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Police State America Update: US Troops Training Cops on US Soil, Paramilitary Policing, ACLU & China on US Human Rights, and more

Is the U.S. a Fascist Police-State?

A police-state uses the law as a mechanism to control any challenges to its power by the citizenry, rather than as a mechanism to insure a civil society among the individuals.

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a “Failed State”

Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary US Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Professor of Political Economy Center for Strategic and International Studies Georgetown University Washington DC.

Concise and correct.

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”

In late July the American Civil Liberties Union releasedEstablishing a New Normal” (pdf), an 18 month review of national security, civil liberties and human rights under the Obama Administration.

How China Views America: The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

How the Military Destroys the Lives of Soldiers Who Try to Tell the Truth

“Top Secret America”: The Rest Of The Story

The secrets next door – Washington Posts’ explosive ‘Top Secret America’ series

H.R. 5741 Slave bill now in Committee

H.R. 5741 will give the president the authority “To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.”

US Constitution May Be Suspended: War, National Emergency and “Continuity of Government”

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights

The President’s Nullification Power

Among the most extraordinary powers claimed by both President Bush and President Obama as part of the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” is the power to nullify — or ignore — jury verdicts of acquittal in federal criminal cases involving terrorism.

Supreme Court upholds ban on ‘material support’ to foreign terrorist groups

The First Amendment does not protect humanitarian groups or others who advise foreign terrorist organizations, even if the support is aimed at legal activities or peaceful settlement of disputes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

When the Army Uses “Enhanced Interrogation” on an American Soldier

In gruesome detail, Luther described what happened to him at Camp Taji’s aid station. He thought he would receive medical care. Instead he was confined to an isolation chamber and held there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he agreed to sign papers saying that he was ill before coming to Iraq and thus not eligible for disability and medical benefits. “They wanted me to say I had a ‘personality disorder,’” Luther told me.

SWAT Raids Gone Wrong — Paramilitary Policing Is Out of Control

Militarized SWAT Drug Raids on the Rise

Police Raids On Organic Food Stores

Video: Police violently smash mothers head onto the road nearly killing her’

Land Of The Free: Never In The Civilized World Have So Many Been Locked Up For So Little

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right

Gang members are coming home with military training

NY National Guard Involved In Mass Arrests Of U.S. Citizens – Includes list of dozens of deployments of National Guard and military on American soil, in American cities.

Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?

Cops & Marines Patrol LA Streets Together

Foreign Troops Training To Confiscate Guns of Americans

USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern

‘Operation Exodus’: Louisiana Sheriff Taps Locals For Emergency Security Plan

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Special army unit ready to be deployed on American soil just before Nov. elections

In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as ‘Consequence Management Response Force’ will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.

Army Report Says Christians Threaten U.S. Foreign Policy

Obama Just Got His Private Army

Chicago Officials Call for Military Intervention, Martial Law

New Video Shows Militarized Police at Obama Event in Illinois

Huge Number of Disaster Drills Held Throughout America

From terrorist attacks and hurricane evacuations to submarine base and nuclear power plant mishaps; bomb blasts, plane crashes, dirty bombs, hazmat spills, earthquakes, medical disasters and train derailments, America is on high alert. Over the past several weeks to the present, more than 35 major disaster drills are taking place throughout America. It makes one wonder what’s prompting all of these emergency exercises and planning venues. Was it confusion over Gov. Palin’s oft-quoted “drill, baby, drill?” No, it’s recognition that the Feds are leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. States aren’t happy about this.

National Guard Training For Riot Control, Mass Detentions

Private Corporation Building Detention Camps Across America

The shadowy design firm that was behind the infamous Hardin Montana jail is pushing to build detention camps across America, with the latest proposal centering around a fifty acre, five hundred bed facility in Italy, Texas, part of a program that many Americans fear is based around a plan to intern political dissidents in the event of a national emergency.

Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

When the Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy Thursday, it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home.

“For the first time since 9/11, the NSS integrates homeland security and national security,” according to highlights of the plan given to CNN by a senior administration official said.

Maryland Citizens Face Felony Charges for Recording Cops

Sixteen years in jail…for videotaping a police officer in Maryland

U.S. Postal Service Expands Construction Of Secret Rooms

We have received documents from a military source indicating that U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country are expanding the construction of secretive criminal investigation rooms, which some fear will be used to detain American citizens in the event of a national emergency, bioterror attack or pandemic.

