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Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps?


By Ron Paul | July 27, 2015

Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that “disloyal Americans” be sent to internment camps for the “duration of the conflict.” Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: “back then we didn’t say ‘that was freedom of speech,’ we put him in a camp.”

He called for the government to identify people most likely to be radicalized so we can “cut this off at the beginning.” That sounds like “pre-crime”!

Gen. Clark ran for president in 2004 and it’s probably a good thing he didn’t win considering what seems to be his disregard for the Constitution. Unfortunately in the current presidential race Donald Trump even one-upped Clark, stating recently that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor and should be treated like one, implying that the government should kill him.

These statements and others like them most likely reflect the frustration felt in Washington over a 15 year war on terror where there has been no victory and where we actually seem worse off than when we started. The real problem is they will argue and bicker over changing tactics but their interventionist strategy remains the same.

Retired Army Gen. Mike Flynn, who was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, told al-Jazeera this week that US drones create more terrorists than they kill. He said: “The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just … fuels the conflict.”

Still Washington pursues the same strategy while expecting different results.

It is probably almost inevitable that the warhawks will turn their anger inward, toward Americans who are sick of the endless and costly wars. The US loss of the Vietnam war is still blamed by many on the protesters at home rather than on the foolishness of the war based on a lie in the first place.

Let’s hope these threats from Clark and Trump are not a trial balloon leading to a clampdown on our liberties. There are a few reasons we should be concerned. Last week the US House passed a bill that would allow the Secretary of State to unilaterally cancel an American citizen’s passport if he determines that person has “aided” or “abetted” a terrorist organization. And as of this writing, the Senate is debating a highway funding bill that would allow the Secretary of State to cancel the passport of any American who owes too much money to the IRS.

Canceling a passport means removing the right to travel, which is a kind of virtual internment camp. The person would find his movements restricted, either being prevented from leaving or entering the United States. Neither of these measures involves any due process or possibility of appeal, and the government’s evidence supporting the action can be kept secret.

We should demand an end to these foolish wars that even the experts admit are making matters worse. Of course we need a strong defense, but we should not provoke the hatred of others through drones, bombs, or pushing regime change overseas. And we must protect our civil liberties here at home from government elites who increasingly view us as the enemy.

July 27, 2015 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Militarism, Timeless or most popular | ,


  1. During the NATO/UN peacekeeping effort in Serbo-Croatian war after the breakup of former Yugoslavia, Clark also famously said that we ought to “bomb Serbia into the stone age”. The man is a budding war criminal, it seems. Should be kept far away from any leadership position.


    Comment by peteybee | July 27, 2015 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.


    Comment by joekano76 | July 27, 2015 | Reply

  3. What would make one believe Clark (if thats his true name) actually means internment? He does belong to the party that accepted Clinton’s definition of sexual relations ala M. Lewinsky. I doubt this man’s honesty but doubt not his purpose.


    Comment by Rubbell Olausen | July 27, 2015 | Reply

  4. Reblogged this on Scoop Feed.


    Comment by James Tracy | July 27, 2015 | Reply

  5. sounds good to me.
    disloyal americans starting with cheney, wolfowitz, all the kagans, perle, congress, colostomy bag pundits. too many to list
    will need many internment camps


    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | July 29, 2015 | Reply

  6. Harvard Law.Divinity graduate Daniel Sheehan (Iran-Contra, Watergate, Pentagon Papers, Karen Silkwood, etc.) strongly suggests establishment of “Constitution Protection Zones” (CPZ) across America in response to section 1021 of the NDAA – an absolutely unconstitutional provision.. Find out more, and an ordinance/legal protection template for turning you town, city or county into a CPZ at


    Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | July 29, 2015 | Reply

  7. Under the superstitious paradigm that Islamic fanatics under Osama bin Laden’s command were capable of fooling multiple law enforcement agencies and of destroying the Twin Towers with their hijacked airplanes, Clark’s idea can be defended with non-stupid arguments: “the constitution will be twisted, but lives will be saved and property will be preserved.”

    Under the real paradigm that a series of law enforcement agencies conspired to protect and cover the hi-tech terrorists who blew up the Twin Towers and their occupants with cameras running, Clark’s idea is so laughable that even conservative Republicans with an average intelligence would immediately find good reasons to summarily dismiss it.

    Once again, an objective look at 9/11 nullifies a potentially serious social and political question.



    Comment by Daniel Noel | July 31, 2015 | Reply

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