Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wesley Clark calls for U.S. internment camps by Wayne Madsen

Wesley Clark calls for U.S. internment camps by Wayne Madsen
Retired General Wesley Clark, who once commanded NATO forces and who is a longtime darling of the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party, told MSNBC that he favors the establishment of World War II-style internment camps in the United States for what he termed "radicalized Americans." Clark, who campaigned for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, said, "We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning . . . 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." During World War II, the U.S. interned Japanese-Americans in camps and also imprisoned German- and Italian-Americans believed to have had ties to the Axis camp. Clark also said he believed Britain, Germany, and France should consider establishing detention camps.

Clark made his statement in reference to the shooting attack on an Armed Forces recruiting center in Chatanooga by a suspected Islamist radical. However, in his statement, Clark broadened his call for the unconstitutional detention of American citizens from Muslims to all "radicalized Americans."

In 2003, this editor called out Clark for his neo-conservative policies in an article for CounterPunch titled "Wesley Clark for President? Another Con Job from the Neo-Cons." The article has since been deleted from the CounterPunch website. Although CounterPunch deleted most articles by this editor, that did not stop the website from publishing an article that lifted heavily, without attribution, from my article on the operations and motives of Israeli art students and movers and 9/11. CounterPunch was accused of steering blame for 9/11 away from Israel. The pulled CounterPunch article on Clark follows:
September 18, 2003
Wesley Clark for President?
Another Con Job from the Neo-Cons
Let it never be said the neo-conservatives are not persistent. That's why they must be rounded up by the FBI and charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes. But let's save that issue for another time.

The latest trick of the neo-cons is running retired General Wesley Clark for President as a Democrat. But not just any Democrat -- a "New Democrat." The same bunch that are pushing Joe Lieberman's candidacy are obviously hedging on their bets and want to have Clark in the race as a potential vice presidential candidate (to ensure their continued influence in a future Democratic administration of Howard Dean, John Kerry, or Dick Gephardt) or as a "go-to" candidate in the event that Lieberman stumbles badly in the first few Democratic primaries next year.

The "New Democrats" (neo-cons) are as much masters at the perception management (lying) game as their GOP counterparts (Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Donald Rumsfeld). Clark's presidential candidacy announcement in Little Rock is one warning sign. This city is a sort of "Mecca" for the neo-con Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and its main nurturers, Al From and Bruce Reed. It was from Little Rock where the DLC propelled a little known governor named Bill Clinton into the White House. And although Clinton did not turn out exactly as conservative as the DLC hoped for, his support for globalization and selected use of U.S. military power abroad were neo-con keystone successes.

Now enter "Arkansan" Wesley Clark. Like Hillary Clinton, Clark is a Chicago transplant to Little Rock. And he is about as power driven as the former First Lady. According to Pentagon insiders, when Clark was Commander of the US Southern Command in Panama from June 1996 to July 1997, he was fond of "ordering" Latin American military commanders and defense ministers to appear before him. Some of the Latin American officials, particularly those from Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, refused to be bullied by Clark, whose personality is said to be acerbic. From his pro-consul position in Panama, Clark supported with US military advisers and American mercenaries, continued warfare against anti-oligarchic movements in Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, and Bolivia.

Fast forward to the Kosovo wars when Clark was NATO commander. Not only did Clark lord over the first unprovoked aerial bombardment of a major European city (Belgrade) since Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe pounded virtually defenseless European cities, but he almost got into a shooting war with Russian peacekeeping troops in Kosovo. It was only the intervention of the British government, Defense Secretary William Cohen, and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Hugh Shelton that prevented Clark from starting World War III. When Clark ordered British Lt. Gen. Michael Jackson to forcibly block Kosovo's Pristina Airport to prevent Russian planes from landing, the Briton replied, "Sir, I'm not starting World War III for you." Jackson was backed up all the way to Number 10 Downing Street. Clark was forced to back down. Eventually, Cohen fired Clark as NATO commander three months before his term was to expire.

