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Submitted by Konrad (United States), Mar 30, 2005 at 10:25

When the United States declared war on Japan, all non-citizens of Japanese ancestry legally became "enemy aliens," a term Malkin and other internment apologists freely throw around. 1300 "Enemy aliens" of Japanese ancestry were summarily abducted by the FBI within days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

It was a nice double-whammy for Japanese immigrants, many of whom were raising families of citizen children, to be designated as "enemy aliens," because they were barred for life from citizenship in the first place, by racist exclusion laws. Not a single one was legally prosecuted for espionage or sabotage. Then, as today, thousands of non-citizens of particular nationalities were detained, abused and interrogated as if they were threats to national security, without the Justice Department needing to present any evidence they were involved in any illegal acts.

Even without the forced removal and detention of Japanese American citizens, the U.S. government rampantly abused the human rights of "enemy aliens" during World War II, and these abuses are being repeated in strikingly similar ways today.

Pipes, Malkin and others say they don't advocate the mass confinement of Muslims in the United States. So what's the purpose of their trying to taint, once again, a hundred thousand innocent people of Japanese ancestry as deserving of internment? What SPECIFICALLY has not been done to the Muslim population recently that Pipes and Malkin would like to see happen?
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