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(AP)   Head of Homeland Security Committee says Japanese internment camps were a good idea   ( story.news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2003-02-06 03:11:06 PM  
That has to be some kind of conspiracy theory, that could never happen in this country.

2003-02-06 03:31:18 PM  

"For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street."

Yeah- they aren't to keep you locked in, it's to keep the bad guys locked out.
2003-02-06 03:31:55 PM  
I think that being politically incorrect is currently out of style, while exposing your true racist intentions is all the rage. I'm glad politicians are finally being honest. Now if we could just get these asshats out of office.
2003-02-06 03:38:35 PM  
Make that politically correct.
2003-02-06 04:00:23 PM  
Internment Summer Camp - Guantanamo Bay is nice this time of year. Water sports limited by the number of sharks attracted to the sinking of amateur watercraft off shore.
2003-02-06 04:02:01 PM  
Japanese internment camps get too much flak, it wasn't like we killed anyone. Sure it was crappy thing to do, but these kinds of decisions get made when you bypass democratic decision making in times of war. And the Japanese did threaten our western coast, and their spies might have been around.
2003-02-06 04:13:04 PM  
I can't believe I agree with a yokel from NC...
2003-02-06 04:43:41 PM  
They were such a good idea that many non-Japanese people paid to get in. People who were in them still think back on those as their happiest times.

They were excellent as weight-loss clinics, for example.

And you couldn't beat the nightly entertainment. They put on some great performances of The Mikado.

I hear Disney is thinking of bringing them back as theme parks.
2003-02-06 05:17:36 PM  
And the Japanese did threaten our western coast, and their spies might have been around.

But it wasn't the Japanese-Americans that were the threat. Why didn't we concern ourselves with locking up all the Americans with German blood during WWII? Hell, I think half of Wisconsin would have been in a camp. It was our fears of "those slant eyed Japs" hiding among us. Racist pure and simple.
Why should they have had to "prove" their loyalty any more than any other American? As I'm sure you remember, the 442nd was composed of Japanese-Americans and was the highest-decorated unit in US history for its size...18,000 individual decorations for bravery, 9,500 Purple Hearts, and seven Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations.

Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper's bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
2003-02-06 05:45:05 PM  
that's depressing. this guy really needs to get kicked out of a department dealing with stuff like this.
2003-02-06 06:16:24 PM  
Congressman Coble should be interned, for his protection of course.
2003-02-06 07:18:53 PM  
I'm sure there's somebody out there who's going to say we should round up all the towelheads and lock 'em up. So for that guy, I have a question: do I have to go, too? I'm 1/4 Arab. Very pale and blue-eyed, but a quarter Arab nonetheless. How about my half-Lebanese mom? My Arab-American grandmother, who has never been anywhere near an Arabic-speaking country? My uncle, who spent about a decade in the Army? Another uncle who designs secret planes for the Pentagon?

Just askin'.
2003-02-06 07:56:06 PM  
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2003-02-06 07:56:44 PM  
2003-02-06 07:56:56 PM  
Pixley It's iffy for you. We'll forward your question to Asscroft.
2003-02-06 07:58:27 PM  
Charlie don't surf and A-rabs belong in cages...
2003-02-06 07:59:21 PM  
Congressman Coble should be interned, for his protection of course.

I'll second that.
2003-02-06 07:59:44 PM  
I'm oh so proud to live in North Carolina.

2003-02-06 08:00:05 PM  
Yes, we all know the locking up the Japanese was a horrible idea. But what about the Arabs?
2003-02-06 08:01:06 PM  
Here we gooooooo....
2003-02-06 08:01:10 PM  
Paradoxflux Yeah, just like all those internment camps for the german immigrants, right?

Oh wait, there weren't any. Funny that.
2003-02-06 08:01:12 PM  
Does this mean that getting a cab in NY is about to get even harder?
2003-02-06 08:02:30 PM  
There'd be no point interning Arabs.

I mean, that camp would sound like a tray of jiffy pop after 2 minutes on the burner.
2003-02-06 08:03:16 PM  
Strom and Lott are proud - however, the Japanese are pointing that damned laser sattelite at us as we speak...
2003-02-06 08:03:30 PM  
If I were Arab, I'd be all for it. Just think of the juicy reparations: $20,000 and a "Gosh, sorry" from Uncle Sam. Of course, you'll have to wait 40 years to get it. Still a better investment than Social Security in 40 years.
2003-02-06 08:03:53 PM  
We can put them in the inter-net.

Thanks, I'll be here all week.
2003-02-06 08:03:59 PM  
Holy shiat, what an asshat.
2003-02-06 08:04:06 PM  
Just to clarify the inaccurate headline...

