Art brought this article to my attention which really had me shaking my head in exasperation. Not at Art. At the article. It's been said before, but this was just one more proof.
The article by David G. Savage is from the Los Angeles City Times.
"Reporting from Washington— Acting Solicitor Gen. Neal Katyal, in an extraordinary admission of misconduct, took to task one of his predecessors for hiding evidence and deceiving the Supreme Court in two of the major cases in its history: the World War II rulings that upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans.
Katyal said Tuesday that Charles Fahy, an appointee of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, deliberately hid from the court a report from the Office of Naval Intelligence that concluded the Japanese Americans on the West Coast did not pose a military threat. The report indicated there was no evidence Japanese Americans were disloyal, were acting as spies or were signaling enemy submarines, as some at the time had suggested.
Fahy was defending Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, which authorized forced removals of Japanese Americans from "military areas" in 1942. The solicitor general, the U.S. government's top courtroom attorney, is viewed as the most important and trusted lawyer to appear before the Supreme Court, and Katyal said he had a "duty of absolute candor in our representations to the court."
So they knew. They didn't intern Italian-Americans or German-Americans, but they interned (pretty much jailed) 110,000 Japanese-Americans causing them to lose pretty much everything including their dignity.
This brings me to the whole issue of the Weapons of Mass Destruction.
And yet through my anger I have to remember one thing. We are living in a country where we can bring these things to light and try to make it right.
In the case of the Internment Camps, it came too late for most of those who suffered. And yet, it did come to light and hopefully will make those in power think before they do it again.
TROUBLE WITH BLOGSPOT:
I've just figured out that the people I've been unable to leave a comment with are the ones where the comments are embedded below the post. It seems I can comment on the ones who have a pop-up comment window or the full page. Strange that Blogger is having so much trouble lately.
Blogspot Postscript: I've also found that I can usually manage to post a comment on those embedded comment boxes if I choose ANONYMOUS instead of Google Account.