Out of the 25,000-plus members of the National Guard in Washington, D.C., to help with security during Joe Biden’s inauguration, twelve soldiers were removed after a screening of service members by the FBI.
In what was seen by many as purity test, or a loyalty check, troops were being vetted over concerns of a possible insider attack, not that there was any evidence to suggest that this could be in the works.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said at a press conference Tuesday the soldiers were removed from security duty over “questionable behavior” — though he made it clear that the troops had no opportunity to defend themselves.
“These are vetting efforts that identify any questionable behavior in the past, or any potential link to questionable behavior, not just related to extremism,” Hoffman said. “We’re not asking questions right now.”
.@chiefpentspox on National Guard individuals removed from their duties: “These are vetting efforts that identify any questionable behavior in the past, or any potential link to questionable behavior, not just related to extremism…we’re not asking questions right now.” pic.twitter.com/sOQ93N2Ukf
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 19, 2021
“We’re not asking questions of people who are flagged,” he added. “We are, out of an abundance of caution, taking action and immediately removing them from the line of duty at the capitol and the events taking place. And then we will address them whether it’s through law enforcement if necessary or through their own chain of command.”
So much for innocent until proven guilty.
Katie Pavlich, editor for Townhall.com and Fox News contributor, responded to the story: “So there is no due process for those accused of ‘extremism.’ Got it.”
So there is no due process for those accused of “extremism.” Got it. https://t.co/AdSzYSRtoK
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 19, 2021
Even more disturbing is what appears to be prompting the soldiers to be flagged.
OANN reporter Jack Posobiec reported in a tweet that a White House source said the FBI is flagging potential “extremists” by checking social media profiles for affiliations with the NRA, Turning Point USA and other conservative groups.
“YAF also on the list”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) January 19, 2021
“Investigators also looking for the following in pictures: MAGA / KAG apparel, Gadsden flag, Confederate Flag, NRA gear, Q stuff”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 19, 2021
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who authorized the deployment of 1000 Texas National Guard troops to Washington, was so offended by the purity tests that he vowed to “never” do it again “if they are disrespected like this.”
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Abbott tweeted. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter that suggest America may be in deeper trouble than we realize:
McCarthyism ring a bell? https://t.co/igUmHbLA8S
— Jonny Johnson🇺🇲✝️ (@JackDakota3) January 20, 2021
Where is Barry when we need him most, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue”. https://t.co/ULreU26STw
— El Conde (@Visigoth5157) January 19, 2021
Due Process? We don’t need no stinking due process! https://t.co/Q7SzCsnPj1
— Rodger L Nelson (@rln_nelson) January 20, 2021
What’s the new oath of allegiance to the Left going to look like? Who gives it and do we need to sign anything?
— Ron Cabeen (@CabeenRon) January 19, 2021
Dear Lord we’ve bypassed all our protections from government fast.
— BC (@BCtheWildcat) January 19, 2021
— Moonman (@MoonmanCartoons) January 19, 2021
The praetorian guard wasn’t built in a day.
— Velle Mere (@VelleMere) January 19, 2021
So we’re doing litmus tests for ideology in the military now?
— Иван Грозный 🏴☠️🐺🦅🇺🇸 (@IvanGrozny_1223) January 19, 2021
Probably they were too white and very patriotic.
— marianland.com (@marianland_com) January 19, 2021
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