During the early stages of World War I the German government unleashed an aggressive campaign of sabotage and spying on U.S. soil. Today we explore this “secret war” and the little-known stories behind the “first terrorist cell in America” with author Howard Blum. He explains the early attempts at sabotage:
"The logic of the German spy masters — and this was a very narrow logic, and I don’t think they understood the American mind — [was that] if they could keep America occupied, if America had to worry about what was happening at home — to its own munitions factories, to its own even subways and bridges — if America had to fear what was happening along the home front, then they wouldn’t have … the volition to want to go off and fight in a war across an ocean."
photo of the Black Tom explosion in 1916 via Smithsonian/wikimedia commons