Before becoming NATO Commander, Clark was the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy within the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From this vantage point, Clark was well aware of and likely supported the arming of the Bosnian government by accepting contributions from various deep-pocketed Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Jordan, and Egypt. Via something called the Bosnia Defense Fund, these countries deposited millions of dollars into U.S. coffers to buy weapons for the Bosnians and train them in their use through the use of private military contractors like Military Professional Resources, Inc. (MPRI). And when some of the weapons and cash for the Bosnians became "unaccounted for," where did some of the guns and cash wind up? In the hands of Al Qaeda and Iranian Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guard) units in Bosnia.

More interestingly is how General Clark's Bosnia strategy ultimately goes full circle. According to Washington K Street sources, the law firm that established the Bosnia Defense Fund was none other than Feith and Zell, the firm of current Pentagon official and leading neo-con Douglas Feith. Feith's operation at Feith and Zell was assisted by his one-time boss and current member of Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board, Richard Perle. Both Feith and Perle advised the Bosnian delegation during the 1995 Dayton Peace talks. The chief U.S. military negotiator in Dayton was Wesley Clark.

A long time ago, the French, tired of war, turned to a short general named Napoleon to lead them to peace and prosperity. Instead, Napoleon seized imperial power and ensured the French would have more war. After four years of Bush, the neo-con Fifth Column in the Democratic Party is trying to convince us that Clark is the "anti-war" candidate. Tell that to the people of Serbia, Kosovo, and Montenegro. Tell that to the coca farmer in Bolivia or Colombia who is trying to feed his family. Let's not fall for the deception and tricks of the neo-cons again. If you are tired of Bush, Cheney, and the neo-cons and their phony wars, Clark is certainly not the answer. He has been, and remains part of, the great deception of the American people.
Clark tried to cash in on the Bush administration's zealous desire to collect and mine personal meta-data on the American people. WMR reported the following on March 23, 2006:
"Retired General Wesley Clark has once again enmeshed himself in the military-industrial complex. Yesterday, Viaspace, a firm that bills itself as transforming 'proven space and defense technologies from NASA and the Department of Defense into hardware and software solutions' for homeland security and sensor technology, named Clark as a member of its board of directors. Clark said, 'Viaspace is leveraging previous NASA and DOD investment at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop new generations of energy and security products.'

After he announced his candidacy for president in 2004, Clark resigned from the board of Arkansas-based Acxiom, a data mining firm. While working for Acxiom, Clark personally lobbied Vice President Dick Cheney, the CIA, Justice Department, and Transportation Department to sell the Bush administration on an Acxiom system that would serve as the basis for the 'No Fly List' and other terrorist watch databases. A 2005 privacy study undertaken of a sample of Acxiom personal data reports found that their reports were 100 percent inaccurate -- with even the genders of data subjects being erroneous."

Clark told Democracy Now's Amy Goodman in 2007 that after 9/11, he was at the Pentagon and shown a memo stating that the Bush administration was going to "take out seven countries in five years." The countries were Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. Clark never once told Goodman that he was opposed to this neocon plan, merely that he was shown the memo by an anonymous Pentagon staffer. Clark said the plan to take out Iran was a "bad one," insisting that the Iranian government are not "good guys," however, he was completely mum on the plan to wage war on the other six nations.

Clark, whose father was 
Benjamin Jacob Kanne, a descendant from a long line of Belarusian kohanim (rabbis), is and always has been a neocon in the truest sense of the word. Clark's full name is Wesley Kanne Clark. Clark, who became a Baptist, has always expressed his admiration for his kohanim ancestry. That, alone, is a ticket for entrance into the neocon cabal that has nurtured his fellow travelers, including Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, the Kagan family (including Victoria Nuland), Scooter Libby, Elliot Abrams, the Kristols, the Pipes, the Podhoretzes, and the rest. Clark's call for internment camps for "radicalized Americans" has earned him an extra knish and blintz at the next neocon banquet.