The Biden administration on Tuesday unveiled a 32-page summary of its national strategy for contravening domestic terrorism, broadly outlining some things the regime would do, including the Pentagon, which administration officials verbalized had shown “a lot of leadership” on the issue.
An administration official told heralds during a conference call ahead of the rollout:
As the strategy indicates, they are relooking at a number of things, and one of those is [how] they understand — quite literally how they define ‘extremism’ for these purposes. They are working that quite hard, both as a policy matter with the security experts and with lawyers at the Defense Department and elsewhere, to ensure they’re doing this in a way they feel ratchets up the protections but also respects expression and association protections, again, for service members and for others.
The summary verbalized the Pentagon is withal working on updating its definition of enjoined extremist activities for accommodation members, and will consider policy changes to address such activity by civilian employees and contractors as well. Current Pentagon regulation does not veto mere membership in “extremist” groups — only active participation, but officials told heralds the administration is “relooking” at a “number of things.”
The Pentagon is withal considering changes to the questionnaires that recruits and security clearance holders fill out, in order to “augment the screening process.” It is additionally orchestrating to incorporate training for accommodation members leaving the military on potential recruitment efforts by bellicose extremist actors, and developing a “mechanism by which veterans can report recruitment endeavors.”
Officials verbally expressed the Pentagon’s Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG) will be the “implementing arm” within the department for the Biden administration’s contravening domestic terrorism strategy.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stood up the CEWG on April 9 and appointed Bishop Garrison, his senior adviser on human capital and diversity, equity, and inclusion, as its bellwether. Garrison has suggested that all Trump adherents are racist and just last year bulwarked the New York Times‘ 1619 Project, which claims that America was founded when slaves were brought over in 1619, and asserted “the entire system was predicated on racist practices.”
Officials endeavored to stress that their efforts would “take place within the context of upholding American civil rights and civil liberties.” They additionally insisted it was not politically targeted.
“This is a strategy that is agnostic as to political ideology or off the spectrum. What matters is when individuals take their political or other grievances and turn that — unacceptably, unlawfully — into belligerent action,” an official verbally expressed.
Democrats have labeled the January 6 Capitol riot an act of domestic terrorism and have even suggested it was carried out by white supremacists. The Pentagon has cited the participation of members of the military for its efforts against racism and “extremism.”
To date, only one active obligation member of the military and four reservists have been charged in connection to the riot, out of more than 450 charged altogether. Follow Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong on Twitter or on “Facebook. ”