Ohio: You’re Speeding if The Cop Thinks You Are

The Ultimate Betrayal: Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans

FBI Continues Attack on Civil Rights, Demands Increased Powers

US and Polish Troops In Chicago

Disturbing Footage; The US Army Doesn’t Want You To See This

Moving video on the perversion of the US armed forces, and those brave men and women who strive to keep to their true duty – protecting the citizens of this land from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Threatening World Order: US and Israel Quietly Announce Plans to Reconstitute Their Nuclear Stockpiles

U.S. Navy Conceals Nuclear Weapons Production in California

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Feds to Protect Drug-Dispensing Postal Workers From “Violent Crowds”

The federal government is training postal workers in six U.S. cities to dispense “anti-terror drugs” in the event of a biological attack, with the promise that they will be accompanied by law enforcement officers to protect them from “potentially violent crowds”.

Fed to Buy More of Its Own Debt

Via: Bloomberg: Federal Reserve officials decided to reinvest principal payments on mortgage holdings into long-term Treasury securities, making their first attempt to bolster growth since March 2009 to keep the slowing U.S. economy from relapsing into recession.

Goldman reveals where bailout cash went

Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public 7/23.

USA Gun Owners Buy 14 Million Plus Guns In 2009 – More Than 21 of the Worlds Standing Armies Combined

Some Oklahomans want a state militia to resist Washington

Health Bill Broadens Unconstitutional Policing Power of IRS

NYPD Police Officer Admits to Arrest Quotas

New Mexico State Police have Quota System



News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

US Military Actions Overseas: 1798 – 2008  – compiled by Congressional Research Service for Congress, 2009

With the infrequent exception of year off now and again, we have been at war continuously since 1798.

Timelines 2000-2010: US, Europe, Latin America, Africa & Asia

A History of CIA Atrocities  

World’s Sole Military Superpower’s 2 Million-Troop, $1 Trillion Wars

 In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on December 10 the president of the United States appropriated for his country the title of “the world’s sole military superpower” and for himself “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.”

This may well have been the first time that an American – and of course any – head of state in history boasted of his nation being the only uncontested military power on the planet and unquestionably the only time a Nobel Peace Prize recipient identified himself as presiding over not only a war but two wars simultaneously.

Congress Approves $636.3 Billion for Defense in Fiscal 2010

Mercenaries and Assassins: The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know

Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan right now—and that number is quickly rising.

A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversight subcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it. Overall, contractors now comprise a whopping 69% of the Department of Defense’s total workforce, “the highest ratio of contractors to military personnel in US history.” That’s not in one war zone—that’s the Pentagon in its entirety.

Blowback From America’s Mercenary Army–Ret. Generals Make More Than Gates

America’s Faltering Military/Mercenary Army

Kucinich: The War Is a Threat to Our National Security

“The war is a threat to our national security. We’ll spend over one $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan, deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when are we going to start taking care of things here at home?”

Ron Paul: Obama Is Preparing for Perpetual War

Demoralization, Destabilization, Insurgency, Normalization  

23 CIA Agents Convicted in Rendition Case  

Short Video About UAV Combat Operations

Fake Al Qaeda

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

AFRICOM and America’s Global Military Agenda: Taking The Helm Of The Entire World

US “sinister” plans in Latin America

Obama Is Preparing for War in South America

“Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama, is Preparing for War in South America”; Interview with Eva Golinger

 “The first and foremost important achievement during the Chávez administration is the 1999 Constitution, which, although not written nor decreed by Chávez himself, was created through his vision of change for Venezuela. The 1999 Constitution was, in fact, drafted – written – by the people of Venezuela in one of the most participatory examples of nation building, and then was ratified through popular national referendum by 75% of Venezuelans.

CIA ran at least two secret prisons in Lithuania, inquiry confirms

CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy

The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week.

Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda terrorists at a time. A full report on the can be seen on ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson tonight.

India: Was Mumbai suspect a double agent for US?

 The Indian press is abuzz with news that Indian Home Ministry officials are investigating whether a terror suspect in the Mumbai attacks, David Headley from Chicago, was working as a ‘double agent’ with the US.

