Retired General: Send People Who Don’t “Support America” to Internment Camps

July 20, 2015   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
July 20, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Former U.S. General Wesley Clark made headlines recently for an absurdly disquieting solution for citizens who “don’t support” the United States: Lock them up in internment camps as prisoners of war. Yes, seriously.

In fact, in the MSNBC interview, Clark even advocated a pro-America, pro-nationalist, Kafkaesque neighborhood watch program to root out America’s problem “radicals” and urge their return to the happy fog of unquestioned patriotism.

“We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized,” he warned. “We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning.” Get ‘em while they’re young, right? “There are always a certain number of young people who are alienated. They don’t get a job, they lost a girlfriend, their family doesn’t feel happy here and we can watch the signs of that. And there are members of the community who can reach out to those people and bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.”

Clark’s apparent love of Orwell didn’t end with the Thought Police. This creepy pro-nationalist propaganda campaign bears a striking resemblance to 1984’s Ministry of Truth. He explained:

“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. They do have an ideology. In 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 them in a camp. They were prisoners of war. So, 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.”

Clark’s egregiously flawed thinking belies astonishing arrogance considering the historical context. He essentially said: America imprisoned the innocent before so why should we bother with an ethical precedent now? To hell with what’s right. Why correct past mistakes when we can just use them as a blueprint? Why pretend to learn from the past when repurposing grievous errors is so . . . easy?

Why?

Because we should be beyond such idiocy and ashamed to the core at the mere suggestion we aren’t. Appalling violations of human rights propagated through a cheapened facsimile in a flippantly vile response by a paranoid ex-military official does not an acceptable proposition make.

Lest we forget as time imparts erasure in the collective memory that internment camps—as deplorable in concept as fact—were actually called concentration camps in President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which brought them to fruition. Though genocide was not the stated function of these camps, the interned citizen-prisoners—whose only crime was ancestry—would have had amply confirmed arguments that the camps’ underlying purpose was death.

Surely Clark, as a valedictorian-graduate of West Point and former NATO commander, has a firm grasp of this rather obscene black mark on America’s historical report card. Surely he realizes his loutishly frivolous remark was less than covertly profane—not to mention laughably void of fact.

Those of us feeling less than ardently patriotic toward the corrupt machinations of the fascistic, corporatized oligarchy impersonating American government should certainly hope so.

While fighting the Nazis overseas, the U.S. government instituted a parallel regime on the homefront in fearful response to the attack on its fleet in Pearl Harbor. With a simple signature, Roosevelt transmogrified Japanese heritage from genetic happenstance to State enemy. FBI agents descended en masse at the government’s behest, wresting heirlooms and valuables as contraband from the clutches of the newfound enemy in their midst. Assets were frozen and over 1,200 perfectly law-abiding Issei—first generation Japanese immigrants—were abruptly arrested.

And that was just the beginning.

Mandatory registration for Japanese-American citizens on the West Coast preceded their evacuation to internment camps—most received little, if any, compensation for the homes and businesses they were forced to flee. Racetracks and fairgrounds functioned as concentration camps. Prisoners lived in stalls previously occupied by animals, where lack of privacy rivaled lack of medical care as disease flourished and death commonly followed. Over 120,000 legal residents and American citizens had been forced into the degrading camps by the time it was over.

Compounding this affront to human rights and dignity, the U.S. government not only held off in its compensation to survivors for 42 years, but only managed to cough up an opprobriously insulting $20,000 per person as a one-time payment for time served.

Perhaps the suggestion to repurpose internment camps as a solution to the nuisance of dissenting speech is far more dangerous, radical thought than Clark cares to acknowledge.


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Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include social justice, police brutality, exposing the truth behind propaganda, and general government accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Ohio. Learn more about Bernish here!

Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. yes you r an idiot too. first you usa must stop put your hands out of your land , who r u to put your army out of your land? you already fuck the world with your wars 200+ global wars by you who even america is not yours , you r ex european sperms and you fuck the real americans , stay there with your fatty usa way of life coca cola burgers and cable tv citizens of fat, even you dont aprove your traitor goverments with your 40% vote system you have, your goverments r from the 40% of usa citizens, who trust you? the average american dont know even what happen in world or where is the most european cities. you have the most jails in world more than russia and you call your self land of freedom , freedom? where you have in devil city new york? you cant even see the sky there , you know about freedom ? now you play friends to IRAN you create isis like you created osama the ex family friend of bush family the same family who gave help to hitler in begining of ww2. prostitutes r more stable than usa.you r the cancer of world and im not muslim if you wonder. your country mister is a global traitor .

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  2. I have a better idea. Let's round up everyone who agrees with this crazy bastard and send them on a one way trio to Afghanistan since they created that he'll to begin with and the rest of us can retake our government for the people. We will win the country back one way or another anyway.

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  3. support america?…I think he means support 'the government',I'm sure all americans support 'america'…

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  4. We interned Japanese Americans during WW 2 on the basis of no evidence. Only that they were Japanese. What would be the evidence this time? What about our legal system, flawed as it is? Should we just forget about it? What about the Constitution? Just rip it up? Then what are we fighting to protect?

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  5. . look out Punks and Goth's you may be locked up for being nonconformists

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  6. . look out Punks and Goth's you may be locked up for being nonconformists

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  7. Since the American Center is the Constitution, and military personnel swear an oath to defend it, anyone who could seriously propose such a departure from Constitutional values is exactly the sort of radical we should fear most.

    In other words, if the camps he wants are built, General Domestic Enemy of the Constitution should be the first inmate.

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  9. John Voulgaris i live in nyc i can see the sky just fine day or night …..what crack you smoking?

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