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July 2003 , Page 4 

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Guantanamo: little hope for zealous advocacy

By Lawrence S. Goldman

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Six months after Pearl Harbor, in June 1942, eight German saboteurs, all of whom had lived in the United States, were dropped off by U-boats on the shores of Long Island and northern Florida. Their orders were to attack factories, destroy railroad installations, bomb Jewish-owned department stores and generally create terror.

Shortly after their arrival, Dasch, one of the would-be saboteurs, with the connivance of another, went to Washington and reported the plot to the FBI. Soon, all eight were caught. J. Edgar Hoover held a press conference lauding the FBI’s successful efforts. He did not mention Dasch’s assistance.

President Roosevelt demanded swift and severe punishment. “The death penalty is called for by usage and by the extreme gravity of the war aim and the very existence of the American government.”

There were problems, however: two of the Germans claimed American citizenship, their lawyers understandably wanted a public trial and the evidence wa

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