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Detention Camps? In America?

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Posted: February 05, 2009                                      
1:00 am Eastern by Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily

© 2009 

 

What goes on here?

Jerome Corsi’s breathtaking story in WND earlier this week is giving me heart palpitations.

In case you missed it, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., a former judge impeached in 1981 by a Democratic House of Representatives and only the sixth federal judge ever to be removed by the U.S. Senate, has introduced a bill to establish at least six emergency centers for U.S. civilians in the event of some future, unspecified crisis.

“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,” the story continues.

And here’s some further context: “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.”

I don’t like it.

I don’t trust Washington.

And I sure don’t trust Alcee Hastings.

In 1981, the former judge, appointed by Jimmy Carter, was charged with accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for a lenient sentence and a return of seized assets for 21 counts of racketeering by Frank and Thomas Romano, and of perjury in his testimony about the case. He was acquitted by a jury after his alleged co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify. Borders went to jail.

In 1988, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. Even Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers and Charlie Rangel voted to impeach Hastings. He was then easily convicted by the U.S. Senate and removed from office.

The Senate had the option to forbid Hastings from ever seeking federal office again, but – unwisely – did not do so.

So Hastings came back in 1993 to win his House seat.

Now he is promoting the building of “camps” for U.S. civilians.

It is Hastings who clearly belongs behind bars, not in the House of Representatives sponsoring draconian legislation.

The biggest “emergency” this nation faces is the overreaching of our federal government and its lack of concern over constitutional limits on its power.

Maybe we need detention facilities for out-of-control Washington powerbrokers.

I don’t know what’s behind this move.

Maybe it’s no more than a distraction to make us nervous and persuade Americans to keep their big mouths shut and follow orders.

Maybe it’s no more than an effort to create more make-work jobs for the constituents of Alcee Hastings and his colleagues.

Maybe it’s all just a big misunderstanding.

But, whatever it is, I don’t like the way it smells.

I don’t like the way it tastes.

And I know it is spawned in this the-Constitution-be-damned mentality that pervades Washington.

So let’s expose it.

Let’s kill it.

Let’s lock it up and throw away the key.

And let’s declare a real emergency – one that has already hit us like a smack in the face with a baseball bat: The Constitution is daily being breached by the very people sworn to uphold and defend it. If anyone in America deserved to be rounded up and detained for the good of the country, it is those who are blatantly exceeding the strict limits on their authority and remaking our nation in their own corrupt and power-hungry image.

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Homeland Security Sets up Suspicionless Checkpoints Along Roads in Washington State

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Seattle Indymedia Center
September 13, 2008


Homeland security has setup up 3 internal checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula. These checkpoints are in addition to checkpoints at Washington Ferry docks and highway border crossings. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, it has a jurisdiction of about 100 miles from the border. This puts most of Washington state in an area where border checkpoints are authorized, including Seattle.













In August and again in the beginning of September, the Department of Homeland Security has set up suspicion-less checkpoints on the Washington peninsula. The checkpoints are in the town of Forks, at the west side of the Hood Canal bridge going east bound, and at the third near Discovery Bay on US 101. Forks is a timber town of 3,200 people that is 56 miles from the nearest ferry terminal connecting Washington to Canada. At the road checkpoints there and elsewhere, the border patrol ask drivers different types of questions to gauge their status in the U.S., including questions about citizenship. Please review this video to understand how to deal with this illegal check points:


You don’t have to answer Border Patrol’s questions. Ask if you are being detained.


At the end of August, about 60 people demonstrated against the Forks Border Patrol checkpoint. Edgar Ayala, a Forks High School athlete who graduated with honors in June, was arrested on August 20th at the Border Patrol checkpoint and deported to Mexico. Tanya Ward, one of the organizers of the protest, is a member of the Hoh tribe and told a reporter from the Penninsula Daily News that she felt that immigrants are treated with the same unfairness shown to Native Americans. She said, “I don’t think it’s right for them to be taken out of their homes when their children are here and they’re not doing anything wrong.”


