BE CONCERNED! BE VERY CONCERNED! - DETENTION CAMPS ARE COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU

August 14, 2006
by: S.R. Shearer

"Nobody is talking much about it, but moves have been made to develop a network of detention centers in the US."

Sheila Musaji,
editor of The American Muslim

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INTRODUCTION

The United States is moving inexorably toward war with Syria and Iran, and it is moving in this direction with the same iron-like determination that it moved toward war with Iraq four years ago. In addition, as it finesses Syria and Iran under the sights of its gun barrels, it is utilizing the same depraved cunning and pernicious subterfuge that it used to maneuver Iraq into its crosshairs in 2002. Finally, there is a certain fearful and cold-hearted resolve that is being evinced in what the U.S. is doing that should send shivers up the spine of anyone who is watching. 

As one observes the developing situation, one begins to realize that there is NOTHING either country can do to escape what the U.S. has planned for it; no amount of squirming, no amount of writhing, no amount of shifting and turning can deliver these countries from what the U.S. intends to do to them, despite the fact - and contrary to how all this is being portrayed to the American people - that both countries are desperate for one-on-one talks with U.S. authorities that would deliver them from their fate. Again, it's enough to make one tremble in fear.

THIS COLD-HEARTED RESOLVE IS
NOW BEING TURNED AGAINST DISSENTERS

American Christians - or for that matter, anyone - who in any way dissent from the cruel policies of the American New World Order System should take note of this grim and heartless resolve, because this same awful resoluteness is being turned against them.

One can easily see this resolve in the way that the U.S. has - under the cover of secrecy (but a secrecy that is easily pierced) - been laying the groundwork for a round-up of "dissenters" in the United States and their ultimate consignment to detention centers throughout the country, all of which should lend a certain urgent and somber credence to the words of the prophet to the people of God:

"Flee out of the midst of Babylon [i.e., the United States], and deliver every man his soul ... [before it's too late]." (Jer. 51:6)

DISCERNING THE "SIGNS OF THE TIMES"

The "signs" for what is coming are easily discernable to anyone who wants to see them; the trouble is, as we have said so often before, many of those who should take note of what's occurring are not disposed to do so - even many of those associated with Antipas.

The "lefties," of course, have taken note of what's happening, and many of them are beginning to stream out of the country. And it's not just "lefties" and other assorted "dissenters" who have taken note of what's occurring; even a few mainline, conservative Christians, people such as John W. Whitehead, head of the right-wing Rutherford Institute and otherwise a STRONG supporter of George Bush, are worried. Whitehead anxiously writes:

"Some have speculated that there are already between 600-800 'prison camps' in the United States that are fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. According to these claims, the internment camps … [are located] in various discreet locations throughout America … Although the precise number of these internment camps and all their exact locations are unknown to most, THEIR EXISTENCE IS VIRTUALLY UNDENIABLE.”

And this from someone of the stature of John Whitehead! Tom Hennessy of the moderate Press-Telegram agrees with Whitehead; he worries:

"There already are thousands of beds in place at various U.S. locations for the purpose of housing … [civilian detainees]. For what purpose?"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders the same thing:

"Why so much unused [prison] bed space? What is the government planning that we don't know about?"

Whitehead continues:

"These allegations are not limited to conspiracy theorists. In fact, they have become mainstream, even reaching our nation’s concerned government leaders. For instance, when Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) read a story widely circulated in the U.S. press … [about the presence of these detention camps] he became so alarmed that he gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the topic … McDermott proclaimed, 'The reason I raise this issue is that I come from a state where in 1941 under executive order by the President, 9661, we rounded up all the Japanese Americans in this country and put them in internment camps. It seems that we have set in place the mechanisms to do something similar to that again'.”

Whitehead is not convinced by the arguments that these unused detention centers are being opened up merely to house illegal immigrants, as many in the government claim; he concludes ominously:

"Our government assures us that these camps would only be used for a hypothetical influx of immigrants. But can we trust the government?"

