RADICAL RIGHT -- REP. BACHMANN FEARS CENSUS WILL BE USED TO PUT AMERICANS IN INTERNMENT CAMPS: On Fox News yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) reiterated her intention to break the law by refusing to complete the 2010 Census. Playing prominently in Bachmann's fear-mongering about the Census is her misguided belief that the community organizing group ACORN is helping to collect Census data. In fact, ACORN will not have any role in collecting Census responses. ACORN is simply one of thousands of partners who have agreed to help promote the fact that the Census bureau will soon have many job openings. Bachmann also suggested yesterday that the government could use the Census data for nefarious purposes -- including the imprisonment of Americans in internment camps. She claimed that the Census information collected between 1942 and 1947 was "handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that's how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps." She then suggested that this might happen again. But while Bachmann's concerns about the data collected by the Census appear to be new, the questions that she is concerned with are not. Indeed, Census questions on race have been asked since 1790; home language since 1890; rent since 1880; income since 1940; and how Americans heat their homes since 1940. Moreover, as a former tax attorney, Bachmann ought to recognize that many of the Census questions that she considers invasive overlap with information that Americans give to IRS every year when filing their taxes.