The Wide, Wide World of Imprisonment
Some internments are more equal than others
A discussion of involuntary incarceration seems appropriate at this point, as Israel continues to bombard the Palestinians who are in effect their prisoners. In 2006, Israeli senior official Giaora Eiland described Gaza as a “huge concentration camp.” That’s not a “conspiracy theorist” saying it- it’s one of our beloved allies.
That same year, 2006, a much ballyhooed election was held on the West Bank in Gaza. The Americans, under the great Dubya Bush, pushed for such an election, and called it “democracy promotion.” However, as often happens, “democracy” didn’t go the way they wanted, as the dreaded bogeyman Hamas won the election. Even Jimmy Carter gave his imprimatur, declaring that it was “honest and fair.” Except that the “wrong” people won. Can’t have that in a “democracy.” So the forces of freedom, meaning America and Israel, instituted one of their notorious blockades on Gaza in retaliation. Israel has the right to defend itself against a vote! But as with the murderous embargo of Iraq, it was “worth it.” It’s a “democracy” thing, you wouldn’t understand.
Something similar happened in the 1980s, when demonized Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos won an election, overseen by international observers. Including the vaunted Jimmy Carter, who is something of an election specialist it seems. Despite no credible evidence of fraud, the U.S. simply captured Marcos and whisked him away, then installed puppet Cory Aquino in power. Imelda Marcos barely had time to collect her thousands of shoes. Elections aren’t sacrosanct if those running them don’t like the results. Even the “most safe and secure” election in history, in 2020, was questioned by many. Well, probably 100 million or so. Those “threats” to democracy were imprisoned. Some are still being prosecuted.
We hear a lot about the Nazi death camps. That’s what they call them. Or maybe the extermination camps. I won’t delve into that here, other than to say that we ought to be able to question everything. But for a much longer period of time, the Soviets and the communist Chinese had their gulags. Mainstream estimates state that Mao’s Red China incarcerated some fifty million over a period of eighty years, with twenty million dying. But for some reason, there has never been a single Hollywood film chronicling that particular holocaust. Again, according to official sources, twenty million or more Russians perished during the reign of Joe Stalin alone. You know, our loyal ally from the "Good War.” Uncle Joe. And no movies about that, either.
And, at the same time as Auschwitz and Dachau, we set up internment camps here in the good old U.S.A. Most people think that only Japanese-Americans were forcibly sent to these camps, which unlike all others around the world were for their own good. Totally ignored were, and continue to be, the German-Americans and Italian-Americans who also lost their freedom in a country that was bragging about fighting for it. And no reparations were ever paid to their families. As I will chronicle in my upcoming book The American Memory Hole, at least a billion dollars worth of German and Japanese businesses was confiscated by the U.S. government. So was all their personal property, including their homes. And they were never compensated.
The Japanese themselves ran concentration camps in several countries, including China, Formosa, and the Philippines. Supposedly brutal medical experiments were conducted within them, but unlike the supposedly brutal medical experiments of the Nazis, Hollywood (and the court historians) have shown a decided lack of curiosity about the subject. The lordly judges at Nuremberg, where the vanquished was tried in court by the victors for the first time in world history, showed little interest at all in the Japanese and any perceived war crimes. It was all Nazi, all the time, as it still is. And yet they were so sneaky, what with the Pearl Harbor psyop and all.
America has a long history with concentration camps. After Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, tens of thousands of various native tribes were forced from their homes into prison camps in Alabama and Tennessee. Thousands died there, and also on the infamous “Trail of Tears,” a march of some thousand miles. Jackson, a genuine hero in fighting the bankers, nevertheless called this brutality “benevolent.” U.S. leaders love to do this kind of thing. Witness their continued affinity for “democracy,” as they punish dissenters for “threatening” it. In 1862, Governor Alexander Ramsey declared, "The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of the state."
I wrote extensively about the incarceration of northern dissenters during the Civil War, by Abraham Lincoln, the secular saint of our “democracy,” in Crimes and Cover-Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963. Untold thousands of citizens were arrested by soldiers, some in the middle of the night, some at church, without charges. Honest Abe had suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus, after all. When the Supreme Court ruled this unconstitutional, he threatened to arrest the Chief Justice. He had to. What else was he to do, when the “union” was threatened by “free” citizens who no longer wanted to be a part of it? Sure, there was that whole “consent of the governed” thing, but there was an insurrection going on. Just like in 2020. Ask Joe Biden about it.
One could argue that the Reservations the surviving American Indians were herded onto are in effect open air concentration camps. Very similar to what we see today on the West Bank, minus the relentless bombing of civilians and bulldozing of homes. It never ceases to amaze me how Native Americans are so ignored within our midst. It sure seems like Apartheid to me, but what do I know? I can’t stress enough that I’m a mere community college dropout. Why is assimilation with the population not encouraged for this particular group? Where are all the interracial Native American-glistening White couples on television commercials? The local Native American news anchors? No more great Indian athletes after Jim Thorpe, perhaps the greatest of all?
The concentration camps for German-Americans during World War I have been totally forgotten, by the court historians, and the historically illiterate American public. Seems like great fodder for drama; a play or movie with sympathetic, loyal American citizens, spat on and called racial epithets like “kraut” by drooling fellow Whites. But alas, Hollywood has bigger fish to fry. Nonwhite Snow White, Black Little Mermaids, and the like. We know what happened during World War II, but in 1950, the Subversive Activities Control Act created six concentration camps, meant for communists, peace activists, civil rights leaders, etc. However, they were closed without ever being used. Kind of like those makeshift hospitals for COVID.
