For those who are still wondering why there has been such a sharp change in tone on this blog, it is because of the civil liberties issue. It has pole vaulted even past immigration to the very top of my list of concerns due to all of this talk from progressives about “domestic extremism.”
“The Pentagon last week concluded its 60-day “stand down” to address extremism in the military. With a handful of exceptions, every unit in the armed forces has now had some sort of discussion about why white supremacy and extremism — laid bare by the number of veterans who took part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — have no place in the American military.
But as the Pentagon on Friday presented its path forward — a working group will be set up to examine how to better vet recruits and how to better educate service members who may be targeted by extremist organizations — senior Defense Department officials acknowledged that one thing is clear: Rooting out extremist views from a military of 1.3 million active-duty troops drawn from Alaska to Florida will be an uphill slog. …
The Pentagon is directing all of the military services to ask recruits a standardized set of questions about extremism in its screening questionnaires to help weed out those who might take part in extremist organizations. But that, by itself, will be difficult to enforce — because the Pentagon does not specifically ban membership in many of those groups. …”
Just to be clear here, the new progressive standard is that you are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military if you have what can be construed by commissars as “far-right domestic extremist” views. Black Lives Matter, however, is fine. Joe Biden’s “trans girls” are also permitted to serve in the military now. The idea is to monitor and police the social media of White men with populist, conservative or conventional views and purge them from the military. You can get purged for “liking” the wrong tweet.
We’re watching the Sovietization of the U.S. military:
“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday ordered a series of “immediate actions” to address the threat of extremism in the military, including a review of the armed forces’ definition of extremist behavior, standardizing questionnaires to screen recruits and developing procedures for veterans to report extremist activities after they leave service.
Austin also established a Countering Extremist Working Group that he tasked with implementing the new actions as well as developing additional procedures over the coming months. …”
House and Senate Democrats are also trying to pass “domestic terrorism” legislation. Fortunately, it is going nowhere though to the credit of Sen. Joe Manchin.
“At issue is legislation Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has pushed since 2017. The bill is designed to counter the growing threat from domestic terrorists, which law enforcement officials have called the most lethal terror threat facing the U.S. It would set up offices at the Justice Department, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security to focus specifically on the threat, and it would have those agencies send Congress joint reports on the threat twice a year, among other provisions.
The legislation passed the House of Representatives last year but died in the Senate when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) objected to letting it move forward under unanimous consent. …
The document, titled “Informal, Not-Officially Cleared Comments of the Department of Justice on H.R. 5602, the ‘Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020,’” is published below in full. It refers to the bill by the title of its 2020 House version. …”
I didn’t know that about Sen. Ron Johnson.
I harshly criticized Sen. Ron Johnson for filibustering the $2,000 stimulus check back in December. This is more important than a mere $2,000 though. We’re good now.
The definition of “domestic extremism” is broader than being affiliated with an alleged “white supremacist” group. Apparently, it also applies to Patriot groups. In other words, progressives want to purge the U.S. military of everyone who has political views which they don’t like.
“The Pentagon’s decision to update its definition of extremism will allow it to address the changing nature of extremism in America in 2021, said Daryl Johnson, a security consultant and former senior analyst for domestic terrorism at the Department of Homeland Security.
“They’re closing loopholes by looking at all forms of extremism, not just white supremacy,” Johnson said. “Broadening the definition of extremism beyond white nationalism to include things like militia extremism and sovereign citizen extremism is very important.” …”
Who is advising the Pentagon?
The SPLC and ADL are already in charge of who deciding who has the right to speak on television, to speak on social media platforms or to hold a job. Why shouldn’t they be in charge of deciding who is an “extremist” and who can serve in the U.S. military?
“The memo was met with cautious optimism by several experts on extremism.
“Overall, this seems like a pretty good plan,” said Heidi Beirich, chief strategy officer of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, who has tracked extremist organizations for more than 20 years. “It’s relatively thorough and hits things I have been worried about for a long time.”
Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, concurred. “We’ll have to see how this all works out in process, but overall it’s very positive,” Pitcavage said. …
Lapan said it will be crucial for the new working group to gather intelligence from federal law enforcement agencies and organizations that monitor extremism, like the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. …
To help implement the proposed changes, the Pentagon will create a “Countering Extremism Working Group.” Its subcommittees will meet weekly and will report its progress monthly. …”
A Jewish Democrat from Michigan wants the Biden administration to classify foreign nationalist groups like the Nordic Resistance Movement as a foreign terrorist organization. This would empower progressives in the federal government to attack “white supremacists” like ISIS or al-Qaeda.
“Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) is pushing the Biden administration to designate overseas white supremacist groups as foreign terrorists, Reuters reported Friday.
What she’s saying: Placing white supremacists on the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) would give the government tools to “engage and flag the Americans who contact, support, train, and join” these groups, Slotkin wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. …”
Whose idea is this shit?
“Since before he was even sworn into office, Joe Biden has made it clear that fighting the spate of right-wing extremism would be a top priority for his administration. The day after the Capitol insurrection, in announcing his Justice Department nominees, Biden said he wanted to take the department back to its original roots “to stand up to the Klan, to stand up to racism, to take on domestic terrorism,” he vowed. “This original spirit must again guide and animate its work.”
Though the Biden presidency is still nascent, the fight against domestic terrorism and extremism has been at the center of the administration’s work so far. Immediately after he was sworn in, Biden ordered his just-appointed director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, to work with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to put together a top-to-bottom assessment of the threat from violent extremists. …
After an unprecedented attack like the one on the Capitol on January 6, simply denouncing extremism might not seem like radical action, but Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, says it goes a long way. …
Prior to Biden’s swearing in, Beirich’s organization issued a series of policy recommendations for the administration to address extremism. Among them was for the Defense Department to immediately adopt a system to screen white supremacists out of the military and law enforcement agencies. While such a policy has yet to be implemented, the department has initiated an effort to crack down on extremism within its ranks, starting with Austin’s “stand down” order. It’s an important first step, Beirich says, but “the proof will be in the pudding in terms of what policy changes they do.” …”
This policy recommendation … came from Heidi Beirich.
In other words, progressives are putting people affiliated with the ADL and SPLC in charge of determining who can and cannot serve in the U.S. military. They also want the power to vet and purge all of their political enemies from law enforcement agencies. What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve saved the best for last though.
PBS Newshour recently investigated “microaggressions” in the U.S. military: