Thursday, September 22, 2005

Legislating Historical Revisionism: Bills sponsored by Japanese-American politicians

When will it stop? When will people wake up and see how this history is being manufactured? What could the "other purposes" mentioned below possibly be?

More taxpayer dollars for brainwashing kids?

109th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1492
To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 6, 2005

Mr. THOMAS (for himself, Ms. MATSUI, and Mr. HONDA) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

A BILL
To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC CONFINEMENT SITES.
(a) Preservation Program- The Secretary shall create a program within the National Park Service to encourage, support, recognize, and work in partnership with citizens, other Federal agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations for the purpose of identifying, researching, evaluating, interpreting, protecting, restoring, repairing, and acquiring historic confinement sites in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from these sites and that these sites will demonstrate the Nation's commitment to equal justice under the law.

(b) Grants- The Secretary, in consultation with the Japanese American National Heritage Coalition, shall make grants to citizens, State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations to assist in carrying out the actions described in subsection (a).

(c) Matching Fund Requirement- The Secretary shall require a 25 percent non-Federal match for funds provided under this section.

(d) Sunset of Authority- This Act shall have no force or effect on and after the date that is 2 years after the disbursement to grantees under this section of the total amount of funds authorized to be appropriated under section 3.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this Act--
(1) the term `historic confinement sites' means--

(A) the 10 internment camp sites referred to as Gila River, Granada, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz, and Tule Lake and depicted in Figures 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.4, 9.2, 10.6, 11.2, 12.2, and 13.2, respectively, in `Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites', published by the Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, in 1999; and

(B) other historically significant locations, as determined by the Secretary, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II; and
(2) the term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $38,000,000 to carry out this Act. Such sums shall remain available until expended.

109th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1719

To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 19, 2005

Mr. INOUYE (for himself, Mr. BENNETT, and Mr. AKAKA) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL
To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC CONFINEMENT SITES.
(a) Preservation Program- The Secretary shall create a program within the National Park Service to encourage, support, recognize, and work in partnership with citizens, Federal agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations for the purpose of identifying, researching, evaluating, interpreting, protecting, restoring, repairing, and acquiring historic confinement sites in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from these sites and that these sites will demonstrate the Nation's commitment to equal justice under the law.

(b) Grants- The Secretary, in consultation with the Japanese American National Heritage Coalition, shall make grants to State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations to assist in carrying out subsection (a).

(c) Property Acquisition-

(1) AUTHORITY- Federal funds made available under this section may be used to acquire non-Federal property for the purposes of this section, in accordance with section 3, only if that property is within the areas described in paragraph (2).

(2) PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS- The property referred to in paragraph (2) is the following:

(A) Jerome, depicted in Figure 7.1 of the Site Document.
(B) Rohwer, depicted in Figure 11.2 of the Site Document.
(C) Topaz, depicted in Figure 12.2 of the Site Document.
(D) Honouliuli, located on the southern part of the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, and within the land area bounded by H1 to the south, Route 750 (Kunia Road) to the east, the Honouliuli Forest Reserve to the west, and Kunia town and Schofield Barracks to the north.

(3) NO EFFECT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY- The authority granted in this subsection shall not constitute a Federal designation or have any effect on private property ownership.

(d) Matching Fund Requirement- The Secretary shall require a 25 percent non-Federal match for funds provided under this section.

(e) Sunset of Authority- This Act shall have no force or effect on and after the date that is 2 years after the disbursement to grantees under this section of the total amount of funds authorized to be appropriated under section 4.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this Act the following definitions apply:

(1) HISTORIC CONFINEMENT SITES-

(A) The term `historic confinement sites' means the 10 internment camp sites referred to as Gila River, Granada, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz, and Tule Lake and depicted in Figures 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.4, 9.2, 10.6, 11.2, 12.2, and 13.2, respectively, of the Site Document; and

(B) other historically significant locations, as determined by the Secretary, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

(2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

(3) SITE DOCUMENT- The term `Site Document' means the document titled `Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites', published by the Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, in 1999.

SEC. 3. PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION.
No Federal funds made available to carry out this Act may be used to acquire any real property or any interest in any real property without the written consent of the owner or owners of that property or interest in property.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $38,000,000 to carry out this Act. Such sums shall remain available until expended.

Thanks but no thanks. I'm tired of taxpayer dollars going to entities such as "The Japanese American National Heritage Coalition" so they can dole out grants to their buddies to whitewash their history. What a scam!

UPDATE: Here's a whole bunch of bills that come up with the key word "internment".

1 . Wartime Parity and Justice Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)[H.R.893.IH]

2 . Honoring Fred T. Korematsu for his loyalty and patriotism to the United States and expressing condolences to his family, friends, and supporters on his death. (Agreed to by Senate)[S.RES.126.ATS]

3 . Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act (Introduced in House)[H.R.1595.IH]

4 . Recognizing the historic commitment of the United States to the recovery of and full accounting for Americans who are prisoners of war or in a missing status. (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)[H.J.RES.18.EH]

5 . Recognizing the historic commitment of the United States to the recovery of and full accounting for Americans who are prisoners of war or in a missing status. (Introduced in House)[H.J.RES.18.IH]

6 . Wartime Treatment Study Act (Introduced in House)[H.R.3198.IH]

7 . Wartime Treatment Study Act (Introduced in Senate)[S.1354.IS]

8 . To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the placement in a national cemetery of memorial markers for the purpose of commemorating servicemembers or other persons whose remains... (Introduced in House)[H.R.2188.IH]

9 . To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes. (Introduced in House)[H.R.1492.IH]

10 . To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate)[S.1719.IS]

11 . To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes. (Introduced in House)[H.R.360.IH]

12 . Prisoner of War Benefits Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)[S.1271.IS]

13 . Prisoner of War Benefits Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)[H.R.1598.IH]

14 . Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)[S.1272.IS]

15 . Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)[H.R.23.IH]

16 . To provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and for other purposes. (Reported in House)[H.R.1492.RH]

17 . Great Basin National Heritage Route Act (Introduced in Senate)[S.249.IS]

18 . Great Basin National Heritage Route Act (Reported in Senate)[S.249.RS]

19 . National Heritage Areas Act of 2005 (Referred to House Committee after being Received from Senate)[S.203.RFH]

20 . National Heritage Areas Act of 2005 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by Senate)[S.203.ES]

UPDATE 2: The links to the bills above do not work. If you'd like to read the bills, please go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and type in "internment".

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