Frightening Precedents for the Coming
"Crackdown" on Those Who Dare to
Challenge the Greed and Avarice of the Elites
Turning the military into a internal police force to control the nation's poor.
It is only a question of time before the elites are
"forced" to "crackdown" on the protesters in New York's
financial district. It is simply unthinkable that the
mavens of Wall Street will continue to allow themselves
to be defiled by the protests and chants of the poor.
Indeed, Paul Craig Roberts, who was President Reagan's
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, writes:
"What will be the fate of Occupy Wall Street?
"Will the snow and ice of cold weather end the protests,
or send them into public buildings? How long will the
local authorities, subservient to Washington as they
are, tolerate the obvious signal that the population
lacks any confidence whatsoever in the government?
"If the protests last, especially
if they grow and don't decline, the authorities will
infiltrate the protestors with police provocateurs who
will fire on the police. This will be the excuse to
shoot down the protestors and to arrest the survivors
as 'terrorists' or 'domestic extremists' and to send
them to the $385 million dollar camps built under US
government contract by Cheney's Halliburton.
"The Amerikan Police State will have taken its next
step into the Amerikan Concentration Camp State."
And make no mistake about it, there are plenty of
precedents for such a "crackdown" - and one doesn't have
to point simply to what happened to Americans of Japanese
descent during World War II, which could be partially
explained as the result of racial prejudice. No! - what
we are talking about here are precedents that indicate
the unmitigated HATRED (and fear) by the elites of the
poor; i.e., that they (i.e., the elites) could fall victim
to what they call "THE MOB" much as the French and Russian
aristocracies did during the French Revolution (1789)
and the Russian Revolution (1917).
OF THE MOB: This is the undying fear of the American
That is the undying fear of the Wall Street elites. And
make no mistake about it - their FEAR of the poor 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; 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."
THE RICH: Sleeping with guns
under their pillows.
And another financial commentator who writes for New
York Magazine and who calls himself "Tenacious
"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
"Face the ugly truth ... The mistreated middle
class is becoming revolutionary ... UNJUSTIFIED AND
MOUNTING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR
... ECONOMIC CONFLICT." [Please see our article,
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:
middle-class could become a revolutionary class
"Here is what the new report
from the UK Defense Ministry's Development, Concepts
and Doctrine Centre warns, 'THE
MIDDLE CLASSES 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'."
It is precisely this dread of the poor - what the
elites refer to as "THE MOB" - that has in the past resulted
in the suppression of civil liberties and the jailing
of dissidents. AND IN EVERY INSTANT
IN THE PAST, THE CHURCH HAS STOOD WITH THE RICH.
[Please see our article, "The
Cedars: the House on 24th Street."]
The two articles that follow reveal what has happened
in the past regarding the elites' anxiety regarding the
poor, and what is being planned today. The authors of
these articles are not crazed lefties or members of the
Tim Weiner is the author of two books and co-author
of a third. A New York Times reporter, he has won
the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Weiner is
a graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia
University and has worked for the Times since 1993
as a foreign correspondent in Mexico and as a national
security correspondent in Washington, DC. Weiner won the
1988 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting as an investigative
reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, for his
articles on the black budget spending at the Pentagon
and the CIA. His book Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black
Budget is based on that newspaper series. He later
won the National Book Award for his 2007 book Legacy
of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
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.
Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as
Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia
Journal of International Law, as well as The National
Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and
Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950
by Tim Weiner
importance of the following article lies in the fact that
J. Edgar Hoover - Director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972
- actually made concrete plans during the McCarthy era
to jail American citizens
without warrants and confine them to military prisons.
In planning this blatantly unconstitutional act, Hoover
enjoyed the overwhelming support of the American church,
the quintessence of which was the Christian Anticommunist
Crusade of Rev. Billy James Hargis. The alliance between
Hoover and the Christian community in the 1950s foreshadows
the development of a similar alliance today.
A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the
longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had
a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000
Americans he suspected of disloyalty in the early 1950s..
Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12
days after the Korean War began. It
envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons.
Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass
arrests necessary to "protect the country against treason,
espionage and sabotage." The F.B.I would "apprehend
all individuals potentially
dangerous" to national security, Hoover's proposal said.
The arrests would be carried out under "a
master warrant attached to a list of names" provided
by the bureau.
The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling
for years. "The index contained approximately twelve
thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven
per cent were citizens of the United States,"
"In order to make effective these apprehensions, the
proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus."
government possesses exactly just such a list today -
only now, instead of containing just 12,000 names, it
contains more than a million names.
Habeas corpus, the right to seek relief from illegal
detention, has been a fundamental principle of law for seven
The Constitution says habeas corpus shall not be suspended
"unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public
safety may require it." The plan proposed by Hoover,
stretched that clause to include "threatened
invasion" or "attack upon United States
troops in legally occupied territory."
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush
issued an order that effectively allowed the United States
to hold suspects indefinitely without a hearing, a lawyer, or
formal charges. In September 2006, Congress passed a law
suspending habeas corpus for anyone deemed an "unlawful
Hoover's plan called for "the permanent detention"
of the roughly 12,000 suspects at military bases as well as
in federal prisons. The F.B.I., he said, had found that
the arrests it proposed in New York and California would cause
the prisons there to overflow.
Raids of November 1919 and January 1920 were part of the
"Great Red Scare" that swept the nation after the Russian
Revolution. It was feverishly supported by Big Business
and the American Christian community. The raids resulted
in thousands of arrests and deportations of leftists,
most of whom where not connected in any way with violence.
So the bureau had arranged for "detention
in military facilities of the individuals apprehended"
in those states.
The only modern precedent for Hoover's plan was the Palmer
Raids of 1920, named after the attorney general at the time.
The raids, executed in large part by Hoover's intelligence division,
swept up thousands of people suspected of being communists and
Previously declassified documents show that the F.B.I.'s "security
index" of suspect Americans predated the cold war. In March
1946, Hoover sought the authority to detain Americans "who
might be dangerous"
if the United States went to war. In August 1948, Attorney
General Tom Clark gave the F.B.I. the power to make a master
list of such people.
Hoover's July 1950 letter was addressed to Sidney W. Souers,
who had served as the first director of central intelligence
and was then a special national-security assistant to President
Truman. The plan also was sent to the executive secretary of
the National Security Council, whose members were the president,
the secretary of defense, the secretary of state and the military
In September 1950, Congress passed and the president signed
a law authorizing the detention of "dangerous
radicals" if the president declared a national emergency.
mass "round-up" of American citizens ever occurred; instead,
"black-listing" American citizens the government deemed
"disloyal" became the preferred way of dealing with people
the government deemed "disloyal" - thus depriving those
so "blacklisted" from earning a living. However, it should
be noted that the government was fully ready to carry
out such a mass arrest if the effort to deprive people
from making a living proved ineffective. It did not.
American Prison Camps Are on the Way
by Marjorie Cohn
"mainline press" and the government's other lackey mouthpieces
- both liberal and conservative - 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."
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 governing the treatment
of detainees is the culmination of relentless fear-mongering
by the government since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone
noticed that it empowers the president to declare not just
aliens, but also U.S. citizens,
"unlawful enemy combatants" ...
Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on government's
list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out
against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful
enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That
includes American citizens.
The bill also strips habeas corpus rights from those
who have been declared "enemy combatants." Congress has the
constitutional power to suspend habeas corpus only in
times of rebellion or invasion ...
corpus, Latin for "you [shall] have the body,"
is the name of a legal action or writ by means of which
detainees can seek relief from unlawful imprisonment.
... During the McCarthy period of the 1950s, in an effort to
eradicate the perceived threat of communism, the government
engaged in widespread illegal surveillance to threaten and silence
anyone who had an unorthodox political viewpoint. Many people
were jailed, blacklisted and
lost their jobs. Thousands of lives were shattered as the
FBI engaged in "red-baiting." One month after the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, United States Attorney
General John Ashcroft rushed the U.S.A. Patriot Act through
a timid Congress. The Patriot Act created a crime of domestic
terrorism aimed at political activists who protest government
In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the internment
of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens in Korematsu v. United
States. Justice Robert Jackson warned in his dissent that the
ruling would "lie about like a loaded weapon ready for
the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible
claim of an urgent need."
