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Decision to incarcerate

Army Selects Centers for Alien Evacuees (March 6, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, March 6, 1942, p. 18
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Intelligence memo: "Individuals Blacklisted by Nisei"

Intelligence memo on individuals in the Japanese American community reported to be "suspicious" by other Japanese Americans. Information was provided by a handful of nisei informants, whose opinions were "possibly...colored by personal feelings or desire for gain."
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Mass Ouster of Japanese is Demanded by Atty.-Gen. Feelings of Residents in Eastern Washington 'Not Important at This Time,' Congressmen Are Told (March 2, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, March 2, 1942, p. 1
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Wartime Removal Hits All Coast Aliens, Good or Bad (February 3, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 3, 1942, p. 15
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Memo: "Japanese Problem in Hawaii"

Memo to Col. Scobey from G.S. Eckhardt regarding the Japanese in Hawaii, specifically Gen. Emmons' power to evacuate. Suggests that Emmons is currently evacuating all aliens and "dangerous" citizens to the mainland, but cannot send more than 5,000.
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Lt. K.D. Ringle's "Report on the Japanese Question"

Report by Lt. K.D. Ringle, of of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Opinions: the vast majority of nisei are loyal to the U.S.; less than 3% possibly could act as saboteurs or agents, and are already known to FBI and ONI; nisei should be encouraged to participate ...
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Memo to John J. McCloy from Karl Bendetsen

Memo to John J. McCloy from Karl Bendetsen about General DeWitt's stance on the draft. Suggests that DeWitt wants harsher penalities for draft resistance, i.e. making it a felony instead of a misdemeanor. Reasons that "you can shoot a man to prevent the commission of a felony" and ...
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Petition to Congress from the Presbytery of the Redwoods

This group protests the evacuation of Japanese Americans on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. They suggest holding hearings in camps and then allowing the innocent to return home. They also warn that harsh treatment of Japanese Americans will fuel Japanese propaganda and lead to punishment of American POWs.
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Memo: "Reported Bombing and Shelling of the West Coast"

Memo to the Attorney General from J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI. Refutes statements made in J.L. DeWitt's Final Report that there was espionage activity conducted by Japanese on the West Coast immediately following Pearl Harbor. The FBI investigated all allegations, and found no evidence to support ...
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Memo from Delos Emmons to John J. McCloy

Memorandum from Delos Emmons, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, to John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, regarding a previous report on the Japanese in Hawaii. In this memo, Emmons refutes much of the information in the report. He dispels many of the rumors about the Hawaiian Japanese and admonishes ...
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