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American Inquisition: the search for eastern American Disloyalty in international struggle II ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ, ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: The college of North Carolina PressАвтор(ы): Eric L. MullerЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2007Количество страниц: 214ISBN: 978-0-8078-3173-1Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 1.25 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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And ‘‘suitable security measures’’ were to be in place to prevent what General DeWitt saw as ‘‘probable rioting and . . ≤∏ That was not the end of the matter of segregation, however. While the wra bristled at the suggestions that were coming from the military, what the wra objected to was more their source than their substance. As it happened, in late 1942 and early 1943, wra was deep in internal discussion about its own ideas for segregating and more closely confining some of the internees. Interestingly, however, the impetus to segregate came from the bottom up, rather than the top down.

Or investigation,’’ DeWitt fumed in a telephone conversation with Allen Gullion, the army’s provost marshal general. ’’ Colonel Karl Bendetsen, an o≈cer from the Provost Marshal General’s Office (pmgo) who became one of DeWitt’s top legal assistants and an architect of the plan to evict Japanese Americans from the West Coast in the spring of 1942, fretted about the public relations disaster that he saw looming for the wdc. He worried that if the military now took the position that the loyalty of Japanese Americans could be ascertained, the public would demand to know why the government had spent ‘‘80 million dollars to build relocation centers’’ rather than screening the Japanese American population in the spring of 1942.

While it is believed that some were loyal, it was known that many were not. It was impossible to establish the identity of the loyal and the disloyal with any degree of safety. S. Army. ’’ According to that report, ‘‘[b]oth first- and secondgeneration Japanese in Hawaii . . ’’∞≥ Views like General DeWitt’s did not disappear within the army after Japanese Americans were gone from the coast. In 1943, when Japanese Americans were being considered for release from their internment camps and for employment in plants engaged in war production, the army’s Provost Marshal General’s O≈ce (pmgo) had the responsibility of training the men who would investigate their loyalty.

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