hoover: suspend habeas corpus & imprison thousands

hoover: suspend habeas corpus & imprison thousandsfrom raw story: According to a newly declassified document, the New York Times reports, a plan by former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover sought to suspend habeas corpus during wartime, with the intention of imprisoning thousands of Americans indefinitely.

Hoover’s plan was submitted to the White House twelve days after the start of the Korean War. Under the plan, approximately 12,000 people deemed as “potentially dangerous” to national security, 97% of whom were American citizens, would have been rounded up and sent to military prisons without due process.

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  1. Recently I had a historian/author post in my comments post on my blog in regarding Naomi Wolf’s 10 Steps to Fascism article.

    Was cool to get a new perspective on her article.

    His point, if I take it right, was that there have been worse moments of fascist shift in U.S. government, and we’ve recovered from them. Not that we can’t be on top of this new push toward fascism, that would be stupid, but to get too boo hoo about it isn’t appropriate considering the historical evidence.

    The poster’s book is called Bucket of Blood: The Ragman’s War. I haven’t bought it yet, because I know how bad my outside-of-school reading is when PSU is in session, but it looks interesting.

    What was my point again? Oh, your post reminded me of all this LOL.

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