January 22, 2009
from WebOfDebt Website
On a recent visit to Tucson, where I was invited to give a presentation on monetary reform, I was disturbed by a story of strange goings on in the desert. A little over a year ago, it seems, a new industrial facility sprang up on the edge of town. It was in a remote industrial zone and appeared to be a bus depot.
The new enterprise was surrounded by an imposing security fence and bore no outward signs identifying its services. However, it soon became apparent that the compound was in the business of outfitting a fleet of prison buses.
Thirty or so secondhand city buses were being reconfigured with prison bars in the windows and a coat of fresh paint bearing the “Wackenhut G4S” logo on the side.
The new Wackenhut operation is shrouded in mystery.
It has been running its
fleet of empty prison buses night and day, apparently logging miles on a
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contract. Multiple buses can be seen
driving all over town and even on remote desert back roads. Oddly, except
for the driver and one escort guard seated in front, these buses appear to
Observers originally thought that the purpose of the new Wackenhut operation was to outfit prison buses to be distributed in other parts of the country.
But it soon became apparent that none of the buses was leaving the Tucson depot. Recently, a passerby observed what appeared to be a training operation there. In what seemed to be strange activity for 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, the depot yard was fully illuminated, the entire fleet of buses was up and running, and drivers and guards were scrambling around the yard.
The question is, what were they
But if so,
There is another interesting piece to this puzzle.
On the desolate plain between Phoenix and Tucson is a tiny town called Florence, Arizona, which features a population consisting largely of prisoners. For decades, Florence has been the home of two of the largest county and federal prisons in the state; and in 2007, a vast new DHS prison was built there as well. Like the Wackenhut buses, this shiny new facility, which literally disappears into the horizon, has gone unannounced and unnoticed by the general public.
facility for imprisoning illegal aliens? It is hard to imagine such
expensive infrastructure being built for that purpose when U.S. policy has
been to simply return illegals to their home countries.
Since the World Trade Center disaster in 2001, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has grown to monster proportions, claiming a projected $50 billion of the federal budget in 2009.
DHS includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which earned notoriety in 2005 for its gross mishandling of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.
Al Martin, a retired naval intelligence officer and former contributor to the Presidential Council of Economic Advisors, has linked the remilitarization of FEMA to the civil unrest anticipated along with economic collapse.
He wrote in a November 2005 newsletter called “Behind the Scenes in the Beltway”:
1. Al Martin, “FEMA, CILFs and State Security: Shocking Updates,” wwwalmartinraw.com (November 28, 2005).
Of course, there may be another, more innocent explanation for all this.
But anyone living near one of these facilities should be asking to hear it. In the meantime, the ominous implications would seem to warrant exploring alternative sources of funding for the federal budget and the federal debt. There are other ways to deal with the national debt than relying on the waning appetites of the Chinese and the Japanese for U.S. securities.
innovative possibilities for funding both the federal debt and President Obama’s new economic stimulus package will be the subject of future