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The military has long had an extremism problem. What will it do now to finally solve it?

This is in interesting read, and why we should all be concerned what’s happening in the military, especially since it’s been discovered that, some former members of the military, were part of storming the Capitol on January 6th, and many of them, who unfortunately, harbor extremist views. Yet these are Americans, who take an oath, to serve and protect this country, when they become members of the US military.

The military has long had an extremism problem. What will it do now to finally solve it?

By Ashley Fantz, CNN
Updated 7:56 AM ET, Wed March 31, 2021

Deep in the North Carolina woods, the men trained at night for what they called "seek out and destroy" missions.

They fought each other in hand-to-hand combat, running drills at a bucolic encampment near Fort Bragg. Glenn Miller, an ex-Green Beret, ran the place. Wiry and mustached, the Vietnam veteran paced its grounds in fatigues.
A smooth talker, Miller used his contacts in the Army to draw dozens of active-duty military personnel from Bragg, one of the largest US military installations in the world, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

It was the early 1980s and the Vietnam War was over.  But Miller tapped into a burning resentment within some soldiers, not only worn down from battles overseas but from ostracization back home.
Once Miller had their ear, he'd spit fire about how Blacks and Jews were the downfall of the country -- a nation weakened by liberalism and the Civil Rights Movement that threatened the White man's perch. Come join my "special forces," he appealed to his recruits, claiming that together they would create an all-White utopia by waging a race war and toppling the US government.  

A former Marine testified that he obtained a staggering cache of military weapons -- including 200 pounds of C4 explosives, TNT and ammunition -- from active-duty soldiers at Fort Bragg for Miller's White Patriot Party. Undercover agents ultimately infiltrated his group, Miller was sentenced to prison and his grand plans for a race war imploded.

But the fact that Miller's ploy advanced as far as it did shocked Department of Defense leaders and revealed to them a painful truth: White supremacists and anti-government extremists had found a home within its ranks.
Decades later, they still do.

Since Miller's scheme, cases of service members with racist and extremist ideologies have time and again confronted the Pentagon. Over the years, leaders have taken intermittent stabs at the problem -- providing training on recognizing extremist tattoos, for example. But they have mainly relied on -- and repeatedly revised -- a Defense Department policy intended to prohibit extremism in the ranks, a policy that has not led to meaningful change, experts said.

Have the policies worked? No. What have we done about it? I'd say not much," said Ret. Army Lt. General Mark Hertling, a 37-year veteran who served as the commanding general of the Army in Europe. "So, here we are again."
How many service members harbor extremist views is unknown -- the Defense Department has never kept data on the problem. But the January 6 siege on the US Capitol, in which at least 33 current and former service members have been charged, has reignited concerns at the top echelons of the Pentagon.
Lloyd Austin, the new secretary of defense and the first Black person to hold the post, considers the insurrection a "wake-up call," for the military, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN.

What's vexing about this is we don't have a great sense of the scope of the problem," Kirby said. "Many of these people ... work very hard to conceal their beliefs. We can't be the thought police."
[Edited 3/31/21 9:20am]
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True but we need to watch how we deal with "extremism." The FBI went after the new left in the 60s, even MLK, who they helped kill. A Klansman was once interviewed, asked why he joined the awful group. He didn't start with hate but said he wanted to be part of something. You see the same with studies of Jihad terror; they tend to be among groups who knew each other, in soccer clubs or neighborhoods, they were duped by radical clerics. Most Muslims do not do violence, most whites too. We have a natural morality. Extremism is about the disjointed nature of our society and politics. Blame talk radio--there are almost no progressives on radio. Blame Fox and Newsmax. Blame segregated society. Class antogonisms lead to racism. Racism is ignorance according to Jane Elliott. There is a thin veneer of racism according to Noam Chomsky. The real beast is class, the unsayable word.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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