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Leaked Document Reveals Pentagon to Spy On Military Members For Extremism

by Chris Menahan | InformationLiberation

The Pentagon under Biden-appointed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is working to partner with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and spy on members of the military for signs of “extremism,” according to documents leaked to The Intercept.

The ADL has been at the forefront of internet censorship and criminalizing speech as “hate”while the disgraced SPLC is best known for aggressive fundraising and compiling a “hate map” of “extremist” Christians and conservatives which left-wing extremists use as a hit list.

“On April 9, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced the establishment of the Countering Extremism Working Group, which would ‘receive information from both internal and external Subject Matter Experts,’ who would serve as consultants,” The Intercept reports.

The document, which was provided to The Intercept by a Pentagon source on condition of anonymity to avoid professional reprisal, is not dated, but the source said that it was disseminated late last month. The document states, ‘The Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) would like to partner with experts on counter extremism and counter terrorism to better understand the scope of the problem and inform the 90-day report for the Secretary of Defense. These experts may come from advocacy groups, academia, and other areas that contribute the to the fight against terrorism.”

The document lists Heidi Beirich, formerly of the SPLC, Lecia Brooks and Susan Corke currently of the SPLC, as well as Mark Pitcavage and Ryan Greer of the ADL.

The Intercept was also leaked documents showing the Pentagon is planning to spy on members of the military to see if they hold “extremist political views” — First Amendment be damned.

“While it is unclear which of the individuals or groups mentioned in the Pentagon document will end up consulting, there are signs that some already have been doing so,” The Intercept said. “Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League, thanked the Army War College for inviting him to speak on extremism in tweets posted yesterday.” Read Full Article >

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