Again, all this from an otherwise strong supporter of the Bush Administration.

USING EVACUEES FROM NEW ORLEANS AS GUINIA PIGS
FOR A "DRY-RUN" AT ROUNDING UP DISSENTERS

To most average, middle-class Christians, however, concern over secret detention camps goes hand-in-hand with jokes about black helicopters and the so-called stationing of Chinese troops at secret bases in the United States - the same kind of witticisms and jesting that the German people greeted early rumors about concentration camps in Germany during the Hitler era.

Still, the rumors persist - not so much over Chinese troops and black helicopters - but over detention camps. Moreover, these rumors have begun to take on a certain ominous hue in light of a number of credible stories that emanated out of the experiences of many of the poor who were "relocated" from New Orleans after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina - stories that told of evacuees being locked up behind barbed wire in places like Camp Williams, an Army National Guard training center in Utah. For instance, Diane Carmen of the Denver Post, reporting on evacuees at another location - specifically, the Community College of Aurora - wrote,

"If I didn't know better, I'd have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp."

Most Americans had supposed that evacuees had been housed in hotel rooms, trailer parks and/or  with other families throughout the country; but that's not the case at all. Most were detained behind barbed wire at places like Camp Williams.

Was what happened to poor, black New Orleans evacuees a kind of "DRY-RUN" for things to come? - a "DRY-RUN" at rounding up and detaining MASSES of people? It certainly seems so!

Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo report that in furtherance of this "DRY-RUN," FEMA dispatched “heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm," infamous for their work in Iraq, to round-up New Orleans citizens (many at gunpoint) for evacuation. Noting the reputation of the Blackwater mercenaries as “some of the most feared professional killers in the world,” Scahill and Crespo said Blackwater’s presence in New Orleans “raises alarming questions about what the government … [was up to in New Orleans]." Concerning the Bush Administration's use of mercenaries like Blackwater and other special federalized troops, former Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts, who has now turned against the excesses of the Bush administration, says that -

"The Brownshirts [meaning the supporters of the Bush Administration] are now arming themselves with a Gestapo."

MANY IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY ARE AFRAID

Many reputable observers among the black community are worried as well. For example, well-known commentator Mike Whitney thinks that what happened to the New Orleans evacuees was just that - a kind of "DRY-RUN" for things to come; an ominous precursor of danger ahead that most Americans naively refuse to recognize. Whitney writes:

 "Although white, middle-class Americans seem to be in denial over what has taken place in New Orleans; many black Americans seem to fully grasp its meaning."

Again, while middle-class whites may think that such thinking is "over the top" and "outrageous," most poor blacks obviously don't seem to think so!

Take another example: Glen Ford, a well-known commentator in the black community, believes that what happened in New Orleans is just the latest indicator pointing to a policy of "cleansing" a supposed dangerous population from the "body politic" - a policy that is being papered-over by the "diversionary braying" of the news media. Ford claims that there was no "bureaucratic bungling" or "failure of leadership" per se in New Orleans: It was a perfectly choreographed government "exercise" to isolate and then "round-up" a large (and presumably menacing) population and imprison them under the guise of a "bungled" but altruistic façade - and incidentally pave the way for lavish reconstruction projects for the wealthy constituents of the Bush administration. To that end, Ford says that "the right of return" for the people of New Orleans will be blocked by "facts on the ground" that will preclude any future homecoming for poor blacks. He goes on to say that -

"It's likely that the measly $2000 stipend that Bush has offered the relocated residents will be the only reparation they see from Washington."

And, of course, that's exactly what's happened! Ford goes on to charge that -

"Displacement based on race is a form of genocide, as recognized under the Geneva Conventions. Destruction of a people's culture, by official action, or depraved inaction, is an offense against humanity, under international law."

