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Law Prof Warns of Prison Camps

Last Friday, Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor Marjorie Cohn became president of the 6,000-member National Lawyers Guild, the 70-year-old organization of left-leaning lawyers. Earlier this month, Cohn attracted the attention of bloggers such as lawyer Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft when she wrote that an American prison camp is in the works, courtesy of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, governing the treatment of detainees.

In its 1944 decision, Korematsu v. United States, Cohn noted, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the internment of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens. In his dissent, Justice Robert Jackson warned that the ruling would "lie about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need." With the Military Commissions Act, Cohn said, that day has come:

"It provides the basis for the President to round-up both aliens and U.S. citizens he determines have given material support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Cheney's Halliburton, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables."

Now, you can hear Cohn's arguments in her own voice and draw your own conclusions, thanks to a new podcast produced by Law and Disorder Radio.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 25, 2006 at 03:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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