Mass Detention Centers

Alarming planning document seen by select few in U.S. Congress

By Wayne Madsen

A limited-distribution document circulating around relevant oversight committees of the Congress has raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill. The document, said to have originated with the Department of Homeland Security, describes seven mass detention centers that have been set up at military bases, mostly in the western states. With "Occupy Wall Street" and similar "occupy" city movements gaining in numbers and power around the nation, some in Congress suspect the Homeland Security document is a way to assure right-wing members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, that the Obama administration has implemented plans to detain key leaders and participants in the mass protests sweeping the United States.

WMR has learned of the document from a House Judiciary Committee source.

The U.S. government, particularly the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has been developing plans for the mass detention of American citizens since the Nixon administration. Plans for such action re-surfaced in the 1980s, with Iran-contra felon Oliver North being questioned, albeit unsuccessfully, about one such mass arrest and detention program, REX-84, by Representative Jack Brooks (D-TX), during the Iran-contra joint Congressional hearings.

The arrest of over 700 protesters at the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York police may have been a dry-run for a much larger round-up, one that could be mirrored across the United States. Although most of the protesters in New York received a citation for disorderly conduct and other lesser infractions, in the event of a national emergency and suspension of habeas corpus, federal authorities would not be so sanguine, with felony charges likely, and then only, if those arrested are ever brought before a judge.

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On April 3, 2008, WMR reported on a similar limited distribution document that was circulating among select circles in the Congress: "WMR has learned from knowledgeable sources within the US financial community that an alarming confidential and limited distribution document is circulating among senior members of Congress and their senior staff members that is warning of a bleak future for the United States if it does not quickly get its financial house in order. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among those who have reportedly read the document. The document is being called the 'C & R' document because it reportedly states that if the United States defaults on loans and debt underwriting from China, Japan, and Russia, all of which are propping up the United States government financially, and the United States unilaterally cancels the debts, America can expect a war that will have disastrous results for the United States and the world. "Conflict" is the "C word" in the document. The other scenario is that the federal government will be forced to drastically raise taxes in order to pay off debts to foreign countries to the point that the American people will react with a popular revolution against the government. "Revolution" is the document's 'R word.'" The title of the document was "Conflict or Revolution."