That day has come with the Military
Commissions Act of 2006. It provides the basis for
the President to round-up both aliens and
U.S. citizens he determines have given material
support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary
of Cheney's Halliburton, has been constructing huge facilities
in undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables.
In his 1928 dissent in Olmstead v. United States, Justice Louis
"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment
by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Seventy-three years later, former White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer, speaking for a zealous President, told Americans
"they need to watch what they
say, watch what they do."
Our constitutional right to dissent is in serious jeopardy.
Benjamin Franklin's prescient warning should give us pause:
"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary
security, deserve neither liberty or security."
In a follow-on to the report by Marjorie Cohn, Maureen
Farrell 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."
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" by the government.
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
Scott speculates that the "detention centers could
be used to detain American citizens if the government
were to declare martial law." He recalled that during
the Reagan administration, National Security Council
aide Oliver North organized the Rex-84 "readiness exercise,"
which contemplated the Federal Emergency Management
Agency rounding up and detaining 400,000 "refugees"
in the event of "uncontrolled population movements"
over the Mexican border into the U.S.
North's exercise, which reportedly contemplated possible
suspension of the Constitution, led
to a line of questioning during the Iran-Contra Hearings
concerning the idea that plans for expanded internment
and detention facilities would not be confined to "refugees"
It is relevant, says Scott, that in 2002 Attorney
General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps
for U.S. citizens deemed to be "enemy combatants."
On February 17, 2006, in a speech to the Council on
Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
spoke of the harm being done to the country's security,
not just by the enemy, but also by what he called "news
informers" who needed to be combated in "a contest of
Since September 11 the government has implemented a
number of interrelated programs that were planned in
the 1980s under President Reagan. Continuity of Government
(COG) proposals—a classified plan for keeping
a secret "government-within-the-government" running
during and after a nuclear disaster—included
vastly expanded detention capabilities, warrantless
eavesdropping, and preparations for greater use of martial
... 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
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
Asked whether the names in the repository were collected
through the NSA's domestic surveillance program, an
NCTC official told the Post,
"Our database includes names of known and suspected
international terrorists provided by all intelligence
community organizations, including NSA."
As the administration scoops up more and more names,
some members of Congress have questioned the elasticity
of the government's definitions for words like terrorist
"affiliates," used to justify wiretapping Americans
allegedly in contact with such people or entities.
A Defense Department document, entitled the "Strategy
for Homeland Defense and Civil Support," has set out
a military strategy against terrorism that envisions
an "active, layered defense" both inside and outside
U.S. territory. In the document, the Pentagon pledges
"... transform U.S. military forces to execute homeland
defense missions in the . . . U.S. homeland."
The strategy calls for increased military reconnaissance
and surveillance to "defeat potential challengers before
they threaten the United States." The plan "maximizes
threat awareness and seizes the initiative from those
who would harm us."
So much for the concept of Posse Comitatus
which forbids the deployment of the US armed forces
or their assets against American citizens.
But there are concerns, warns Parry, over how the Pentagon
judges "threats" and who falls under the category of
"those who would harm us." A Pentagon official said
the Counterintelligence Field Activity's TALON program
has amassed files on antiwar protesters.
In the view of some civil libertarians, a form of martial
law already exists in the U.S. and has been in place
since shortly after the September 11 attacks when the
government issued Military Order Number One, which empowered
it to detain any noncitizen as an international terrorist
or enemy combatant. Today that
order extends to U.S. citizens as well.
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
Farrell ends her article with the conclusion
that while much speculation has been generated
by KBR's contract to build huge detention centers
within the U.S.,
"The truth is, we won't know the real purpose
of these centers unless 'contingency plans are
needed.' And by then, it will be too
UPDATE BY PETER DALE SCOTT
The contract of the Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build
immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term
Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as
its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and
In the 1980s Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discussed
similar emergency detention powers as part of a super-secret
program of planning for what was euphemistically called
"Continuity of Government" (COG) in the event of a nuclear
disaster. At the time, Cheney was a Wyoming congressman,
while Rumsfeld, who had been defense secretary under
President Ford, was a businessman and CEO of the drug
company G.D. Searle.
These men planned for suspension of the Constitution,
not just after nuclear attack, but for any
"national security emergency,"
which they defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988
as: "Any occurrence, including natural disaster, military
attack, technological or other
emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens
the national security of the United States."
Clearly September 11 would meet this definition, and
did, for COG was instituted on that day. As the Washington
Post later explained, the order "dispatched a shadow
government of about 100 senior civilian managers to
live and work secretly outside Washington, activating
for the first time long-standing plans."
What these managers in this shadow government worked
on has never been reported. But it is significant that
the group that prepared ENDGAME was, as the Homeland
Security document puts it, "chartered in September 2001."
For ENDGAME's goal of a capacious detention capability
is remarkably similar to Oliver North's controversial
Rex-84 "readiness exercise" for COG in 1984. This called
for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to
round up and detain 400,000 imaginary "refugees," in
the context of "uncontrolled population movements" over
the Mexican border into the United States.
UPDATE BY MAUREEN FARRELL
When the story about Kellogg, Brown and Root's contract
for emergency detention centers broke, immigration was
not the hot button issue it is today. Given
this, the language in Halliburton's press release, stating
that the centers would be built in the event of an "emergency
influx of immigrants into the U.S.," raised eyebrows,
especially among those familiar with Rex-84 and other
Reagan-era initiatives. FEMA's former plans 'for the
detention of at least 21 million ... [dissidents] in
assembly centers or relocation camps' added to the distrust,
and the second stated reason for the KBR contract, "to
support the rapid development of new programs," sent
While few in the mainstream media made the connection
between KBR's contract and previous programs, Fox
News eventually addressed this issue, pooh-poohing concerns
as the province of "conspiracy theories" and "unfounded"
fears. My article attempted
to sift through the speculation, focusing on verifiable
information found in declassified and leaked documents
which proved that, in addition to drawing up contingency
plans for martial law, the government has conducted
military readiness exercises designed to round up and
detain both illegal aliens and U.S. citizens.
Fox News recently quoted Pepperdine University professor
Doug Kmiec, who deemed detention camp concerns "more
paranoia than reality."
But concern over an all-powerful federal government
is not paranoia, but active citizenship. As Thomas Jefferson
explained, "even under the best forms of government,
those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow
operations, perverted it into tyranny." From John Adams's
Alien and Sedition Acts to FDR's internment of Japanese
Americans, the land of the free has held many contradictions
and ironies. Interestingly enough, Halliburton was at
the center of another historical controversy, when Lyndon
Johnson's ties to a little-known company named Kellogg,
Brown and Root caused a congressional commotion—particularly
after the Halliburton subsidiary won enough wartime
contracts to become one of the first protested symbols
of the military-industrial complex. Back then they were
known as the "Vietnam builders." The question, of course,
is what they'll be known as next.
Brown & Root is the contractor tasked by
the CIA to build detention centers in Vietnam
during the Vietnam War. It's most infamous center
was located on Con Son Island in South Vietnam.
It was infamous for its so-called "tiger cages."
This is one of the "tiger cages" used to confine political prisoners in South Vietnam, according to Thomas Harkin, the lone staff member of a House fact-finding team that toured Southeast Asia. Harkin and two congressmen said they found the "tiger cages" in a prison on Con Son Island, 60 miles off the South Vietnamese coast. Conditions were described as "shocking."
Phoenix was a CIA-run computerized, management-by-objective
driven counterinsurgency program that required
its "coordinators" to neutralize (assassinate,
imprison, or make to defect) 1,800 Vietnamese
every month. Like the "unlawful combatants"
being held at Guantanamo Bay, people arrested
under the Phoenix Program were indefinitely detained
until disposed of by military tribunals or "province
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