ARE YOU NEW HERE? NOT LOGGED IN? PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT AND LOGIN TO REMOVE THIS WINDOW
Welcome to PatsFans.com. Do you have an account? If not - please take a moment to register for our forum and experience a much smoother experience with fewer ads, along with no longer having to see this notification window. Also learn about how you can receive a free Patriots T-Shirt from the Patriots Official ProShop by CLICKING HERE. Please enjoy your stay here, and Go Pats!
Sometime, probably in late 1983, a young Marine lieutenant colonel sat in his office in the basement of the White House and began to dream of a new world. It was a world in which the president of the U.S. would assume to himself a vast array of powers never envisioned by the Founders of the Republic.
That was merely an oversight, the young officer believed. The drafters of the Constitution couldnât possibly have foreseen something like the present situation, with a war raging in Nicaragua, just a dayâs drive to the south. With backing from Americaâs arch enemy, the Soviet Union, who was to say that Sandinista agents (terrorists, to put it bluntly) might not stream north from a Communist Nicaragua to wreak havoc in the U.S.?
Should such a horror come to pass, the president must have the weapons with which to fight back effectively. So, in conjunction with FEMAâthe new Federal Emergency Management Agency created by Jimmy Carter four years earlierâthe Marine colonel set to work on an emergency contingency plan.
Readiness Exercise 1984 (or REX-84, as itâs popularly known) was the result. It suggested that the president (consulting with FEMA, but basically at his sole discretion) should have the authority to suspend the Constitution, deploy the military for law enforcement, install soldiers as the heads of state and local governments, and detain up to 400,000 undocumented immigrants at detention centers around the country.
The author of the REX-84 plan? Oliver North, who later resigned in disgrace and was convicted of criminal misconduct. The plan was presented to the president whom North later betrayed, along with a draft of an executive order that would have set the foundation for a president to activate its provisions whenever he deemed necessary.
Though it has been reported that then-Attorney General William French Smith gave the order a quick thumbs down, the Miami Herald, which was first to break the REX-84 story in 1987, could not confirm for certain whether President Reagan signed it or not.
But such true stories as that of REX-84 have birthed a gang of conspiracy theorists who not only believe the order is alive and well, but that FEMAânow folded into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)âhas been continually beefed up over the years in the expectation that it will eventually be used for these purposes. The detention centers (usually called concentration camps by conspiracy buffs) have already been built and are waiting for occupants, they say.
As always with this sort of thing, skepticism is the order of the day (thatâs why theyâre conspiracy theories, not conspiracy facts). Still, the idea of domestic detention centers has shown some traction and it got a boost in 2003.
In February of that year an obscure local official, Dave Schulzâa commissioner in remote Okanogan County in north-central Washington stateâtold Spokane radio station KXLY that he was convinced his county was the designated home for a âconcentration camp.â
When he produced no evidence, Schulz was dismissed as a crank. Quizzed about it, a FEMA spokesperson called Schulzâs story an âurban legend,â while the Pentagon said that no camps were planned for Okanogan County, or anywhere else.
Well, maybe not back in â03. But they sure are now.
On January 24, 2006, the domestic detention center story made the jump from conspiracy nutâs pipe dream all the way to mainstream news.
The date marked the release of a statement from Halliburton that it has contracted to construct just such a facility. Halliburton? You probably think weâre kidding. The same guys who raked in no-bid contracts, overcharged for gasoline in Iraq by tens of millions, and repeatedly flunked their Pentagon audits?
Yes, them. KBR, Halliburtonâs engineering and construction subsidiary, has just received a $385 million contract from the DHSâ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division.
If you havenât yet heard of ICE, let us introduce you. It is our new national police force, with more than 20,000 employees and a budget in excess of $4 billion per year. As the KBR press release proudly proclaims, it âwas established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a 21st-century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.â
Broad indeed. Visit ICEâs website (www.ice.gov) to see for yourself just how big this particular umbrella is.
For its part, Halliburton is pleased as punch to be working for them. âWe are especially gratified to be awarded this contract because it builds on our extremely strong track record in the arena of emergency operations support,â said Bruce Stanski, executive vice president, KBR Government and Infrastructure, presumably with a straight face.
