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Background on Ramsey Clark, IAC founder
17 Dec 2000
Modified: 02:36:23 PM
Here's some research into the background of Ramsey Clark, former US attornery General and founder of the International Action Center (IAC):

Excerpted from the Shadow, New York City underground newspaper (

By Manny Goldstein

"Ramsey Clark was born to power. In 1945, the Clark family made its leap from Dallas to DC when Ramsey's dad Tom Clark, a lobbyist for Texas oil interests, was appointed Attorney General by President Harry Truman. In his Texas days, the politically ambitious elder Clark was cultivated as a useful connection by New Orleans mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello, and many feared Clark's new job would afford organized crime access to higher levels of power. ...In 1949, he moved over to the Supreme Court."

"...Tom [Clark] stepped down from the high court when young Ramsey was appointed attorney general by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. Ramsey was likely appointed precisely because he was Tom's son. And not because LBJ was impressed with Tom, but just the opposite: Johnson knew that Ramsey's appointment would maneuver Tom into stepping down. This cleared the way for the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, a comparative moral and intellectual titan who was strategic to the White House's effort to buy peace with the civil rights movement."

"...[Ramsey] Clark was complicit with Hoover's COINTELPRO. Following the 1967 riots in Newark and Detroit, he directed the FBI to investigate whether the unrest was the result of some 'scheme or conspiracy.' He instructed Hoover to develop "sources or informants in black nationalist organizations, SNCC and other less publicized groups.' The result was Hoover's extensive 'ghetto informant program.'"

"...Another Clark client was Karl Linnas, an ex-Nazi concentration camp guard in Estonia (where he had overseen the murder of some 12,000 resistence fighters and Jews), who was being deported from the US to the USSR to face war crimes charges. Clark again lost the case, but again went to bat for his client in the public arena, questioning the need to prosecute Nazis 'forty years after some god-awful crime they're alleged to have committed.'"

"...In August 1990, two months after his return from the [Lyndon] LaRouche conference in Copenhagen, with US troops mobilizing to Saudi Arabia, Clark accepted an invitation to lead the National Coalition to Stop US Intervention in the Middle East. This invitation had been extended by members of an orthodox Stalinist sect, the Workers World Party (WWP). Clark had finally found a new home. The Clark-WWP alliance has lasted to this day."

"...With Clark's name-recognition and homespun, avuncular image, WWP had the opportunity to form a new front group to win over naive liberals. This was the International Action Center (IAC), which remains the top vehicle for Clark's ego and WWP's play for hegemony over the fragmented remnants of the left."


"Most of the liberal attacks on Ramsey Clark are indeed redbaiting..."

"Ramsey Clark has not moved the the left at all. He has become a right wing populist with an anti-elite and anti-government critique that from a different perspective matches the ideological formulations of the Workers World Party and its allies with whom he works closely around issues of anti-imperialism and anti-repression.

Clark has also spoken at LaRouche functions as their attorney in several appeals matters, but in the course of his speeches he appears to have adopted some of the LaRouche anti-elite political line.

During the Gulf war, Clark and his office mates facilitated a short working arrangement between the Workers World Party influenced coalition whereby LaRouchites and their followers appeared on the stage along with leftist antiwar critics."


"Clark said the government had demonized people like Saddam Hussein and Lyndon LaRouche and that he felt it was not appropriate to give in to the pejorative labeling of such persons when discussing their activities. This is the same rationale used by Clark in 1986 when he was criticized for not distancing himself from his client Karl Linnas, a Nazi collaborator who was eventually deported because he had lied about his past to gain entrance to the U.S. after World War II. Clark represented Linnas in an appeal which objected to the procedures followed in the deportation. Critics of Clark, including Daniel Levitas of the Center for Democratic Renewal, said Clark was insensitive to the fact that anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi groups were using Clark's appeal to buttress their claims that Linnas was innocent or that the Holocaust was a hoax. A strident attack on Clark written by John Judis which appeared in the neo-conservative magazine New Republic, conflated Clark's work with the LaRouchians and his support for a variety of liberal and progressive issues. Rather than raising a principled criticism of Clark, the article was a vehicle for a denunciation of the left in general and its views on the Gulf War in particular."