I had a discussion today about World War II with a friend and was caught off-guard when he did not know of Japanese American internment. We often talk of the atrocities of concentration camps in Nazi Germany, but I rarely hear the discussion of this fundamental violation of human rights on our own soil.
To me, once again, the fact that we as Americans have forced other human beings into camps in our recent history is an indication that we can commit mass moral crimes in a time of war, swept up in the mania of its fears and hatreds.
To me, Guantanamo is another (more modern) indication of this kind. The idea of justice and common humanity is completely discarded in the very idea of this kind of prison.