CONVICT LABOR:

Putting America's "surplus population" to work

By: SR Shearer
June 28, 2012


PREFACE

As 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." (Revelation 6:6)

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 and wine.

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 Poor."]

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 to Be."]

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,

and

  • 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 China's.

-- Antipas

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INTRODUCTION

Unemployment 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."

NOTE: "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" -

  • drives down wages,
  • lengthens working hours,

  • 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 force. "

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 MOB!

THE RICH: Sleeping with guns under their pillows.

She writes:

"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 them."

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'."

"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."

TO COUNTER ALL THIS ...

Turning the military into a internal police force to cower the nation's unemployed and under-employed.

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.

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 Last September."]

"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 ways."

"If you participate in protests or other forms of dissent outside of harmless approved channels, you're going to be harmed in numerous ways."

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

PRISON LABOR

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 services,
  • rampant anti-union campaigns in the public and private sector,
  • 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]

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:

"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.

PRISON LABOR:
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;

and -

  • 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 initiative'.

"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 coming in."

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 like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, and IBM

Prison labor in the federal prisons

  • UNICOR manufactured a wide range of items to supply the U.S. military during the Persian Gulf War.

    Female inmates making uniforms for the military

    Percent of able-bodied sentenced federal prisoners required to work in the prison: 100%
  • 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: $0.12-$0.40
  • 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: 18
  • Average hourly earnings of a non-prisoner U.S. worker making office furniture: $13.04
  • Number of prisons where UNICOR makes clothing and textiles: 22
  • 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 2009: 31,826
  • Percent of industrial orders delivered late, industry-wide: 6%
  • 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: 200%

Prison labor in the states

  • Minimum wage in the United States, in dollars per hour: $5.15
  • Average hourly rate paid at a prison camp in Nevada: $0.13
  • 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.

Liptak continues:

"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 LOCKED UP.)

"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 be compared,"

CRIMINALIZING DISSENT

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.

And, finally, Vivien Stern, a research fellow at the prison studies center in London, the American incarceration rate has made the United States -

"... A ROGUE STATE ..."

CRIMINALIZING ACTIVISTS

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."


NOTE: Use 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.

Marjorie 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.

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:

"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 "conspiracy theories."

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.

"According 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'."

NOTE: The "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" might be.

"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 dissenters ..."

Daniel 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.

NOTE: 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."]

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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APPENDIX 1:

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 State."]"

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 ..." (Matt. 13:14)

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 article, "Christianity 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.
  • Citizens 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, "Colombia: America's 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 pure."
  • 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 "Cultural Revolution."
  • 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 affair.
  • 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 States.
  • 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 "foreign" agents.
  • 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 branch.
  • 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 China for.
  • 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 are multi-millionaires.
  • 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 Fund" alone.
  • 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 predicaments.
  • 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 of drugs.
  • Then, of course, there are the incidents called "Waco" and "Ruby Ridge."

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APPENDIX 2:

A LIST OF GERMAN COMPANIES THAT USED
PRISON LABOR DURING THE WAR

BMW:

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.

FORD:

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 Jewish control.

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:

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 of war."

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:

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:

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 camps.

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:

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:

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 against civilians.

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 bag."

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