On the evening of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward R, Murrow and his wife attended a dinner party at the White House. During the dinner, Murrow was asked to stay afterwards and meet with the president. He was joined by Wild Bill Donovan, Roosevelt's Coordinator of Information and later head of the OSS, precursor to the CIA. After the meeting, Murrow went home and told his wife,"It's the biggest story of my life, but I don't know if it's my duty to tell it or forget it." After the war someone asked him about it and he replied,"That story would send Casey Murrow through college but if you think I'm going to give it to you, you're out of your mind." No one ever knew exactly what was said in that meeting because all three men took it to their graves. Only Donovan ever hinted at what was said; the conversation was mostly about public reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor. FDR wanted to know if they thought it sufficient action to get America behind a Declaration of War. He believed Roosevelt welcomed the attack and that it was less of a surprise to him than others. As warfare raged in Europe and parts of Africa and Japan, Germany and Italy threatened countries in three continents, a memorandum circulated in Washington. Originating in the Office of Naval Intelligence and addressed to two of FDR's most trusted advisors, it suggested a shocking new American foreign policy. It called for provoking Japan into an overt act of war against the US. It was written by Lt.Cmdr. Arthur H McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the ONI. Lt.Cmdr. McCollums five page memorandum of Oct. 1940 put forward a startling plan-a plan intended to engineer a situation that would mobilize a reluctant America into joining Britains struggle against Germany. It's eight actions called for virtually inciting a Japanese attack on American ground air and naval forces in the Pacific, as well as on Dutch and British colonial outposts. Due to the Tri-Partite Pact signed in Sept. 1940 by Japan, Germany and Italy, if one were attacked, the others would come to their mutual defense. Since America was Isolationist and FDR had given his promise that "I will not send American boys to fight in any European war", it was obvious that America could not initiate action. However, FDR told biographer Robert Sherwood, "If someone attacks us, then it isn't a foreign war." McCollums plan was as follows; A. Make an arrangement with Britain for use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore. B.Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang Kai Shek. D.Send a division of long range cruisers to the Orient, Phillipines or Singapore. E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet, now in the Pacific, in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Isands. G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil. H. Completely embargo all trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire. FDR's "fingerprints" can be found on each of these proposals. One of the most shocking was D, the deliberate deployment of American warships withi or adjacent to the territorial waters of Japan. FDR called them "pop-up" cruises. " I just want them to pop-up here and there and keep the Japs guessing. I don't mind losing one or two cruisers, but do not take a chance on losing five or six." Admiral Husband Kimmel advised against this saying, "It is ill advised and will result in war if we make this move." Churchill was solidly behind it. Two days after the memo, the State Department told Americans to evacuate Far East countries as quicky as possible. Then FDR, despite objections from the Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm James O. Richardson, ordered the Pacific Fleet to be based at Pearl Harbor. It had heretofore been based at San Diego. Richardson was subsequently fired and replaced by Husband Kimmel. Richardson's objections were as follows; 1 Lack of fundamental training facilities. 2.Lack of large-scale ammunition and fuel suppiles. 3.Lack of support craft such as tugs and repair ships. 4. Morale problems of men kept away from their families. 5. Lack of repair facilities such as drydocks and machine shops. He objected in vain; FDR wanted the fleet kept in Hawaiian waters. Richardson grew increasingly alarmed at using his 69,000 sailors and 217 ships in what he saw as a provocative scheme. He asked, "Are we here as a stepping off place for belligerent activity?" He complained, "The President and Mr. Hull never seem to take it into consideration that Japan is led by military men, who evaluate military moves, largely on a military basis." On the contrary, that is exactly what White House strategy was based on. That Japans militant right wing would push for an act of force against the US. In a reorganization of the navy, FDR carefully selected officers that would not obstruct his provocation policy. During the last days of Sept. and the first week of October 1940, a team of Army and Navy cryptographers solved the two principal Japanese gov't. code systems: Purple, the main diplomatic code and the Kaigun Ango, a series of 29 Japanese naval codes for radio contact with warships, merchant vessels, naval bases and personel in overseas posts such as naval attaches. It was through Code book D, one of the Kaigun Ango codes that made the victory at Midway in 1942 possible. In Sept. 1940, FDR took four steps to move the country toward war; 1 He sent Congress the first Peacetime Draft act. 2. He called up NG units to active duty. 3. He traded 50 old U.S. destroyers to Britain for the lease of bases in the Caribbean, the pre-cursor to Lend-Lease. 4. He authorized $ 5 billion to create a two-ocean Navy that would eventually include 100 aircraft carriers. I think I have sufficiently whetted your curiosity. All these things come from the book, "Day Of Deceit, The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor", by Robert Stinnett. Another book which I mentioned earlier is "And I was There' By Admiral Edwin T Layton, who was Husband Kimmels CNI at Pearl Harbor. Get these books, read them and then tell me I sound like something from Roswell. "Many of us who are veterans of WWII Pacific theater have always felt that the japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was deliberatley provoked. Stinnett has come up with most of the smoking guns. "Day of Deceit shows that the most famous "surprise" attack was no surprise to our war minded rulers, and that 3,000 American military men killed and wounded one Sunday morning in Hawaii were, to our rulers and their present avatars, a small price to pay for that 'global empire" over which we now preside.' Gore Vidal "Step by step, Stinnett goes through the prelude to war, using new documents to reveal the terrible secrets that have been hidden from the public. It is disturbing that eleven presidents, including those I admired, kept the truth from the public until Stinnett's Freedom Of Information act requests finally persuaded the Navy to release the evidence." John Toland, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Day Of Infamy Read them people and see how our glorious leaders think nothing of sacrificing you, your sons and daughters or our freedoms to attain their political goals.