CNN Slams “Patriot Movement,” Misrepresents FEMA Camp Evidence  

Debbie Morgan, Debbie@takebackwashington.com
December, 2009

In a flagrant attempt to mislead the American Public, CNN aired a series of hit pieces on patriots and the militia.  One specific report by John Acosta was about the Oath Keepers, a group of military, firefighters, veterans and police officers who have decided to take their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States seriously.  Making a rather snide comment about the “patriot movement,” it may be time for Acosta to answer one quick question for the American people…since when did being a “patriot” in America garner such a negative connotation?

The meaning of “patriot” describes many, and those of us who are sworn American Patriots do, indeed, fit the bill.  Webster’s Dictionary defines a patriot as someone “who loves and loyally or zealously supports one's own country.”  American “patriots” love their country and its Constitution and want it protected.  Yet the mainstream media and the over-reaching Federal government are demonizing patriots and the entire Patriot Movement.  In a MIAC report, released earlier this year, many people who simply hold their Constitutional Rights sacred are to be considered potential threats.  



Oath Keepers, according to their website, is an organization that pledges to abide by their oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign, and, yes, even domestic.  Founder Stewart Rhodes says, “Our role is not to be obedient to whoever happens to be the leader.  Our role is to defend the Constitution and the Republic.”  Most American Patriots applaud that notion and take it to heart. 

Another misguided point by CNN’s John Acosta brings into question the issue of detention camps, otherwise known as FEMA camps.  Acosta says, “There is no proof the government is building detention camps around the country.”  But that isn’t so.  A recently released documentary by independent filmmaker William Lewis and producer Gary Franchi begs to differ.

Camp FEMA brings to light, with the help of patriots like Alex Jones, John Stadtmiller, Charlie Meadows, Catherine Bleish, Chuck Baldwin, Michael Badnarick and more, the history, including the legislation, behind these camps, as well as the fact that they have been used before.  Should Americans be concerned?  Lewis, Franchi and a host of other concerned patriots think so.

Acosta and CNN may be uninformed of some of the past legislation, but the language of HR 645, a piece of legislation introduced earlier this year, leaves little doubt as to the purpose of the bill.  Some may argue, and rightfully so, that HR 645 has not been passed into law, but the purpose is frightening.  One of its main intended uses is to “…provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster…” and one of the minimum requirements is to be “…capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals…”  Isn’t that proof enough for Acosta and CNN to, at the very least, do a little digging?

If that weren’t enough, there is the supposedly innocuous phrase “To meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.”  Does anyone remember how the Bush Bailout bill was passed in October 2008?  The existing Paul Wellstone Mental Health Act was basically co-opted, the Bailout Bill was added to it as an amendment…an amendment that rewrote the entire bill…and the bill was then passed through congress. 

There is other evidence, as well.  Army Regulation 210-35, revision date January, 2005, states it  Provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations.”  Camp FEMA presents a segment in which a caller to the Alan Colmes program brings up the information on the Army.mil website and Colmes claims to look it up on the air.  Colmes refers to the information as a conspiracy theory, and says to the caller “They’re going to have prison camps?” in a more than condescending tone.  Later in the exchange, Colmes tells the caller there is no such web site as Army.mil.

Completely ignored in this report, and re-exposed in Camp FEMA, are the plans of NorthCom along with an ad, run earlier this year, on the Army National Guard’s own website advertising for “Corrections Officers and Internment/Resettlement Specialists.” 

For the first time in U.S. history, NorthCom has been assigned an army unit for active duty inside The United States.  The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, who had spent much of its time in Iraq, has been assigned to NorthCom as of October 1st, 2008.  According to an article in The Army Times, the Combat Team “…may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios…” Yet Colonel Michael Boatner, in a Democracy Now interview, said “This force has got no role in civil disturbance or civil unrest, any of those kinds of things.” 

Camp FEMA points out that the ad was specific in considering the needs of the National Guard, someone to train “as Internment Settlement Specialists, to control and supervise detainees to insure their humane treatment.”  The ad was taken down in mid August after causing quite a stir with American citizens.  Isn’t THAT enough for Acosta and CNN to do some sort of investigation?

In another part of the CNN program, Acosta asks Rhodes “…who’s talking about taking anyone’s guns away?”  It is common knowledge that Obama, who sat on the board of the very openly anti-gun Joyce Foundation, and Attorney General Eric Holder are in favor of gun control.  People fear for their rights, and they should.  Remember the FISA Amendment Act, giving retroactive immunity to the law-breaking Telecoms for their blatant invasion of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy?  Obama voted FOR that bill.  Also, Obama, who taught Constitutional law, was in support of the DC gun ban, calling it Constitutional, clearly going against our Second Amendment right to bear arms, yet later said he felt it “went beyond Constitutional limits.”  Can we really trust this administration to support and defend our Constitutional Rights?

For something closer to home with regard to gun confiscation, what about what happened during Hurricane Katrina?  Guns were confiscated from law-abiding citizens during that crisis. Rhodes’ comment to Acosta about gun legislation was a good one, “so we have to wait until someone talks about?”  What happened to the notion to be prepared?  After all, isn’t that a tenet of the Boy Scouts?  Near the end of the program, Acosta states “There are no proposals coming from the White House or the Democratic leaders in Congress for new gun control laws.”  On the surface, that might be so, but with the blatant disregard during Katrina, and Obama’s recent flip flop with regards to the DC Gun Ban, wouldn’t it be prudent to shore up our rights, just to be sure?

Many major outlets are railroading the American Patriot and news is seriously biased with regard to us.  Just take a look at the MIAC Report, or what is coming out of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.  These groups and more are on the attack, because, like our forefathers, the American Patriot believes our Constitutional Rights are of the utmost importance to our very freedom, liberty and way of life.

With such a brazen disregard for the facts, can CNN, Acosta or any mainstream media outlet be trusted to report the news accurately?  If some people think so, there are a few questions begging to be answered.  How is it that with this much recent information CNN and Acosta cannot do a thorough investigation into these matters?  Are CNN and John Acosta deliberately misleading the American citizens?  Is their research team not experienced enough to find and report the real news?  The truth is out there…just not on CNN!

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Endnotes:

CNN Acosta Report on Oath Keepers
www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2009/11/18/am.acosta.militia.oathkeepers.cnn.html

Oath Keepers Website
www.oathkeepers.org/

Military Oath history (from Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Uniformed_Services_Oath_of_Office)

Camp FEMA Website
www.CampFEMA.com

HR 645 GovTrack
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-645

HR 645 Open Congress
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h645/show

Army Regulation 210-35
http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r210_35.pdf 

MIAC Report
http://www.news-leader.com/assets/pdf/DO131242323.PDF

US Troops on US Streets
http://mwcnews.net/content/view/25748/26/

Leahy Concerned about NorthCom’s New Army Unit
http://www.progressive.org/mag/wx100708.html

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/

Washington, You’re Fired
http://www.washingtonyourefired.com/

The Joyce Foundation
http://www.joycefdn.org/

Obama Gun Control - Lightning Assault on Freedom and Gun Owners
http://hunting.about.com/od/guns/a/obamaguncontrol.htm

Eric Holder on Gun Control
http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/11/18/202950/27

The Democrats and Gun Control
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120839466717921537.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries



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