Refugees or Detainees?

We then started lugging in our food products. The foods I had purchased were mainly snacks, but my mother - God bless her soul - had gone all out with fresh vegetables, fruits, canned goods, breakfast cereals, rice, and pancake fixings. That's when we got the next message: They will not be able to use the kitchen.

Excuse me? I asked incredulously.

FEMA will not allow any of the kitchen facilities in any of the cabins to be used by the occupants due to fire hazards. FEMA will deliver meals to the cabins. The refugees will be given two meals per day by FEMA. They will not be able to cook. In fact, the "host" goes on to explain, some churches had already enquired about whether they could come in on weekends and fix meals for the people staying in their cabin. FEMA won't allow it because there could be a situation where one cabin gets steaks and another gets hot dogs - and...

it could cause a riot.

It gets worse.

He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this. The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and "a sum of money" and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months.

My son looks at me and mumbles "Welcome to Krakow."

My mother then asked if the churches would be allowed to come to their cabin and conduct services if the occupants wanted to attend. The response was "No ma'am. You don't understand. Your church no longer owns this building. This building is now owned by FEMA and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. They have it for the next 5 months." This scares my mother who asks "Do you mean they have leased it?" The man replies, "Yes, ma'am...lock, stock and barrel. They have taken over everything that pertains to this facility for the next 5 months."

We then lug all food products requiring cooking back to the car. We start unloading our snacks. Mom appeared to have cornered the market in five counties on pop-tarts and apparently that was an acceptable snack so the guy started shoving them under the counter. He said these would be good to tied people over in between their two meals a day. But he tells my mother she must take all the breakfast cereal back. My mother protests that cereal requires no cooking. "There will be no milk, ma'am." My mother points to the huge industrial double-wide refrigerator the church had just purchased in the past year. "Ma'am, you don't understand...

It could cause a riot."

He then points to the vegetables and fruit. "You'll have to take that back as well. It looks like you've got about 10 apples there. I'm about to bring in 40 men. What would we do then?"

My mother, in her sweet, soft voice says, "Quarter them?"

"No ma'am. FEMA said no...

It could cause a riot. You don't understand the type of people that are about to come here...."

More here. I guess it turns out that bureaucratic thugs don't exactly run the nicest refugee camps - big surprise. I bet if we just gave them each a check for $500 a week, they would end up in friendlier hands.

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Hey, Oklahoma is just

Hey, Oklahoma is just falling back on historical practice.

The account appears to be

The account appears to be reasonably documented, but considering the source I'd be wary of it. Above Top Secret is a conspiracy website that takes David Icke seriously--the guy who says the Queen of England is a reptilian space alien in disguise. (The author of the book Above Top Secret, Timothy Good, is a proponent of UFO conspiracy theories who has a long demonstrated record of disregard for factual accuracy in favor of what sells--MJ12, Bob Lazar, etc.)

There are hundreds of hurricane evacuees here in Phoenix at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum (over 700 have come to Phoenix, about 450 are still at the Coliseum). They have freedom of movement--they can leave, go down the street to a convenience store, and buy food. They are being assisted in finding more permanent housing and jobs, a number of them have their pets with them, and people from the outside are allowed contact with them. So this Oklahoma situation, if accurate, is certainly not universal.

“He then proceeds to tell

“He then proceeds to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this.”
If true treatment by FEMA would be worse than the way the Taliban was treated at GITMO. At least there inmates were given a copy of the Koran and told which way was Mecca so they could make their required obeisances.

Hey, guys, this is the best

Hey, guys, this is the best possible outcome. After the "final solution" to the "New Orleans Problem", at least the drain on the economy will stop. Remember, the original "recovery plan" was to spend at least $300 billion re-destroying wetlands:

Now, that wouldn't be eco-friendly, would it? So let's just let bureaucrats be bureaucrats, and remember: "you today, me tomorrow".