"Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision —
Attorney general shows himself as a menace to liberty,"
www.latimes.com, August 14, 2002, Commentary by Jonathan Turley, Professor of of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University.
"Atty. Gen. 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 ... Ashcroft has become a clear and present threat to our liberties."
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.–Major General Smedley Butler
Terrorists Re-defined Since October 3, 2001, To Include American Citizens
NEWS BRIEF: "[Homeland Security Chief] Ridge Vows Balance of Rights, Security", by Peter Jackson, Associated Press Writer, The News-Item, October 3, 2001.
"To those Americans who would lash out at your fellow citizens simply because they worship differently, or dress differently, or look differently, than you, there is a word for such behavior -- terrorism. And it must stop."
Government Internment Camps Recent Info U.S. Concentration Camps
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Monday, May 11, 1998
For several years now I have been getting all sorts of wild reports about "Government Internment Camps." I have generally dismissed these rumblings as classic right-wing paranoia, extrapolation of facts not yet in evidence, or creative writing. However, recently, additional information has been revealed which lends credibility to the myriad concerns which have been expressed. Hey, even paranoids get chased.
The U.S. Army director of resource management has confirmed the validity of a memorandum relating to the establishment of a civilian inmate labor program under development by the Department of Army. The document states, "Enclosed for your review and comment is the draft Army regulation on civilian inmate labor utilization" and the procedure to "establish civilian prison camps on installations."
Civilian internment camps or prison camps, often referred to as concentration camps, have been the subject of much rumor and speculation during the past several years in this country. Various publications, Internet threads and some radio talk programs have focused on the issue.
However, I found it significant when Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-TX, clarified the question of the existence of these civilian detention camps. In an interview Hank said, "the truth is yes -- you do have these standby provisions, and the plans are here ... whereby you could, in the name of stopping terrorism ... evoke the military and arrest Americans and put them in detention camps." Heck, we did it before (to Americans of Japanese descent), we could do it again.
This is not anything new. This is not a partisan Democrat/Republican, or Conservative/Liberal issue. It may have just recently been actually acknowledged, but it has a history.
Most even modestly educated folks know that Hitler did it, and Stalin did it. However, you should know that the venerable Franklin Delano Roosevelt also developed a plan for the United States. In fact, on Aug. 24, 1939, ole FDR met with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to develop the detention plan for us. Five months later, Hitler opened the Auschwitz detention center in Poland.
Hoover met with Attorney General J. Howard McGrath on Aug. 3, 1948 to detail a plan whereby President Truman could suspend constitutional liberties during a national emergency. The plan was code-named "Security Portfolio" and, when implemented, it would authorize the FBI to summarily arrest up to 20,000 persons and place them in national security detention camps. Prisoners would not have the right to a court hearing or habeas corpus appeal. "Security Portfolio" allowed the FBI to develop a watch list of those who would be detained as well as detailed information on their physical appearance, family, place of work, etc. This was long before sub-dermal bio-chip implants, retinal scans and other biometrics.
Two years later, Congress approved the Internal Security Act of 1950. This pre-FEMA puppy contained a provision authorizing an emergency detention plan. It is real interesting that Hoover was not satisfied with this law because it did not suspend the Constitution and it guaranteed the right to a court hearing (habeas corpus). For two years, while the FBI continued to secretly establish the detention camps and work out detailed seizure plans for thousands of individuals, Hoover kept badgering Attorney General McGrath for the official permission to ignore the 1950 law and move on with the more aggressive 1948 program.
