FM 3-39.40 proves FEMA camps are real… Or does it?

By Jeffrey Newell of the Saiyan Skeptic and Thomas Proffit of “Is that a FEMA Camp”

There are rumors of US military document and training manual called FM 3-39.40 (alternate link) also known as Internment and Resettlement Operation being used as evidence of FEMA Concentration camps.

The document is believed by many conspiracy theorists to be “proof” that the United States government is going to place citizens in interment camps and that the military was being trained to operate these places.

The YouTube Video regarding this can be found Here

While watching the video (which is 3:37 minutes, but tries to explain a 325 page document in that time frame) I could tell that the person who made it was obviously quote mining the document and taking a lot of things out of context, with many things that were just not mentioned.

One thing that was not mentioned was the Introduction section:

Introduction
 
I/R operations facilitate the ability to conduct rapid and decisive combat operations; deter, mitigate, and defeat threats to populations that may result in conflict; reverse conditions of human suffering; and build the capacity of a foreign government to effectively care for and govern its population. This includes capabilities to conduct shaping operations across the spectrum of military operations to mitigate and defeat the underlying conditions for conflict and counter the core motivations that result in support to criminal, terrorist, insurgent, and other destabilizing groups. I/R operations also include the daily incarceration of U.S. military prisoners at facilities throughout the world. 
 
This manual continues the evolution of the I/R function to support the changing nature of OEs. In light of persistent armed conflict and social turmoil throughout the world, the effects on populations remain a compelling issue. The world population will increase from 6 billion to 9 billion in the next two decades, with 95 percent of the growth occurring in the developing world. By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Coexisting demographically and ethnically, diverse societies will aggressively compete for limited resources. 
 
Typically, overpopulated third world societies suffer from a lack of legitimate and effective enforcement mechanisms, which is generally accepted as one of the cornerstones of a stable society. Stability within a population may eliminate the need for direct military intervention. The goal of military police conducting detainee operations is to provide stability within the population, its institutions, and its infrastructure. In this rapidly changing and dynamic strategic environment, U.S. forces will compete with local populations for the same space, routes, and resources. The modular force’s ability to positively influence and shape the opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of select populations is critical to tactical, operational, and strategic success. 
An adaptive enemy will manipulate populations that are hostile to U.S. intent by instigating mass civil disobedience, directing criminal activity, masking their operations in urban and other complex terrain, maintaining an indistinguishable presence through cultural anonymity, and actively seeking the traditional sanctuary of protected areas as defined by the rules of land warfare. Such actions will facilitate the dispersal of threat forces, negate technological overmatches, and degrade targeting opportunities. Commanders will use technology and conduct police intelligence operations to influence and control populations, evacuate detainees and, conclusively, transition rehabilitative and reconciliation operations to other functional agencies. The combat identification of friend, foe, or neutral is used to differentiate combatants from noncombatants and friendly forces from threat forces. 
 
FM 3-39.40 is written with the acknowledgement that today’s OEs are much more variable than the environments addressed in previous doctrine. Military police must be prepared to deploy into any OE and conduct I/R operations in support of the commander while dealing with a wide range of threats and other influences. This manual builds on the collective knowledge and wisdom gained through recent operations, numerous lessons learned, doctrine revisions, and the deliberate process of informed reasoning throughout the Army. It is rooted in time-tested principles and fundamentals, while accommodating new technologies and organizational changes. 
 
This iteration of FM 3-39.40 has been driven by a lack of existing doctrine for the rehabilitation and reconciliation of detainees and changes in OEs, the Army structure, and Army and joint doctrine. Changes not already mentioned above that have directly affected this manual include the— 
 
• Integration of I/R operations within the overarching counterinsurgency or irregular warfare efforts of current operations. 
• Development of terms of reference for detainee typology and standardization of procedures for detainee assessment. 
 
Note. Recent decisions by the Executive Branch have adjusted the typology in JP 3-63.
 
• Implementation of standardized programs and methods for rehabilitation, reconciliation, and repatriation of detainees. 
• Planning, employment, and sustainment of military police capabilities in support of all echelons while conducting I/R operations. 
• Alignment of I/R operations with the sustainment warfighting function. 
• Technological and doctrinal updates to material in other publications. 
 