A GOVERNMENT WITHIN A GOVERNMENT

Again, a pretty extravagant claim - or so it seems at first blush, especially insofar as white Christians and other supporters of the Bush administration are concerned.  But maybe there's more to what Whitney, Carmen and Ford are saying - and we can begin to see this as we examine the focus of their concern: the "goings on" at FEMA (i.e., the Federal Emergency Management Agency) during Hurricane Katrina. Whitney writes: 

"FEMA employees did everything in their power to undermine relief operations for the people stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Their orders simply corresponded with Washington's intention to put the city under federal control and to forcefully evacuate the victims to [other] locations around the … [country].

"Most of us have already heard the damning accusations of Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parrish, LA, who said on Meet the Press that FEMA had cut off supplies of water, food and fuel to hurricane victims, as well as cutting 'all of our emergency communications lines'.

"Since, Broussard's nationally broadcast testimonial, there's been a torrent of charges leveled at FEMA. The National Guard was prevented from attending to the sick and wounded, desperately needed busses were unexplainably returned to Baton Rouge, assistance was rejected from Chicago and other cities, helicopter rescue teams were reprimanded for rescuing people trapped on their roofs, and checkpoints were set up to prevent poor, black people from leaving the city.

"Information Clearinghouse has put together an impressive list of articles that detail the FEMA obstructions. [The truth is], the blocking of aid to hurricane victims was not a 'failure of leadership' or 'bureaucratic bungling' as the media has suggested, but was the intentional policy of the Bush administration. The administration was executing a strategy to annex local police and National Guard and put them under direct federal authority. The plan was temporarily subverted when both the Mayor and the Governor (both Democrats) refused to relinquish their power. The White House then threatened to take-over regardless; invoking little-known presidential orders that allow sweeping executive powers in a national emergency [powers that reside in FEMA]."

Whitney gives some background to his charges; he explains,

"FEMA has been entirely reshaped under the Bush Administration. It's no longer designed to meet the needs of a natural disaster but, rather, to advance the political agenda of the current regime. Currently there are executive orders on the books that permit the president to seize all modes of transportation, control the media, take over all energy sources, control all aircraft and airports, relocate entire communities AND OPERATE PENAL AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN THE EVENT OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

"Under the provisions of Executive Order 11921 'It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for 6 months ... [The government now sees] FEMA's [main] role as … the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and protecting civil and military installations from sabotage and attack, AS WELL AS PREVENTION OF DISSIDENT GROUPS FROM GAINING ACCESS TO U.S. OPINION OR A GLOBAL AUDIENCE IN TIMES OF CRISIS'.

"FEMA's role has changed from one of public assistance in a natural catastrophe to defense of the political establishment and its economic-military power base. New Orleans represents a fundamental transformation in the way the administration plans to conduct domestic affairs. The democratic model has been abandoned for a top-down managerial-style WITH ALL THE FAMILIAR TRAPPINGS OF A DICTATORSHIP. The results … [have been] plain to see; the city of New Orleans [was placed] … under martial law with armored vehicles and 70,000 military personnel on 24 hour patrol with … the last occupants of the poorer areas being forcefully removed from their homes and evacuated while legally-registered firearms … [were] confiscated by the police."

A BIZARRE METAMORPHOSIS

But it isn't as if all this should come as a surprise. Alarms have been raised about FEMA for some time now, but only those who occupy the outer fringes of the proverbial "nut circuit," have been paying attention to what Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen call this "obscure government agency," and all this despite the fact that well-known (and well-respected) syndicated columnist Jack Anderson began blowing the whistle on FEMA back in October 1984. At the time (again, more than twenty years ago) Anderson wrote that -

"FEMA had prepared BIZARRE standby decrees that would, in the event of a national crisis, suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights … AND GENERALLY CLAMP AMERICANS DOWN IN A TOTALITARIAN VISE."

Anderson continued:

"In any self-respecting banana republic, such a document might be called a blueprint for a coup d'état. FEMA calls it 'national security' planning."