As evidence that we have waaaay too many laws, codes, rules and regulations, it wasn't until the Senate held hearings in December of 1975 (25 years later) that it was revealed the ongoing internment plan had never been terminated. The report, entitled, "Intelligence Activities, Senate Resolution 21," exposed the covert agenda. In a series of documents, memos and testimony by assorted government informants, the reality emerged of the designs by the federal government (our government) to monitor, infiltrate, arrest and incarcerate a potentially large segment of American society. That Senate report also exposed the existence of the Master Search Warrant (MSW) and the Master Arrest Warrant (MAW) which, by the way, are currently STILL in force today. The MAW document, authorized by the attorney general of the United States, directs the head of the FBI to: "Arrest persons whom I deem dangerous to the public peace and safety. These persons are to be detained and confined until further order." Please note the language, "Whom I deem dangerous." Who might a Janet Reno choose to arbitrarily and capriciously "deem dangerous"? Constitutional Conservatives? Patriots? Conservative Republicans? Radio Talk Show Hosts? Joe Farah and everyone on the administration's enemies list?
The MSW also instructs the FBI director to "search certain premises where (1) it is believed that there may be found contraband, prohibited articles, or (2) other materials in violation of the Proclamation of the President of the United States. It includes (3) such items as firearms, shortwave radio receiving sets, cameras, propaganda materials, printing presses, mimeograph machines, membership and financial records of organizations or groups (4) that have been declared subversive, or may hereafter be declared subversive by the Attorney General."
I added the numbers for ease of the following:
1. "it is BELIEVED that there MAY be" -- Hell-o?!?!? No probable cause needed. Just Because. Because they can by brute force.
2. "other materials in violation of the Proclamation of the President of the United States" -- Huh? Proclafreakingmation?!?!?
3. "such items as firearms ..." -- The EXACT reason we have the Second Amendment is to preclude this kind of neutering. The framers WANTED us armed to prevent abuse of power under the color of authority. "shortwave radio receiving sets" -- Silence the critics, and deny INFORMATION to the people. "cameras" -- To prevent the dissemination of abuses of power? "propaganda materials" -- Like Thomas Paines' "Common Sense" or a contemporary WorldNetDaily. "mimeography machines" -- Expect that to turn into fax machines, computers and modems.
4. "that have been declared subversive, or MAY hereafter be declared subversive by the Attorney General." – In other words, "facts which contradict the administration's preconceived opinions" or anything which does not conform with the politically correct government sanctioned view.
All this information, and more, has been circulating in the constitutional conservative community for years. Much of this kind of documented, factual information is pooh- poohed as the paranoid ramblings of the radical right- wing whackos by "the controllers" who would treat us like mushrooms.
I have often noted that some people just don't want to be confused with facts which contradict their preconceived opinions. The director of resource management for the U.S. Army has confirmed the validity of a memorandum relating to the establishment of a civilian inmate labor program under development by the Department of Army. The document states, "Enclosed for your review and comment is the draft Army regulation on civilian inmate labor utilization" and the procedure to "establish civilian prison camps on installations." (Chereith Chronicle, June 1997)
In the wake of Senate hearings in 1975, the steady development of highly specialized surveillance capabilities, combined with the exploding computerized information technologies, have enabled a massive data base of personal information to be developed on millions of unsuspecting American citizens. It is all in place awaiting only a presidential declaration to be enforced by both military and civilian police.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan issued National Security Directive 58 which empowered Robert McFarlane and Oliver North to use the National Security Council to secretly retrofit the Federal Emergency Management Agency to manage the country during a national crisis. In 1984 "REX exercises" simulated civil unrest culminating in a national emergency with a contingency plan for the imprisonment of 400,000 people. REX '84 was so secretive that special metal security doors were installed on the FEMA building's fifth floor, and even long-term officials of the Civil Defense Office were prohibited entry. The alleged purpose of this exercise was to handle an influx of refugees created by a war in Central America, but a more realistic scenario was the detention of American citizens.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Under REX, the president could declare a state of emergency, empowering the head of FEMA to take control of the internal infrastructure of the United States and suspend the Constitution. The president could invoke executive orders 11000 through 11004 which would:
1) Draft all citizens into work forces under government supervision;
2) Empower the postmaster to register all men, women and children;
3) Seize all airports and aircraft;
4) Seize all housing and establish forced relocation of citizens.
