FEMA concentration camps? Well according to some in the conspiracy theory movement FEMA has been operating concentration camps for the purpose of containing and eliminating those who do not approve of the current administration. (Guess I better run and hide because I have had a few rather negative things to say about the current administration.) I’m not sure why it’s FEMA. Not the FBI or CIA or NSA, but FEMA? What’s next. The US Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture and the Library Of Congress opening extermination centers? And maybe the national weather service too!
But seriously, here is a video which has been showing up on Youtube and elsewhere and reporting to show a Fema concentration camp located in Beech Grove Indiana, where apparently US citizens are taken against their will as part of the master plan by the powers that be.
More on these claims:
Another Youtube video (this one with some Pink Floyd music)
American Concentration Camps!
FEMA Operating Concentration Camps in the US!
FEMA DEATH CAMP Filmed!
US Death Camps!
Some dude on Myspace who thinks he lives next to a concentration camp…
Now The reality:
Beech Grove is one of the larger Amtrak maintiance facilities which overhauls coach cars and locomotives. In the past it’s fate has been in question due to downsizing and the possibility that the facility would be closed. However it has recently received a few upgrades and continues in operation. Facilities like this are often kept open, even if not really needed due to the fact that closing and selling off the land could mean expensive enviornmental cleanups. At this time, it remains one of the major sites for storage and maintenance of Amtrak rolling stock, employing 640 workers.
The images to the left show the interior and exterior of the largest structure. They were taken in 2007 by a railroad fan who toured the facility. The larger buildings have large doors on each end, allowing passersby to see inside when they are open. It’s not exactly “hidden.” It also apparently is not difficult to get into and there are numerous photos avaliable which show the interior and the operations which go on in the shops. Of course, they could all be from members of the conspiracy. There are many who have claimed to have toured the shops at Beech Grove. Must be a huge conspiracy! But then again, aren’t they all? (Source of photos)
The Barbed Wire – Rail yards and alike are well known as targets for vandalism and can be a liability for those who might come on the premises. Barbed wire fences typically are slanted inward. They are not generally used for the purposes of containment in prisons or other situations where high security is needed. In such circumstances, razor wire is preferred.
Cameras – Another common way of maintaining security in an industrial area where trespassers or vandals might either cause damage or be a liability due to the dangers of rail yards.
Flood Light Towers – These do not appear to be a new addition by any measure. Flood light towers are a very common site at rail yards both to keep trespassers at bay and for safety reasons. Having train cars rolling around is always a potentially dangerous situation, especially since many do not have lights. Also, trespassers and vandals have been a problem for railroads since back in the days of the boxcar hobo.
“Helicopter” Markers on Wires - The balls placed on overhead wires make them more visible. These may be for low flying aircraft or helicopters, however they are also common in areas where the wires may be inadvertently clipped by tall equipment such as cranes, lifts or double-decker train cars. This is not unusual for an industrial facility.
Installing of Concrete Floors and Equipment – There’s little reason to think anything sinister here. The Amtrak facility has received major upgrades on a few occasions including in the past few years. The facility has been in danger of closing in recent times, and because of the economic importance of Amtrak to Beech Grove, local politicians have helped to secure some major upgrades to the facility in order to help secure its future and prevent it from being closed.
The Helicopter - Looks civilian. Well it is black. I’ve seen helicopters before too.
Radio Towers – Maybe cell phone towers or local municipal communications. Otherwise they could be railroad communications towers. You see radio towers everywhere.
“Red Zone” Signs – I have no idea what this means but it probably is some sort of caution sign which implies not to park on the tracks or go too close to moving trains
The US Air Force “Train” – Actually it’s not a train. It’s just a locomotive. It’s not even a big locomotive. It’s a “switching” locomotive, used for shot spurs, moving cars around a stockyard and that sort of thing. Apparently the locomotive had previously been used at an Air Force base for moving around rail cars before it was acquired by Amtrak as surplus. It sat in the yard for a short time before being repainted. It now looks like this:
Some more info on the Beech Grove Facility:
The facility(as mentioned) employs about 640 full time workers. None seem to have any special security clearance. it has been visited and toured on a number of occasions by railroading enthusiasts. It also appears on photo galleries of rail enthusiast websites. And has hosted public events as recently as this year.
It is not at all secluded, as can be seen in this image. There is a large group of homes just a short distance away and a busy street which goes by the perimeter of the location. There is baseball field and park just south of the location and to the north there is an area of undeveloped land with what appears to be dirt bike or ATV trails which have been recently used. This is not uncommon for such land areas. In a town where I used to live, a large area of woods and sand pits had been heavily used by ATV’s and dirt bikes.
Upon zooming into the area around the buildings there is no sign of anything suspicious. A lot of apparent “junk” is lying around as well as several railroad wheel bases and rail cars, most apparently passenger cars. There are a few buildings, the largest is about three hundred by six hundred feet and is the main workshop. It does not show any signs of being especially secure and looks like an ordinary warehouse.
As shown here, there is a major public street which runs by the perimeter of the facility. Only a chain link fence separates onlookers from what is happening inside the area. Numerous homes and businesses are within a short distance from the location. This image seems to have been taken on a weekend or after hours, as most of the parking lot is empty, but there is one train apparently in transit.
Do I really need to go into how flawed the logic is here? Clearly there is little sign of anything suspicious going on, and this place is hardly the sort of area where one would want to locate a “concentration camp.” Given that it’s entirely within sight of the public and that all it includes are a few warehouse-like buildings. The video contends that there are preparations being made for the arrival of the oppressed masses, but there’s no actual account of anything happening here like that. More than a few people have been inside the facility and can attest that all they do is overhaul trains. Based on all avaliable information, that seems to be the most reasonable conclusion.
2007 Railroad Convention
More 2007 Photos Of Beech Grove
Thread of Railroad enthusiasts laughing at the “tin-foil hat” claims about the site.
Upcoming Events in Beech Grove (Including some at the Amtrak yard)
Photos from the Beech Grove Shops (A bit old – 1998)
Rail Photos Including Some of the Beech Grove Shops
News on Renovations at Beech Grove
Mock Disiaster Training Exercise at Yard (with community and fire dept participation)
2001 Photos Of Beech Grove Shop
2007 Tour of the Shops
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