Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The latter day lessons of Iran-Contra

This is a little scarier than usual. You remember the contract that was just awarded to KBR for the construction of new detention camps in case of an "immigration emergency." In the fine print, these camps would also be available for "new programs" which remain open ended and unspecified.

Peter Dale Scott suggests this is all part of the ENDGAME program first proposed in theory by Oliver North during the Reagon administration. Furthermore, "[p]rominent among the secret planners of this program in the 1980s were then-Congressman Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who at the time was in private business as CEO of the drug company G.D. Searle.
It is relevant that in 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens deemed to be "enemy combatants." On Feb. 17 of this year, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of the harm being done to the country's security, not just by the enemy, but also by what he called "news informers" who needed to be combated in "a contest of wills." Two days earlier, citing speeches critical of Bush by Al Gore, John Kerry, and Howard Dean, conservative columnist Ben Shapiro called for "legislation to prosecute such sedition."

Since 9/11 the Bush administration has implemented a number of inter-related programs, which had been planned for secretly in the 1980s under President Reagan. These so-called "Continuity of Government" or COG proposals included vastly expanded detention capabilities, warrantless eavesdropping and detention, and preparations for greater use of martial law.

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When planes crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Cheney's response, after consulting President Bush, was to implement a classified "Continuity of Government" plan for the first time, according to the 9/11 Commission report. As the Washington Post later explained, the order "dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans."

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North's exercise, which reportedly contemplated possible suspension of the United States Constitution, led to questions being asked during the Iran-Contra Hearings. One concern then was that North's plans for expanded internment and detention facilities would not be confined to "refugees" alone.

Oliver North represented a minority element in the Reagan administration, which soon distanced itself from both the man and his proposals. But that minority associated with COG planning, which included Dick Cheney, appear to be in control of the U.S. government today.
Not to mention Poindexter and Negroponte among other Iran-Contra thugs currently drawing a paycheck from the taxpayers' funds. To quote my hero Yogi Berra, it looks like deja vu all over again.
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3 Comments:

Blogger Left of Center said...

Great piece. I was a young guy when Iran /Contra was going on, and served in Honduras with the Army at the time. I remember questions to Oliver North were being disallowed and glossed over by those that would sheild him. The fact that those same people are in charge right now is scary. One more big act of terorism during the Bush Presidency will certainly allow them to suspend the Constitution.

9:09:00 AM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

The official secondary use they would give is for "relief camps" in the case of another Katrina or a terror attack.

The real thing to look at, which I haven't seen yet, is how they're being constructed.

Maybe better said, whether they have a loose chainlink minimum security layout, or a multi ringed guard tower compartmentalized lay out.

As the first is far cheaper to consruct than the second, if the layout was more max security, that would say alot about the intended secondary use.

Mike

5:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Scares the bejebus out of me.

4:55:00 PM  

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