Supreme Court Justice Scalia on US concentration camps: “kidding yourself if you don’t think it will happen again.”

Justin O’Connell | The Dollar Vigilante

Have you been one of those people who scoff when somebody mentions to you that the US government is capable of deplorable acts? Does it seem absurd to you when someone mentions that the government could build and use concentration camps against its own citizens?

Well, it turns out, the joke’s on you. Concentration camps just went mainstream in the US.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students in Hawaii that the Supreme Court does not uphold the Constitution, and that they should anticipate the court to issue more rulings along the same lines as those enabling the internment of US citizens not charged with a crime, just like as happened during World War II. Why? To answer this question, Justice Scalia quotes Marcus Tullius Cicero, who said that “laws are silent in times of war” (inter arma silent leges).

Scalia was asked by one law student about his thoughts on the Korematsu v. United States case. In this case, two men were convicted of refusing to comply with an order to report to a prison camp even though the men had committed no crime. Scalia said the court was wrong, “but you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” He went on:

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.

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