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At It Again: Rep. Michele Bachmann Warns Of Link Between Census, Japanese Internment

Thanks to TPM for the following report about the arch nemesis of the 2010 U.S. Census:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is taking her refusal to fully fill out her Census form, which is a crime punishable by a $5,000 fine, to a whole new level: Invoking the memory of the Japanese internment during World War II, and the evil role that the Census played in it!

During an interview this morning on Fox News, Bachmann mostly focused on the danger of her personal information falling into the hands of the dreaded menace ACORN. But at one point, she made a very interesting appeal to history:

“Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps,” said Bachmann. “I’m not saying that that’s what the Administration is planning to do, but I am saying that private personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up, in a violation of their constitutional rights, and put the Japanese in internment camps.”

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2 Responses to “At It Again: Rep. Michele Bachmann Warns Of Link Between Census, Japanese Internment”

  1. My Two Census » Blog Archive » Historical Retrospective: Michelle Bachmann Has A Point… Says:

    [...] I wrote a piece for Mother Jones that elaborated on my original post about Michelle Bachmann. It is important to note that the Census Bureau DID give private data to the Roosevelt [...]

  2. Al Seibt Says:

    Great posts. I’m glad Michele Bachmann came out with this about the census.
    Maybe that’s how O’Bama is going to pay for his socialist health care being jammed our throat. No one will answer and he will go after the $5000 fine for each person in the household.