Pentagon To Spy On Military For ‘Concerning Behaviors’ Online: Report

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By Alexander Hall ~

Apparently, America’s real war is within, according to Defense Department official and race hustler Bishop Garrison. He was tagged to lead a new program to spy on soldiers for “concerning behaviors” online.

“The [m]ilitary plans to surveil troops’ personal social media accounts for extremist keywords, per internal briefing I obtained,” The Intercept investigative reporter Ken Klippenstein wrote in a May 17 tweet. The tweet shared a harrowing article about the military. “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,’” The Intercept reported May 17. The new surveillance program will attempt to work around protections from government overreach by “[relying] on a private surveillance firm in order to circumvent First Amendment restrictions on government monitoring, according to a senior Pentagon official.”

The House Armed Services Committee downplayed the program’s “intended” reach, suggesting it would not be used “as a tool for ongoing surveillance of all men and women in uniform.” But the Committee did make a key admission that the program could have dystopian implications:

“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.”

Retired FBI agent Michael German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, torched the surveillance plan. “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,” he warned. “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.”

Garrison, who is designing the program, was already made infamous for reportedly purging the military of former President Donald Trump’s supporters. “Fox News Primetime” host Pete Hegseth said about Garrison and the purge: “This, my friends, is a purge. A purge of the Defense Department led by a new and now powerful radical leftist.”

A recently surfaced op-ed showed Garrison’s contempt for America’s fundamental value of free speech in general.

Garrison referred to freedom of speech in the form of “disinformation” as a “digital black plague” in a 2018 opinion piece, according to a May 12 blog by Revolver News. Garrison warned that if the “plague” of speech he disagreed with is allowed to “spread further,” then “the shining city on the hill will undoubtedly find itself alone in the darkness for years to come.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your local representative and demand government not attempt to circumvent Americans’ First Amendment liberties online. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

Alexander Hall contributes posts at the NewsBusters site, and he is a staff writer for MRC TechWatch.

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