Today is the second annual National Fred Korematsu Day. Well, not national, but California wide, for those of you in California. Being in Washington, not only is there no observance of Fred Korematsu Day, I’m also spending my day writing about the National Defense Authorization Act.
I’m writing about the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, because it allows for the detainment of American citizens, and non-citizens, without trial, if they are suspected of terrorism or terrorism like activities. Did you catch that? The president signed a bill that allows for the detainment of US CITIZENS, and non-citizens, WITHOUT TRIAL, if they are SUSPECTED of terrorism of terrorist like activities. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it sounds a lot like the Japanese Internment. And we all saw how that turned out.
We cannot celebrate the gains we’ve made in Civil Rights if our current government doesn’t recognize them. How can we celebrate a man who fought against the unjust detainment of American citizens when the government still has the power to unjustly detain American citizens?
For more information, check out E.D. Kain’s article from earlier this month: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-signed-the-national-defense-authorization-act-now-what/