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Posted on 12/25/2007 7:06:18 PM PST by B-Chan
Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
New America Media, January 31, 2006
Title: Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps
Author: Peter Dale Scott
New America Media, February 21, 2006
Title: 10-Year US Strategic Plan for Detention Camps Revives Proposals from Oliver North
Author: Peter Dale Scott
Consortiium [sic], February 21, 2006
Title: Bush's Mysterious New Programs
Author: Nat Parry
Title: Detention Camp Jitters
Author: Maureen Farrell
Community Evaluator: Dr. Gary Evans
Student Researchers: Sean Hurley and Caitlyn Peele
Halliburtons subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root) announced on January 24, 2006 that it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps in the United States.
According to a press release posted on the Halliburton website, The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (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. The contingency support contract provides for planning and, if required, initiation of specific engineering, construction and logistics support tasks to establish, operate and maintain one or more expansion facilities.
What little coverage the announcement received focused on concerns about Halliburtons reputation for overcharging U.S. taxpayers for substandard services.
Less attention was focused on the phrase rapid development of new programs or what type of programs might require a major expansion of detention centers, capable of holding 5,000 people each. Jamie Zuieback, spokeswoman for ICE, declined to elaborate on what these new programs might be.
Only a few independent journalists, such as Peter Dale Scott, Maureen Farrell, and Nat Parry have explored what the Bush administration might actually have in mind.
Scott speculates [emphasis mine B-chan] that the detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to declare martial law. He recalled that during the Reagan administration, National Security Council aide Oliver North organized the Rex-84 readiness exercise, which contemplated the Federal Emergency Management Agency rounding up and detaining 400,000 refugees in the event of uncontrolled population movements over the Mexican border into the U.S.
Norths exercise, which reportedly contemplated possible suspension of the Constitution, led to a line of questioning during the Iran-Contra Hearings concerning the idea that plans for expanded internment and detention facilities would not be confined to refugees alone.
It is relevant, says Scott, that in 2002 Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens deemed to be enemy combatants. On February 17, 2006, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of the harm being done to the countrys security, not just by the enemy, but also by what he called news informers who needed to be combated in a contest of wills.
Since September 11 the Bush administration has implemented a number of interrelated programs that were planned in the 1980s under President Reagan. Continuity of Government (COG) proposals a classified plan for keeping a secret government-within-the-government running during and after a nuclear disaster included vastly expanded detention capabilities, warrantless eavesdropping, and preparations for greater use of martial law.
Scott points out that, while Oliver North represented a minority element in the Reagan administration, which soon distanced itself from both the man and his proposals, the minority associated with COG planning, which included Cheney and Rumsfeld, appear to be in control of the U.S. government today.
Farrell speculates that, because another terror attack is all but certain, it seems far more likely that the detention centers would be used for post-September 11-type detentions of rounded-up immigrants rather than for a sudden deluge of immigrants flooding across the border.
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg ventures, Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next September 11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters. Theyve already done this on a smaller scale, with the special registration detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantánamo.
Parry notes that The Washington Post reported on February 15, 2006 that the National Counterterrorism Centers (NCTC) central repository holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects, a fourfold increase since fall of 2003.
Asked whether the names in the repository were collected through the NSAs domestic surveillance program, an NCTC official told the Post, Our database includes names of known and suspected international terrorists provided by all intelligence community organizations, including NSA.
As the administration scoops up more and more names, members of Congress have questioned the elasticity of Bushs definitions for words like terrorist affiliates, used to justify wiretapping Americans allegedly in contact with such people or entities.
A Defense Department document, entitled the Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, has set out a military strategy against terrorism that envisions an active, layered defense both inside and outside U.S. territory. In the document, the Pentagon pledges to transform U.S. military forces to execute homeland defense missions in the [...] U.S. homeland. The strategy calls for increased military reconnaissance and surveillance to defeat potential challengers before they threaten the United States. The plan maximizes threat awareness and seizes the initiative from those who would harm us.
But there are concerns, warns Parry, over how the Pentagon judges threats and who falls under the category of those who would harm us. A Pentagon official said the Counterintelligence Field Activitys TALON program has amassed files on antiwar protesters.
In the view of some civil libertarians, a form of martial law already exists in the U.S. and has been in place since shortly after the September 11 attacks when Bush issued Military Order Number One, which empowered him to detain any noncitizen as an international terrorist or enemy combatant. Today that order extends to U.S. citizens as well.
Farrell ends her article with the conclusion that while much speculation has been generated by KBRs contract to build huge detention centers within the U.S., The truth is, we wont know the real purpose of these centers unless contingency plans are needed. And by then, it will be too late.
UPDATE BY PETER DALE SCOTT
The contract of the Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of all removable aliens and potential terrorists. In the 1980s Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld discussed similar emergency detention powers as part of a super-secret program of planning for what was euphemistically called Continuity of Government (COG) in the event of a nuclear disaster. At the time, Cheney was a Wyoming congressman, while Rumsfeld, who had been defense secretary under President Ford, was a businessman and CEO of the drug company G.D. Searle.
These men planned for suspension of the Constitution, not just after nuclear attack, but for any national security emergency, which they defined in Executive Order 12656 of 1988 as: Any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States. Clearly September 11 would meet this definition, and did, for COG was instituted on that day. As the Washington Post later explained, the order dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans.
What these managers in this shadow government worked on has never been reported. But it is significant that the group that prepared ENDGAME was, as the Homeland Security document puts it, chartered in September 2001. For ENDGAMEs goal of a capacious detention capability is remarkably similar to Oliver Norths controversial Rex-84 readiness exercise for COG in 1984. This called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and detain 400,000 imaginary refugees, in the context of uncontrolled population movements over the Mexican border into the United States.
UPDATE BY MAUREEN FARRELL
When the story about Kellogg, Brown and Roots contract for emergency detention centers broke, immigration was not the hot button issue it is today. Given this, the language in Halliburtons press release, stating that the centers would be built in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., raised eyebrows, especially among those familiar with Rex-84 and other Reagan-era initiatives. FEMAs former plans for the detention of at least 21 million American Negroes [sic] in assembly centers or relocation camps added to the distrust, and the second stated reason for the KBR contract, to support the rapid development of new programs, sent imaginations reeling.
While few in the mainstream media made the connection between KBRs contract and previous programs, Fox News eventually addressed this issue, pooh-poohing concerns as the province of conspiracy theories and unfounded fears. My article attempted to sift through the speculation, focusing on verifiable information found in declassified and leaked documents which proved that, in addition to drawing up contingency plans for martial law, the government has conducted military readiness exercises designed to round up and detain both illegal aliens and U.S. citizens.
How concerned should Americans be? Recent reports are conflicting and confusing:
In May, 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began Operation Return to Sender, which involved catching illegal immigrants and deporting them. In June, however, President Bush vowed that there would soon be new infrastructures including detention centers designed to put an end to such catch and release practices.
Though Bush said he was working with Congress to increase the number of detention facilities along our borders, Rep. Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he first learned about the KBR contract through newspaper reports.
Fox News recently quoted Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec, who deemed detention camp concerns more paranoia than reality and added that KBRs contract is most likely something related to (Hurricane) Katrina or a bird flu outbreak that could spur a mass quarantine of Americans. The presidents stated desire for the U.S. military to take a more active role during natural disasters and to enforce quarantines in the event of a bird flu outbreak, however, have been roundly denounced.
Concern over an all-powerful [sic]federal government is not paranoia, but active citizenship. As Thomas Jefferson explained, even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. From John Adamss Alien and Sedition Acts to FDRs internment of Japanese Americans, the land of the free has held many contradictions and ironies. Interestingly enough, Halliburton was at the center of another historical controversy, when Lyndon Johnsons ties to a little-known company named Kellogg, Brown and Root caused a congressional commotionparticularly after the Halliburton subsidiary won enough wartime contracts to become one of the first protested symbols of the military-industrial complex. Back then they were known as the Vietnam builders. The question, of course, is what theyll be known as next.
Reagan Aides and the Secret Government, Miami Herald, July 5, 1987
Foundations are in place for martial law in the US, July 27, 2002, Sydney Morning Herald
Halliburton Deals Recall Vietnam-Era Controversy: Cheneys Ties to Company Reminiscent of LBJs Relationships, NPR, Dec. 24, 2003
Critics Fear Emergency Centers Could Be Used for Immigration Round-Ups, Fox News, June 7, 2006
U.S. officials nab 2,100 illegal immigrants in 3 weeks, USA Today, June 14, 2006
Do you remember if that was out of the (leftist) underground press and such?
I kept up pretty much with the right wing stuff and right now I cannot recall hearing those rumors.
That's all I expect and all anyone should expect.
Governments do grow on a par with the society, so that reality is something I accept. I think this is what irks you about my position, but it irks all the small g libertines.
