Putting America's "surplus population" to work
By: SR Shearer
June 28, 2012
we have said so many times on the pages of this website,
the reduction of most of mankind to a state of destitution
is perhaps the most "telling" prophetic imperative of
the "end of the age." It is prophesied in a most peculiar
lyric in the Apocalypse, Revelation 6:6:
"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally
- denarius, a Greek coin which represented a
WHOLE DAY'S wages], and three measures of barley for
a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
The meaning of this is that the condition of man during
in the "Last Days" will be reduced to such that
he will have to labor (if he can find work at all) a whole
day simply to buy a loaf of bread or three measures of
barley. But the second part of the saying ["... and
see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means
that the destitution in those days will not extend to
what might be called a "global elite of worthies"
- only the rich in the ancient world could afford oil
This hideous imperative is now well underway in the
United States; it began in earnest insofar as America
is concerned in the recession / depression of 2008 and
it has thrown more than 17% of the working population
into a state of permanent unemployment or under-employment.
The Bible says that this condition of things is not going
to go away; it will, in fact, only grow worse. [Please
see our article, "It's
Only Going to Get Worse."]
The question for the elites is this: What does one
do with this "unemployed rabble;" a rabble that could
very easily morph into a revolutionary force? Their answer?
– DEMONIZE them,
and then IMPRISON
them; in other words, do to this sector of the workforce
what they have done for years and years to America's black
community. [Please see our article, "The
Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against
The process of DEMONIZING
the unemployed and under-employed is in progress now;
it is aimed especially at those who dare to speak out
against the elites' self-serving economic policies that
have created this situation; specifically, those in the
so-called "Occupy Movement." [Please see our article,
"Nasty as They Want
BUT there is something
else "afoot" here; something that stinks to high heaven;
and it is this: turn those who have
been imprisoned into a "cheap-labor" source for the Robber
Barons who comprise America's elite. The benefit
to the elites is twofold:
- First, it makes those whom the elites have imprisoned
"pay" for their imprisonment, thus relieving the state
of this expense,
- Second, it creates a "cheap-labor" force right
here in the HEIMAT (homeland) capable of competing
with the cheap-labor forces in the Third World, particularly
and under-employment has insidiously spread to 17% of the U.S.
work force. What makes this particularly disturbing is that
this rate of unemployment may be something that is PERMANENT.
Think about that: a permanent unemployment rate
of 17% of the nation's workforce. That is called STRUCTURAL
UNEMPLOYMENT; it is
UNEMPLOYMENT THAT PERSISTS EVEN WHEN
ECONOMIC GROWTH IS STRONG. It is long-term and chronic;
it arises from an imbalance (even in good times) between the
number of workers available for work - say 100 workers - and
the actual need of employers for workers - say 83. In other
words, it is unemployment that is permanently "built
into" the system. [Please see our article, "A
Permanent 30% Unemployment Rate for the United States."]
This level of structural unemployment is the result of a drive
by the business elites over the past few decades to achieve
greater and greater profits by shipping U.S. jobs overseas and
pocketing the difference between what they would have paid U.S.
workers as opposed to the much lower wages they are now paying
foreign labor - and that includes high-paying "white-collar"
as well as "blue-collar" jobs. [Please see our article,
"Two Americas: One Poor,
the Other Rich."]
A REALITY THAT IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY
Sadly, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE; IT
IS SOMETHING WRITTEN IN STONE.
Commenting on those who constitute the lowest rungs of the
"structurally unemployed" – specifically, the so-called
"99ers" - historians Steve Fraser and Joshua Freeman report:
"There are now two million "99ers" -- those who have maxed
out their supplemental unemployment benefits because they
have been out of work for more than 99 weeks. Think of them
as a full division in "the Reserve Army of Labor."
"Reserve Army of Labor" is
a concept that refers to the unemployed and under-employed
in capitalist societies; it presupposes a working population
which is to a large extent dependent on a wage or salary
for a living, without having other
means of livelihood. The use of the word
"army" refers to the notion that workers are
nothing more than lowly foot-soldiers that can be regimented
in the workplace under the command or authority of the
owners of capital. The existence of this "Reserve Army
of Labor" -
- erodes on-the-job conditions, and
- adds an element of raw fear to the lives
of anyone still lucky enough to have a job."
THE GRUESOME ECONOMIC
CONDITION OF THE"99ers"
In today's world, when one's unemployment runs out, there is
NOTHING the government
will do to ameliorate the frightening conditions one must face:
complete and utter destitution. [Please see our article,
"A Real-Life Picture of
the Kind of Economic Collapse that Will Eventually Affect Everyone
in the United States."]
There is no more AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
or other similar government programs that can relieve the harsh
conditions caused by unemployment. As a result, millions of
Americans have, as it were, been "thrown out into the streets"
- a reality that the government has studiously tried to hide,
largely by "jerry-rigging" the way homelessness is
reported in the United States. For example, a recent report
by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported
(believe it or not) a 12 percent drop in homelessness nationally
in two years; but this drop was affected by a change in the
way HUD reported homelessness: The
new numbers omitted people who previously had been considered
homeless - such as those staying with relatives or friends,
or living in campgrounds, or motel rooms for more than a week.
When one's unemployment
runs out, there is NOTHING
the government will do to ameliorate the frightening
conditions one must face: complete and utter destitution.
As a result of all this, millions of Americans have,
as it were, been "thrown out into the streets" and forced
into homeless shelters (if they are lucky) or their
cars or into campsites.
Fraser and Freeman continue:
"No one volunteers to serve in this army [i.e. the 'Reserve
Army of Labor']. But anyone, from Silicon Valley engineers
to Florida tomato pickers, is eligible to join what, in our
time, might be thought of as the all-involuntary
Fraser and Freeman then substantiate what we have already concluded
regarding this vast segment of the workforce:
"That "army" now accounts for 17%
of the American labor force, if one includes part-time
workers who need and want full-time work and the millions
of unemployed Americans who have grown so discouraged that
they've given up looking for jobs and so aren't counted in
the official unemployment figures."
"The 99ers are stark evidence that
we may be witnessing the birth of a new permanent class
of the marginalized."
"The problem the elites confront in all of this is, IF
this army grows too big and too desperate it has the potential
to constitute a revolutionary force [what the elites would
call "a MOB"] directed
against the interests of the elites."
FEAR OF THE MOB
THE MOB: That is
the undying fear of the Wall Street elites. And make no mistake
about it - their FEAR of such a "MOB"
is very, very REAL. Indeed, in a remarkable article entitled
"Goldman Sachs with Pistols," Alice Schroeder reveals
the increasing angst of the super-rich regarding the
attitude of average Americans toward them.
What the elites
fear the most: FEAR OF THE
Sleeping with guns under their pillows.
"A banker told a friend of mine that senior Goldman
people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to
defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against
And another financial commentator who writes for New York
Magazine and who calls himself "Tenacious G" opines:
"Thirty floors up in the black-tinted box that is Goldman
Sachs' headquarters on 85 Broad Street, THERE
IS A WHIFF OF PANIC IN THE AIR."
Concerning all this, English economist Joel Hirschhorn writes:
"Face the ugly truth ... The
economically marginalized are becoming revolutionary
..." [Please see our article, "A
Revolt against Elite Power Is in the Air, And the Elites Are
Breathing Fire against It."]
