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article imageOp-Ed: American bill makes for a battlefield state

By KJ Mullins     Dec 5, 2011 in World
Are the pieces of the puzzle coming together? When FEMA started a program called REX 84 no one paid much attention. The program would run 800 detention camps in the United States. Is the current Defense-Authorization Act bill part of this plan?
The Defense-Authorization Act bill will allow the United States to lock up anyone they see fit as a terror suspect, including their own citizens. The military will be in charge and allowed to hold 'suspects' for any amount of time without the right to trial.
The government already has the means to lock up their citizens and hide them away with no one the wiser. FEMA has been stockpiling for years. I wrote about this in August 2007 at Digital Journal. At that time there were 600 camps in place, the largest in Alaska could house 2 million people. At that time the laws were not in place to detain the American people. The world is about to change.
We only have to look back within this century to see history about to repeat itself. An angry people, tired of the rich, ready to make changes. Nazi Germany. American and Canadian Japanese Concentration Camps.
But who is the threat in the United States? Could it be the youth involved in the Occupy Movement? Animal rights activists? Anyone who doesn't agree with the government? Journalists who are willing to tell the truth no matter what the cost? One has to question why this matter is not being raised in the mainstream news.
The CS Monitor quoted Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union:
“This bill puts military detention authority on steroids and makes it permanent. If it becomes law, American citizens and others are at real risk of being locked away by the military without charge or trial.”
The ones that will decide the future of the Defense-Authorization Act bill, congress are split. Some like John McCain is all for locking folks away while others like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California says that the U.S. is not a nation that "locks up its citizens without charge, prosecution, and conviction.”
Feinstein isn't exactly right. The United States has no qualms about locking away those that they feel is a threat, but it's generally citizens of other countries. Is Gitmo so far away that we've forgotten about detainees that didn't have a trial for years?
MTV is hosting a petition against the final bill that already passed 93-7 in the US Senate. It's up to President Obama to veto it now.
America the free may be on the way out. America, the prison state, could be what is about to begin.
As for those in Canada, don't feel so secure. The US wants to know who is traveling in and out of their northern neighbour's land. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Washington, D.C. this week discussing privacy issues. One of those concerns a 32-point border action plan system that will permit the US to track everyone coming and leaving Canada by air, land and sea. Security measure or making sure no one is really free anymore?
Why hasn't this issue been in the press? Do we really want to ignore the fact that freedom is a thing of the past and Big Brother, what used to be thought of as science fiction, is today's reality?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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