The Camp remains the Nomos

U.S. Border Patrol Houses Unaccompanied Minors In Detention Center

“The parallel institutions of Native American reservations and Spanish missions set the stage for relocating vulnerable residents away from their homes and forcing them to stay elsewhere. But it was not until the technology of barbed wire and automatic weapons that a small guard force could impose mass detention. With that shift, a new institution came into being, and the phrase “concentration camps” entered the world.” – Andrea Pitzer

“Reconcentration [in Cuba], adopted avowedly as a war measure in order to cut off the resources of the insurgents, worked its predestined result…It was not civilized warfare; it was extermination. The only peace it could beget was that of the wilderness and the grave.” – President William McKinley, 1898

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New York Times – January 6, 1920

“We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that [Proclamation 4 of 1942 is]…nothing but a cleverly devised trap to accomplish the real purpose of the military authority, which was to lock [Fred Korematsu] up in a concentration camp.” – Justice Owen Roberts, Korematsu v. United States

“By blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation…all in the name of a superficial claim of national security, the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another.” – Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Trump v. Hawaii

“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. This is not hyperbole.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“This will lead us to regard the camp not as a historical fact and an anomaly belonging to the past but in  some way as the hidden matrix and nomos of the political space in which we are still living.” – Giorgio Agamben, 1995

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