Hole in Human History: The Great Hiroshima Cover-up — Suppression of nuclear truths stretched over decades (VIDEO)

Published: August 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am ET
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The Great Hiroshima Cover-up, The Nation, August 3, 2011:

In the weeks following the atomic attacks on Japan sixty-six years ago this week, and then for decades afterward, the United States engaged in airtight suppression of all film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings. This included vivid color footage shot by U.S. military crews and black-and-white Japanese newsreel film.

The public did not see any of the newsreel footage for twenty-five years, and the shocking US military film remained hidden for nearly four decades. While the suppression of nuclear truths stretched over decades, Hiroshima sank into “a kind of hole in human history,” as the writer Mary McCarthy observed. [...]

 

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54 comments to Hole in Human History: The Great Hiroshima Cover-up — Suppression of nuclear truths stretched over decades (VIDEO)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Our nuclear entrapment continues to this day—you might call it “From Hiroshima to Fukushima.”


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  • Nukeholio

    I do not feel sorry for Japan…their warlike actions against the rest of the world at that time really made them deserve it.


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    • VanneV anne

      I personally DO NOT equate the people with TEPCO or the government. NO ONE deserves the radiation that they and we are being bombarded with. EDUCATION is the answer not revenge.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Most people all over the world have always wanted peace.

      It’s Governments who bicker, who want the most power, getting people riled up, who likes war games, and then they have other people doing their dirty work.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Nukeholio,
      Step back from your nose against the tree and observe the forest. Let your heart into your thoughts, and give yourself a chance at life. No living thing deserves the suffering that is brought about by war and greed…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVl9pKrPjKE


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    • It is true that Japan’s aggressive war crimes in China, The Philippines, Korea et al. were some of the worst atrocities committed in modern history. And to this day, the Japanese government has not formally apologized for any of their criminal actions from WWII. This is inexcusable and the main reason why Japan is still despised by many Asian countries.

      However, the truth is that even before WWII started, nearly 100% of the Japanese general public were against the Japanese military. And it was the military leaders who were taking over city halls, public schools, local police stations etc. across the nation. Indeed, it was a military coup d’état in Japan before the war started.

      Many community leaders throughout Japan stood up and protested against the military, but very soon afterwards they disappeared. This is the part of history that is not well known except by the elder Japanese themselves. I know this as I talked to many very kind and very nice folks who were just children back before the beginning of the war.

      And they told me so many horrifying stories about the military coming into a town and immediately executing town mayors and high ranking public officials in public! Police officers were also given the choice of joining or dying.

      Then they took over city halls and public schools. They either killed or kicked out the local authorities and teachers and replaced them with their own ilk. And then, they started running their evil agenda. Suddenly all students, even first graders, had to practice military exercises and march with wooden rifles for many hours on a daily basis! All textbooks were replaced with new military propaganda and all classes included elements of brainwashing and strict punishment for those kids who did not comply.

      Believe it or not, that is how Japan was forced to change into a suicidal war power. Indeed, it was not a choice of the people themselves.

      Also, many months before the atomic bombs were dropped, military leaders in Japan had negotiated and offered President Roosevelt and General Douglas MacArthur the exact same terms that they signed in September 1945!

      You can read more about this horrible truth here: Was Hiroshima Necessary?

      Pray for Japan.
      not discovered until after the atomic bombs were dropped that the Japanese Military Government


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      • Jebus Jebus

        Thank you Rod, I was just about to post that the leaders who initiated Japans entry into that war, did so without the peoples support and knowledge till it was too late to turn back


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        • And thank you too Jebus! It’s a really great thing that you understand what really happened in Japan before the war started. There is so much that was so wrong about WWII. Let’s hope that there never is another world war. Peace.


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    • byron byron

      You need to visit a cancer ward or hospice frequently. Talk with those in pain. With this much radiation it won’t be long before someone you know personally will..


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    • jonjon

      YOu don’t have to feel sorry for Japan, but what about the innocent civilians that have nothing to do with the war. Do you feel sorry for all the Afghan and Iraqi families killed by US missile strikes? Do they deserve to die too? No one actually deserves to be bombed. People go to war because they are led to war by misguided and unscrupulous leaders, and even soldiers are victims of peer pressure and indoctrination.

      As for the US army, they killed more people in Japan around Tokyo with their incendiary bombs than they have with the atom bombs. Japan was certainly led in the wrong direction and unfortunately, the Japanese are not known to go against the government. They do as they are told, but it is no different in the US if you look at the current wars.

