I was recently emailed a long piece of “War on Terror” propaganda that had been originally written by a Dr. Vernon Chong, Major General, USAF, retired. In it, Chong makes a number of assertions that I find hard to accept. I will focus on just one…
He proclaims that we must be willing to give up some of our civil rights for the duration of the “war on terror”. He insists this is not a “slippery slope” because, he claims, we lost/surrendered some of our civil rights temporarily during WWII and after the war we got them right back.
So my question is, what, if any, formal civil rights did most Americans willingly forgo or were taken away during WWII?
Certainly the government abused the civil rights of Japanese and Italian Americans (I’m not sure about German-Americans). But this isn’t the kind of thing that Chong seems to be talking about; he very much seems to mean that we must accept things like warrantless wire-tapping, warrantless library, medical, and financial record searches, no privacy protection of Internet activity, etc. Did anything similar happen during WWII?