In the background I am streaming the WHYY radio broadcast of the debate between Michelle Malkin and Eric Muller. It is a frustrating thing to listen to. Malkin is working desparately to prove that there was at some point a military rationale for the camps, and then argues that because there was some military background then NONE of the crucial decisions were bad policies based on racial prejudice. Muller, meanwhile, is constantly showing that the people who implemented and shaped the policy of getting Japanese-Americans off the West Coast were driven by racist assumptions, suggesting that the procedural implementation of the Japanese internments means that the real decision was racial not military.
I have to admit that I am biased toward's Muller's position. He did, after all, do extensive research in the primary documents while Malkin did a quick read through selected documents. He is aware that procedural matters have more to do with real, working justice, than do stated goals. She looks at laws and has very little sympathy for other people's pain, he looks at experience and hopes that our nation can do better.