Does your Country keep Secrets from its Residents?
By Judy Evans
February 15, 2016 10:39pm CST
74th Commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin During World War II, the public were told only what the government of the time wanted them to know. Nowadays what with mobile phones, drones and the internet, it would be much harder to keep news under wraps. One event which many Australians knew very little about at the time it happened concerned the bombing of Darwin in the Northern Territory by the Japanese. Seventy-four years ago, on 19 February 1942, the Japanese mounted two air raids on Darwin involving 54 land-based bombers and around 188 attack aircraft launched from four aircraft carriers. At least 243 people were killed and 300 to 400 wounded. At the time Darwin was a small town with limited infrastructure. During the 1930s and early years of World War II, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force had constructed bases near the town. The pre-war population was 5,800. The Japanese wished to prevent the Allies from using the bases against the Japanese invasion of SE Asia and their intended strike against New Guinea. In addition to the human casualties, twenty military aircraft were destroyed and eight anchored ships sunk. One of the ships sunk was the American destroyer, USS Peary. More bombs were dropped on Darwin than on Pearl Harbour. Although I've known about it for some time now, it was years after the event that I first learnt of the bombing raids. In just a few days time, commemorative services will be held,74 years after the bombing. Have there been major events in your country of which you've had little knowledge? Photo is of a World War I memorial in Albany, Western Australia
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• Banks, Oregon
16 Feb 16
Yes, our country keeps a plethora of secrets from us, during world war 2 the Japanese dropped balloon bombs all over the west coast, there are still bombs out there, that weren't recovered, one of the bombs killed a family, who were out hiking after church here in Oregon.
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• Adelaide, Australia
30 Mar 16
@JudyEv Have you seen our documentary "All The Way"? A real eye-opener that one! A trailer:
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• Calgary, Alberta
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Have you heard about the Australian Inventor who invented a water fueled car? he was assassinated and got killed if my memory serves me right. There is a guy in My country who also invented a water fueled car and he got imprisoned for estafa but many people believes he is innocent.
• Jinan, China
5 May 16
No,citizens' secrets are exposed to the governments,we do not have secrets.And then,many social frameworks collect our phone number and home address.They sell our phone number to the fake company.So that the fake companys will call us everytime and disturb our life
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
18 Feb 16
I'm not sure the U. S. could have kept the bombing of one of our cities secret during WW2. Too much movement around the country, and too many news-hungry reporters. But they did keep secret the fact that Japanese bomb-balloons reached the Northwest and killed a couple of people. The secrecy wasn't to keep it from the population, but to prevent the Japanese from knowing it had been successful.
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb 16
I suppose reporters did as they told back then - and Darwin is miles from the rest of the country. The extent of the bombing was kept under wraps as much as possible. Japanese submarines got into Sydney Harbour but they kept that quiet too. Plenty of rumours but no substance in many cases. And if people were sworn to secrecy during those wars, they kept their word.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Feb 16
@JudyEv , that was quite a secret kept! And absolutely our country has kept secrets from us, especially during my parents times, and even now they try to hide certain things, but, yes, media and social media is making it more difficult these days.