Sunday, August 30, 2009

The National Emergency Centers Act HR 645 (or Why Glenn Beck is wrong)

Now, I happen to like Glenn Beck. Some in the extreme "conspiracy theory" ranks consider him a government shill at worst and a slave to the left-right paradigm at best. I have even been angry at some of his ignorance at times. But, call him what you will, he still is ONE of those who are making an attempt to get the word out about how the government is corroding our freedoms and attempting to bypass the Constitution.

However, one of my issues with Glenn Beck is the fact that he sent an "expert" to analyze the feasibility of what are known as "FEMA camps," and stated that he could not debunk them. However, he seemed to do a 180 and now denies the fact there is credible evidence of their existence (both in proposals and physical evidence of them being already implemented).

Now, the PURPOSE of these facilities is still a bone of contention. After the Katrina fiasco, thousands of people without a place to go wandered southern Louisiana until they were directed to the Superdome facility. There, overcrowding caused people to die for lack of food, water, and medical care. The unsanitary, cramped conditions appalled everyone. There was plenty of blame to go around, President Bush, FEMA, local authorities . . . but there was no doubt that it was imperative that this never happened again. So I do understand why the government would want to plan ahead. Especially in this age of terrorism.

However, after the many times in history that oppressive governments (or even free ones - remember the Japanese internments or the forcing of Native Americans onto reservations) have rounded up and detained citizens for various reasons, there is reason to fear. Think Apartheid, ghettos, concentration camps, forced relocations, etc. Even when the initial intentions are good, as in after a natural disaster, the potential for misuse is there. I simply just want the truth to be known so that people can hold the government accountable and ensure that they are telling the whole truth.

The bill HR645 information was posted on the Infowars website INFOWARS (you will have to search for the article). Or you can go to the original article where a link for the full text on THOMAS is at the left side of the site below:

GovTrack: H.R. 645: Text of Legislation, Introduced in House Shared via AddThis

Anyway, take a look and decide for yourself.

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