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contract to KBR—a subsidiary of Cheney’s old company, Halliburton—to get going on “temporary detention and processing facilities” in case there was “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” with a natural disaster.43 (Think Katrina, which saw the first “roundup” of citizens, held not only in the football stadium in New Orleans but shipped out to other detention centers.) Shortly before the midterm elections, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 made it through Congress. This went so far as to permit the indefinite imprisonment of anybody who happened to give money to a charity on the Terror Watch List, or even someone who spoke out against these kinds of policies.44 Several more unbelievable dictums took effect in 2007, even after the Democrats regained control of Congress. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorist Prevention Act of 2007 passed the House, 404 to 6, aimed at setting up a commission to “examine and report upon the facts and causes” of domestic extremism. The National Counterterrorism Center already has more than 775,000 “terror suspects” on its list. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act expands the definition of terrorism to include those who “engage in sit-ins, civil disobedience, trespass, or any other crime in the name of animal rights.” Section 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act provided the executive branch power to impose martial law in response to “a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.” And the White House itself quietly put in place National Security Presidential Directive 52 to make sure Continuity-ofGovernment was intact, providing authority to cancel elections or suspend the Constitution in the event of a national emergency.45 Then what did we see in the course of the 2008 presidential election year? First of all, mass arrests at the Republican Convention in St. Paul, including journalists arbitrarily thrown in the clink while filming the demonstrators. The 3rd Infantry Division 1st Brigade Combat Team was trained to do crowd control in Iraq, but on October 1, between 3,000 and 4,000 of them got deployed in the U.S., ready to manage “unruly individuals” in case of a national emergency.46 One scenario envisioned by the Pentagon was civil unrest as a result of financial meltdown. They’d cooperate with FEMA on plans with code names like Vibrant Response and EXCALIBUR.47

Profile for HAROLD ARROYO, JR.

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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