samedi, décembre 23, 2006

Actualité - U.S. Wall of Death Secure Fence Act of 2006

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (HR 6061) continues U.S. militarization of the borders, while also facilitating the development of a North America of the Monopolies. The bill was signed into law by President George Bush on October 26, 2006. The provides increased authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to “take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States. This control is to include, but is not limited to, “systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage and cameras.” It also includes “physical infrastructure enhancement,” the death wall.

Operational control is “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics and other contraband.”

The Bush administration is well-known for using such authority in the U.S. war of terrorism to use unmanned drones to assassinate “suspected” terrorists, conduct mass detentions without charges, utilize the military against civilians, and more. The executive has also used such authority to eliminate wage and other labor laws as well as environmental protections. The bill does not prevent such actions and indeed opens the way for them.

The act also mandates the “construction of fencing and security improvements” in specific border areas. Two initial areas are targeted as priorities. One is mainly along the Arizona border, beginning 10 miles west of Calexico California and extending to 10 miles east of the Douglas, Arizona crossing. Fencing for this section — two layers thick, with “the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors” — is to be completed by May 30, 2008. An “interlocking surveillance camera system is to be in place by May 30 2007.

The second priority is given to Laredo, Texas, with fencing and surveillance to be built 15 miles northwest of the Laredo crossing to 15 miles southeast of the crossing. Laredo is the U.S. border city where the super-corridor being constructed enters the U.S. The super-corridor is expected to go from the Mexican port of Lazaro -Cardenas, through Texas, up through Duluth, -Minnesota and into Canada. It is to be four football fields wide (400 yards) and will include a ten-lane limited access (mainly trucks) highway, rail lines, gas and oil pipelines. Construction is expected to begin next year. The super-corridor is an important part of overall U.S. plans to fully annex Canada and Mexico and create an integrated North America of the Monopolies.

Consistent with this, the Secure Fence Act also requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a “study on the feasibility of a state-of-the-art infrastructure security system along the northern international land and maritime border,” including the necessity for such a system, its implementation and economic impact. An initial report is due the end of December and a final report within one year.

Under the Bush regime, funding for “border security” has more than doubled—from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion this year; the number of Border Patrol agents has increased from about 9,000 to more than 12,000; thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border; more than 6 million people have been deported; and mass detention centers are being built.

(Voice of Revolution)

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