Federal Government Taking Bids On Construction Of Internment
Under pretext of immigration control, government building
"family detention centers"
Watson & Paul Watson
Monday, May 19,
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) plans to
build three new internment camps on both coasts and on the Southwestern
border, each of which will house up to 50 men and women in addition
to 150 children involved in immigration cases.
The federal government is accepting bids on the
contracts from county governments or private companies to build
and run the "family detention centers".
The agency calls for minimum-security residential facilities
that would provide a "least restrictive, nonsecure setting"
and provide schooling for children, recreational activities
and access to religious services.
The proposal... says the contractor should structure programs
"designed to prevent escapes" and should provide a
plan that "monitors resident movement and physically counts
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The ICE already runs two of the camps, one of which
hit the headlines at the end of 2006 after residents in Taylor
Texas held protests outside the facility.
The T. Don Hutto detention center, which is privately run by
a company called Corrections Corp. of America, currently interns
political asylum seekers who came to the U.S. on legal visas.
of them are families including pregnant women and children
who have never been accused of any wrongdoing but are forced to
endure squalid conditions inside literal internment camps.
In 2004 the facility was on the verge of being shutdown due to
lack of occupancy but new immigration policies, allied to the
burgeoning growth of the prison industry and future plans to detain
American citizens on masse, have revived the potential scope of
the camp, and a new
contract to intern 600 individuals was finalized
with immigration authorities in December 2005.
Fury was sparked and charges
of overcrowding and poor conditions leveled when
it was revealed that an estimated 645 people were being held in
the facility which has only 500 or so beds.
Other residents were horrified to witness children playing behind
giant mesh barbed wire fences in the camp "playground".
When the center opened, children were given hospital scrubs to
wear, forced to use communal bathrooms, forbidden to have toys
and allowed only one hour of recreation per day, attorneys involved
in a legal challenge said.
However, while some residents held vigil protests, locals said
that other residents of the town were completely oblivious to
the fact that the camp even existed, never mind its function and
The protests have since died down yet Hutto remains open. A court
settlement decreed that children be allowed to wear pajamas, move
freely around the center and bring toys into their rooms. Individual
bathrooms have also been installed and metal doors have been turned
into murals. A swathe of cosmetic alterations that do nothing
to counter the facility's status as a fully fledged internment
camp in America.
Watch the following short film on the internment center by Matt
Gossage and Lily Keber, one of the only public reports on a subject
that has otherwise been entirely censored by the corporate news
"After the horrible conditions that were revealed at the
Hutto facility, it is very disappointing that the government appears
to want to produce more immigration prisons for families and children,"
Ahilan Arulanantham, a staff attorney at the Southern California
office of the ACLU told the LA Times.
Suspicions will undoubtedly be cast as to whether
the new facilities are part of a wider agenda to set up a network
of internment camps that will be used to forcibly detain American
citizens under emergency provisions. The pretext for this was
set in the summer of 2004, when thousands of protesters in New
York for the Republican National Convention were forcibly detained,
some for over 24 hours, without charge in an asbestos infested
disused bus facility known as Pier
57, or "Guantanamo on the Hudson" as other
During the Iran Contra hearings in the 80's, previously classified
information came to light about Continuity of Government (CoG)
procedures in times of national crisis. The masterminds behind
these programs were Oliver North, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney
and the Rex-84
'readiness exercise' discussed the plan to round up immigrants
and detain them in internment camps in the context of uncontrolled
population movements across the Mexican border.
The real agenda was to use the cover of rounding up immigrants
and illegal aliens as a smokescreen for targeting political dissidents
and American citizens . From 1967 to 1971 the FBI kept a list
of persons to be rounded up as subversive, dubbed the "ADEX"
Since 9/11 shadow government and CoG programs that were outlined
in Rex-84 have been activated, including mass warrantless wiretapping
of American citizens. The internment camp program is being readied
for execution following
the announcement on January 24th that Halliburton
subsidiary KBR (formerly Brown and Root) had been awarded a $385
million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security
to build detention camps.
A much discussed and circulated report, the Pentagon's
Civilian Inmate Labor Program, has recently been
updated and the revision details a "template for developing
agreements" between the Army and corrections facilities for
the use of civilian inmate labor on Army installations."
The pretext given for which the camps would be used as reported
by the New
York Times was stated as, "an unexpected influx
of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster
or for new programs that require additional detention space."
Following the news first given wide attention by this website,
that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded
a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct
detention and processing facilities in the event of a national
emergency, the Alternet
website put together an alarming report that collated
all the latest information on plans to initiate internment of
political subversives and Muslims after the next major terror
attack in the U.S.
The article highlighted the disturbing comments of Sen. Lindsey
Graham, who encouraged torture supporting Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales to target, "Fifth Columnists" Americans who
show disloyalty and sympathize with "the enemy," whoever
that enemy may be.
Respected author Peter Dale Scott speculated that the "detention
centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush
administration were to declare martial law."
Daniel Ellsberg, former Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary
of Defense, called the plan, "preparation for a roundup after
the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters.
They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special
registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries,
and with Guantanamo."
George Bush has declared himself to be dictator and to have supreme
power over and above the limitations of the US Constitution. Bush
administration officials like Alberto Gonzales have declared Bush
to be "above
the law." White House advisors are openly discussing
the legality of crushing
a child's testicles as part of the war on terror.
Preparation for the internment of thousands of Americans who are
'disloyal' in times of emergency are afoot.
Under the enemy combatant designation anyone at the behest of
the US government, even if they are a US citizen, can be kidnapped
and placed in an internment facility forever without
trial. Jose Padilla, an American citizen, spent over four years
in a Navy brig before being brought to trial.
One of the last acts of Congress in 2006 was to send President
Bush a bill that establishes a $38 million program of National
Park Service grants to preserve
Japanese POW internment camps in
Hawaii, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah
and Idaho. Is this really in the name of historical interest or
does it dovetail with programs on the books to intern hundreds
of thousands of dissidents in a time of crisis?
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