If “Al Qaida” Existed Would They Waste American Sleeper Cells Attacking India?

‘Headley was no low-level operative’

 The extensive use of terrorist tradecraft by Pakistani American terror suspect David Headley makes it evident that he “was not merely a low-level cannon fodder-type operative”, according to US strategic think tank Stratfor.

Mumbai Attackers Await Identification in J.J.Hospital Morgue

A long article about the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26th, 2008

Officials: Mysterious ‘Country A’ In Nozette Spy Case Is India  

Nozette Intrigue Grows: Spy Suspect Recently Cooperated With Feds In Separate Criminal Probe

Agent Orange Continues to Poison New Generations in Vietnam

Obama’s Bioweapons Program

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News Round-up: American Imperialism in AfPak Region

News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East



News Round-up: American Imperialism in AfPak Region

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

 The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

US mounted secret Pakistan raids in hunt for al-Qaida

Selective Counterterrorism in Pakistan

Beyond Afghanistan: A Time to Break Silence

Afghanistan: Troops Guarding the Poppy Fields

US: Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.

Kucinich: Resolutions to End Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Roads were safer in Afghanistan under the Taliban, British general admits

As Obama Sends More Troops, Giant Shadow Army Of Contractors Set To Grow In Afghanistan

President Obama’s Secret: Only 100 Al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s bravest woman calls on US to leave

Soviet lessons from Afghanistan

ARE BLACKWATER MERCENARIES RESPONSIBLE FOR FALSE FLAG BOMBINGS IN ORDER TO UNLEASH CIVIL WAR IN PAKISTAN?

How ISAF Sought to Play Down the German Air Strike

Hectic video conferences and a flurry of telephone calls marked the day that followed the German air strike in Afghanistan on Sept. 4. SPIEGEL has obtained transcripts and classifed documents that provide a glimpse into how German and NATO officials sought to limit the damage to their reputations.

Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids

CIA admits Blackwater presence in Pakistan

 Despite repeated denials, the CIA has now confirmed that US security contractor Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, has been operating in Pakistan.  CIA spokesman George Little said that agency Director Leon Panetta has terminated a contract with Xe services that allowed the company’s employees to load bombs on CIA drones at secret airfields in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Although the spokesman denied that Blackwater was currently involved in CIA operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, his comments, contradicted past US assertions that the company does not operate in Pakistan. 

Other than the US administration, the Pakistani government and Xe itself had denied that the company was operating in Pakistan.  Little did say, however, that the contractor still provides so-called security or support assistance to the US intelligence agency in the two countries. He did not elaborate further on exactly what that role involves.

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan

The Weapons Used In Iraq – Afghanistan Have Far Reaching Effects

We have seen the terrible consequences to human life and the environment that has been caused by weapons that contain uranium components. Genetically speaking the US and UK have destroyed the DNA of the Iraqi people as well as causing catastrophic effects on the environment.

Presidents and Prime Ministers really have a lot to answer for when they started the wars in the Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and now Pakistan. We are now seeing their continued aggression and intimidation against Iran and North Korea and one wonders that they have up their sleeve.

What we the public do not understand is that these very acts alone and the weapons being used are creating a mass genocide of millions of people around the world.

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News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East



Hardin, Montana And American Private Police Force

APF Plan To Run Hardin Jail Terminated, Arrest Of Hilton Possible – Prison Planet 10/10/09

Early Agreement Said APPF Would Provide Hardin With Police Force For $250K – TPM Muckraker 10/9/09

Anonymous APPF ‘Investor’ Comes Forward, Claims Jail Project Still Alive – TPM Muckraker 10/8/09

APF Investor Speaks – Prison Planet 10/8/09

Anonymous APPF ‘Investor’ Comes Forward, Claims Jail Project Still Alive – TPM Muckraker 10/8/09

APF Investor Speaks – Prison Planet 10/8/09

Hardin, Montana May be Staging Area for United Nations Civilian Police – Prison Planet 10/7/09

The Tragedy Of Becky Shay: Beleaguered APPF Spox Presses On – TPM Muckraker 10/7/09

Michael Hilton Scam Victims – Prison Planet 10/7/09

The Tragedy Of Becky Shay: Beleaguered APPF Spox Presses On – TPM Muckraker 10/7/09

