Harry S. (Shippe/Solomon)
Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't
My early choice
in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to
tell the truth, there is hardly any difference.There is
no more fundamental axiom of
freedom than the familiar
In a free country we
punish men for the crimes
they commit but never for the opinions they have.
Once a government is
committed to the principle of
silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down
the path of increasingly
repressive measures, until it becomes a source
of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in
atomic bombs"President Harry Truman, who ordered the bombing of Japan, was not
required to seek approval from anyone before doing so.
Truman wanted to assure himself that others with more experience
and expertise shared his belief that a nuclear attack on Japan was justified.
He secretly created what he called the Interim Committee so
named because it was established to make only a single recommendation
and asked for its opinion. Secretary of War Henry Stimson was the chairman.
Its other members were the president of Harvard, the president of MIT,
and senior representatives of military and security agencies.
Interim Committee reviewed intelligence and interviewed physicists who had
developed the nuclear bomb, including Enrico Fermi and J. Robert Oppenheimer.
After three weeks of deliberation, it advised Truman that it agreed
with his decision to attack." - Stephen Kinzer
National Security Resources
Board1947 Truman signs the
National Security Act creating the Central Intelligence Agency and National
1949 National Security
Resources Board (NSRB) adopts a national censorship plan designed to restrict
the free flow of information to the public in the event of a national emergency
or war. The government assumes the power to censor communications and suspend
freedoms of the press.
An NSRB document outlining the program says
censorship may be activated in a time of war or of national emergency
proclaimed by the president and found by him to arise from the use or threat of
force by a foreign power.
Author Ted Galen Carpenter will later
comment: Although advocates of censorship habitually insisted that it
would only by invoked during wartime, the guidelines contained no such
limitation. A declaration of war was not required; merely a declaration of
emergency arising from a perceived foreign menace."
1949 Policy for Asia, National Security Council document 48/2 states
Japan would become Asia's industrial
economy, fired by US companies. Washington would 'connect up' other Asian
economies to Japan's industrial machine and as markets for Japanese goods to
isolate and contain China.
April 14, 1950 Dean Acheson's top secret policy is laid out in
National Security Council document 68 calling for an enormous US military
encircling the globe to protect 'war-making capabilities' of its allies, a
euphemism referring to countries with resources that American industry needs to
manufacture arms to contain
NSC-68 called for a military capable of:
defending the Western Hemisphere and 'essential' allied areas so that their
war-making capabilities can be developed; providing and protecting a
mobilization base while the offensive forces required for victory are being
built up; conducting offensive operations to destroy vital elements of the
Soviet war-making capacity, and to keep the enemy off balance until the full
offensive strength of the United States and its allies can be brought to bear;
defending and maintaining the lines of communication and base areas necessary
to the execution of the above tasks; and providing such aid to allies is as
essential to the execution of their role in the above tasks.
4, 1951 Psychological Strategy
Board is established by a Harry S. Truman in a Presidential Directive.
"Directive to: the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the
Director of CI: It is the purpose of this directive to authorize and provide
for the more effective planning, coordination and conduct, within the framework
of approved national policies, of psychological operations.
There is hereby
established a Psychological Strategy
Board responsible, within the purposes and terms of this directive, for the
formulation and promulgation, as guidance to the departments and agencies
responsible for psychological operations, of
over-all national psychological objectives, policies and programs, and for the
coordination and evaluation of the national psychological effort.
Psychological Strategy Board will report
to the National
Security Council on the Psychological Strategy Board's activities and on
its evaluation of the national psychological
operations, including implementation of approved objectives,
policies, and programs by the departments and agencies concerned.
Psychological Strategy Board shall be
a. The Undersecretary of State, the Deputy Secretary of
Defense, and the Director of CI, or, in their absence, their appropriate
b. An appropriate representative of the head of each such
other department or agency of the Government as may, from time to time, be
determined by the Board.
The Psychological Strategy Board shall
designate one of its members as Chairman. A representative of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff shall sit with the Psychological Strategy Board as its principal
military adviser in order that the Board may ensure that its objectives,
policies and programs shall be related to approved plans for military
director and architect of the Psychological Strategy Board was Gordon Gray.
Henry Kissinger was
Gordon Gray's consultant.
Henry Kissinger was
also the paid political consultant to
family. Gordon Gray,
were members of the
Foreign Relations. Gordon Gray served in the administrations of Truman,
Ford. Gordon Gray
was heir to the
R J Reynolds
tobacco fortune and President of the University of North Carolina. Gordon
Gray, a Yale alumni, was touted as a broadcast and
publication media "specialist."
Eisenhower signed Executive
Order 10483 replacing the Psychological
Strategy Board with the Operations
29, 1950 Truman explains sending troops to Korea without consulting
"We are not at war; this is
a police action." -
Service and Casualties in Major Wars
and Conflicts 1994 puts
Korean War American
battle deaths at 33,652 and "other deaths" meaning deaths in the war zone from
illness, accidents and other non-battle causes at 3,262.
General Douglas MacArthur
'liberates' North Korea from "communism" nearly all the way to the Yalu River
marking the border with China. At this point, Red China pours its troops
into the conflict. MacArthur orders the bridges over the Yalu river to be
bombed to keep the Chinese out, but his order is countermanded by the Secretary
of Defense, General George Marshall.
Office of Defense MobilizationDecember 16, 1950 Harry S. Truman signs
Executive Order 10193,
establishing the Office of Defense Mobilization (ODM) within the Executive
Office of the President.
The ODM is granted a wide range of emergency
powers in order to mobilize civilians, industries and government agencies to
defend the country during a crisis. As part of a broad mobilization
effort, Truman calls for increasing the number of total armed forces,
increasing defense spending, and expanding the economy to increase war
Truman declares a national emergency and delegates many of
his war powers to the head of the ODM citing the threat of communist
President Truman proclaimed a state of emergency this
morning and delegated many of his own war powers to Charles E. Wilson, the new
mobilization director. - New York
Order 10193 grants blanket authority to Mr. Wilson to carry out all aspects
of war production and economic control.
According to the order, the
mobilization director shall on behalf of the president direct, control,
and coordinate all mobilization activities of the executive branch of the
government, including but not limited to production, procurement, manpower,
stabilization, and transport activities.
17, 1952 Harry S. Truman signs
Executive Order 10346,
ordering the Federal Civil Defense Administration (FCDA) to coordinate
continuity plans within the federal government.
will be designed to ensure the continuation of essential government functions
in the event of a
major disaster, such as a nuclear attack on Washington DC. According to the
order, each Federal department and agency shall prepare plans for
maintaining the continuity of its essential functions at the seat of government
and elsewhere during the existence of a civil-defense emergency.
The National Security Resources Board (NSRB), established by the
National Security of Act of 1947 is to play an advisory role in the emergency
The US government constructs Site-R at Raven Rock 65 miles north
of Washington, DC.; a network of 96 nuclear-resistant Federal Relocation
Centers around Washington, DC; a roughly 200,000-square-foot facility
known as Mount Weather deep within an isolated strip of the Blue Ridge
Mountains, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC; Greenbrier,
underneath a hotel resort in White Sulphur Springs, West
Richard Cheney and other high-ranking officials relocated to
Site-R in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
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