German Saboteurs

Convicted Saboteurs - Six were to die - Two got prison sentences for flipping.

August 1, 1942 – The FBI Uncovers A Plot To Invade The U.S. – Conflicting Reports On The Aleutians – German Saboteurs Handed Death Sentences..

German Saboteurs
Convicted Saboteurs – Six were to die – Two got prison sentences for flipping.

August 1, 1942 – News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

August 1, 1942 – J. Edgar Hoover published a report claiming the FBI uncovered a plot to invade the U.S. by using a secret army of some 100,000 Japanese fifth columnists. The report went on to say Japan had already placed sleeper cells around the country and were in the U.S. since the 1920s and had stockpiled arms going back to the 1930s just for the right moment, which many claimed was imminent.

The news caused an already aggravated level of anxiety among the American population, especially those living on the West Coast, where news only months earlier of an alleged attack on Los Angeles put people living everywhere from Seattle to San Diego into a borderline panic.

It also didn’t help that now there were conflicting reports over Japanese troop levels in the Aleutian Islands and just how many islands the Japanese were occupying. The Navy issued a “no-comment-comment” based on Alaska Congressman Anthony J. Diamond’s assertion that some 25,0000 Japanese troops had landed on the Aleutians and that Troop ships with many thousands more were located in the waters off the West Coast, presumably looking for a spot to invade.

And on the other side of the country – the fate of some 8 German saboteurs was sealed when the Supreme Court denied the German-Americans a civil trial, instead handing over the case to a Military court where six of the eight were all handed death sentences, either by firing squad, hanging or electrocution. The decisions were delivered to President Roosevelt who was expected to give the go-ahead as soon as this evening.

And that’s a very small slice of what happened this August 1st in 1942 as reported by NBC’s News Of The World.

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