Vankin and Whalen report that it's necessary for people who want to understand the regenesis of FEMA from an agency that President Jimmy Carter created as a catchall for natural-disaster relief and civil defense planning to a "junior CIA or FBI" peopled by junta-minded staffers to grasp the mind-set that launched the Reagan Revolution - a revolution that posited itself squarely against the so-called excesses of a "liberalism run amok" in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan and his arch-conservative troops marched into Washington determined to extinguish for good the anti-establishment group of '60s radicals that they supposed had taken over the country - but which had in fact long since burned itself out. Nonetheless, in the eyes of the president's posse of aging Barry Goldwater-types and John Birchers, the flaming hippies, militant minorities, and draft-dodging radicals whom they charged with America's defeat in Vietnam continued to pose a "clear and present danger." To these conservative ideologues, there was no such a thing as a "peaceful demonstrator;" instead, they saw such demonstrators as bomb-throwing terrorists bent on the overthrow of the "American free enterprise system" and the "American way of life."

It was under the impress of this mindset that FEMA began its transformation (a transformation that the present Bush Administration has now completed) into an "anti-terrorist" agency with sweeping powers to combat this "radical threat" - powers that actually came to surpass those of the FBI and caused Jack Anderson to call FEMA,

"A SECRET GOVERNMENT WITHIN A GOVERNMENT."

WHY WAS FEMA CHOSEN?

Why was FEMA chosen and the FBI bypassed? Simple! - because, as conservative as the FBI was, it still was subject to a plethora of rules and regulations that precluded to a large extent the overt politicizing of the agency, while FEMA stood outside the scope of many of these regulations and could be staffed by political appointees chosen by the president and his staffers - appointees who "owned" their jobs at the sufferance of the president and his clique of conservative ideologues.

Vankin and Whalen write:

"To head the agency, Reagan and presidential counsel Edwin Meese III (later U.S. attorney general) tapped their old friend 'General' Louis O. Giuffrida, a stealth-obsessed ex-California National Guard officer who preferred to be addressed according to his former rank in that organization. Giuffrida was eminently qualified for what Reagan and Meese had in mind. Prepared for all contingencies, he had himself deputized so he could pack a sidearm at the office."

THE MINDSET BEHIND THE REAGAN REVOLUTION

Vankin and Whalen go on to explain Giuffrida's conspiratorial mindset:

"During the late sixties and early seventies, Giuffrida had served as [then California] Governor Reagan's terrorism advisor, and at Reagan's request founded the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), a school for police and military commandos. To quote an early CSTI instruction manual: 'LEGITIMATE VIOLENCE IS INTEGRAL TO OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, FOR IT IS FROM THIS SOURCE THAT WE CAN PURGE … [THOSE WHO OPPOSE US]."

"The budding 1980s turned out to be a veritable renaissance for cold-war warriors [of the Joseph McCarthy variety - people who see agents of communism (and the devil) under every bush and tree]. As Reagan warned complacent Americans about the Evil Empire and the communist horde (which was bivouacked just south of Texas, the Gripper claimed), the Pentagon prepared plans for World War IV - mere World War III preparations being hazardously short-sighted. Giuffrida, meanwhile, battened down the hatches at FEMA. Signs were posted warning employees that 'SECURITY IS EVERY BODY'S BUSINESS'. A new phone system was installed to record each number dialed, and memos were circulated reminding staffers that personal phone calls were verboten: 'Calling to say you will be home late could result in a fine or separation from the job', advised one memorandum."

Vankin and Whalen continue that FEMA was -

"… obsessed over the possibility of 'radical environmentalists' teaming up with terrorists and doing unkind things to nuclear power plants. In fact, FEMA's R & D work made the CIA's LSD dabbling [in the 1950s and '60s] look like a 4H project. According to Donald Goldberg, who helped research Jack Anderson's column [on FEMA], government scientists advised FEMA on mob control techniques such as 'injecting terrorists with stimulants and tranquilizers to manipulate their actions in times of crisis, or zapping them with microwaves to alter their perceptions'."

