Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SCOTUS Justice: Internment Camps Can Happen Here


In a stunning moment of truth Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia let it slip during an appearance before University of Hawaii law school students that internment camps are a possibility in The Homeland. While this sort of pathology is commonplace among the authoritarian elite who have seized control of this once great country and while it should come as no shock to readers here an admission such as this should scare the hell out of Americans. With each new glimpse into the hive mind of the American fascists the so-called "conspiracy theorists" are validated, first with the Snowden revelations of mass NSA surveillance and data-mining and now with a prominent SCOTUS judge admitting that the government would have no qualms about rounding up and imprisoning Americans during "wartime" - such as the permanent phony "war on terror" in which we have been mired for over twelve years now.
According to an AP story, Scalia when speaking of the World War II herding up of law-abiding Japanese American citizens and putting them into detention facilities such as Manzanar stated that:
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii law school Monday that the nation's highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japa­nese-Americans during World War II but that 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 question-and-answer 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.
The obvious targets in The Homeland, especially if the NSA were to 'fail to stop' another terrorist attack would be Muslims who a certain number of right wing demagogues who have long been calling for such an action. It would not however stop with Muslims and much like President Woodrow Wilson's Sedition Act targeting dissent during World War I the NSA would rapidly put all of that information gleaned from their illegal spying to use in doing likewise to any who dare to ask the inconvenient questions or dare to question the permanent warfare state of Oceania. Scalia is a Ronald Reagan appointee and it is no coincidence that this was the administration that so openly contempt of the Constitution that members engaged in the scandalous Iran-Contra affair in particular Lt. Colonel Oliver North of the REX 84 program to round up and detain American citizens under vague circumstances. 
So much for Cass Sunstein's "paranoid libertarian" hogwash.