Ret. General Wesley Clark Calls For Internment Camps For “Radicalized” Americans [Video]

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Wesley Clark, retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate called for World War II-style internment camps to be revived for “disloyal Americans.” Define ‘disloyal Americans,’ might that include patriots? 

The general supports Hillary Clinton for president. 

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In an interview with MSNBC’s on Thomas Roberts in the wake of the mass shooting in Chatanooga, Tennessee, Clark said that during World War II, “if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.”

Clark called for the revival of internment camps to help combat Muslim extremism, saying, “If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.”

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The Intercept reported:

The comments were shockingly out of character for Clark, who after serving as supreme allied commander of NATO made a name for himself in progressive political circles. In 2004, his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was highly critical of the Bush administration’s excessive response to the 9/11 terror attacks. Since then, he has been a critic of policies that violate the Geneva Convention, saying in 2006 that policies such as torture violate “the very values that [we] espouse.”

In a memoir written the following year, he also famously alleged that the White House under Bush had developed a massively imperialistic plan for the Middle East, which would see the administration attempt to “take out seven countries in five years,” beginning with the invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Earlier this year I spoke with Clark at the annual Lewis and Clark University Symposium on International Affairs in Portland, Oregon. The subject of our discussion was how to deal with the potential threat of foreign fighters returning from armed conflicts abroad. At the time, Clark spoke out strongly against “the politics of fear” and eroding democratic institutions and norms, while reiterating his criticism of the excesses committed by Bush-era neoconservatives under the banner of fighting terrorism.

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But on Friday, he was advocating the revival of a policy widely considered to be among the most shameful chapters in American history: World War II domestic internment camps. Aside from the inherent problems in criminalizing people for their beliefs, Clark’s proposal (which his MSNBC interlocutor did not challenge him on) also appears to be based on the concept of targeting people for government scrutiny who are not even “radicalized,” but who the government decides may be subject to radicalization in the future. That radicalization itself is a highly amorphous and politically malleable concept only makes this proposal more troubling.

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“We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning,” Clark said. “I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists.” And he added that “not only the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.”

Despite an outcry about his comments on social media, Clark has not responded publicly. As of Monday morning, his latest tweet was from Friday, encouraging his followers to watch his interview.

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General Clark did not respond to subsequent requests for comment on the story, although a spokesperson for his office did reach out to raise questions about the title. On his Twitter feed however, Clark appeared to reiterate his comments for detaining “seditious” individuals at home who might be connected to ISIS:

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Bio: Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. There was a time not very long ago, that this idea would have shocked me! But, with what is going on with the Presidents obvious “divide and Conquer” strategy of a National and even World Order, well….is there a better plan to corral these radicalized jihadist once they are identified? And, I mean every radicalized person determined to murder those genetically different than themselves. There is no difference between Dylan Roof and the killer of the Marines in Tennessee. Except their choice of who to target for murder.

  2. This all sounds good but…

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

    They may very well point their finger at you one day for not agreeing with them, then “they” can classify you as ‘disloyal’…off to the camp, bub-bye.

  3. Get this man out of his position of power now. He obviously has NO idea of what the First Amendment is, or why it is to be safeguarded.

  4. It’s not enough to just say any longer..”get this man out of office” because thos of us that are listening don’t know how we can help and joining in on the “sign this petition” out here in cyberspace doesn’t seem to be a real attempt at doing so either. So my suggestion to those whom know that you will fight for your rights..get behind your local militia. They are NOT radicals they are formed to protect our constitution..that means when obama tries to send his men to take your rights from you the militia is here to fight to keep them. individually, people are scared shitless and don’t know what to do so they do nothing..become one more in the human chain to fight for our freedoms, strength is in numbers and if you are loyal to the constitution then they will accept you..LET’ GET THIS SON OF A B AND HIS FAMILY OUT OF OUR COUNTRY..UNLESS OF COURSE YOU WANT TO DIE A SLOW TORTURED DEATH..
    The former paragraph was MY opinion..ah it felt great to get that out, soon i won’t be able to speak my mind and either will you because we now are considered radicals to do so..man that will suck and take so getting used to especially no facebook no social anything thats whats coming if you sit and do nothing folks.

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