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.


PREFACE

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).

FEAR OF THE MOB: This is the undying fear of the American elites.

THE MOB: 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:

THE RICH: Sleeping with guns under their pillows.

"A banker told a friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against 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 mistreated middle class is becoming revolutionary ... UNJUSTIFIED AND MOUNTING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IS PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR ... ECONOMIC CONFLICT." [Please see our article, "A Revolt against Elite Power Is in the Air, And the Elites Are Breathing Fire against It."]

The middle-class could become a revolutionary class

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 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 radical right.

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 Chicago Tribune.

-- Antipas

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Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950

by Tim Weiner


NOTE: The 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.

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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," he wrote.

"In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus."

NOTE: The 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 centuries ...

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 enemy combatant."

The Palmer 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.

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.

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 radicals.

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 chiefs.

In September 1950, Congress passed and the president signed a law authorizing the detention of "dangerous radicals" if the president declared a national emergency.

NOTE: No 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.

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American Prison Camps Are on the Way

by Marjorie Cohn


NOTE: The "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 ...

NOTE: Habeas 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 policies ...

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 Brandeis cautioned,

"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."

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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."

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" 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 in mind.

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" alone.

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 wills."

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 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 ..."

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.

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 to

"... 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."

NOTE: 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.

NOTE #1: 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.

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 late."

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 "potential terrorists." 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 imaginations reeling.

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.

NOTE: 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 security committees."

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S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries


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