Tuesday, February 3, 2009

National Emergency Centers?

I am not exactly sure if it is the the decidedly uncertain, inverted and bass-ackward times we now live in, the still mysterious yet readily identifiable totalitarian nature of the person who is now occupying the Oval Office, the disgraced and impeached former federal judge who is proposing this curious legislation, or government's inherent ability to do its worst whenever possible.

Perhaps it is a combination of all of the above that has caused me not a small amount of pause here, but, as a student of history, as well as an American who loves and cherishes freedom above all else, the idea that this sort of thing is even being considered scares the absolute hell out of me.

Mindless paranoia on my part, you say?


Read and decide for yourself:

Posted: February 01, 2009
7:19 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla.

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced to the House of Representatives a new bill, H.R. 645, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations.

The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany.

Heed the warning of a former Hitler Youth who sees America on the same path as pre-Nazi Germany in "Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" from WND Books!

The bill also appears to expand the president's emergency power, much as the executive order signed by President Bush on May 9, 2007, that, as WND reported, gave the president the authority to declare an emergency and take over the direction of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments without even consulting Congress.

As WND also reported, DHS has awarded a $385 million contract to Houston-based KBR, Halliburton's former engineering and construction subsidiary, to build temporary detention centers on an "as-needed" basis in national emergency situations.

According to the text of the proposed bill, the purpose of the National Emergency Centers is "to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster."

Three additional purposes are specified in the text of the proposed legislation:

  • To provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of federal, state and local first responders;

  • To provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response and recovery efforts of government, private, not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations;

  • To meet other appropriate needs, as defined by the secretary of homeland security.

The broad specifications of the bill's language, however, contribute to concern that the "national emergency" purpose could be utilized by the secretary of homeland security to include any kind of situation the government wants to contain or otherwise control.

Rep. Hastings created controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign with his provocative comments concerning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

"If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention," Hastings said, as reported by ABC News. "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through."

H.R. 645, which seeks to allocate $360 million for developing the emergency centers, has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and to the Committee on Armed Services.


To meet other appropriate needs, as defined by the secretary of homeland security.

Yeah, no potential for abuse here. After all, we all know how reasonable government is, right?


Anonymous said...


If this proposal had been presented by someone other than Mr. Hastings, I may not have given it much thought. However, I do NOT trust his motives, although many of the reasons for these camps seem to make perfectly good sense.

I gave up cigarettes for 2009, but have one more resolution to work on. I swore I would give up being paranoid. With comrade Obama in office, and stories like this, I may have picked a bad year.


Dave said...


Yeah, I am still wrestling with the paranoia issue myself, and for the same reasons you are, I am having much difficulty in shaking it.

I have seen similar things proposed before as well, but for Hastings to be doing it concerns me.

I watched this guys impeachment hearings on CSPAN way back when, and I think he's off his rocker, and not a little crooked.

What is more, being a student of history, I well remember that one of the reasons the NAZIs justified the early concentration camps for the Jews was "for their own protection."

I wouldn't be surprised if the government, particularly under its current leadership, were to sneak something like this through in a wee-hour vote.

I don't see that as being paranoid, but as being prudently cautious.


When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson