Maureen Farrell has an excellent piece called Detention Camp Jitters over on Buzzflash that is a must read.
Notorious Halliburton subsidiary and Vietnam War profiteer Kellogg, Brown & Root has an extremely lucrative contract with Homeland Security to build "temporary detention facilities" in case of an "immigration emergency".
WTF? Is anybody out there listening to this shit? These are concentration camps, and it's not a new idea for Americans. Just in my lifetime, to pick three prominent examples, we shipped away Japanese-American citizens in WWII, we passed the 1950 McCarren Act which authorized the government to lock up "Communists" in camps, and we saw Nixon stooge and crypto-Nazi Tom Houston come up with the so-called Houston Plan which called for, in part, the abrogation of civil liberties and the rounding up of political dissidents and other un-American subhuman types, to detain them in sports stadiums.
Got that? Stadiums. Like in junta-ruled Argentina (and in Pinochet's post-Allende Chile; see for example the excellent Costa-Gavras film Missing -- based on a true story -- about a young American expatriate "disappeared" by the junta), we evidently expect so many detainees that we would have to commandeer whole sports stadiums.
Subsequent secret detention plans include Rex-84 and Nighttrain-84, ostensibly military preparedness/border control drills, the 1987 Iran-Contra Hearings exposé of Oliver North's preparations for "civilian inmate labor camps", and the new so-called Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, one provision of which includes herding people into ... sports stadiums. (Hmmm... I think I'm seeing a pattern here.)
Finally the capper came with John "Christ is in My Pocket and God is in My Ass" Ashcroft's plans to detain American citizens without benefit of charges, trials or conviction -- which led to the prominent cases of José Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi. This Ashcroft wet dream isn't over yet, and the smart money is on the Republican-packed Baby-Doc-apologist lock-step-fascist Supreme Court to ultimately rule in favor of the government.
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."Maybe we all ought to have our passports ready. Maybe try to get a second passport if we can.-- Winston Churchill, November 21, 1943.
If it isn't already too late...