APF Plan To Boss Hardin Detention Facility Put On Hold – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF frontman loses credibility in Hardin – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APPF Was Handed Keys To Hardin Jail Before Deal With Town Was Sealed – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Did Hardin Official Benefit Personally From APPF Deal? – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hardin To Create Own Police Force — But Pledges Not To Hire APPF – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Did Hardin Official Benefit Personally From APPF Deal? – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hilton told to be in court – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF frontman loses credibility in Hardin – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF Plan To Boss Hardin Detention Facility Put On Hold – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APPF Was Handed Keys To Hardin Jail Before Deal With Town Was Sealed – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

APF Changes Name, Logo & Website To “Diffuse Tension” – Prison Planet 10/5/09

APPF Lawyer Who Said Info Would ‘Gradually Be More Clear’ Quits – TPM Muckraker 10/5/09

APPF’s Dubious Story Gets Even More Dubious – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hardin Official: Unnamed But ‘Highly Qualified’ APPF Director Of Ops In Afghanistan Right Now – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

APF Spokeswoman Breaks Down During Press Conference – Prison Planet 10/3/09

Investigation Could Sink American Police Force – Prison Planet 10/2/09

APF Reaction to Leader’s Criminal Past – Prison Planet 10/2/09

Martial Law Is Their Business – and Business Sure Is Swell – Prison Planet 10/2/09

Hardin, Are You Really That Hard Up? – Prison Planet 10/2/09

APF: License? We Don’t Need No Stinking License! – Prison Planet 10/2/09

American Police Force: Web Sites Offer Hints About Jail Company – Cryptogon 10/1/09

Calif. jail entrepreneur has checkered past – AP / Google 10/1/09

As for Hilton’s military expertise, including his claim to have advised forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, those interviewed knew of no such feats. Instead, Hilton was described alternately by those who know him as an arts dealer, cook, restaurant owner, land developer, loan broker and car salesman — always with a moneymaking scheme in the works.

APF Refuses To Divulge Parent Company Amidst Blackwater Accusations – Prison Planet 10/1/09

Blackwater Claims APF Illegally Using Logos, Material – Prison Planet 10/1/09

American Police Force Offers Fugitive Tracking, Covert Pregnancy Testing’ and More! – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

American Police Force Leader’s Long Criminal Record – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

Officials: “There Are No Commandos In The Streets” – Prison Planet 10/1/09

APF Leader Exposed As Career Criminal As Hardin Patrols Labeled Unconstitutional – Prison Planet 10/1/09

APF & Hardin Constitution Violations – Prison Planet 10/1/09

American Police Force Leader? A Liar – Prison Planet 10/1/09

Hardin Official On APF Deal: “What Have We Got To Lose?” – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

American Police Force taking over towns – YouTube 9/30/09

American Police Force Logo Represents “Empire, Dominance and Power” – Prison Planet 9/30/09

APF Reveals Little Information – Prison Planet 9/30/09

Paramilitary Force To Boss Internment Camp In Montana – Prison Planet 9/29/09

Montana Town Occupied By Private Paramilitary Security Force – Prison Planet 9/29/09



Fascism Watch: Martial Law, Checkpoints, Internment Camps

21st Century Internment Camps: Disaster relief or civil rights disaster?  – Global Research 4/8/09

Massive Checkpoint Operation in Tennessee Violated Posse Comitatus, Fourth Amendment – InfoWars 4/7/09

Earlier today on the Alex Jones Show, Tennessee Representative Johhny Shaw admitted he was unaware of the planned operation. He also said Governor Phil Bredesen did not know the DHS and military planned to collaborate with local police in Shaw’s district in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.

