NCRR Speaks out at Not in our Name Rally Sunday,
October 6, 2002 in a speech given by NCRRS Wilbur Sato
Not in our Name Rally
Japanese Americans have experienced the tragedy, the horror, and the pain of preemptive action by the military. We know how under the hysteria of war, racial profiling. and the specious argument of the need for preemptive military action our Constitutional rights can be nullified.
120 thousand Japanese Americans were interned behind barbed wire without charges, without hearings, and without the timely protection of judicial action because the military and the politicians asserted that military necessity dictated our imprisonment. California Attorney General Earl Warren stated in 1941 "The very fact that no sabotage has taken place to date is a disturbing and confirming indication that such action will be taken." Does this sound familiar? This application of the doctrine of preemption was a form of lawlessness then as it is now.
Our experience has only strengthened our reverence for the Constitution and the rule of law as the foundation for democracy and world peace. We are appalled by the President's blatant use of this doctrine to violate International Law. We helped to form the United Nations and establish the laws that govern the relations between nations to insure peace and stability. These laws specifically forbid the attack against a sovereign nation to institute regime change.
Mr President, we urge you to respect the law! We add our voices today to say "Not in our name . Mr President!