Saturday, July 22, 2006

FEMA camps, future detainment camps?

Is it just a case of a bureaucratic overshoot? Did they simply think that more people would need or want to live in these isolated trailer parks? Or are there future plans for these "camps?" I sent this in to Prison Planet, but they never posted it. So I'll post it here.

"If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview," Rodi told the newspaper for its July 15 report. "That's just a policy."

Hmm, nice policy there. Too bad it's completely illegal and unconstitional. What are these people prisoners? Can they leave whenever they like or not?

But then something else is strange about this story.

Officials in Morgan City estimate that FEMA has spent about $7.5 million to build the trailer park but that only about 15 of the 198 trailers are being used. "We all wonder why no one lives there," Matte said. FEMA officials refuse to say how much was spent to build the park or why 183 of the trailers are vacant.

There are camps like this all over the gulf south. My girlfriend's uncle had just opened up a trailer park and was planning on renting trailers and lots out to people. After Katrina and Rita, FEMA came in and rented out every trailer he had and is still renting them out to this day (he's making a killing for doing nothing). Yet, not one of the trailers is occupied. Not one. Like I said, there are camps like this all over the place and they are either mostly empty or entirely empty. Very few have a substantial occupancy rate.

And the people who are unfortunate enough to be stuck in these things are not "allowed" to talk to the press. Why? Is this some sort of conditioning? I doubt it and I hope it isn't.

I really hope that there aren't future plans for these places, especially in the event of another operation. As in another "terrorist" attack. It does make me cringe, though, when I think of all those unused FEMA trailers sitting in Arkansas, just waiting for a crisis. Maybe even waiting for marital law. Who knows?


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