WACKENHUT LIVES LIKE A GILA MONSTER IN THE SOUTH WESTERN DESERT by ELLEN BROWN
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 are always empty. Wackenhut Services was founded by George Wackenhut in 1954 to provide prison guard services to state and federal governments. Mr. Wackenhut was reported to be something of a brawler himself, having once earned distinction beating up his business partner in a fist fight. Now owned by the Danish corporation G4S, Wackenhut Services has a sinister reputation for hiring thugs. It has been said that it’s hard to tell which is more dangerous, the prisoners or the guards. 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 training for? Wackenhut has never
officially announced itself to the community, and the local news media
have never mentioned its presence. Hiring has been discreetly conducted
via the Internet, and an apathetic general public has taken little
notice. Among the few who have noticed, one theory is that the prison
bus depot is simply infrastructure for border security. But if so, where
are the illegal aliens? Why are these buses always empty? What is the
alleged justification for burning thousands of gallons of diesel fuel to
run thirty decrepit, smoking buses night and day without passengers?
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. A new 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. Fraud and waste aside, this mysterious activity
has sinister implications.
Why the obvious secrecy? Since the World Trade Center disaster in 2001,
the Department of Homeland Security 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”:“FEMA is being upgraded as a federal agency,
and upon passage of PATRIOT Act III, which contains the amendment to
overturn posse comitatus, FEMA will be re-militarized, which will give
the agency military police powers. . . . Why is all of this being done?
Why is the regime moving to a militarized police state and to a
dictatorship? It is because of what Comptroller General David Walker
said, that after 2009, the ability of the United States to continue to
service its debt becomes questionable.
Although the average citizen may not understand what that means, when
the United States can no longer service its debt it collapses as an
economic entity. We would be an economically collapsed state.
At that point, the only way government can function and can maintain
control in an economically collapsed state is through a military
dictatorship.” 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. Some innovative possibilities for funding both the federal
debt and President Obama’s new economic stimulus package will be the
subject of future articles. Stay tuned.
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