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Days that live in 'Infamy': U.S. treatment of Japanese in WWII
Days that live in 'Infamy': U.S. treatment of Japanese in WWII

"The very fact that no sabotage has taken place to date is a disturbing and confirming indication that such action will be taken," warned Lt. Gen. John DeWitt of the Western Defense Command of the United States Army in a February 1942 memo calling for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to authorize the incarceration of "potential enemies of Japanese extraction." That DeWitt could not only write that sentence — which proves that Joseph Heller was reporting on the military as much as he was satirizing it in "Catch-22" — but have the argument repeated by the most powerful men in the land is indicative of what happens when stupid men stumble into the...

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