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Lowman and McCloyMagic: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents from the West Coast during WW IIwere correct.

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), May 29, 2007 at 22:25

Gary White relies on J. Edgar Hoover's opposition to internment to show there was no military necessity for it. However Hoover was not on the list of those who had access to the MAGIC intercepts. The recommendation to FDR came from Stimson and McCloy who did have access to them as did FDR also.

The MAGIC intercepts did not come to light until well after the war. For good reason. By concealing from the Japanese that we had broken their diplomatic and naval codes we continued to obtain much useful information. Some of it helped us win a decisive victory in the naval battle at Midway.

These intercepts were ignored, after the War, by a Commission that was in effect a kangaroo court, predisposed to rule in favor of the Japanese as shown in David D. Lowman's book, Magic: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents from the West Coast during WW II.

Lowman's book contains copies of many of the intercepts. You can decide for yourself whether they justify the forced relocation. Read also McCloy's description of the politics of the Commission that decided the need for reparations.

Another victory for political correctness.

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