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May 23, 2011



Wes - The mistake was in imprisoning American citizens solely on the basis of their Japanese ancestry (no matter how remote). Despite the apparent presumption of disloyalty or danger posed by these American citizens that is inherent in the US Army's 1942 Exclusion Order, the Justice Department possessed information that the US government had determined that: (1) the FBI was already aware of the names any specific Japanese aliens or Japanese-American who were likely to cause trouble and was surveilling them; and (2) the remainer of Japanese aliens and Japanese-Americans posed no danger to the US. However, rather than honor their ethical obligations as attorneys to disclose this information to the Supreme Court and let the Court make an independent determination, the Justice Dept. attorney gave in to blatant racism and political pressure and withheld that information.

Mad Keith Beyond Geezerdome

Confession is good for the soul, they say. Don't forget we have a soul-free government. Always have, always will.

But I'm thrilled to see this quasi-admission. Even though I note that the original parties are now safely dead.


Hello? What "mistake" or "error" was it to detain enemy aliens? We were at war! Look what Japan did to Americans in that country at the very outset of WWII. Could the US have done the same? Yes, but it didn't. Thousands of Japanese in the US never spent a day in a camp during the war. Where's that mentioned anywhere? And the Ringle Report -- anybody read that? He warned of the dangers and hazards, the "menace" of the Japanese community, and that only 75% of the American-born Japanese were loyal to the US.

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