The No-No's of Tule Lake

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Abby Zimet

Along with Independence Day, last week marked a pilgrimage by a group of Japanese-Americans to the former internment camp at California's Tule Lake where during World War Two over 18,000 "disloyal" members of their community were held for answering "no" to two key questions in a loyalty test they may or may not have understood, thus rendering them “enemy aliens.” Alas, so little has changed. Could loaded questions about "loyalty," hysteria in the name of "patriotism" and shameful treatment of those who lacked the power to challenge that treatment be any more timely? Incredible photos.

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