Hirschhorn, citing a report from the British Defense Ministry
(of all places), goes on to say:
"Here is what the new report from the UK Defense Ministry's
Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre warns, 'THE
ECONOMICALLY MARGINALIZED COULD BECOME A REVOLUTIONARY CLASS.
The growing gap between themselves and a small number of highly
visible super-rich individuals is fueling disillusion ...
[and they might soon] unite ... to shape [the economy] in
their own class interest'."
ECONOMICALLY MARGINALIZED COULD BECOME A REVOLUTIONARY
CLASS. The growing gap between themselves and
a small number of highly visible super-rich individuals
is fueling disillusion ... [and they might soon] unite
... to shape [the economy] in their own class interest."
TO COUNTER ALL THIS ...
To counter the threat to their power and privileges posed by the
ever-growing numbers of the unemployed and under-employed, the
elites have embarked on the creation of an internal police force
to cower the country's unemployed and under-employed into submission.
Turning the military
into a internal police force to cower the nation's unemployed
Glenn Greenwald explains:
"There is today a vast and growing
apparatus of intimidation designed to deter and control citizen
protests [e.g., the 'Occupy Movement']. The most that's
allowed, is to assemble with the permission of state authorities
and remain roped off in sequestered, out-of-the-way areas:
the Orwellian-named free speech zones. Anything that is
even remotely disruptive or threatening is going to be met
with aggressive force: pepper spray, mass arrests by highly
militarized urban police forces, and aggressive prosecutions.
Recall the wild excesses of force in connection with the 2008
RNC Convention in Minneapolis. [Please see our article, "What
Was the FBI Really up to When They Raided Mick Kelly's Apartment
"Financial elites and their political servants are well
aware that exploding wealth inequality, pervasive economic
anxiety, and increasing hostility toward institutions of authority
(and corresponding realization that voting fixes very little
of this) are likely to bring unrest; it was just two weeks
ago that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the
unemployment crisis could trigger "riots."
Even the complacent American citizenry -- well-trained
in learned impotence and acquiescence to (even reverence for)
those most responsible for their plight -- is going
to reach a tipping point of unrest. There are numerous weapons
of surveillance and coercion that have been developed over
the last decade in anticipation of that unrest: most of it
justified in the name of Terrorism, but all of it featuring
decidedly dual-use domestic capability.
"In sum, there is a sprawling apparatus of federal and
local militarized police forces and private corporate security
designed to send this message: if you participate in protests
or other forms of dissent outside of harmless approved channels,
you're going to be harmed in numerous
"If you participate
in protests or other forms of dissent outside of harmless
approved channels, you're going to be harmed in numerous
As Yves Smith put it this week:
"I'm beginning to wonder whether the right to assemble
is effectively dead in the US. No one
who is a wage slave (which is the overwhelming majority of
the population) can afford to have an arrest record, even
a misdemeanor, in this age of short job tenures and rising
use of background checks.
"This is all designed to deter any meaningful challenges
to the government and corporate institutions which are suffocating
them, to bully those who consider such challenges into accepting
its futility. And it works."
FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BE INTIMIDATED
An integral part of the elites' effort to control the unemployed
and under-employed is the rapid expansion of the country's prison
archipelago at all levels, local, state and federal. In doing
so, they are mimicking what the Nazis did during the Third
Reich: create a system of imprisonment the very thought of which
would strike terror in the hearts of their opponents. But,
according to Fraser and Freeman, the elites soon became cognizant
of an added "benefit" in locking up their opponents; they write:
Today, we are being reassured by the mainstream
media, and economic experts that the Great Recession is
over, that we are in "recovery" even though most of the
recovering patients haven't actually noticed significant
improvement in their condition. For those announcing its
arrival, "recovery" means that the mega-banks are no longer
on the brink of bankruptcy, the stock market has made
up lost ground, corporate profits are improving, and notoriously
unreliable employment numbers have improved by several
tenths of a percent. The recovery being celebrated owes
thanks to -
- local, state, and Federal austerity budgets,
- the starving of the social welfare system and public
- rampant anti-union campaigns in the public and private
- the spread of sweatshop labor,
- the coercion of desperate unemployed or underemployed
workers to accept lower wages,
- part-time work, and temporary work,
- as well as the relinquishing of healthcare benefits
and a financially secure retirement.
a recovery, resting on the stripping
away of the hard won material and cultural achievements
of the past century, suggests
a new world in which the prison-labor archipelago could
indeed become a vast gulag of the downwardly mobile.
[ Fraser and Freeman]
"It didn't take long for corporate America
to come to view this [i.e., prison labor] as another potential
foreign country, full of cheap and subservient labor -- and
better yet, close by.
A "TWO-FER" FOR THE ELITES
This makes the use of prison labor a "two-fer"
for the corporate elites.
- First, it locks away those who threaten the
elites with revolution, particularly those capable of providing
the leadership for such a revolution;
- Second, it provides
the corporate elites with a cheap, compliant workforce capable
of competing with the most brutal slave-state systems like
China's and Haiti's.
Fraser and Freeman explain what's been happening:
"As cash-starved state governments scrape their
way through this so-called recovery, they might as well hang
signs with this message on their capitals: 'Everything must
go'. States are hemorrhaging workers and selling off assets
at a startling rate as they grapple with anemic tax revenues
and dwindling federal dollars. So dire are the states' economic
woes that, in recent years, they've begun offloading a more
unusual type of property: PRISONS.
"That's right -- states are so broke they've
resorted to selling off their correctional facilities (with
the prisoners inside) as a way to cut costs and make ends
meet. In 2011, for instance, Ohio sold one of its prisons
for $73 million to the Corrections Corporation of America
(CCA), the largest private prison company in the country.
'And make no mistake: CCA and its ilk are eager buyers. As
the Huffington Post reported in February, CCA sent
a letter to 48 governors offering to buy -- not just manage,
but acquire entirely -- prisons in their states. The company
said it had earmarked $250 million for buying and running
state-owned prisons as part of a "corrections investment
"But CCA, to borrow a 'trope' from journalism, buried
the 'lede' [lead] in the governors' letter. The real head-snapping
revelation appeared in the third-to-last paragraph: in exchange
for buying a state's prison, CCA required that the state prison
agency ensure that the prison remained at least 90% full.
