Photos taken by Brian Sotelo of the tent city set up at Monmouth Park in Oceanport by FEMA for victims of Sandy. Any resident who cares to comment on the conditions in the shelter is invited to contact Asbury Park Press reporter Steve Edelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
…Brian Sotelo is a man who has finally reached his breaking point.
Anger drips from every word as he peers out at the tops of the white tents rising over the trees in the distance. The depth of despair in his eyes is difficult to fathom.
And he makes it clear he’s was not going down without a fight.
We stood and talked in the cool morning air a short distance up the road after security at the front gate threatened to have our cars removed outside the entrance to what Sotelo’s identification tag calls ‘Camp Freedom,’ even though it more closely resembles a prison camp….
…Sitting there last night you could see your breath,’ said Sotelo. ‘At (Pine Belt) the Red Cross made an announcement that they were sending us to permanent structures up here that had just been redone, that had washing machines and hot showers and steady electric, and they sent us to tent city. We got (expletive).
‘The elections are over and here we are. There were Blackhawk helicopters flying over all day and night. They have heavy equipment moving past the tents all night.’
Welcome to the part of the disaster where people start falling through the cracks.
No media is allowed inside the fenced complex…
…As Sotelo tells it, when it became clear that the residents were less than enamored with their new accommodations Wednesday night and were letting the outside world know about it, officials tried to stop them from taking pictures, turned off the WiFi and said they couldn’t charge their smart phones because there wasn’t enough power….
Ashley Sabol, 21, of Seaside Heights, New Jersey looks over her accommodations at Tent City in Monmouth Park in Oceanport
Sandy refugees say life in tent city feels like prison (excerpts)
…The post-storm housing — a refugee camp on the grounds of the Monmouth Park racetrack – is in lockdown, with security guards at every door, including the showers.
No one is allowed to go anywhere without showing their I.D. Even to use the bathroom, “you have to show your badge,” said Amber Decamp, a 22-year-old whose rental was washed away in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
The mini city has no cigarettes, no books, no magazines, no board games, no TVs, and no newspapers or radios. On Friday night, in front of the mess hall, which was serving fried chicken and out-of-the-box, just-add-water potatoes, a child was dancing and dancing — to nothing….
…the information blackout. Outside of the tightly guarded community on Friday, word was spreading that the Department of Human Services would aim to move residents to the racetrack clubhouse on Saturday….
…But inside the tent city…no one had heard anything…’They treat us like we’re prisoners,’ says Ashley Sabol, 21, of Seaside Heights, New Jersey. ‘It’s bad to say, but we honestly feel like we’re in a concentration camp.’
Sabol, who is unemployed and whose rental home was washed away in the hurricane, remembers being woken up on Wednesday at the shelter she was staying in at Toms River High School. Conditions there were ‘actually fine,’ said Sabol.
Sabol was told that she had half an hour to pack: everyone was getting shipped to hotels in Wildwood, New Jersey, where they would be able to re-acquaint themselves with showers, beds and a door.
Sabol and about 50 other people boarded a New Jersey Transit bus, which drove around, seemingly aimlessly, for hours….
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To all the clueless idiots who denied the existence of FEMA camps, how say you now?
MOVING ON…..I don’t need to tell you where Sabol and fifty others ended up. Hint: It was not a hotel or even a motel. They ended up at Camp Freedom with a cot, blanket and the freezing cold.
In other words, even though it is not home and even though some displaced by Obama’s Katrina may have found some place a little comfortable, they are being plucked from that environment and relocated to a hellhole.
Obama’s Katrina (Superstorm Sandy) is the perfect crisis and opportunity in which to destroy the will of the people. Start by first declaring martial law and then proceed to beat down those who feel that they have lost everything.
Take them down physically, emotionally and psychologically. Starting point: FEMA “Camp Freedom.”
Under the wrong conditions, the most hopeless of the bunch either will perish in the process or be transformed into docile and obedient sheep with no will of their own.
In the meantime, keep the media in the dark and while you’re at it, keep the people on the inside in the dark as well.
Barack Obama must be very pleased with himself.