April 11, 2009

21st Century Internment Camps (FEMA Detention Centers)

H.R. 1492 was passed on November 16, 2005; it was signed into Public Law 109-441 by President Bush on December 21, 2006. H.R. 1492 guaranteed $38 million in federal money to restore 10 former internment camps where Japanese Americans were detained during WWII. Isn't it strange that this initiative to restore the camps occured shortly before the collapse of the worldwide economy and 60 years after the detainees were released?

Many exciting changes have taken place at the site. The historic Manzanar High School Auditorium is now an interpretive center. The relocation center's perimeter fence and the cemetery fence have been reconstructed, and efforts to restore and maintain the historic orchard that dates back to 1910 are progressing. Future plans include the restoration of some internee-built gardens and reconstruction of one guard tower. A building similar to an original relocation camp barrack has been moved on the site, west of the Interpretive Center, and is being restored as part of a demonstration block. A sample of Manzanar's wartime appearance will eventually be reconstructed with elements of one entire block. - Independence, Calif. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Park Service to Perserve WWII Internment Camps, May 3, 2009

21st Century Internment Camps: Disaster Relief or Civil Rights Disaster?

By Maha Zimmo, Global Research
April 8, 2009

On January 22, 2009 (two days after the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States), H.R. 645, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (NECEA), was submitted during the first session of the 111th Congress. The bill directs "the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installation;" more specifically, "there shall be established not fewer than one national emergency center" in each of the six areas defined within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions. It was introduced by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings of Florida, a man who, in 1989, became only the sixth federal judge in the history of America to be removed from office by the Senate for corruption and perjury.

Even though NECEA has received very little mainstream media coverage, action alerts are making their way across message boards and Internet sites due to Global Research’s Michel Chossudovsky, who has brought to light both the Act itself as well as the U.S. government’s actions leading up to the presentation of NECEA.

The question we must ask ourselves is simple: if NECEA is meant to address natural disasters, then why is the scope of the Act so vague, large and open-ended? The flipside of which is: if NECEA is only meant to address natural disasters, they why isn’t NECEA crystal clear on this point?

Instead, we find that the purpose of these military-based emergency centres may be used to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.” It is when we attempt to understand the pocket of obscurity created by NECEA’s vagueness, and while factoring in the readying of the U.S. military’s response to the anticipated civil unrest (due to the economic war being waged on all but the ‘haves’), that the potentially insidious nature of the centres becomes evident.

21st Century Internment Camps?

On the surface, NECEA proposes to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security in the establishment of “national emergency centers on military installations," (not fewer than) one in each of the six areas defined within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions.
Text of H.R.645 as Introduced in House (Excerpt):

Location of National Emergency Centers - There shall be established not fewer than one national emergency center in each of the following areas:
  1. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions I, II, and III.
  2. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV.
  3. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions V and VII.
  4. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VI.
  5. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Regions VIII and X.
  6. The area consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX.

The purpose of these centres is to use existing military infrastructure for several emergency situations or natural disasters that might render individuals and families “dislocated.” NECEA further proposes that over the course of the next two years, $360 million is to be appropriated for this initiative. (To whom do you think such construction contracts will be awarded?)

As already mentioned, primary concern must be given to the following catch-all phrase: that the purpose of these military-based emergency centres may “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.”

In other words, that the purpose is to be determined by the same U.S. government body who, since launching the trailer for the War on Terrorism in 2001, has systematically worked to institutionalize prejudice against civil rights groups and activists, anti-war movements, unions, ‘brown’ people (you are homogeneous, don’t challenge this) and Muslims, while stripping the American citizen of their right to privacy and dissent.

Second, nowhere does NECEA provide clear indication as to which system of justice those inside of the emergency centres would be held. Since they are to be established within the parameters of military bases, the de facto assumption is that those within would be subject to military law. More dangerous perhaps is an all-together different system, removed even from the military one, learned courtesy of Guantanamo and all other secret and illegal U.S. ‘security’ facilities across the globe.

NECEA does, however, mention that within six months, the “Secretary of Defense shall transfer to the Secretary of Homeland Security administrative [sic] jurisdiction.” It would then follow that the definition of ‘administrative’ jurisdiction here may have nothing to do with legal jurisdiction, and so NECEA makes it possible that those within the emergency centre would, for the duration of their (interred) stay, not be subject to the regular legal system. Once more, Americans may welcome the suspension of habeas corpus.

