Securing the Homeland

by lizard

If you’ve never been exposed to the FEMA concentration camp meme, then I suggest starting with the RationalWiki depiction:

Though exact claims about the purpose and nature of the camps vary from one crank to another, a common theme is that they will be used to detain dissenting US citizens after the consolidation of the North American Union in preparation for the establishment of a one-world government. The camps allegedly come complete with boxcars for moving people around and plastic coffins for burying them. (Why not just burn the corpses Nazi-style?)

Establishing that this meme is crank terrain is standard operating procedure when it comes to any subject covered by Alex Jones and the other circus animals that populate conspiracy culture, thus ensuring any examples of actual, albeit temporary, internment spaces can be easily dismissed.

And there are examples.

Last November, post-Superstorm Sandy, some refugees of the storm ended up in a creepy tent city. The source of this link is Reuters, not Prison Planet:

It is hard to sleep at night inside the tent city at Oceanport, New Jersey. A few hundred Superstorm Sandy refugees have been living here since Wednesday – a muddy camp that is a sprawling anomaly amidst Mercedes Benz dealerships and country clubs in this town near the state’s devastated coastal region.

Inside the giant billowy white tents, the massive klieg lights glare down from the ceiling all night long. The air is loud with the buzz of generators pumping out power. The post-storm housing — a refugee camp on the grounds of the Monmouth Park racetrack – is in lockdown, with security guards at every door, including the showers.

No one is allowed to go anywhere without showing their I.D. Even to use the bathroom, “you have to show your badge,” said Amber Decamp, a 22-year-old whose rental was washed away in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The article goes on to say that, although FEMA had a presence, the internment camp was being run by the state of New Jersey. I say internment camp because of how folks were “relocated” to this space:

Sabol, who is unemployed and whose rental home was washed away in the hurricane, remembers being woken up on Wednesday at the shelter she was staying in at Toms River High School. Conditions there were “actually fine,” said Sabol.

Sabol was told that she had half an hour to pack: everyone was getting shipped to hotels in Wildwood, New Jersey, where they would be able to re-acquaint themselves with showers, beds and a door.

Sabol and about 50 other people boarded a New Jersey Transit bus, which drove around, seemingly aimlessly, for hours. Worse, this week’s Nor’easter snow storm was gathering force, lashing the bus with wind and rain.

After four hours, the bus driver pulled into a dirt parking lot. The passengers were expecting a hotel with heat and maybe even a restaurant. Instead they saw a mini city of portable toilets and voluminous white tents with their flaps snapping in the wind. Inside, they got sheets, a rubbery pillow, a cot and one blanket.

There was no heat that night, and as temperatures dropped to freezing, people could start to see their breath. The gusts of wind blew snow and slush onto Sabol’s face as her cot was near the open tent flaps. She shivered. Her hands turned purple.

For me, it’s not the space these people ended up in, but the effort to compel relocation that I find extremely unsettling. But in the aftermath of a natural disaster, the capacity of federal/state authorities to reimpose law and order is on constant creep.

In August of this year, another example of an internment camp was introduced, this time by the city council of Columbia, South Carolina. The main population targeted was Columbia’s homeless population, but the camp also accepted people getting discharged from prison:

City council members in Columbia, S.C., recently voted unanimously to criminalize homelessness.

Concerned that Columbia has become a “magnet for homeless people,” and that businesses and the area’s safety are suffering as a result, council members agreed on Aug. 14 to give people on the streets the option to either relocate, or get arrested, according to the city’s “Emergency Homeless Response” report.

Cooperative homeless people will be given the option to go to a remote 240-person bed emergency shelter, which will be open from September to March. The shelter will also be used as a drop-off for people recently released from prison and jail, too.

A hotline will be set up for passersby to “report” a homeless person that needs to be removed, additional police will be dispensed to monitor the streets and vans will escort the homeless to the shelter.

While some advocates have decried the decision, council members say it’s a “temporary” solution that will eventually lead to a more sound resolution.

Luckily the backlash to this was enough to cause the council to rescind their plan to force homeless people into an internment camp.

Maybe they realized there are no sound resolutions to homelessness because there are no sound resolutions to address unemployment, addiction, mental illness, access to health care, stuff like that. Those simply aren’t priorities in our slowly collapsing crony capitalist system. Keeping zombie banks from collapsing is the priority, and because that is the number one concern to those in positions of power, the methods of keeping people under control must be properly funded.

And, according to this piece by Ellen Brown, it looks like that is what is happening with the Department of Homeland Security:

Reports are that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is engaged in a massive, covert military buildup. An article in the Associated Press in February confirmed an open purchase order by DHS for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. According to an op-ed in Forbes, that’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. DHS has also acquired heavily armored tanks, which have been seen roaming the streets. Evidently somebody in government is expecting some serious civil unrest. The question is, why?

Read Brown’s article, and you’ll get the picture. It’s not pretty.

  1. Four years ago, the Billings Gazette and the AP simultaneously announced that the long vacant, poorly built spec prison at Hardin would be leased to a Californian who intended to set up a training camp for mercenaries, who would provide housing for the homeless, feed the hungry, provide free CAT scans to locals, build an animal shelter and give computers to the school district.

    He laughably claimed that the corporation he represented, the American Police Force (later changed to the American Private Police Force), was a century-old, billion dollar business that could provide a brigade of special forces anywhere in the world in 48-hours, a feat that probably would be impossible for even the U.S. Military. He also claimed they were arm merchants and federal contractors.

    Within two hours of reading the story on its day of publication, I had completely debunked the charlatan.

