Scalia: Internment camps will return

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February 5, 2014

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HONOLULU — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during a future conflict.

Scalia was responding to a question about the court’s 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.

“Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told students and faculty during a lunchtime Q-and-A session.

Scalia cited a Latin expression meaning, “In times of war, the laws fall silent.”

“That’s what was going on – the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot. That’s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It’s no justification, but it is the reality,” he said.

  • Tony G.

    Scalia . . . we will make sure that YOU are the first detainee . . . .

  • Hoodoo H

    The Writing’s on the Wall People.
    Better put the pieces together, and quick.
    Don’t be a dolt… Do your research on FEMA CAMPS and COFFINS.

  • disqus_w2ddAN95m0

    Scalia you are better to say nothing at all. How oblivious are you to what Obama is doing don’t give him any more ideas

    • Bluedoglocomotive

      Exactly what is Obama doing? Or are you a republican and just immagining something?

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