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Pentagon orders "immediate actions" to tackle extremism in armed forces

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Friday signed a memo ordering several "immediate actions" to weed out extremism in the ranks. The memo comes after Austin in February ordered commanding officers to hold a "stand down" to discuss extremism among the armed forces. The issue gained heightened attention after multiple service members and veterans were arrested for their alleged actions in the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege. "The vast majority of those who serve in uniform and their civilian colleagues do so with great honor and integrity, but any extremist behavior in the force can have an outsized impact," Austin wrote in his memo Friday. The steps outlined by Austin include...

• Reviewing and updating the department's definition of extremism "to more specifically define what constitutes extremist behavior."

• Updating service member transition checklists to include "training on potential targeting of service members by extremist groups and work with other federal departments agencies to create a mechanism by which veterans have the opportunity to report any potential contact with an extremist group should they chose to do so."

• Reviewing and standardizing screening questionnaires "to solicit specific information about current or previous extremist behavior."

• Commissioning a study "on extremist behavior within our Total Force, to include gaining greater fidelity on the scope of the problem."

Austin also said the Defense Department has created a "countering extremism working group" that will oversee the implementation of the actions outlined in his order. The group must submit a report no later than 90 days after its first meeting on April 14.


It's critically important to root this cancer from our armed forces asap.

 

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It will be interesting to see what constitutes 'extremist'. Member of the NRA? How about Americans for Prosperity? What about free masons?
 

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It will be interesting to see what constitutes 'extremist'. Member of the NRA? How about Americans for Prosperity? What about free masons?
Considering in another thread you tried to call the Jan 6. coup attempt a "toga party that got a little out of hand", I think any limit on extremism would make you angry. If they're hostile to the Constitution of the United States, they shouldn't be in the military. You wouldn't know this as you never had the courage to serve yourself, but we all had to take an oath to protect the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
 

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Considering in another thread you tried to call the Jan 6. coup attempt a "toga party that got a little out of hand", I think any limit on extremism would make you angry. If they're hostile to the Constitution of the United States, they shouldn't be in the military. You wouldn't know this as you never had the courage to serve yourself, but we all had to take an oath to protect the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
I was right. Your post lacks factual content
 

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The RW extremist are hoping the military and cops will cross over the line when they face-off with them.
 

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Considering in another thread you tried to call the Jan 6. coup attempt a "toga party that got a little out of hand", I think any limit on extremism would make you angry. If they're hostile to the Constitution of the United States, they shouldn't be in the military. You wouldn't know this as you never had the courage to serve yourself, but we all had to take an oath to protect the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.


It's difficult to return a serve in debate ping-pong when the opposing player replaced the ball with a turd.
 

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Congress controls the UCMJ. They will have to get involved to implement and changes
 

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Interesting point of trivia. After Tim McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing back in '95, Clinton tightened up the military acceptance criteria to try to reduce the growing number of right-wing-nut radicals in our armed forces.

Alas, when Bush the Lesser took office and marched into the Middle-East and Central Asia, we had such a hard time meeting recruiting goals that he lowered the standards of acceptance even below what they were before Clinton. Despite the neo-con-man's propaganda, not enough Americans were duped into believing Iraq was responsible for the events of 9/11/01, nor that Iraq's alleged WMD posed enough of a serious threat to our homeland to make them want to enlist for war.
 

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I was right. Your post lacks factual content
Calling an attempted coup where someone was murdered a toga party can't be right. Name one toga party you went to that ended like that.

And who are the court and jury?
You really don't know how the military works.
 

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Calling an attempted coup where someone was murdered a toga party can't be right. Name one toga party you went to that ended like that.


You really don't know how the military works.
We all know by now the radical right makes up anything and spits it out as fact and the other knuckle draggers believe it.
 

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Let me translate this into human language: Under the guise of "extremism", they kick out all the "trumpists" from the army.
The reason is "sympathy" for the january assault on the Capitol.

Only the adepts of transvestism will remain In the army.
It will definitely scare the russians.
 

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Trumplicans cover all three. Keep working on the list and try to find one that belongs on the list but isn't covered by "Trumplican". I dare you.
Gangs? But I get your point.
 

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Their superiors up the chain of command. That's how the military works.


And how it doesn't work. Like not pursuing sexual assault cases. Or, not trying a case of sexual assault as sexual assault. Or, not finding sexual assailants guilty. Or, not keeping a victim filing a sexual assault complaint a member of the military.
 

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Interesting point of trivia. After Tim McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing back in '95, Clinton tightened up the military acceptance criteria to try to reduce the growing number of right-wing-nut radicals in our armed forces.

Alas, when Bush the Lesser took office and marched into the Middle-East and Central Asia, we had such a hard time meeting recruiting goals that he lowered the standards of acceptance even below what they were before Clinton. Despite the neo-con-man's propaganda, not enough Americans were duped into believing Iraq was responsible for the events of 9/11/01, nor that Iraq's alleged WMD posed enough of a serious threat to our homeland to make them want to enlist for war.

Unmmm

That wasn't the reason we went into Iraq.
 

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That wasn't the reason we went into Iraq.
Before the war, Dick Cheney said the evidence of a link between Iraq and al'Qaeda was "overwhelming". The idea that Hussein might be working with bin Laden was very much a selling point.
 

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Were do most soldiers come from? Red states, or blue states?

Im not scientist,, but that Might just be a good place to start.
 

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Before the war, Dick Cheney said the evidence of a link between Iraq and al'Qaeda was "overwhelming". The idea that Hussein might be working with bin Laden was very much a selling point.

Might be... That fruit died on the vine long, long before our invasion of Iraq....
 

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That wasn't the reason we went into Iraq.
It very much was among multiple weak pretexts for our invasion. Even after more than two years of occupation, there were polls taken of Americans justifying our presence there on the events of 9/11. The neo-conmen did everything in their power to make a Middle-East boogey-man. The propaganda was non-stop starting in the mid-90s, culminating in the PNAC (the cult of Irving Crystal) open letter to Clinton arguing for an invasion. And the biggest tragedy was that the resulting catastrophe of our Iraq policy had been predicted by Cheney himself years before, in his explanation of why Bush the Elder didn't go into Baghdad and take out Saddam in the first gulf war.
 

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It very much was among multiple weak pretexts for our invasion. Even after more than two years of occupation, there were polls taken of Americans justifying our presence there on the events of 9/11. The neo-conmen did everything in their power to make a Middle-East boogey-man. The propaganda was non-stop starting in the mid-90s, culminating in the PNAC (the cult of Irving Crystal) open letter to Clinton arguing for an invasion. And the biggest tragedy was that the resulting catastrophe of our Iraq policy had been predicted by Cheney himself years before, in his explanation of why Bush the Elder didn't go into Baghdad and take out Saddam in the first gulf war.
** Should read Irving Kristol -
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