Sunday, December 7, 2008


The Bench front page... President Bush has ordered National Guard units across the US to round up people of Japanese ancestry. It was 67 years ago today that the Japanese bombed the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (ha-VAH-ee). The bombing spurred the US to declare war on Japan. People of Italian and German ancestry will also be rounded up. President Bush signed Executive Order No. 9066 at 1:10 this morning (0610 GMT) in the Oval Office. The order gives military commanders, including those in the National Guard units, the authority to arrest and detain citizens who might pose a danger to the security of the United States. "Sixty seven years ago, that's less than a lifetime these days," said Mr. Bush, "and lots of those Japanese folks are still alive. Alive and bitter about what President Franklin Roosevelt did to them back then." The president added that it would be a mistake to assume that none of the Japanese who were interned during World War Two are not still enemies of the US. "To be on the safe side," said Mr. Bush, "we need to get them into camps as soon as possible, under lock and key. I also am ordering that Italtian-Americans and German-Americans be rounded up to." The order is effective immediately. "If rounding people up and putting them in prison camps for years without any due process was good enough for a Democrat like FDR," chuckled Mr. Bush, "it's good enough for a compassionate conservative like me." The text of Executive Order No. 9066 reads, in part: "Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of War, and the Military Commanders whom he may from time to time designate, whenever he or any designated Commander deems such action necessary or desirable, to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion." Full text available here... RELATED: Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 Ten of Japan's worst War Crimes Japanese War Atrocities - New York Times Report of Japanese Atrocities, Bataan Death March, Palawan Massacre CNN - North Korea brings Japan war atrocities into diplomatic row ... Western apathy to Japanese WWII atrocities Victims of Japanese atrocities in Nanking