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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071222/ap_on_go_ot/hoover_mass_arrests Report: Hoover had plan for mass arrests Sat Dec 22, 3:02 PM ET WASHINGTON - Former FBI
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      Report: Hoover had plan for mass arrests

      Sat Dec 22, 3:02 PM ET

      WASHINGTON - Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a
      plan to suspend the rules against illegal detention
      and arrest up to 12,000 Americans he suspected of
      being disloyal, according to a newly declassified
      document.

      Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7,
      1950, less than two weeks after the Korean War began.
      But there is no evidence to suggest that President
      Truman or any subsequent president approved any part
      of Hoover's proposal to house suspect Americans in
      military and federal prisons.

      Hoover had wanted Truman to declare the mass arrests
      necessary to "protect the country against treason,
      espionage and sabotage," The New York Times reported
      Saturday in a story posted on its Web site.

      The plan called for the FBI to apprehend all
      potentially dangerous individuals whose names were on
      a list 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," Hoover
      wrote in the now-declassified document. "In order to
      make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation
      suspends the writ of habeas corpus."

      Habeas corpus is the right to seek relief from illegal
      detention, and is a bedrock legal principle.

      All apprehended individuals eventually would have had
      the right to a hearing under Hoover's plan, but
      hearing boards comprised of one judge and two citizens
      would not have been bound by the rules of evidence.

      The details of Hoover's plan was among a collection of
      Cold War-era documents related to intelligence issues
      from 1950-1955. The State Department declassified the
      documents on Friday.
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