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I heard speculation of concentration camps in the U.S.

Spring 2007

"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

On my month-long visit home to America, somebody told me that Halliburton is building concentration camps in the United States.

We'll see what happens before we call the facilities "concentration camps."

And we'll see what the facilities look like on construction — the work schedules are apparently not specified by contract.

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: the money awarded, but the job unspecified.

According to the New York Times, KBR was "the lone responder" (in their quote of Army Corps of Engineers' officials) 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.