A repeating history of indefinite detention
A repeating history of indefinite detentionCitizens say NDAA echoes US policies of Japanese internment.
Members of the Japanese-American Mochida family awaiting re-location to a camp, Hayward, California. Dorothea Lange/Getty Images
What lessons has the United States learned from Japanese internment? Following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forced from their homes and incarcerated in military-guarded camps from 1942-1946. Although the majority of those interned were US citizens, they were not notified of their charges, nor were they guaranteed the right to a trial.
Now the descendants of Japanese-American internees argue that the United States is repeating history with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act and its provision for the indefinite detention of US citizens.
NDAA & Incarceration of Japanese Americans - Repeating History
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Karen Korematsu @korematsu
Co-founder, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Founder, The Mayer Law Group
Former Japanese American Internee
What do you think? Is history repeating itself, and to what extent does NDAA threaten constitutional rights? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.