Corrupt cops lead NY mayor to consider ‘martial law’ – Raw Story 3/23/09

Virginia POW Camp That Doesn’t Exist – Data4Science.net

FLASHBACK: FEMA sources confirm coming martial law – Global Research via WRH 12/4/08

FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations and Executive Orders  – Mindfully 1/25/09

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert – Global Research 1/22/09

Police State: New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps In U.S. – Global Research 1/28/09

The Reality Of FEMA Camps And The Martial Law Apparatus – Rogue Government 2/2/09

Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies – Global Research 12/26/08

U.S. Military Preparing for Domestic Disturbances – Global Research 12/23/08

Martial Law, the Financial Bailout, and War  – Global Research 1/8/09

Ariz. police say they are prepared as War College warns military must prep for unrest; IMF warns of economic riots – Phoenix Business Journal 12/17/08

“Emergency Preparedness” or Martial Law?  – Global Research 11/23/08

VIDEO: Martial Law in America – Global Research 11/22/08

Dangerous Executive Orders – Global Research 1/24/09

FEMA & the REX 84 Program – AboveTopSecret

State-By-State Index Of Potential US Concentration Camps – Rense

Church Organization Refuses To Divulge If Pastors Are On FEMA Payroll  – InfoWars 2/2/09

A large church organization has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law.

U.S. Army’s Civilian Inmate Labor Camp a.k.a. Revised REX 84 FEMA Internment Camps for Civil Unrest  – News That Matters blog 3/4/09

Dear Glenn Beck, Detention Camps DO Exist In America  – PrisonPlanet 3/5/09

U.S. troops’ new mission: America’s ‘special events’ – World Net Daily 12/13/08

New rules published in the Federal Register would allow certain civilians to call American soldiers into action inside the U.S. to prevent environmental damage or respond to “special events”  and “other domestic activities.”

The alarming warning is contained in proposed rules published last week for the Department of Defense’s  “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” plan.  Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling “insurrections” and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of government.

But the new rules go far beyond that, essentially establishing a plan to activate the U.S. military inside the country to deal with social issues under provisions that appear to be devoid of any connection to the Constitution, according to an expert.

Bush plans 20,000 troops to police US – Raw Story 12/1/08

Pentagon wants 20,000 troops in U.S. to protect America – Houston Chronicle 11/30/08

The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.

800 FEMA concentration camps ‘fully operational and ready’ – Friends of Liberty via DisInter 1/25/09

There over 800 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA…

The camps all have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners. Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility and can hold approximately 2 million people.

See the list of camps and executive orders here or here 

See a related video here.

More on FEMA here.

1997 letter from  NC Rep Bill Hefner confirming ‘civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps’ on Army installations, already funded and staffed.

FLASHBACK: FEMA sources confirm coming martial law – Global Research via WRH 12/4/08

FEMA Concentration Camps: Locations and Executive Orders  – Mindfully 1/25/09

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert – Global Research 1/22/09

Police State: New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps In U.S. – Global Research 1/28/09

The Reality Of FEMA Camps And The Martial Law Apparatus – Rogue Government 2/2/09

Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies – Global Research 12/26/08

U.S. Military Preparing for Domestic Disturbances – Global Research 12/23/08

Martial Law, the Financial Bailout, and War  – Global Research 1/8/09

Ariz. police say they are prepared as War College warns military must prep for unrest; IMF warns of economic riots – Phoenix Business Journal 12/17/08

“Emergency Preparedness” or Martial Law?  – Global Research 11/23/08

VIDEO: Martial Law in America – Global Research 11/22/08

Dangerous Executive Orders – Global Research 1/24/09

The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere. It’s time to stop the mission creep. – Washington Post 12/21/08

We no longer have a civilian-led government. It is hard for a lifelong Republican and son of a retired Air Force colonel to say this, but the most unnerving legacy of the Bush administration is the encroachment of the Department of Defense into a striking number of aspects of civilian government. Our Constitution is at risk. …While serving the State Department in several senior capacities over the past four years, I witnessed firsthand the quiet, de facto military takeover of much of the U.S. government. The first assault on civilian government occurred in faraway places — Iraq and Afghanistan — and was, in theory, justified by the exigencies of war. 

 

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Police State America: What Are They Planning Next? – 3/10/09

American Fascism: Advances of the Police State – 3/10/09

FEMA & Martial Law – 3/11/09

Cops Gone Wild! – 3/10/09

Fighting Back Against Fascism: Are these tactics effective? – 3/10/09

The Technology of Fascism – 3/10/09



Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies. Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: – CATO

An Epidemic of Isolated Incidents: Map, details and searchable results

 Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners – TruthOut 4/27/09

Filling the Skies with Robot Assassins: The Drone Wars Have Begun – Alternet 4/8/09

Court: Cops may use Tasers to obtain DNA – Raw Story 6/4/09

Tasers Are the New Killers: Watch Their Popularity Surge! – Alternet 4/2/09

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can ‘instantly incapacitate’ multiple people at a time.