At a more general level, these centres are “capable of being scaled up or down” and would each be subject to a “24/7 operations watch center [which] shall be in full ready mode.” For what, exactly, the watch centre will be ready is left to our imagination and to be utilised at the discretion of those in power. Nowhere is it mentioned for whom these centres are to be established, or more specifically, who would be kept within these locations.

NECEA begs the following questions: Are these ‘emergency centres’ only for U.S. Citizens? How does one become eligible? Is it on a first-come, first-served basis? Does one have to be arrested? If the centre is filled to capacity and there is indeed a natural disaster, how will individuals be kept out? If one is inside of the emergency centre, can they simply walk out and leave, or will their freedom of movement be at the discretion of the military? Etc., ad infinitum.

Finally, and if not more insidious, is the reality that nowhere in NECEA is mentioned either the duration of these emergency centres or the efforts that must be undertaken to restore to order and to normal the lives and environment post ‘emergency.’

‘None Are More Hopelessly Enslaved Than Those Who Falsely Believe They Are Free’

Within the reality presented above and in order to understand the full weight of this silent war on Americans, it is necessary to view it within a greater context. First, there is the unfortunate reality that Obama has time and again stated that his administration will neither investigate, hold to account, nor prosecute the officials responsible for the United States’ criminal policies of torture, illegal detention and “extraordinary rendition” (whereby alleged terrorists were kidnapped and sent beyond American borders to foreign countries or secret CIA prisons, where they were tortured).

More importantly, the Bush Administration’s disregard for, and mockery of, international as well as constitutional law have not been undone by this new Administration, and there are no clear indications that they will be undone by Obama’s campaign of ‘change.’ In fact, there is strong evidence to the contrary.

In laymen’s terms, Obama’s letting criminals walk, and in this context, this can only mean the following: that he does not believe they are guilty of a crime, thereby making it clear that Obama himself does not view torture, illegal detention or extraordinary rendition as criminal actions.

Second, that many experts are foreshadowing that the on-going financial disaster being levelled against all-but-the-wealthy is going to lead to great civil unrest within the United States. Rightly, there exists a palpable fear that the ‘have-nots’ will take seriously their right to bear arms and they will rise against—not only the government—but all institutions who continue (at the expense of the ‘have-nots’) to lie and behave in fraudulent manner.

Finally, that the reality that in the fall of 2008, military bodies previously active only on foreign soil became operational within America’s borders, with much of their mandate focused on how to address ‘civil unrest.’

To recap, the U.S. has a President who—until he fully proves otherwise—seems relatively chill about torture, indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition, and the suspension of habeas corpus.

Also, there is a strong foreshadowing of great civil unrest within the U.S., as well as a now present military contingent trained to deal with civil unrest. Add to this recipe the creation of military-based emergency centres used to “meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security” and one is left with the choice to believe either they are witnessing random unrelated events or layered preparation to further dilute—and possibly completely suspend—civil rights.

Naturally, the third option is to view these events as a combination of coincidence and design.

No matter from which perspective you choose to approach it, the reality remains that NECEA, as it stands today, is a dangerous Act which threatens what remains of American civil liberties.

The National Guard Is Recruiting 'Internment Specialists'

By Chuck Baldwin
August 11, 2009

The Internet is abuzz with news about the construction of internment camps all across America. Of course, "mainstream" media outlets refuse to touch the subject; or if they do, they pooh-pooh the story; they do what Glenn Beck recently did: try to debunk the story as fallacious and impugn people who speak of it as "conspiracy nuts." The fact that the Becks, Hannitys, Limbaughs, and O'Reillys of the media circus refuse to deal with the construction of large numbers of internment camps does not make them disappear, however.

For starters, all anyone need do to begin a serious investigation of the subject of internment camps is Google the phrase "FEMA Camps." There is more than enough evidence in that search engine alone to keep one busy with some in-depth private investigation of the subject for quite a while.

Another URL to check out is this one from the June 2009 Idaho Observer.

As people read my columns all across America, I have had numerous readers contact me, saying that they have personally witnessed the transportation of construction materials used for internment camps, have actually worked in and around them, or have personally seen such camps. These eyewitness testimonies have come from very credible people, including law enforcement and military personnel, as well as airline pilots and construction workers.

