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California Attorney General Earl Warren
February 21, 1942

Unfortunately [many] are of the opinion that because we have no sabotage and no fifth column activities in this State…that none have been planned for us. But I take the view that this is the most ominous sign in our whole situation. It convinces me more than perhaps any other factor that the sabotage we are to get, the fifth column activities we are to get, are timed just like Pearl Harbor was timed and just like the invasion of France, and of Denmark, and of Norway, and all of those other countries.

I believe that we are just being lulled into a false sense of security and that the only reason we haven’t had a disaster in California is because it has been timed for a different date…. Our day of reckoning is bound to come in that regard.

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