February 04, 2006
One Goose Step Closer
From today’s New York Times:
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in Iraq.
KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space.....
From an article in Wikipedia:
A concentration camp is a large detention center created for political opponents, enemy aliens, specific ethnic or religious groups, civilians of a critical war-zone, or other groups of people, often during a war. The term refers to situations where the internees are persons selected for their conformance to broad criteria without judicial process, rather than having been judged as individuals.
Posted by Buck Batard at February 04, 2006 11:35 AM
This must be for "new programs that require additional detention space." For sudden huge influxes of refugees, we've used Fort Chafee in Arkansas and Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania in the past, and with the military downsizing since then, we've got lots more underutilized military bases now.
They needn't bother for antiwar demonstrators. It takes a couple of hundred thousand to even register (negatively) with the MSM, and the hundreds or thousands that regularly appear to protest Bush and friends are invisible to anyone but themselves because they're allowed nowhere near the politicians and ignored by the press.
All registered Democrats would be too many to accommodate; they'd need $385 million just for the barbed wire.
All authors of anti-Bush letters to editors would be a manageable number but a logistical difficulty, during which they might even stir up opposition from newspapers upset about losing more of their dwindling readership. At least I hope my local newspaper would care about me, for all I've given them free.
All those responsible for tapped anti-Bush letters, phone calls, email messages, blog comments, and faxes would be logistically difficult to pick up as well as too numerous to do anything beyond fencing us in.
Someday those trailers they overpaid for will show up, so they mustn't be seriously worrying about future hurricane evacuees any more than they did about the Katrina folks. Of course, with all the secrecy in this administration, there may be NOAA white papers predicting that next year we'll go beyond the Greek alphabet and into Cyrillic and Hebrew for naming hurricanes.
I figure it's got something to do with Iraq. Might they be planning a fast, total troop pullout in October? Maybe these preparations are for some of the 800,000 Iraqi Christians we've set up as militialess sacrificial lambs. Granted, these people aren't of the "born again" variety, but surely the Religious Right base must be getting twinges from the two-inch newspaper articles about church bombings across Iraq. Is it possible the administration worries that its base might get annoyed by TV pictures of cross-wearing Iraqis being slaughtered?
Anybody else have their suspicions?
I think these camps are meant for the Europeans.
If Georgieboy's plans for global warming succeed and the Gulfstream ceases (it has already diminished by 30% since the 1950s), Europe will go polar and become uninhabitable. Hundreds of millions of refugees will try to reach the Americas, and a few million might succeed.
So Georgieboy shows his usual foresight again, because these refugees could (completely unjustifiable, of course, but nevertheless) be angry and show aggressive tendencies.
Good point, Peter. And along that line, we'll need a place to put all the coastal USians, from Key West north, whose domiciles will be under water as the icebergs melt. All of southern and central New Jersey is less than 100 feet above sea level, for instance. (I think: Philadelphia is 100 feet above sea level, and Jersey's all flat except for some low mountains in the north.)