Measured Against Reality

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Constitution has never greatly bothered...

"...[T]he Constitution has never greatly bothered any wartime President."

-Attorney General Francis Biddle, about Executive Order no. 9066 ordering the internment of the Japanese. As quoted in Perilous Times by Geoffrey Stone.

I thought that it was an interesting quote. Incidentally, a full review of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism will be coming when I finish it, but in short it covers the treatment of the First Amendment during wartime from 1798 to 2004 (when it was published). It is a fantastic book.

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