America's Concentration Camps

Tim May tcmay at
Thu Aug 28 18:27:17 PDT 1997

At 12:45 PM -0700 8/28/97, stonedog at wrote:

>Let me get this straight: a couple of federal (were they in this
>case?) LEA's come to your door and say, "Come with us, you and your family
>are going to prison because of the color of your skin." You say, "I am a
>citizen of of the United States, and my rights are enumerated in the
>Constitution. You do not have the authority to incarcerate me without due
>process of law. Now please get off my property." The LEA's reply, "Hey,
>we're just doing our jobs. Don't give us a hard time, you stupid Nip." You
>pick up the shotgun you keep in the closet by the front door and say, "If
>I have commited a crime, then arrest me. Otherwise, get off of my
>property." The LEA's reply, "You just made a big mistake, bud." Twenty
>minutes later they return with a fifty agents with automatic rifles and
>orders to shoot to kill the "spy".
>Of course, if he just "went along quietly", he would have spent a few
>years rotting in an "internment camp" while his business failed or he lost
>his job to someone fortunate enough to have immigrated from Italy or
>Germany instead of Japan. That's better than endangering the lives or
>yourself and your family, right?
>You might feel that the example that you responded to was a bit too
>simplistically polemic, but I think for many people, especially those in
>this forum, your hypothetical situation is not at all an ethical dilemma.

Whatever you do, don't interpret what some are saying on this issue at "the
view of Cypherpunks.

In my view, the arrest, detention, and internment in concentration camps of
persons of putative or confirmed Japanese ancestry was a slam dunk
violation of their constutional rights (specifically, I presume, of their
4th and 14th ("equal protection") rights.

That a "foreign entanglement," which Washington warned of, was happening
between mostly Caucasian soldiers and mostly-Mongoloid soldiers over trade
routes and colonies was no constitutional justification for these arrests
and detetentions.

And once released from these concentration camps, redress in the courts was
not possible. (Token redress was made decades later.)

The Japanese should have formed underground cells to track down and execute
those who stole their property and their freedoms. We think killing SS
arrest battallions is what the Jews should have done, so why not the same
for the battallions assigned to ship these persons to America's
concentration camps? It's still not too late. Strong crypto will make this
very possible to coordinate and carry out.

The Jews are always clamoring for Nazi criminals to be tracked down,
kidnapped, and tried, a la Eichmann, so why not the co-conspirators in this

Of course, like the Jews, few Japanese were armed at the time. And even
fewer after the war (hint: any rifles or handguns they owned at the start
were _not_ returned to them in 1945.)

Other ethnic groups are less easily placed into concentration camps. Let
the fascists try putting Koreans into concentration camps, and some of
those AR-15s they used so well on the rampaging blacks and Hispanics will
kill some cops and soldiers.

Like the Jews in Europe, the Japs were just too fucking timid and

--Tim May

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