US Army Now Training Prison Guards to Secure 'Civilian Detainees'
December 15, 2011 Robert Johnson / Business Insider & Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
Citizens have a Constitutional First Amendment right to assemble and demand "a redress of grievances." But a new Pentagon training manual now defines "protests" as "low-level terrorism." Another document (from Halliburton subsidiary KBR) details a push to construct FEMA and US Army-run detention camps in five US regions as temporary "emergency environments" for citizens displaced in the wake of "natural disasters" or national "emergencies."
The US Army Now Offers A Prison Guard Specialty Securing 'Civilian Detainees' Robert Johnson / Business Insider
(December 7, 2011) -- Every soldier that enlists in the Army chooses a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Designated by a number and a letter, the 31E MOS now includes advanced responsibilities including command and control of prisoner of war and civilian internee camps.
While the civilian designation likely applies to foreign nationals in their home countries, it reads more ominously now that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is getting nods from legislators as it makes its way through the Senate.
Part of the NDAA includes amendments allowing for the arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens both at home and abroad. Below is a portion of the MOS listing at GoArmy.com.
Advanced level Internment/Resettlement Specialist provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level I/R Specialist, you may be involved in: * Supervise and establish all administrative, logistical and food support operations, confinement/correctional, custodial, treatment, and rehabilitative activities
* Responsible for all personnel working in the confinement/correctional facility, including security, logistical, and administrative management of the prisoner/internee population
* Provide command and control, staff planning, administration/logistical services, and custody/control for the operation of an Enemy Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee (EPW/CI) camp
* Provide command and control, staff planning, administration/logistical services, and custody/control for the operation of detention facility or the operation of a displaced civilian (DC) resettlement facility
"Be careful not to allow this [Occupy] movement to get any legitimacy…. I'm old enough to remember what happened in the 1960′s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can't allow that to happen."
-- New York Rep. Peter King, head of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee
(December 7, 2011) -- Infowars.com has received a document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and US Army camps around the United States. Entitled "Project Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements," the document describes services KBR is looking to farm out to subcontractors. The document was passed on to us by a state government employee who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.
Services up for bid include catering, temporary fencing and barricades, laundry and medical services, power generation, refuse collection, and other services required for temporary "emergency environment" camps located in five regions of the United States.
Internment Camp Services Bid Arrives After NDAA
KBR's call for FEMA camp service bids arrives soon after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to detain and interrogate supposed domestic terror suspects in violation of the Fourth Amendment and Posse Comitatus.
Section 1031 of the NDAA bill declares the whole of the United States as a "battlefield" and allows American citizens to be arrested on US soil and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.
A number of civil liberties groups have come out in strong opposition to the legislation, most notably the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization.
In a letter addressed to Congress, S. Floyd Mori, the national director of JACL, said the NDAA is the first time that Congress has scaled back on the protections provided by the Non-Detention Act of 1971. Mori said the legislation, if enacted and put into use, would be reminiscent of the unconstitutional indefinite detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.
KBR Instrumental in Establishing Camps in 2006
In 2006, KBR was awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security, allegedly to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency, Market Watch reported.
The contract was effective immediately and provided for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the US, or to support the rapid development of new programs, KBR said.
The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, the company explained.
Army Releases Civilian Inmate Labor Program Document
Soon after KBR's announcement, a little-known Army document surfaced. Entitled the "Civilian Inmate Labor Program," the unclassified document describes in detail Army Regulation 210-35. The regulation, first drafted in 1997, underwent a "rapid act revision" in January 2005 and now provides a policy for the creation of labor programs and prison camps on Army installations.
National Emergency Centers Act
In 2009, the National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645 was introduced in Congress. It mandates the establishment of "national emergency centers" to be located on military installations for the purpose of providing "temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster," according to the bill.
In addition to emergencies, the legislation is designed to "meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security," an open-ended mandate which many fear could mean the forced detention of American citizens in the event of widespread rioting after a national emergency or total economic collapse, as Paul Joseph Watson noted in January of 2009.
Also in 2009, the Army National Guard began posting advertisements calling for Internment/Resettlement Specialists, a fact noted by Infowars.com, Prison Planet.com and other alternative media outlets but ignored by the establishment media.
Precursor: Rex 84 Mass Detention Operation
Rex 84, short for Readiness Exercise 1984, was established under the pretext of a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossing the Mexican/US border, the same pretense used in the language of the KBR request for services.
