A great book stating facts backed by historical evidence. Truth never to be taught in public schools. And just look at the one star leftist commie cry baby's comments. That is an indication of historical truth in this book. Boo Hoo you pinko PC traitors, you never let the facts and truth get in your way.
HONESTY..! People in America have been SO preoccupied with being "Politically Correct" that they have given up their 1st Amendment rights to Free Speech, their dignity and ability to communicate the TRUTH. These camps were warranted and we will see them again with Muslim Islamic peoples. Those who were put in internment camps in WW-II included many innocent people yes, but we were at War. My own German people were put in camps also. These “West Coast” internees shared a common loss of freedom with the thousands of Japanese, German, and Italian Enemy Aliens and their U.S. relatives detained in DOJ camps through the Alien Enemy Control Unit Program. - KUDOs to Michelle Malkin for the courage to write about it!
In her book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror Michelle Malkin, "[...] challenges the religiously held belief that internment of enemy aliens and the west coast evacuation and relocation of ethnic Japanese were primarily the result of "wartime hysteria" and "race prejudice". Michelle Malkin feels that the view of WWII wartime defense has become the "warped yardstick" by which today's policy decisions are judged.
Malkin begins her anecdotal journey by telling the reader of her distaste for the broad-brush strokes when she claims that alarmists make "no distinction" between foreign visitors, suspected terrorist and U.S. citizens; or when no distinction is made between an `interment camp' and a `concentration camp'. Malkin presents the reader with the little known story of Niihau Island. "In case of emergency, the Japanese planned to use the island as a submarine pickup point for stranded pilots", and this is exactly what was Nishikaichi, a downed Japanese pilot hoped for when he crashed landed on Niihau.
The anecdotes continue for 12 chapters and 164 pages. Supported mostly by secondary sources Malkin's book raises some interesting, and provocative points about the defense, security, and the right of any country to endure through a national crisis.
Malkin's book provides a wealth of information that can be used, analyzed and rebutted. She makes her distaste clear for the absolutists who have, "distorted history" and "obscured valuable lessons" from the past. It is unfortunate however that Malkin does not heed her own rhetoric when she brings her book to a close.
In her conclusion Malkin creates straw men, false dilemmas, and rings in the same absolutism (this time from the `right') that she claims to disdain. In conclusion Malkin seem to be more perturbed by people's opinions rather than public policy. Malkin, states that people wish to, "[...] prosecuting suspected terrorist the way we would prosecute burglars or drug dealers". Malkin states that, "If the court strikes down the policy [presidential authority to designate anyone an enemy combatant" then "Padilla and other suspected al Qaida agents are likely to go free". Malkin mentions that Thomas Kean wanted ALL intelligence relating to September 11th, "Anything that has to do with 9/11, we have to see it--anything"
We of course know that The Sept 11th commission was not privy to `everything' despite Mr. Kean's demands--and, the courts have made it clear that there are more choices available between holding a citizen indefinitely and without representation, and setting them `free'--and, we are not treating terrorists like common burglars and drug dealers.
Regarding WWII internment camps Malkin presents the valuable nuances of history, and many little known and unreported facts. However, she dismisses the nuances, details, and facts in order to present a sensational conclusion worthy of cable news networks.
Malkin's, "Defense of Internment" presents a valid rebuttal to our historical footnotes regarding WWI. But, arguments `for' internment during WWII provide little support for the public policy of today. Yet, just like her liberal targets, Malkin does not hesitate to leap this large chasm albeit from the reverse direction, and "warps the yardstick" once again.
Malkin sets out to make a case that the round up and detainment of over 110,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII was not only justified, but necessary to preserve national security, rather than based on racism and war-time hysteria as has been previously accepted, and in turn that "racial profiling" by the Bush administration against Arab and Muslims in the US is also rightly justified in the preservation of current national security.
The heart of her argument is based upon the "MAGIC" decryptions, a long series of secret Japanese messages intercepted by the US government in the early war years. She posits that in these messages information showed that the Japanese had a spy network of Japanese-Americans (the "Nisei") and Japanese resident aliens (the "Issei") living in the US. This in and of itself is a huge problem as it has been shown by numerous scholars over the years that these decryptions did not in fact state this, but rather that the Japanese had intentions of recruiting these individuals for espionage as well as the fact that among the thousands of messages decrypted only a handful spoke of espionage in the US.