Translation: We'll buy your prisons
and keep 'em orderly and clean, so as long you keep the prisoners
In other words, it is incumbent upon the government to throw
as many people into prison as they possibly can. Fraser
and Freeman continue:
"Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found
across broad stretches of the American economy. Penitentiaries
have become a ... market for such work. The privatization
of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of an army
of workers too coerced and 'right-less' to complain. Prisoners,
whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate
economy has found no use, now make up a virtual brigade within
the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned
along with the U.S. incarceration rate. The Corrections
Corporation of America and GEO, two prison privatizers, along
with a third smaller operator, G4S (formerly Wackenhut), sell
inmate labor at sub-minimum wages to Fortune 500 corporations
Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM
Prison labor in the federal prisons
Percent of able-bodied sentenced federal prisoners
required to work in the prison: 100%
manufactured a wide range of items to supply
the U.S. military during the Persian Gulf War.
inmates making uniforms for the military
- Number of prisoner workers in UNICOR, the federal
prison industries: 22,560
- Pay scale for federal prisoners who work outside
of UNICOR in prison maintenance, in dollars per hour:
- Minimum wage in Haiti in dollars per hour: $0.30
- Percent of federal prisoner-workers who work for UNICOR
rather than in prison maintenance: 25%
- Minimum UNICOR wage, in dollars per hour: $0.23
- Maximum UNICOR wage, in dollars per hour: $1.15
- Number of prisons where UNICOR makes office furniture:
- Average hourly earnings of a non-prisoner U.S. worker
making office furniture: $13.04
- Number of prisons where UNICOR makes clothing and
- Average hourly earnings of a non-prisoner U.S. worker
in a textile mill: $10.95
- UNICOR 2001 sales: $583.5 million
- Amount purchased from UNICOR in 2001 by the Department
of Defense: $388 million
- Amount purchased from UNICOR in 2001 by the U.S. Postal
Service: $21 million
- Number of prisoners UNICOR projects will be in federal
prisons in 2009: 211,516
- Number of prisoner-workers UNCOR plans on hiring in
- Percent of industrial orders delivered late, industry-wide:
- Percent of UNICOR orders delivered late: 42%
- Percent failure rate of wire sold by UNICOR to the
military compared to the military's next-worst supplier:
Prison labor in the states
- Minimum wage in the United States, in dollars per
- Average hourly rate paid at a prison camp in Nevada:
- Maximum wage paid to prisoner workers in dollars per
day in Georgia and Texas: $0
- Most prisons that pay prisoners for work have a range
of pay depending on the job. Average of the minimum
wages for prisoners paid by the states, in dollars per
day for non-industry work: $0.93
- Average of the maximum wages paid to prisoners by
the states, in dollars per day: $4.73
- Lowest wage reported, in dollars per day, for prisoners
working in private industry: $0.16
[This page is an excerpt from The Prison Index:
Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry (2003)
by Peter Wagner, published by the Western Prison Project
and the Prison Policy Initiative.]
Fraser and Freeman go on to say:
"Rarely can you find workers so
pliable, easy to control, stripped of political rights, and
subject to martial discipline at the first sign of recalcitrance
-- unless, that is, you traveled back to the nineteenth century
when convict labor was commonplace nationwide."
FEEDING VICTIMS INTO THE
PRISON LABOR SYSTEM
Naturally enough, in order to make the system work America's
prison system must be provided with a steady (and ever increasing)
supply of prisoners. This means feeding victims into America's
prison system on the slightest of pretenses – which,
is now occurring on a grand scale. Adam Liptak explains:
"The United States leads the world in producing prisoners,
a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive
American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked
up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs
— that would rarely produce prison sentences in other
countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far
longer than prisoners in other nations."
NOTE: The United
States has less than 5 percent of the world's population.
But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.
Americans are arrested for the pettiest of crimes - crimes
(so-called) that most other countries would NEVER
lock anyone up for.
"The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals
behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data
maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies
at King's College London.
"China, which is four times more populous than the United
States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison.
"The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful
list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order
of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or
jail for every 100,000 in population. (IF
YOU COUNT ONLY ADULTS, ONE IN EVERY 100 AMERICANS IS
"The only other major industrialized nation that even comes
close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people.
The others have much lower rates. England's rate is 151; Germany's
is 88; and Japan's is 63.
"The median among all nations is about 125, roughly a sixth
of the American rate."
James Whitman, a specialist in comparative law at Yale, wrote
last year in Social Research,
"Far from serving as a model for the world, contemporary
America is viewed with horror."
Michael Tonry, a leading authority on crime policy, wrote
in The Handbook of Crime and Punishment,
"Prison sentences here have become "vastly harsher than
in any other country to which the United States would ordinarily
And, finally, Vivien Stern, a research fellow at the prison
studies center in London, the American incarceration rate has
made the United States -
USA Patriot Act provisions compromised
due process, freedom of association, and protections from
unreasonable searches and seizures. They also authorized
unchecked surveillance powers to access personal records,
monitor financial transactions, as well as student, medical
and other records.
For the first time, "domestic
terrorism" became a federal crime, applicable to US citizens.
It states criminal law violations
are considered domestic terrorist acts if they aim to
"influence (government policy) by intimidation or coercion
(or) intimidate or coerce a civilian population."
In other words, nonviolent anti-war or global justice
demonstrations, environmental or animal rights activism,
civil disobedience, and dissent of any kind may be called
"domestic terrorism," including OWS protests.
"... A ROGUE STATE ..."
As we suggested earlier, until quite recently, the HORROR
of this system has been aimed largely at America's minority
communities. For instance, it has been routine for minority
motorists to be stopped on America's roads and highways on the
flimsiest of excuses (unsafe lane changes, tail light infractions,
failures to signal, etc.), and then intimidated into submitting
to a search of their vehicles without "probable cause."
If they refuse, that alone is often taken as "probable
cause" (or "probable cause" is "created"
- which occurs more often than most people realize), and their
vehicles are searched anyway. The utility of these laws (i.e.,
tail light infractions, "unsafe lane changes," seat
belt violations, etc.) lies in the fact
that they can be used to harass various "suspect"
populations the police want to keep "off balance,"
AND THAT IS PRECISELY THE WAY THEY ARE USED - or does one really
think that such measures are taken in places like Simi Valley,
Palm Beach, the Hamptons?
But now this system is increasingly being used against America's
white community, especially those who are unemployed and under-employed
and who dare to agitate against the corporate elites who lead
it. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1,
"The Use of Police-State Tactics against
American Citizens" - for a more thorough discussion
of how the elites have expanded the use of police-state tactics
against American citizens, and not just members of the minority
communities any more, but against whites.]
ONE IS REMINDED OF DACHAU ...
Again, one is reminded of what happened in Germany when the
government moved to CRIMINALIZE dissent there:
Once the Nazis came to power they quickly moved to CRIMINALIZE
their opponents. For example, between 1933 and 1945, the Nazis
set up innumerable Sondergerichte (i.e., "special
courts" throughout the country aimed at CRIMINALIZING
all those who dared to speak out against the policies of the
new regime. These courts "had a strong deterrent effect"
against opposition to the Nazis.
Dachau Concentration Camp, where prisoners were subjected
to inhuman amounts of work, physical, and psychological
torture. The entrance is an iron gate with the words:
Arbeit macht frei on it, meaning "work will
set you free."
of the word "concentration" comes from the idea of concentrating
a group of people who are in some way undesirable in one
place, where they can be watched by those who incarcerated
them. Concentration camps had been used by the U.S. against
native Americans, the British in the Boer Wars, and others.
The term originated in the "reconcentration camps"
set up in Cuba by General Valeriano Weyler in 1897.
Prison laborers at Dachau producing weapons for the Wehrmacht.
Dachau, the first "detention facility" created by the Nazis,
was opened in March 1933. It was focused not so much at the
Jews, but at those Germans who opposed 9or had opposed) the
Nazi regime. The press statement given at the opening stated:
Cohn is the immediate past president of the National Lawyers
Guild and a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law,
where she teaches criminal law and procedure.
