While most Americans are worried over the price of gasoline, the NBA playoffs and the latest scandal of the Desperate Housewives, a subsidiary of the Halliburton company has secured a $385 million no-bid contract to build new large-scale detention centers in case of an “emergency influx” of immigrants.

Even more worrisome than the $385 million is the language of this most unusual contract, calling for Halliburton to build a network of detention “centers” across the country large enough for each to “detain” up to 5,000 people. Keep in mind that “centers” is a euphemism for “prisons” and “detain” a softer word for “incarcerate.”

Why does America suddenly need to spend a third-of-a-billion dollars to establish a new mass prison complex in our country? The feds and Halliburton cryptically say that the detention centers could be needed for “some kind of mass migration” or for “the rapid development of new programs.”

Just what rapidly developing new programs?

Just who might be considered dangerous enough to the administration to qualify as a detainee?

We shudder when we recall President Bush stating that his job would be much easier if we were a dictatorship, and his later remarks that in the event of some kind of a flu pandemic he might have to invoke martial law.

In view of such off-handed remarks, coupled with president’s well-documented anti-democratic penchant to extend his power over the law and the people, the term “detention centers” raises the specter of WW II Japanese internment camps, and for what purpose?

Perhaps to be used for rounding up Muslim Americans or other American citizens tagged as “enemy combatants” ... such as, maybe ... registered Democrats?

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