Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Welcome to Argentina del Norte: May I See Your Papers

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."
-- Winston Churchill, November 21, 1943.
Maybe we all ought to have our passports ready. Maybe try to get a second passport if we can.

If it isn't already too late...


Rob said...

Amen, brother. There's way too much to be upset about these days, and it just keeps getting worse. I'm crossing my finger for the coming elections.

All that aside, locating Christ in one's pocket and God (presumably the Father) in one's ass raises a number of challenging theological issues vis a vis the Trinity....

durrati said...

Thanks for the great post, P.O.ed. Sometimes it seems the destruction of the consttution is the primary goal of the Chimperor rather than the looting of the treasury. But perhaps the two are related. The admin might have in mind the rewarding of a 700 billion dollar contract to K-B-R to write a new Constitution to be published on the back of cereal boxes...

Becks said...

Great post. I often wonder what the sheople will be saying when the Brownshirts are marching in the street, the Constitution is burned and all of our civil liberties disappear under the rule of King George. Do you think they will even notice?

Came over via Otter. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Clark Kent said...

Hey folks… I know its hard to get through your liberal heads- but our enemies are killing people over CARTOONS! When they hit LA or NY (again), maybe you’ll
#$%!ing get it!

Farnsworth said...

Well, Clark Kent, when it comes to actually having to do any real thinking, it looks like someone put kryptonite in your cookies.
Here's a few things that will be hard to get through your Kool-aid sipping thick skull:
Our "enemies" as you call them are NOT the entire population of Muslim believers on this planet--if they were then we've already lost: they number over one billion people.
But that aside, exactly what does the abrogation of our civil rights have to do with them hitting NY or LA?
Here's the question people like you can't answer: Why did Bush say in 2004 that wiretaps require a court order when -- at the same time -- he wasn't willing (or able) to get that court order?
When the FISA court approves routinely 99.9% of the requests brought before it, why did the Bush Maladministration Injustice Department not even bother to go ask for it?
Maybe when the brownshirts are marching in our streets, Big Brother is monitoring all of your conversations, and all of your civil liberties have been taken away, maybe then you'll fucking get it.
And no, you are not going to be one of the lucky few in the Inner Party who will be immune from oversight by the fascist overlords. Those people have already been chosen, and you aren't on the list.

"Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither and will lose both."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Elizabeth Green said...

Yeees Laaaaawd. I have been saying the same thing to the troll that's been over at our blog. I don't think much of any president who will step on the Constitution.

safe haven said...

You are arogant, elitist, thankless, ungiving, irresponsible fools. I don't have to name you. You know who you are! What have any of you ever done to earn or deserve the freedoms you so fervently disrespect and take for granted? Except, of course, to tear down and disregard the sacrifices of those that went before you and fight and die for your freedom as we speak. In the words of Winston Churchill," If twenty and not liberal, one has no heart. If forty and not conservative, one has no brain". Time put the kool-aid aside, wake up and smell the coffee. Forget your childish selfishness and do something to help our country help the world instead of just tearing it down. If you have no solutions, don't make a complaint. Selfish, lazy, complaining, liberal elitists. Do something. Produce something. Contribute to society. Otherwise, shut-up and stay out of the way.