She brings very little new evidence to the table and instead lifts most of her material from work done in the early and mid 1980's, which was soundly refuted at that time anyway.
Also very important is the fact that only a handful of administration officials had access to the MAGIC documents, while the case for internment was made quite vocally by other officials who had no way of knowing that these documents even existed. Most notable of these was West Coast Defense Commander General John DeWitt who in his final report detailing plans for the "evacuation" said that "the Japanese race is an enemy race, and while many second and third generation Japanese born on United States soil, possessed of United States citizenship, have become 'Americanized,' the racial strains are undiluted." In addition, those few that did have access to the MAGIC documents, did not necessarily even read or know of the few messages, out of thousands, that referenced any sort of spy network in the US, due to the sheer volume of data contained in them. The governors of the western states that refused to allow Japanese relocated to their states freedom of movement, instead insisting that they be kept in "concentration camps" under guard, also had no access to the MAGIC decrypts.
Malkin also does not mention, even to refute, any of the decades of scholarship done on the influence of nativism, racism, economic control and war-time hysteria on the series of decisions that led to the actual confinement at military camps that is commonly referred to as "the internment". Even if she does not believe those factors were an influence, by not refuting them, her argument is weakened considerably.
Another major point of her book is based upon the idea that this was all done solely in the interest of national security to prevent a Japanese attack on the US west coast. However, the fact of the matter was that before even the first transfer of a Japanese-American to a long term "detention center", the US had won the battle of Midway and effectively eliminated any possibility of a Japanese assault on the US. She also neglects to effectively explain why German-Americans were not subject to a program of similar nature and scope, only a very small number were detained as opposed to the vast majority (about 3/4ths of the entire Japanese-American population spent most of WWII in camps) when in fact the threat of German subversion on the east coast was much larger and many more ships were lost to Nazi subs (German saboteurs even landed on Long Island).
To further compound the fact that the book lacks serious historical scholarship, in its place is a virulent attack upon all things "liberal" or "leftist". Malkin attacks a conspiracy of history books, politicians, the media and universities who "cloud the truth" with "political correctness". This is all fairly ludicrous since many of the architects of the internment have since referred to it as a mistake or overreaction, as well as many prominent conservatives speaking out against it. The 1981 Presidential Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians report to Congress stated that "The
broad historical causes which shaped [the decisions to relocate and detain Japanese Americans] were race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." Even arch-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia likened the case of Fred Korematsu (case found in defense of internment), to that of the Dred Scott decision (case found in defense of slavery).
In the final chapter, Malkin discusses current concerns over national security and voices her support of racial profiling at airports and preventing Muslims from serving in the armed forces in the Middle East. She is quick to point out that she is not in favor of an Arab/Muslim internment, yet what possible conclusion does she wish the reader to come to when this argument comes after 148 pages of text explaining why internment is a sound decision to make to protect the national security. Not to mention the fact that the cover of the book is a photograph of a Japanese man, Richard Kotoshirodo a man who did in fact do some surveillance for the Japanese prior to Pearl Harbor (not that anyone would recognize him as such), next to a photograph of Mohammad Atta, one of the 9-11 Hijackers. This juxtaposition, along with the title of the book, clearly infers that infringing on an individuals rights based on race, as was the case leading to the interment of the Japanese during WWII, is also what should be done in the "war on terror" against Arabs and Muslims living in the US.
It seems as though Malkin set out to write a polemic against individual rights in times of war, specifically the current "war on terror", by justifying what was, and still will be, considered an indefensible blot on our nation's history, the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
If I could give this book a minus million, I would. Her lack of research skills is so obvious it hurts. Malkin uses outdated and false information to make her case. She takes quotes out of context. She tries to bully the reader with big words to obscure her own faults. Her entire premise is based on logical fallacies. On top of all of these faults is a level of bigotry that is overwhelming.