J. Edgar Hoover wanted to suspend Habeas Corpus.
Newly declassified documents from the 1950’s show that Hoover also wanted to imprison over 12,000 Americans he considered disloyal per an IHT article I perused this evening.
That’s a sobering friggin thought. From the IHT article:
Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons.
Hoover wanted President Harry Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The FBI would “apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous” to national security, Hoover’s proposal said. The arrests would be carried out under “a master warrant attached to a list of names” provided by the bureau.
The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. “The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of the United States,” he wrote. “In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus.”
Check it out. Seriously..The plan called for “the permanent detention” of 12,000 suspects at military bases as well as in federal prisons.