I've just read Jonathan Turley's Nov. 17 commentary, "60 Years On, Again Battling an Abomination of Power," about Fred Korematsu filing a brief at the Supreme Court on behalf of the people held at Guantanamo Bay. Korematsu forgets one big difference between his situation as a detainee during World War II and the people at Guantanamo. Though it can be held that it was a horrible crime that Korematsu was imprisoned during WWII even though he committed no crime against the United States, the people at Guantanamo were captured while actually fighting against the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan.
The people held at Guantanamo Bay are where they deserve to be.
James W. Williams
Turley leaves out one essential little bit about Korematsu vs. the United States (1944): It was overturned in 1984. It turns out that the government hid, altered and destroyed evidence, lied and otherwise behaved shamefully in that case. Let us make sure that this kind of abomination can never happen again.
Paul D. Motzenbecker Jr.
University Park, Md.