she's fucking loonie toons!
/end official grown-up conclusion
any idea when she arrives in SF?
By JOHN IWASAKI
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
James Arima, a local officer of the Japanese American Citizens League, intended to be at Green Lake tonight for the annual peace ceremony honoring those killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He changed his plans after hearing that author Michelle Malkin would be in town to discuss her new book, which defends another controversial episode of World War II: the relocation and detention of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.
Malkin's book -- "In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror" -- has created an uproar in the local Japanese American community.
"She's looking forward to discussion and controversy," said Arima, president of the Lake Washington chapter of the citizens league. "We don't want to help her sell books."
Malkin purports to debunk the common historical view that the internment was largely driven by wartime hysteria and racism. She maintains that historians and federal panels have played down information showing that Japan had established an extensive espionage network on the West Coast.
Using the internment to criticize today's counterterrorism measures, including profiling, only jeopardizes homeland security, Malkin says.
"I start from a politically incorrect premise: In a time of war, the survival of the nation comes first," she wrote. "Civil liberties are not sacrosanct."
Malkin writes that the so-called MAGIC messages -- Japan's diplomatic communications that were intercepted and deciphered before and during the war -- revealed Japan's espionage intentions. Among the messages are brief reports from the Japanese Consulate in Seattle about warships anchored in Bremerton.
The existence of the top-secret messages was known to only about a dozen people before and during the war, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The information was declassified in 1977 and written about by David Lowman, a former national security officer and Washington state native.( Read more... )