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Today is the Day of Remembrance

Lest we ever forget what our government is capable of:

Sixty-two years ago today, at the behest of the War Department and over the objection of the Justice Department, Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the military the authority to evict people from zones along the West Coast that the military might choose to designate.

Claiming that "the Japanese race is an enemy race" and that even second-generation American citizens of Japanese ancestry were suspect because "the racial strains are undiluted," the military soon took action to evict more than 50,000 Japanese aliens and more than 70,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their homes along the West Coast. (No such program of mass exclusion was ever deployed against identically situated American citizens of German or Italian ancestry.)

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