Title: "F.B.I. to Begin Tule Lake Probe," Seattle Times, 11/11/1943, (ddr-densho-56-980)
Densho ID: ddr-densho-56-980


TULELAKE, Calif., Nov. 11.--(AP)--Two national investigations were focused today on the Tule Lake Segregation Center, where the 16,000 disloyal Japanese internees took advantage of mild rule to the extent of making bombs and knives practically under the noses of officials.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was ordered by Attorney-General Francis Biddle to begin an immediate study of last week's disturbances with a view to prosecuting an immediate study of last week's disturbances with a view to prosecuting any violators of federal law.

Dies Probe Urged

Representative Claire Engle, Democrat, California, said he would ask the Dies committee for a "full and formal" probe of the entire Tule Lake situation as it existed under control of the War Relocation Authority before the Army was called in to quiet matters a week ago.

A State Senate committee which questioned numerous witnesses emerged numerous witnesses emerged unanimously in favor of continued Army rule. Several persons had testified they would be fearful of their lives if the Army were withdrawn.

A new disturbance at the center occurred only yesterday, even with the Army in control.

Japs Stop Work

Hundreds of Japanese staged a work stoppage in the warehouses on grounds that they were not being allowed to chose their own work leaders.

The last of the Japanese of proved loyalty to the United States were removed from the Tule Lake camp by train last night, leaving just those of admitted or suspected allegiance to Japan.

In joyful mood, 370 Japanese and Japanese-Americans of all ages left for W.R.A. camps in Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Arkansas.