The press release went on to say: âThe contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing 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,â and to âestablish, operate and maintain one or more expansion facilities.â
Whoa. Detention and Removal Operations? We donât much like the sound of that. Expansion facilities? How many and what for? And these new programs, what might they be? The suggestion sure seems to be that the centerâs usage profile might be extended from âimmigrantsâ to...
Well, who knows to whom. But we can guess. Weâve already seen political protestors confined to âfree speechâ areas and, when those proved insufficient to break their spirit, transferred to jails or temporary holding pens. How likely, then, is it that this new center will be dedicated solely to housing non-citizens?
In trying to answer that, itâs worth remembering that the so-called PATRIOT Act has given the government a lot of leeway in determining just who may be designated as terrorists, or supporters, or sympathizers, or those who might harbor improper thoughts and inclinations. And it isnât going to be the president making the day-to-day decisions on the ground as to whom to âdetainâ and possibly âremove.â Itâll be ICE personnel. When they start conducting sweeps, it is logical to suppose that they will not employ an especially fine-meshed filter.
Nor will the military, should they be mobilized during an emergency (or if the terror alert status goes to Code Red). Many troops have already been trainedâin such maneuvers as Operation Urban Warrior in March of 1999 during which Oakland was âsecuredââin how to handle outraged, detained Americans demanding their Constitutional rights. The soldiersâ instructions: Ignore them.
What all of this means is purely conjectural. Civil libertarians are predictably aghast, while supporters of the president naturally tell us weâre in a new era and have to prepare for it. The closest thing to a certainty is that somewhere out there, Ollie North is smiling contentedly to himself.
WWNK Archives Now Available
In response to popular demand, the complete searchable archives of What We Now Know are now available at www.caseyresearch.com. The link is located on the bottom right of the home page. In the near future, to make the archive even more useful, we will summarize the articles. In the meantime, log on at your leisure and wander through the full collection of fascinating and useful articles, and use the search function to find specific topics of interest to you.
Who We Are
What We Now Know is published by Casey Research, LLC, with contributions from a wide-ranging and well-connected network of researchers, authors, scientists, political analysts, investment experts, and technologists known to Doug Casey and his team to be reliable sources with something interesting to share.
You have our commitment to editorial excellence. If at any time after joining you decide that WWNK is not worthy of your continued attention, simply use the link provided at the bottom of each weekly email to unsubscribe and your subscription will cease immediately.
If you no longer wish to receive communications from us, please click here.
Editors, their friends, family members and associates may own one or more of the investments mentioned in this publication. In fact, because an editor thought highly enough to include a mention, we'd be surprised if they didn't. Just as with any magazine or television program, advertisements are not endorsements, though we have done enough homework to believe that any product offered is a legitimate one. In some instances, the publisher may have a pre-existing business relationship with the providers of products discussed. In most cases, the products offered in this publication will come with a satisfaction guarantee which we urge you to take advantage of should the product turn out to be less than satisfactory.
RECEIVE A FREE PATS T-SHIRT AND SAVE 15% OFF WHEN YOU BUY FROM THE OFFICIAL PROSHOP!
Free T-Shirt & Save 15% Off!
Like Our Site? Please help support our site and server costs by DONATING TO PATSFANS.COM and receive a FREE PATRIOTS T-SHIRT and SAVE 15% off EVERY purchase you make from PatriotsProShop.com. You'll also receive added benefits to your account including Removing All Ads During Your Experience Here At Our Forum.
NEEDED YEARLY SITE DONATIONS: 345 | CURRENT # OF SUBSCRIBED SUPPORTERS: 98
Hello earth? Is anybody there?
ICE was created by merging federal agencies that ALREADY EXSISTED! Detention and Removal is the new name for INS' old Deportation section, all it is the the people who detain and remove 'illegal aliens". Everyone who is deported from this country gets a hearing and has an enormous paper trail of that hearing. Immigration has jails throughout the country, always has, because the law says that the "must" detain certain people, however the law also gives them the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge, so ergo, they are held in immigration jails until their hearings are complete and their deportaitons can be effective.
All of this happened well before the Patriot Act which has no bearing on any of this at all. It is amazing how ignorant the people that write this stuff are. How could you publish this? Either the person who wrote it is a complete idiot, or has a political agenda, that the facts just don't back up, so you pull something out of your arse and hope it sticks (i.e. CBS news).
The Jets look like a Super Bowl contender right now about as much as Rosie ODonnell looks like a threat for the Miss America crown. -NY Post 12/19/2011
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.