"On Wednesday the first concentration camp
is to be opened in Dachau with an accommodation for 5000 people.
'All Communists and—where necessary—Reichsbanner
and Social Democratic functionaries who endanger state security
are to be concentrated here, as in the long run it is
not possible to keep individual functionaries in the state
prisons without overburdening these prisons, and on the other
hand these people cannot be released because attempts have
shown that they persist in their efforts to agitate and organize
as soon as they are released."
The very presence of Dachau in the German mind produced a feeling
of HORROR; indeed,
by 1936, the whispered name of "Dachau" was enough
to send shivers up and down the spines of ordinary Germans -
and the very mystery surrounding the "goings-on" there
only lent to the horror of the place."
Dachau and similar concentration camps scattered all over Europe,
also functioned as places where prison labor was used in the
service of the Reich by companies that have today present themselves
as "responsible corporate citizens" that have nothing but the
best interests in mind so far as their customers are concerned.
[Please see APPENDIX 2 for a list
of some of these companies. The list will astound you.]
IT IS NOT A MYTH THAT THE GOVERNMENT
IS BUILDING CONCENTRATION CAMPS
Now the American government is building concentration camps
similar to Dachau. Naturally enough, the "mainline press"
and the government's other lackey mouthpieces have made a habit
of ridiculing any and all reports that the government is building
detention centers around the country to hold American dissidents.
But one would be hard-pressed to ridicule Marjorie Cohn as a
"Know-Nothing." She is no "right-wing nut" given to
According to Cohn, Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary
of Cheney's Halliburton, has been constructing huge facilities
in undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables.
Cohn describes what Halliburton has been up to:
"Halliburton's subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and
Root) announced on January 24, 2006 that it had been awarded
a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland
Security to build detention camps in the United States.
to a press release posted on the Halliburton website, 'The
contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing
temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment
existing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention
and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event
of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or
to support the rapid development of new programs.
The contingency support contract provides for planning and,
if required, initiation of specific engineering, construction
and logistics support tasks to establish, operate and maintain
one or more expansion facilities'."
"cover" for building these facilities is to
house illegal immigrants that are awaiting deportation;
but the phrase, "or to support
the rapid development of new programs" was
PURPOSEFULLY inserted by the government so the
facilities could be used to detain Americans labeled "dissidents."
Cohn goes on to say:
"What little coverage the announcement received focused on
concerns about Halliburton's reputation for overcharging U.S.
taxpayers for substandard services. Less attention was
focused on the phrase "rapid development
of new programs" or what type of programs might
require a major expansion of detention centers, capable of
holding 5,000 people each. Jamie Zuieback, spokeswoman
for ICE, declined to elaborate on what these "new programs"
"Only a few independent journalists, such as Peter Dale Scott,
Maureen Farrell, and Nat Parry have explored what the government
administration might actually have in mind. Scott speculates
that the "detention centers could be used to detain
American citizens if the government were to declare martial
law ... Farrell speculates that, because another terror
attack is all but certain, it seems far more likely that the
detention centers would be used for post-September 11-type
detentions ... rather than for a sudden deluge of immigrants
flooding across the border."
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg ventures,
"Almost certainly this is preparation
for a roundup after the next September 11 for ... possibly
Ellsberg, PhD, (born April 7, 1931) is a former United
States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND
Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy
in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret
Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in
relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and
other newspapers. Ellsberg was acquitted of all charges
that the government brought against him. Today, another
whistle-blower, Julian Assange, is being confronted
by the same forces that gathered themselves against
Ellsberg - only this time it seems that the government
will get its way with Assange.
Parry notes that The Washington Post reported on February
15, 2006 that the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC)
central repository holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects,
a fourfold increase since fall of 2003.
The names on this repository now surpasses one million.
It has been reported that there exists over 800 prison
camps in the United States which could be activated on
short notice to receive prisoners. Most of the camps have
railroad facilities; they also have roads leading to and
from the detention facilities.
THE GREAT CRIME IN ALL OF THIS ...
The great crime in all of this, at least insofar as God is
concerned, is that today's church has connected the name of
our precious Savior in what's occurring by allying itself with
the American New World Order System [Please see our article,
"Christianity In The Service Of
A Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]
Wherever the church makes common cause with the elites and
with the state, apostasy is not far behind! – and, concomitantly,
it means that those who involve themselves in this alliance
may someday be declared APOSTATES by Him to Whom we must
all someday give an account. [Please see our article, "Going
outside the Camp."]
God bless you all!
IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS,
PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM
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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER
WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses
where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems
too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone
poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post
them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden,
near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or
THE USE OF POLICE-STATE TACTICS
AGAINST AERICAN CITIZENS
William Blum, an investigative journalist in Washington,
DC, writes in his excellent book, Rogue State: A Guide
to the World's Only Superpower:
"Overtly and covertly, legally and illegally,
the military-industrial complex (in the United States)
has joined forces with the prison-industrial complex,
linked further to the omnipresent national security-police
complex, all clasping hands tightly with the War on
Drugs, in a declaration of War on the American people
and the Bill of Rights. This Authority juggernaut -
enamored with its own perpetuation, glorification and
enrichment - has convinced the American public that
without its storm troopers all hell would break loose
and the safety and security of the citizenry would be
on a life-support machine. In this undertaking, it has
had the indispensable assistance of intimidated legislatures,
an uniconoclastic judiciary, compliant media, and a
president --- who - in the words of civil-liberties
columnist Nat Hentoff - 'in this century ... has afflicted
the most harm on our constitutional rights and liberties.
[Please see our article, "Christianity
In The Service Of A Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist
Blum then presents a list of civil rights abuses that
he culled from public sources (i.e., newspapers, journals,
etc.) that occur regularly on a day-to-day basis in the
United States which - when taken together - show with
unmistakable clarity how far "civil rights"
in the United States have been eroded and how dangerously
close we are today to being a police-state. AND THIS
IS THE COUNTRY THAT EVANGELICAL LEADERS LIKE TIM LAHAYE,
JERRY FALWELL, D. JAMES KENNEDY, JAMES ROBISON, ETC. CALL
THE "NEW ISRAEL OF GOD?" THIS IS THE COUNTRY
ABOUT WHICH PAT ROBERTSON SAYS:
"If America is free, people everywhere can hope
for freedom. And if America goes down, all hope is lost
to the rest of the world" ?
One wonders if all these so-called "men of God"
have been lingering too long around the "second-hand
smoke" of the "pot-heads" they've taken
such delight in condemning over the years. The truth is
there if they want to see it; indeed, one would have to
be blind to miss it, so that in these men - ALL
OF THEM -
"... is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which
saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive ..."
The list that follows is a composite list derived partially
from Blum's list and assorted others. The thing to remember
here is that all of the instances listed below occur today
on a REGULAR basis. They are not aberrations or
anomalies. The sad thing in all of this, is that there
is little doubt that most Christians will not be upset
by this "catalogue" of civil rights abuses.
