Pentagon Aims to Partner With ADL And SPLC, Spy On Military Members For 'Extremism'

Chris Menahan
May. 20, 2021

The Pentagon under Biden-appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to partner with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and spy on members of the military for signs of "extremism," according to documents leaked to The Intercept.

The ADL has been at the forefront of internet censorship and criminalizing speech as "hate" while the disgraced SPLC is best known for aggressive fundraising and compiling a "hate map" of "extremist" Christians and conservatives which left-wing extremists use as a hit list.

"On April 9, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the establishment of the Countering Extremism Working Group, which would 'receive information from both internal and external Subject Matter Experts,' who would serve as consultants," The Intercept reports.

"The document, which was provided to The Intercept by a Pentagon source on condition of anonymity to avoid professional reprisal, is not dated, but the source said that it was disseminated late last month. The document states, 'The Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) would like to partner with experts on counter extremism and counter terrorism to better understand the scope of the problem and inform the 90-day report for the Secretary of Defense. These experts may come from advocacy groups, academia, and other areas that contribute the to the fight against terrorism."

The document lists Heidi Beirich, formerly of the SPLC, Lecia Brooks and Susan Corke currently of the SPLC, as well as Mark Pitcavage and Ryan Greer of the ADL.

The Intercept was also leaked documents showing the Pentagon is planning to spy on members of the military to see if they hold "extremist political views" -- First Amendment be damned.

"While it is unclear which of the individuals or groups mentioned in the Pentagon document will end up consulting, there are signs that some already have been doing so," The Intercept said. "Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League, thanked the Army War College for inviting him to speak on extremism in tweets posted yesterday."

"As part of the Biden administration's crackdown on domestic extremism, the Pentagon plans to launch a pilot program for screening social media content for extremist material, according to internal Defense Department documents reviewed by The Intercept, as well as a source with direct knowledge of the program," The Intercept reports.

"An extremism steering committee led by Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to the secretary of defense, is currently designing the social media screening pilot program, which will “continuously” monitor military personnel for 'concerning behaviors,' according to a Pentagon briefing in late March. Although in the past the military has balked at surveilling service members for extremist political views due to First Amendment protections, the pilot program will rely on a private surveillance firm in order to circumvent First Amendment restrictions on government monitoring, according to a senior Pentagon official. Though the firm has not yet been selected, the current front runner is Babel Street, a company that sells powerful surveillance tools including social media monitoring software."

Revolver News reported last week that Bishop Garrison has called "the entire concept of free speech itself in the information age a 'digital black plague' that will usher in a 'modern day dark age' if not reigned in by censorship."

As we learned earlier this week with the firing of Space Force Commander Matthew Lohmeier, the Pentagon's new definition of "extremism" consists of opposing the DoD teaching soldiers that "our country" and "whites are inherently evil."

You're an "extremist" if you oppose the Pentagon offering free sex change surgeries and opposite sex hormones to active military and veterans at taxpayers' expense.

You're an "extremist" if you don't think the CIA should be run by "cisgender millennials" with diagnosed mental disorders.

You're an "extremist" if you don't think being raised by "two moms" and "marching for equality" is a qualification to run our Patriot Missile Defense Systems.

The "moderates" are our leaders who want to eliminate free speech, eliminate "whiteness," criminalize dissent, strip Americans of their rights over their political views and conduct an ideological purge of the military!

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