"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
> >From what I've read, putting Pound away in the mental hospital was a
> compromise, he wasn't in jail but was confined and that suited many.
> Something I've read recently on Pound's broadcasts was that he was
> very-pro Mussolini and very anti-Roosevelt and while he may have been
> giving aid and comfort to the enemy he was was not treasonous as such
> (not having read or heard any of the broadcasts I can't really judge
> that.) The same article said that the Italians were thinking for
> awhile to arrest him because his radio broadcasts were so incoherent
> they thought he was sending coded messages to the U.S. military.
Take it from an admirer of Pound -- the broadcasts (some of them) were
about as vile as you care to imagine. The FBI transcripts were pretty
bad, however, and it is not certain a conviction could have been had.
And regardless of his crimes and errors, the conditions in which he was
kept in the Pisan DTC were vile (and for that matter, conditions in army
penal institutions were vile for everyone by any standard of decency.
Probably almost as bad as conditions in the better u.s. prisons today.