Just a few weeks ago, I was aboard a cross-country flight when the passenger I was sitting next to (a total stranger) asked me to take a look out the window. He asked, "Do those look like internment camps to you?" I was astonished that the man (1) would even know to notice such a potentiality, and (2) would be so bold as to ask such a question of a total stranger. I must say, I was extremely happy to make his acquaintance. And we had a very warm and invigorating discussion the rest of the trip.

We were flying over Colorado, over extreme wilderness terrain, and, yes, right in the middle of nowhere, the buildings and surrounding features that I saw sure looked like internment camps to me. Of course, flying at over 30,000 feet in the sky makes it difficult for any kind of detailed analysis to take place; that is for sure.

Then, a friend recently brought this URL to my attention. This is an advertisement by the National Guard promoting the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of "Internment/Resettlement Specialist." Question: Why does the National Guard need to recruit Internment/Resettlement Specialists? What do they know that we should know?
Corrections Officers and Internment/Resettlement Specialists:

Description - “As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling individual prisoners in rehabilitative programs.”

Requirements - “High School Diploma or GED. Must be between the ages of 17 and 35. Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards. Must meet citizenship requirements.”
Furthermore, I have had military personnel tell me that many of the U.S. military bases that have been recently "closed" are also being prepared as large-scale "holding areas."

Obviously, the question that begs to be asked is, "Who is the U.S. government planning to intern and resettle?" And another question is, "How many people are they planning to intern that would require the massive number of camps that are apparently being constructed?"

Some suggest that these facilities are being prepared for large numbers of illegal immigrants. This seems extremely doubtful, however, considering the propensity of the federal government to:
  1. Do next to nothing to seriously curtail the flood of illegal aliens into America,

  2. Do virtually nothing to apprehend illegals known to be in the U.S., and

  3. Do everything it can to facilitate the release of those illegals incarcerated by state and local authorities.
To think that the federal government intends to place thousands of illegal aliens in internment camps borders on lunacy. If anything, the federal government (with either Democrats or Republicans in charge) has done everything it can to (1) entice illegals to come to America, and (2) provide every incentive for them to stay illegally in this country after having entered. I feel safe in saying that we can eliminate the possibility that these camps are being prepared for illegal aliens.

Others suggest that these internment camps are being constructed to accommodate "enemy combatants" from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Yet, the total number of these types of detainees is miniscule compared to the detention space being constructed. Can one really imagine the need to build facilities that could accommodate prisoners numbering in the tens of thousands to house a few hundred foreign troops? I don't think so.

Then, of course, there are those who continue to deny that these internment camps exist at all. But then, were there not thousands of Germans who denied the existence of concentration camps during World War II? These types of people would refuse to believe the sun came up in the east if the government spinmeisters told them it didn't.

That our federal government is building large numbers of "holding areas" or internment camps seems to be an established fact. The only questions that remain are "Why?" and "For whom?"
At this point, the imagination can take us anywhere, but it is not a little disconcerting when the same federal government that is building these internment camps begins categorizing Christians, conservatives, people who support the Second Amendment, people who oppose abortion and homosexual marriage, people who oppose the North American Union and the New World Order, people who oppose the United Nations and illegal immigration, and people who voted for Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin as "extremists," or "potential dangerous militia members."

Anyone knows that before a government can begin persecuting and imprisoning large groups of people, they must first marginalize them. As someone said,
"Just because you are paranoid does not mean they really aren't trying to get you."
In fact, an argument could be made that by today's politically correct definition, America's Founding Fathers would be categorized as "paranoid," "extremists," or "potential dangerous militia members." I would even go so far as to question the patriotism of anyone today that is not a little paranoid. This federal government has certainly earned whatever paranoia citizens feel.

Feelings of paranoia notwithstanding, why is the federal government constructing large numbers of internment camps, and who does the government plan on incarcerating in those camps? Those questions still need to be answered.

Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet and for newspapers.

