According to a new report, President Joe Biden’s administration will soon be teaming up with private companies to surveil service members. The intention of this action is to weed out members who have “concerning” views.
The Intercept reports: “An extremism steering committee led by Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to the secretary of defense, is currently designing the social media screening pilot program, which will “continuously” monitor military personnel for “concerning behaviors,” according to a Pentagon briefing in late March. Although in the past the military has balked at surveilling service members for extremist political views due to First Amendment protections, the pilot program will rely on a private surveillance firm in order to circumvent First Amendment restrictions on government monitoring, according to a senior Pentagon official. Though the firm has not yet been selected, the current front runner is Babel Street, a company that sells powerful surveillance tools including social media monitoring software.”
According to spokesperson for member of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), he was not aware of the plan, saying, “I have discussed this with our defense team and as of right now, we have not heard anything from DoD that would confirm this story.”
The House Armed Services Committee released the following statement in response to the report:
The Committee understands that the Department of Defense is exploring a means of implementing social media screening in conjunction with background investigations. We anticipate that any social media screening would be intended only as an additional means of vetting cleared individuals or those seeking to obtain a security clearance, not as a tool for ongoing surveillance of all men and women in uniform. That said, Secretary Austin has been clear about his intentions to understand to what extent extremism exists in the force and its effect on good order and discipline. We look forward to hearing the results of the stand down and the Department’s plan to move forward.
The report states that the Biden Administration will be searching for keywords that they define as extremism. This is extremely dangerous considering Democrats have a history of labeling anything having to do with conservatism as “extremism.”
“Using key words to monitor social media isn’t just an unnecessary privacy invasion, it is a flawed strategy that will ensure it is short-lived,” said retired FBI agent Mike German. “It will undoubtedly produce a flood of false positives that will waste security resources and undermine morale, without identifying the real problem, which is the tolerance for those that openly engage in racist behavior and discrimination.”
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