Professor testifies before Congress against detention law

March 01, 2012

Professor Lorraine Bannai, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the law school, testified before the United States Senate in favor of a law that would ban indefinite detention of Americans suspected of terrorism.

Professor Lorraine Bannai

Sen. Diane Feinstein chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her bill, the Due Process Guarantee Act, which would change the detainee portions of the law that the president signed in December that allows the military hold Americans suspected of terrorism without charges or trial.

Bannai, who represented Fred Korematsu in reopening his case 40 years after he was convicted of violating exclusion orders issued by the government, said the country learned about the danger such detention poses to civil rights. Bannai's parents and other family members were incarcerated at the Manzanar relocation camp in the California desert during World War II.

Read her complete testimony.

View the video from the hearing.