And why is that? - because most of those who are the "targets"
of these abuses and indignities (i.e., the poor, the minorities,
the so-called "welfare cheats," the single moms,
etc.) have been so DEMONIZED by the "mainline
press" that they now seem somehow or other to be
deserving of it all. But, then, this is what the Germans
did to the Jews in the 1920s and 1930s - demonized them
to the point where most Germans came "naturally"
and "easily" to the belief that the Jews were
"getting what they deserved." [If you possess
additional examples, please send them to us and we will
add them to the list] The list is as follows:
- In every state, the police or the National Guard and,
at times, active-duty army troops, are - under the guise
of the "War on Drugs" (again, please see our
In The Service Of A 'Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist
State'") - conducting relentless helicopter
surveillances over people's homes and property, setting
up roadblocks, interrogating, detaining, harassing and
terrifying residents with displays of excessive power.
To a very large extent, these activities have very little
to do with any "war on drugs" and everything
to do with suppressing the "throw-away" portion
of the American population that has been consigned to
"unemployment" or to jobs that don't pay a
"living wage" - about one-third of today's
population - i.e., "poor white trash," blacks,
Hispanics, etc. (Please see Barbara Ehrenreich's book,
Nickeled and Dimed, available at most book stores.)
- In hundreds of American cities, young people - again,
under the rubric of the "War on Drugs" - are
being subjected to nighttime curfew laws (a phenomenon
that rarely is enforced in affluent white neighborhoods,
but only in poor minority areas); many have a daytime
curfew as well. Again, these curfews have very little
to do with any "war on drugs," and everything
to do with suppressing militant young people that in
every "revolution" (especially those revolutions
that pit the poor against the rich) form the backbone
of the "revolt." The idea here is to harass
them to such an extent that they can never organize
themselves, and to DEMONIZE them as hooligans
and "ner-do-wells" so as to justify the harsh
measures that are being taken against them.
- The CIA, FBI and other federal agencies are increasingly
refusing to respond to legitimately issued subpoenas
for documents which detail the "extra-legal"
and unconstitutional activities they are engaged in.
They are simply ignoring the judiciary - and doing it
with impunity. The arrogance of these agencies in this
respect brings to mind the arrogance practiced by Hoover's
FBI in the 1960s and '70s against those in the Civil
Rights Movement and the anti-war effort.
are undergoing assorted harassments and penalties from
the federal government for having traveled to, spent
money in and/or shipped various goods to countries the
United States has blacklisted; for example, the former
Yugoslavia - or for that matter, any nation that has
"opted out" of the American System and has
- as a result - incurred the wrath of the American elites
- countries like Cuba, Libya, Iran, Iraq, etc. Those
who visit the United Nations Mission in New York or
the Interests Section in Washington of some of the countries
the government has black listed risk being photographed
and receiving visits or phone calls from the FBI. This
phenomenon is especially directed against those people
who are in the habit of speaking out against America's
"New World Order System" like the Mary Knollers,
the Quakers, and anyone and everyone who is in any way
associated with movements like Liberation Theology,
labor rights organizations, etc. [Please see our articles,
New Vietnam" and "Colombia:
The Spread Of America's New World Order System Northward
From Latin America To The Untied States."]
- The CIA is once again routinely opening and reading
the mail (and email) of U.S. citizens without benefit
of search warrants. The FBI is also peeking at our correspondence,
domestic and international, for a host of its own priorities
- again, on the most specious of reasons (really, pretenses).
They habitually cite as their authority vague references
to "national security." When asked to be more
specific, they refuse on grounds of "national security."
- Motorists are being stopped on highways on the flimsiest
of excuses (unsafe lane changes, tail light infractions,
failures to signal, etc.) and then intimidated into
submitting to a search of their vehicles without "probable
cause." If they refuse, that alone is often taken
as "probable cause" (or "probable cause"
is "created" - which occurs more often than
most people realize), and their vehicles are searched
anyway. The utility of these laws (i.e., tail light
infractions, "unsafe lane changes," seat belt
violations, etc.) lies in the fact that they can be
used to harass various "suspect" populations
the police want to keep "off balance" - AND
THAT IS PRECISELY THE WAY THEY ARE USED - or does
one really think that such measures are taken in places
like Simi Valley, Palm Beach, the Hamptons?
- Private corporations are recording employees' phone
calls and voice mail, reading their computer files and
email, getting logs of what websites they've looked
at, videotaping them as they work, observing them in
bathrooms and locker rooms with two-way mirrors or hidden
cameras, tracking their whereabouts by having them use
electronic pass keys, bugging their offices, subjecting
them to airport-style electronic searches, testing their
urine for drugs, doing extensive security checks on
their backgrounds - all this whether or not they have
ever behaved poorly on the job, or whether their work
involves any danger to anyone. For the most part, this
kind of activity was initiated as a "crime-fighting"
device and under the cover that an "employer has
the right to know what his employee is doing on his
time." But such "rights" by an employer
over an employee has NEVER been asserted before
in the United States, although one would think - given
the propaganda that has accompanied the assertions of
these rights - that such is not the case. THESE ARE
THE KIND OF "RIGHTS" A "MASTER"
ASSERTS OVER HIS "SLAVE." But then that
should say something about elite attitudes towards their
employees, shouldn't it?
- At growing numbers of schools around the country,
students are having to undergo urinalysis in order to
join the track team, join the chess club, go to the
prom, go on a field trip or drive to and from school.
Once again, all this is being done under cover of the
"War on Drugs," but what it really is, is
a "control mechanism" used to suppress the
underclass with - or, again, does one really believe,
other than in a few "high profile" instances,
this is ever done in affluent white areas.
- New Jersey state troopers are enlisting hotel workers
along the New Jersey Turnpike to tip them off about
suspicious guests who, among other things PAY FOR
THEIR ROOMS IN CASH, or receive a flurry of phone
calls; hotel managers are allowing troopers, without
a warrant, to leaf through the credit card receipts
and registration forms of guests; the troopers are given
surveillance seminars to train employees to scrutinize
guests who fit a given "profile." IF THIS
WERE DONE IN THE OLD SOVIET UNION, ONE WOULD NOT BE
INCORRECT IN LABELING SUCH ACTIVITY AS THE ACTIVITY
OF A "POLICE-STATE." Of course, one could
retort that the police are merely trying to "combat
crime." But then, that's what the police in the
old Soviet Union would have said too.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is
keeping up to date a list of what it calls "radicals"
and other undesirables who will be rounded up and detained
without benefit of a hearing in times of "national
emergency." This is, of course, something all dictatorships
do. This is what Hitler did in 1933 - and in 1934 he
declared an "emergency," and rounded up all
his enemies. You can bet that if such things were ever
done in the name of "Right Religion," the
Religious Right would be there cheering on the state
in its "round up." This is what Rick Joyner
wants when he said, "... leaders who ... resist
(the imposition of the new Christian state people like
him envision) ... will be removed from their place."
