Closer Look at the Evidence
Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
In our book A Matter of Justice: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame and a Family’s Quest for Justice (Harper, 2016) we layout new information relating to flaws in intelligence gathering and dissemination before the Pearl Harbor attack. Some relate directly to the shallow-water torpedo matter ably covered by Christopher O’Connor in “A Taranto–Pearl Harbor Connection?” (December, pp. 30–37).
Two important items should be added to the evidentiary record. First, O’Connor writes that the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in Washington received U.S. naval observer John Opie’s Taranto report on 9 January 1941. There it lay until 14 February, when it was summarized for distribution to numerous senior officers.