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Ret. Army General Suggests Segregating ‘Radicalized’ Americans From ‘Normal Community’

In an interview with MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark suggested segregating “radicalized” Americans from those who are loyal to the United States.

Clark said he believes our government needs to get “increasingly tough” in its treatment of “radicalized” Americans and should reexamine our “domestic law procedures“.

The subject of the interview was the recent shooting in Chattanooga that resulted in the death of five U.S. Marines. But it took a turn when Roberts framed a question about how the government should handle “self-radicalized lone wolves.”

Clark, who led the bombing of Yugoslavia by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in 1999, told Roberts that the U.S has an “obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.”

From the interview:

Roberts: “…So how to we fix self-radicalized lone wolves domestically?

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.

Watch the full interview here.

VIDEO: Nikki Haley Calls For Confederate Flag Removal From Capitol Grounds

Amidst a wave of opposition against the Confederate flag and what it represents, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced today a call for the removal of the flag from the state capitol grounds.

During a press conference held this afternoon, Governor Haley acknowledged the heartbreak over the tragic murder of nine individuals at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The man accused of the attack, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, had reportedly written a “racist manifestothat he published on a website registered in February under his name. The website, which is no longer accessible, bore images of the Confederate flag, sparking national debate on the Confederate flag as a symbol of hatred.

Our state is grieving,” Governor Haley said during the press conference. “But we are also coming together. The outpouring of love and support from all corners of people across this state and country has been amazing.” It was in that spirit of coming together, she said, that she will have the Confederate flag at the capitol taken down.

Just yesterday, tens of thousands of people joined together to march to the top of the Ravenel Bridge, called the Bridge to Peace. The demonstration honored the nine people killed inside the church last week—Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Ethel Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., Tywanza Sanders, Susie Jackson and Depayne Middleton Doctor.

Some members of the public have expressed outrage at the government for its response to the murders in Charleston, including one woman who called President Barack Obama an “Uncle Tom” during a live broadcast on CNN.

Several politicians and members of the media have made public statements directing the leadership in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag, popularizing the hashtag #ConfederateFlag and #Charleston. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff also called on South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag.

More from the press conference:

We were recently named the friendliest state in the country, and the most patriotic too,” Governor Haley remarked. “American flags fly proudly from home to home in South Carolina. In just the last few months, the nation watched our state go through another time of crisis, when we dealt with the betrayal of one of our own in the tragic shooting of Walter Scott. South Carolina did not respond with rioting and violence, like other places have. We responded by talking to each other, by putting ourselves in other people’s shoes, and by finding common ground in the name of moving our state forward.

“The result? Both Republicans and Democrats, black and white, came together and passed the first body camera bill in the country. And I stand in front of you, a minority female governor, twice elected by the people of South Carolina. Behind me stands my friend, Sen. Tim Scott, elected by those same people as one of just two African-American members of the United States Senate.

“Five years ago, it was said that in the last 50 years, South Carolina is the state that has changed the most for the better. That was true when I quoted it at my first inauguration in 2011. It’s even more true today. We have changed through the times, and we will continue to do so. But that does not mean we forget our history.

“History is often filled with emotion. And that is more true in South Carolina than a lot of other places. On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history. We all know that. Many of us have seen it in our own lives, and in the lives of our parents and grandparents. We don’t need reminders.

“In spite of last week’s tragedy, we have come a long way since those days and have much to be proud of. But there is more we can do. That brings me to the subject of the Confederate flag that flies on the state house grounds. For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble—traditions of history, of heritage and of ancestry. The hate-filled murderer who massacred our brothers and sisters in Charleston has a sick and twisted view of the flag. In no way does he reflect the people in our state who respect and, in many ways, revere it.

“Those South Carolinians view the flag as a symbol of respect, integrity and duty. They also see it as a memorial—a way to honor the ancestors who came to the service of their state during time of conflict. That is not hate, nor is it racism.

“At the same time, for many others in South Carolina the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past. As a state, we can survive and indeed we can thrive, as we have done, while still being home to both those viewpoints. We do not need to declare a winner and a loser here. We respect freedom of expression, and for those who wish to show their respect for the flag on your private property, no one will stand in your way.

“But the state house is different, and the events of this past week call upon us to look at this in a different way. Fifteen years ago, after much contentious debate, South Carolina came together in a bipartisan way, to move the flag from atop the capitol dome. Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say that it’s time to move the flag from capitol grounds.”

Watch the full speech above and share your thoughts on the decision in the comments below.

Ben Swann: Truth In Media Is ‘Unashamedly Questioning The Status Quo’

In an interview with The Jason Stapleton Program, Ben Swann shared details about his upbringing and education, discussed professional journalism career and explained how the Truth In Media is going to explode in the coming years.

When relaunched as on May 4, the change was emblematic of Swann’s desire for his independent new media project to be bigger than just his work. His site had writers from the start, and the number of writers has grown over time. Today, readers will find content from people with passions across a broad spectrum, from Ron Paul through his Liberty Report to Peter Schiff through his podcast and many other talented and liberty-minded individuals.

We’re trying to bringing on people who have voices in specific areas who really want to focus on liberty and individual freedom,” Swann told Stapleton during the interview. “One thing that is important for people to understand is that what’s very different about our site and our news brand compared to others is that we really exert no editorial control over what writers or contributors put up. We don’t ask to see what you are going to put up in advance.

“. . . We are looking for people who have integrity and who believe in questioning things. So what we’re trying to do is to continue to partner with people who can continue to present questions. And I think one thing that will start to set us apart from other brands in new media is that we’re not about click bait and we’re not about conspiracies. We are about legitimate questions because there’s so much out there right in front of our faces that needs to be questioned.

Swann described Truth In Media as “unashamedly questioning the status quo” and a “site that is honest and will correct itself when it’s wrong.” Stapleton shared his own perspective on the project, which he has been involved with since its launch last month.

It’s really a credit to what you guys at Truth In Media that not only is the content so good, but that the focus is on creating an alternative news media source that can be trusted,” Stapleton said. “I’ve just been really impressed with everything that I’ve seen come out of Truth In Media and everything you produced. Your piece on ISIS, I have such a close tie with that because I spent so much time working with the State Department and other private companies and other three-letter acronym government agencies in those parts of the world. I know what’s going on over there. And to see someone so clearly articulate what every major news media outlet should be talking about was incredible. That’s what got my attention and got me to perk up and start paying attention to what you were doing. And I love it.

I suggest every single person go and become a subscriber and visit the site daily. It’s something that I go to every single day when I’m running through my news items and checking what we’re going to be talking about on the show.

Watch the full interview above and check out more of The Jason Stapleton Program on Truth In Media.

In case you missed Ben Swann’s Truth In Media episode on ISIS watch it below: