Ed Martin
OpEd News
May 6, 2008

George Bush is building detention camps. Their purpose is “to support the rapid development of new programs,” without specifying just what those “new programs” might be. But, read on to see if programs Bush already has in place are the ones he’s planning on using to put you in one of those camps.

The following contains quotations, information, and is based on material used directly and paraphrased from an excellent article by Christopher Ketcham on Information Clearing House and from Radar Magazine.

In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U. S. Justice department sat before Congress and told a story so odd and ominous, it could have sprung from the pages of a pulp political thriller. It was about a principled bureaucrat struggling to protect his country from a highly classified program with sinister implications. Rife with high drama, it included a car chase through the streets of Washington, D. C. and a tense meeting at the White House, where the president’s henchmen made the bureaucrat so nervous that he demanded a neutral witness be present.

The bureaucrat was James Comey, John Ashcroft’s second-in-command at the Department of Justice during Bush’s first term. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he described how he had grown increasingly uneasy reviewing the Bush administration’s various domestic surveillance and spying programs. Much of his testimony centered on an operation so clandestine he wasn’t allowed to name it or even describe what it did. Shortly before the certification deadline for the program, Ashcroft fell ill with pancreatitis, making Comey acting attorney general, and Comey opted not to certify the program. When he communicated his decision to the White House, Bush’s men told him, in so many words, to take his concerns and stuff them in an undisclosed location.

Comey refused to knuckle under, and Bush sent Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales to Ashcroft’s bedside to twist his arm to approve the program. Comey found out about it and rushed to the hospital to head them off. Ashcroft and Comey refused to approve the program. The following day, the program that Comey found so disturbing went forward at the demand of the White House, “without a signature from the Department of Justice attesting as to it’s legality,” he testified.

What is this program? A former military operative has been told that the program utilizes software that makes predictive judgments of targets’ behavior and tracks their circle of associations with “social network analysis.” That description is ambiguous enough to include people who read and write articles for OEN. That’s you and me.

Bush, in one of his addresses to the nation, said the program was part of planning to assess threats to the “continuity of our government.”

Continuity of Government resides in a nebulous legal realm, encompassing national emergency plans that would trigger the takeover of the country by extra-constitutional forces, and effectively suspend the republic. It is a road map for martial law. According to a senior government official, “There exists a database of Americans who often for the slightest and most trivial reason are considered unfriendly, and who in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived enemies of the state almost instantaneously.” The database is referred to by the code name Main Core, with 8 million Americans now listed on it as potentially suspect. In the event of a declared national emergency, these people can be subject to detention. According to one news report, national opposition to U. S. military invasion abroad can be a reason to become a suspect.

Its ridiculous to suppose that there are 8 million Americans plotting terrorist acts against the United States. To get 8 million, Bush would have to include everyone who reads and writes for OEN and all the other progressive websites that are critical of the Bush administration. Why? Well, because they’re critical of the Bush administration. That’s enough right there to get you on the list.

I am not unfriendly to the Bush administration. I am overtly hostile, adamantly opposed to, completely reject the legitimacy and authority of and advocate the immediate removal of the Bush administration. Unfriendly doesn’t even come close. That guarantees that I’m on the list.

When Continuity of Government plans go into effect, the executive branch is the sole and absolute seat of authority, with Congress and the judiciary relegated to advisory roles. The country becomes within a matter of hours a police state. Under law, during a national emergency, FEMA and it’s parent organization, the Department of Homeland Security, would be empowered to seize private and public property, all forms of transport, and all food supplies.

What all this boils down to is that George Bush, in one of his whimsical determinations, can decide that, because we are opposed to his Iraq war, he can labels us as an enemy of the state, confiscate everything we have and put us in one of his concentration camps. All on his say so, alone.

If it comes to that, I’m not going to let that happen. This is where I draw the line. Should it come to that, the confiscation of my property, arrest and detention because of what I have said here on OEN, it would no longer be my country. It would be George Bush’s country, a country that is far too much his now, a country that I will refuse to live in.

I fully realize that the overwhelming force of the Bush administration is infinitely superior to any puny, pathetic resistance I might offer, and that I will lose. So be it. But, I will not let them have me and my property. My property amounts to very little, its insignificant, but, its mine. I will destroy all of it before I will docilely concede defeat. I’m an old man. I’ve lived more than my alloted time. If I must sacrifice what remains in defiance of George Bush and to uphold my right to human dignity and freedom in my country that I have worked a lifetime for, contributed to it’s continuing existence by serving in it’s armed forces, it would be well worth it. I will resist unlawful attacks on my person by the Bush administration to the bitter end.

Its the only country I have and I’m not going to let George Bush take it away from me and make it his country. I refuse to be the subject of a doofus, a complete buffoon, a clown, a joke of a man.

I know, we’re not supposed to make personal attacks. But, I invoke the principle of law, res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself.

I don’t know whether George Bush will do what he has planned. Its said that you prepare for what your enemy can do, not what he might do. As most of the country has come to realize, George Bush is our enemy, the enemy of the United States, the most dangerous man this country has ever had to deal with. I do know that he has set in place procedures, plans, programs and mechanisms to complete his overthrow of our government and the takeover of our country, the part that he hasn’t already. So, that’s what I’m prepared for.

To use Bush’s inappropriate phrase in an appropriate context, Bring It On, George, it will cost you more than you get, because you’re not going to get anything. Be advised, George, that if you try to subjugate me, you will not get a subject, you will get nothing.

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