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When I was in America,
somebody told me that Halliburton is building concentration camps in the United States.

I looked for information — easily done — on the internet. Looked, with appropriate skepticism and an eye out against hyperbole, the raving lunatic overdrawn conspiracy theory.

I didn't look far -- because I don't. What's visible is not always easy to see, and I just wanted a quick view of what is visible.

"KBR would build the centers 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, company executives said."

New York Times, 3 February 2006

Whether the statement is true or not depends upon perspective. In real point of fact veracity of the statement depends upon contingencies. In other words — we'll see what happens before we call the facilities "concentration camps."

There is, of course, a problem with using the term "concentration camps" — quite simply because the comparison is not merely evocative of Nazi Germany but is a clear suggestion that the United States is devolving into such horror.

The simple fact on public record is that in February 2006, KBR, formerly Kellog, Brown, Root — a subsidiary of Halliburton since then detached from the parent company — received a contract for the potential development of "detention centers."

Congress awarded the company (which split from Halliburton on 5 April 2007) 385 million US dollars, presumably to begin work — but in the quick-and-easy search that I did, the record is ambiguous about the agreed fulfillment of contract. Money awarded, job unspecified.

According to the New York Times, no other company profered a bid for the contract -- implying of course that either 1.) the job is of a nature that no other company would be suited for it, or 2.) the fix was in, massive corruption in effect.

Or both.


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