"PURGING THOSE WHO OPPOSE US"

Now think about Giuffrida's words here: "PURGE THOSE WHO OPPOSE US?" - in these words one can hear the footsteps of the coming holocaust against dissenters in the United States echoing up the corridors of time to lodge themselves finally in the dank prison cells that Halliburton KBR is now building in the American heartland to house political dissenters (i.e., all those in the United States who oppose the American New World Order System - more about the "detention centers KBR is building later).

Vankin and Whalen go on to explain that during Reagan's stint as governor of California, Giuffrida and Meese had helped develop a plan to "PURGE" (there's that word again) California of its protesters - especially those who were plaguing the University of California. The operation was called Operation Cable Splicer; it was a variation on the Army's Operation Garden Plot, a "domestic counterinsurgency" scheme that spied on suspected radicals and marshaled maximum force to squash riots and legitimate demonstrations alike.

NOTE: Peter Dale Scott of the Pacific News Service explains that "Operation Cable Splicer was a subplot of Operation Garden Plot which included plans to control civilian populations and take over state and local governments; a kind of variation on these two exercises appeared to be in play during Hurricane Katrina, when President Bush announced that the Pentagon was developing plans to give the military a larger role in responding to catastrophic events and suggested that the federal government should override state and local authorities. 'It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces', Bush said in a speech. (The president also announced that the U.S. military could enforce quarantines should there be a bird flu outbreak, which Irwin Redlener, associate Dean of Columbia University's School of Public Health for Disaster Preparedness, deemed an 'extraordinarily draconian measure', which translates to 'martial law in the United States')." [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 http://www.peterdalescott.net.]

REX-84 AND NIGHT TRAIN 84

Vankin and Whalen go on:

"… given the 'dense trench-coat atmospherics' of the Reagan era, it was probably inevitable that one Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North would find a home away from home in Giuffrida's FEMA. As the White House National Security Council liaison to FEMA, North reportedly collaborated with Giuffrida in drawing up secret wartime contingency plans centered around FEMA; these plans included a scheme to commandeer the Bill of Rights.

"FEMA's wartime crisis strategy was tested in a series of simulated war games conducted in conjunction with Pentagon maneuvers. In early 1984, FEMA, military, and other government officials met in secrecy to plan a "readiness exercise" code-named Rex-84. FEMA coordinated Rex-84 with the military's Night Train 84 operations, which deployed thousands of troops in Honduras near Contra supply bases in April 1984. The FEMA portion of the simulation involved an international crisis, presumably a U.S. invasion of Nicaragua, which supposedly would set off 'uncontrolled population movements' (as one declassified FEMA memo described it), with hordes of 'refugees' swarming over the Mexican border into the United States."

According to an August 1985 article in Penthouse Magazine co-authored by Goldberg, as part of these twin exercises (i.e., Rex-84 and Night Train 84), FEMA would round up some 400,000 fictional "aliens" in a six-hour period and detain them (or, rather, simulate rounding up and detaining them) in military camps throughout the United States. FEMA apparently justified the concentration camps by presuming that terrorist moles would be peppered among the refugees. But as Goldberg noted, the Mexican border's daunting terrain made an influx of gate crashers on the order of hundreds of thousands highly unlikely. EVIDENTLY WHAT REX-84 WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT - ACCORDING TO GOLDBERG AND OTHER CRITICS OF THE EXERCISE - WAS A DRILL TO PRACTICE ROUNDING UP CROWDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WERE DEEMED DISLOYAL TO THE STATE. It would have been a game plan not unlike Cable Splicer or Garden Plot - plans which were specifically designed to quash public protests over controversial government policies.

