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Halliburton gets $385 Million for "Detention Centers" for "NEW PROGRAMS"

Under cover of "Immigration Control", Cheney's gang gets the go-ahead for permamnent Superdomes.
A lot of this stuff I read on the web about American 'Concentration Camps" seems a tad far-fetched sometimes. The snapshots of rusted, decaying fenced-in fields with rickety rotten watchtowers doesn't inspire much fear here. All that Rex 84 stuff always seemed to be exaggerations to me. But in the back of my mind I did wondered if the people who pulled off 911 inside job weren't capable of someday implementing something as horrific as camp internements for citizens they don't like. The ruins of Japanese internment facilities still rot in the desert sunshine of California, their spooky ruins a testament to the possibility of future craziness. Well, that future craziness may have just arrived. According to the NY Times today, Halliburton subsidiary Kelogg, Brown & Root has been given almost $400 million to construct "Temporary Immigration Detention Centers". These are the same people who ripped off the Pentagon for Million$ for their lousy work in Iraq. The centers are being built for "The Homeland Security Department for an "Unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or FOR NEW PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DETENTION SPACE". A spokeswoman for immigration and customs enforcement, Jamie Zuieback, said she "could not provide additional information about the company's statement that the contract was also meant to SUPPORT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF N E W P R O G R A M S". This contract was handed out by the Army Corps of Engineers, who claimed Halliburton was the only bidder.(riiiight) KBR would build the centers for DHS for an "unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in event of a natural disaster, or for NEW PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DETENTION SPACE". Zuieback said the centers would only be built in an 'emergency'. It's the "type of contract that could be used in some type of mass migration". (the one they're planning?) A spokesman for the Army Corps, Clayton Church, said the centers "could be at unused military sites" and "could hold up to 5,000 people". Advocates for immigrants said they "feared the new contract" would expand the arrests, detentions and deportations of undocumented workers, including legal asylum seekers. Give me your tired, your poor downtrodden masses yearning to........blah blah blah
Detailed Information and Sources 04.Feb.2006 23:50

Sol

To complement this alert, I give unto you some more specific information, gleaned from a multitude of sources:

From the Indymedia Documentation Project:
A summary of Rustbelt Radio
Kellogg, Brown and Root, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton (abbreviated KBR), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security. This 385 million dollar contract is for KBR to set up temporary detention, processing and deportation facilities in case of a sudden influx of immigrants. Under this contract, KBR will also provide migrant detention facilities for other government agencies.
 link to docs.indymedia.org

From Robwire Blog (Cited off of Infoshop News):
Homeland Security To Build Detention Camps In The United States
Submitted by rob on Wed, 2006-01-25 04:55.
By Business Editors
(c) 2006 Business Wire
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2006--KBR announced today that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) component has awarded KBR an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contingency contract to support ICE facilities in the event of an emergency. KBR is the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL).

With a maximum total value of $385 million over a five-year term, consisting of a one-year based period and four one-year options, the competitively awarded contract will be executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District. KBR held the previous ICE contract from 2000 through 2005.

"We are especially gratified to be awarded this contract because it builds on our extremely strong track record in the arena of emergency operations support," said Bruce Stanski, executive vice president, KBR Government and Infrastructure. "We look forward to continuing the good work we have been doing to support our customer whenever and wherever we are needed."

The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs. The contingency support contract provides for planning and, if required, initiation of specific engineering, construction and logistics support tasks to establish, operate and maintain one or more expansion facilities.

The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other U.S. Government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster. In the event of a natural disaster, the contractor could be tasked with providing housing for ICE personnel performing law enforcement functions in support of relief efforts.

ICE is one of three agencies that make up the Border and Transportation Security (BTS) Directorate of the DHS. The mission of the BTS Directorate is to secure the nation's air, land and sea borders. ICE, the largest investigative arm of the DHS, is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation's border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.

KBR is a global engineering, construction, technology and services company. Whether designing an LNG facility, serving as a defense industry contractor, or providing small capital construction, KBR delivers world-class service and performance. KBR employs more than 60,000 people in 43 countries around the world.

Halliburton, founded in 1919, is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries. The company serves its customers with a broad range of products and services through its Energy Services Group and KBR. Visit the company's World Wide Web site at www.halliburton.com.

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