Survival and the Perverse Camp Question

“I was at the mall when it happened,” Survival Sam said soberly. “The sign over the store still said Sears. It was shortly after 1:00 in the afternoon, and I was standing in a long line of men. A couple of uniformed men at the head of the line were handing out gray clothing, which I assume we were to receive in exchange for our street clothes.

“Suddenly, I heard shouting and several shots behind me in the open area of the mall. All of us in line turned to see a teenaged boy hit the floor clutching at his gut. He was soon surrounded by armed guards. In the glimpse I caught of him, it looked like he was wearing a light colored dress. Apparently he had hoped to blend into the grouping of women at the opposite side of the mall and make a run for it.”

“What happened then?” I asked.

“The men in my line started clamoring and swearing, and I heard someone on the store public address system telling the rest of us to stay calm and remain in our places so no one would get hurt. At that point I woke up with a start, pondering what I would do in such a situation. Then I came to my senses somewhat and realized I’d better do all I can to keep myself out of such a situation.”

“Good thing it was only a nightmare,” Duane said. “What made you dream such a thing? Too much jalapeno in your chili last night?”

“If only that were the explanation,” Sam said. “I suppose my subconscious mind was mulling over the article I had just read entitled ‘US FEMA Camps.’ It gives a history of how FEMA came about and how there are already literally hundreds of sites ready for detaining people.”

“You don’t really think Americans will be put in concentration camps, do you?” said Duane. “Aren’t the chances pretty remote?”

“The chances are greater than you think,” Sam said.

“Didn’t we detain Japanese people in places like racetracks in California during World War II?” I asked.

“Yes, we did,” said Sam. “I’m sure there are people who think we should round up and detain anybody who looks like an Arabic or Muslim terrorist today. FEMA has been granted money for detention centers presumably for detaining illegal immigrants, but how scertain are we that that’s what they’ll be used for?”

“Who do you think might be detained?” Duane asked.

“I can’t say for certain,” Sam said. “It depends on how chaotic things get if something like total economic collapse occurs, which might result in the declaration of martial law to keep people under control. Perhaps an alleged biological attack or flu outbreak will cause people to be quarantined. Many may voluntarily go to FEMA camps under the presumption that it’s the only way to be safe and secure.”

“Volunteer?” asked Duane.

“Sure,” Sam said. “Look how many people willingly stayed in the San Diego Chargers’ football stadium during wildfires one fall.”

“Aren’t we speculating a lot here/” I asked.

“Only about causes and outcome,” Sam said. “The FEMA facilities are real. It’s documented, but obviously not openly discussed.”

“How can we keep from ending up in such places?” asked Duane.

“The first thing I’d say is not to participate in antiwar protests or protest rallies at political gatherings, unless you’re prepared to be detained for a while in some loading dock warehouse or other out of the way place. If that happens, don’t expect the news media to draw attention to your plight. Otherwise, for the rest of us, keep tuned to events of the day, and have your bugout bag ready.”


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.