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Is S-510 a solution in search of a problem? The summary
I realize this is distasteful material, but --well, it happened, and very much in our time -- while your parents or grandparents were safe and sound in the USA --and it was all legal, it all began with laws passed in August 1932 and January 1933.
(i got these off the web --the first website is a little fascist-appearing but the vid is not from the website but from a survivor group, the website is but carrying it, and i can't find it elswhere, and it has a strong element, a charming somewhat elderly lady introducing the footage, speaking to the camera)
(the second covers ground not in the first)
...and i'll eat my hat if the laws which did this didn't also begin with something like "If the Secretary believes...."