Dangerous Witch Hunt for Undefined “Extremists” In US Navy Now Includes ‘Liking’ Social Media Posts

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

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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Lizzy
Lizzy
5 months ago

Witch hunt is definitely being felt in the other branches at the moment and only one race at the moment is the extremist. There are no warnings of extremists in other races according to the reeducation slides. Voices opposing this are shut out. It’s very disheartening. I do not recommend that any white male conservatives enlist or commission during this administration. I’m not even white or male, but I feel for them who must endure this unjust rooting out.

Don
Don
5 months ago
Reply to  Lizzy

Don’t discourage white people from joining the service, we need ALL Americans in our military, not all black, nor white, nor brown, nor yellow, nor red (did I forget a color?) all colors, we can’t let this administration destroy one of the world military power

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

To me, “Colors are for Paint”, or, in the case of liberals – Crayons.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Lizzy

By the way it’s sounds it doesn’t necessarily only mean military as they said even anywhere in American society meaning we better watch out for what we write and the way we put words together. Pelosi can take ( IF ) and write volumes on what it could mean .

Micala
5 months ago
Reply to  Lizzy

The Military is just the beginning of Socialistic Principles being thrown at them. They must see what this is and refuse to follow those evil principles. The Officers must be more intelligent to see what is happening to their Seamen and tell them the truth of what is happening…and NOT LET THEIR SEAMEN BE DISCIPLINED UNDER THIS FALSE CLAIM. IT IS 100% WRONG.

AND WE NEED EVERY STRONG MORALLY DRIVEN MAN OR WOMAN TO STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY. What the Radical Left is doing is trying to make everyone else look weak, when it is THEY THAT ARE THE WEAK. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THEM. WE AMERICANS ARE THE STRENGTH OF OUR NATION,NOT THE WEAKENED RADICAL LEFT.

STAND FIRM…DO NOT WAVER.

Daisy
Daisy
5 months ago

Pretty soon we won’t have anyone in the armed forces because everyone will be branded an “extremist”.

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
5 months ago
Reply to  Daisy

No, but we will have a “Woke “military.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Otto Zeit

You mean to tell me that they are asleep .

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Daisy

Then they will DRAFT them.

Charles Baldwin
Charles Baldwin
5 months ago

If Nowell isn’t arrested and removed along with all the other clowns doing this the Navy is done.

Don
Don
5 months ago

Black Power,, not extremist?

elemteacher
elemteacher
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

Sorry I didn’t plus your post. If I like your it, I’m thinking that will make me an extremist too.

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
5 months ago
Reply to  elemteacher

LOL! “All good humor has an element of truth in it.”

Bill Harper
Bill Harper
5 months ago

If recruiting wasn’t difficult enough already, this only adds another level of political correctness into the task. All in search of a mythical “purity”…..? When does the purge start?

THOMAS
THOMAS
5 months ago

Why let gays, lesbians, and transsexuals in and go after real sailors ? Something is wrong here !
Seems the worst slugs are choice to the left !

doc
doc
5 months ago

It would be awesome if the brass actually read the Constitution.

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

Not just the Navy, this entire country is done. Democrats are taking control and turning my this nation to a one party rule country. Disastrous!

dennis taylor
dennis taylor
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

All of this anti American crapola going on these days is coming through a conduit designed by those who would love to see harm come to our country and constructed by the democrat party who loves the world more than God or country.

Don
Don
5 months ago

I am and want others to be proud WAM’s White American Males

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
5 months ago
Reply to  Don

You extremist — you’re OUT!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
5 months ago

The military must pull together and not allow dark forces to harm missions from within. Commanders and others in charge have neither the time nor wherewithal to control missions and individual mindsets. Even back in the ’50s, the good old days, we had a few malcontents and managed to function effectively. The body of men, properly selected and trained kept them in tow until their contracts expired. Some of their mindsets changed to the betterment of the republic and no remedy was necessary. Perhaps the left is stirring the pot before it’s hot.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Causing Trouble is what they do .

Jerry
Jerry
5 months ago

Obama’s plan to destroy our military is coming to fruition. That rat bastard was the death of America. Everybody who voted him into office for eight years should be shamed to hell!

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

He has to destroy the military so his home country will have no problem taking over the U.S.

Don
Don
5 months ago

Don’t let current events stop you from being proud of what this has done for other countries and can do again

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THOMAS
THOMAS
5 months ago

As a Retired Veteran of 20 years in the Navy I am ashamed that any Officer could stoop so low as to discriminate and purge normal white sailors and kiss up to the immoral left … what has become of My Navy ? Vice Admiral Nowell is running a witch hunt on who’s orders ? Why is this purge so one sided ?

William DuVal Jr CMC USN (ret)
William DuVal Jr CMC USN (ret)
5 months ago

Concur: This policy and process can not be tolerated. In my 26 years I never encountered any of these issues. We worked together with a diverse unit, Black, Brown, Asians, and yes, we even worked with someone who was in a homosexual relationship with a Reserve AF Lt.

john
john
5 months ago

Sounds like the second coming of the Joseph McCarthy era when they were going on a witch hunt after alleged “communists.”

