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Friday, July 27, 2007
 
After Kook Street

I haven't been paying much attention to the Left/Right battles these days, so I may just be behind the curve on this story. After Downing Street, a website that sprang up after the famous Downing Street Memo, has always been pretty far left, but I wasn't aware that they had gotten into the complete crackpot stuff as illustrated by this hyperventilating article written by David Lindorff:

Put this together with the wholly secret construction now under way--courtesy of a $385-million grant by the US Army Corps of Engineers to Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc--of detention camps reportedly capable of confining as many as 400,000 people, and a recent report that the Pentagon has a document, dated June 1, 2007, classified Top Secret, which declares there to be a developing “insurgency” within the U.S, and which lays out a whole martial law counterinsurgency campaign against legal dissent, and you have all the ingredients for a military takeover of the United States.


The wholly secret? It's such a secret that the Houston Business Journal has an article about it, dated 1/24/06. And the article makes it clear that these detention camps are not intended for Americans:

The contract provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the United States, or to support the rapid development of new programs.


So there's a pretty simple reason for it. Now I know the paranoid fringe will always see these immigration and detention camps as having potential to be used against US citizens, but what does David really propose in the event this happens:

As we go about our daily lives--our shopping, our escapist movie watching, and even our protesting and political organizing—we need to be aware that there is a real risk that it could all blow up, and that we could find ourselves facing armed, uniformed troops at our doors.


Have the jackbooted thugs become the nightmare of the paranoid left?

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