FEMA Corps is a new program which combines FEMA and AmeriCorps for assisting with natural and man-made disaster-response. But, according to Janet Porter of the fundamentalist Christian extremist group Faith2Action, FEMA Corps is actually "a standing army to stifle dissent." As she said (click to hear audio):
Is it a standing army to stifle dissent? That’s what some think the real purpose is for the new group that the government calls FEMA Corps. In September, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of 231 students, consisting of 18 to 24 year olds who were recruited from the President’s AmeriCorps volunteers.
Some question whether they are really part of a new civilian security force that President Obama has called for in speeches. Reasons for the concern include FEMA’s 2,500 new armored vehicles that come complete with slots for machine guns.
I know it sound’s unbelievable, but so does the fact that Homeland Security has purchased more than one billion bullets this year. It’s time to take a closer look into FEMA Corps!
The reference to FEMA's "one billion bullets" is another conspiracy theory advanced in August (see below).
Joseph Farah, editor of the extreme fundamentalist, far-right conspiracy website, WorldNetDaily, then picked up Porter's theory and pushed it further over the cliff of sanity, suggesting that gun owners and other conservatives were going to be rounded up by FEMA Corps, at Obama's direction, and put into internment camps, as well as shutting down independent media, due process, and even the election process! According to Farah:
I know it’s Halloween, but this is more terrifying than ghosts and goblins and vampires.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If Barack Obama is re-elected Nov. 6 for a second term, he will declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.
There may not be another free and fair election in America.
I would expect due process to go the way of the horse and buggy.
I think he will move to shut down and destroy all independent media.
In fact, I think his biggest critics will be rounded up in the name of national security.
Last week, for instance, with little fanfare, Obama issued an executive order establishing something that sounds so innocent on the surface – but it could prove to be a vehicle for the kind of political putsch I am describing.
It establishes the “White House Homeland Security Partnership Council.”…Essentially, Obama wants to deputize “community organizers” like him to determine who represents a real threat to the republic.…If any Republican, conservative, independent journalist, pro-life activist, returning veteran, gun-rights activist, constitutionalist, Bible believer or critic of Obama thinks they will be safe in a second term under this would-be despot, they had better think again – real fast.
Wow! All of this because of the need for young people to volunteer to help with disaster response? Talk about wacko!
Just another wacko pro-gun conspiracy theory!