If you are interested in protesting these illegal road blocks please contact me: ceakins at gmail dot com


I live in the Peninsula, in Kitsap county.

Police Use Federal Money To Scan Fingerprints At Traffic Checkpoints

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Courier Online
July 17, 2008

High tech gadget instantly reveals identities

Police officials are excited about a new high tech gadget that will make their jobs a little bit easier.

Through a Homeland Security grant, Los Angeles County purchased 500 mobile fingerprint scanning devices that can be used by officers in the field.

The device allows officers to identify people through their fingerprints who have previously been booked through the Los Angeles County penal system.

Roughly 200 scanners went to LAPD, and the rest were spread to agencies throughout the county. The Claremont Police Department only got one, but it has already been put to good use.

 
 

Police just picked up the machine last Thursday, and by Friday it helped them nab a potentially dangerous criminal. At a sobriety checkpoint on Indian Hill Boulevard, just south of the 10 Freeway, over 2000 vehicles were screened, resulting in 14 arrests. Two were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Among those stopped at the checkpoint was a man who told police that he did not have his driver license. His car was pulled off to the shoulder, where police asked his identity.

“He supplied a name that we ran a records check on that came back with no match,” Claremont Police Captain Jenkins said.

Claremont Police Corporal Chris Bradley then put the department’s new gadget to use for the first time. The man’s index fingers were scanned right at the scene and 5 minutes later, the police had the information they needed.

“We were able to pull up all his real information; his name, date of birth and all that,” Corp. Bradley said. “And then we saw that he had a no-bail parole hold.”

Albert Dominguez, 26, of Chino, was a parole violator out on murder charges. He is now in custody in Los Angeles.

“The nice thing about this is, we were able to identify him right there out in the field,” Corp. Bradley said.

Created by Cogent Systems, the device normally runs about $1000 each. Law enforcement officials hope to eventually have one in every patrol vehicle, Cpt. Jenkins said. In the meantime, Claremont police will have to share their scanner until more funding for additional devices is available.

Police believe they will be particularly useful at checkpoints where identifying unlicensed drivers is a constant challenge.

“There’s always a number of identification issues at the checkpoints so this will be a big help,” Cpt. Jenkins said.

Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for ’emergencies’

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Posted: February 01, 2009
7:19 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

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.

American Casualties Likely Result of Obama Closing GITMO

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GITMO DETAINEES RETURNING TO THEIR MURDEROUS, EXTREMIST WAYS
 

The evidence is loud and clear.  The anti-American, anti-military pressure to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is endangering American lives.  We have to persuade the Congress to stop President Obama from continuing this suicidal policy of treating terrorists like neighborhood pickpockets.

Does it make any sense at all to be releasing people just so that they can get back to their terrorist ways and continue plotting attacks against the United States?  

Help us fund our television campaign to awaken
our fellow Americans to this horrible threat:

Since his election President Obama has been scurrying around trying to find a way to close Gitmo to fulfill his campaign promise to the Code Pink and Move-On left wing organizers of his presidential campaign.  This constant pressure even affected the Bush Administration that released far too many Gitmo detainees.  There already are reports that at least 61 of them have returned to the battlefield to kill Americans.

Obama wants to continue to send these dangerous detainees back to their home countries, or EVEN TO THE UNITED STATES, which is a crazy idea.  These other countries don’t have the interest we do in keeping these hardened terrorists behind bars. Time after time they escape after being returned to their home country.

The NY Times (of all places) reported today that the Saudi Arabian government had re-arrested 9 people who had been released from their “terrorist rehabilitation program” after it came out last week that 2 other men they had released joined up with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

This is a stark reminder of a lesson which we cannot forget – once a terrorist, always a terrorist! The men that our troops are standing guard over at Gitmo are DANGEROUS and here are 9 men that the Saudis thought were non-threatening, some of whom had been to Gitmo before, and still they returned to terrorism.