The foundations of military police operations provided in this manual, together with related military police doctrine, will support the actions and decisions of commanders at all levels. Like FM 3-39, this manual is not meant to be a substitute for thought and initiative among military police leaders and Soldiers. No matter how robust the doctrine or advanced the military police capabilities and systems, it is the military police Soldier who must understand the OE, recognize shortfalls, and adapt to the situation on the ground. It is the adaptable and professional military police Soldiers of the Military Police Corps Regiment who are most important to the future and must successfully perform their basic skills to accomplish the mission, with or without technology assistance.
 
Now if you read the Introduction you can tell that this doesn’t have anything at all to do with the United States and it’s citizens. It concerns what the military is suppose to do with displaced civilians in disaster areas and war zones that the United States is involved in in third world countries.
While there are certain things in that document that I don’t agree with, it only concerns the United States military operations overseas, and not domestically, and it most certainly does not prove that FEMA camps are real.

States that are not claimed to have FEMA camps

By Thomas Proffit of “Is that a FEMA camp”

According to many “Patriot” websites, most states of the 50 states of the United States are alleged to have FEMA camps located within their borders. Some states have upwards of a dozen or more FEMA camps, some states have only one or two, but apparently only about half a dozen states are claimed to not have any FEMA camps located within their borders.

This page contains a list of the states don’t apparently have any FEMA camps located within them:

(Author’s Note: This list is subject to change whenever someone misidentifies a building or a facility in one of these states as being a FEMA camp location)

Vermont

Apparently the Green Mountain State doesn’t have any FEMA camps located inside it’s borders. I don’t know why there wouldn’t be to be quite honest.

Despite the fact that it’s a small state, there are plenty of places there to put one due to the state’s mountainous terrain and heavily forested areas…

Rhode Island

The smallest state in the union apparently is simply to small to host a FEMA camp in. Heck, most sites don’t even have Rhode Island even listed at all, but they still at least list other states that doesn’t have an alleged FEMA camp in it as “No Data Available”.

Maybe the operators of these sites that claim that FEMA camps are real don’t believe that Rhode Island is a state???

Connecticut

According to the websites that list FEMA camp locations, the state right next door to Rhode Island also doesn’t have any FEMA camps located in it either…

With this, this means that only half the states in New England have alleged FEMA camps located within them, and there are only a total of four alleged FEMA camp locations at that…

Maybe the government doesn’t feel the need to put FEMA camps up there???

Delaware

The smallest of the mid-Atlantic states, and the second smallest of all 50 states also apparently doesn’t have any FEMA camps located within it’s three counties.

Maybe it’s like Rhode Island and is just to small to host a FEMA camp…

Iowa

Big state. Lots of wide open spaces. No FEMA camps.

Iowa is the only state west of the Mississippi river to not have an alleged FEMA camp located within it’s borders. I have no idea why this is, but no one has made a claim of one being there… yet

Mississippi

This state apparently was once claimed to host a FEMA camp within it’s borders, but most FEMA camp location websites say that location is a hoax…

In fact the claim goes as this: These sites are confirmed hoaxes. Hancock County – NASA test site De Soto National Forest. “These two supposed camps in Mississippi do not exist. Members of the Mississippi Militia have checked these out on more than one occasion beginning back when they first appeared on the Internet and throughout the Patriot Movement.” – Commander D. Rayner, Mississippi Militia

This location is the only location that many of these FEMA camp location websites have ever admitted to being a hoax, despite the fact that through my research I’ve found that many of these FEMA camp locations to be nothing more than hoaxes.

Also apparently the people running these sites can’t count, because that’s only one location, not two.

Obama ordered $1 billion worth of disposable coffins for use in FEMA camps? More BS fear mongering.

By Thomas J Proffit of “Is That a FEMA Camp

 

Recently the old FEMA camp myth has once again reared it’s ugly head around internet, this time making it appear that President Obama has ordered $1,000,000,000 worth of “disposable coffins”, as you can clearly see from this screen shot below:

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And from this article here.

When I was reading the article one of the first things that clued me in that this was just a bunch of BS and anti-government fear mongering were the pictures.

All of these pictures have been spreading around the internet for years now in various conspiracy theorist websites and forums.

Despite what the website wants you to believe, these pictures are actually pretty old. Infact they’ve been around since the George W. Bush administration, as have these claims.

The pictures were also taken at a storage facility for Vantage, a company that manufactures plastic coffin liners, not some government storage facility. If it was a government storage facility the people who took the photos would most likely not have been given access to the facility for various security and liability reasons, or at the very least they would have been escorted around the facility to make sure they didn’t hurt themselves or damage something.

