Comment by Jim Campbell
September, 5th, 2021
Of course this was another waste of time and the taxpayers money.
Their time should be focused on making sure each command is at peak operational efficiency.
Voting along party lines, the bill was defeated.
The American Military.com
House Democrats want the new National Defense Authorization Act to make plain that armed services personnel and recruits are not allowed to advocate or take part in extremist activities or belong to extremist groups.
But the debate over what extremism means and how such a prohibition would be enforced is expected to be fierce — starting at Wednesday’s House Armed Services Committee markup of the fiscal 2022 bill.
Maryland Democrat Anthony G. Brown plans to file an amendment at the markup that would make explicit a military commander’s authority to bar or expel people who espouse or act on extremist beliefs or are members of such groups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (501(c)(3)) and SPLC Action Fund (reportedly processing 501(c)(4) application) potentially comprise America’s most powerful and well-resourced public interest and advocacy operation.
SPLC describes its mission as “fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Thinking about it rationally, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a “Hate Group,” and should not receive any tax exemptions from the IRS.
SPLC distributes materials for public school educators that emphasize “anti-bias and social justice.” But a current op-ed in USA Today claims, to the contrary, that the SPLC operates to selectively target groups based upon agendized hate-naming and public shaming.
SPLC has singled out 1020 “hate” groups and this labeling has been relied upon by government bodies, social media platforms, and non-governmental groups to act based upon ostensibly constitutionally protected expressive rights, rights of conscience, and association practices.
Robert Muise, a presenter for this teleforum, is suing the Michigan Attorney General and Department of Civil Rights for utilizing SPLC characterizations to oversee activities of identified groups, including the one he co-founded, American Freedom Law Center.
Using the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source is laughable as is done in the video below.
The amendment also says that the military can use social media posts as evidence of extremist views that could lead to so-called separation from service.
“An individual who engages in extremist activities or is a member of an extremist organization may not serve as a member of the armed forces,” states a draft of the amendment.
Brown would leave it to the secretary of Defense to define extremist activities. A Pentagon Countering Extremism Working Group is reportedly already at work on that question.
Brown told CQ Roll Call in a statement that he recognizes that extremists form a tiny fraction of the U.S. military, but he believes it is a growing peril.
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