Inouye was never in an internment camp. Japanese Americans (Isei and Nisei) on the mainland were sent to the camps. Japanese Americans in Hawaii were not.
Right, he was in college, the author of the article made a pretty big error, I also thought that he should not have made the Medal of Honor award sound like it was made during the war.
But Scalia is right. The Court has never overruled Koramatsu.
The first was opened on Sand Island in Honolulu Harbor just two days after Pearl Harbor. When it became too small to accomodate all the detainees, it was closed and the population was transferred to a new camp in Honolulu Gulch.
Earl Warren, then California Attorney General and later Chief Justice, led the push for nationwide detainment. However, except for Hawaii and the Left Coast states, the local authorities were never enthusiastic about the idea and even less cooperative and the project never came to full fruition.
A grand uncle of mine actually led resistance to the idea in his locality and was instrumental in getting many of the detainees in the Topaz camp not to return to California but to re-establish their businesses locally. My mother tells me when she visited him as a young lady, he was treated like royalty by the local Japanese-American community for what he had done for them.
Say what you want about the Japanese, but ingratitude is NOT one of their faults.