The U.S. set up concentration camp for peasants in Vietnam. And the “War on Terror,” declared by the U.S. after the obvious “inside job” of 9/11, resulted in atrocities at military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Most of the men and boys incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay were admittedly innocent. They were simply held as political prisoners and often tortured for information. Some were held without charges for as long as seventeen years. We all saw the photos of the naked males piled on top of each other, some with that pretty female U.S. soldier smiling and pointing at their genitals. War is Hell, as war criminal William Sherman said. And never let us forget that they hate us for our freedom that isn’t free.
They set up those FEMA camps for some reason, under “REX 84.” All of us have speculated on how they’ll perhaps be utilized when the corrupt elite finally drop all pretenses and openly demonstrate their satanic savagery. I’ve joked that I would love to meet all of those who have contacted me, especially the ones who’ve become friends, but live far away. But I don’t want it to be in the FEMA camps. Which is all too frighteningly possible. I am under no illusions that my extended family or real life friends would hesitate to turn me into the authorities as a hopeless Thought Criminal. They wouldn’t have to offer them much incentive. A free Starbucks coupon would probably work. Everyone has their price.
Presently, America has more people behind prison bars than any country has ever had. This includes truly odious private prisons, where by contract the state has to maintain a full “occupancy” rate, or the taxpayers are forced to make up the difference. So if the crime rate somehow drops precipitously in that area, your taxes would increase. Kind of destroys the natural incentive, doesn’t it? And an unknown but surely large number of those incarcerated by our injustice system are innocent of the crimes they were convicted of. By corrupt police, prosecutors, and judges, and idiotic juries. And how can we feel safe, anyhow, with all those “White Supremacists” roaming free?
Both the Left and Right push new laws. Which create new criminals. We have far too many laws already. Sure, Americans have become mind-numbingly stupid, and are hardly sympathetic figures with tattoos covering every inch of their obese bodies, but I don’t think that many of them are natural born criminals. I’ve known a lot of unsavory and unlikeable characters in my life, but can’t think of any that made me believe they should be locked away for the sake of society. Do we feel safer with all those people behind bars? All the poor souls entrapped by drug stings or child pornography stings? It takes a real cretin to be a narc. To pretend to be someone’s friend so he can be arrested. I don’t know what kind of cop volunteers to pretend to be an underage girl in order to trap someone, but that feels dirty, too. And in all those online setups, there were no real children involved. That just doesn’t taste right.
Today’s Palestinians are effectively Israel’s political prisoners. No real rights, and if they attempt to fight back at all, they are labeled “terrorists.” Where were all the “terrorists” in the world before the creation of modern Israel, I wonder? Because of the Zionist stranglehold over the mainstream media in this country, the obvious underdogs in this struggle have been demonized into villains, while the aggressors backed by the world’s mightiest powers are lauded as heroic. We stand with them. If a hungry, barefoot orphan (whose parents were killed by the IDF) throws a rock at a military tank, he is in the wrong. Not the soldiers that might have destroyed his home. And Israel has the “right” to retaliate by killing everyone he knows.
Here in the homeland, an untold number of political prisoners remain behind bars, denied all due process for nearly three years. The January 6 defendants who have been tried have been given draconian sentences that are harsher than what many murderers receive. The J6 “insurrectionists” are in essence being interned in concentration camps. And it’s standard operating procedure in America. Locking up the dissidents- the purported enemies of the state. It’s what we do. In the 1860s, we threw them in makeshift prisons and called them “disloyal.” By World War II, FDR would feel comfortable in stealing their homes and businesses. And then putting them in camps. Recently, the lovely Lindsey Graham mentioned the magical “appeasement” word. That’s been used against those advocating peace since the days of Lincoln.
I wouldn’t support it, but you could probably make a decent argument for putting, let’s say, the most violent gang members from the inner cities into concentration camps. You wouldn’t even have to steal any of their property, as the U.S. government traditionally does. Well, they probably have some nice gold chains. When the Mafia was in its heyday, it would have made a bit more sense to lock up all the leaders of the Mob into concentration camps, than continue to watch them be found not guilty by frightened juries, on the rare occasions they faced prosecution. Juries got it wrong consistently back then, too. And their vote counts as much as yours, if any count.
As a civil libertarian, I would never advocate such a thing, but if you have to have concentration camps, and there has to be people to put in them, then it stands to reason that you should probably choose the ones who are most dangerous to society. This would be not only be violent criminals, but warmongers like Graham, or the late John McCainiac, who wanted to suppress the rights of others. Or demented eugenicists like Bill Gates, who openly fantasize about millions dying, and indicate that they approve of, and desire, such a thing. Again, I wouldn’t do it, but the world would certainly be safer with them incarcerated somewhere.
The world is no safer with our record number of prisoners, most of whom are there in some way because of drugs that should be legal or at least decriminalized. It certainly isn’t safer because of those who were railroaded by a system for their political beliefs. If you have any political prisoners, then you aren’t a free country. Maybe they’ll use the FEMA camps to house “sleeper cells.” Combined perhaps with very, very White “insurrectionists.” When you’ve declared so many things illegal, there’s always someone to lock up. They may not seem dangerous, but our illustrious leaders have told us that they are “threats” to our democracy. And nothing threatens our “democracy.” If you question that, we’ll find a cell for you somewhere.
Alex Jones came up with an apt description for our maddening world- Prison Planet. It’s a sad situation when those most prone to arrest are Thought Criminals like us. Who write, or say, the “wrong” thing. Who “offend” those who are professional “victims.” And yet don’t think the Palestinians are victims. Can somebody find a few transgender Palestinians, so we can get the “Woke” crowd on board? It’s easier to arrest and convict a political dissident, than a common shoplifter. They’ve legalized shoplifting in some states. Could we legalize unpopular and offensive thoughts? There are millions of us out here. They’re going to need more camps, and prisons. But as history shows, this country is really, really good at corralling and locking up people.