In another shining example of modern day corporate fascism, it was
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.
Under the enemy combatant designation anyone at the behest of the US government,
even if they are a US citizen, can be kidnapped
and placed in an internment facility forever without trial. Jose Padilla,
an American citizen, has spent over four years in a Navy brig and is only just
now getting a trial.
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 camps.
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.
The move towards the database state in the US and the UK, where every
offence is arrestable and DNA
records of every suspect, even if later proven innocent, are permanently
kept on record, is the only tool necessary to create a master list of 'subversives'
that would be subject to internment in a manufactured time of national emergency.
The national ID card is also intended to be used for this purpose, just as
used early IBM computer punch card technology to catalogue lists of homosexuals,
gypsies and Jews before the round-ups began.
Section 44 of the Terrorism Act in Britain enables
police to obtain name and address details of anyone they choose, whether
they are acting suspiciously or not. Those details remain on a database forever.
To date, 119,000 names of political activists have been taken and this is a
figure that will skyrocket once the post 7/7 figures are taken into account.
At the height of the Iraq war protests, around a million people marched across
the country. However, most of these people were taking part in a political protest
for the first time and as a one off. Even if we take a figure of half, 500,000
people being politically active in Britain, that means that the government has
already registered around a quarter of political activists in the UK.
In truth the number is probably above half because we are not factoring in
those already on MI5 'subversive' lists and those listed after the 7/7 bombings,
when the powers were used even more broadly.
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 Service.
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' (anyone who isn't
prepared to lick government boots) after a simulated tactical nuke or biological
attack on a major US or European city.