226) The legacy of the CWRIC, however, is that it helped remind the entire American public that "redress was about more than lofty principles, historic revision, and constitutional issues.
No single act or circumstance contributed to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 in Congress; rather, passage was bolstered by the documentation gathered by the CWRIC, the coalition of diverse groups who came together in support of the redress movement, and the bill's portrayal as a constitutional issue.
The CWRIC and the Afar Commission certainly reflect Landel's emphasis on public inquiry.
209) See MAKI, supra note 180, at 101 (discussing the acknowledgements of key figures in the exclusion of the Japanese Americans that they had made a mistake); see also CWRIC, supra note 205, at 18 (describing the regrets of Justice Douglas, who joined the majority opinion in Korematsu upholding the constitutionality of the exclusion program).
The son, forcibly interned with his family, enlists in the military over his father's objections to demonstrate his loyalty to the United States, a narrative consistent with the Japanese-American narratives coming out of the CWRIC hearings.
Each film reinforces what Saito argues is one prong of the Japanese-American master narrative coming out of the CWRIC hearings, that Japanese Americans had access to the courts and, somewhat belatedly, received due process.
Another prong of the internment narrative from the CWRIC hearings is that unlike the Nazi concentration camps, the relocation camps were humane places.
Given that the preferred Japanese-American narrative leading up to the CWRIC hearings was that of uncomplaining, self-sacrificing loyal Americans, dissidents were seen as disloyal, becoming outsiders in their own ethnic community.
While she was working at the CWRIC, she met and befriended attorney and legal historian Peter Irons.
In 1983, backed by the research of Irons and Herzig-Yoshinaga, the efforts of the pro bono coram nobis lawyers, and the findings of the CWRIC, the "impossible" was achieved and Korematsu's criminal conviction for refusing to surrender his rights and report to be incarcerated was set aside.
Her comprehensive command of government records enabled the creation by the CWRIC of an incontrovertible repudiation of the military necessity argument for exclusion.
, PERSONAL JUSTICE DENIED, supra note 20, at 202-06; WEGLYN, supra note 19, at 134-73.