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What about German Americans in the US at the time?

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Submitted by Ruben Perlmutter (United States), Dec 29, 2004 at 10:59

Although I have little problem with the type of ethnicity/religious based profiling proposed -- it is common-sense based -- I think many ignore the racial element in the Japanese internment. If the Japanese presented such an imminent threat, then what of the German community in the US, one that established a significant fascist Bund movement in the 1930's? Certainly Hitler planned to exploit the German American community -- and did so and had an extensive espionage network in the US. Why were German Americans not interned?

I also think Mr. Pipes is a bit off base with his description of the ACLU: The ACLU "radical"? Liberal, certainly. But radical? The danger in calling the ACLU radical can backfire so that non-conservative readers will downplay his assertions that CAIR is "radical" or "militant."
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Daniel Pipes replies:

Malkin takes up at length the issue of German- and Italian-Americans in her book; I urge you to read it and not a summary I might supply.

As for the ACLU, see my reply at http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/19171.

DP

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