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The Cheney/Bush have currently proposed having executive control over all the states National Guard troops in a national emergency.
Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa, called the proposal " one step away from a complete takeover of the National Guard, the end of the Guard as a
dual-function force that can respond to both state and national needs."
The provision was tucked into the House version of the defense bill without notice to the states, something Vilsack said he resented as much as the
Under the provision, the president would have authority to take control of the Guard in case of " a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident or
catastrophe" in the United States.
In another shining example of modern day corporate fascism, it was announced recently that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had been
awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.
The language of the preamble to the agreement veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers, but it is made clear that the camps
will also be used "as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency."
Discussions of federal concentration camps is no longer the rhetoric of paranoid Internet conspiracy theorists, it is mainstream news.
In 2002, FEMA sought bids from major real estate and engineering firms to construct giant internment facilities in the case of a chemical, biological
or nuclear attack or a natural disaster.
Okanogan County Commissioner Dave Schulz went public three years ago with his contention that his county was set to be a location for one of the
Alex Jones has attended numerous military urban warfare training drills across the US where role players were used to simulate arresting American
citizens and taking them to internment camps.
Concurrently in the US, a new provision in the extended Patriot Act bill would allow Secret Service agents to arrest and jail protesters accused of
breaching any security perimeter, even if the President or any other protected official isn't present. The definition of 'free speech zones' can be
shifted around loosely and this would open the floodgates for protesters to be grabbed and hauled away in any circumstance at the whim of the Secret
During the 2004 RNC protests, thousands of New Yorkers were arrested en masse in indiscriminate round-ups and taken to Pier 57 (pictured), a
condemned, asbestos poisoned old bus depot, where they were imprisoned without charge for up to 24 hours or more.
The existence and development of internment camps are solely intended to be used to round up en masse and imprison 'political dissidents'
Here is the word for word news release:
KBR Awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M. (HAL) (By Katherine Hunt)
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co, (HAL), said Tuesday it has been awarded a
contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to supports its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an
emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options. KBR held the
previous ICE contract from 2000 through 2005. The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and
processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants
into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs, KBR said. The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other
government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a
natural disaster, the company said.
by Peter Dale Scott Pacific News Service
Editor's Note: A recently announced contract for a Halliburton subsidiary to build immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland
Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists." Scott is author of "Drugs,
Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He is completing a book on "The Road to
9/11." Visit his Web site at www.peterdalescott.net.The...
Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Brown and Root) announced on Jan. 24 that it had
been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps. Two weeks later, on Feb. 6, 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 (an increase of 32 percent over 2006). This $400 million allocation is more than a four-fold increase over the FY 2006 budget, which
provided only $90 million for the same purpose.Both the contract and the budget allocation are in partial fulfillment of an ambitious 10-year Homeland
Security strategic plan, code-named ENDGAME, authorized in 2003. According to a 49-page Homeland Security document on the plan, ENDGAME expands "a
mission first articulated in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798." Its goal is the capability to "remove all removable aliens," including "illegal
economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law) or potential terrorists."
In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens deemed to be "enemy combatants." On Feb. 17 of this
year, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of the harm being done to the country's security, not
just by the enemy, but also by what he called "news informers" who needed to be combated in "a contest of wills." Two days earlier, citing
speeches critical of Bush by Al Gore, John Kerry, and Howard Dean, conservative columnist Ben Shapiro called for "legislation to prosecute such
A 1992 study by the Cox Newspapers Group found that during 1982-1992 FEMA's budgets included only $243 million for disaster relief but $2.9 billion
for "black" and classified operations. The