Our American Army units are legally authorized to establish civilian prisoner labor camps on the very lands of military installations that our taxes pay for. These actions are authorized by a little known regulation which permits these acts under the request of the Bureau of Prisons. This regulation is Army Regulation 210-35. This is not a newly established law laid out by the Obama administration but rather one that was defined under the Bush administration when they were expanding the presidential powers during any emergency situation.
This regulation clearly defines the Army's purpose in establishing the prison camps within Army installations for purposes of utilizing nonviolent civilian inmates into a unified labor pool for working on the specific portions of federal land. The U.S. attorney general will handle the responsibility for availing to the various heads of different departments, which incidentally includes the Army, of the services of prisoners for tasks such as works projects which are funded by Congress. Currently the program restricts the prisoners to those under control of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
This is merely an additional portion of the declared powers that President Bush had signed in the name of the Presidential National Security Directive Number 51 and the closely followed Presidential Homeland Security Directive Number 20 which granted him dictatorial powers in the event he declared the country to be in a state of national emergency. Those who may be familiar with these previous directives will readily recall how they defined catastrophic emergency in a rather loose manner referencing an incident with no regard to location which results in extreme levels of casualties or severely affects the general population.
Whenever the nation's president determines that a catastrophic emergency exists he can invoke these directives and immediately take control of all governmental functions including those of the federal, all state, all local as well as territorial or tribal levels.
What this amounts to is that our president at his personal determination can declare a national emergency and invoke the powers that congress has allowed him to reserve for himself. Yes, these same powers that would normally be reserved only for dictators in a third world country. The last time that civilians in America were incarcerated in Army installations was during World War II when the Japanese were placed in concentration camps. Of interest in this concept is that Fort Dix New Jersey has two civilian labor camps established on its property. One of these camps is federally sponsored while the second is state owned. It is not unusual to find that Fort Dix routinely makes use of inmate labor for maintenance of the grounds and other minor manual labor tasks.
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