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Records Confirm Census Bureau Released Information on Japanese-Americans During WWII

April 5th, 2007

Although the agency has denied it for years, recently discovered documents confirm that the U.S. Census Bureau provided the Secret Service and other government agencies with much more specific information on Americans of Japanese descent than was previously thought.

From 1942 to 1947, the confidentiality protection of Census Bureau data was temporarily suspended, allowing the government to forcibly remove some 120,000 people from their homes and detain them in concentration camps “War Relocation Centers”. The Census Bureau admitted several years ago that it had released some general demographic data about certain neighborhoods where Japanese-Americans lived, but always insisted that it never provided “microdata”, which included specific names and addresses that could be used to specifically target people for internment.

Homeland Stupidity (post date: April 5) has published an excellent article that covers this particular issue and points out the relevant dangers posed by the existence of government databases and reminds us that there are legitimate reasons for people who actually care about their freedom to oppose the disturbing trend toward the reduction of privacy and civil liberties in the name of “national security”.

Scientific American has additional details regarding the recent discovery of documents from the U.S. Department of Commerce that expose the Census Bureau cover-up.


2 Responses to “Records Confirm Census Bureau Released Information on Japanese-Americans During WWII”

  1. comment number 1 by: AgentPace

    Very interesting. Better not tell King George W, or his Dick, about this; he’s got this muslim thing going on……

  2. comment number 2 by: Karlonia

    Yes, it will be interesting to see what kinds of things we find out about King George and the “Muslim thing” after we get far enough along in history for more records to be discovered and/or declassified.

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