Originally posted by sigung86
Does anyone, beside me, recall the use of the camps, ala WWII and the American born Japanese?
Does anyone here remember all the "conspiracy hooplah" about currently idle prison camps in various places in the US? Does anyone, further,
remember the "conspiracy hooplah" about the train cars full of shackles, leg irons, and such?
After reading some of the responses in this thread... Does anyone believe it could not happen again?
Here is a snippet from my myspace blog connecting Guantanamo and the Japanese Internment;
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about the Japanese internment:
Japanese American Internment was the forced removal of approximately 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans (62 percent of whom were United States
citizens) from the West Coast of the United States during World War II. While approximately 10,000 were able to relocate to other parts of the
country, the remainder – roughly 110,000 men, women and children – were sent to hastily constructed camps called "War Relocation Centers" in
remote portions of the nation's interior.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, which allowed local military commanders to designate "military
areas" as "exclusion zones", from which "any or all persons may be excluded." This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry
were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps.
In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the exclusion, removal, and detention, arguing that it is permissible to curtail the civil
rights of a racial group when there is a "pressing public necessity."
Everyone has heard or read the Diary of Anne Frank. We are very familiar with the atrocites of the Holocaust caused by the Germans against the Jews.
But have you heard of or read "Farewell to Manzanaar"? It is the Diary of a Japanese girl in a concentration camp in California. Not on the same
level as the Holocaust of course, nothing is. But it wasn't a day at Disneyland either. Funny how this ugly part of American history is always
skipped over. So much so that many Americans don't kow that we even did it.
The Phoenix zoo sits on a site that was a prison camp for U-boat captains. It has been claimed that Adolf Hitler got the ideas of concentration camps
from the way Americans rounded up the native Americans and put them on reservations.
Even Joe Dimaggio's parents were arrested and had all their belongings confiscated for the simple fact they were Italian.
It is funny how history repeats itself. The scandal of Guatemala carries on. But here is an excerpt I have found from Wikipedia:
In addition 2,210 persons of Japanese ancestry taken from 12 Latin American countries by the U.S. State and Justice Departments were held at the
Department of Justice Camps. Approximately 1,800 were Japanese Peruvians. The rumor persists that the United States intended to use them in hostage
exchanges with Japan, but there is no historical evidence that this was ever the plan. There was a program to repatriate Americans (civilian and POW)
and Japanese nationals, but this was ended after reports by international observers described the treatment given to internees."
And Americans wonder why the American Muslims are nervous.
Why hasn't the media made this connection before? The fact that the American government has a history of detaining people against their will.
Probably it is hard to read between the lines of January Snowstorms in Colorado and terrorism terrorism terrorism. Many were worried that these
Japanese, who were everyday American citizens, were terrorists too.