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On the 75th anniversary of the U.S. dispossession and internment of Japanese-Americans, Google commemorated Fred Korematsu, a citizen who was rounded up and shipped off, but challenged the constitutionality of Franklin Roosevelt’s order, handed down two months after Pearl Harbor. The first time, plaintiff Korematsu lost, in one of the worst Supreme Court decisions of all time; he was shunned by many Japanese-Americans for causing trouble. But 40 years later an accidental discovery of once-classified evidence vindicated him; Roosevelt and government lawyers lied through their teeth claiming a military justification; the real reason was to give the public a scapegoat. (google.com)

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