Detention Facilities for Mysterious 'New Programs'

On August 14, 2002, the Los Angeles Times published a story by Jonathan Turley titled Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision. According to Turley (a professor of constitutional law at George Washington University):
"Attorney General John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be 'enemy combatants' has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace. Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants... The camp plan was forged at an optimistic time for Ashcroft's small inner circle, which has been carefully watching two test cases to see whether this vision could become a reality. The cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi will determine whether U.S. citizens can be held without charges and subject to the arbitrary and unchecked authority of the government... Ashcroft hopes to use his self-made 'enemy combatant' stamp for any citizen whom he deems to be part of a wider terrorist conspiracy."
According to former Congressman Dan Hamburg (Democrat-California), since 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention facilities at undisclosed locations within the United States (most of these sites only need refurbished because they are mostly closed prisons, former WWII internment camps, and other facilities taken over by the government).

On January 26, 2006, KBR (recently reprimanded for gross overcharging in its military contracts in Iraq) announced that it was awarded a $385 million contract to build detention centers in the United States. Two weeks later, on February 6, 2006, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the fiscal year 2007 federal budget would allocate over $400 million to add 6,700 additional detention beds. This $400 million allocation is more than a four-fold increase over the fiscal year 2006 budget, which provided only $90 million for the same purpose.

Buried in Halliburton's press release "2005 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results" (PDF file, page 5) on Halliburton's website (please note that the press release has since been removed from their website), is the announcement of the $385 million contract, awarded by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) component. According to Halliburtion: "The Indefinate Delivery/Indefinate Quantity contingency contract is to support ICE facilities and has a maximum total value of $385 million over a five-year term. The contract provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S. or to support the rapid development of new programs."
Note: The contract for Halliburton's subsidiary to build detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law), or potential terrorists."
During this same time period from 2005 to early 2006, H.R. 1492 was passed (on November 16, 2005); it was signed into Public Law 109-441 by President Bush on December 21, 2006. H.R. 1492 guaranteed $38 million in federal money to restore 10 former internment camps where Japanese Americans were detained during WWII.

On the Army's website is an unclassified document, first posted in February 2006, titled Civilian Inmate Labor Program (Army Regulation 210–35). This regulation, effective one year earlier on February 14, 2005, "provides policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations."
The document, first drafted in 1997, underwent a "rapid action revision" on January 14, 2005; the revision provides a "template for developing agreements" between the Army and corrections facilities for the use of civilian inmate labor on Army installations. On its face, the Army's labor program refers to inmates housed in federal, state and local jails. The Army also cites various federal laws that govern the use of civilian labor and provide for the establishment of prison camps in the United States, including a federal statute that authorizes the Attorney General to "establish, equip, and maintain camps" upon sites selected by him and "make available… the services of United States prisoners" to various government departments, including the Department of Defense.

Though the timing of the document's posting in February 2006 may just be a coincidence, the reference to a "rapid action revision" and KBR contract's contemplation of "rapid development of new programs" have raised eyebrows about why this sudden need for urgency. These developments also are drawing more attention now because of earlier Bush administration policies to involve the Pentagon in "counter-terrorism" operations inside the United States.
The El Pais interview (excerpt below) on February 1, 2006 with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Tom Shannon, contradicts the Homeland Security plan to build additional detention facilities for illegal immigrants, leading one to believe that the facilities will be used for the other purposes, such as stated in KBR's contract: "to support the rapid development of new programs:"
Question: When President Bush came to the White House for the first time, he came with the idea of opening the borders and allowing the Mexicans, the Guatemalans to come in, then something happened—the borders were closed, but the Mexicans are still crossing the borders. What are the plans of the American administration? The United States needs all these laborers for its economy.

A/S Shannon: President Bush has committed himself to immigration reform—and especially the immigration reform that would include a temporary workers' program. A temporary workers' program would attempt to link willing workers with willing employers and create a process whereby employers in the United States who need workers could bring those workers into the United States from a foreign country—and not just Mexico or Central America, but any country—in a way that would regularize their status within the United States. That proposal is being debated and worked on in our Congress right now; the process still has a ways to go. So we'll see what legislation eventually emerges from the Congress. But the President is committed to immigration reform and he is committed to a temporary workers' program.

Border Invasion Pictures
Napolitano: DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S. (October 19, 2011)
On January 22, 2009 (two days after the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States), H.R. 645, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (NECEA), was submitted during the first session of the 111th Congress. The bill directs "the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish "national emergency centers on military installations." NECEA mandates that no fewer than six separate facilities be established in different Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions throughout the country for the concentration of civilian internees on military installations. These existing military installations will be used for emergency situations or natural disasters that might render individuals and families "dislocated." NECEA further proposes that over the course of the next two years, $360 million is to be appropriated for this initiative. [The Senate version of this bill, S.3476: National Emergency Centers Establishment, was introduced on June 10, 2010, where it was "read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services."]

