24 February 2006

Building detention centers (just in case)

Hungry Blues (quoting a Kimberly) had a rather chilling post about new detention centers being built in the U.S. I've quoted a key segment of the post below:

The Black Commentator's Margaret Kimberly notes that Halliburton has won yet another multi-million dollar government contract—this one to build "temporary detention facilities" in case of an "immigration emergency." (This contract was apparently mentioned in a NY Times article.)

Halliburton tentacles seem to find their way into everything these days. (As when the company hired Joe Allbaugh, former FEMA director and leading figure in helping Bush get into power. FEMA wouldn't be the first place I'd look for managerial expertise.)

The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other U.S. Government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster. In the event of a natural disaster, the contractor could be tasked with providing housing for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel performing law enforcement functions in support of relief efforts. Kimberly quotes the passage, above, from Halliburton's press release and then comments:

Anyone paying a little bit of attention will ask, "What immigration emergency?" If there is an immigration emergency looming on the horizon it is a big secret. Of course immigrants will be the first ensnared in the net that big brother Bush has in mind, but the net won't stop with them. What sort of national emergency requires detention centers? America has plenty of prisons. More of our population is behind bars than in any country on earth. There are detention centers for immigration in existence already. As for helping in case of a natural disaster, hurricane Katrina proved that saving American lives is not on the Bush agenda. When the word detention comes up, hairs should rise on the back of every neck. Thanks to the Patriot Act and the creation of "enemy combatants" these detention centers can be used to lock up anyone for any reason for any length of time that Uncle Sam wishes.

Of course, we hope that this is all much concern about nothing, but with the Bush administration, one never knows. These people have the audacity to try anything if the people are willing to stand for it.

3 comments:

CyberKitten said...

I saw this a few weeks ago.. and couldn't help having flashbacks to 'temporary detention camps' in a certain European country in the 1930's.....

It's yet another straw in the wind... a rather big straw....

Mr. Natural said...

Only ONE Senator stood up against the patriot act, and only THREE are standing against re-certification of it!

N. Mallory said...

I've seen this "immigration emergency" thing before in the 1980's. FEMA was involved then: http://nmallory.exit-23.net/20050908/femas-dark-history