Skip to comments.Scalia Warns Government Will Violate Civil Rights in War
Posted on 02/23/2014 4:20:19 PM PST by Carbonsteel
At some point when America is at war, terrible violations of basic constitutional freedoms will occur. So says Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Speaking at the University of Hawaiis law school on Feb. 3, Scalia talked about World War II, where American citizens who happened to be of Japanese descent were placed in internment camps in the 1940s. This government action was taken to court and ultimately was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Korematsu v. U.S.
Korematsu is one of the most infamous cases in American history. It was an unmitigated betrayal of the Constitutions guarantee that no one can be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. How could such a thing ever happen in America? The answer, according to Scalia, is found in an ancient Latin phrase, inter arma enim silent leges.
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Which explains the need for perpetual war.
And massive debt is a proven successful way to start wars.
We’re well on our way.
If Scalia thinks this will happen only during wartime, he is very naive.
But we’re always at war with Eastasia.
Well . . . duh.
War on Crime
War on Cancer
War on Drugs
War on Poverty
War on Obesity
Make everything the Moral Equivalent of War.
Communists always do. That's why their Nazi toadies are trying so hard right now to get our guns away from us. It has absolutely nothing to do with Sandy Hook or anywhere else. It's about disarming the population so they can set up their communist government. Once freedom is lost, a very, very high price must be paid to get it back.
Look at Venezuela. Political opponents are being classified as terrorists by the government.
A Night of Long Knives if you will?
When Italy declared war on US in WW2, some local Italian American Society leaders [American citizens] were placed under house arrest for couple of years until Mussolini fell from power. Italian language newspapers were outlawed and all short-wave radios belonging to them were confiscated. But they smuggled the newspapers in from Brooklyn anyway to the arrestees.
Maduro supporters are now marching in LA.
I say we sent Miguel Cabrerra and some of the other Venezuelan baseball players to LA for some batting practice.
I am honestly kind of shocked, though I know I shouldn't be, we used to have an American Bund Society.
These stupid people never learn. At least the Soviet in Invasion of Hungary in '56 pulled the whig off the Western Marxists.
But those people are living in a fantasy world. Malaria would have people marching for it if you put a Che shirt on it.
As I understand it, Piers Morgan is planning to join them.
“War on Poverty’’. What does that mean, you shoot poor people?
Well, we know two things: Scalia is not naive and he was speaking to law school students who likely know little about our nation's "civil war" or WWII.
IMO, he was clearly referencing the next war wherein Americans are required to fire on Americans.
His statement about governmental violation of civil rights is not new information for anyone who has more than a passing knowledge of either war. The WWII internment of Japanese-Americans was as much for their safety as it was for security purposes; at the same time, it was occasioned by the government's desire to avoid the disruption to the war effort that would be caused by an internal "war" raging concurrent with the global conflict.
All Obama needs is a “Reichstag fire” and all our civil liberties will quickly be gone.
Then we’ll have to shoot the b@$t@rd$, or die trying.
Look at the militarism of local police forces sporting decommissioned military surplussed armored vehicles, and jack boots for all.
And how about buying up all those bullets for every Department you can think of. I'll bet there is now an appropriation of bullets for the school lunch lady.
And this all in the name of the supposed "War on Terror".
Our "protectors" have become the Terror.
If Obama needs a Reichstag fire, I suppose he would set one.
Most people do not realize that Fort Meade (which spies on us) started out as an internment camp for German-Americans.
Ver clever. I bet that this will go right over almost everyone’s head.
It's hard to watch as this country descends into tyranny.
This sort of got diverted to gun control. I suspect what Scalia was more concerned about is that “Koreamatsu” has never been overturned as a SCOTUS decision. Contrast; the Jehovah’s Witness case over pledging alligiance was overturned in less than 4 years. Koreamatsu was declared “Moot” and has never been revisited. Pardon me for suspecting “they” might want to use that power again.
Yes Congress agreed to give some monetary reparations to those affected and even the heirs of those passed away as to the Japanese internment, BUT! there is nothing to keep it from happening again. Public opinion perhaps, but that swings like a weather vane.
If the radical elements of the IRA pull off a couple of costly bombings, could I, a 7nth generation Irishman who opposes the IRA and has never visited the “Auld Sod” get hauled off to a camp? There is nothing in the “Korematsu” decision saying “NO”.
A sad part of our history.
Yes, but a bat would be soooo much more satisfying.
The answer is found in the 14th Amendment.
Calling Scalia naïve is a new one on me. Quite insulting!