AND THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION AS
TO THE REAL INTENT OF THESE EXERCISES

And there can be no question as to the real direction Giuffrida had in mind for these exercises. Their intent has been explained in innumerable documents that Giuffrida and his coterie of "crazies" have left behind. For example, Giuffrida was on record as a martial law booster, and in a 1972 CSTI course manual on civil disorder, Giuffrida described martial law as "the legal means available to control people during a civil disorder," including "the replacement of all civil government by the military;" in a second memo that recently came to light, Giuffrida muses about the necessity of "tossing Americans who opposed the policies of the American government into concentration camps," and in yet a third memo, Giuffrida devised a plan for incarcerating black radicals; the plan described how to build and run detention camps for that purpose, giving real meaning to the concerns of black commentators like Glen Ford. Vankin and Whalen go on to say -

"… that Rex-84 dealt with more than merely apprehending illegal immigrants is certain. A heavily censored FEMA memo obtained by the Miami Herald described the Alpha Two phase of the exercise, as a test of 'emergency legislation and the assumption of emergency powers'. In other words: MARTIAL LAW.  Obviously, then, the joint FEMA-military martial law plan was more than a simulation. Shortly before the Rex-84 drill, the Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff prepared an internal document itemizing the military's purported authority to proclaim martial law in times of crisis, take over local policing, and even run the courts."

ROUNDING UP THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE
GOVERNMENT'S PLAN FOR WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This brings us back to what's happening today! - the strategy that America is pursuing to take control of the oil resources of the Middle East and Central Asia: A STRATEGY THAT ENVISIONS THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON A MASSIVE SCALE; a strategy that cannot help but be opposed by countless numbers of Americans who don't think that control of the oil riches of the Middle East are worth the destruction of five-sixths of the population of that area. These are, of course, the "dissidents" whom the CEOs of Exxon-Mobile, Texaco, Conoco, Phillips, etc. would deem disloyal to the American new World Order System and "the American way of life."

Scott, citing a report in the Miami Herald, says that the government has dusted off contingency plans based on Rex-84 (cited above) TO MANAGE "NATIONAL OPPOSITION TO U.S. MILITARY ACTION ABROAD" (presumably, a nuclear attack on Iran) and "the re-imposition of the draft" should such an attack lead to the destabilization of the Middle East and result in the need for a massive expansion of America's armed forces. Scott says that should conscription become necessary, it could not help but ratchet the protests up in the United States even further - and Scott sees conscription as inevitable; he writes:

"With the military stretched to the breaking point, questions of conscription and subsequent draft-dodging are hardly far-fetched …"

In order to combat the unrest, the government would have to - in the words of William Safire - "CRIMINALIZE DISSENT," and be prepared to "come down hard" on all those who continue to protest the actions of the government, which would mean locking up ALL those who oppose the government.

Scott says that this is already beginning to happen, especially as such opposition impresses itself on the government's desperate efforts to fill the already dwindling ranks of the military. Take, for example, what happened to four Catholic antiwar activists after a New York state jury refused to convict them for protesting at a U.S. military recruiting office in 2005; THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED IN, FILING CHARGES INCLUDING "CONSPIRACY TO IMPEDE AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES," WHICH COULD SEND EACH PROTESTER TO PRISON FOR UP TO SIX YEARS. "Is this an isolated incident," wonders Scott. He answers his own question, "It would seem not."  All this has prompted Sheila Musaji, editor of The American Muslim, to warn that while -

"… nobody is talking much about it, moves have been made to develop a network of detention centers in the US [to lock up protesters]."

THE "RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PROGRAMS"

It's in the light of this concern that Musaji notes with some trepidation that on January 24th of this year it was announced that a subsidiary of Halliburton KBR had been awarded a $385 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention centers in the US. These centers might be used for immigration, or for disaster relief, or vaguely -

"... TO SUPPORT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PROGRAMS." [Whatever that means.]

