Op-Ed: Why Are There Detention Centers In the US?

Posted Aug 21, 2007 by KJ Mullins
Why does the United States have detention camps set up throughout it's mainland? Is the threat of civil unrest so high that these camps are considered a necessary evil? What is going on?
I'm not talking about Gitmo Bay. I am talking about the FEMA camps that litter the country. At this time there are over 600 prison camps in the United States. They have no prisoners in them yet remain fully functional. They are in place to hold people in case of Martial Law should ever come to being.
All of the camps are connected by the rails. Most of the camps could house populations of up to 20,000 people. The largest camp is in Alaska and can house up to 2 million people.
What is the reason for so many to be housed?
One program is the Rex 84 Program. It's set in place in event of a mass exodus of Mexicans crossing the border. The theory is that they could be quickly rounded up and placed in these camps.
Of course it is illegal to intend citizens. Right? Right.
It says quite clearly that "no citizen shall be imprisoned or otherwise detained by the United Sates except pursuant to an Act of Congress." No such Act has yet been passed to authorize the use of the detention camps. Congress has previously articulated a clear public policy against detainment of U.S. citizens.
Are there laws that have been changed since 2002 that the public doesn't know about?
One factor is that the Bush administration has deemed that enemy combatants do not have the same rights as other human beings. They can and will be detained for as long as they are a threat.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 provides that "everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating ... fundamental rights" and that no one "shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile." If detention is neither subject to any judicial review, nor authorized by an act of Congress, it surely must run a high risk of being "arbitrary."
These centers have been in place for a long time. Quietly in the background so as not to make a fuss. So why make a fuss now? Because the civil liabilities of Americans has been slipping around steady since the bombing of the World Trade Center. No one made a large fuss about it. When they are gone will it just be the status quo?
From a talk by Phil Schneider: "Recently, I knew someone who lived near where I live in Portland, Oregon. He worked at Gunderson Steel Fabrication, where they make railroad cars. Now, I knew this fellow for the better part of 30 years, and he was kind of a quiet type. He came in to see me one day, excited, and he told me "they're building prisoner cars." He was nervous. Gunderson, he said, had a contract with the federal government to build 107,200 full length railroad cars, each with 143 pairs of shackles. There are 11 sub-contractors in this giant project. Supposedly, Gunderson got over 2 billion dollars for the contract. Bethlehem Steel and other steel outfits are involved. He showed me one of the cars in the rail yards in North Portland. He was right. If you multiply 107,200 times 143 times 11, you come up with about 15,000,000. This is probably the number of people who disagree with the federal government. No more can you vote any of these people out of office. Our present structure of government is "technocracy", not democracy, and it is a form of feudalism. It has nothing to do with the republic of the United States....I believe we can do better. I also believe that the federal government is running the gambit of enslaving the people of the United States. I am not a very good speaker, but I'll keep shooting my mouth off until somebody puts a bullet in me, because it's worth it to talk to a group like this about these atrocities. [Within a year, Paul Schneider was assassinated.]
Over 400 years ago the Magna Carta came into being.
Articles 38 and 39 of the Magna Carta said:
"38 In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.
"39 No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land."
Who decides who is the enemy?
Tuesday 21 February 2006
Not that George W. Bush needs much encouragement, but Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a new target for the administration's domestic operations - Fifth Columnists, supposedly disloyal Americans who sympathize and collaborate with the enemy.
"The administration has not only the right, but the duty, in my opinion, to pursue Fifth Column movements," Graham, R-S.C., told Gonzales during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Feb. 6.
"I stand by this President's ability, inherent to being Commander in Chief, to find out about Fifth Column movements, and I don't think you need a warrant to do that," Graham added, volunteering to work with the administration to draft guidelines for how best to neutralize this alleged threat.
"Senator," a smiling Gonzales responded, "the President already said we'd be happy to listen to your ideas."
was awarded a $385 million over a five-year term contract to build ICE facilities in the event of an emergency in the United States. KBR is a subsidiary of Halliburton. That was in 2006. There were already the 600 centers in place. Why is there a need for more?
Do you think this is impossible speculation?
Right now in Taylor, Texas families are being held. That's right families. Infants have been jailed because their families are illegal aliens. Children wear prison uniforms as soon as they grown into them.
According to the lawyers who have visited their clients in the facility, the children receive one hour of education, English instruction, a day and one half hour of indoor recreation.
The intention of keeping families together is all well and good but to turn a child into a criminal is wrong.
There may be no need to question the motives of the government with these camps. They may be there to support disaster victims. There couldn't be plans to instate martial law on the citizens of one of the most free countries on Earth. Right? Right?
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