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I was called a 'traitor' by some, who simply didn't see that abrogating the Constitution wasn't going to make us any more secure - in fact, the opposite was the likely outcome.
Today, I'm going to distill some things which are far more frightening than the Military Commissions Act - but I'm going to offer a caveat here, as well: Many of the things which I've researched for this post have been co-opted by several conspiracy-theory sites, and embellished with a lot of outright nonsense. While some of the people running these sites were the first to break some of this news, the overall value of the material gets diluted when it winds up posted in this manner. Where possible, I'll 'out' these questionable sites, as well.
There's a lot of linked-reading here. I'd encourage you to click on the links and do the reading yourself - it's all here; no need to take my word for it.
(I'm spelling out a dark future. If you want something lighter, go here).
Toward a New America
I don't need to tell you that America is at a crossroads.
On the 11th of September, 2001, a new generation of Americans learned that the oceans on either side of our country did not provide adequate borders against attack. This attack took a form which, while speculated, was dismissed as impossible. While the parallels with Pearl Harbor are both ample and evident, there are more than several parallels to the responses which were taken by our government. Some of these responses have been in process for many years; others were undertaken only recently. All are direct threats to the civil liberties of anyone living in America, and should be understood in that light.
What to do? I'm beyond that now; we all are. It will do not good to rant about the facts; you already know them: (1) More people voted for "American Idol" than voted in the Presidential election; (2) most Americans can't find Ohio on a map, let alone places like Iraq and Afghanistan; (3) education results-by-test are dismal, and falling; (4) real productivity from the American economy has fallen every year for at least a decade; (5) the U.S. currency [dollar] has fallen in value every year for fifteen years, and is now worth 23% less than it was in '95.
With both our national will and economy in retreat, the potential for widespread civil unrest looms large. It's on this topic that I'm going to focus, today.
The Curious Case of Camp Grayling
Camp Grayling is a mixed-use training facility in upper Michigan. It's been used by the Michigan National Guard and by other branches of the U.S. military for decades now, due to its size and the ability to conduct fairly large-scale exercises.
Of late, construction activity has increased at Camp Grayling - in fact, over $16M was authorized for 'barracks replacement' at the camp, which has raised eyebrows both locally and through several watchdog-groups, for reasons which are clarified, below.
H.R. 645 - The National Emergency Centers Establishment Act
With no press or media attention, the new Congress introduced a bill on the 22nd of January this year, calling for the establishment of 'no fewer than six "emergency centers" on military installations'.
Each 'center' must be "(1) located in close proximity to a transportation corridor; (2) located in a State with a high level or threat of disaster related activities; and (3) located near a major metropolitan center." (Note: "transportation corridor" appears to be defined as a rail facility and either an internal air-traffic facility or nearby airport).
What we're really seeing here is the militarization of FEMA disaster facilities. The reasons - if you're willing to connect the dots - will become clear.
(The full text of H.R. 645 is here). (Camp Grayling has surfaced as being on a 'short list' of facilities. As stated in the bill, the final list will be prepared within 90 days - which means that by April, we'll know where these six centers will be located.)
REX '84 and FEMA - Knowing The Tiger By Its Stripes
In 1984, the Reagan administration authorized a project called REX '84 - it was a plan to test the government's ability to detain large numbers of people during civil unrest or national emergency.
Part of this plan was to 'militarize' FEMA - the Federal Emergency-Management Agency - and to implement a joint-exercise between all branches of the military, as well as state and local agencies. Part of this exercise was the creation and implementation of a sub-plan or 'exercise plan' - which was to guarantee the continuity of government.
Co-incident with REX '84 is another plan, Operation Garden Plot, which is a joint military/government plan to control widespread civil unrest in America - using the military against the people of the United States.