Like most news stories on the KBR contract, the New York Times, focused on concerns about Halliburton’s reputation for bilking U.S. taxpayers by overcharging for sub-par services. For instance, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, remarked:

“It’s hard to believe that the administration has decided to entrust Halliburton with even more taxpayer dollars.”

Less attention was centered on the phrase “RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PROGRAMS,” and what kind of programs would require a major expansion of detention centers, each capable of holding thousands and thousands of people. Jamie Zuieback, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), declined to elaborate on what these “new programs” might be.

Commenting on all this, Peter Kirsanow of the US Civil Rights Commission warns that -

"Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup [of dissenters] after the next 9/11 [attack.]"

Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, agrees; he cautions ominously that -

"They've already done this on a smaller scale with the ‘special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo."

Musaji says,

"Now we are beginning to see this mentioned by a number of sources, but it is still not front page news, although it is not only Muslims and Arabs who are concerned about what sort of emergency might require detention centers. And what are these mysterious 'new programs'?"

She continues grimly:

"I believe that all Americans should be very concerned. It might be 'someone else' they come for first, but if this is the direction our nation is going, who knows where it will end."

Her remarks are strangely reminiscent of the remarks of German Pastor Martin Niemoller during the Hitler era:

First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up,
Because I was not a Communist.
Then the came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up,
Because I wasn't a Jew.
Then the came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up,
Because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time
There was no one left to speak up for me.

BUILDING NEW DETENTION CENTERS

It's in the light of Musaji's concern that Joseph Richey, a well-known journalist, writes:

"Be afraid, be very afraid. Coming soon to a community near you 'immigrant detention camps'. Thanks to a new $385 million 'contingency contract', Halliburton's subsidiary KBR will be building four new detention facilities for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 'in case of an unexpected influx of immigrants or to house people after a natural disaster OR FOR NEW PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DETENTION SPACE, the company said. Hmmm ... Are these new programs related to the secret laws referenced by the DOJ or some other 'new programs' we don't know about?

"According to a detailed analysis of the detention plans, an [Army] Corps [of Engineers] memorandum states: '… This contract will be executed inside the United States … [during] periods of significant political unrest … [when certain political groups] may constitute a serious threat to the United States … This contract requires an immediate stand up of facilities that will receive a large influx of … [prisoners] … which … may involve a hostile environment within the camp. Consequently, a potential for violence will exist in the camps.

"Human rights groups are worried. And so should we."

According to Richey,

"Each of the four detention centers would accommodate a single male population consisting of 40 percent of the total detainees, 10 percent single female, 40 percent families with children, and 10 percent criminal and sick. Each location will have three different checkpoints: a temporary staging facility where up to 5,000 can be housed and fed for up to 72 hours, and 1,800 can be processed a day; a transfer point holding up to 600 … [detainees] for up to three months before [permanent] relocation; and to accommodate longer stays for criminal and sick detainees, a temporary detention center where potential terrorist threats can be processed for "rendition" to a site outside the continental United States. Notable among the specifications for KBR is the Department of Defense security requirement for 'secret' classification of assigned personnel."

AN OMINOUS PARALLEL

These specifications along with others that mandate that the centers should be "outside population centers" but "close to rail lines" and other mass transit facilities, remind one of the kind of specifications that were posited at the Wandsee Conference during the Nazi era for the "relocation" of political prisoners and Jews.

And there is something even more ominous concerning these camps that draw out even further the comparison of them to Nazi era concentration camps such as Auschwitz-Berkinau, and that is the provision for an "Inmate Labor Program" reminiscent of those found in most of Germany's death camps during the Second World War. Nat Parry writes:

"There also is another little-noticed item [concerning the construction of these camps that was] posted at the U.S. Army Web site … a program that provides for a Civilian Inmate Labor Program … On its face, the Army’s labor program refers to inmates housed in federal, state and local jails. The Army also cites various federal laws that govern the use of civilian labor and provide for the establishment of prison camps in the United States, including a federal statute that authorizes the Attorney General to 'establish, equip, and maintain camps upon sites selected by him' and 'make available the services of United States prisoners' to various government departments, including the Department of Defense."

