Monday, May 11, 1998
Hidden threats --
For several years now I have been getting all sorts of wild reports about "Government Internment Camps." I have generally dismissed these rumblings as classic right-wing paranoia, extrapolation of facts not yet in evidence, or creative writing. However, recently, additional information has been revealed which lends credibility to the myriad concerns which have been expressed. Hey, even paranoids get chased.
The U.S. Army director of resource management has confirmed the validity of a memorandum relating to the establishment of a civilian inmate labor program under development by the Department of Army. The document states, "Enclosed for your review and comment is the draft Army regulation on civilian inmate labor utilization" and the procedure to "establish civilian prison camps on installations."
Civilian internment camps or prison camps, often referred to as concentration camps, have been the subject of much rumor and speculation during the past several years in this country. Various publications, Internet threads and some radio talk programs have focused on the issue.
However, I found it significant when Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-TX, clarified the question of the existence of these civilian detention camps. In an interview Hank said, "the truth is yes -- you do have these standby provisions, and the plans are here ... whereby you could, in the name of stopping terrorism ... evoke the military and arrest Americans and put them in detention camps." Heck, we did it before (to Americans of Japanese descent), we could do it again.
This is not anything new. This is not a partisan Democrat/Republican, or Conservative/Liberal issue. It may have just recently been actually acknowledged, but it has a history.
Most even modestly educated folks know that Hitler did it, and Stalin did it. However, you should know that the venerable Franklin Delano Roosevelt also developed a plan for the United States. In fact, on Aug. 24, 1939, ole FDR met with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to develop the detention plan for us. Five months later, Hitler opened the Auschwitz detention center in Poland. Hoover met with Attorney General J. Howard McGrath on Aug. 3, 1948 to detail a plan whereby President Truman could suspend constitutional liberties during a national emergency. The plan was code-named "Security Portfolio" and, when implemented, it would authorize the FBI to summarily arrest up to 20,000 persons and place them in national security detention camps. Prisoners would not have the right to a court hearing or habeas corpus appeal. "Security Portfolio" allowed the FBI to develop a watch list of those who would be detained as well as detailed information on their physical appearance, family, place of work, etc. This was long before sub-dermal bio-chip implants, retinal scans and other biometrics.
Two years later, Congress approved the Internal Security Act of 1950. This pre-FEMA puppy contained a provision authorizing an emergency detention plan. It is real interesting that Hoover was not satisfied with this law because it did not suspend the Constitution and it guaranteed the right to a court hearing (habeas corpus). For two years, while the FBI continued to secretly establish the detention camps and work out detailed seizure plans for thousands of individuals, Hoover kept badgering Attorney General McGrath for the official permission to ignore the 1950 law and move on with the more aggressive 1948 program.
As evidence that we have waaaay too many laws, codes, rules and regulations, it wasn't until the Senate held hearings in December of 1975 (25 years later) that it was revealed the ongoing internment plan had never been terminated. The report, entitled, "Intelligence Activities, Senate Resolution 21," exposed the covert agenda. In a series of documents, memos and testimony by assorted government informants, the reality emerged of the designs by the federal government (our government) to monitor, infiltrate, arrest and incarcerate a potentially large segment of American society. That Senate report also exposed the existence of the Master Search Warrant (MSW) and the Master Arrest Warrant (MAW) which, by the way, are currently STILL in force today.
The MAW document, authorized by the attorney general of the United States, directs the head of the FBI to: "Arrest persons whom I deem dangerous to the public peace and safety. These persons are to be detained and confined until further order." Please note the language, "Whom I deem dangerous." Who might a Janet Reno choose to arbitrarily and capriciously "deem dangerous"? Constitutional Conservatives? Patriots? Conservative Republicans? Radio Talk Show Hosts? Joe Farah and everyone on the administration's enemies list?
The MSW also instructs the FBI director to "search certain premises where (1) it is believed that there may be found contraband, prohibited articles, or (2) other materials in violation of the Proclamation of the President of the United States. It includes (3) such items as firearms, shortwave radio receiving sets, cameras, propaganda materials, printing presses, mimeography machines, membership and financial records of organizations or groups (4) that have been declared subversive, or may hereafter be declared subversive by the Attorney General."
I added the numbers for ease of the following:
1."it is BELIEVED that there MAY be" -- Hell-o?!?!? No probable cause needed. Just Because. Because they can by brute force.
2."other materials in violation of the Proclamation of the President of the United States" -- Huh? Proclafreakingmation?!?!?
3."such items as firearms ..." -- The EXACT reason we have the Second Amendment is to preclude this kind of neutering. The framers WANTED us armed to prevent abuse of power under the color of authority. "shortwave radio receiving sets" -- Silence the critics, and deny INFORMATION to the people. "cameras" -- To prevent the dissemination of abuses of power? "propaganda materials" -- Like Thomas Paines' "Common Sense" or a contemporary WorldNetDaily. "mimeography machines" -- Expect that to turn into fax machines, computers and modems.
4."that have been declared subversive, or MAY hereafter be declared subversive by the Attorney General." -- In other words, "facts which contradict the administration's preconceived opinions" or anything which does not conform with the politically correct government sanctioned view.
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