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Ramsey Clark, Ex-Attorney General Who Became Fierce Opponent of U.S. Foreign Policy, Dies at 93

HeadlineApr 12, 2021

Former top Justice Department official and anti-imperialist activist Ramsey Clark has died at the age of 93. Clark served as attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969. During his time at the Justice Department, he played key roles in drafting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1968. After retiring from public service, Clark became a fierce opponent of corporate capitalism and U.S.-led wars overseas. He founded the International Action Center in 1992, leading campaigns against sanctions on Iraq, the U.S.-led bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Clark defended not only controversial world leaders like Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein and Charles Taylor, but also prominent activists, including Lori Berenson and Father Philip Berrigan.

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