Could the United States government actually commit violations of both US and international laws as well as commit warcrimes and then just cover them up, rewrite history and get away with it for over a century?
What about when the citizens of the United States find out about it, how do you think they would react to the revelation?
What if I told you this is exactly what the United States has done, and the President of the United States even publicly admitted it on nationwide television.
I am going to delve deeply into this topic over the next several installments in this series to help you understand exactly what has happened, why it is important for you to know that it has occurred, and the possible ramifications for the future.
United States Public Law 103-150 is informally known by some supporters as the "Apology Resolution" even though it actually did not contain an apology. It is a Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress adopted in 1993 that "acknowledges that the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum" (U.S. Public Law 103-150 (107 Stat. 1510)).
Ok, so what does all of that actually mean? What it means is you have been lied to all of your life about Hawaii, and how Hawaii became a part of the United States. Technically, and more important, legally Hawaii never has become part of the United States. Hawaii is not the "50th State" as you have been taught to believe in school.
To understand all of this, and the massive implications that this causes still today and will continue to cause in the future we have to go back in time to 1800's when this whole mess got started.
In the late 1800's sugarcane had become one of the largest exports of Hawaii. Several wealthy businessmen from the United States moved to Hawaii to run very successful sugar plantations that would then ship their sugar back to the United States for market.
In the 1850's, the United States put tariffs on imports that were quite a bit higher than the tariffs that Hawaii had put on imports from the United States. King Kamehameha III wished to lower the tariffs being paid out to the U.S. while still maintaining the Kingdom's sovereignty and making Hawaiian sugar competitive with other foreign markets. In 1854 Kamehameha III proposed a reciprocity agreement between the two countries but it died in the Senate.
In 1873, a United States military commission recommended attempting to obtain Ford Island in exchange for the tax-free importation of sugar to the United States. Major General John Schofield, U.S. commander of the military division of the Pacific, and Brevet Brigadier General Burton S. Alexander arrived in Hawaii to ascertain its defensive capabilities. United States control of Hawaii was considered vital for the defense of the west coast of the United States, and they were especially interested in Pearl Harbor.