Lee Rogers of Blacklisted News warns that a bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would lead to the creation of FEMA camps that could be used as concentration camps if the federal government imposes martial law. The legislation, H.R. 390, is real. It was introduced by Congressman Alcee Hastings last month.
Is the danger of FEMA concentration camps from H.R. 390 real?
Rogers writes, “One of the minimum requirements of a national emergency center as defined by the bill is that it is capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster. It basically sounds like a concentration camp… Considering how much the federal government has lied to the American people in the past, you would be absolutely insane to set foot in one of these proposed national emergency centers.”
Rogers is correct that the legislation would create facilities capable of meeting the basic needs of large numbers of Americans during an emergency. The legislation describes the purpose of the proposed centers as follows:
“Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure–
(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.”
The National Emergency Centers would be explicitly authorized to help Americans during an emergency, giving food, shelter, medical care and other “humanitarian assistance”. Conspicuously missing is any mention of the authority for the proposed National Emergency Centers to operate as concentration camps.
Lee Rogers writes that any facility that provides assistance with food, housing, medical care, education, transportation, and other humanitarian needs “basically sounds like a concentration camp”. I see things differently. I think that any facility that provides this sort of assistance basically sounds nice.
Within the core of most people’s definition of a concentration camp is that it fails to provide adequate food, housing, medical care, and other humanitarian assistance. Also within that definition of a concentration camp is the presumption that people are forcefully imprisoned, compelled to do labor, and subject to interrogation, torture, physical assault, and execution. None of these features of a concentration would be authorized if H.R. 390 was to pass into law.
All that H.R. 390 would do: Establish centers ready to help people in times of emergency. The bill would even provide economic assistance to communities outside of times of emergency, because it would establish National Emergency Centers in former military bases. Converting wasteful military spending into helpful domestic spending isn’t a horrific conspiracy. It’s compassionate and sensible.
Lee Rogers writes that H.R. 390 “does not necessarily prevent a member of the military” from forcing people to go to National Emergency Centers and preventing them from leaving. That’s true. It’s also true that H.R. 390 does not necessarily prevent federal agents from engaging in acts of ritual cannibalism. Nor does H.R. 390 necessarily prevent the National Emergency Centers from being used as brothels, or casinos, or as centers for the distribution of illegal drugs. Other laws do that. The lack of a specific clause the explicitly prohibits activities that have already been outlawed elsewhere is not evidence of a conspiracy to undermine the law.
Here at Irregular Times, we’ve written plenty of material calling attention to the disturbing growth in unconstitutional federal government powers, through laws such as the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. These laws have explicitly created specific unreasonable government powers in violation of the Bill of Rights. H.R. 390 doesn’t do that. Not at all.
Fanciful, paranoid speculation about harmless bills like H.R. 390 doesn’t aid in the struggle against excessive government powers. It distracts from legitimate concerns about the growth of an authoritarian security state.
To use language Lee Rogers would be familiar with, you would be absolutely insane to assume that H.R. 390 is part of a secret FEMA conspiracy to put Americans into concentration camps.