Rep. Spier wants military to check recruits social media for “white supremacist tendencies,” nothing about BLM, Antifa

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- Even though there is zero evidence to indicate any involvement by members of the military in the January 6 incident at the US Capitol Building, that isn’t stopping Congressional Democrats from using that incident to push conspiracy theories and as a means to stomp on the Constitution.

The latest politician to use that incident to push for intrusive government intervention is California Democratic Rep. Jackie Spier, who according to Breitbart is pushing Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to look at past social media posts made by military recruits to see if they have any “white supremacist” or “extremist” tendencies.

 

In a January 29 letter to the three officials, Spier said the Department of Defense and the U.S. Government were not “effectively screening servicemembers and other individuals with sensitive roles for white supremacist and violent extremist ties.” Once again, Spier makes these claims with no evidence to support them.

Spier continued, “Social media platforms such as Facebook, Gab, Parler, and 4Chan are frequently used by domestic terrorist groups to recruit members and plan violent attacks, including in some of the above cases involving military servicemembers.” .

Ironically, Spier didn’t include platforms such as Twitter and YouTube, with Twitter being used extensively by far-left groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa to facilitate violent demonstrations and riots especially over the past 8 months.

As far as Parler is concerned, according to Legal Insurrection, out of the 170 arrests reviewed and 19 DOJ press releases examined, the vast majority of them had references to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, with only two mentioning Parler, which was de-platformed by Amazon Web Services last month and for all intents and purposes shut down. The reason given by Amazon was incitement of violence.

Spier, in referring to the January 6 incident at the Capitol, added:

“These platforms were crucial for planning the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the U.S. Capitol and the Congress of the United States. Yet social media is not reviewed during the military’s accessions process or even as part of the background investigation process for security clearances, despite collection and reporting of other intrusive, private data, such as financial and behavioral health information.”

Spier asked Biden to issue an executive order [like he’d pass a chance to do that] which identifies white supremacy and violent extremism as a critical threat that must be considered as part of the security clearance adjudication process.

She also asked Biden to direct all relevant federal agencies to update their respective background investigation processes so that review of social media is reviewed in order to identify either white supremacist or violent extremist ties.

Spier also asked Austin to instruct the respective services of the military to also review social media activity or recruits as part of the accessions process, while also developing guidance to assist recruiters in identifying extremist groups and activities.

“While I believe strongly that the actions recommended in this letter have been justified for quite some time, the appalling events at the Capitol this month—and the central role of social media in their planning and organization—offer a new sense of urgency.”

She continued, “The screening processes for servicemembers and others in critical national security positions are outdated. Modernizing background investigations to being them in line with these new realities should be among your highest priorities as the new administration commences.”

It is unknown what Biden might do with Spier’s suggestions. 

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Last month, Law Enforcement Today reported on Biden ordering a “full review” on the risks posed by domestic terrorism. For more on that, we invite you to:

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden has ordered a full assessment of the risks posed by domestic terrorism in the shadow of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The “domestic violent extremism (DVE)” assessment was announced during a Friday press briefing.

New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said:

 “The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat.

The Biden Administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve.”

The assessment will be conducted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by newly confirmed Avril Haines, working with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Psaki said at the briefing.

The administration’s focus on DVE is a clear acknowledgment that officials view the domestic unrest plaguing the United States in the past year, culminating in an attack on the United States Capitol on January 6 as a growing and concerning threat.

The review and plan put forth by the administration involves the Director of National Intelligence, which was created following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to prevent international terrorism. This pivots the attention of the government agency from external to internal terrorism threats.

Psaki said the “key point” being made by the administration is that they want facts to develop policy:

“We want fact-based analysis upon which we can shape policy. So, this is really the first step in the process. We will rely on our appropriate law enforcement and intelligence officials to provide that analysis.”

In addition to the threat assessment, the administration plans to develop its capability within the National Security Council (NSC) to confront the threat of domestic terrorism, including a review of the government’s information-sharing capabilities. Psaki said:

“The NSC will undertake a policy review effort to determine how the government can share information better about this threat, support efforts to prevent radicalization, disrupt violent extremist networks, and more.”

Psaki said she wanted to assure Americans that the administration’s actions would protect citizens’ rights while increasing government capabilities to monitor and counter domestic threats.

“We are committed to developing policies and strategies based on facts, on objective analysis, and on our respect for constitutionally protected free speech and political activities.”

“We need to understand better its current extent and where there may be gaps to address so we can determine the best path forward.”

The third step in Biden’s plan involves coordinating relative parts of the federal government to enhance and accelerate efforts to address DVE.

Addressing reporters following the briefing, Psaki said the President wanted to conduct the review and develop the DVE policy as a priority:

“It is a priority (of the administration to insure that we are assessing what is happening in government and if we could do it better. Clearly, more needs to be done. That is why the President is tasking the national security team to do exactly this review on his second full day in office.”

The announcement of the review and plan by the Biden administration did not make mention of violent protests and riots in cities across the nation over the summer by left-wing groups including Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

The attack on the Capitol on January 6 resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol police officer. The attack has led to the second impeachment of President Donald Trump and renewed a debate over whether there should be laws created specifically for domestic terrorism.

Thus far, terrorism policy and laws have focused mainly on international terrorism. Discuss and debate about the need for new laws to deal with domestic extremism have been sparked previously by school shootings and homegrown attacks like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people.

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