FEMA internment camps are a conspiracy theory second only to 9/11 – and that’s a very close second. There are countless conspiracy theorists out there – some of them actually legitimate journalists – that believe the government at the very least has some sort of plan in place in the event of massive civil unrest. Whether that plan includes massive concentration camps remains debatable.
We’ve previously explored the U.S. Army Manual FM 3-39.40, titled Internment and Resettlement Operations, which clearly outlines what the Army would be expected to do in the case of social collapse. The manual clearly states in no uncertain terms that internment camps may be needed to build the capacity of a government to “effectively care for and govern its population”.
The manual is written from the perspective of managing foreign conflict and dealing with “Civilian Internees”, “Dislocated Civilians”, and “Detainees”. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to consider a situation where the military would turn to this same manual in the case of social collapse within the U.S. itself.
Are FEMA Concentration Camps Real?
Here at Top Secret Writers, we pride ourselves in not adopting either side of such a conspiracy until all of the facts are laid out. So that’s what I intend to do in this article.
Recently, a reader pointed me toward “H.R. 144, 347, 390, 645, 1022, 3590, Executive Order 1867, Executive Order 13603, and the Internment Resettlement Operations Act” as evidence that such policies are currently in place in the U.S. and ready to go into action the moment they are needed to control the population. According to this reader, these are all evidence of a future U.S. with FEMA concentration camps housing American citizens in forced labor.
Is this accurate? Well, I explored those bills in depth, and discovered the following information about each of them.
Scary Legislation Planning for Social Collapse
I will explore those laws in greater depth further down in this article. I’ve skipped HR 144, HR 347, HR 1022 and HR 3590 because, while they touch on issues like weapons bans that might come into play during a societal collapse, they really have nothing to do with the issue of internment camps or so-called “FEMA concentration camps”.
– HR 390 is the “National Emergency Centers Establishment Act”. This Act directs Homeland Security to establish “national emergency centers” on military installations. These centers are to be used for people dislocated due to a major disaster or emergency, as a training/coordination center for federal and state first responders, and as a central location to coordinate response and recovery efforts during such emergencies.
– HR 645 is the same as above, except with an additional purpose of “…to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security”.
– Executive Order 1867 was ripped apart fairly well by Jim Garrison in the Huffington Post (1), when he wrote that both the NDAA and Obama’s 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, “…puts the government completely above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen.”
Garrison accurately describes what these new laws will put in place to be “activated” in the case of a significant national emergency or threat to national security. Garrison writes:
“The 2012 NDAA deemed the United States a ‘battlefield,’ as Senator Lindsey Graham put it, and gave the president and his agents the right to seize and arrest any U.S. citizen, detain them indefinitely without charge or trial, and do so only on suspicion, without any judicial oversight or due process.”
Any journalist that has taken the time to look past the crazy conspiracy theorists on the fringes of this topic, and dig a bit deeper, starts to see the same issues that Garrison points out.
Government Plans Even Make Skeptics Nervous
Even one of my favorite skeptical hangouts, Skeptoid, published an article by Brian Dunning, who took a close look at the alleged 800 FEMA sites to try to debunk that they would be future “FEMA concentration camps”, but then even Brian acknowledged the serious nature of some of these claims. One of those was actually a reference to Garden Plot, a military strategy we wrote about in 2012 where plans are laid out for what is clearly future warfare against U.S. citizens.
“When I first heard the FEMA Prison Camp conspiracy story, it seemed ridiculous and paranoid at face value. But when I finally dug in to research it, I started by searching for the origins of the rumors, and found to my surprise that nearly all of the legal foundation and precedent for such a plan does in fact exist. One primary source of fuel for the fire is Garden Plot, the Department of Defense’s civil disturbance plan to assist local authorities during times of civil unrest, natural disasters, or other emergencies.”
In the Huffington Post article, Garrison explains the dangerous environment that the 2012 Executive Order creates for future American Citizens should such social upheaval ever take place:
“The new Executive Order gives the government, through the Secretary of Labor, the right to proactively mobilize U.S. citizens for ‘labor’ as the government deems necessary and to coordinate with the Secretary of Defense to maintain data to coordinate the nation’s work needs in relation to national defense.”
When you align that Executive Order, with the creation of “National Emergency Centers” on military installations, you can start to see why some people get legitimately concerned about how the government plans to handle this future apocalyptic scenario.
The question that level-headed researchers need to focus on is whether the claim that FEMA has produced hundreds of future prison/labor camps is legitimate. Is there evidence that this is really what those facilities are planned for?
Skeptic Brian admits that the existing laws definitely would give FEMA the legal right to do so.
“So there’s our legal authority and precedent. If FEMA decides they want 800 prison camps maintained in readiness, they have the legal right to do so, and to use them if ordered. But do they? Do they actually anticipate this need to the point that there really are 800 manned prison camps ready to go?”
That’s the question that needs to be answered here.
What’s the Story on FEMA Internment Camps?
The truth is very difficult to get to, mostly because of, as Brian Dunning accurately points out, the “clearly delusional” people, blaming everything from the “Illuminati” to the “New World Order” for these facilities.
Also, many “believer” types are quick to latch on to stories of immigration prisons being built as proof that these future FEMA concentration camps are being constructed even today.
Setting aside all of the lunatic theories, it’s possible to locate a few promising candidates that might prove or disprove this idea that the U.S. government is already putting a plan into action to prepare for this scary future scenario.
The first thing to do is avoid copying the silly antics of Jesse Ventura and Alex Jones, and ignore facilities that are clearly being used as immigration detention centers. The purpose of those facilities is obvious. A little common sense goes a long way when you want to get to the truth.
Unfortunately, when trying to find these alleged future prisons, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything even approaching common sense. The folks at WorldTruth.TV list everything from abandoned wood processing plants in Arkansas to the Tule Lake wildlife refuge in California – offering no evidence whatsoever to support that those locations have any documented future use as internment facilities.
Of course, they would say that the true purpose of the facility is being “covered up”. Most online lists of alleged FEMA detention centers are not supported by any evidence whatsoever and are entirely unreliable.
However, there remains the one sane lead in all of this chaos that could help with identifying actual facilities – the National Emergency Centers.
This is the one lingering, solid evidence proving that such facilities are part of the government’s future plans in the case of social collapse – HR 390 and HR 645, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act.
The mission is to track the appropriated $180 million to be spent in 2014 and 2015 for the facilities, and observe whether or not the constructed facilities are truly built with the intention to serve as a base of operations for first responders during national emergencies, or whether the final facility actually looks like a future FEMA concentration camp.
Until then, keep your tin foil hats on the top shelf of the closet, keep your minds open, but keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.