In July 2009, the Army National Guard began advertising for Corrections Officers and Internment/Resettlement Specialists: “As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling individual prisoners in rehabilitative programs.”

On December 6, 2011, Infowars.com reported on a document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and U.S. Army camps around the United States. Entitled “Project Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements,” the document describes services KBR is looking to farm out to subcontractors. The document was passed on to Infowars.com by a state government employee who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. Services up for bid include catering, temporary fencing and barricades, laundry and medical services, power generation, refuse collection, and other services required for temporary “emergency environment” camps located in five regions of the United States. KBR’s call for FEMA camp service bids arrives soon after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to detain and interrogate supposed domestic terror suspects in violation of the Fourth Amendment and Posse Comitatus. Section 1031 of the NDAA bill declares the whole of the United States as a “battlefield” and allows American citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.

On December 15, 2011, just before the Christmas break, the U.S. Senate voted to give the president the power to order the military to pick up and imprison, without charge or trial, civilians anywhere in the world. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military, and the military could be used far from any battlefield. Military resources could be directed not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens within the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by both the House and Senate and currently being reconciled so that it can be presented to the president for signing into law. What we are dealing with here is the potential for the scope of the bill to expand from those who legitimately can be called violent terrorists and enemy combatants, to those who are simply political opponents and eventually to those who fail to support those in power. If this scope can be expanded, history shows us that inevitably it will. American citizens are guaranteed rights under the Constitution, rights which are natural rights, rights endowed by our Creator, not rights bestowed by government. If government can remove your rights by decree, and worse, by secret decree, you have no rights, only privileges at whim.

On December 31, 2011 Obama signed the military detention bill (NDAA) into law.

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert

"They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake." - Luke 21:12

"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." - Revelation 2:10

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt
January 22, 2009

On a recent visit to Tucson, where I was invited to give a presentation on monetary reform, I was disturbed by a story of strange goings on in the desert. A little over a year ago, it seems, a new industrial facility sprang up on the edge of town. It was in a remote industrial zone and appeared to be a bus depot. The new enterprise was surrounded by an imposing security fence and bore no outward signs identifying its services. However, it soon became apparent that the compound was in the business of outfitting a fleet of prison buses. Thirty or so secondhand city buses were being reconfigured with prison bars in the windows and a coat of fresh paint bearing the “Wackenhut G4S” logo on the side.

The new Wackenhut operation is shrouded in mystery. It has been running its fleet of empty prison buses night and day, apparently logging miles on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contract. Multiple buses can be seen driving all over town and even on remote desert back roads. Oddly, except for the driver and one escort guard seated in front, these buses are always empty.

Wackenhut Services was founded by George Wackenhut in 1954 to provide prison guard services to state and federal governments. Mr. Wackenhut was reported to be something of a brawler himself, having once earned distinction beating up his business partner in a fist fight. Now owned by the Danish corporation G4S, Wackenhut Services has a sinister reputation for hiring thugs. It has been said that it’s hard to tell which is more dangerous, the prisoners or the guards.

Observers originally thought that the purpose of the new Wackenhut operation was to outfit prison buses to be distributed in other parts of the country. But it soon became apparent that none of the buses was leaving the Tucson depot. Recently, a passerby observed what appeared to be a training operation there. In what seemed to be strange activity for 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, the depot yard was fully illuminated, the entire fleet of buses was up and running, and drivers and guards were scrambling around the yard. The question is, what were they training for?

Wackenhut has never officially announced itself to the community, and the local news media have never mentioned its presence. Hiring has been discreetly conducted via the Internet, and an apathetic general public has taken little notice. Among the few who have noticed, one theory is that the prison bus depot is simply infrastructure for border security. But if so, where are the illegal aliens? Why are these buses always empty? What is the alleged justification for burning thousands of gallons of diesel fuel to run thirty decrepit, smoking buses night and day without passengers?

