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Homeland Security is building a $4 billion 170-acre complex for 17,000 employees

Did you know the Department of Homeland Security is building a $4 billion, 170-acre complex for 17,000 employees? It was news to me...

"The US Department of Homeland Security, despite budget cuts and construction delays, is planning to add 17,000 employees into its consolidated headquarters in southeast Washington. The department broke ground at their new headquarters in 2009 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2016. The new complex is now scheduled for completion in 2022."

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Saint Elizabeths Hospital get a new lease on the insane!

Records of St. Elizabeths Hospital

Years: 1820-1981 (bulk 1855-1967) 428 cubic feet of documents.

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418.2 GENERAL RECORDS 1820-1967 (bulk 1855-1967) 102 lin. ft.
418.2.1 Records of the Board of Visitors
418.2.2 Records of the Office of the Superintendent
418.3.1 Records of Superintendent Charles H. Nichols
418.3.2 Records of Superintendent William W. Godding
418.3.3 Records of Superintendent William Alanson White
418.3.4 Records of other superintendents
418.4 RECORDS OF SUBORDINATE OFFICES 1855-1981 (bulk 1855-1955) 396 lin. ft.
418.4.1 Records of the Medical Records Branch
418.4.2 Records of the Public Information Office
418.4.3 Other records

418.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY: Established: In the Department of the Interior, by an act of July 1, 1916 (39 Stat. 309).

Predecessor Agencies: Government Hospital for the Insane (1855-1916)

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Nothing short of a $4 billion annex. Care & comfort for insane.

It is being built on the grounds of St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The psychiatric ward is being upgraded.

The post WW II era of UN sanctions (aka: War) is expanding our psychiatric needs faster than the homeland can build.

    "The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people, but if we tried to shut up the insane we should run out of building materials." - Mark Twain, Following the Equator

In light of the aforementioned lack of building materials, we might sigh with relief. This Washington DC project is seeking only $4 billion & located in a prime are for needed services. Remember, the 3 tips for investing in real estate:

  1. location
  2. location
  3. location

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New headquarters...completed

New headquarters...completed in 2022...


Southern Agrarian

Friggin' sick!

It is not my government. I opted out. I live in the perfectly free land of dduckistan. Good luck to you guys though.


Guess it's their "pentagon"

I'm beginning to think that Homeland Security and the TSA are the civilian force (as strong as our military) that Obama spoke of building in our country.

I don't think that's as big:

as the one that border patrol is building just a little east of Harper's Ferry West Virginian near Charles Town.
Maybe they're going to try and keep people from crossing the Potomac to get to the criminals in DC.

I love my country
I am appalled by my government

Which way do the guard towers face?

Inside Or out?

Here is a wonderful photo essay of: Manzanar War Relocation

    Manzanar, by John Armor. New York: Times Books, 1988. Call number: D769.8.A6A69 1988 P&P

    Ansel Adams photgraphs of Manzanar War Relocation Center

    Collection digitized? Yes. 244 images are available in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog ( (The same images are presented on the Library of Congress American Memory site.) [Retrieve online images].

    BACKGROUND: In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) photographed the Manzanar War Relocation Center at the suggestion of its director, his good friend and fellow Sierra Club member, Ralph Merritt. Adams wanted to contribute to the war effort while at the same time show the loyalty of the Japanese-Americans interned at Manzanar, located in Inyo County, California, approximately 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles. In 1944, some of these images were published in Adams' book Born Free and Equal. The book had a limited circulation, perhaps due to the political climate of war-time America. When offering the collection to the Library, Adams said in a letter, "All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use...The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment."

    Beginning in 1965, Adams gave 241 original negatives and 209 photographic prints to the Library. Adams printed the photographs in the 1960's. By this time, his outstanding darkroom style produced prints with rich tonalities. The Library's Duplication Services does not attempt to duplicate Adams' printing style. Adams often cropped his images and his prints are frequently much darker than those printed by the Library's Duplication Services, so patrons ordering prints will not receive ones exactly as Adams would have printed them.

The book notes the towers & guards seemed to be facing in.

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It's Probably Going To

have all those new cameras they are putting on top of streetlights tuned in to watch us evil terrorist citizens going shopping at Walmart. Gosh I feel SO much safer now. NOT!