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
5 months ago
Reply to  john

History repeats itself –the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

I forget who said that, but it wasn’t me.

dennis taylor
dennis taylor
5 months ago
Reply to  john

Now the communists are coming after us!

madcap
madcap
5 months ago
Reply to  john

Sen Joe McCarthy found communists in our govt.
And it was a good thing to flush them out.
Vice Adm. Nowells activity is quite different.

john
john
5 months ago
Reply to  madcap

If McCarthy was around today he would find a whole bunch of commies in our government. All on the Dem side.

Richard Elias
Richard Elias
5 months ago
Reply to  john

But, but, the communists are running the witch-hunt!

George Peabody
George Peabody
4 months ago
Reply to  john

but McCarthy was correct about Communists infiltrating our military and government offices.

mike smith
mike smith
5 months ago

Didn’t Hitler do the same thing?

Otto Zeit
Otto Zeit
5 months ago
Reply to  mike smith

Most dictators do — anyone with enough political savvy to become a dictator has enough to figure that out.

C.A.
C.A.
5 months ago

Many Centuries ago… When Sailors were Horribly Mistreated they used to do something… What was it called????? Oh Yeah… Mutiny and … They made the Captain do something….. Anyone….. Anyone…. That’s Right “Walk the Plank”. Might becoming back if Biden’s NWO Communists don’t back off!

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  C.A.

Some were KEEL HAULED . They dah to walk the plank on the front of the ship with a rope tied around there chest .

Rick
Rick
5 months ago

Two Ropes, Herbert.
and a Shipmate on each rail keeping them centered under the Keel so they couldn’t slide up and Catch a breath…. Done on a Modern ship the screws Eat them if they have lived to that point

Anti left
Anti left
5 months ago

Look like the extremist are the perpetrators of the madness that is thanking place everywhere not to mention the military. It is very apparent that there is no longer a first ad.endent right to free speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of religion.

denny
denny
5 months ago

this is what happened in Obamas lead. He put his asswipe pussy leaders in who woud lie and make our country weak. All of these higher ups need to be put on trial and hung period.

dennis taylor
dennis taylor
5 months ago

These people in the military are defending our right to freedom of thought,life,liberty,pursuit of happiness and all that other stuff in the constitution that we all enjoy on a daily basis and then we sit idly by while the defenders of our constitutional rights get theirs striped away from them and they have to just sit there and let the lefty’s have their way with them.

Joshua Claassen
Joshua Claassen
2 months ago
Reply to  dennis taylor

I wouldn’t “sit idly by”–my grandfather was an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a veteran of the Korean War, for pete’s sake!–but what can we civilians do, other than pray, wait to vote, and maybe write to our Congressmen once in a while? (Who, by the way, have sent me form responses assuring me they’re keeping an eye out for what the Dems are doing and will oppose it when the time comes.) May God deliver the USA and all our true friends from wickedness both of humans and fallen angels…!!

Brett Gordon
5 months ago

Letting liberals decide the definition of words is a dangerous precedent, as they are usually wrong, or dead wrong. The simple truth is that democrats are the party employing racism, bigotry, and character assassination to try and define their opponents, and they have done it consistently forever. Wasn’t it during Obama that we told that Islamic extremists weren’t Muslim, or extremists? Stop the liberal’s madness!

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
5 months ago
Reply to  Brett Gordon

That is what the dems elected them for .

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
5 months ago
Reply to  Brett Gordon

This was supposed to be a warning, not a guidebook: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the party is always right.” – George Orwell, “1984”

Aint So
Aint So
5 months ago

It is abundantly clear that the current illegitimate Leftist government which occupies the seat of power in DC intends not only to relieve all US civilians of the right to own firearms but intends for only those who support their corrupt policies in our military services to remain there without harassment by Leftist thugs.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

Insanity at it’s best.

Donald
Donald
5 months ago

Frightening? Yes!! Unconstitutional? WITHOUT A DOUBT!! Surprising? Not at all considering that the dscf (democrat/socialist/communist/fascist) party is operating as if the communist manifesto was the Supreme Rule of the Land instead of THE CONSTITUTION OF THE USA!!

George Peabody
George Peabody
4 months ago
Reply to  Donald

Please correct: it is THE CONSTITUTION. FOR. THE USA! not of.

Capn Jack
Capn Jack
5 months ago

What a crock of crap !!!

Next they will be forced to swear allegiance to the President.

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
5 months ago
Reply to  Capn Jack

The oath I took has no “Sunset Clause”, nor would I obey one if so ordered.
[Ex-GI 06/’59-06/’62]

Timbuktu58
5 months ago

“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.”

In as much as the liberal loony woke left likes to speak and propagate its ideology in antonyms, arae they really implying “black inferiority” when they say “white supremacy”, because of the inherent fear of speaking the former and be labeled a racist?

Not being black or white just would like to have clarification in black and white.

Amy
Amy
5 months ago

I think that all the sailors should “Like” all the posts of fellow shipmates. The Libs can’t cancel the entire Fleet can they?

