Richard Clarke

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Richard Alan Clarke (born October 27, 1950 in Dorchester , Massachusetts ) is an American terrorist expert.


Richard Clarke was born in 1950 to a chocolate factory worker and nurse. He graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1968 and then studied at the University of Pennsylvania . After his bachelor's degree in 1972, he worked for the Sphinx Senior Society . He worked as an analyst for the Department of Defense and received a Masters in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 . From 1985 to 1989 he was Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs ( Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs ) in the United States Department of State . From 1998 to 2000 he was responsible for counter-terrorism under President Bill Clinton . He remained so until 2001 under President George W. Bush . In January 2003, Clarke resigned from office.

Despite many years of service in the inner circle of four US governments, he was a harsh critic of the former administration of George W. Bush. He warned of what he believed to be an unjustified US invasion of Iraq ( Iraq War ) due to the lack of imminent danger from Saddam Hussein . He also criticized some of George Bush's actions in the wake of the war on terrorism .

Clarke was a key witness to the failure of US counter-terrorism programs before 9/11 and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that followed . The Commission developed an alternative action plan of emergency measures on how to deal with the current threat of terrorism. This action plan was published under the title "Against the Warriors of Jihad". In addition to the immediate measures, analyzes of current terrorist organizations and their manifestations are presented.

“Democracy can only flourish if it is an internal development. Not if it is imported with the bayonet . ”Iraq is now a great training ground for terrorists. "We made him." According to all experts, the threat of terrorism has increased since 2001 and the US government is complicit in Islamist terrorism .

In his senior year in the service of George W. Bush, he served as a special cybersecurity adviser . Even after his resignation from office, information security and cyberwar remain a special area of ​​interest for Clarke, and he published a book of the same name in 2009. In 2013, he was one of four advisors to write a report on intelligence and communications technologies for President Obama. In an interview with the former Washington correspondent of ARD Clarke in 2014 stated that the NSA industrial espionage is strictly prohibited and will only be applied by about compliance with economic sanctions to be checked.

Clarke's career stages

  • United States Department of State 1985-1992
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence, 1985–1988
    • Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs, 1989–1992
  • United States National Security Council , 1992-2003
    • Special Advisor 2001-2003
    • National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, 1998–2001
    • Chairman of the Counter-terrorism Security Group , 1992–2003


  • Richard A. Clarke: Against All Enemies. The inside report on America's war on terror. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-455-09478-3
  • Richard A. Clarke, Roger W. Cressey, et al. a. Members of the “9/11 Commission”: Against the warriors of jihad. The action plan. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-455-09502-X .
  • Richard A. Clarke: The Scorpion's Gate. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-455-00866-6 .
Review: Holger Schmale: The Thriller from the White House.
  • Richard A. Clarke: Breakpoint. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-455-40031-1 .
  • with Robert K. Knake: World Wide War. Attack from the internet . Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-0-06-196224-0 (Original title: Cyber ​​War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It .).

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Individual evidence

  1. Richard Clarke Biography . In: Encyclopedia of World Biography . Advameg, Inc .. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Sphinx Senior Society: Class of 1972 . Sphinx Senior Society. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved April 3, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Bio. Richard Clarke , ""
  4. (Author? Title?) In: Frankfurter Rundschau of September 9, 2006
  5. ^ Report and Recommendations of The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies . One of the recommendations of the report is that zero-day exploits should only be used to obtain information in exceptional cases.
  6. Klaus Scherer : Espionage among friends - so what? ( Memento of the original from December 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. dated May 6, 2014 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /