On Monday the Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging the indefinite military detention of American citizens, without due process, that was written into the 2012 NDAA. This is, of course, Section 1021 from the 2012 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that has been at the center of controversy for over 2 years. The legal battle, that advanced through appeal to the Supreme Court, was led by notables such as Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and Chris Hedges.
When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that Americans would again see the rise of internment camps on American soil it gave me a really uneasy feeling. To some his comments were seen as hypothetical. I felt strongly that he was trying to warn Americans of the inevitable:
Didn’t Barry say he was going to close GITMO? Wonder which groups are targeted for internment, will the decision be made by a low level staffer?
Via The Washington Examiner
Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter!
“You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told the University of Hawaii law school while discussing Korematsu v. United States, the ruling in which the court gave its imprimatur to the internment camps.
The local Associated Press report quotes Scalia as using a Latin phrase that means “in times of war, the laws fall silent,” to explain why the court erred in that decision and will do so again.
“That’s what was going on — the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot,” Scalia said. “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.”
Family Security Matters
The thing about a police state is that it tends to creep up on you. One day you think the Bill of Rights is intact and the freedoms you take for granted are intact, but the next day you find out that under the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1540), signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011, you can be arrested and detained without recourse to an attorney or the courts.
HR 1540 kills the concept of Habeas Corpus by permitting the detention of U.S. citizens without trial. In 2009 the National Emergency Centers Act, HR 645, was introduced for the establishment of “internment camps.” I have not been able to determine if it was passed and signed into law, nor have I found any explanation why the Congress of the United States either passed or even considered these laws.