Pentagon Issues New Rules to Punish Troops For 'Liking' 'Extremist' Content, Exercising Their First Amendment RightsChris Menahan
Dec. 21, 2021
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The Pentagon, working together with the Anti-Defamation League, issued new rules on Monday to further suppress the First Amendment rights of American service members.
Whereas no one was punished for drone-striking a bunch of innocent children and killing an entire family in Afghanistan back in August, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is threatening to punish troops and hold them "accountable" for "liking" so-called "extremist" views on social media.
Austin this month also "reprimanded" over 2,700 troops and dismissed 103 Marines for refusing to comply with the regime's "vaccine" mandate.
From the AP, "Pentagon issues rules aimed at stopping rise of extremism":
Warning that extremism in the ranks is increasing, Pentagon officials issued detailed new rules Monday prohibiting service members from actively engaging in extremist activities. The new guidelines come nearly a year after some current and former service members participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, triggering a broad department review.In other words, this is a non-issue they're merely using as an excuse to conduct an ideological purge of the military.
The new policy lays out in detail the banned activities, which range from advocating terrorism or supporting the overthrow of the government to fundraising or rallying on behalf of an extremist group or "liking" or reposting extremist views on social media. The rules also specify that commanders must determine two things in order for someone to be held accountable: that the action was an extremist activity, as defined in the rules, and that the service member "actively participated" in that prohibited activity.Just like with Big Tech censorship, they're purposefully keeping the rules vague so they can punish anyone who doesn't tow the line.
Asked whether troops can simply be members of an extremist organization, officials said the rules effectively prohibit membership in any meaningful way — such as the payment of dues or other actions that could be considered "active participation."The Pentagon partnered with Google-funded "Moonshot CVE," who works together with the ADL, to spy on members of the military earlier this year as part of this investigation into "extremism."
They said that searching for phrases such as "the truth about black lives matter" was a sign of "extremism."
The Pentagon's new rules revolve entirely around outlawing service members from engaging in First Amendment protected speech and activities.
Their purposefully vague definition of "extremist activities" which merit punishment is defined as anything which "calls into question the individual's ability to follow orders from, or effectively lead and serve with, persons of diverse backgrounds," which they insist prevents "maximum utilization and development of the Department's most valuable asset: its people."
They further claim that "active participation" in any "extremist activities" is "prohibited" as it "undermines morale and reduces combat readiness."
The part prohibiting criminal gang activities is less than half the size of the section prohibiting "extremism" and was clearly just tacked on to make their outrageous actions seem less extreme.
The rules say that "advocacy" for "extremist activities" can even include "nonverbal communication."
The ADL is effectively now running our military.
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