In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror

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Regnery Publishing, Jul 1, 2004 - History - 376 pages
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Everything you've been taught about the World War II "internment camps" in America is wrong:
They were not created primarily because of racism or wartime hysteria
They did not target only those of Japanese descent
They were not Nazi-style death camps
In her latest investigative tour-de-force, New York Times best-selling author Michelle Malkin sets the historical record straight-and debunks radical ethnic alarmists who distort history to undermine common-sense, national security profiling. The need for this myth-shattering book is vital. President Bush's opponents have attacked every homeland defense policy as tantamount to the "racist" and "unjustified" World War II internment. Bush's own transportation secretary, Norm Mineta, continues to milk his childhood experience at a relocation camp as an excuse to ban profiling at airports. Misguided guilt about the past continues to hamper our ability to prevent future terrorist attacks.

In Defense of Internment shows that the detention of enemy aliens, and the mass evacuation and relocation of ethnic Japanese from the West Coast were not the result of irrational hatred or conspiratorial bigotry. This document-packed book highlights the vast amount of intelligence, including top-secret "MAGIC" messages, which revealed the Japanese espionage threat on the West Coast.
Malkin also tells the truth about:
who resided in enemy alien internment camps (nearly half were of European ancestry)
what the West Coast relocation centers were really like (tens of thousands of ethnic Japanese were allowed to leave; hundreds voluntarily chose to move in)
why the $1.65 billion federal reparations law for Japanese internees and evacuees was a bipartisan disaster
how both Japanese American and Arab/Muslim American leaders have united to undermine America's safety
With trademark fearlessness, Malkin adds desperately needed perspective to the ongoing debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security. In Defense of Internment will outrage, enlighten, and radically change the way you view the past-and the present.
 

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The high priestess of fear and hate pontificates about how the WWII American internment of West Coast Japanese was REALLY JUSTIFIED AFTER ALL. As if that wasn't enough, she then draws analogies as to ... Read full review

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Not only are Malkin's claims backed by shoddy evidence and a lack of specificity, but her entire thesis is offensive. I'm shocked she actually makes a living writing pseudo-academic drivel like this.

Contents

The Turncoats on Niihau Island
1
The Threat of the Rising Sun
7
Sympathizers and Subversives
17
Spies Like Us
27
The MAGIC Revelations
37
The Internment of Enemy Aliens
53
The Rationale for Evacuation
65
Executive Order 9066
81
127 911 and Beyond
149
Richard Kotoshirodo
167
MAGIC Cables
175
Intelligence Memos
209
The Kenji Ito Case
271
The Coram Nobis Cases
273
The Camps And Centers
281
The Niihau Incident
287

The Myth of the American Concentration Camp
95
Reparations Revisionism and the Race Card
113
The Puffery Defense
129
Damning America
143
A Note on Research and Sources
313
Acknowledgments
357
Index
359
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About the author (2004)

Michelle Malkin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Invasion which ignited debate on immigration and national security in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America. Her nationally syndicated newspaper column, celebrating its fifth year with Creators Syndicate, is published in nearly 200 newspapers across the country. Malkin is a FOX News Channel contributor and former editorial writer and columnist for the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. Malkin lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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