Internment Archives

Critique of the Smithsonian Institution's Exhibit:
"A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution"

(page 12 of 21)

Appendix 7 -- Quote from Johnson v Eisentrager

The Supreme Court in Johnson v. Eisentrager said, "Executive power over enemy aliens, undelayed and unhampered by litigation, has been deemed, throughout our history, essential to war-time security.... The resident enemy alien is constitutionally subject to summary arrest, internment and deportation whenever a 'declared war' exists."

Source: Lowman, David D., MAGIC: The Untold Story of U.S. Intelligence and the Evacuation of Japanese Residents from the West Coast during WW II, (Athena Press, Inc., 2001) p. 12


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