FEMA, with a black budget allegedly provided by the Department of Defense, has worked closely with the Pentagon in an effort to avoid the legal restrictions of Posse Comitatus. While FEMA may not have been directly responsible for these precedent- setting cases, the principle of federal control was seen during the Los Angeles riots in 1992 with the federalization of the National Guard and during the siege at Waco, where Army tanks were involved in the final conflagration.
GOVERNMENT VIOLENCE IS "LEGITIMATE"?
The deputy attorney general of California commented at a conference that anyone who attacks the state, even verbally, becomes a revolutionary and an enemy by definition. Louis Guiffreda, who was head of FEMA, stated that "legitimate violence is integral to our form of government, for it is from this source that we can continue to purge our weaknesses."
It is significant to note that the dictionary definition of terrorism -- "the calculated use of violence" -- corresponds precisely to the government's stated policy of "the use of legitimate violence." Hold on, a reasonable person who can read might ask: Who are the real terrorists? Guiffreda's remark provides a revealing insight into the thinking of those who have been charged with oversight of the welfare of the citizens in this country. Apparently, if one's convictions or philosophy do not correspond with the government's agenda, that individual may find himself on a government enemy list thereby making him/her a "target" to be "purged" by the use of "legitimate violence."
The stories of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence are the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had good lives, which included security, but they valued liberty more. Despite the comfort of their life style they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Honor ... honor is not and should not be an anachronism. Sadly, it is a principle and concept fading into obscurity.
History books don't tell us much of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! No wonder our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed, through the second amendment, for everyone to be armed.
Philosopher George Santayana once noted, "He who does not learn from history" (Russia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, China, et al.) "is destined to repeat it."
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From the October 2004 Idaho Observer:
Compiled by The Idaho Observer staff
There are reportedly over 800 prison camps in the United States, fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. Some are staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are reportedly empty at this time. These camps are to be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should martial law need to be implemented in the United States.
FEMA is now part of the Bush administration’s Homeland Security venture. All it would take is another "terror event," a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general’s signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached for civilians to be detained by executive fiat.
The "Rex 84" Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/U.S. border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons. A mass exodus of illegal aliens are now crossing the border unabated, so who is the Rex 84 program really meant for?
Operations Cable Splicer and Garden Plot are two sub programs expected to be implemented once the Rex 84 program is initiated for its proper purpose—detaining those the government has identified as opposed to its policies.
Garden Plot is the program to control the population. Cable Splicer is the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local governments by the federal government.
Presidential executive orders already listed on the Federal Register are also part of the legal framework for this operation.
The camps, primarily converted military bases, have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners. Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility that could reportedly hold approximately 2 million people.
Many Executive Orders (EO’s) essentially suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be implemented by the stroke of a pen. A few examples are as follows:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks or vehicles of any kind and total control over all highways, seaports, and waterways.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10999 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
U.S. CONCENTRATION CAMPS
There are now over 600 confirmed prison/internment camps in the United States that are fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. For full documentation, including actual photographs of these facilities, go HERE. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA, when Martial Law will be implemented in the United States. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is the executive arm of the present Police State and thus will head-up all operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register are also part of the legal framework for this operation.
An insider spoke of the coming American Holocaust and of the Government's plans for dealing with “resisters” to the New World Order. These “resisters” will comprise gun owners who refuse to give up their weapons, Patriots, Constitutionalists and a few awakened Christians. He spoke of the infrastructure that has already been set up to incarcerate and execute people on a large scale, and the locations of the facilities that will be used for these purposes. Hundreds of these facilities have sprung up and continue to spring up across the country, seemingly devoid of activity, yet requiring strange details such as barbed wire-topped fencing (with the tops turned inwards) and helicopter wind socks. Most have good logistical supportability, with major highways and railroad transport facilities adjacent to the sites. For many years now, under the guidance of federal and local managers, every city, town and village in the U.S. has been covertly set up by manipulating and using our SIGN system to target and mark vital sites, facilities and resources for confiscation and seizure by the military."