Marc Pilisuk
Who Benefits from Global Violence and War
Uncovering a Destructive System

"A change is needed from the values of the market to the values of participation and caring.... It will require us to persuade or to pressure those with great wealth and power that people along with all the other species that share our planet deserve a viable habitat and a voice in how it is to be used."

Lectures, Interviews, Articles
Divine Politics and Warning Signs of Fascism
by Marc Pilisuk and Jennifer Achord Rountree, pg 2

Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, (the U.S. military's account of its activities in Vietnam) warns:

Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters. They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo.

The history of detention facilities or camps in the U.S. goes back to the confinement of Japanese American during WW 2 and to fears in the 1970s of a national uprising by black militants. An executive order for continuity of government was drafted by FEMA in 1982. It called for "suspension of the Constitution" and "declaration of martial law.” In 1985, President Reagan signed a series of National Security Decision Directives that authorized continued planning for continuity by a private parallel government.

In April 2002, Defense Department officials implemented a plan for domestic U.S. military operations by creating a new U.S. Northern Command (CINC-NORTHCOM) for the continental United States. In response to Hurricane Katrina in Sept. 2005, according to the Washington Post, White House senior adviser, Karl Rove, told the governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, that she should explore legal options to impose martial law "or as close as we can get." The White House ultimately failed to compel Gov. Blanco to yield control of the state National Guard but she did grant authority for FEMA assistance, which arrived in the form, not of emergency rescue operations, but of Blackwater security forces sent to protect property from looting. Much if the media had already portrayed the Katrina hurricane victims as looters, rapists and snipers. The picture of scapegoating a group for coercive treatment is made easier by the Christian coalition’s damnation of minorities and foreigners. The security contractors arrive quickly at the scene with preset plans. And a wave of farm workers and other immigrants whose failed local economies have driven them to the U.S. to find work, become the excuse for an industry of cruel detention and removal of people. The militant’s hostility to those who differ with them has also been seen in attacks upon environmentalists.

Since 1994 and the enforcement of NAFTA, the U.S. has spent billions militarizing the border. Missions called Operation Gatekeeper, Blockade, Safeguard, Hold-the-Line, Triple Strike, and Rio Grande, have all failed to slow immigration and the vigilantes have failed as well. The reason is that the policies are targeting immigration, the symptom, rather than the disease. The disease is a corporate model, global economic system. It is the source of incredible misery, exploitation, and wealth disparity throughout the world and is forcing people to immigrate in search of work.

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