Monday, February 06, 2006


Look back into the history of these United States and you will see one of the biggest, if not the biggest, black spots we have is the detention camps set up during WWII for all the Japanese-Americans from the west coast. They were forced to relocate to these camps for "national security" reasons.

It looks as if the Bush administration is getting ready to do the same thing again. This time it won't be Japanese-Americans, and I don't believe the crock about it being illegal immigrants.

I believe these camps are being set up for people who oppose Bush and his fascist war-monger policies. Liberals and bloggers beware, they may be coming for any of us someday...maybe sooner than we think.

Custom "camps" cause for concern

Maybe a lifetime in the news business makes one paranoid. Or maybe it was just a matter of timing.

The story showed up in Tuesday's Press-Telegram, as I was reading "Night," Elie Wiesel's horrifying autobiography of a teenager in Buchenwald and Auschwitz.

Appearing on page A5, the story said the federal government had awarded a $385 million contract for the construction of "temporary detention facilities." These would be used, the story said, in the event of an "immigration emergency."

Jamie Zuieback, an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explained such an emergency like this: "If, for example, there were some sort of upheaval in another country that would cause mass migration, that's the type of situation that the contract would address."

That sounds a tad fuzzy, but let's concede that the camps do have something to do with immigration, illegal or not. In fact, there already are thousands of beds in place at various U.S. locations for the purpose of housing illegal immigrants.

But for anyone familiar with history U.S. or European the construction of detention camps for whatever purpose should prompt a chilling scenario.

Same folks

The new detention camps will be built by Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton. The latter, as you likely know, is the defense-related corporate giant with fists full of contracts involving the war in Iraq.

Halliburton was led by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000. Democrats in Congress have accused the administration of favoring the company via no-bid contracts. But KBR says the detention contract was competitive.

Tuesday's story also said the contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, Halliburton says it was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security in support of ICE.

The contract is for a year, but includes four one-year options. It is a renewal of an existing ICE contract, notes Halliburton.

KBR, in fact, had the $9.7 million contract to build the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. This facility, popularly dubbed "Gitmo," holds 660 prisoners classified by the government as "enemy combatants."

Anyone care?

This column is written with the distinct feeling that not many people will give a hoot about any or all of this. But as already noted, a news story about construction of government detention centers should give us all pause.

Considering what took place in Nazi Germany, as well as the shameful incarceration of Japanese-Americans in 1942, no detention camp should be built without the widest possible public scrutiny.

Bottom line: The contract cries out for greater attention. So far, the government's expressed reason for building them is insufficient and ill-defined. And even if the camps do relate to illegal immigration, their purpose could be changed overnight.

This is an instance in which we could be well served by our representatives in Congress. They need to look at this and give constituents a better picture of what is going on.

Let's not have it said, years from now, that no one ever questioned this.

Hat-tip to Gordon at Alternate Brain for the heads-up on this one.


Tina said...

Grandpa Eddie: Tsk tsk... just listen to Michelle Malkin. She will set you "straight" on the American detainment camps. She says that they did it with absolutely no racist intent... and she is Filippino... so we can "trust" her judgement... cough... hack...

granny said...

If we build it, they will come.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Malkin...little Miss Shit for right in one respect, it's not a racist's ideological. If you don't totally agree with Bush and the neoconvicts, you must be unamerican and a terrorist. Therefore you are a threat to "national security" and you get to go "campin'".

If we build it, they will come.

...and if they don't come willingly, they will forceably be taken from their homes and dragged to the camps.

Ladies, I do believe these camps are being set-up for people like us.

granny said...

"Ladies, I do believe these camps are being set-up for people like us."

They may believe that as well my friend, but it would be their undoing and they all but dismantled the railroads anyway.

They are wasteful cruel idiots who cannot get out of their own way fast enough to save their self indulgent arses.