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September 11

In 1941, in a controversial speech in Des Moines, Iowa on this day the 33rd President of the United States Charles A. Lindbergh accused British and Jewish "war agitators" of seeking to force a change of the isolationist government policy laid down by the Neutrality Acts signed into law by the late Franklin D. Roosevelt.

America FirstThe America First Party had high hopes that September 11th would go down in history as the day when America refused to be terrorized into war. But despite his broad agreement with these sentiments, his Press Secretary John T. Flynn had resigned the day before, being deeply troubled by the pointed anti-semitism contained in the speech.

Ironically, another individual who had no hesitation in blaming the Jews for the World Crisis was Lindbergh's chief antagonist. Because the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was confidently predicting that America would be dragged into the "gathering storm" - willing or not. Just in case they were not, Churchill had already formed British Security Co-ordination, sending three thousand British agents across the Atlantic to infiltrate Washington Society and reverse the US policy of isolationism.
This article is a continuation of the Inteprid thread.



July 10

In 1941, on this day the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the director of British Security Co-ordination William Stephenson for planting propaganda in American newspapers, radio stations & wire servers, harrassing prominent isolationists and plotting against corporations working against British interests.

Codename IntrepidThe subsequent investigation determined that the upper reaches of Washington society and government had been infiltrated. Stephenson had been dispatched by British War Leader Winston Churchill with orders to "do all that was not being done and could not be done by overt means" to reverse the isolationalist policies of President Charles A. Lindbergh.

The White House had reneged on a 1939 pledge from Franklin D. Roosevelt to King George VI that "If London was bombed, the USA would come in". Churchill's response was to order the most controversial, covert action campaign in the annals of espionage. He sent the legendary Canadian spymaster to Washington where he outmanoerved the FBI and the Statement Department for months before his exposure by the prominent American businessman and political figure Joseph P. Kennedy.



December 20

In 1941, as thirty-fourth President Frank Lloyd Wright was sworn in the Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogated the British secret agents who had assassinated his predecessor Charles A. Lindbergh in a final, desperate attempt to reverse the US policy of isolationism.

Codename Intrepid 2That team comprising Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, Noel Coward, David Ogilvy and Ivar Bryce had been put in place by the Canadian Spymaster William Stephenson.

Ordered by Churchill to "do all that was not being done and could not be done by overt means" he had formed British Security Co-ordination successfully infiltrating Washington Society until he was betrayed by Joseph P. Kennedy.

Britain was now facing total collapse. Whether the incoming President would also look the other way was now the question. Because Wright had a grander vision for the country, he aspired to be the greatest American architect of all time.



May 28

In 1908, on this day the incomparable English Author Ian Fleming was born in Mayfair, London.

Codename James BondDuring his war-time service in military intelligence he conceived of the grand idea of writing "The Mother of all Spy Stories". But he made the mistake of sharing this thought with Roald Dahl, his colleague in British Security Co-ordination. In principle, Dahl was taken with the idea, but their detailed discussions only revealed a confusingly sharp contrast in vision. Because the Spy conceived by Dahl reflected his own personality, being a shadowy, grittier creation.

When the first novel, "Casino Royale" was finally published in 1952, Fleming had rejected almost all of Dahl's ideas bar two. The brutal beating by the main antagonist Le Chiffre. And the lead character was given a code-name of "James Bond" enabling Fleming to vary the individual personality of the Spy later in the series. The advantages of this plot device took further shape with the movie sequence, enabling James Bond to remain the same age from the depiction of "Dr. No". in 1962. Also, it smoothed over any plot inconsistencies for example when Timothy Dalter resigned from MI6. Although he never revisited the brutality of "Casino Royale", Fleming was so pleased with the code-name idea that he repaid Dahl with the reciprocal idea for a children's novel "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" [2].



December 7

In 1941, on this day of infamy the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the major British military base in Southeast Asia devastating the Royal Navy's Far East Fleet which was moored in the Port of Singapore.

Day of Infamy based on comments by Allen W. McDonnell and Timothy McFaddenWith Hitler the master of Western Europe, Great Britain was the only European Power able to defend its imperial possesions. But in reality little was preventing the Asian nations from achieving their independence through the armed forces of the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere.

In fact, the Phillipines had already been granted its independence by President Charles A. Lindbergh, a strategic decision which enabled the United States to withdraw from the Pacific Theatre. This isolationist decision had enraged the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill who had not in his own words "become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the dissolution of the British Empire". Until 12/7 at least, he had confidently expected to see the British Empire "preserved for a few more generations in its strength and splendour".