Also, these so called “disposable coffins” are neither disposable nor coffins. They’re meant to hold to coffins, and they’re meant to stay in the ground for who knows how long.

While some coffin liners are bought by the government for things like military funerals, most of these purchases are made by funeral home to be used in private funerals.

The second thing I noticed about the article was the total lack of any references to back up all the claims made. All there was were some old pictures, an old video from 2 1/2 years ago that shows nothing but a few documents that means nothing and also has no links to the documents that are mentioned, and some ignorant people who clearly do not know that a coffin goes inside a coffin liner, and also makes up some outrageous claims without any sort of documents or evidence to back up these claims.

The fact is that there is nothing new about this story. This type of “story” has been floating around in one form or another for years and predates President Obama.

President Obama didn’t order $1,000,000,000 worth of coffins, and Marshall Law is not about about to be implemented. All this is is more classic fear mongering being promoted by people who are very paranoid, or who hate the government, or (usually) both.

NDAA conspiracy theories: Debunked!

NDAA, what it really means.

Claim:   The National Defense Authorization Act would allow “the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.”

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/ndaa.asp#BcIZOgBtqwYKLLmT.99

Post by Jeffrey Newell, founder of Autistic Skeptic

Via Snopes

Claim: The National Defense Authorization Act would allow “the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.”

FACT: Lawmakers and the public have expressed concerns over provisions inserted into the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDA)), a defense appropriations bill, which would mandate military interrogation and detention for any suspected member of Al Qaeda and authorize indefinite detention of terrorist suspects without trial. Critics expressed concern that these provisions would virtually eliminate the role of federal law enforcement (i.e., F.B.I., federal prosecutors, and federal courts) in dealing with terrorist suspects, and that the provisions would worded so broadly that they could be applied to Americans and legal residents of the United States, allowing U.S. citizens to be seized and held in indefinite military custody. An amendment to the NDAA proposed by Senator Mark Udall of Colorado would have stripped the detainee measures out of the NDAA, but that proposal was defeated in the Senate.

Critics of the bill maintain that section 1021 is overly broad in its wording because it allows for the detention of “covered persons pending disposition under the law of war” but does not preclude indefinite detention. As well, Section 1022 makes military custody mandatory for a subset of detainees, and although that section does include an exception for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, critics maintain that the exception does not prevent U.S. citizens from being detained by the military; it merely does not require the military to detain U.S. citizens.

The original version of the NDAA allowed for the issuance of waivers granting exceptions to mandated military custody of Al Qaeda suspects if the secretary of defense, the attorney general, and the head of national intelligence all agreed. President Obama initially threatened to veto the NDAA, but then indicated he would agree to sign a revised version that allowed the president to issue such waivers on his own and no longer explicitly banned the use of civilian courts in prosecuting Al Qaeda suspects.

President Obama signed the NDAA at the end of 2011, stating in his signing statement that he disagreed with the necessity of its detention provisions and asserting that his “Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens” because “doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation,” promising that his “Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law”:

The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.

Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note). This section breaks no new ground and is unnecessary.

Section 1022 seeks to require military custody for a narrow category of non-citizen detainees who are “captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.” This section is ill-conceived and will do nothing to improve the security of the United States. The executive branch already has the authority to detain in military custody those members of al-Qa’ida who are captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the AUMF, and as Commander in Chief I have directed the military to do so where appropriate. I reject any approach that would mandate military custody where law enforcement provides the best method of incapacitating a terrorist threat. While section 1022 is unnecessary and has the potential to create uncertainty, I have signed the bill because I believe that this section can be interpreted and applied in a manner that avoids undue harm to our current operations.

Read the original article at http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/ndaa.asp#BcIZOgBtqwYKLLmT.99

FEMA Stickers: Debunked!

FEMA mail stickers? Nope.

By Jeffrey Newell

In this article I am going to debunk the myth of FEMA mail Stickers. This is a basic summary of the FEMA mail stickers.

Via Snopes

“Hi everyone, I’ve got a odd but very important question about these various mailbox stickers I see on not only my mailbox but on the mailboxes of people in my neighborhood and perhaps almost everywhere.

They are all round stickers, they are usually either as big as half dollar coins, or as small as nickels or pennies. They are either made out of a thin reflective plastic or the smaller ones I’ve seen are just plain paper.

Now one of the odd and scary things I have heard about these stickers is that they have been placed there by people in working in secret for not just the government but for a up coming one world government.

And that the color of the stickers refer to the fate of each person when either the one world government or martial law gets established in our country.

The red indicates that they will come after you and kill you immediately, the blue means they will take you to a concentration camp or a “FEMA camp” and torture you until you either obey or die.

Yellow means that they think you will mostly follow them or be no threat to them and they will just let you starve to death.

Where as pink means you are totally in obedience to them and will basically be their mind slave.”

A common form of rumor holds that homes are being marked in some subtle way — through the use of anything from cable ties to chalk marks to colored stickers to ribbons, placed on curbs, sidewalks, mailboxes, lampposts, or trees — by groups intent on targeting the residents for nefarious purposes — anyone from burglars to dog thieves to government agents — who will be returning later to implement their plans of stealing from (or otherwise harming) the people who live in those homes. In nearly every case such rumors prove to be false: the markings in question typically turn out to be innocuous indicators left behind by legitimate groups working in the area (such as road crews,

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utility companies, or surveyors), and the rumors are started by suspicious residents unfamiliar with the purpose of the markings who immediately leap to the unfounded conclusion that they must have some connection to recent (but purely coincidental) criminal activity in the neighborhood.

All such rumors generally fail in their very premise. Targeting homes for illicit purposes by marking them with some exterior symbol is unnecessarily inefficient: it requires time and effort to visit homes and mark them, it risks exposure from onlookers who might notice and call attention to the activity and discover its purpose, and the markings are too easily removed (accidentally or purposely) by residents or eradicated by weather, or overlooked by those supposed to be finding them afterwards. Yet all of these vagaries can be easily avoided in one simple way: just jotting down the addresses of the homes of interest. There’s no good reason for bad guys to mark a home with some form of symbol as a method for being able to find and return to it later when they can more easily and safely accomplish the same thing simply by recording its address.

The marking of homes to identify them as targets for future activity makes sense only if the markings and the follow-up activity are being performed by different groups who are prevented by time and distance from communicating with each other between those two steps. But in today’s world, where information such as an address list can be communicated almost instantaneously by e-mail or text message, and anyone with a cell phone can be reached virtually anywhere at any time, there are no such barriers. Such markings might be practical if the group creating them were doing so for the benefit of persons unknown to them (as in the case of so-called hobo signs), but that scenario makes little sense within a premise of organized criminal activity: crooks have little motivation to expend effort identifying prime targets for the benefit of other crooks unknown to them.

One of the more fantastic forms of this class of rumor holds that a government entity is furtively marking homes by placing colored dots on home mailboxes to identify the political allegiances of residents, and thus those residents’ dispositions (i.e., killed immediately, hauled off to internment camps, or left alone), once the powerful group behind the scheme completes the process of seizing dictatorial control of the country:

A theory has come about in the past year about reflective stickers that many people across the U.S. have been finding on their mail boxes. The theory claims that the stickers have been placed by FEMA, and that people are being “color coded” based upon what the government knows about their political leanings.

Those who believe this theory claim that if you have a red sticker on your mail box, then FEMA has determined you to be a veteran, or a conservative, or a true patriot and that you are going to be killed on the first night that the New World Order takes over.

If you have a blue sticker, then FEMA has determined that you believe many of the same things the people with red stickers believe, but you are a follower by nature, a sheeple, and you will be herded off to one of the many FEMA camps that are allegedly being set up all over the U.S.

If you have a yellow sticker, then you rock! You are a strong supporter of socialism, the New World Order, and the King, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and you will be allowed to remain in your home — on house arrest.

If the mere premise of such a rumor weren’t enough in itself to discredit it (surely any entity powerful enough to take control of the entire U.S. and lock up its citizens would have a better method for tracking the identities of its supporters and opponents than reflective stickers), consider all the logistical problems it would entail, such as:

    • Agents would have to fan out and color code every house in the United States (without being observed or discovered), an enormous undertaking of time and manpower.
    • Anyone who moved or otherwise changed residences between the marking of mailboxes and the takeover by the New World Order would be misidentified.
    • Anyone could avoid the dire consequences of this scheme (or target others for punishment) by changing or swapping their mailbox stickers.
  • Many dwellings are home to multiple residents with varying political allegiances who could not all be classified with a single marker.

It is true (as exemplified by the photograph displayed above) that in some neighborhoods small, round reflective stickers of varying colors can be found on mailboxes, so what is their real purpose? The answer can vary from area to area, but one common application is to help service workers who make their rounds in the darkness of nighttime or early morning hours to identify which homes belong to customers (or non-customers), and what level of service they are to receive. (For example, such stickers might aid newspaper carriers in quickly finding subscribers’ homes and identifying whether the residents receive daily, weekly, or Sunday-only delivery.) Such colored stickers have also been employed in the service of other (non-illegal) schemes, such as using them to identify the mailboxes of postal customers who do not wish to receive junk mail.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/femastickers.asp#mK8eHmulIm2jJ00q.99

A common form of rumor holds that homes are being marked in some subtle way — through the use of anything from cable ties to chalk marks to colored stickers to ribbons, placed on curbs, sidewalks, mailboxes, lampposts, or trees — by groups intent on targeting the residents for nefarious purposes — anyone from burglars to dog thieves to government agents — who will be returning later to implement their plans of stealing from (or otherwise harming) the people who live in those homes. In nearly every case such rumors prove to be false: the markings in question typically turn out to be innocuous indicators left behind by legitimate groups working in the area (such as road crews, utility companies, or surveyors), and the rumors are started by suspicious residents unfamiliar with the purpose of the markings who immediately leap to the unfounded conclusion that they must have some connection to recent (but purely coincidental) criminal activity in the neighborhood.

All such rumors generally fail in their very premise. Targeting homes for illicit purposes by marking them with some exterior symbol is unnecessarily inefficient: it requires time and effort to visit homes and mark them, it risks exposure from onlookers who might notice and call attention to the activity and discover its purpose, and the markings are too easily removed (accidentally or purposely) by residents or eradicated by weather, or overlooked by those supposed to be finding them afterwards. Yet all of these vagaries can be easily avoided in one simple way: just jotting down the addresses of the homes of interest. There’s no good reason for bad guys to mark a home with some form of symbol as a method for being able to find and return to it later when they can more easily and safely accomplish the same thing simply by recording its address.

The marking of homes to identify them as targets for future activity makes sense only if the markings and the follow-up activity are being performed by different groups who are prevented by time and distance from communicating with each other between those two steps. But in today’s world, where information such as an address list can be communicated almost instantaneously by e-mail or text message, and anyone with a cell phone can be reached virtually anywhere at any time, there are no such barriers. Such markings might be practical if the group creating them were doing so for the benefit of persons unknown to them (as in the case of so-called hobo signs), but that scenario makes little sense within a premise of organized criminal activity: crooks have little motivation to expend effort identifying prime targets for the benefit of other crooks unknown to them.

One of the more fantastic forms of this class of rumor holds that a government entity is furtively marking homes by placing colored dots on home mailboxes to identify the political allegiances of residents, and thus those residents’ dispositions (i.e., killed immediately, hauled off to internment camps, or left alone), once the powerful group behind the scheme completes the process of seizing dictatorial control of the country:

A theory has come about in the past year about reflective stickers that many people across the U.S. have been finding on their mail boxes. The theory claims that the stickers have been placed by FEMA, and that people are being “color coded” based upon what the government knows about their political leanings.

Those who believe this theory claim that if you have a red sticker on your mail box, then FEMA has determined you to be a veteran, or a conservative, or a true patriot and that you are going to be killed on the first night that the New World Order takes over.

If you have a blue sticker, then FEMA has determined that you believe many of the same things the people with red stickers believe, but you are a follower by nature, a sheeple, and you will be herded off to one of the many FEMA camps that are allegedly being set up all over the U.S.

If you have a yellow sticker, then you rock! You are a strong supporter of socialism, the New World Order, and the King, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and you will be allowed to remain in your home — on house arrest. If the mere premise of such a rumor weren’t enough in itself to discredit it (surely any entity powerful enough to take control of the entire U.S. and lock up its citizens would have a better method for tracking the identities of its supporters and opponents than reflective stickers), consider all the logistical problems it would entail, such as:

Agents would have to fan out and color code every house in the United States (without being observed or discovered), an enormous undertaking of time and manpower.

Anyone who moved or otherwise changed residences between the marking of mailboxes and the takeover by the New World Order would be misidentified.

Anyone could avoid the dire consequences of this scheme (or target others for punishment) by changing or swapping their mailbox stickers.