    He didn’t have offices in D.C. as he had claimed, he had only recently registered the corporation in California at the house where he rented a room. He never had any contractual business with the federal government,. He wasn’t registered in D.C.

    His website consisted of material cut and pasted from other websites, including Blackwater and Airsoft, a manufacturer of air rifles that resemble various models of actual assault weapons. Visitors to the site were lulled by the strains of Bolero, though I could never identify which orchestra’s version had been purloined for the site.

    Still the Gazette refused to believe me, nor did the moronic officials in the town, especially the vice president of the Hardin economic development authority, who was also the school district superintendent. I had been warning the Gazette that their beat reporter covering the Hardin prison was completely clueless for a couple of years. The city and Two Rivers Port Authority attorney was an animal lover who was completely taken in by the clown.

    It turned out it was too late in the day for me to have anyone get to the supposed D.C. office I tried to get a friend go by the Orange County, CA, world HQ for the supposed corporation but he had just gone to the hospital with a heart attack.

    I did get the Billings AP reporter to get a California reporter to check out the corporate “world headquarters” which I had located in a strip mall. There she found the supposed project developer and one other guy dressed in what I’m sure were costume shop rent a cop uniforms. Otherwise, she reported the office empty. I’m told that it actually was on the second floor of the mall, shared with a medical marijuana dispensary.

    A friend who had described the D.C. building and its occupants to me the day of publication did visit it the next day and found the “APF”s office to be occupied by a real estate office with a bunch of kids in khakis sitting around chatting with each other.

    As a result of my howling, first the AP and then the Gazette expressed a little skepticism, but the latter’s credulous reporter left her job of 20 years to become the “spokesperson” for the ostensible corporation. Two weeks later, the con man showed up in three leased Mercedes Benz SUVs with sticker or magnetic signs announcing the arrival of the advance party of the “mercenaries.”

    He set up shop at a local bed and breakfast where he entertained local dignitaries. He paid for it all with rubber checks.

    Rumor abounded, fueled by that Music Man, Alex Jones.

    There were black helicopters, gates to the city being constructed to keep residents in and outsiders out and forced H1N1 vaccinations for all locals.

    Jones contended that he had positively identified Blackwater as the worldwide corporation that was behind the “development,” and it was indeed going to be the site of a FEMA camp to arrest and sequester dissidents. The idiotic executive director of the Authority actually gave him a tour when he arrived, vigorously hyperventilating, in Hardin, videoing the inside of the “camp’s” supposed anchor prison.

    Completely frustrated by the gullibility of the town fathers and the local media (KULR TV excepted), I rounded up face sheets for 17 cases of fraud, embezzlement, evictions, etc., etc., of the con man. I explained the lack of new cases for two stretches in a dozen years when he wasn’t generating confidence schemes by speculating that he was in prison, though he had a dozen different names and I couldn’t be sure which prison commitments were his. I was right, however.

    The dam finally broke. Brian Schweitzer, to whom I’d talked a six months earlier about the prison scam bond hustlers from Texas (investors paid $27 million for a jail that I thought could have been built for a third that cost) ventured that the fools in Hardin, who had lampooned him with a float at a parade, had been taken “over, and over, and over again,” for years by this parade of snake oil salesmen.

    Jones never did admit that it was all a hoax. His virtual groupies never stopped believing that it was only he who could divine the true “gummint” schemes.

    I’d take a deep breath and think about it Lizard, before you give Jones any credence about anything at all.

    By the way, the prison has been in bond default for over five years, has been complete yet deteriorating for over seven years, and has never held an inmate. The roof leaked and the pipes burst years ago, and it’s surrounded by weeds.

    And no “FEMA camps,” of course.

    The ammo purchased by the feds? It’s used for mandatory range training by the security forces that are protecting us from all those gardeners and maids, roofers and nannies. The way the price of bullets bought by the conspiracy believers has risen, DHS could sell them and pay off the national debt.

    This isn’t to say that no one wants to provide for the homeless.

    Anchorage, Alaska, nixed a proposal yesterday to build an “alcohol free campus” for its substantial homeless population to eliminate encampments where residents are regularly murdered, are raped and/or freeze to death. A third of the nation’s homeless are mentally ill and few venues in the country do any professional outreach to help them deal with their problems.

    • lizard19

      damn, evdebs, thank you for sharing that, and good work.

      regarding Alex Jones, I don’t give him any credence at all, which should be clear from the opening of the post. the reason I even mentioned him is because his coverage of issues like internment camps is used by skeptics to ridicule and smear anyone who wants to take a closer look at how people marginalized by disaster or economic status are being treated, especially the homeless.

  2. Big Swede

    The problem with re-education camps is the fact you have to re-educate along with the associated costs of room and boarding.

    Welcome in the new technology of “operator-less” domestic drones.

  3. Jack Ruby

    It doesn’t seem to me that anyone in New Jersey was “seized” and forcefully relocated to the tent city. Are you claiming they weren’t free to leave? Granted it sounds creepy but they probably needed to move from the high school so the kids could go back to class and if there wasn’t security everywhere then the complaint would be about lawlessness, rape and criminality in the camps. Im having deja vu didn’t you do a post on this same New Jersey camp about a year ago?

    • lizard19

      if there was a good reason to relocate these people from the high school, then why not just explain that to them? why only give them a half hour to get their stuff together? why misrepresent what kind of accommodations they were being taken to? why would anyone be required to show ID to take a dump?

      and yes, I did highlight this at the time, in a post titled Normalizing the Unthinkable.

    • lizard19

      I looked for the use of the word “seize” in the quotation, and then realized you were quoting me. you are right Jack, that is not an accurate depiction, so I removed the word and replaced it with “compel relocation”.

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