Stories have circulated around the Internet about the existence of Auschwitz style prison camps here in America also known as FEMA Death Camps or concentration camps. Conspiracy theorists, the media, concerned citizens, and others have either used fear to prove their existence or used humor to debunk them. But whatever tactics some have performed to get others to stand on one side or another, the truth is that there are military compounds, detention centers, and other similar facilities for prisoners, illegal immigrants, snitches, protesters, and anyone else who breaks the law or challenges the government . These facilities are located all over the United States from Alabama to Wyoming. You can find out more about them on the American concentration camps website.
Do you recall the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006, signed into law by former President George W. Bush? If not, this was a law that gave the President the right to override one's constitutional rights (habeas corpus) of being thrown into jail unlawfully. It also gave the President power to name a person (whether American or not) as a designated enemy combatant. The President could select what form of torture would be used on such a person. Critics of the act were concerned about people being held in prison indefinitely without charges and being tortured while there. Soon after this act was introduced, others were put on the table to override that one including these: The Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007 and The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act. However, given the recent events in the media related to Osama Bin Laden's death, we have witnessed that there is no due process for anyone who is labeled a terrorist or partakes in terrorist's actions. You just might be shot in the head, no questions asked.
According to the MCA, "the term 'unlawful enemy combatant' means (i) a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its co-belligerents who is not a lawful enemy combatant (including a person who is part of the Taliban, al Qaeda, or associated forces)..."
What makes some people nervous who read this are those who may have said or done something against the United States government and its citizens. So it isn't any wonder they would be concerned about FEMA death camps or American concentration camps.
Now there is another category for those who are not unlawful, but are still enemy combatants, according to the MCA. The term "lawful enemy combatant means a person who is (A) a member of the regular forces of a State party engaged in hostilities against the United States; (B) a member of a militia, volunteer corps, or organized resistance movement belonging to a State party engaged in such hostilities, which are under responsible command, wear a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance, carry their arms openly, and abide by the law of war; or (C) a member of a regular armed force who professes allegiance to a government engaged in such hostilities, but not recognized by the United States." So you see, if one feels fearful or nervous about the actions he or she is participating in against the United States government, then of course he or she will want to sound the alarm about one's rights and possible freedoms being taken away now or in the future by the government hoping to get others to side with him or her.
At the time of this writing, researchers have uncovered 800 prison camps in the U.S that have been constructed or renovated --some of which date as far back as 1995, according to sites: American Concentration Camps and Liberty for Life Association as well as many others. But other sites report as many as a thousand or more. There have also been a number of videos of what some have titled, FEMA Death Camps circulating online. One popular FEMA death camp video that was recorded over 15 years ago with a woman narrating and showing scenes of nearby railroad tracks, barbed wire fencing to keep people in, gas lines and more was presented on the Glenn talk show on the Fox news network and researched by Popular Mechanics staff. But before this particular show that was supposed to debunk the existence of FEMA death camps, Glenn Beck appears on the FOX news network telling others that the camps exist. However, once his own show airs, he flip flops. In other words, he acts as if they don't exist and they are just another conspiracy theory. What was strange on the same show, he whispers in the television camera, "They're making me say this, help!" See the video titled, Glenn Beck, FEMA Camps - "They're making me say this.. help!!!"
On the Glenn Beck "FEMA Camps debunking" show, it turns out that a picture of one supposed death camp that had been circulating the Internet, was actually located in North Korea. Other imagery that was shown on the show included a military training ground that was mistaken for a death camp, and a video of an old Amtrak facility that was supposed to be a death camp. In addition, there was also a video shown of hundreds of black plastic coffins used as grave liners or burial vaults, according to a business representative who had them on the property by the thousands. This was supposed to disprove the accusations made by conspiracy theorists that the coffins were for future death camp victims. Popular Mechanics found that there was no truth to the claims of concentration camps.