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Obama’s Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private “Security” in Israel and Iraq  – Alternet 4/2/09

Federal records obtained by AlterNet reveal a multi-million dollar contract for a private U.S. paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem.



Support the Troops – Stop the Atrocities!

Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says – CNN 11/17/08

An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness. 

Gulf war veteran research lacking – Raw Story 11/14/08

Even as possibly hundreds of thousands of veterans suffer from a collection of symptoms commonly called Gulf War illness, the government has done too little to find treatments for their health problems nearly two decades after the war.

The New Gulf War Syndrome – Alternet 11/11/08

Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in danger from toxic chemicals, yet most don’t know what they’ve been exposed to or where to get help.

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World  – Rense 4/29/05

Video: Depleted Uranium – Iraq’s Nuclear Nightmare – Uruknet 10/20/08

Anti-war veterans deploy 4,171 toy soldiers at gas station – Raw Story 11/17/08

Chemicals at US Iraq burn pit site – Raw Story 11/21/08

A soldier concerned about his tour at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Balad, Iraq, this year sent Military Times a report showing high levels of particulate matter and low levels of manganese, possibly due to materials destroyed in a burn pit.

“The high risk estimate is due to the average (particulate matter) level being at a concentration the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers ‘hazardous,’ and is likely to affect the health of all troops,” wrote Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, director of health risk assessment for the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. “Manganese was also detected above its one-year military exposure guidelines.”

Raped in the Military? You’ll Have to Pay for Your Own Forensic Exam Kit – Alternet 11/11/08

Contractors Nervous About Losing Immunity in Iraq – Mother Jones 11/7/08

Military Contractors Are Here to Stay, Report Concludes – Mother Jones 11/10/08

Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says “No” to Deployment in Afghanistan – Alternet 10/23/08

How 21-year-old soldier Blake Ivey came to see war as “flat-out murder.”

Injured vets returned to combat – Raw Story 11/25/08

Definition of combat-related disabilities narrowed, costing vets benefits.

Report: Army to sink $50 million into combat training games – CNet 11/24/08

Revealed: Gulf War Syndrome is Real, Caused by Pills and Pesticides – Alternet 11/20/08

A groundbreaking study has found that pills given to U.S. and British troops to counter nerve gas is one of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome.

New friendly fire coverup: Army shreds files on dead soldiers – Salon 11/20/08

Hours after Salon revealed evidence that two Americans were killed by a U.S. tank, not enemy fire, military officials destroyed papers on the men.

Iraq veterans exposed to cancer-causing dust sue contractor – Raw Story 12/3/08

The Guardsmen charge that KBR was aware of dangerous levels of sodium dichromate on the premises, used to remove corrosion from pipes. Part of its chemical makeup is hexavalent chromium, which is known to cause lung cancer and birth defects. Sergeant First Class David Moore of Dubois, Indiana, was among those said to be affected: he died this year of chronic interstitial lung disease. His death was ruled service-related.

“It’s not right,” said Mark McManaway, 55, the main plaintiff in the suit. He has suffered rashes and nosebleeds he blames on the exposure. Their attorney, Mike Doyle, is also representing ten KBR workers in arbitration (Langford v. Halliburton, American Arbitration Association, 70-480-00649-05) who echo the charge, saying that their employer chose to cover up the exposure after neglecting to issue them the proper protective gear. Ed Blacke, who worked as a medic at Qarmat Ali, testified to a Senate panel in June that he was fired when he discovered the toxic dust and tried to warn others. “A day’s exposure could write you a death warrant,” he added. “Just one day’s exposure.” He said that the chemical contamination was an act of sabotage by the Iraqi Baath party.

“The Tell City Guardsmen were repeatedly told that there was no danger on site, even after KBR managers knew that blood testing of American civilians exposed onsite confirmed elevated chromium levels,” Doyle said in the complaint…The Guardsmen’s complaint includes a copy of an internal KBR memo, dated June 2003, in which managers discussed sodium dichromate at the plant, and a statement from the Army confirming that there was “high potential for direct exposure” to the chemical during the time the Guardsmen were stationed at the plant.