George Hawton suggests a way, "... 2/3 will
have to die in the last days so that 1/3 might emerge
- Task forces of international, federal, military, state
and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies,
as well as private entities, are employing increased
interaction, abundant funds, new laws, new technologies
and new octopus-like data bases to spy on and harass
activists of many stripes. THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO
IN THE CASE OF THOSE ACTIVISTS THAT HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATING
AGAINST THE WTO, THE IMF, THE WORLD BANK AND THE G-8
SUMMITS. The FBI and police are noting license plate
numbers of people attending meetings and demonstrations,
photographing people, paying informers to infiltrate
groups, breaking into offices to steal mailing and contributor
lists, rifling through files and carrying out "harassment
arrests" (i.e. charges later dropped). Individual
members of these groups are receiving FBI visits at
their homes and workplaces, or the Bureau is sending
anonymous letters to the person's colleagues implying
that he or she is actually an informer as well as sending
assorted poison-pen letters to employers, landlords
and spouses designed to produce optimal distress. Again,
is this the kind of activity a "free society"
tolerates? No! - this is the kind of activity one would
have expected to see in the Third Reich or in the old
Soviet Union. How is it possible for Christians to associate
themselves with such a state and call it the "New
Israel of God?"
- Increasingly, airport passengers are being detained
for hours, even days, and missing flights because they
fit a "terrorist profile" based on appearance,
airport behavior, travel itinerary or other criteria.
They are being strip searched, including body cavity
searches, X-rayed, forced to take laxatives, their bowel
movements monitored. Many white Christians, of course,
are not aware of all this because they do not fit the
profile, but fitting a profile - does that make it right?
If you say, "yes, these steps are necessary to
guarantee public safety," then you would have made
a nice little Nazi in the Third Reich of some sixty
years ago because that is precisely the reasons they
gave in implementing the exact same steps then. "Public
safety," "national security," and the
phrase, "If you have nothing to hide, then you
shouldn't be afraid" come straight out of the 1934
Hitler Youth Handbook.
- The FBI is urging librarians to report on the books
taken out by patrons with foreign-sounding names, particularly
scientific and technical books. When this program was
first revealed and criticized, the FBI proceeded to
do checks on the critics. These are the same kind of
techniques used by the Chinese communists during Mao's
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is demanding
that a publisher provide it with the names of people
who have ordered certain "anti-government"
material. Again, these are the same kinds of acts that
made Mao's "Cultural Revolution" such a heinous
- Under the "cover" of the "War on Drugs"
and a similar "war" against "illegal
guns," police throughout the country have been
seizing the property of thousands and thousands of individuals
without "due process." And much more than
most people are aware of, this kind of activity is now
being used against people deemed to be involved in "anti-government"
activity. For example, it was alleged by the BATF that
the "dissidents" at Waco (Mt. Carmel) had
automatic weapons and illegal firearms - despite the
fact that the local sheriff had checked such reports
out and had determined that the reports were false.
BATF was simply determined to raid Mt. Carmel, and they
were not about to let the facts stand in their way.
- The DEA, ATF, INS, FBI, DIA, Secret Service, US Forest
Service, National Park Service, Sheriff's Departments,
National Guard and/or other official cowboys, wearing
black suits, ski masks and the like, forming massively
armed mobs of screaming, swearing agents, helicopters
chopping above, battering down doors, raiding people's
homes, smashing up furniture, beating up residents,
handcuffing them, manhandling pregnant women, terrifying
children, separating them from their parents, shooting
people dead, looking for drugs or individuals which
often are not there - this jihad (holy war) being the
outcome of no more than a tip from an "unnamed
informant." Heavily-armed so-called "bounty
hunters," with the force of law behind them, are
carrying on in a similar manner to kidnap a person,
sometimes killing someone, sometimes the "wrong
person." Operators of "pirate" radio
stations are also being invaded, with FCC agents, federal
marshals, a SWAT team, customs agents and local police
comprising the attacking force. Again, these are all
the tactics of a "police-state," not those
of a "free society."
- A driver, stopped by the police, tapes the encounter.
When he goes to the local police station to complain
about his treatment, he is asked to hand the tape over.
He's then charged with illegal wiretapping. It seems
that it's okay for the police to record and video tape
these stops for their records, but it is not okay for
private citizens who are the targets of such "illegal"
and warrantless" stops to do so. Again, privileges
extended to the police that are not extended to average
citizens. THIS IS THE KIND OF ATTITUDE ONE WOULD
EXPECT TO FIND IN A "POLICE-STATE," BUT NOT
IN A "FREE SOCIETY." The term "free
society" is a meaningless, empty phrase if it does
not mean a society that is free from harassment from
its own police.
- Intercity busses and trains are being boarded by DEA
agents to conduct searches of passengers' belongings.
Passengers are assured that it's all "voluntary."
One is reminded of World War II movies where busses
in occupied countries are routinely stopped by the SS
and the Gestapo in search of provocateurs.
- The police are beating up and arresting strikers and
escorting scab workers into plants, thus taking the
side of the employer, as the police have done virtually
without exception during 150 years of industrial conflict
in the United States. Corporations are using many of
the more than 10,000 private security firms, which employ
1.5 million guards, to suppress strike action and intimidate
union organizers. Again, these are the activities one
would expect to find being employed by the police in
America's "client-states" like Nicaragua,
Guatemala, Brazil, Indonesia, etc., but not in the United
- Law enforcement officers in northern California, taking
the side of logging interests once again, are pressing
cotton swabs saturated with pepper spray (600 times
hotter than cayenne pepper) into the eyes of non-violent
people chained to each other, who are protesting the
felling of ancient redwoods; protesters are shrieking
and writhing in pain as the solution takes effect. People
are dying in police custody in cases where pepper spray
is a contributing factor. Again, the police tactics
of a "terrorist-state." These protesters were
all non-violent! They are American citizens who - in
and of themselves do not possess the financial wherewithal
to fight the logging interests except in the fashion
they are doing. What are people to do when confronting
the power of the rich? - do nothing? Or, maybe the police
do not belong to the poor, but only to the rich in this
country. That's evidently where we are headed.
- Banks, telephone companies, utility companies, credit
card companies, airlines, bus companies, rental car
outlets, storage facilities, hotel and motels and all
manner of other private institutions are providing various
local, state and federal authorities with all the information
about their customers they desire under the ever-expanding
legal authorities being granted to law enforcement bodies
with scarcely any public hearings or debate. The "War
on Drugs" is requiring banks, brokers, casinos
and other financial institutions to monitor their customers'
financial transactions and report any "unusual"
or "suspicious" activity. The information
is all fed into the Treasury Department's Financial
Crimes Enforcement Network whose computers spend their
days making linkages between individuals and bank accounts,
businesses, real estate and other assets.
- States are selling confidential wage, driving and
other information about their residents to private information
companies and other enterprises.
- Scenarios along the lines of the following from Savannah,
Georgia are probably taking place elsewhere: Without
warning , a team of armed county and schools system
officers periodically entered the schools, ordered everyone
into the hallways, used dogs to sniff student's belongings,
and scanned the students' bodies with metal detectors.
One of the high-school teachers was very upset by this
- "Because I teach the Constitution," she
explained - and made her feelings known to the authorities.
A police officer told her principal that because of
her "attitude" problem, she might have to
be detained or restrained during future surprise raids.
During a subsequent raid, the teacher's son was the
only student out of 1,500 to be individually searched.
Later, cars in the parking lot were searched, and the
police claimed to have found a marijuana cigarette in
the teacher's car. The Board of Education suspended
her and she was later fired.