There is another interesting piece to this puzzle. On the desolate plain between Phoenix and Tucson is a tiny town called Florence, Arizona, which features a population consisting largely of prisoners. For decades, Florence has been the home of two of the largest county and federal prisons in the state; and in 2007, a vast new DHS prison was built there as well. Like the Wackenhut buses, this shiny new facility, which literally disappears into the horizon, has gone unannounced and unnoticed by the general public. A new facility for imprisoning illegal aliens? It is hard to imagine such expensive infrastructure being built for that purpose when U.S. policy has been to simply return illegals to their home countries.

Fraud and waste aside, this mysterious activity has sinister implications. Why the obvious secrecy? Since the World Trade Center disaster in 2001, the Department of Homeland Security has grown to monster proportions, claiming a projected $50 billion of the federal budget in 2009. DHS includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which earned notoriety in 2005 for its gross mishandling of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Al Martin, a retired naval intelligence officer and former contributor to the Presidential Council of Economic Advisors, has linked the remilitarization of FEMA to the civil unrest anticipated along with economic collapse. He wrote in a November 2005 newsletter called “Behind the Scenes in the Beltway”:
“FEMA is being upgraded as a federal agency, and upon passage of PATRIOT Act III, which contains the amendment to overturn posse comitatus, FEMA will be re-militarized, which will give the agency military police powers... Why is all of this being done? Why is the regime moving to a militarized police state and to a dictatorship? It is because of what Comptroller General David Walker said, that after 2009, the ability of the United States to continue to service its debt becomes questionable. Although the average citizen may not understand what that means, when the United States can no longer service its debt it collapses as an economic entity. We would be an economically collapsed state. The only way government can function and can maintain control in an economically collapsed state is through a military dictatorship.”
Of course, there may be another, more innocent explanation for all this. But anyone living near one of these facilities should be asking to hear it...

Ellen Brown developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In Web of Debt, her latest book, she turns those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust.” She shows how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves and how we the people can get it back. Her earlier books focused on the pharmaceutical cartel that gets its power from “the money trust.” Her eleven books include Forbidden Medicine, Nature’s Pharmacy (co-authored with Dr. Lynne Walker), and The Key to Ultimate Health (co-authored with Dr. Richard Hansen). Her websites are Web of Debt and www.ellenbrown.com.

Glenn Beck Mentions FEMA Camps on Fox & Friends

By Kurt Nimmo, Infowars
March 3, 2009

Glenn Beck interrupted a discussion on Russia and Iran last night on Fox & Friends to mention a heretofore no-no for national television — FEMA camps. At two minutes into the video below, Beck declares he attempted to “debunk these FEMAS camps” because he is “tired of hearing about them,” but was unable to do so. “We now for several days have done research on them… I can’t debunk them.” Beck follows this with a declaration that the United States may be headed for totalitarianism.

The existence of FEMA detention camps is a well-documented fact. In January 2006, Haliburton subsidiary KBR announced that it had been awarded a $385 million contract to construct the camps for the Department of Homeland Security. In a press release issued on January 24, 2006, KBR said the “contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S. or to support the rapid development of new programs.”

The possibility of an influx of illegal aliens, however, is a cover for the real purpose of the camps — to detain American citizens after a declaration of martial law. In 1984, the government created REX-84, an emergency response program involving the implementation of martial law and the arrest and detainment of certain segments of the population. REX-84 was mentioned during the Iran-Contra hearings and publicly exposed by the Miami Herald on Sunday July 5th, 1987. REX-84 dovetailed with Operation Garden Plot, a United States Army and National Guard program under control of the U.S. Northern Command to provide Federal military support during domestic civil disturbances (see US FEMA Camps, Global Research, January 10, 2008).

On May 9, 2007 George Bush reasserted the role of the government during a declared emergency by issuing Executive Order NSPD 51/ HSPD-20, stating that in the event of a “catastrophic emergency” all “national essential functions” may be taken over by the Executive branch of government and the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA.