However, others disagree with the findings and actually believe that Popular Mechanics is working with the government to lie and/or cover up the truth. On the Popular Mechanics website, one commenter, Rainbojangles, said, "Popular Mechanics has been lying and shilling for government and big business for over 50 years. Why would they stop now?" Another commenter, JustAskin, said, " You guys should address the root of these so called myths. What is the real scoop on Rex84 or is this something that is also better off not debated? I have no doubt that there is an abundance of misinformation swelling around reputing authentic evidence." He adds, "But I also know that power corrupts and people should be wary. Maybe not to the point of paranoia of course; however, being prepared is never a waste of time and having copious amounts of information from all directions allows for the discerning mind to draw an intelligent conclusion -- "
Speaking of Rex84, during the Bush administration, there was a plan that was "established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA," according to writer, Allen L Roland, Global Research.ca. This would make sense considering past events.
Roland writes, "The existence of the Rex 84 plan was first revealed during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987, and subsequently reported by the Miami Herald on July 5, 1987. These camps are to be operated by FEMA should martial law need to be implemented in the United States and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the attorney general's signature on a warrant to which a list of names is attached." This is why FEMA's name is associated with martial law. Even on FEMA's website, the organization doesn't work alone, "FEMA works in partnership with other organizations that are part of the nation's emergency management system. These partners include state and local emergency management agencies, 27 federal agencies and the American Red Cross."
Some concerned citizens believe that in time Americans will be forced by their government to do things like: take an electronic chip that keeps track of their actions including buying and selling of merchandise, be immunized with some sort of drug, be reprogrammed mentally to perform specific government duties, and many other things that they wouldn't ordinarily accept. If an American citizen objects, then they may be tortured or killed at these concentration camps. Alex Jones, a talk radio host, actor and filmmaker, has an extensive history of talking about this subject as well as others. Some have accused Jones of fear mongering and spreading rumors. The late William Cooper, also a broadcaster, accused Jones of such behavior. The name "FEMA Death Camp" or concentration camp terms will make the hairs on anyone's neck stand up, rather than simply using prison or detention center. The reason for this is that the first thing that would come to a listener's mind would be Auschwitz. You may recall the photographs, the movies and history books of people held against their will by an evil dictator known as the infamous Hitler in German. The choice of words "FEMA Death Camps" are created to cause controversy and fear amongst the masses.
So what exactly is FEMA? According to the organization's website, its "mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards." If this is the case, then why were so many American citizens up in arms about FEMA's slow response, according to media reports? Roland writes, "the real purpose of FEMA is to not only protect the government but to be its principal vehicle for martial law. This is why FEMA could not respond immediately to the Hurricane Katrina disaster - humanitarian efforts were no longer part of its job description under the Department of Homeland Security. It appears Hurricane Katrina also provided FEMA with an excuse to "dry run" its unconstitutional powers in New Orleans, rounding up "refugees" (now called "evacuees") and "relocating" them in various camps. "Some evacuees are being treated as ''¹..."internees' by FEMA," writes former NSA employee Wayne Madsen. "Reports continue to come into WMR that evacuees from New Orleans and Acadiana [the traditional twenty-two parish Cajun homeland] who have been scattered across the United States are being treated as 'internees' and not dislocated American citizens from a catastrophe." Roland believes, "We are dangerously close to a situation where - if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 - a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84."
The prison camps throughout the U.S. according to researchers are empty. However, when one watches a show like Jesse Ventura's conspiracy theory on concentration camps, you will find that the whole story about FEMA camps is not given without leaving out a few details including one camp that was mentioned on the show. This particular center is the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, formerly known as T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility. It is a residential center used to detain immigrants in Taylor, Texas, United States. On camera when Ventura asked about the locked doors and the barbed wire used to keep people in, there was no comment given leaving one with the impression that this camp is for misbehaving American citizens when in fact it is for illegal immigrants specifically women and their children.
Mark Anderson, who was seen in the Jesse Ventura FEMA segment has also been seen on the American Free Press.net site reporting on whether concentration camps in America are real. Ironically, he is working with the Homeland Security at a fusion center located in Colorado as you will see on the Jesse Ventura FEMA episode. In a video on the American Free Press site, Anderson interviews a correspondent for AFP and a long-time filmmaker, Anthony Hilder, who has explored this subject of whether concentration camps or detention centers in America are real. Anderson says that the well-known list of concentration camps that has been floating online is 40 to 50% true. Hilder says that in Russia they have "a story about concentration camps in America that the American media refused to put out." The name of the film is Concentration Camps in America that was shown in Russia.