Especially poignant coming from the JACL:
"Why is the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Opposed to Section 1021?
We don't want to repeat history's mistakes. During World War Two, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the illegal detention of 120,000 Japanese Americans, most of them U.S. citizens, in internment camps across the Western United States. These men, women, and children committed no crime against America; they were locked up simply for being Japanese. They too were held under the premise of the "law of war". The US government now admits that the internment was a grave mistake. In the 1970's, JACL spearheaded a movement to gain redress from the US government. This eventually resulted in a Congressional report that admitted the internment was "unjust and motivated by racism rather than real military necessity" and the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, which granted each internee financial reparations and affirmed that the internment was rooted in prejudice. However, the federal government opens the door to repeat its mistakes in the passage of NDAA FY 2012.
Even though President Obama said in his signing statement that he will not enforce indefinite detention, the provision is still legal and written into federal law. Both the United States Senate and President Obama had the chance to invalidate this unlawful section of NDAA, but both parties chose to let it through. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Carl Levin (D-MI) wrote Section 1021 and are especially supportive of indefinite imprisonment. Senator Graham even admitted that detainees "[won't] get a lawyer" in a speech on the Senate floor. While President Obama may have vowed not to enforce Section 1021, there is no guarantee that future presidents will do the same. This is particularly concerning when one considers the recent racial profiling and attacks against our Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American brothers and sisters.
Stand with JACL in opposition of indefinite detention. Policies guided by fear and unsubstantiated claims will not make us safer. Section 1021 of NDAA FY 2012 abandons core American values such as due process and regard for human rights. We must work to uphold these principles and repeal the indefinite detention provision in this bill."
Thursday, May 17, 2012
A Very Important Statement from Japanese American Citizens League
Ron Paul posted the message below to his Congressional Facebook Page today: