2/22/08

Good News, Bad News

First the bad news...

This article describes what any alternative news junkie already knows: the US government has been building camps in preparation for the 'next' catastrophe. We don't know what it is yet, but we know it's coming.

"Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs." write Lewis Seiler and former Congressman Dan Hamburg of the watchdog group Voice of the Environment, Inc.

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Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."

...Seiler and Hamburg also warn of the alarming and numerous freedom killing pieces of legislation that have been passed recently, dovetailing with the build up of infrastructure of tyranny inside the US.

...The issue gained national attention two years ago when it was announced that Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency.

The language of the preamble to the agreement veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers, but it is made clear that the camps will also be used "as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency."

Following the story, first given wide attention by Prisonplanet.com, the Alternet website put together an alarming report that collated all the latest information on plans to initiate internment of political subversives and Muslims after the next major terror attack in the US.

The article highlighted the disturbing comments of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who encouraged torture supporting then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to target, "Fifth Columnists" Americans who show disloyalty and sympathize with "the enemy," whoever that enemy may be.

...The real agenda, just as it is with Halliburton's gulags, was to use the cover of rounding up immigrants and illegal aliens as a smokescreen for targeting political dissidents. From 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the "ADEX" list.

According to author Naomi Wolf, the National Counterterrorism Center today holds the names of roughly 775,000 "terror suspects" with the number increasing by 20,000 per month.

Obviously, the government plans on rounding up a lot of people. But if you look at it as a percentage, it's not a lot of people. Let's say there are roughly 300 million people in the US. If they compile a list of one million people before they run their ENDGAME, that's still less than one half of one percent of the population.

Will those people be missed? Will the people not rounded up scream bloody murder, or will they actually believe that their neighbors are some kind of terrorists? That is the question.

Now for the good news...

In a town of 20,000 people, up to 60 people might be targeted. Suddenly the number doesn't seem so small. I think 60 people sent off to detention camps in my town would be noticed. I really do. I think even a lot less than that would be noticed. I like to think that even one person rounded up and shipped away would be noticed. I think the government puts a wee too much faith in the power of propaganda to pull something like this off successfully, but that probably won't stop them from trying.

Sara Robinson outlines the Seven Steps to Revolution and explains why the United States is ripe for major change after 30 years of corrupt, inept conservative-dominated rule.

1. Soaring, then crashing (of the economy, standard of living). Check.
2. They call it a class war (upper classes break faith and prey on lower classes). Check.
3. Deserted intellectuals (intelligent people not valued unless they are corrupt). Check.
4. Incompetent government (with rigged elections, not even the hope of ditching them). Check.
5. Gutless wonders in the ruling class (see Bush, GW). Check.
6. Fiscal irresponsibility (see US Congress). Check.
7. Inept and inconsistent use of force (illegal wars, police brutality, etc.). Check.

Sara comments:

It turns out that the energy of this moment is not about Hillary or Ron or Barack. It's about who we are, and where we are, and what happens to people's minds when they're left hanging just a little too far past the moment when they're ready for transformative change.

So, if (or should I say when) the next attack or catastrophe takes place, and the government executes their ENDGAME plan of martial law, which shall include rounding American citizens up under suspicion of being terrorists (when all they're really doing is paying attention to government crimes committed in our names), either one of two things might happen, or they both might happen.

One, people will be so confused and terrified that they don't protest their neighbors removal to detention camps.

OR two, people will say, "Now you just wait one damned minute here!" to our dear government and actually stand up and fight to get our country, America, land of the free and home of the brave, back from the brink of doom.

I'm sure there will be people who do some of each. But which group will be be larger? Which group will prevail? Which group will be full of the Real American Patriots, and not the Simpering Imposters? Hmm?

You know.

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