In October of 2006, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act, legislation allowing the government to detain citizens deemed “enemy combatants” and hold them indefinitely without charge and independently of the judiciary. The act was upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003.
“Citizens who are concerned about the purpose and potential use of the detainment camps have documented and, when possible, filmed the detainment facilities,” writes the Geopolitical Monitor. “A current estimate of the number of detainment camps is over 800 located in all regions of the United States with varying maximum capacities. If one includes government buildings currently used for other purposes the number is far greater. Video of renovated but empty detainment camps has also been released” (see Friends of Liberty FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations and Executive Orders).
On September 11, 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I wrote for Global Research:
It appears Hurricane Katrina has provided FEMA with an excuse to “dry run” its unconstitutional powers in New Orleans, rounding up “refugees” (now called “evacuees”) and “relocating” them in various camps. “Some evacuees are being treated as ‘internees’ by FEMA,” writes former NSC employee Wayne Madsen. “Reports continue to come into WMR that evacuees from New Orleans and Acadiana [the traditional twenty-two parish Cajun homeland] who have been scattered across the United States are being treated as ‘internees’ and not dislocated American citizens from a catastrophe. Some FEMA facilities are preventing these internees from leaving on their own. Reports of mandatory registration and the issuing of FEMA ID cards suggest that FEMA, an agency that is rife with right-wing security goons and severely lacking in humanitarian workers, has other motives in treating poor and destitute American citizens as prisoners in their own country.” Call it REX-84 revisited.
For those who may have difficulty believing the government would actually suspend the Constitution, impose martial law, and round-up citizens, consider Bush era memos issued by the Justice Department.
“The Justice Department secretly authorized President George Bush to use the military inside the United States to snoop on, raid and even kill citizens in order to fight terrorism without regard to the Fourth or Fifth Amendment, according to a Oct 23, 2001 memo released by the Obama Administration Monday,” reports Ryan Singel for Wired News.
The memo was written in part by John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general best known for penning a memo authorizing government agents to torture suspected terrorists, including crushing the genitals of children in order to get suspected terrorists to confess.
“Military action might encompass making arrests, seizing documents or other property, searching persons or places or keeping them under surveillance, intercepting electronic or wireless communications, setting up roadblocks, interviewing witnesses and searching for suspects,” wrote Yoo and Justice special counsel Robert Delahunty.
It may have also encompassed rounding up American citizens and sending them to KBR constructed concentration camps in approximately 800 locations scattered around the country, the existence of which Glenn Beck and his researchers are unable to debunk.

List of Internment Camps

There were three types of camps. Civilian Assembly Centers were temporary camps, frequently located at horse tracks, where the Nissei were sent as they were removed from their communities. Eventually, most were sent to Relocation Centers, also known as Internment Camps. Detention Camps housed Nikkei considered to be disruptive or of special interest to the government.

Civilian Assembly Centers
Arcadia, California (Santa Anita Racetrack, stables)
Fresno, California (Big Fresno Fairgrounds, racetrack, stables)
Marysville/Arboga, California (migrant workers' camp)
Mayer, Arizona (Civilian Conservation Corps camp)
Merced, California (county fairgrounds)
Owens Valley, California
Parker Dam, Arizona
Pinedale, California (Pinedale Assembly Center, warehouses)
Pomona, California (Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, racetrack, stables)
Portland, Oregon (Pacific International Livestock Exposition, including 3,800 housed in the main pavilion building)
Puyallup, Washington (fairgrounds racetrack stables, informally known as "Camp Harmony")
Sacramento/Walerga, California (migrant workers' camp)
Salinas, California (fairgrounds, racetrack, stables)
San Bruno, California (Tanforan racetrack, stables)
Stockton, California (San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, racetrack, stables)
Tulare, California (fairgrounds, racetrack, stables)
Turlock, California (Stanislaus County Fairgrounds)
Woodland, California

Internment Camps (Relocation Centers)
Gila River War Relocation Center, Arizona
Granada War Relocation Center, Colorado (AKA "Amache")
Heart Mountain War Relocation Center, Wyoming
Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas
Manzanar War Relocation Center, California
Minidoka War Relocation Center, Idaho
Poston War Relocation Center, Arizona
Rohwer War Relocation Center, Arkansas
Topaz War Relocation Center, Utah
Tule Lake War Relocation Center, California

Justice Department Detention Camps
These camps often held German and Italian detainees in addition to Japanese Americans:

Crystal City, Texas
Fort Lincoln, North Dakota
Fort Missoula, Montana
Fort Stanton, New Mexico
Kenedy, Texas
Kooskia, Idaho
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Seagoville, Texas

Citizen Isolation Centers
The Citizen Isolation Centers were for those considered to be problem inmates.

