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Do US Internment Camps Really Exist?

July 7, 2008

Unlike a lot of conspiracy theories floating around on the Internet this one appears to be well grounded in truth. There is an enormous amount of evidence that support the fact that the camps exist and really no denial by the government. So the question quickly changes from ‘Do they exist?’ to ‘why?’ Why does the government need to have internment camps?

Interment camps are not without precedent in US history. During World War II, out of fear, our government rounded up nearly 110,000 Japanese people and placed them in camps around the country. That period in history is looked upon as a dark moment in our past. Why would we repeat a past mistake?

Japanese Interment Camp Locations

Although the government has always been prone to the demonization of certain groups, there hadn’t been much focus on a return to government prison camps until REX 84 (Readiness Exercise 1984) in 1984. That exercise marked a distinct return to the willingness of the US government to imprison its citizens. It shows that they are ready, willing and able to return to citizen internment.

REX 84 Camp

Mainstream media did have some coverage of REX 84 during the late 80s, but since then all is quiet on the major media front. The topic remains a focus of many conspiracy related websites and news sources. It is this coverage that has kept the topic alive on the internet, but moved it into the arena of wild conspiracy.

Since REX 84, the campaign to create new internment camps and maintain existing camps has continued. Originally managed by US military and intelligence organizations, control of this has now passed to NORTHCOM. NORTHCOM is a joint military unit that covers the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

US citizens once had the protection of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prevented the use of the US military on it’s own citizens. Now that protection has been removed by two changes. First the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which is vigorously being fought from many directions. The act basically allows that almost anyone can be deemed an enemy combatant, subject to be detained indefinitely. Second is the transfer of control of certain parts of the military to super-national organizations. NORTHCOM like NORAD is a super-national military organization and is in control of Mexico, Canada, and CONUS, no pun intended, which is the continental United States.

Since REX 84, work has continued on internment camps. Most recently a contract was awarded to a Halliburton company, KBR. The contract, awarded in 2006, allows for the creation of new camps that can hold up to 400,000 people. This is in addition to the many camps that already exist. The stated reason for the new camps is “an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs”. The press release remains in the KBR archive, it can be seen here.

Since our government has been lacking in the control of illegal immigration or any other type of immigration for that matter, we are left with the ominous line “support the rapid development of new programs”. It is perhaps the most disturbing part of the press release. What are these new programs? How rapid is the development? Maybe we don’t even want to know the answers to these questions.

These types of programs have spanned several administrations, both Democratic and Republican. They come from within the depths of government and are likely born out of a sense of self preservation by the government. In history, we have seen this type of behavior before most prominently, in Germany, the Soviet Union, and China. In the past our government and citizens frowned on things like this.

So yes, the camps do exist. They are there. They’re waiting to be used. But the big question, ‘Why?’, remains unanswered. Except for the vague stated reason, “support the rapid development of new programs”. Maybe it is a good idea to keep a watchful eye on the rapid development of new programs.