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Internment bribes

President Roosevelt was a racist and developers wanted ag land for urban expansion



Your main story on April 6 about the concentration camps for American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II was very well written (“Imprisoning our own”). However, as great as President Roosevelt was during his first term, you failed to mention certain important details about his dishonesty and racism, which played a part in some of his decisions.

First, he was not for equality between blacks and whites in the Dixie states of the South.

Second, during World War II when a shipload of Jews seeking refuge from Hitler tried to land and discharge these refugees in New York, he refused to allow them to enter America, citing our immigration laws. Many asked him to invoke an executive order to save them, which he refused to do. They were supplied with some food and ordered to return to where they came from. When they arrived back in Germany, they were sent to concentration camps and killed.

Third, prior to World War II, Japanese Americans controlled the vegetable growing industry in California. For one example, there were miles and miles of vegetables grown on Japanese-owned and leased land between Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. After the war, Los Angeles expansion made these fields into asphalt and houses. There were certain well-funded special interests that wanted that land for urban expansion, but first they needed a plan to get the land as easily as possible.

They devised a plan to get Roosevelt to remove and move these Japanese to internment camps so they could no longer keep up payments on their owned and leased land. Roosevelt only signed the executive order against these Japanese after he received the large political donations from those who wanted to own that land.

Anyone in doubt can verify items one and two using their computer. As for item three, how do I know these details? I got this information directly from Milton Eisenhower’s private secretary, who was my brother’s former mother-in-law. However, as private as this information was kept, part of it can be verified by a computer research. Milton was in charge of setting up these internment camps, of which there were about 10, the largest and first being Manzanar near Independence, Calif. It is very important to note that President Roosevelt did not sign the executive order until he received the bribe (campaign donation).

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Note: The online version of this story has been edited to correct the byline.

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