The ‘Ashcroft’s Internment Camps’ Myth Lives On

by John Hawkins | September 4, 2002 12:49 am

The ‘Ashcroft’s Internment Camps’ Myth Lives On: Nat Hentoff at the Village Voice[1] echoes Johnathan Turley’s hysterical rant about John Ashcroft’s non-existent camps (drawing of people in Japanese style internment camp included). He finishes with this bit of rhetorical flourish….

“Meanwhile, as the camps are being prepared, the braying Terry McAuliffe and the pack of Democratic presidential aspirants are campaigning on corporate crime, with no reference to the constitutional crimes being committed by Bush and Ashcroft. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis prophesied: “The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.” And an inert Democratic leadership. See you in a month, if I’m not an Ashcroft camper.”

This is despite the fact that I totally debunked Turley’s wild claims[2] in a previous editorial. If Hentoff would have done any sort of research he would have found my article which is #7 on Google if you search for “Ashcroft” & “Camps.” (Hentoff’s editorial in the Village Voice is #8).

Interestingly enough, there is now an article on CNN[3] decrying Ashcroft’s imaginary camps while mentioning the WSJ article (it says it was published Aug 14th but it didn’t show on Google even a week after that date). It doesn’t look as if the author in that piece made the connection either….

“Jose Padilla is currently being held in a Naval Brig at Goose Creek, South Carolina. The Goose Creek facility has plenty of vacancies. Indeed, according to a Wall Street Journal report, it has a special wing that could be used to jail up to twenty U.S. citizens deemed “enemy combatants” by the government.

And Goose Creek may not be the only location. An LA Times editorial recently suggested that the proposal for detention camps is broader.”

The author goes on to again claim that the Bush administration is going to create Japanese style internment camps ostensibly using Turley’s article as her source…

“We have lived to regret the internment of our fellow Japanese-America citizens during the World War II. With its 1971 legislation requiring Congressional approval for future internments, Congress indicated clearly that we have learned from our grave mistakes and should not repeat them. Yet the Bush Administration, including its Attorney General, wants to do just that.”

I thought bloggers, not the mainstream media, were supposed to be the sloppy and irresponsible ones who never fact-checked anything?

  1. Village Voice:
  2. totally debunked Turley’s wild claims:
  3. CNN:

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