"Head of a Homeland Security subCommittee says Japanese internment camps were a good idea"
2003-02-06 08:04:15 PM  
That's it - I'm moving to Canada. fark you U.S.A. and the horse you rode in on.
2003-02-06 08:04:28 PM  
So, when Trent Lott stuck foot in mouth with his Strom Thurmond comment, he was forced to resign as majority leader. What does this guy get? A Purple Heart? A salary raise? A seat in the Cabinet?

2003-02-06 08:04:35 PM  
Once again, paranoid propaganda continues to flow from the government like a giant well of shiat. Oh, man, those terrorists are in our country hiding. We'd better lock up everyone that looks Arab and throw away the key.

If this doesn't seal Bush's fate as a one term president, I don't know what will. The next president in the White House will most likely spend his first year in office undoing Bush's mess.
2003-02-06 08:04:58 PM  
It was the right thing at the right time There would have been alot of DEAD Japanese-Americans also there were Japanese-Americans SPYS IE Toyoko Rose and yes German American and Italian American were placed in Camps
2003-02-06 08:05:50 PM  
Veritron: Do that, then try to find somewhere to live after some moronic parlimentarian says something retarded.
2003-02-06 08:06:01 PM  
Not a nice thing to do to them, I agree. But judging by the situation that the nation was placed in, it wasn't such a bad thing to do for national security. You're right in that we didn't lock up people of German ancestry, but it was simply easier to pick out the Japanese and at least help with SOME of the potential problem. And for anyone that is going to claim that the Japanese were no threat, read a little about Pearl Harbor. The majority of Japanese intelligence about the harbor came from a fellow of Japanese descent. He sent them ship arrival and departure times... ship counts.. the works.
2003-02-06 08:06:14 PM  
I wonder how many Americans who consider themselves patriots and defenders of freedom and justice agree with this arsewad.
2003-02-06 08:06:36 PM  
fark political correctness, I for one think it was a good idea.
2003-02-06 08:06:59 PM  
Zen_Monkey wrote "If this doesn't seal Bush's fate as a one term president, I don't know what will."

Nothing will. That's the point. The really scary point.
2003-02-06 08:07:22 PM  
I remember reading somewhere that part of the reason for the Japanese being imprisioned was because the Emperor of Japan declared that all Japanese people were at war with the Allies. If the authorities at the time believed that this declaration meant anything, then it's not farfetched to assume that it would be safer to put the 'enemies' in camps.

Or it could just be because humans don't like humans, unless they look alike.
2003-02-06 08:07:55 PM  
Actually, it was a SUB-committee...
2003-02-06 08:08:51 PM  
the only thing going thru my mind over and over is "we are so screwed"
2003-02-06 08:08:56 PM  
Goooood bless America, land that i loooooooved.
2003-02-06 08:09:03 PM  
Veritron, we had the camps too, but at least we don't have any officials coming out and saying what a spiffy idea they are.
2003-02-06 08:10:03 PM  
JohnC98- that was well said.
2003-02-06 08:10:19 PM  
Well, I'm an American Muslim. I guess I should start packing my bags. The men in the black suits should be showing up any night now...
2003-02-06 08:10:28 PM  
The majority of Japanese intelligence about the harbor came from a fellow of Japanese descent. He sent them ship arrival and departure times... ship counts.. the works.

One's a spy, so lock up everyone?

Brilliant. Sounds like something from the great mind of Saddam.
2003-02-06 08:11:38 PM  
That last post was not me - my friend jumped on without my knowledge...sorry, but Germans were not put in camps because we were a major established part of america - still to this day the largest segment of the US population is made up of people of Germanic origin. Therefore, they really couldn't...and the ones making the decisions were probably german too...who would have wanted to deal with millions of pissed of germans back then? Screw Germany today though...fags. Also, after further reflection...my friend may not be that far off, hmmm.
2003-02-06 08:12:53 PM  
Arbeit Macht Frei
2003-02-06 08:13:43 PM  
xen0blue: I for one think it was a good idea.

Hopefully you're kidding. Next to slavery and our treatment of those pesky native americans, this was proabably the most shameful episode in our history. (Granted, it's a distant third compared to the other two)

Those who were interned lost everything they had earned or accumulated in this the land of the free.

Families were destroyed for no reason other than the paranoia of some government officials. I know several people who were interned or are the children of those who were, and it was not for their protection and it did nothing but inflict hardship on their lives.

You better hope you're never on the wrong side of some politicians reactionary policy.
2003-02-06 08:14:05 PM  
sorry, but Germans were not put in camps because we were a major established part of america

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
2003-02-06 08:15:16 PM  
*interning* american CITIZENS of any ethnic or racial persuasion is WRONG.

does the word CITIZEN mean nothing to you boneheads ?
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