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“ In sum, Executive Order 9066 was not justified by military necessity, and the decisions which followed from it . . . were not founded upon military considerations. The broad historical causes which shaped these decisions were race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
“Among our strengths as a nation is our willingness to acknowledge imperfection as well as to struggle for a more just society.”