      Unfortunately even today, bad leaders and management is sinking Japan during one of its worst ever crisis since WW2. Maybe all societies should be decentralized and each and every person should be able to auto-organize into coherent groups and actions. It would probably work a lot better than begging and waiting for corrupt leaders to do what’s necessary. But that won’t happen until there’s a huge leap in human evolution, even if some believe it is happening now.Ervin Laszlo calls it a spiritual renaissance.


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    • Dory

      That is such a outright dumb thing to say, I can’t believe I’m reading something like this on here.


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    • drsharonschuetz

      The Japanese people did not attach America without a genuine cause. We provoked that fight and they were at their wits end because of unfair embargos from our government.

      Nobody deserves what happened to them, except the leaders of all of our countries who absolutely do not represent the people they rape and plunder. That includes our government and the Japanese as well.


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      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

        DrSharon: You’re correct about that, if you’re referring to WWII. Neither Japan, nor Germany had any domestic reserves of petroleum. Both imported 100% of their needs in this area. By then all dominant militaries were 100% dependent upon quick and close access to petroleum. The U.S. pinched off Japan’s access both to Brunei, at the time, and to Middle Eastern oil by closing off the Sunda Straights, among other marine access routes. This pinching off of Japanese oil occurred well prior to Pearl Harbor and precipitated the Pearl Harbor attack, which the U.S. government leadership was entirely aware would occur and did nothing to stop it as a sort of non-domestically manufactured false flag, in that case, really by foreign power through intentional neglect by the powers that be on our part. They let it happen.


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        • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

          The U.S., during WWII, was the world’s largest miner, refiner and exporter of petroleum to the world, by far. We were the dominant power whether or not we engaged in WWII. WWII was primarily, as all modern wars are, a power, resource and cheap labor GRAB by an already wealthy, dominant power, for interests that were already wealthy beyond belief, not at all for the common woman/man. If one needs to understand why the U.S., or any wealthy state EVER goes to war, read a book written by a U.S. 4-Star USMC General, Smedley Butler, “War is a Racket”. For an easy-to-read and FACTUAL testimonial about what state-sponsored war, not little people resistance, is ever all about.


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      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

        Lastly, on this. I appreciate your COURAGE to say what you said. Thank you. It’s rare in Americans to see such non-nationalistic, clear-eyed assessment of reality.


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  • brydie

    the Japanese people did not deserve atomic bombs any more than the Jews deserved death camps. What a cruel and stupid thing to say. How could it not be abundantly clear to everyone now that governments do not follow the will of the people?


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  • Darth

    The Japanese have now nuked themselves. And THEY are suppressing the information that could change the consciousness of their citizens to be against nuclear power of all kinds. Who is the murderer now?


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  • Nukeholio

    I am glad I got a long conversation started!


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Did you do that on purpose?..lol


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    • Nukeholio, nothing makes ANY of us ready for the horrors of war and the results.
      What happened to the Japanese in WWII was wrong. What we(the USA) is doing in the middle east is wrong.

      War is wrong all the way round.
      i
      What is being done to this blue planet we all share now is wrong.
      Some how, some way, this madness must stop.
      Now. For soon there will be nothing but death.
      We must band together and stop the madness.

      US. All of us.


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  • beamofthewave

    I think the USA also goaded Japan into bombing Peal. I do believe there was an embargo declared by Roosevlet in 36? against japan so they could not bring in raw materials which they needed. Also any historian could have told Roosevelt that they would attack just like they did against Russia in 1907 in the Russo-Japanese War which lasted about 10 days or so. They attacked Vladivostoc, Russias only warm water port and took it in about a day. But before that, in the 1850′s or so the USA bombed Japan in order to open the country for trade with the USA. Remember Perry? They did not want to trade with the USA thinking us uncivilized and dirty, look at Japanese pictures of the era of American sailors and it becomes clear why they thought us uncivilized and wanted no contact. This resulted in the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and the emergence of the Meiji dynasty and the power of the emporer. In order to avoid Chinas fate and spheres of influence by western powers Emporer Meiji sent the smartest young men to various western countries and took what they liked from each, Britains navy etc because they did not want to be chopped up and ruled by other countries like China was at the time. Has the USA ever apologized for Perry?


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  • pg

    You people need to look past the common teachings. WWII was about the New World Order. Hitler found out that the UK wanted him and every other nations to someday kill 75% of their population…he started bombing London the next day.

    The same liars are around today. Just that their kids push the envelope.

    Only believe those you know and those you trust. Treat the rest as LIES.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      PG,

      “You people need to”

      That is the first flag of self righteousness…

      Respectfully, without links and information to back up your assumptions, what you are saying is just like my theories on solar storms. Only I gave links and information to support my theory. Personal beliefs that go against documented history are just that, your personal beliefs. I have never found any information anywhere that refutes the fact that Adolf was a low self esteemed nut, and a druggie. He had delusions of a master race and despised all who were just like himself in appearance. And I do not plan on providing any links for these facts. Look them up yourself.


