Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Concentration Camp Here? Not in My Back Yard

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Concentration Camp Here? Not in My Back Yard

Article excerpt

MAYBE IT'S the appearance of the comet, or maybe it's the approach of the millennium, but there sure are a lot of conspiracy theories going around. One such theory was detailed in this newspaper Sunday.

The theory held that the U.N. is going to take over the Ozarks, and the displaced residents are going to be relocated in concentration camps. Some of these camps will be here in the St. Louis area.

I'm skeptical. Residents around here complain whenever we try to build anything. In the past couple of years, residents have blocked a group home for Alzheimer's patients, a blood bank, a private school expansion plan, a shopping center and an extension of the Inner Belt. Heck, we can't even build a new runway at the airport.

Good for all of these people who stand up for their rights!

But my point is this: Who's going to let us build a concentration camp in their neighborhood?

Besides, there are better conspiracy theories floating around.

One has been put forward, albeit indirectly, by Illinois State Supreme Court Chief Justice James Heiple.

He's in some trouble, of course, because of allegations that he has tried to use his exalted position to avoid traffic tickets on four separate occasions. In the most recent of these incidents, he was stopped for speeding at 1:30 in the morning in his hometown of Pekin. While an officer was checking his drivers license, he drove away. He refused to stop until he reached his home, and then he refused to get out of his car. Finally, as he tried to scoot from his car to his house, he was captured.

Incidentally, he allegedly failed a field sobriety test.

At least, that's the police version.

Chief Justice Heiple, however, insists that he misunderstood the first officer. He left the scene, he explained, because he thought the cop said "Go on" when he must have been saying, "Hold on." Being a man who believes in law and order, Heiple indeed went on, even though he must have thought it strange that the cop would tell him to leave without first returning his drivers license.

He refused to get out of the car and tried to dash into his house because he feared for his safety.

"I was sure the officers were going to beat me up," he said last week. …

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