- A federal court, created by the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978, is receiving applications
for authorization of electronic surveillance within
the United States and is rubber-stamping them. In its
first 20 years, the court received 10,000 applications
form the Justice Department on behalf of the FBI and
the National Security Agency. By all accounts, only
one was rejected, on a technicality. There exists no
public record of any kind about the individual cases,
nor any oversight. The Clinton administration has expanded
the court's mandate to allow it to approve physical
break-ins, enabling the Justice Department to bypass
the usual warrant procedure in an open court, which
would necessitate some accounting of the items seized,
and an explanation of probable cause that a crime had
been committed. The targets of these wiretaps and burglaries
can be under surveillance merely because of belonging
to or supporting an organization whose politics are
looked upon with disfavor by the U.S. government. Federal
agents can now obtain the phone numbers of all incoming
and outgoing calls on any line used or called by suspected
- The grand jury system is running amok. Virtually all
federal cases now use it to obtain indictments. Neither
the accused nor his or her lawyer is there, so they
can't confront accusers. The system is used as an instrument
of terror - relatives testifying against one another
with no confidentiality privilege with respect to family
members other than husbands and wives: parents called
to testify against their children, children against
their parents, brothers against sisters. It lacks due
process. It's another secret tool of an expanding executive
- Hundreds of cities now are employing highly armed
and trained Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT),
based on military special operations models, and told
they're part of a "war" on crime; ready to
terrorize the enemy (the citizens) with automatic assault
rifles, tanks and grenade launchers, called out even
in non-crisis situations; choosing a neighborhood and
swooping onto street corners, forcing pedestrians to
the ground, searching them, running warrant checks,
taking photos and entering all the new "intelligence"
into a state database from computer terminals in each
patrol car. As they carry out this exercise, they do
not trip over many members of the Fortune 500.
- Forced labor is beginning to thrive again in the United
States: people compelled to work off their welfare grants,
with no prospect of real employment, sometimes at sub-minimum
wages, or no wages at all; convicted defendants sentenced
to "community service;" inmates denied vital
privileges if the refuse to work in prison, many producing
for private companies, who get away with paltry wages,
no benefits, no unions. Some prison-made products are
being exported, exactly what the U.S. has condemned
- Embassies abroad are surveilling selected American
travelers, fingered by a joint effort of the FBI and
the State Department Passport Office.
- The notion of bail is rapidly eroding. We're raised
to believe that for other than a capital offense, reasonable
bail must be offered. We have a long history of not
holding people in custody until their guilt has been
determined. That's not true anymore. We call the new
concept "preventive detention."
- You're exercising your precious freedom to vote and
the only candidates presented to you with more than
a snowball-in-hell's chance of winning are those whose
ideologies enable them to raise about a half million
dollars to contest a seat in the House, about five million
for the Senate, and about a hundred million for the
White House. Or, increasingly, the candidates themselves
- As in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles
and Indianapolis in recent years, police in large cities
are exhibiting a remarkable level of disdain for the
laws of the land; giving false information to courts
to secure search warrants, or acting without warrants,
committing perjury on the stand, allowing the results
of botched tests of drugs to be used in criminal cases,
staging drug raids in order to steal drugs, money, guns
and other valuables, taking money and drugs in exchange
for immunity, robbing and beating people on the streets
of their precinct. And exhibiting the same disdain for
individual rights in numerous search-and-destroy missions
against private homes: using special "shock-lock"
shotgun rounds to blow apartment doors off their hinges,
or shooting off the door locks, tossing in "flash-ban
grenades," which produce explosions that terrify
and disorient people, illegally searching the inhabitants,
menacing them with their guns, firing shots at people
without cause, killing people, planting drugs or other
false evidence, forcing people outside almost naked,
filing false arrest reports, or sometimes filing no
charges at all after all this, assaulting or threatening
people who make charges against them.
- Public relations firms, hired by large corporations
and business associations, are utilizing hefty fees,
lawyers, detectives, spies and phony "grassroots"
campaigns to influence the media and public opinion
against food, environmental and other activists and
authors who pose a threat to one of their special-interest
clients, trying to make the activists look foolish,
if not criminal, as they exercise their political rights.
- NBC is canceling an appearance by a nuclear activist
because she has criticized General Electric, which owns
the network. Another nuclear activist or author, or
opponent of military spending, is unwelcome at CBS because
it belongs to Westinghouse; while yet another finds
doors closed at ABC because of having treated the Disney
conglomerate with less than reverence; ditto at CNN,
owned by the AOL-Time-Warner octopus; while the advertisers
are increasingly influencing the content of news stories.
[As A.J. Liebling famously wrote: "If you want
freedom of the press, you have to own one."]
- During a new U.S. invasion abroad, the media is being
severely restricted as to what it can report to the
American people about the war; reporters are required
to submit their copy to the Pentagon censor, and are
told where they can go, what they can film, who they
can interview; those who don't toe the line are transferred
by their employer under heavy Pentagon pressure.
- The FBI is staging photos used in a trial, and its
crime laboratory is producing scientifically flawed,
misleading or altered evidence benefiting the prosecutor's
case against a defendant, even allowing a judge to be
impeached on false charges. A Bureau official is destroying
an internal report critical of an FBI action in a particular
case and not disclosing its existence to prosecutors
or defense attorneys, or the Bureau is allowing inaccurate
and/or incomplete "expert" testimony during
court proceedings, tilting it in such a way as to incriminate
the accused. A veteran FBI agent who blows the whistle
on such goings-on is being harassed and suspended.
- The DEA, other federal and state agents and police
are seizing houses, boats, cars, airplanes, real estate,
furnishings, bank accounts and other assets belonging
to people suspected of involvement in drug trafficking,
or belonging to their spouses, often without a conviction,
and whether or not the assets seized were tied to the
alleged crime. In one state, a man is losing his home
and his business for selling two grams of cocaine. In
another, numerous cars are being confiscated from new
car dealerships for failing to report all cash transactions
involving more than $10,000. Elsewhere, a 75-year old
grandmother is being dispossessed of her home for the
sins of her fugitive, drug-dealing son. The government
agencies are selling these assets and using the proceeds
for anything from patrol cars to parties. The expected
value of forfeitures is a times a determining factor
in the question of who to raid. Police are routinely
planting drugs and falsifying police reports to establish
probable cause for cash seizures. Plea bargains are
struck that commonly favor drug kingpins willing to
surrender their assets and penalize "mules"
with nothing to trade. As of early 1999, there was $2.7
billion in the federal government's "Asset Forfeiture
- The concept of equal access to legal remedy and justice
is being invalidated every day after a decade of deep
government cutbacks to the legal aid program, thus robbing
the poor of what is often their sole defense against
unscrupulous landlords, scam artists, battering spouses,
home foreclosure, consumer fraud and many other legal
- A public official who questions the War on Drugs is
paying an awful price, like former Surgeon General Jocelyn
Elders whose son was sentenced to 10 years in prison
for selling one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine to an
undercover police officer. His arrest took place five
months after the sale, on a warrant issued a week after
his mother suggested that the government study the legalization
- Then, of course, there are the incidents called "Waco"
and "Ruby Ridge."
A LIST OF GERMAN COMPANIES THAT USED
PRISON LABOR DURING THE WAR
The image above comes from the affidavit of Karl Sommer.