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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno@yahoo.com

    Don’t you just love it when books say things like, “The air force regretted…dropping the bomb on Hiroshima” Uh, saying the Air Force “regrets something is like saying a corporation or a politician “regrets” something. It’s BS and is just propaganda to make inhumane, terrorist entities appear more humane. It’s ridiculous.


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  • Nukeholio

    Sorry, but I think we need to fight back against muslim terrorists. Peace does not work with those 7th century savages.


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    • arclight arclight

      @nukeholio
      the word terrorist always needs redefinition! the best form of attack to religious extremist views is information i believe….attacking terrorists only emboldens them….information to their support base crushes them ie ireland!!
      prior to 9/11, yhe usa was winning the cultural war all around the middle east…since the bush response, the the muslim coke brand etc has really taken off and polarity is much more defined…
      just my opinion
      peace


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    • Dory

      I was waiting for a statement like that from you. I can’t believe a dull American right-wing fundamentalist would find his/her way to THIS board. I’ve manages to avoid people like you on virtual platforms for a long time now and I intend to do my best to do so in the future. I hope you’re not spreading your thoughts over more threads than this, otherwise I will have to stop reading Enenews, which would be a shame.


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  • arclight arclight

    Mayor Carlisle attends Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
    “Hiroshima and Honolulu’s share a sister city relationship that was established in 1959 to promote peace and understanding among citizens.”
    http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Mayor-Carlisle-attends-Hiroshima-Peace-Memorial/m2Y-oUnQtkW-athn2riYRA.cspx?rss=1803

    Perkovich: Lincoln’s struggle over slavery a lesson for nuclear age

    “I want to consider whether there might be some parallels between the struggle for the abolition of slavery and the struggle for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
    The parallel comes to mind not only because in English the same word–abolition–is used to describe both movements, but also because there is a moral dimension that is vital to both objectives.
    The main problem in the abolition of slavery was ・that the vast majority of white people in the South and in the North did not want to live in equality with free black people.
    This is similar to the nuclear situation today in much of the world.
    Leaders in the United States, Russia, France, Pakistan, Israel and probably China feel that their citizens would feel too insecure to abolish nuclear weapons and to rely on other means to prevent adversaries from attacking them.
    Slavery was abolished in a radical way, not in the peaceful incremental way that President Abraham Lincoln had originally sought. One million people were killed in the process of the war.
    The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have unique wisdom to give to the rest of the world in this regard. The world has learned much from your pain and still has more to learn.
    One way to begin building international confidence that security can be achieved without nuclear weapons is to show restraint in threatening to use these weapons.”
    http://fukushimanewsresearch.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/japan-hiroshima-peace-symposium-experts-call-for-nuclear-disarmament/


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  • arclight arclight

    nice missing story here!
    “In September of 1945, Bishop Franklin Corley was sent to the Japanese city of Hiroshima as part of the American occupation forces then entering that country. As one of the first American soldiers to enter the stricken city, he encountered many of the people who were helping to re-establish order from the chaos. One of these people was Father Johannes Siemes (last name pronouced “Zee-Muss”), a German priest with the Novitists of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuki. Father Siemes had been an eyewitness to the atomic bomb’s detonation over the city on August 6 and he was directly involved in the post-bombing rescue.”

    And this interesting questions posed
    Shortly after they met, Father Siemes gave a typed account of his observations to Mr.Corley, who then brought the manuscript back to the United States where it lay for fifty years.
    “We have discussed among ourselves the ethics of the use of the bomb. Some consider it in the same category as poison gas and were against its use on a civil population. Others were of the view that in total war, as carried on in Japan, there was no difference between civilians and soldiers and that the bomb itself was an effective for tending to end the bloodshed, warning Japan to surrender and thus to avoid total destruction. It seems logical to us that he who supports total war in principle cannot complain of a war against civilians. The crux of the matter is whether total war in its present form is justifiable, even when it serves a just purpose. Does it not have material and spiritual evil as its consequences which far exceed whatever the good that might result ? When will our moralists give us a clear answer to this question?”
    http://www.wtj.com/archives/hiroshima.htm


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  • arclight arclight

    some pics on this link but I thought these quotes interesring!
    “Memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Park
    The inscription reads:
    Let all souls here rest in peace,
    for we shall not repeat the evil.”
    And this
    “Towards evening, a light, southerly wind blowing across the city
    wafted to us an odour suggestive of burning sardines. I wondered
    what could cause such a smell until somebody, noticing it too,
    informed me that sanitation teams were cremating the remains of
    people who had been killed. Looking out, I could discern numerous
    fires scattered about the city. Previously I had assumed the fires
    were caused by burning rubble. Towards Nigitsu was an especially
    large fire where the dead were being burned by hundreds. Suddenly
    to realise that these fires were funeral pyres made me shudder, and
    I became a little nauseated.
    8 Aug 1945
    From Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya.
    http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Japan/Hirosh.html


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  • arclight arclight

    the battle for knowledge in the antinuclear movement
    interesting article about the media and its responses to news on Hiroshima..with info on the original anti nuclear movement!

