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December 22, 2007

FBI's Hoover Planned Mass U.S. Jailings: Report

Please don't give Bush any ideas. It just goes to show you, we are not that far away from losing our freedoms:
Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan in 1950 to suspend the right to habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty, The New York Times reported on their web site on Saturday.

Hoover wanted President Harry Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to "protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage" and sent the plan to the White House 12 days after the start of the Korean War, the Times reported, citing a newly declassified document.

There is no evidence to suggest Truman or any other president approved any part of Hoover's proposal.

According to the Hoover plan, the FBI would "apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous" to national security.

The arrests would come from a list of approximately 12,000 names that Hoover had been compiling for years, the Times said.

Is history repeating itself? This time around Instead of Communism its Terrorism. Instead of Korea and Vietnam its Iraq:
Habeas corpus is currently at issue in the United States, with President George W. Bush following the September 11 attacks issuing an order that effectively allowed the United States to hold suspects indefinitely without a hearing, a lawyer, or formal charges.

In September 2006 Congress passed a law suspending habeas corpus for anyone deemed an "unlawful enemy combatant."

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