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Submitted by Garry Prior (Malaysia), Dec 29, 2004 at 09:33

Forgive my curiosity, but it has always seemed to me that the shame (if that is the word) of Japanese internment was not so much a question of trust as of ethnicity. I can understand and forgive internment of peoples whose ethnicity is mixed with their nationality, but what I cannot understand is how the same intelligence service that opted for Japanese internment did not do the same for Americans of Germans or Italian extraction, when their historical nations were at war with America, and who, by many accounts, were visibly supportive of their historical nations during the war before US entry.

I have little problem with the principle but I have huge problems with the inconsistency and the implication, however implicit, that Europeans are or were intrinsically more trustworthy than Asians when it comes to switching loyalties.

I also believe that there should be ( or have been) other tests to determine trustiness and that would hold true in today's case also.

Regards

Garry Prior
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