>Can there be any "state secret" so
>important that a war can be started
>without revealing it?
Pearl Harbour is often quoted as the "Day of Infamy" when Japan struck without warning. It takes quite a deal of logistical and organisational effort to sail a battle fleet and carrier fleet across the Pacific.
I dont doubt American intelligence and the Government were aware that there was going to be a strike. The Japanese were not mobilising for Pearl Harbour singularly, the same day they struck Malaya which over the next few months they occupied the Phillipines, Singapore, Hong Kong, large parts of Burma, modern day Indonesia and were stopped only a few hundred miles from Australian shores. Organising even 11 divisions plus air and naval assets takes time and is noticeable. Roosevelts commision into the Pearl Harbour fiasco was most likely a Kangaroo court.
As an example of how widely known the attack was, this was related to John Bennett in "Highest Traditions" by the then a Flying Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Bob Law-Smith, who was serving with 2 Squadron operating in the East Timor area on 8th of December ( Darwin time, 7th Dec Hawaii time );
"Before daybreak on the morning of December 8th, Australian EST, our Hudsons were dispatched on diverging sea searches north of Timor. At our pre-flight briefing we were told to expect a signla while in the air, that the anticipated Pearl Harbour attack had taken place, and if so, any Japanese shipping found would be a legitimate target. Sure enough, while we were on patrol, the W/T Op Air Gunner brought me a message which, when decoded, broke the news that we were at war with Japan."
Law-Smith also related at a speech made in 1991 in South Australia;
"While we were on patrol we would be sent a signal that the Japanese were going to bomb Pearl Harbour - when the signal came through, if we found a Japanese ship we may bomb it. This is an interesting bit of history as this was several days before the Japanese did bomb Pearl Harbour - it is all in my log book. Now I was the lowest form of life in the Air Force - any lower and I'd be out the bottom - so it wasnt a matter of very senior people being privileged to this information"
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