I am a realist and understand the reality that people get the government they want in relation to plurality and outside forces.. It's not realistic to believe that I will get the government that I want. I'm not going to get bent out of shape over something that is out of my direct control. I can only participate in a limited number of votes.
We have nearly 400 million various jerks in this country and everyone has a different opinion it seems.
We somehow manage.
Second, you espouse fabianism. Thats not popular here.
Have a nice day.
I'm not scratching my noggin because they're getting paid a lot of money for doing what they do. I have no idea whether or not they are the best nor do I know whether or not $27.00 per served meal is a fair deal for both KBR and the U.S. government.
With respect to providing food services, what I'm wondering is whether or not the contract really reflects the cost (to us) of doing food business in a war zone. The $27 only reflects what KBR is being paid for preparing and serving each meal. The real cost per meal served is KBR's food service contract plus all the procurement and distribution activities required to get the food where it needs to be.
(I did wince when I understood that at that price per meal KBR wasn't managing the entire work flow.)
With respect to this thread, remembering our dinner conversation sorta drove home the point that KBR's $385 million dollar contract may not be all that useful information without knowing what activities KBR does NOT perform that we might otherwise assume it ought to include. KBR might be getting up to $385 million but the actual cost to us may be much, much higher.
Seems to be.
Hint: Cold Heat has been around since Sep 2001. You just arrived as of April 2007. I think he might already know what is popular and what is not. :-)
I think they are worried about the reaction of Americans if they pass amnesty against our protests. They KNOW how angry we are. Just in case things get ‘out of hand’ they will need a place to contain us.
I recall a news story of the FBI moving a very large number of agents to confront the "white supremacists" as they (presumably) poured out of their churches at 00:01 on the first day of January 2000.
Obviously the Clintonists were a bit paranoid about their political opposition lumping us all in with the "white supremacists" but they were cool with Osama.
Today the real enemy is finally(!) acknowledged. So yes I hope plans for internment are well under way, it may be needed.
LOL! I think that's caused by the FR font monsters. :o)
This might make sense if one or both of two scenarios takes place. Either Mexico suffers from an economic collapse or a civil war. So the question becomes how likely are either of these events to take place?
Currently Mexico has several major potential insurrections, any of which could be funded with perhaps billions of dollars from the drug cartels. More likely though is a major international economic catastrophe that causes a collapse of their economy.
Ordinarily, the US could absorb several hundred thousand people nationwide in a short period of time. However, if either the US economy had also been strongly damaged in an economic collapse, or if the number exceeded one or more million people, or if an armed insurrectionist movement came with the economic refugees, it would require a major federal response.
But were this the case, hastily erected camps policed by a small number of guards could handle most problems on the short term. Camps holding tens of thousands of people could be erected quickly, then improved once occupied. Such camps take surprisingly limited area.
So why build high quality contracted camps, the only purpose for which would be to provide *better* than minimal accommodations?
Indeed, such camps might be built based on theoretical evacuation from natural disasters. If you took a map of the US, and assumed that a natural disaster was inevitable, you could figure out where to put camps that could handle the evacuees from major metropolitan areas.
For example, major earthquakes will eventually happen both in California and along the New Madrid fault line. In the case of California, most of the State is susceptible to quakes and their aftershocks, so several camps would be needed outside of the major quake zones, for either the Los Angeles or San Francisco areas. They wouldn’t need to hold the entire population, as most people would stay there. But tens or hundreds of thousands of people would need to leave for a least a temporary basis.
A different case would be based on the Katrina disaster. If there were substantial camps already in place for the evacuees of New Orleans, they could have a much more stable existence faster than they did. Instead of being dispersed over several States and putting a great strain on all of their resources, resources could have been sent to them.
Such camps could have had dining, medical, school for the children, the Red Cross, a centralized location for aid, and a more rapid provision of disaster insurance.
Eventually another disaster like any of those will hit, so being prepared might be the reason for this in the first place.
I read years ago that detention centers would be used to house Christians during the tribulation period and perhaps before. Interesting that this should come up now.
Exactly! I read that some time ago and believe it.
Don't let this get out, but I've heard that plans are set to begin the roundup in mid Oct '08, in Pelosy's district plus Nevada, and FL and OH depending on the Sept. Presidential Polls.
I would say it came from the left wing. I've read about it in books about Haight-Ashbury and the freak scene. (This was back when LSD was still legal.)
I'm a Frank Zappa fan (he was anti-drug), and I've heard him mention it in interviews too.
Thanks for your kind msg.
God’s best to you and your loved ones in the New Year.
I miss Michael Rivero.
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