Alcee Hastings, Democrat of Florida, has introduced the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act. At first, the bill sounds benign, even humane. It provides that no fewer than six centers will be built on U.S. Military installations. These centers would give emergency aid, housing, and relief services for citizens during a time of disaster or national emergency.
Section Two, Paragraph B-4, however, raises some serious questions. It reads that the centers will "meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security." Some commentators are wondering whether this is just one more in a long series of steps to prepare the country for martial law. I think talk like this can be a little paranoid, but I also think it's important to be vigilant about our freedoms, so I bring the controversy to your attention.