In a way Japan was going to warn us that something was going to happen.<quoted text>
The USS Liberty was in a war zone and it was painted grey to minimize it being seen in most weather conditions. Only combat ships are painted that grey color and war ships are armed with ..... anti-aircraft weapons.
You will always find a few people who get upset that their buddies were killed or wounded and have to blame it on someone.
By the way, did the Japanese inform us before they attacked us? You don't warn your enemy you are about to attack!
Are you familiar with the two Army Blackhawks that were shot down over Iraq by two USAF F-15s killing 26 people?
Did anyone get punished? The AWAC commander should have been convicted as he knew that they were in the area but did not tell the F-15s.
The Japanese intend to break off negotiations (they did not intend to issue a formal declaration of war) at 1 pm Washington time, 30 minutes before the attack. However, the typist for the Japanese ambassador is slow, and cannot decode the 14th part fast enough. A final attempt to warn Pearl Harbor is stymied by poor atmospherics and bungling when the telegram is not marked urgent; it will be received by Pearl Harbor after the attack. The incoming Japanese fighter pilots are pleasantly surprised when there isn't even any anti-aircraft fire as they approach the base. As a result, the squadron leader radios in the code phrase marking that complete surprise for the attack has been achieved: "Tora, Tora, Tora.