I've been following the concentration/detainment camp scenario for a while. The U.S. government has openly admitted to banking and creating these
facilities, and they have given several reasons for their creation.
Prime among these reasons are to handle a "great influx of immigrants" (does that scare you, Mexico? It's kind of our government's way of saying
F' you!), or to house those the government deems "enemy combatants". But really, any euphemism for "undesirable" can be put in quotes; the terms
are all equally broad, but it doesn't matter - "enemy combatant", "enemy propogandist", "illegal immigrant", "really bad guys" - you really
shouldn't be distracted by the semantics as much as you should be by the fact that OUR GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING PRISON CAMPS FOR U.S. CITIZENS.
People can be so dense. Our government has admitted this and people shrug and go about their business. Is this administration a complete reincarnation
of Hitler's cabinet? Since when did the Democracy - the Republic, the good ol' U.S. of A. - ever deem it prudent or anything less than fascist to
build prison camps for its own citizens?! For citizens that it deems "enemy combatants"?! You know, if you threaten to put American citizens in
prison camps you're bound to have some enemy combatants - like every one of the 300,000,000 citizens you're supposed to be serving. We no likey.
Ok, here are some facts:
1) These camps exist
2) Our government openly admits to building and banking them and offers several reasons why they are necessary
3) These camps are manned with guards and ready for guests (i.e., they're operational)
4) Construction/renovation on these plants has skyrocketed since Bush has been in office
5) These camps are for U.S. citizens, i.e., they're not in Brazil, they're in California, Oklahoma, Indiana - just about every state, and there just
happens to be a preponderance of U.S. citizens in...you know...those areas
The fact that these camps exist at all is absurd, and is very, very disturbing. What do Bush and Ashcroft hope to gain by building fenced in
detainment camps? Are they using it as a scare tactic (this is possible, as this administration always finds some sinister, f**ked up way of
circumventing laws, or citizens' rights when they are confronted by these "obstacles" - see
"Free Speech Zones"
) What information do they have that our media and the public at large are not aware of? It must be dire information, because they're
BUILDING DETAINMENT CAMPS - not only that, they're openly admitting it.
What in Mexico would prompt a "great influx of immigrants"? I don't know...
Our rights can be suspended during a time of war - of course if the government wants to suspend your rights it could just engage in war and say,
"Look, we're at war. These people's rights are suspended."
Nevermind that there was no formal declaration of war approved by the U.S. congress. It would really benefit our government if they could sustain the
war as long as possible - even indefinitely - JUST TO ENJOY THIS POWER OVER THEIR CITIZENS. Ooh, a war on "terror". How do you tell when a war on
terror is won? It's the eternal war. When the Earth reaches a state of total love and peace, then the war will be over. When every terrorist cell is
destroyed for ever, across the planet? Who determines this? The president!
Of course if there is great opposition to the war, they'd have to think of a backup plan whereby the citizens' rights can still be suspended...but
what do to...? WHAT to do...?! It's a good question - wait, national emergency. Then we could round up everyone who disagrees with us - I MEAN
"enemy combatants"; sorry, slip of the tongue - and jail or execute them without so much as a peep from any courts.
We the citizens will determine if these prison camps are American - and we decide they are not. There is not one citizen that will stand for this sort
of treatment by our government or military. Hey, Ashcrap, stick this in your sedition-hating pipe and smoke it:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to
alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them
shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
You don't make us feel safe OR happy, you paranoid pr*cks!
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security."
If a soldier, official, anyone in uniform, or a member of the government appears on my doorstep and tells me I'm guilty of sedition, "materially
aiding the enemy", or "engaging in enemy propoganda", I will remind him of the rights granted to me by the Constitution, including my Freedom of
Speech and Freedom of Expression, and will forthwith slam the door upon his stupid face.
And, further, if any man, as a uniformed agent of our military, government, or police, appears at my door to take me to a prison camp, I will tell him
that the guy he's looking for is next door, and then run like hell.
Actually, the prison camp thing is huge news on the alternative circuit, and I suspect/hope it will grow. Especially when reports of the first
"guests" are held - then our government can expect the revolution they were hoping to stem.
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