FEMA Camps

Scalia was responding to a question about the court’s 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the convictions of Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu for violating an order to report to an internment camp.

“Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia told students and faculty during a lunchtime Q-and-A session.

Scalia cited a Latin expression meaning, “In times of war, the laws fall silent.”

“That’s what was going on — the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot. That’s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It’s no justification, but it is the reality,” he said.

SCOTUS judges usually contain their inflammatory ideas (Corporations are people!) to the courtroom. The exception would be Scalia. The oldster was in Hawaii yesterday, undoubtedly quietly sowing tea-bagger dissension among his young acolytes, when he decided to troll the (rightfully) paranoid among us.

Until yesterday no one had given a passing thought in years to the tin-foil hat notion that FEMA camps are an actual thing.

The Supremes probably ought not to talk in public; certainly not nearly senile 1 old fascists.

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  1. But senile in the good, Ronald Reagan throughout-his-entire-second-term way.

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