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ANALYSIS – As previously warned, the dangerously Orwellian hunt for ill-defined ‘extremists’ in the U.S. military has just gotten more concerning. The U.S. Navy now says that simply liking or sharing a social media post found “offensive” could brand sailors as ‘extremists.’ This, according to Vice Admiral John Nowell, Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel.

Using frighteningly melodramatic language, usually reserved for foreign jihadists and mass murders, Nowell said: “You may not personally know any shipmates with extremist beliefs,” Nowell was quoted as saying in Navy Times. “But I assure you that those forces of darkness are among us.”

What are these dangerous new ‘forces of darkness’? They are still mostly undefined. Some refer to anything related to ‘white supremacy,’ others to so-called ‘militia groups’ or anti-government ideologies. But it becomes highly worrisome when this ‘extremism’ isn’t clearly defined and can be highly subjective and arbitrary.

Even worse is when a sailor can be branded as an ‘extremist’ for simply liking an ‘offensive’ post online.

As noted by Navy Times, “Just by posting, retweeting, or liking an offensive post on social media — you could be participating in extremism,” Nowell said in a new video shared on Facebook.

But who defines ‘offensive’? And using what specific criteria? If the process is anything like what Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn employs, sailors will be entering a bizarre hell of biased, leftist ‘woke’ feelings and capricious enforcement.

This concern is reinforced by the recent announcement on February 3 I wrote about, of the Navy’s bizarre, Marxist-inspired ‘socio-cultural-sexual’ ideological’ indoctrination program outlined in the Task Force One Navy (TF1N) report.

Referring to the Pentagon-wide, 60-day ‘extremism’ stand-down, Navy Times notes that: “Among other things, the stand-down must also include listening sessions focused on the Navy’s core values and Culture of Excellence campaign, along with the findings of Task Force One Navy.”

Based on that dangerously subversive TF1N report, almost anything that is considered offensive by the most ‘woke’ leftist observer can also be considered ‘extremism,’ and subject to sanction by the Navy.

Any ideologies be they from the left, or right, white or black, advocating violence against the government, or its lawful representatives, including those targeting the police, should correctly be unacceptable in the U.S. armed forces, or anywhere in American society. However, this goes far beyond that.

The current aggressive and dangerous woke push against undefined ‘extremism’ is simply Leftist ideological indoctrination and purging of the military in disguise. It must be challenged publicly and legally – and resisted.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Eema Dodson
Eema Dodson
11 months ago

So if you are in the U.S.Navy you have to check your 1st Amendment Rights at the door. Oh, P-L-E-A-S-E. What are the next RIGHT’S the Military will be required to relinquish. Is this going to affect ALL Branches of the Military? Where does it end?

Kevin
Kevin
10 months ago
Reply to  Eema Dodson

It has more to do with the Demon-crats planning door-to-door gun confiscation in the near future. The idea is to “weed out” patriots from the military who would fight for freedom against our internal enemies, such as Biden and Harris.

Mac
Mac
10 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

True that I estimate they will get rid of half or better and find foreign armies to take our guns away. They are extremists of Satan and God will deal with them in the right time..

Paul
Paul
10 months ago
Reply to  Eema Dodson

This is NOT the Navy I served in just over 50 years ago. I think Vice Admiral John Nowell, Jr. is really overstepping his bounds. I would be ashamed to serve under a liberal like him that only accepts ideas that he finds acceptable.

Charlie
Charlie
11 months ago

Socialist Democraps!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
10 months ago

Apply to ALL armed forces & these agencies: FBI CIA DEA ATF HHS, Secret Service?

Old
Old
10 months ago

Beware what you ask for as you could be next on the list

D MacKAY
D MacKAY
10 months ago
Reply to  Old

You are already next on the list

Michael
Michael
10 months ago

Ya sure