Leupp, Arizona
Moab, Utah (AKA Dalton Wells)
Old Raton Ranch/Fort Stanton, New Mexico

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Detainees convicted of crimes, usually draft resistance, were sent to these camps:

Catalina, Arizona
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
McNeill Island, Washington

U.S. Army FacilitiesThese camps often held German and Italian detainees in addition to Japanese Americans:

Angel Island, California/Fort McDowell
Camp Blanding, Florida
Camp Forrest
Camp Livingston, Louisiana
Camp Lordsburg, New Mexico
Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
Florence, Arizona
Fort Bliss
Fort Howard
Fort Lewis
Fort Meade, Maryland
Fort Richardson
Fort Sam Houston
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Griffith Park
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sand Island, Hawaii
Stringtown, Oklahoma

Cheney Ran SS-Style Political Assassination Unit
(Halliburton's Former CEO) Cheney's Financial Interest in Private Prison Companies
Halliburton Confirms Detention Camps Already Constructed in America
Former Congressman Warns of Detention Camps in America
Detention Camp in Columbus, Ohio, Part 1 & Part 2
FEMA Camps & FEMA Coffins
New York to Ease Its Landmark Tough Drug Laws Toward Mandatory Prison Terms
U.S. Leads World in Imprisoning Its People: More Than One in 100 Adults Behind Bars
7.3 Million in the U.S. Prison System
Privatizing Prisons for Profit
Emerging Issues on Privatized Prisons
VIDEO: The Prison Industrial Complex
Cheney's Financial Interests in Private Prison Companies
New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps in U.S.
Defense Department Announces Civilian Expeditionary Workforce
Internment Camps Readied For Mass Illegal Alien Influx?
Barbed Wire Villages Raise Fears of Refugee Concentration Camps
Detention Facility in the Arizona Desert?
U.S. Concentration Camps
Obama Does Not Reject Preventive Detention
The Mass Incarceration of Americans
Secret Societies and The Military
American Concentration Camps
The Transformation of the U.S. into a Police State
The Destruction of America is Well Underway
Western Military Forces Turning Inward in Anticipation of Domestic Unrest - As the growing world-wide economic crisis deepens, military forces from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom are preparing to meet angry citizens on the street.
Pentagon Exploring Robot Killers That Can Fire on Their Own
Templar Urban Warfare Training Camp for Police, Military and Mercenaries
Bay City, Michigan: Fifteen-year-old Dies After Taser Shooting
Portland Police Get M113 APC for Civilian Law Enforcement
Why Do the Police Need Masks?
Microwave weapon will rain pain from the sky
New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps in U.S.
Glenn Beck’s Lame Attempt to “Debunk” FEMA Camps
Alex Jones: the Reality of FEMA Camps in the U.S.
Kurt Nimmo on Alex Jones TV: Checkpoints & Domestic Terrorism
Survey: Americans Consider Military and Police “Bedrock of Society”
Army National Guard Advertises for “Internment Specialists”
Pentagon Holds Sustaining Military Readiness Conference in Arizona
Government Contractor USIS Has Aspirations To Be Substantially Larger - USIS, a privately-held company which renamed itself Altegrity last month, has plans to increase its revenue well beyond its current $1 billion by becoming much more than an investigation and data-collection company. The company's background-check business, which employs 3,000 investigators in North America alone, provides training and consulting to foreign governments on how to build a military. The new unit's mission is to train and consult U.S. and foreign police departments, as well as to advise foreign governments on how to build a criminal justice system. Specifically, Altegrity has its eye on about a dozen State Department contracts expected to be awarded in the coming months. The contracts are aimed at helping post-conflict democracies rebuild their public safety infrastructures.
National Guard Takes Over Maine High School in Swine Flu “Vaccine Riot” Drill
De Facto Military Occupation of Pennsylvania
Bus-eum tour focuses on WWII-era internment camps
"Bus-eum" is part of TRACES, an educational organization
Life in an Internment Camp
Re-creation of American internment camp takes shape
Documentary of 881 Alaskan Natives' Internment During WWII
Manzanar National Historic Site
Manzanar National Historic Site Virtual Tour
4th Annual Lecture & Walking Tour at the Manzanar
Manzanar National Historic Site Auto Tour
Manzanar National Historic Site Map

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