Hand in glove with REX '84 and its successors and Operation Garden Plot is Directive 51, which was signed by President Bush in 2007. Carrying the weight of law (but without passage by Congress), Directive 51 gives the President the power to execute procedures for the 'continuity of the Federal government' in the event of 'any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.' The 'incidents' themselves are left undefined - in fact, any 'incident' at all which could vaguely be described as 'disruption' could be used to invoke this Directive.
(This is likely why FEMA was unresponsive during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - as their new 'job' under Homeland Security aegis is now to keep order and detain people - not provide humanitarian aid).
The 'tiger' has been 'outed' - we now see his stripes. It follows that we need to know how dangerous he is....
Through all this, you're probably asking, "Wait - I remember a law which prevents all this. What is it, exactly?" That law is called the "Posse Comitatus Act", and it was a direct response to the use of the military as an occupation force in the Southern states after the Civil War. In brief, it holds that the military may not be used within the borders of the United States for purposes of putting down civil unrest. This was tested in 2006 by the temporary (later repealed) passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (President Bush wanted the military to have the power to take control of a region in the event of national emergency.)
The Posse Comitatus Act, while under near-constant threat, has never been repealed. Here, however, you can read why a U.S. Army major feels that Posse Comitatus is a myth. (This appears, by the way, to be the prevailing thought within red-staters and the military in general.)
Regardless of the proscription against the use of the military within our borders, in October of 2008, the U.S. Army deployed the 3rd Infrantry's 1st Brigade Combat Team within its Northern Command for that very purpose - for the control of civil insurrection and 'terrorism'. (The plans for their use are here.)
Building the Camps - Detention for Some; Free Labor for the Government:
The plans are in place.
You might ask, however, "Wait -- they can't just build entire camps without a lot of money being spent - how do they plan to build these camps and get ready to detain anyone? And why? I mean - what's the problem here, anyway?"
Turns out that Kellogg, Brown and Root - the construction subsidiary of Halliburton, Inc. - has been contracted for $385M to build detention camps in America.
The people who'll be placed in these camps?
Everyone from 'illegal aliens' to 'subversives'.
Unfortunately, it gets worse.
In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security released its 'response' to illegal immigration -- Operation Endgame. Endgame, along with Operation Garden Plot and REX '84, would allow the government to round up everyone in the United States who was declared an 'illegal alien' (remember, you can have your citizenship revoked - and thus declared an 'illegal alien' - under two of the Presidential Directives issued during the Bush Administration).
The actual document for Operation Endgame is here.)
That's right, folks -- from now on, and as we speak, there really IS an American Gulag. It's being built right under your nose, at locations which for matters of 'national security', the government is not willing to disclose. One more thing. If the military wants -- they can use you for free labor. The plans are here, if you'd care to read them.)
Connecting the Dots....
Once the facts are in front of us, it's not a huge leap to see where they lead.
America is in the middle of the worst financial crisis in eighty years; perhaps the largest ever. We have created a situation since the end of World War II which has polarized the one region which provides over 80% of our energy, and which has lead to a direct attack on our country - not by a nation, but by a faceless group of people who could strike again, at any time.
Our government has responded not with defense, but with planned and actual repression.
Disagree with that government, and you run the risk of censorship, imprisonment, and forced labor.
In a republic, the test of leadership is not the strength of its measures, but the strength of its resolve. The events of the past several years have brought out the very worst in our government.
The nation is headed for a showdown -- perhaps even a civil war, based not on ideology, but the collapse of the economy (think Albania, in the '90s').
Absent the very thing the government seems prepared to prevent - widespread civil unrest - there appears to be very little we can do to effect material change.
The facts are here. While a direct cause-and-effect link is slippery, there's enough here to give anyone pause. What you do with these facts is largely is up to you, but I'm seriously considering all options.
I'll admit - this sounds like a conspiracy-theory gone wild. It's straight out of 'Seven Days in May', or another political thriller. The problem is, we can't turn off the tube or put the book down and go back to our lives. This time, it's real.
Again - don't say I didn't warn you....