Everybody knows the infamous date of December 7, 1941, when Japanese aircraft carrier flew to the Hawaiian Islands and attacked the American base at 7:55. 354 aircrafts carrying bombs, torpedoes, depth bombs attacked the US Atlantic Fleet that was not expecting hostilities. Several US ships were sunk and destroyed. 343 aircrafts were destroyed, killing 2459 soldiers and civilians, and 1282 people were injured. Less than 24 hours after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan. One question bothers the minds of supporters of conspiracy theories: did the US government know about the preparation of this attack? Was this a scenario to start a war?
It should be noted that the vast majority of historians do not share a similar suspicion. The idea of the US government’s participation in the tragedy of Pearl Harbor is supported by a few authors and anti-government activists. Although there are little suspicions of this theory, they also have the right to exist.
Probably the most suspicious about the attack is the absence of all three US aircraft carriers in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor during the attack. It is logical to assume that knowing about a possible attack the most valuable ships should be taken away.
There are also less known events that took place a few hours earlier. At 6:42, four hours before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a midget submarine was discovered of the Japanese Navy. The ship was sent to the place of the alleged finding, which did not find the submarine, but discovered and destroyed at 6:37 the second submarine, almost an hour before the attack. Isn’t this fact supposed to lead the fleet to the combat readiness, unless of course, someone ordered otherwise?
53 minutes before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Opana Point found out about the approach of the Japanese aircraft. It was reported to the commander of the post Kermit Tyler, who did not transmit his command, but instead took the operators for breakfast. Tyler’s inactions are discussed further with great suspicion by supporters of conspiracy theories.
Most arguments on the conspiracy theory came from the book ‘Day of Deceit’ by Robert Stinnett. It should be noted that many other authors do not agree with Stinnett. One of the opponents of Stinnett is Henry Clausen, who published a book in 1992 about the final conclusions of Pearl Harbor. In 1944, the US Secretary of War ordered Klausen, a lawyer, to conduct an independent investigation of the events preceding the tragedy of Pearl Harbor, and name those who responsible. The report was declassified before the date of publication of the book.
Everybody knows the infamous date of December 7, 1941, when Japanese aircraft carrier flew to the Hawaiian Islands and attacked the American base at 7:55. 354 aircrafts carrying bombs, torpedoes, depth bombs attacked the US Atlantic Fleet that was not expecting hostilities. Several US ships were sunk and destroyed.