Former U.S. General Wesley Clark recently talked about bringing back WWII-style U.S. internment camps. But this time, instead of rounding up Japanese-Americans, the victims would be Muslims and any political dissident that the government deemed “radical.”
That would include the tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who have been placed on terror watch lists and the infamous FBI “No Fly List” who have never been convicted of any crime, and in most cases have never been arrested or questioned.
The interview took place with Digby, the pseudonym of liberal political blogger Heather Parton (known also as Heather Digby Parton) fromSanta Monica, California who founded the blog Hullabaloo.
She has has come out and reaffirmed that this was exactly what Clark said, and is not being taken out of context in any way whatsoever.
Roberts asked him what we needed to do about “self-radicalization” which seems to be the short-hand for a Muslim (as opposed to a white supremacist or a conspiracy theorist or just some nut) who reads some crazy stuff on the internet and decides to go out in a blaze of glory:
Clark: We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. 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.
But 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 him 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. And I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.
People are arguing with me on twitter that he couldn’t have said this, but he did. If you still don’t believe me go watch the tape yourself.