In the beginning chapters, she relates some fascinating history of incidents that actually occurred, but have rarely been shared in our history texts, involving the disloyalty of certain Japanese both before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In Chapter 7 -- "The Rationale for Evacuation" -- after having gone through some of the chilling evidence in the earlier chapters, Michelle makes a persuasive case for the West Coast evacuation. Among the government's concerns were that the West Coast was vulnerable to "fifth column activity," since many strategic army and naval installations, aircraft factories, shipyards, and other war plants and vital defense resources and utilities were located there.
Also, we had intercepted and decoded messages revealing that Japan had created sophisticated spy networks in the United States. Roosevelt was so troubled by the situation that he commissioned a secret study to evaluate the "Japanese situation" on the West Coast and in Hawaii. Its purpose was to determine the extent of ethnic Japanese involvement in espionage and assess their potential loyalty to Japan in the event of war.
Disturbingly, while the study concluded that an overwhelming percentage of Japanese would remain loyal to the United States, a significant number were of "questionable loyalties" and might engage in suicide attacks against key U.S. targets.
Based on these concerns and others, Roosevelt decided to exclude and evacuate ethnic Japanese from sensitive military areas. It wouldn't be a fail-safe solution, but would substantially disrupt existing spy cells and remove any threat from our most vulnerable areas.
I've just scratched the surface here, but after making her strong case for WWII internment, Michelle ties the subject to the present, expressing her indignation that "civil liberties absolutists" have used revisionism to attack today's homeland security initiatives. And, she capably defends the "racial, ethnic, religious, and nationality profiling policies . which are now being taken or contemplated during today's War on Terror."
Michelle is basically saying, "Don't, in blind submission to political correctness, allow historical myths to influence your attitudes toward certain distasteful, but necessary national security measures today. Let's not abandon common sense in the War on Terror."
Read the book with an open mind, and see if its information and arguments don't surprise you and cause you to rethink these issues. It's an eye-opener.
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