Please help us SAVE GITMO so that our troops
can KEEP THESE PEOPLE LOCKED UP!

Obviously the terrorists were effective at convincing the Saudis that they were no longer extremists.  But, as soon as they were let go they attempted to join Al Qaeda again and were arrested. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5591235.ece

Last week we found out that another former Gitmo detainee, Said Ali al-Shihri, had been released from Gitmo, was sent back to Saudi Arabia where he then traveled to Yemen and joined Al Qaeda there as one of their top commanders.

In a video relating to this new position, Shihri proclaimed,


“By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles
for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for”

Shihri was a terrorist when he was brought to Gitmo, he was released on the promise that he would go home to Saudi Arabia and run his parent’s furniture shop, but when he was released it was clear that Shahri was STILL A TERRORIST. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/world/middleeast/27saudi.html

Are you going to let Obama decide that more of these terrorists are not a danger to society? Are we going to let these terrorists go back to their home countries only see them released and back to their terrorist ways? 
 

Please contribute today so that we can
continue our campaign to SAVE GITMO.

Words cannot express how important Guantanamo Bay is to our national security. Detainees there give up vital information that helps our troops win the War on Terror and complete their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But closing the base and moving these terrorists to other countries increases the possibility that they will go free. Some liberal politicians here in America have said that these Gitmo detainees are “no more dangerous than any other prisoner.” We can see from these and many other examples that they ARE more dangerous because once released they go right back to plotting bombings and attacks against targets in the U.S. and worldwide.

Please help us put pressure on President Obama to keep GITMO OPEN and keep the terrorists BEHIND BARS. America has enjoyed safety here because the previous administration was able to keep us safe from another 9/11. Do not wait for America to learn the hard way again.

The worst thing is that the alternative Obama is considering is bringing these hardened criminals into the United States.  How long will it take before the ACLU lawyers and liberal judges start demanding that we release these terrorists into the United States because we didn’t give them their rights or were too mean to them on the battlefield?

This is a battle for the security of the United States and even your own neighborhood.  Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Camp Pendleton, California, are a couple of places they are looking to put these terrorists.  Other prisons and military installations around the country are being considered

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Free Speech Under Attack; Permitted 2 Hours Per Week

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Posted: January 27, 2009
10:22 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

 

 

A college’s ban on free speech – except for two selected hours per week – has been eliminated in a settlement with the Alliance Defense Fund, which took up the cause on behalf of a student threatened with arrest and expulsion for sharing the story of Jesus.

“Christian students shouldn’t have to face jail and expulsion for expressing their beliefs on a public college campus,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Heather Gebelin Hacker.

“We are pleased that Yuba College officials have finally agreed to recognize that its campus policies cannot strip away the free speech rights of students with religious viewpoints,” she said in a statement released yesterday.

As WND reported, a court told Yuba Community College officials to halt their enforcement of rules banning a student’s Christian testimony while the case was being adjudicated.

The dispute arose when student Ryan Dozier brought a lawsuit after he was cited for speaking on the California campus without a permit. He was warned that a second offense could result in his expulsion.

The ADF lawsuit challenged the school’s policies that limited student free speech activities to just two hours per week and required a permit to be obtained two weeks in advance.

It was Feb. 27 of last year when Dozier arrived on campus in Marysville, north of Sacramento, to go to class and share a Christian message with fellow students.

The ADF said Dozier “was approached by a campus police officer, who told him he needed a permit for such activity and that he would be arrested and face expulsion if he continued. The college allows ‘free speech’ only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., with permission required two weeks in advance.”

A few weeks later, Dozier received a certified letter from the school’s chief officer, Paul Mendoza, with a copy forwarded to the chief of police.

