Life About Those Detention Centers
posted by October 18 at 13:15 PMon
One thing about working for an alt-weekly: For better or worse, you end up much closer to the fast-beating pulse of the paranoid left. The LaRouchies tend to think you’re convertable, the 9-11 conspiracy theorists flood you with emails, and, more recently, the secret detention center worriers beg you to expose the Bush/Halliburtion plan to round up “unpatriotic” Americans en masse.
I have no idea if the detention center fears are well-founded or not, but as a service to our worried readers, who have been posting about this in the comments for some time, I offer this story from the sometimes-accurate lefty news service TruthOut.
Recent developments suggest that the Bush administration may already be contemplating what to do with Americans who are deemed insufficiently loyal or who disseminate information that may be considered helpful to the enemy.
Top US officials have cited the need to challenge news that undercuts Bush’s actions as a key front in defeating the terrorists, who are aided by “news informers” in the words of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Plus, there was that curious development in January when the Army Corps of Engineers awarded Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root a $385 million contract to construct detention centers somewhere in the United States, to deal with “an emergency influx of immigrants into the US, or to support the rapid development of new programs,” KBR said. [Market Watch, Jan. 26, 2006]