Many dwellings are home to multiple residents with varying political allegiances who could not all be classified with a single marker.
It is true (as exemplified by the photograph displayed above) that in some neighborhoods small, round reflective stickers of varying colors can be found on mailboxes, so what is their real purpose? The answer can vary from area to area, but one common application is to help service workers who make their rounds in the darkness of nighttime or early morning hours to identify which homes belong to customers (or non-customers), and what level of service they are to receive. (For example, such stickers might aid newspaper carriers in quickly finding subscribers’ homes and identifying whether the residents receive daily, weekly, or Sunday-only delivery.) Such colored stickers have also been employed in the service of other (non-illegal) schemes, such as using them to identify the mailboxes of postal customers who do not wish to receive junk mail.

SOURCE: http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/femastickers.asp

Many Common Traits I’ve noticed with FEMA Camp claims

By Thomas J Proffit of “Is That a FEMA camp”

There are a lot of claims on websites that promote the FEMA Camp conspiracy theories and the locations of the alleged interment/concentration/prison camps. From my research into these locations, many of these websites have very common trends to them and the locations that are posted.

Here are some things that I have found to be quite common with these location claims, and the websites that promote them:

The claims about these alleged FEMA camp locations tend to be all alike, word by word.

Many of these websites “expose” these “locations” appear to do a lot of copying and pasting of these claims from other websites. Many times these claims are exactly the same, including misspellings, and lack of any real research.

Many websites list completely bogus locations.

While many websites misidentify what a location is, or what’s at a location, some of the locations that are claimed never had what was claimed to be there to being with. A good example of this would be the claim that there is a renovated Japanese interment camp in Josephine County, Oregon. There was never a Japanese interment camp in Josephine County, Oregon, and thus the claim is bogus.

Many websites that list locations sometimes have little to no information on those locations.

I’ve seen a lot of location claims that have very little, to next to none, to no information about the location what so ever. Even the most detailed of claims often are only have about two to three of sentences worth, and provide no in depth details, or creditable evidence to back up the claim that the location is in fact an interment/concentration/prison camp.

Any true facts given about a location still fails to prove anything.

Yes, sometimes these websites will actually list facts about a location. The problem is that these facts are often muddled with unproven allegations. Even when they aren’t, they still do not prove that the location is a FEMA camp.

Area 51 is not listed as a FEMA camp location.

This one surprised me. Despite all of the conspiracy theories that have been made about this place, being a FEMA camp location is apparently not one of them…

There are often more claims of total locations then there are locations listed.

Many web sites claim there are 600 to over 800 known locations for these alleged prison camps, yet these websites never include that many locations in their locations list. Of course many websites will contain a kind of “disclaimer” about those missing locations by putting up something like this near or at the bottom of their list:

  • There are many other locations not listed above that are worthy of consideration as a possible detention camp site, but due to space limitations and the time needed to verify, could not be included here. Virtually all military reservations, posts, bases, stations, & depots can be considered highly suspect (because it is “federal” land). Also fitting this category are “Regional Airports” and “International Airports” which also fall under federal jurisdiction and have limited-access areas. Mental hospitals, closed hospitals & nursing homes, closed military bases, wildlife refuges, state prisons, toxic waste dumps, hotels and other areas all have varying degrees of potential for being a detention camp area. The likelihood of a site being suspect increases with transportation access to the site, including airports/airstrips, railheads, navigable waterways & ports, interstate and US highways. Some facilities are “disguised” as industrial or commercial properties, camouflaged or even wholly contained inside large buildings (Indianapolis) or factories. Many inner-city buildings left vacant during the de-industrialization of America have been quietly acquired and held, sometimes retrofitted for their new uses.

Basically they are saying that everywhere you go, there is a FEMA camp.

Many of the location claims have been around for years.

During my research I’ve noticed that many of these location claims have been around for a very long time, in some cases well over a decade now, and yet the claims are nearly the same, with no new information.

Rex 84 and several Executive Orders are often listed to try to help prove the existence of these FEMA camps.

Yes, our government has done some pretty messed up things in the past, and Rex 84 is one of them, but from what I understand of Rex 84 it was a thought experiment that was created in 1984 (back when the Cold War was still hot) about what would need to be done if in the unlikely event of large scale civil unrest, and that no actual military training was done. Go here to learn more.

As for the Executive Orders, these websites tend to only give the author’s summarized version of the Executive Order, which is often times only a sentence about one part that is often taken out of context of something that can be several pages long. What they usually do not give is a link to the actual Executive Order itself. They also don’t tell you if the Executive Order has been revoked or not either, which many of them listed happen to be.

No location claims are ever taken down when proven to be false or out right bogus.

While you might see a new “location” being posted, you’ll most likely never see one taken down after they have been proven to be completely false and/or bogus.