Sommer was an SS officer working in the Economic and Administrative
Main Office (EAMO) in 1942, becoming its departmental
head in 1944. EAMO was responsible for giving companies
access to prisoners for slave labor (kind of a fore-runner
of modern temp agencies).
After the war, Sommer was interviewed by the US Chief
of Counsel on his activities under the Nazi regime, and
specifically, about which companies used Nazi slave labor.
Sommer said that the firms, after filling the necessary
prerequisites, were allowed to come in to the camps and
choose the prisoners they wanted. Even after seeing the
horrible conditions in these camps, seeing the death,
starvation, torture... these firms chose to take some
of these people and exploit them for profit.
The first such firm named on Sommer's list is BMW, which
makes 4 further appearances on the list. Altogether, BMW
admits to using to using 25,000 - 30,000 slave laborers,
POWs and concentration camp inmates. If they were payed,
their meager earnings (20 cents an hour) went into the
SS treasury to further fund their own annihilation (information
from The Ethnic Newswatch 03.31.98). Other firms
listed by Sommer include Ford, Volkswagen, Krupp, Siemens,
Bayer, Porsche and Daimler-Benz (Mercedes).
Sommer's affidavit (Document No. NI-1065) is now on file
in the National Archives.
A well-known anti-Semite, Henry Ford, published anti-Jewish
slanders and was awarded the highest medal Hitler could
award a foreigner (The Grand Cross of the German Eagle).
Ford was even named in Hitler's auto-biography, Mein Kampf,
as the only man in America who was fully independent from
A US Army report shows Ford, the company, as an enthusiastic
supporter of Hitler's regime whose German division made
huge profits in becoming an "arsenal of Nazism."
Like GM, Ford claims to have lost control of its German
division, Fordwerke, before it started using forced labor.
However, according to a well-researched and damning report
in The Nation, "Robert Schmidt, the man appointed
to run Ford Werke in 1939, states that the company used
forced laborers even before the Nazis put the plant in
trusteeship." Ford also placed a rabid Nazi as head
of Fordwerke, and US Government documents show that Ford
was in constant communication with the Ford plants in
Nazi-occupied Vichy France.
From a US Forces report on Fordwerke: "Of the 350,000
trucks which the motorized German army possessed in 1942,
100,000 to 120,000 were Ford-built. Of the Wehrmacht's
total of 650,000 mobile units of all kinds, 15 to 20%
were built by Ford, including approximately 10,000 half-trucks."
It's interesting to note that while Americans of Japanese
ancestry were rounded up and placed in camps by the US
government, large companies like Ford were allowed to
help build the Nazi military without much interference.
KRUPP - Makers of washing machines, coffee makers, and
the Nazi gas chambers. Krupp used over 70,000 people as
slave labor in factories making armaments for the Nazis.
It even operated a plant inside the infamous Auschwitz
concentration camp which manufactured fuses, and another
at the Ravensbreuck camp.
"Once the war was on, Krupps, both Von Bohlen
and Alfried being directly responsible therefor, led
German industry in violating treaties and international
law by employing enslaved laborers, impressed and imported
from nearly every country occupied by Germany, and by
compelling prisoners of war to make arms and munitions
for use against their own countries. There is ample
evidence that in Krupp's custody and service they were
underfed and overworked, misused, and inhumanly treated.
Captured records show that in September 1944 Krupp concerns
were working 54,990 foreign workers and 18,902 prisoners
The children were housed in "sort of prison bunks...
The children there were quite naked... Many of them had
swollen heads... These children were so undernourished...
Fifty or sixty children died every day, and as many were
born every day, because there was an influx of eastern
female workers with children... The children were cremated
inside the camp...."
BAYER used to be a much larger German chemical company
called IG Farben. Like Krupp and the telecom company Siemens,
IG Farben operated in the Auschwitz death camp where it
used prison labor in the production of synthetic rubber
and oil. However, their most ghastly act was in the sale
of Zyklon B - the poison used in the Nazi gas chambers.
During the Nuremburg trials, 24 IG Farben executives were
indicted and charged with 5 counts including "slavery
and mass murder." 25,000 of the 35,000 slave laborers
who worked for IG Farben at Auschwitz died there. The
life expectancy of the average slave laborer was 3 and
a half months.
DAIMLER-BENZ (now Daimler-Chrysler) started using foreign
workers and Soviet & French POWs as forced labor in
early 1941, and were heavily dependent on them by the
end of that year. The forced laborers were housed in barracks
at the plants and worked horrible shifts doing the most
back-breaking tasks. Many of the Soviet workers refused
to work, and engaged in strikes. Daimler-Benz sent the
"ring-leaders" of these strikes to concentration
In December of 1944, Daimler-Benz was using 26,958 forced
foreign workers, 4,887 POWs, and thousands of concentration
camp inmates under the most brutal conditions to build
the Luftwaffe and other weapons of the Nazi war machine.
However, this number does not take into account the number
of workers who had previously escaped, died, or had been
sent to concentration camps. As the war progressed and
it became obvious that Germany would lose, Daimler-Benz
factories became even more cruel, using more and more
prisoners, and sending greater numbers of dissident workers
to the camps.
Using Daimler-Benz's own archive to research it's activities
under Hitler, Neil Gregor wrote an exhaustive account
called Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich. Referring to Daimler-Benz
and other companies using forced labor, Gregor states:
"Insofar as industrialists and managers did drift
into barbarism, they did so in any case because they
broadly accepted National Socialist ideology and had
allowed it to permeate the culture of the company...The
company was able to survive in a relatively healthy
position down to the end of the war at least partly
at the expense of the health, and indeed in many cases
the lives, of these thousands of victims of forced labor."
OPEL, a subsidiary of GM, employed thousands of forced
laborers in it's German auto plants. GM claims that it
cut all ties with Opel during the war, yet it regained
control of Opel after the war, keeping the profits Opel
made working for Hitler. Opel produced half of all the
trucks and many of the airplanes used by the Nazi military.
In 1967, GM was given $33 million of our tax dollars
as payment for the GM factory the US bombed in Russelsheim.
VOLKSWAGEN was a relatively small company until Hitler
entrusted it with making the "people's car"
- the Beetle. Although designed before Hitler, the Beetle
was produced as part of the Nazi Party's new economic
policy called the "Motoriserung." Soon, its
factories were also producing grenades, land mines and
V1 rockets to help the Nazis fight the war. To speed along
production, VW used as many as 20,000 slave laborers -
the vast majority being foreign prisoners from Russia,
Poland, France, Belgium and Holland. At Volkswagen, the
foreign workforce was subjected to incessant beatings,
malnutrition and early death.
VW's founder, Ferdinand Porsche, was an SS activist and
chairman of the Panzer committee which developed innovations
in armored vehicles. He also played a key role in developing
the Fi 103 flying bombs which were used indiscriminately
Statements taken from the U.S. Army War Crimes Investigation
report about the VW hospital facilities: "In the
opinion of this officer the function of this organization
was nothing more than a death chamber for children of
slave workers and veiled by the term 'maternity hospital.'"
"The infants literally rotted away with the same
sequence of symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, emaciation,
distended blueish colored abdomens and death. The nursery
was loaded with bedbugs and flies. The infants cried all
night while being bitten by the bedbugs. . . . One mother
attempted to take her child from the nursery in a hand
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