POLITICS: Military Security

The U.S. defeat at Pearl Harbor, already twice investigated and shortly to be reviewed once more, this time by a Congressional committee, was still a live political and military issue. Last week, in an article by John Chamberlain, one of its editors, LIFE added a new note to the political side. Said Chamberlain:

¶ Through the Jap code (which the U.S. had in its pocket before Pearl Harbor), President Franklin Roosevelt and the Washington high command knew, hours before the attack, that Japan was breaking off negotiations, that this meant a surprise attack somewhere in the Pacific.

¶ By the time...

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