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Emiko and Chizuko Omori Collection
Title: Ernest Besig Interview
Narrator: Ernest Besig
Interviewers: Chizu Omori (primary), Emiko Omori (secondary)
Location: San Francisco, California
Date: October 1, 1992
Densho ID: denshovh-bernest-01-0005

EB: We were, I was informed that people were being... when I got up there I was informed that people were being detained in the stockade. Stockade? Stockade was news to me. And this was to the effect that anybody they didn't like, "they" being the administration, didn't like, were put, placed into the stockade. And parents and relatives, children, and so on, were not allowed to visit those who were detained in the stockade. Well, this didn't make any sense to me. If you're accused of some offense, if they had committed some offense, they were entitled to due process of law. So various people came to see us to state their complaints, and Alice Adams took the complaints in shorthand and later she typed her notes and they are the basis for reports that were carried in the ACLU News, the ACLU monthly publication. And you can read 'em today. May I go on to say that complaints were made to not only the local administration, but what is the name of the man who was running all of these camps? Dillon Myer. We presented our complaints to Dillon Myer, and as a result, and with a threat of legal action, this, these, the stockade was dropped, stopped, the people were allowed to leave and to rejoin their families.

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