisioned a war between the United States and Japan. By 1932 the Japanese had the third strongest navy in the world, surpassed only by the United States’s and Great Britain’s. Already, Japan’s diplomats were dropping hints that the country resented the restrictions imposed by the arms-limitation treaties of the 1920s and planned to insist on absolute parity in the upcoming naval talks in London.
The Navy knew surprise attack was one of Japan’s fundamental strategies. The Japanese had begun their war with Russia in 1904 with a devastating strike on Port Arthur that annihilated the Russian Asiatic Fleet. ...
FDR: Guilty, Short & Kimmel Were Scapegoats
“Another day of infamy.” By that choice of title in April’s issue, Kevin Baker expresses outrage at recent congressional action designed to restore the reputations of Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Maj. Gen. Walter C. Short, the commanders in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor disaster. Baker states that this action sneaks “a conspiracy theory through the back door of the people’s house,” and in so doing “it sets a sorry precedent.” That theory alleges that President Roosevelt was forewarned of the coming attack. Baker asks: “What is history? It is all that we are now, and all that we believe ourselves to be. If we are to start now tearing ourselves down, knocking apart everything we know to be the truth, not on the basis of any new evidence or research but simply to serve some narrow purpose or ancient grudge, what will be left of us?” Excellent questions, but surprising, especially in light of his earlier comment that “all Washington had to do was to give Pearl Harbor an explicit last-minute warning and Japan’s fleet would have been caught flat-footed, thousands of miles from its home waters.” If Kevin Baker’s history asserts that the commanders in Hawaii could somehow have caught the Japanese flat-footed, then his version of truth sorely needs getting knocked apart. ...