Nah … I can’t happen here.

The good old days: NYT: Hoover Planned Mass Jailing of 12,000 in 1950. The sad thing is that I won’t be a bit surprised if I see bloggers, pundits, or some of the Republican presidential candidates offering defenses of such a scheme. Along the lines of “well, err the intent was reasonable, I’m sure. I mean, you can’t have people running around speaking unfavorably about the government, about the military, not in a time of war. But we don’t advocate taking anyone’s rights away — just suspending them for awhile. Detainees who can manage to prove their innocence of acts of dissent to the satisfaction of designated authorities will eventually be released.”

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