Some disturbing facts:

  1. In 2006, a $38 million dollar project landed on Bush’s desk to preserve the Japanese detainment camps used during WWII.
  2. In January of this year, a Halliburton subsidiary was awarded a $385 million contract to build detention centers.
  3. Bids are being accepted to build internment camps
  4. President Bush has signed executive orders that give him sweeping powers in time of “national crisis” which would effectively enact Martial Law.
  5. Due to Bush’s illegal surveillance program there is a database of American citizens who may be incarcerated during a time of national emergency.

You may think this seems outlandish. It’s not. We did it once before, we’ll do it again.

During WWII hundreds of thousands of men, women, and yes, even children were unlawfully detained in these camps. These people did nothing wrong but come to America to seek a better life. Some of them had been here all their lives. We held them against their will.

In 2006 President Bush enacted a law giving a $38 million grant to preserve the camps “as reminders of how the United States turned on some of its citizens in a time of fear.” Sounds awfully apologetic right?

Not so much when you consider the fact that plans are and have been underway to build EVEN MORE of these camps. Hailliburton just won a contract to build “temporary immigration detention centers”. Supposedly, the main purpose of these centers is to detain immigrants in case of an unexpected mass immigration. But, just as the article states in just few words that probably no one paid attention to, they could be used for other programs too.

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, company executives said.

That gives me the creeps. Especially when you consider the fact that President Bush signed an executive order giving him complete power without checks and balances during a time in which he and ONLY he can declare a national emergency. He could give himself the power to seize absolute control of the US government .

President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances.

Bush discussed imposing martial law on American streets in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by activating “national security initiatives” put in place by Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.

Under this order the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is to be in charge of implementing the executive orders that will suspend the constitution, implement martial law, establish internment camps (like the ones that are being preserved and built), and turn the United States Government over to the president. We’ve already seen what the president will do with limited powers, imagine what he could do with complete control.

There is already a database of American citizens who have been essentially deemed “enemies of the state”. As one article reports, James Comey, John Ashcrofts second in command during Bush’s first term, gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had become very uneasy about the administrations domestic surveillance programs.

Much of his testimony centered on an operation so clandestine he wasn’t allowed to name it or even describe what it did. He did say, however, that he and Ashcroft had discussed the program in March 2004, trying to decide whether it was legal under federal statutes. Shortly before the certification deadline, Ashcroft fell ill with pancreatitis, making Comey acting attorney general, and Comey opted not to certify the program. When he communicated his decision to the White House, Bush’s men told him, in so many words, to take his concerns and stuff them in an undisclosed location.

Comey refused to knuckle under, and the dispute came to a head on the cold night of March 10, 2004, hours before the program’s authorization was to expire. At the time, Ashcroft was in intensive care at George Washington Hospital following emergency surgery. Apparently, at the behest of President Bush himself, the White House tried, in Comey’s words, “to take advantage of a very sick man,” sending Chief of Staff Andrew Card and then–White House counsel Alberto Gonzales on a mission to Ashcroft’s sickroom to persuade the heavily doped attorney general to override his deputy. Apprised of their mission, Comey, accompanied by a full security detail, jumped in his car, raced through the streets of the capital, lights blazing, and “literally ran” up the hospital stairs to beat them there.

Minutes later, Gonzales and Card arrived with an envelope filled with the requisite forms. Ashcroft, even in his stupor, did not fall for their heavy-handed ploy. “I’m not the attorney general,” Ashcroft told Bush’s men. “There”—he pointed weakly to Comey—”is the attorney general.” Gonzales and Card were furious, departing without even acknowledging Comey’s presence in the room. The following day, the classified domestic spying program that Comey found so disturbing went forward at the demand of the White House—“without a signature from the Department of Justice attesting as to its legality,” he testified.

So we have yet another instance of Bush trampling all over the constitution in order to illegally spy on American citizens. One government official also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committe saying:

“There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.”

Now you can see what these “other programs” might be. Bush believes it’s okay to spy on Americans. He believes anyone against the war is an enemy of the state and, if the circumstances are just right, he will declare a state of national emergency that needs no approval from any other branch of government, and any of these people that are already in this compiled database will be rounded up and whisked away into detention centers either built by Halliburton or an internment camp that was specifically preserved for such an incident. You will have no right to an attorney, no habeus corpus, and no one will know where you are.

Arguably, Bush only has a few months left in the White House so the possiblity of him putting any of this into play is minimal. That is, until you realize what “continuity of government” is. I will go over this in another article.

If you still think this all hogwash, stayed tuned for another installment reflecting on the unlawful detainment of thousands of protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention.