Tuesday, August 03, 2004

wrong kind of deja vu

The Census Bureau has divulged info on Arab Americans to Department of Homeland Security:
The special tabulations were prepared specifically for the law enforcement agency. There is no indication that the Department of Homeland Security requested similar information about any other ethnic groups. The tabulations apparently include information about United States citizens, as well as individuals of Arab descent whose families have lived in the United States for generations.

Read the Electronic Privacy Information Center's full report here.
Why does this sound so eerily familiar?

  • General Sherman used census data to locate targets during the famed Civil War March though Georgia.
  • Even before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered the Census Bureau to collect information on "American-born and foreign-born Japanese" from the Census data lists. Information was gathered from the 1930 and 1940 censuses on all Japanese-Americans and then given to the FBI and top military officials. These sources point directly to the census information as one of the reasons that led to the internment of almost 110,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens.
  • During the Nazi regime, Hitler used the census to track minorities for extermination.

  • From the Epic Census Page.

    This is a very, very bad kind of deja vu.

    Via Politech.

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