“I will, at this point, issue you a written warning to not violate the ‘Student Code of Conduct’ or any rule or college policy pertaining to student conduct, time, place, and manner or other requirements of the college,” the letter said. “Should you violate my directive, you will face further discipline up to and including expulsion from the college. Do not let this happen!

“I trust you will adhere to my directive,” Mendoza wrote.

The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of such directives.

“A student peacefully exercising his First Amendment right to speak on campus is committing no crime,” Hacker explained. “Yuba College is the one running afoul of the law by unlawfully censoring Christian student speech on campus.”

The ADF noted Dozier’s case was on the “Academia’s Top 10 Abuses of 2008” list published by Young America’s Foundation.

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January 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

More Gun Shows = Fewer Murders

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World Net Daily

Jose Farah

P osted: December 29, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
 

 

 

© 2008 

 

I’ll bet that’s a headline you’ve never seen before.

You will probably never see it, again.

But it’s the truth.

With a new Congress and a new president taking office next month, you are bound to hear more calls for closing the so-called “gun-show loophole,” that permits American citizens in many states to buy guns without ridiculous and counterproductive waiting periods.

There will be an all-out effort to renew the slow, plodding, incremental, long-term goal of banning and restricting the sale of as many firearms as possible. It will likely start with gun shows – one of the easiest targets of the gun-grabbers.

They will cite all kinds of bogus statistics to support their claims that gun shows spell nothing but death and destruction.

What they won’t cite, however, is a groundbreaking study of the impact of gun shows on homicides. They can’t – because it shows just the opposite of what they claim to be true.

Mark Duggan and Randi Hjalmarsson of the University of Maryland and Brian A. Jacob of the University of Michigan teamed up to examine the evidence in a scientific study of the impact of gun shows on murder and suicide and accidental deaths.

What they found is shocking because it supports the headline above.

They looked at 3,417 gun shows in two very different states – Texas and California – during an 11-year period. And they examined vital statistics data on suicides, homicides and accidental gun deaths in the weeks following them.

What were the results?

“We find a sharp decline in the number of gun homicides in the weeks immediately following a gun show,” they concluded. Furthermore, in Texas they found “gun shows reduce the number of gun homicides by 16 in the average year.”

Once again, here’s hard evidence of the theory that more guns equals less crime. And it shouldn’t shock us. It only does because we’ve been so conditioned to accepting the illogic of the gun-grabbers that states the opposite as fact – without any evidence to support it.

Think about it.

If you are a criminal, are you more likely to target someone who is armed or unarmed?

The answer is as obvious as the .45 on my desk.

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Criminals seek out victims who are not going to fight back or offer resistance, let alone shoot them.

Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means they are less likely to become victims.

Anyone who disagrees with this simple, straightforward logic should be required to post a sign on the outside of their home or office that says: “Gun-free zone.”

So far, I have not seen even one private citizen invite criminals into their home with such a ridiculous sign. Instead, governments post them around schools!

But now you know the facts – as inconvenient as they might be to the incoming administration and the new Democrat-stacked Congress.

There’s only one thing that will prevent them from taking away your Second Amendment-guaranteed right to self-defense: the truth.

You will be hearing a lot of lies about firearms in the months ahead.

You need to be armed with the facts – as well as your trusty old firearms.

And you need to be prepared to fight back against attacks on what may well be your first freedom.

Remember, every totalitarian regime in the history of the world has succeeded in maintaining power by first disarming the citizenry.

Don’t let it happen in the USA. Don’t accede to any more efforts to ban classifications of firearms because they look like “assault weapons.” Don’t accept any more restrictions on gun shows, now that you know they actually reduce gun homicides. Don’t believe any statistics you hear from Barack Obama or the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate about the need to reduce the availability of firearms or to make them “safer.”

Get ready to protect your constitutional rights across the board, because they are about to come under fire from the worst assault weapon ever devised, a real weapon of Mass Destruction and Mass Distortion – Big Government.