In the aftermath of the January 6th capitol riot, the US military initiated a push towards cracking down on so-called radicalization.
According to OAN journalist Jack Posobiec, it’s a McCarthy era delusion being made official policy. Reports suggest that it’s creating an avenue of attacking conservative thought in the military. To that end Posobiec showed emails from soldiers who were subjected to this propaganda. They weren't allowed to ask questions about radical Islam, Black Lives Matters riots, or Antifa. Multiple emails describing as much.
Members of the military are now being told to turn in their fellow soldiers. The Nation of Islam wasn’t included in these briefings even though one of their most radical members, Noah Green, attacked the Capitol and killed an officer.
Today, in a news conference, the DOD announced the fruits of their extremism stand down moment of self-reflection, and the steps they plan to take going forward.
Today’s released memorandum outlines the steps they intend on taking:
- "Review and Update of DoD Instruction 1325.06 Extremism Definition": they’ll be revising the definition of "prohibited extremist activities" to be more "modernized." This will be in addition to policy updates for DoD's civilian employees and contractors.
- "Update Service Member Transition Checklist": for anyone leaving the military they’ll be briefed on the potential that any extremist groups might target them for recruitment, in addition they’ll set up a way for Veterans to report "any potential contact with an extremist group" they might have.
- "Review and Standardization of Screening Questionnaires": the secretaries of the military departments will be revising the screening questionnaires to gather information about recruits potentially being “current or previous” extremists in their behavior. They’ll also declare it punishment if you’re found to be lying.
- “Commission an Extremism Study”: the DoD says they’ll embark on studying the behavior as it applies to the force overall, to see how much of a problem it actually might be.
The “Counter Extremism Working Group” will seek to enact everything above. But in addition to weekly meetings and monthly reviews about progress, every Military Department will have to work with CEWG on four “lines of effort” in this agenda.
- “Line of Effort 1: "Military Justice and Policy"
- “Line of Effort 2: "Support and Oversight of Insider Threat Program."
- “Line of Effort 3: "Screening Capability."
- “Line of Effort 4: "Education & Training."
It might help jog the memory to remind about the clash Fox News host Tucker Carlson had with the military last month. He criticized some of their more politically correct practices and moves they’re undertaking. Carlson’s main point being the falling back onto "diversity" might make it weaker to the growing threat posed by the Chinese armed forces.
Strangely US military social media accounts got into the habit of internet drama that made people question why they should respect them in the first place.