    “”Hiroshima” was written in a reporter’s style. A reviewer of the day noted that that “there is no preaching in this book. Not a single sentence ‘views with alarm. ‘ ” [36] On the other hand, Silent Spring was certainly an explicit warning, full of (well-reasoned) advocacy and also what some might have considered sermonizing. Where Hersey was noted for his dry style, Carson’s book was clearly impassioned.
    The effects were different too. “Hiroshima” was not presented as a call to action; it was instead offered as a clear-eyed report about the reality of the atom bomb as seen through the eyes of the survivors. Pacifists and militarists alike could read the book and better appreciate the point of view of those left alive after a nuclear catastrophe (although some, Conant and Stimson for example, felt this point of view obscured a greater truth). Certainly, people opposed to war (and nuclear war specifically) might be more inclined to praise the book and find it to be a motivating factor; but Hersey’s credentials as a patriotic war reporter and his background as a friend to Chinese culture (and therefore, not particularly sympathetic to the Japanese) meant that there were limited avenues open for criticism by nuclear apologists.
    However, Carson’s Silent Spring was nothing else if not a ‘call to action.’ It described an environmental disaster in the making, it pointed a finger at wrongdoers, and it explained what sort of remedies would be required. Unlike “Hiroshima,” large and powerful interest groups were greatly threatened by Silent Spring; the chemical and agricultural industries fought a bitter public relations and public policy war against Carson and her message.”
    http://www.herseyhiroshima.com/hiro.php


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    • arclight arclight

      “the chemical and agricultural industries fought a bitter public relations and public policy war against Carson and her message”
      WONDER WHO WAS THE PR COMPANY ON THAT ONE THEN???


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It’s unfortunate that most American have never seen even the black and white images of Hiroshima.
    http://www.fogonazos.es/2007/02/hiroshima-pictures-they-didnt-want-us_05.html


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  • arclight arclight

    this qoute for posterity!
    “They and their children were (and still are) victims of severe discrimination due to lack of knowledge about the consequences of radiation sickness, which people believed to be hereditary or even contagious.

    Many of them were fired from their jobs. Hibakusha women never got married, as many feared they would give birth to deformed children. Men suffered discrimination too. “Nobody wanted to marry someone who might die in a couple of years”.

    powerful pics heart


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  • Novamind

    When the A Bombs were dropped on Japan My Father was just finishing with Army Basic Training at Camp Pendelton, California.
    He was send to Japan as Part of the American Forces of Occupation. He was 19 years old and the youngest of four Boys in his family.
    After his Army days in Japan he returned to the United States, Married and Fathered four Children of which I’am the youngest.
    He passed away at the age of 36 in 1963. While his brothers lived to be 70-80 years old.
    I was told by my Mother that what he had seen in Japan in WWII was Beyond the most Horrific things Imaginable.
    Also that the Japanese had not all surrendered to defeat in Japan and that some were still combative and very clever with booby-traps.
    I have pictures of him and his Army buddys in Japan.
    Japan had Armed its people prepairing for an American Invasion of D-Day perportions.
    One must remember this was a different time than now and the result of the two A Bombs used in Japan did end the war and may have prevented a much higher loss of life for all concerned. War is never the answer and man never seems to learn this.


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    • arclight arclight

      thats the big argumaent for droppimg the bombs! but it might be worth noting that the fuku bombs
      have a much higher loss of life for all concerned!

      “the two A Bombs used in Japan did end the war and may have prevented a much higher loss of life for all concerned.”

      “War is never the answer and man never seems to learn this.”
      like this bit! :)


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  • odylan

    I think I’m right in saying that of the 4 Fukushima reactors currently in meltdown and melt-through that 2 were built by USA companies and 2 were built by Japanese companies. So that makes the score 2-2. No need to go to war about it. Just call it a draw and let those 2 countries (or whoever built them) get on with fixing them ;)


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  • Clocka

    Most of the worst atrocities against allied POWs were conducted by Koreans.

    Yet the allies were stupid enough to save the Koreans 5 years later.

    When will they learn? They should have nuked Korea after Chosin.


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  • odylan

    John Hershey’s book Hiroshima is an excellent introduction to the subject.


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