Looking Back

A reader writes:

Last night, I sat reading Gordon W. Prange's fine book "At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor" when I came across a passage that made me think of how far we've fallen in the years of the Bush administration.

The passage relates that "in later days Yoshikawa [a Japanese agent in Hawaii] frequently spoke of his fear of the FBI" and that perhaps "he equated the FBI with Japan's sinister Tokko ("Thought Police"), which had an unpleasant habit of arresting and "interrogating" suspects with no such details as evidence, warrants, or habeas corpus to cramp their style."

It's a sad state of affairs when one can read about the "sinister" methods of a past totalitarian, militaristic regime and see things that the government of the United States of America is doing today.  Once our nation fought against such atrocities, but now we can only look back and see ourselves.