I've done quite a bit of research into "FEMA camps" (which is a conspiracy theory that claims that the government has constructed these prison camps around the country that are to be run by FEMA to hold American citizens in that disagree with the government) and there are several things that I've noticed about these camps.
So here are five things I've noticed about FEMA camps:
5. There are apparently a lot of them.
According to many conspiracy theorist websites, there are hundreds of FEMA camps scattered across the United States and Canada.
While the numbers tend vary from website to website, some report as few as 300 "identified" FEMA camps, and perhaps as many as over 900 "identified" FEMA camps.
I find it amazing that so many of these camps have been "identified", yet the only people they have caught the attention of are conspiracy theorists (particularly those in the Sovereign Citizens/Patriot Movement). Of course these numbers really don't mean anything, because...
4. They can be anywhere.
Also according to many websites that promote the FEMA camp conspiracy theories, FEMA camps can be just about anywhere, be it a military base, a hospital, a prison, a warehouse, an airport, a rail depot, a seaport, any place with a fence with barbed wire at the top...
Oh, and any place that has an open field and is open to the public. Those places can also apparently be FEMA camps too.
3. Apparently they've been around for a while.
From the research I've done into these FEMA camp claims, I have found that these claims have been around for a long time.
The first time I actually heard someone claim these places were real was back in the mid-1990's, and I have found out these claims are even older, even going back as far back as the 1970's.
It's kind of strange that FEMA camps have apparently been around for so long, and yet the government has yet to use them, or enact this fascist "police state" plan that many conspiracy theorists claim is going to happen when the government starts shipping people to these camps.
2. They drive people crazy.
I'm not talking about FEMA camps themselves driving people insane (although I'm sure some conspiracy theorists will claim that they do) I'm talking about that the belief in the existence of FEMA camps drives people insane.
These conspiracy theories have driven many people to become paranoid and to isolate themselves from the rest of society, to stock up on guns and supplies for what they believe will be a fight to the death, to become hostile to others (especially law enforcement and people who work for the government), and it has caused people to become extremely hateful and abusive towards those who tell them that FEMA camps don't exist, and in a few cases, suicidal.
Of course the reason why skeptics (like myself) tell conspiracy theorists that FEMA camps don't exist is because...
1. They don't exist.
From the research I've done on the FEMA camp location claims, I have found that none of them contain FEMA camps (you can see this research on my other blog Is that a FEMA Camp?).
Regardless of how much "evidence" people who claim that FEMA camps are real claim that they have, much of the so called evidence is easily debunked, and many of the sites of these alleged FEMA camp locations are either the result of major mis-identification, or are outright bogus and have nothing there at all.
The fact remains is that no matter how much some conspiracy theorists want to believe in them, FEMA camps just do not exist.