John
John
5 months ago

Welcome to the Big Brother world of the Communist Party Members wearing the Uniform
of the U.S. Navy, but Violating the Oath they Swore. If this is the best that the Officer Corps can produce then I am embarrassed for my former Service’s officer corps.
The Military cannot restrict Free Speach as long as the author does not associate it with their Service or violate U.C.M.J. or Regulations.
I just hope that the Core of our Military(enlisted) have not joined the RED side of the Commissioned members.

John J
5 months ago

It is the way Hitler did it, chip, chip, chip, free speech, get the guns and turn the people against each other

alfredo dizon
alfredo dizon
5 months ago

May as well hand the keys for the ships and planes to China & Russia…

Walt Bates
Walt Bates
5 months ago

Admiral….come back and talk to us about our opinions after the Navy has learned how to steer it’s ships.

madcap
madcap
5 months ago

The US Navy is aligning itself with the new Marxist Democrat constituency against the American white population. It is political stance the Navy is taking and running against the core citizens of America.

Jamey
Jamey
5 months ago

Does anybody wonder why Democrats are branded as anti American? Has our brain dead commander in chief authorized these measures, or is this being done by his “handlers”, most of whom are as far left as Karl Marx.

Richard Elias
Richard Elias
5 months ago

Everyone in the military should just get off of fb, this is wrong!
USMC Retired

Beverly Robinson
5 months ago

Everyone in the Military have their own political thoughts if they participate in elections or not. No matter who’s party is in power, ALL the Military personnel respect the oath they took and do their job. This notion of telling on your shipmate is ridiculous. I guess the Democrats want a communist military.

Pa John
Pa John
5 months ago

This is the basic overarching propaganda formula being slowly introduced from left to right over time:
Patriotism = Nationalism = Supremacism = Racism = HATE.

For globalism to succeed, i.e. – eliminating all national governments and replacing them all with a single One World Government, patriotism itself must be expunged. (To the socialist mind, the problem with the Nazi’s – National Socialists – of WWII couldn’t have been their “socialism” so it had to have been their “nationalism”. Stupid, I know, but there it is in a comment box sized nutshell.)

At the current phase of US corporate media’s indoctrination / propagandization, if you are a patriotic American citizen, you are, at best, a “nationalist”. To the socialist this is evil. If you are a patriotic American citizen who happens to be “white”, then you are of course a “white nationalist”, the exact same terminology used to refer to neo-Nazi’s and skin-head white supremacists and such. As you can see in the formula above, it gets worse after that. They couldn’t just come out all at once and claim that “Patriotism = Racism” or “Patriotism = HATE“, as far too many people would be offended by such obvious garbage and thoroughly reject it. So they have to introduce this Marxist poison very slowly over time, from kindergarten through college, into the unsuspecting minds of our children. Over time the lily white Marxists behind so much of this radical hate group anti-Americanism will have to shift the “anti-white” theme to more of a generalized “anti-Christian” theme, or they themselves would eventually become targets of their own hate propaganda, but you get the general idea. BTW: The Russian / ChiCom alliance happily embraces and heavily encourages this nonsense for obvious reasons, as our division and weakness is of course their gain. – The safest way for communist China to defeat the US military is to destroy the wealth that makes our military possible, so everything they do is oriented towards that long term divide / weaken / impoverish goal.

In short: Nothing worries the current leftist leadership more than all of the countless US police and military personnel who will not only refuse unlawful orders, but who will also refuse to comply with – much less enforce – unconstitutional law. So first order of business, under the guise of “anti-racism”, is to root out all those countless white folks who actually take their oaths to “uphold and defend the US Constitution” very seriously, because they obviously have to go. The rest of the armed forces witnessing this BS will supposedly learn to play along with this garbage or be drummed out of service soon enough as well. I believe they are going to fail and fail hugely in their anti-capitalist endeavors, but only time will tell for sure, and they can sure do a lot of very serious damage in the meantime.

Raymond
Raymond
5 months ago

The once Strong and Honorable Military is now run by gutless pussies

George
George
5 months ago

Racist whites. Does anyone know how many free Blacks fought in both the American Revolution and the Civil War? They even made a movie about it for the Civil War. We owe the Black population a great thank you and our support. We’re all just people. Give this crap a rest. Once our enemies around the world see us so divided they will try to make their move.

Myron J. Poltroonian
Myron J. Poltroonian
5 months ago

I have been saying this since what I call, “The Reign of the Two Janets – Reno & Napolitano”: I may become an ‘Enemy of the State’, but never of The People”.
[Ex-GI 06/’59-06/’62.]

Micala
5 months ago

What the Left is doing is actually using Socialistic Principles NOW to test how Americans respond to their demands. These “clueless and highly aggressive” people are testing the American Navy and will probably extend it to the other parts of our Military. If they can get our Military to bend, then they will try to do this to the rest of our Nation.

.👉DO NOT BEND TO THEIR DEMANDS,BUT STAND TALL TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS! If you bend, the Left will use you as their door mat and all your Freedoms will be taken.👈

Nrr
Nrr
5 months ago

80,000,000 + Americans voted for this crap!!!


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