Monday, 2 February 2009

Appalling distortion

I was "alerted" to this "news" story by cboyack on twitter, whose posts I am starting to get a little annoyed by.

Imagine that a bill was introduced in Congress providing for National Emergency Centres to be set up:
"to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster."

Three additional purposes are specified in the text of the proposed legislation:
  • To provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of federal, state and local first responders;
  • To provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response and recovery efforts of government, private, not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations;
  • To meet other appropriate needs, as defined by the secretary of homeland security.

Would you think that was particularly unreasonable? Would you, in fact, consider it a threat to democracy?

I don't think that is what would occur to me. But, according to this bizarre article, the bill is actually intended to create "concentration camps for political dissidents". The same page says that America is "on the same path as pre-war Nazi Germany" and that the bill "raises worries about a military police state".

I'm wary of even linking to such nonsense, but I think the educational purpose is more important than dangerous.

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