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Obama's buddy Rahm setting up detention camps for Chicago NATO?

Call me foily, but somehow I have a hard time picturing "evacuation" as anything but a euphemism for "detain indefinitely without trial." CBS 2 in Chicago:

Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another [What other?] national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.

“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.

"But it's a Red Cross shelter! They're being treated for injuries! They're being detained for their own protection."

Pinochet used football (soccer) stadiums. Why putz around? Why not just use Soldiers Stadium?

NOTE Hat tip, Coyote Creek.

UPDATE In a later report, Red Cross flack Martha Carlos:

Carlos admits the agency has an agreement with shelters if some sort of event affected the city, "we're planning with a number of areas around Chicago what would happen if something occurred and we needed to go outside of the area."

A local Chicago television news station got a hold of a Red Cross email sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area it reads "the American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago."

According to the station's website the direction came from the city of Chicago and the Secret Service. Carlos has denied that claim to WLS News.

Sloppy. The source of the direction, or the direction itself? And what do the Mayor of Chicago and the Secret Service say?

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Submitted by Susie from Philly on

Everyone who gets detained can sue for enough to pay off their student loans!

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

...that the new law Obama has signed allows the SECRET SERVICE to declare certain areas to be security zones. This definitely makes me think those of us in Chicago could be subject to detention and huge fines.

The ACLU is asking for people arrested under such conditions - I assume for a legal challenge. I think they might be very very busy in mid-May.

It just makes my heart burst with pride....

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Submitted by nomad2 on

towards totalitarianism.

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Submitted by reslez on

What exactly is it that has them so worried?

Or is it just that they're sloshing around in billions of MIC dollars and need some way to spend it? And justify their own self-importance and budgets by hyping up paranoid fantasies?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

is that at some point people will wake up to the fact that our entire political/financial establishment is entirely criminal. That is the one thing the people living under communism have over us, they knew that their political leadership were criminals and that their press were liars. We are still catching on to this.

Submitted by hipparchia on

that drastically-shortened quote is being shopped all over the right-wing conspiracy-nut blogosphere [sorry, not going to provide links, you can look it up yourself]. consider this your first warning under rule 3.

i'll just c&p this entire article for you so you can always have it handy as a reference in the future:

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Red Cross is preparing in case people from Chicago need to evacuate the city during the NATO Summit.

Spokeswoman Barbara Behling told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that if an incident happens during the NATO summit that leads to an evacuation of at least part of the city of Chicago, Milwaukee's Red Cross will be ready with beds, food and doctors ready for evacuees.

"It's like any situation where there would be an evacuation," said Behling.

She says they prepare often to take people in from the Chicago area if a disaster happens there.

"If a tornado would hit Chicago, we're an evacuation area. If there would be a large scale power outage, we're an evacuation area. This isn't anything out of the normal for us."

Behling also told me they put the same plans in whenever there's a big event.

"Anytime there are large gatherings of people, Presidential inaugurations, the Super Bowl, the Chicago Marathon, the American Red Cross is asked to have a contingency plan in case there would be an evacuation."

The NATO summit happens next month.

so the red cross makes the same preparations for the nato summit as it makes for the chicago marathon and augusto pinochet rises from his grave.

Submitted by lambert on

.... is from the CBS affiliate in Chicago. Good research on the NBC affiliate in Milwakuee. That said, Hipparchia:

Thing is, here, while the Red Cross is saying all this, the Secret Service is quoted in the original article. And under the Buildings and Grounds Act, the Secret Service can, basically, do whatever the fuck they want. I do agree it's speculation that an administration that would, ya know, claim the right to assassinate US citizens without due process, would also leverage an existing system like the Red Cross to detain protesters without telling the Red Cross what it was up to. It would also be speculation to imagine that the administration could treat the Red Cross centers as resources to be seized under the NDAA. That's why there's a question mark at the end of the headline.

Submitted by hipparchia on

the Secret Service is quoted in the original article.

um, no. a quote from the original article that you linked to:

The U.S. Secret Service did not return calls for comment.

I do agree it's speculation

and it would be irresponsible of you not to speculate, eh?

ot1h, the red cross has been operating in war zones since long before any of us were born and they probably already know more about avoiding becoming unwitting tools of despots than any of the rest of us do.

otoh, it wasn't so long ago that i thought progressives, liberals, and other good-hearted people could never be bamboozled into voting for ron paul, so what do i know?

the red cross is an organization that helps people, millions of them, in times of trouble. when i see it folded into new-world-order conspiracy theories all over the wingnutosphere, my first thought is "yesterday it acorn, today it's planned parenthood, tomorrow it will be red cross." given their track record, i think it's more likely that the right is, yet again, sucking lefties into helping them spread their poison.