Retired General Wesley Clark recently made some alarming comments on MSNBC, advocating internment camps for Americans who disagree with the government.
While speaking with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about the recent terror attacks in Chatanooga, Tennessee, Clark said that “disloyal Americans” should be rounded up and put in internment camps.
“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. 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 said.
These comments were somewhat surprising coming from Clark, considering that he has been critical of American military imperialism and torture in the past.
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As Clark pointed out in the interview, internment camps have been used in the US in the past, specifically during World War 2, but the camps were not just used for Nazi sympathizers. Asian Americans and immigrants were rounded up en masse and placed in camps during World War 2, for no apparent reason aside from their culture and heritage.
Apparently Clark learned nothing from history, and the suffering of over 100,000 Japanese-American men, women and children who were brutally deprived of their freedom and locked behind barbed wire walls, was a good idea.
In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate those who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim. When the US government, who never admits to being wrong, issues an apology, this should speak to the failed logic behind such tyrannical nonsense.
The portion of the interview where he advocates internment camps can be seen below:
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