Friday, February 7, 2014

Scalia: Internment Camps will return

In times of war, countries are apt to defend themselves and sometimes due process and constitutional rights gets thrown out. The Washington Time reports that United States Supreme Court Justice Scalia had made an interesting statement at the University of Hawaii’s Law School, defending a nation’s rights to intern American citizens if war breaks out. Scalia said, “You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” referring to a 1944 US Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. US, that upheld the law on interning Japanese-American citizens during the World War 2, when United States troops were battling the Japanese abroad.

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Although, Justice Scalia did mention that he thought the ruling on Korematsu v. US 1944 was wrong, it seemed rather irresponsible for Justice Scalia to make this statement while the US has been waging a war on terrorist since the September 11th attack, and using national security as a grounds for action, the rights of many groups of Americans have been infringed upon. For example, some Muslim Americans with certain names are added to “no fly” lists with the TSA (Transportation Security Advisors), and are often harassed at the airports even though they are not affiliated with any terrorist groups.

To try and clarify the statement the Dean of the University of Hawaii’s law school issued a statement saying that he thinks that Justice Scalia meant that, “people always have to be vigilant and the law can’t be trusted to provide protection”.

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