On November 12 2010, former Gov. Jesse Ventura and company at Conspiracy Theory will air an episode about the prison cities FEMA camps reportedly built in various locations throughout the USA. It is said the camps are designed to house American citizens in the case of natural disaster, terror attack – or civil unrest. A description of the upcoming episode says,
“Police State – NEW! Premieres Fri, November 12 at 10P. It’s been said the government has a plan to declare martial law and round up millions of United State citizens into concentration camps. Jesse may have found a conspiracy in plain sight as he investigates the proliferation of law enforcement Fusion Centers around the country. And they may be connected to hundreds of detention centers ready to accept prisoners at the stroke of a Presidential pen.”
As crazy as this sounds, it is not without precedent.
During WWII, the US government interned American citizens of Japanese descent in a number of “War Relocation Camps” as a national security measure (one was located near Kooskia Idaho not far from my home here in the north central part of the state). Of the more than 100,000 people forced into the camps, approximately 62% were citizens of the United States Of America. The imprisonment of these US citizens without due process was authorized by Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order 9066 and carried out by the US military.
The illegal detention of Japanese Americans (along with some German and Italian Americans) was justified by the need to secure the west coast and other vulnerable regions of the country. However, there were many Americans who were in favor of the relocation and imprisonment of Japanese Americans simply because they were different. Many California farmers were glad to see them go because they represented unwanted competition.
There are other examples of the national power using illegal force to eliminate undesirables. Abraham Lincoln declared martial law and suspended the constitutionally protected right to writ of habeas corpus (habeas corpus is a hedge against unlawful imprisonment because it obligates an arresting authority to come before a judge and explain why a prisoner is being held). Woodrow Wilson championed the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918. These measures were enacted in order to suppress anti war opinions and where used to destroy newspapers that disagreed with Wilson’s politics.
The FEMA camp episode of Conspiracy Theory apparently includes interviews with elected representatives who try to defend the existence of the camps. I suggest interested Americans tune in to the show and see what sort of evidence Ventura presents. Next, concerned citizens should contact their representatives and senators to see what they know about the FEMA camps. After that I recommend additional sleuthing – and reporting on Associated Content and similar venues. History tells us we are foolish to assume we have nothing to worry about.
Wikipedia, Japanese American Internment
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