Sayonara, Tokyo Rose


Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a.k.a. Tokyo Rose, has died of natural causes at the age of 90.

Convicted in a highly questionable trial in 1949 and sentenced to 10 years in the clink (she served six), Aquino was eventually pardoned by Gerald Ford (he did a lot of that, didn't he?), after a Chicago Tribune reporter revealed that most of the testimony against her was faked. Originally seen as a treasonous traitor, the legacy of Tokyo Rose has everything to do with war-time hysteria and racism.

Speaking of odious war-time treatment of Japanese Americans, historian Eric Muller reviewed Michelle Malkin's The Case for Internment here.