Army Reg #210-35: Civilian prison camps on Army installations


Richard Moore


I've included below some excerpts from this Army Regulation,
along with the URL to the full, official PDF version.

I've gotten lots of reports from right-wing sources about
detention centers being set up on remote military bases. I
can never tell what to believe and what not to believe from
such sources, so I don't post much of it. Here we have an
official document, from an Army website, describing the
establishment and management of such centers, apparently on
a wide-scale basis.

What is being described here, quite explicitly, are slave
labor camps, to be set up on military bases, providing free
labor to accomplish unspecified "tasks". When we take into
account Abu Ghraib and top-level approval of torture, we
might ask what distinguishes these labor camps from
concentration camps? We might note here that the Nazi
concentration camps were primarily slave labor camps (See:
"The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial
Dynasty that Armed Germany at War", by William Manchester-
American companies, including those controlled by Prescott
Bush, used this slave labor. That's why we don't hear much
about it in media accounts of the Holocaust.

As I see it, these camps are the 'second punch' from the
fist of fascism, the first punch being the Patriot Acts and
the general suspension of the Constitution and the rule of
law, both domestic and international. In a history of these
times, written in a post-fascist era, if there is to be one,
these steps toward fascism will be just as obvious as were
the acts of the Nazis in the histories we read. Those steps
weren't so obvious, however, to the Germans at the time, nor
are they so obvious to many of us now. 911 will be
remembered in our imagined history account for what it was:
a replay of the Reichstag Fire. School children will be
unable to understand how seemingly intelligent citizens
could have been so credulous as to believe in the Bin Laden
conspiracy theory, it being so obviously absurd.



Army Regulation 210-35

Civilian Inmate
Labor Program

Department of the Army
Washington, DC
14 January 2005

Chapter 1
1-1. Purpose
     This regulation provides Army policy and guidance for
     establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian
     prison camps on Army installations. Sources of civilian
     inmate labor are limited to on- and off-post Federal
     corrections facilities, State and/or local corrections
     facilities operating from on-post prison camps pursuant to
     leases under Section 2667, Title 10, United States Code (10
     USC 2667), and off-post State corrections facilities
     participating in the demonstration project authorized under
     Section 1065, Public Law (PL) 103-337. Otherwise, State
     and/or local inmate labor from off-post corrections
     facilities is currently excluded from this program.

1-5. Civilian inmate labor programs
   a. Civilian inmate labor programs benefit both the Army and
       corrections systems by-
        (1) Providing a source of labor at no direct labor cost to
         Army installations to accomplish tasks that would not be
         possible otherwise due to the manning and funding
         constraints under which the Army operates.
        (2) Providing meaningful work for inmates and, in some
         cases, additional space to alleviate overcrowding in nearby
         corrections facilities.
        (3) Making cost-effective use of buildings and land not
         otherwise being used.
   b. Except for the 3 exceptions listed in paragraph 2-1d
       below, installation civilian inmate labor programs may use
       civilian inmate labor only from Federal corrections
       facilities located either off or on the installation.

2-1. Policy statement
   d. However, there are 3 exceptions to using State or local
   civilian inmate labor from off-post corrections facilities-
      (1) Section 1065, PL 103-337, allows the Army to conduct a
       demonstration project. This demonstration project tests the
       feasibility of providing prerelease employment training to
       nonviolent offenders in a State corrections facility. The
       demonstration project is limited to 3 Army installations.
       The 3 Army installations participating in the demonstration
       project may use inmates from an off-post State corrections
      (2) Army National Guard units leasing facilities from the
       Army or occupying State-owned land or facilities may use
       inmates from an off-post State and/or local corrections
      (3) The prohibition against use of State and/or local
       civilian inmate labor from off-post corrections facilities
       does not apply to Civil Works projects where the Army has
       statutory authority to accept voluntary contributions in the
       form of services from State or local governments. If
       contributed, inmate services are combined with materials or
       services paid for with Federally appropriated funds; the use
       of civilian inmate labor must also comply with the
       provisions of EO 11755. The use of civilian inmate labor
       under these exceptions must still comply with the
       requirements of this regulation.

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