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Attorney General Francis Biddle to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
February 17, 1942

It is extremely dangerous for columnists, acting as “Armchair Strategists and Junior G-Men,” to suggest that an attack on the West Coast and planned sabotage is imminent when the military authorities and the F.B.I. have indicated that this is not the fact. It seems close to shouting FIRE! In the theater; and if race riots occur, these writers will bear a heavy responsibility. Either Lippman [sic] has information which the War Department and the F.B.I. apparently do not have, or he is acting with dangerous irresponsibility.

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