Was Iva Toguri the victim of the World War II propaganda movement?

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism. Glenn’s latest book, Miracles and Massacres, is history as you’ve never heard it told. It’s incredible events that you never knew existed. And it’s stories so important and relevant to today that you won’t have to ask: Why didn’t they teach me this? 

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If heroes are people who put themselves at risk for the good of others – regardless of the consequences – then without a doubt, Iva Toguri was a hero.

Born on the Fourth of July, 1916, Iva was the first natural-born U.S. citizen in her family. Her folks had come here because they believed in the American Dream, and they were proud to pass those ideals along to their children.

Iva grew up as an all-American kid. She was a Girl Scout, a Methodist, a graduate of UCLA and, later on, a registered Republican who cast her first vote for Wendell Wilkie in his run against FDR.

When she was 25, Iva took a trip to Japan to help out a relative. While her travel papers only allowed for a one-way trip, she assumed there’d be no problem applying for a return.

She was wrong. It was December 1941.

With the U.S. suddenly embroiled in the Pacific War, Iva was stranded in Japan. When the authorities pressured her to renounce her U.S. citizenship, she flatly refused – “A tiger doesn’t change his stripes,” she told them – and they responded by declaring her to be an enemy alien.

As an outcast, Iva was lucky to land any job. She worked for a time as a typist for the Japanese news, and later for Radio Tokyo. Though she was only making a few dollars a month, she still spent some of her paycheck to smuggle food and medicine to Allied POWs.

In 2006, Iva was honored by the World War II Veterans Committee for “her indomitable spirit, love of country, and the example of courage she has given her fellow Americans.” But almost 60 years earlier, after finally returning home to the country she loved, she’d been convicted by the press and imprisoned for treason by the United States government.

When you read this remarkable woman’s full story in chapter 9 of Miracles and Massacres, you’ll learn an incredible truth: Iva Toguri was tried, found guilty of treason, and lived most of her life branded as a infamous war-criminal who’d never actually existed: A notorious but completely fictional villain named “Tokyo Rose.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    A victim of government propaganda movement? Yes.

    This cycle is already repeating today, and I do not put it past Obama via the IRS and DOJ to commence show-trials to try and terrify the citizenry into submission as his own hold on power and desperation grow.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    These are the reasons why you cannot trust the government.

  • Anonymous

    Not only the government, but also the justice system. How many other heroes did America have? How many faced similar results, even death?

  • Anonymous

    I was 6 – 8 years old during WWII, living in Orem, Utah, when we heard of the Japanese being rounded up and moved to a concentration camp South of us, down by Delta, in an area called Topaz. In later years, I have been there, in Topaz, looking for the gems that are there. No trace of the camps now, but the area is flat, grey dusty soil, and nothing growing in it, and must have been depressing to live in at the time. Good brown dirt would have been fine, but this is like cement dust, same color.

    Point being, the cruelty of the government was so manifest in this action, that it makes one wonder if that is a basic quality of leaders in governments. So sad.

    And we tend to blindly accept the memes thoughtlessly put out as the latest “truth” and do not look for the full story, as Glenn shows us is there. All too often it is diametrically opposite from the full truth of the situation.

    Read history, the full history. Enlightening.

    Laus Deo

  • landofaahs

    Truth was the victim in World war 2. All sides engaged in lies and propaganda. Although the Axis side was much more guilty. But WW2 was started by WW1 which was nothing more than a family feud between European elitists.

  • Liz Hood

    She was held at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo where my husband was an MP/Prison guard. The truth finally came out that she was forced to do the broadcasts–and that she was able to send messages to OUR guys telling what the Japanese were doing or going to be doing. She did America many good turns, saving many lives–though that was not revealed for a very long time. When the truth came out, some of our guys who had hated her for being Tokyo Rose,met with her and said they forgave her–and asked her to forgive them for having been so harsh…..

  • Liz Hood

    Look at the generals that have been “found guilty” of various things recently–and kicked out of the service. 12 in this past year alone. It is because they will not do what Obama wants done–things that are treasonous and treacherous to our country and the Constitution..

  • Jaymz13

    There is something about this story that just makes me weep…

  • Bandara Hallawa

    I have a honest question. What exactly is the difference between the Left trashing “pro-Western” figures like Columbus and the Founders as evil or too flawed to admire, and Beck trashing people like Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt? Are we supposed to dismiss the positives they did simply because of their negatives? Should we not have an FDA or a national park system? Those are inherently evil because someone in government created them? And for someone who claims to revere history so much, what about MLK’s alleged adultery and plagiarism, and Gandhi telling the Jews not to resist Hitler and having a hand in the India-Pakistan partition and resulting massacres?

    I heard Beck once blow off the MLK criticism by saying “That’s all God could get at the time” or something to that effect. Why must we hate Edison (not take the good with the bad, but hate and dishonor) but with, say, Ben Franklin, “look at the whole man”? Heck, there are people now who have no love for Abraham Lincoln for overstepping the Constitution, and Beck loves him. I don’t understand what his point is here. It’s like he gets so excited about new tidbits of history he never knew and goes around exclaiming it to his audience “Look what I read! Progressives! Evil! Hate them!” How is he any different than what the Left does to the American and “pro-Western” heroes?