Accordingly Churchill had sent three thousand British agents across the Atlantic to infiltrate Washington Society and reverse the US policy of isolationism but that slow burn strategy was as dead in the water as the sailors of the Far East Fleet. The head of British Security Co-ordination the Canadian Spymaster William Stephenson was issued with urgent orders. And a team comprising Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, Noel Coward, David Ogilvy and Ivar Bryce was tasked with assassinating the US President. Problem was that his successor, Vice President Frank Lloyd Wright was a man of the same isolationist mindset, and therefore additional measures would also be required .. and fast.
This article is a continuation of the Inteprid thread.



July 27

In 1943, Great Britain defeated Nazi Germany by dropping the atomic bomb on Hamburg but when Soviet occupation quickly followed Winston Churchill enraged President Frank Lloyd-Wright by blaming US isolationism for permitting "an iron curtain to descend across Europe".

FirestormBoth the manner of the victory and its direct consequences was the result of the periphery war that Great Britain had been forced to fight since Dunkirk. Undefeated only because of the strength of the Royal Navy and Air Force, the flipside of the victory was that the lack of a comparative land army prevented Great Britain from either re-entering the theatre or mounting an invasion after the bombing of Hamburg.

Or honouring the guarantee of Poland that had sparked the war. Most embittered of all was Lieutenant-General Wladyslaw Anders who demanded the release of the Polish Army in Exile. But Churcill had other plans for these hardened Polish veterans who would be desperately needed in the coming war with the Soviet Union.



May 22

In 1942, on this day Fighter ace and intelligence officer Roald Dahl was invalided out of active duty and transferred to Washington, D.C. as Assistant Air Attaché.

Knight in Rusty ArmourEver since he crash landed in Mersa Matruh, he had been experienced black-outs and hyperconsciousness that he would later accredit as the cause of his creative genius. But of course the literary purpose of his current assignments was to illegally copy US Government papers under the watchful eye of British Security Co-ordination William Stephenson. BSO were following the directive of British War Leader Winston Churchill to "do all that was not being done and could not be done by overt means" to reverse the isolationalist policies of President Charles A. Lindbergh. This broad scope of activities included planting propaganda in American newspapers, radio stations & wire servers, harrassing prominent isolationists and plotting against corporations working against British interests [1].

He was once sent back to Britain by British Embassy officials, supposedly for misconduct - "I got booted out by the big boys," he said. Stephenson promptly sent him back to Washington-with a promotion to Wing Commander. His BSO colleagues at the British Embassy also included David Ogilby, Noel Coward, Ivar Bryce and Ian Fleming. And although Dahl would remain friends with Stephenson for decades, his collaboration with Fleming was to have a more profound affect upon their post-war careers. Because Dahl had been working on "Gremlins" in which he hallucinated monsters forcing his plane to crash in Mersa Matruh. But in his friend Fleming, Dahl started to etch out the characteristics of a central protagonist, a shadowy, sinster figure that Fleming would name James Bond after an American ornithologist.

Although they collaborated on the fictional spy who would later become codename "007", certain disturbing aspects of his character came exclusively from Dahl. Instead of the suave gentleman spy conceived by Fleming, this Dahlist Bond was a gritty, anti-hero not much better than the Gremlins he imagined. And because of his own anti-Zionist stance, the first novel saw Bond pitted with the Arab Legion in a struggle to crush the rise of the nascent State of Israel. This was too much anti-Semitism for Fleming who moved onto children's novels, most famously, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [2]. This article is a continuation of the Inteprid thread.



February 5

In 1980, on this day ailing Winnipeg-born engineer Sir William Stephenson was awarded the Order of Canada.

Recognition for Codename IntrepidA senior member of British intelligence, he had been appointed director of British Security Co-ordination but the Federal Bureau of Investigation had arrested him for planting propaganda in American newspapers, radio stations & wire servers, harrassing prominent isolationists and plotting against corporations working against British interests.

The subsequent investigation determined that the upper reaches of Washington society and government had been infiltrated. Stephenson had been dispatched by British War Leader Winston Churchill with orders to "do all that was not being done and could not be done by overt means" to reverse the isolationalist policies of President Charles A. Lindbergh.

The White House had reneged on a 1939 pledge from Franklin D. Roosevelt to King George VI that "If London was bombed, the USA would come in". Churchill's response was to order the most controversial, covert action campaign in the annals of espionage. He sent the legendary Canadian spymaster to Washington where he outmanoeuvred the FBI and the Statement Department for months before his exposure by the prominent American businessman and political figure Joseph P. Kennedy.



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