The US government has a long history of using crises to justify indefinite mass detention

Justin Rohrlich
The US government has a long history of using crises to justify indefinite mass detention

The US Department of Justice has reportedly sought a broad expansion of its authority during emergencies—much like the one in which the country now finds itself. America has allowed indefinite detention before, and recently. This is, according to Andrea Pitzer, an expert on mass detention and author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, exactly the climate that could lead a country down a path it may eventually regret.