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Earlier this month, Bruce Ramsey of the Seattle Times reported on a document that he says casts doubt on my argument in In Defense of Internment that the evacuation of ethnic Japanese during World War II was based primarily on legitimate military concerns rather than racism and wartime hysteria. The document was called to Ramsey’s... Read More
Counterpunch, a widely-read left-wing political newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, published a rambling interview the other day with America's nuttiest professor, Ward Churchill. It seems I've gotten under the blithering professor's skin. When the interview first appeared, Churchill was quoted accusing me of "blatant plagiarism" (screenshot via Shock and Blog) and... Read More
There's an intense debate in Bainbridge Island, Wa., over how the National Park Service should memorialize the WWII evacuation of ethnic Japanese. Comments are due today over several plans. Opposing sides here and here. Resident John Alpaugh, who has been active in the fight for a fair and accurate assessment of WWII relocation and evacuation... Read More
I mentioned on Monday that the online errata page for my last book had been updated and that I would have more details. Before I get to them, I invite those of you with ample time on your hands to read the entire e-mail exchange in chronological order between retired law professor Peter Irons and... Read More
The errata page for In Defense of Internment has been updated. Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey comments on my latest correction here. I'll have more to say about this later. On a related note, I've been meaning to comment on Mark Levin's book, "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America. " Tom... Read More
In today's Japan Times (scroll down to the fourth letter), former World War II internee Ebhard E. Fuhr writes about the efforts of three U.S. activists to raise awareness about Japanese-Latin Americans who were interned in the United States during World War II: The article that prompted Fuhr's letter is available online here. More information... Read More
The unhinged side of the blogosphere is having a hissy fit because I jovially highlighted Teresa Heinz (Kerry)'s quote revealing that she only uses the name of her husband, failed presidential candidate John Kerry, "for politics." To show that I am a hypocrite, they point to the fact that my books are copyrighted under my... Read More
In response to reader requests, from now until December 3rd, I am offering signed, personally inscribed books for sale to those of you with PayPal accounts. Send my e-mail account ([email protected]) $25 per book plus $10 per order for postage and handling. Put "BOOK SALE" in the subject line. Gift wrapping is available for an... Read More
Some critics of my most recent book have accused me of being a self-hater. Eugene Volokh deconstructed this argument here. Today, reader Richard J. Shinder points out that the accusation is based on an absurd assumption about Asian solidarity: A further irony is that some of the same Asian-Americans who accuse me of being self-hating... Read More
Last night's speech at U.C. Berkeley is covered here and here. It was a remarkable event. Many thanks to the Berkeley College Republicans and those who came, and heartfelt apologies to the hundreds of supporters who could not get in to the lecture hall due to the limited number of seats. Pre-event news coverage and... Read More
On Sunday, the Sacramento Bee published a thought-provoking op-ed piece about homeland security in an age of terror by Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The major points of the piece are that "the ongoing global terrorist threat poses the greatest challenge to the American future since the Cold War and... Read More
Law professor Eric Muller's critiques of my book, which began reasonably enough in early August, have degenerated into irrationality. Muller's descent began shortly after I pointed out copious factual errors and mischaracterizations in his posts--errors that remain uncorrected and unacknowledged to this day. A few days later, Muller signed the hysterical letter by the newly-formed... Read More
At WorldNetDaily, columnist Vox Day argues that "[t]here was never a genuine military threat to the West Coast" during World War II. Further, Mr. Vox argues that this is not merely a hindsight conclusion since "the facts and logistics of the Pacific situation were very well known to American military strategists at the time." Mr.... Read More
Shabbir Motorwala of the Institute for Islamic Education and Research in Miami is wary of FBI efforts to gather intelligence from Muslims. An excerpt: Surprisingly, Motorwala waits four whole paragraphs before playing the Japanese internment card. In the fifth paragraph, Motorwala writes, "Muslims are not against cooperating with law-enforcement to help thwart terrorism." Yet virtually... Read More
The Seattle Times discusses the controversy on Bainbridge Island about the teaching of the World War II internment. An excerpt: I wonder if Ms. Vander Stoep received her history education from these folks. (Her grammar skills are nothing to brag about either.) More on the Bainbridge Island controversy here. And a tangentially-related blog entry about... Read More
My latest op-ed piece, "Reparations for internment were just a curtsy to political correctness," appears in the San Francisco Chronicle today. An excerpt: Update:
The history curriculum in Bainbridge Island's middle school dealing with the so-called Japanese-American internment has come under fire, according to this article in the Bremerton Sun. An excerpt: A special social studies program for Sakai Intermediate School sixth-graders called "Leaving Our Island" is missing context and rises to the level of "propaganda," some parents say.... Read More
The latest news on the book front: * I will be speaking about the book in Houston today, at an event sponsored by The Houston Forum. My next public appearances will be at U.C. Berkeley (145 Dwinelle Hall) at 7 pm on Weds Sep 8th, Borders Books in Puyallup, Wash., at 7 pm on Friday... Read More
Blogger Eric Muller, believes it's time to start "winding the back-and-forth down." This desire is apparently shared by his co-critic, author Greg Robinson. I can see why. In yesterday's post, I pointed out that Robinson had failed to correct more than a half-dozen factual errors that I called to his attention in my Aug. 6... Read More
For those who are interested, I have uploaded a follow-up response to professors Eric Muller and Greg Robinson, two principal critics of my new book. You can read the whole thing here. Part I of my response to Muller and Robinson, posted a few weeks ago, is here. I appreciate the extensive effort that these... Read More
A lot of buzz about the book this week. Tom Ikeda and Scott Oki attack it in a Seattle P-I op-ed. Like Greg Robinson, they say none of the information in my book is new, which is untrue. They cite the conclusions of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians without addressing any... Read More
Did your history teachers ever tell you about what happened on the tiny Hawaiian island of Niihau shortly after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor? If not, check out this townhall.com excerpt from my book.
This afternoon, during the 5 o'clock hour (eastern time), I'll be discussing you-know-what on Sean Hannity's radio show. Tonight, it'll be a double-header with appearances on both Hannity & Colmes and Scarborough Country. I'll wrap up the day with an appearance on Alan Colmes' radio show. Want more? Check out townhall.com's book review and Q&A.... Read More
Looks like I'll be getting a warm welcome in Seattle later today... "Book defends internment: Japanese Americans react to argument by ex-Seattle writer"
University of North Carolina law professor Eric Muller has been guest-blogging about my new book this week over at The Volokh Conspiracy. He enlisted the aid of his friend and author Greg Robinson in his endeavor. I welcome the debate from the Eric-Greg tag team and others who have actually read the book and are... Read More
The word is out about my new book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for "Racial Profiling" in World War II and the War on Terror. I've been keeping it under wraps over the past year as I quietly toiled away in the wee hours of the morning, but since Instapundit kindly mentioned receiving the... Read More
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