Halliburton, KBR sickened largest base in Iraq, likely others – Army Times 12/4/08

A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against contractor KBR and its former parent company, Halliburton, saying the companies exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there….Joshua Eller, who worked as a civilian computer-aided drafting technician with the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, said military personnel, contractors and third-country nationals may have been sickened by contamination at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq, home to more than 30,000 service members, Defense Department civilians and contractors….

Eller filed his claim after he deployed in February 2006 for 10 months. The lawsuit claims he developed skin lesions that subsequently spread, filled with fluid and burst. He said they went away, then reappeared, followed by blisters on his feet that made it painful for him to walk. He said they healed, but continue to return every three to four months.  Then, Eller said he experienced vomiting, cramping and diarrhea, and continues to suffer severe abdominal pain.

“Plaintiff witnessed the open air burn pit in operation at Balad Air Force Base,” the lawsuit states. “On one occasion, he witnessed a wild dog running around base with a human arm in its mouth. The human arm had been dumped on the open air burn pit by KBR.”…A report from Wil Granger, KBR’s water quality manager for Iraq, states that non-potable water used for showering was not disinfected. “This caused an unknown population to be exposed to potentially harmful water for an undetermined amount of time,”…The suit notes that former KBR employees Ben Carter and Ken May testified at a congressional hearing in January 2006 that KBR used contaminated water from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Carter testified that he found the water polluted with sewage and that KBR did not chlorinate it.  The lawsuit states the swimming pools at Balad were also filled with unsafe water.

Eller also accused KBR of serving spoiled, expired and rotten food to the troops, as well as dishes that may have been contaminated with shrapnel.  “Defendants knowingly and intentionally supplied and served food that was well past its expiration date, in some cases over a year past its expiration date,” the lawsuit states. “Even when it was called to the attention of the KBR food service managers that the food was expired, KBR still served the food to U.S. forces.”  The food included chicken, beef, fish, eggs and dairy products, which caused cases of salmonella poisoning, according to the lawsuit.

“KBR prevented their employees from speaking with government auditors and hid employees from auditors by moving them from bases when an audit was scheduled,” the lawsuit states. “Any employees that spoke with auditors were sent to more dangerous locations in Iraq as punishment.”

The lawsuit also accuses KBR of shipping ice in mortuary trucks that “still had traces of body fluids and putrefied remains in them when they were loaded with ice. This ice was served to U.S. forces.”…

Eller also accuses KBR of failing to maintain a medical incinerator at Joint Base Balad, which has been confirmed by two surgeons in interviews with Military Times about the Balad burn pit. Instead, according to the lawsuit and the physicians, medical waste, such as needles, amputated body parts and bloody bandages were burned in the open-air pit.

“Wild dogs in the area raided the burn pit and carried off human remains,” the lawsuit states. “The wild dogs could be seen roaming the base with body parts in their mouths, to the great distress of the U.S. forces.”

According to military regulations, medical waste must be burned in an incinerator to prevent anyone from breathing hazardous fumes.

“On at least one occasion, defendants were attempting to improperly dispose of medical waste at an open-air burn pit by backing a truck full of medical waste up to the pit and emptying the contents onto the fire,” the lawsuit states. “The truck caught fire. Defendants’ fraudulent actions were thereby discovered by the military.”

The lawsuit also states that the contractors burned old lithium batteries in the pits, “causing noxious and unsafe blue smoke to drift over the base.”

Military Times has received more than 100 letters from troops saying they were sickened by fumes from the burn pits, which burned plastics, petroleum products, rubber, dining-facility waste and batteries.

The lawsuit asks that the plaintiffs receive monetary compensation for physical injuries, emotional distress, fear of future disease, and need for continued medical treatment and involvement, and that KBR and Halliburton be stripped of all revenue and profits earned “from their pattern of constant misconduct and callous disregard to the welfare of Americans serving and working in Iraq.” 

 

Bill Moyers Interviews former US Army Col. Andrew Bacevich – PBS 9/26/08

Is an imperial presidency destroying what America stands for? Bill Moyers sits down with history and international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls for a redefinition of the American way of life