Sounds ominously like programs in Nazi Germany that mandated the provision of Jewish labor at Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps to defense contractors like the I.G. Farben Company, Siemens, Krupp, etc. Indeed, Richey goes on to say,

"These elements alarm human rights supporters both inside and outside the US Army Corps of Engineers. One anonymous source within USACE warned, 'DON'T WAIT UNTIL THEY'RE PUTTING PEOPLE BEHIND BARBED WIRE. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE CATTLE CARS PULL UP. NIP THIS IN THE BUD NOW'.”

Trouble is, no one is listening to "lefties" like Richey and Parry. Most Americans seem to agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham who suggested to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that those who protest the war policies of the government are nothing more than "Fifth Columnists" - disloyal Americans who sympathize and collaborate with the enemy, Graham says that -

"The administration has not only the right, but the duty, in my opinion, to pursue Fifth Column movements. I stand by this President's ability, inherent to being Commander in Chief, to find out about Fifth Column movements, and lock them up."

Parry remarked that this and other statements by Bush Administration officials -

"… suggest that the Bush administration may already be contemplating what to do with Americans who are deemed insufficiently loyal …"

In this connection the Washington Post reported on Feb. 15, 2006, that the National Counter-terrorism Center’s central repository has collected the names of over 325,000 "terrorist suspects," a four-fold increase since the fall of 2003! Think about that: 325,000 people! And that's just the beginning.

WHEN WILL THE "ROUND-UP" BEGIN?

There can be little doubt as to when a massive "round-up" of dissidents will begin: it will occur sometime at or near the time the U.S. decides to use nuclear weapons against Iran in furtherance of its strategy to gain control of the oil riches of the Middle East - a strategy that, as we indicated previously, cannot help but be opposed by countless numbers of Americans who don't think that control of the oil riches of the Middle East are worth the destruction of five-sixths of the population of that area. These are, as we have already suggested, the "dissidents" whom the CEOs of Exxon-Mobile, Texaco, Conoco, Phillips, etc. would deem disloyal to the American new World Order System and "the American way of life."

In addition, dissident rage against the government will be exacerbated by the necessity for the government to re-impose the draft to contain the worldwide turmoil that such an attack will generate against the American New World Order System. To contain the "dissidents," the government will undoubtedly have to - in the words of William Safire - "CRIMINALIZE DISSENT," and be prepared to "come down hard" on all those who continue to protest the actions of the government, which would mean locking up ALL those who oppose the government.

NOTE: There is also the very great possibility that the government will "manufacture" another 9/11 event prior to its use of nuclear weapons in Iran in order to (1) tamp down political discord and "justify" its round-up of "political dissenters" and (2) actually justify its use of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

The fact that the government is moving in this direction with the same kind of fearful and cold-hearted resolve that it is employing in its strategy to gain control of the oil riches of the Middle East should be by now easily discernable to anyone who wants to see the truth. The "signs" are there for those who want to see them. 

Brothers and sisters; listen to me here: Prophecy is like a road sign saying: "Slow down, sharp right hand turn ahead!" But if we fail to heed the sign, if we fail to slow down before we get to the turn, it will be too late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely slide off the road and crash.

Like a road sign, prophecy tells us things before they happen so that we can take evasive action before events catch up with us. If we wait until they finally overtake us, it will be too late to do anything - we will crash! Watch, therefore, for the "signs of the times," and don't wait to take action. You may wait too long! - AND I SAY THIS WITH GREAT UNEASINESS IN MY SPIRIT GIVEN THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Jesus said,

"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:2-3)

And Paul warns us,

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (I Thess. 5:4-6)

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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