The National Emergency Centers Establishment Act is back in Congress and there is virtually no coverage of it. The bill reportedly is putting forth that the Department of Homeland Security shall establish no less than six emergency ce3nters on military installations within the borders of the United States.
Many have expressed concern that these will end up amounting to no more than internment camps.
HR 390 was introduced on January 23, 2013 to Congress by Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and is currently referred to committee where, according to GovTrack, it has a 3% chance of getting past the committee.
The bill was introduced previously by Rep. Hastings in 2009 as HR 645 and died in committee.
The bill claims that its intention is to:
(1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
(2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders; and
(3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations.
Section 4 of the bill also bears language that claims that individuals would not be forced into them by either State or Federal agents or employees.
Rep. Hastings wants to appropriate $180 million for both 2014 and 2015 to carry out this act.
Congressman Ron Paul, during his campaign in 2011, was asked about HR 645 (the same bill, first introduced) and whether or not it could lead to Americans being incarcerated in detention camps during a time of martial law. He responded, “Yeah, that’s their goal, they’re setting up the stage for violence in this country, no doubt about it.”
Again, I’ll just remind everyone that when the Federal government has said they would not use something for such and such or force certain things that they really didn’t keep their word. A glaring example of this is the Social Security system.
Additionally, there is no reason for such “centers,” especially at the cost being proposed. There are already numerous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) camps across the nation and we’ve already seen how terrible a job they did during Hurricane Katrina and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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