Run away, run away, the internment camps are coming! That’s the latest breathless pronouncement by the absurdly paranoid. How bad is this nonsense? Even the Worldnutdaily has debunked it. First, the vaguely alarming setup:
President Obama announced today that he has declared a “national emergency” over the H1N1 virus, a phrase with an ominous sound, but with little explanation offered by most of the news media.
The Associated Press, for example, merely stated that the declaration removes “bureaucratic roadblocks” and enables officials to “bypass federal rules.” Other news outlets were even vaguer, saying the declaration waived federal requirements, but not saying what those requirements govern.
And then the resulting paranoia:
“Obama just declared H1N1 a national emergency,” wrote a WND reader in an e-mail, “Here we go with martial law.”
An article by Kurt Nimmo of InfoWars took the worry a step further, wondering if the White House’s declaration engaged certain measures of the National Emergencies Act:
“In the weeks ahead,” Nimmo writes, “we may witness a move toward martial law, forced vaccination and internment of those who refuse.”
Astonishingly, the Worldnutdaily actually debunks these hyperbolic claims, which they would usually be pimping relentlessly. When a claim so steeped in paranoid delusion that the Worldnutfreakingdaily won’t buy it, you’re truly on the lunatic fringe.
Has any right wing conspiracy theory ever actually come true? Social security was supposed to be the leading wedge of communism; flouride was supposed to destroy our brains and usher in the communist future; the UN and China were poised to invade the country, reading the secret maps on the backs of road signs to take over the country. We are forever, it seems, on the verge of being thrown in concentration camps. Yet none of these fantasies ever come true. Chicken little comes to mind.