During the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, however, it was revealed that the program was a secretive "scenario and drill" developed by the federal government to suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, assign military commanders to take over state and local governments, and detain large numbers of American citizens determined by the government to be "national security threats."
Rex 84 was devised by Col. Oliver North, who was with the NSC and appointed liaison to FEMA. John Brinkerhoff, the deputy director of "national preparedness" programs for FEMA, and North designed the plan on a 1970 report written by FEMA chief Louis Giuffrida, at the Army War College, which proposed the detention of up to 21 million "American Negroes" in the event of a black militant uprising in the United States.
DHS Coordinating Occupy Arrests
Following a crackdown by police on Occupy Wall Street protesters around the nation, Oakland, California, Mayor Jean Quan mentioned during an interview with the BBC that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. It was later discovered that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal police agencies had coordinated the often violent response to the protests.
New York Rep. Peter King, who heads up the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, signaled a sense of urgency when he said the federal government has "to be careful not to allow this movement to get any legitimacy. I'm taking this seriously in that I'm old enough to remember what happened in the 1960′s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can't allow that to happen."
The federal government responded similarly in the 1960s and 70s when the FBI organized and unleashed its unconstitutional secret police under the covert banner of COINTELPRO.
In addition to the DHS characterizing Americans supporting states' rights and the Constitution as terrorists, the Defense Department's Antiterrorism and Force Protection Annual Refresher Training Course in 2009 advised its personnel that political protest amounts to "low-level terrorism."
Elements of the Police State Coming Together
The KBR document is more evidence that the federal government has established internment camps and plans to fill them with dissidents and anti-government activists that have been demonized consistently by the establishment media.
The NDAA was crafted precisely to provide the legal mechanism for tasking the military to round up activists it conflates with al-Qaeda terrorists. The plan was initially envisioned by Rex 84 and in particular Operation Garden Plot, an operational plan to use the Army, USAF, Navy, and Marine Corp. in direct support of civil disturbance control operations. It has since added numerous elements under the rubric of Continuity of Government, the overall war on terror, civil disturbance and emergency response.
The government has patiently put into place the crucial elements of its police state grid and overarching plan for the internment of political enemies.
We are quite literally one terror event away from the plan going live. As the DHS and the establishment media keep telling us, the next terror event will be on American soil and not the work of al-Qaeda but domestic patriot political groups. The FBI has specialized in creating domestic terrorists-- or rather patsies-- and shifting the blame over to their political enemies. Protesters March Against Bill That Could Designate Them Terrorists Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet.com
(December 5, 2011) -- Occupy Portland protesters marched yesterday against a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act that could lead them to be designated as terrorists and carted off to a foreign detention camp.
"Protesters took issue with the $662 billion defense spending bill, singling out language in the U.S. Senate version that says U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism can be detained indefinitely," reports The Oregonian.
As we highlighted last week, Section 1031 of the NDAA bill, which will become law if approved by President Obama, declares the whole of the United States as a "battlefield" and allows American citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay.
Given the fact that the Department of Defense now defines exercising the First Amendment as "low-level terrorism," demonstrators have every right to be concerned about being targeted by Section 1031 of the NDAA bill. As we reported back in 2009, the DoD's Antiterrorism and Force Protection Annual Refresher Training Course advises its personnel that political protest amounts to "low-level terrorism".
The training introduction reads:
"Anti-terrorism (AT) and Force Protection (FP) are two facets of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mission Assurance Program. It is DoD policy, as found in DoD I 2000.16, that the DoD Components and the DoD elements and personnel shall be protected from terrorist acts through a high priority, comprehensive, AT program. The DoD's AT program shall be all encompassing using an integrated systems approach."
The first question of the Terrorism Threat Factors, "Knowledge Check 1" section reads: Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism activity?
Select the correct answer and then click Check Your Answer. * Attacking the Pentagon * IEDs * Hate crimes against racial groups * Protests
In order to proceed, users must give the "correct" answer as "Protests".
According to the document, all DoD personnel are required to complete the course on a yearly basis.
Since the Obama administration has asserted the right to assassinate anyone in the world, even American citizens, should they be designated "terrorists," should we be concerned that exercising the right to free speech now falls under that category?
Readers may not agree with everything espoused by 'Occupy' protesters, but whatever your political cause, the fact that the Senate has just passed a bill that greases the skids for indefinite detention for suspected terrorists, behavior which now includes activism and protesting, is yet another reminder that America is now a fully fledged police state, in which the federal government asserts more power than Hitler or Stalin ever dreamed of.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
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