An Army commander recently briefed U.S. Special Forces candidates and trainees they could be detained or chaptered out of the Army if they are found affiliated with certain imagery popular on the political right that is now considered to be associated with extremism, Breitbart News can exclusively reveal.
The briefing, by Army Col. Mike Henry, MD, deputy commander of Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne)/Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center at the U.S. John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) at Fort Bragg, came two days after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, a source familiar with the briefing said.
Henry is responsible for training over 2,500 Army and Navy Special Operations medics.
Around the time of the briefing, slides from the New York Police Department Intelligence Bureau were also posted around the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center (JSOMTC) and distributed to Soldiers. The slides, dated January 14, listed and described about two dozen symbols, ideologies, and memes considered to be “associated with or appropriated by domestic violent extremism.”
Soldiers were told the list came from the Department of Homeland Security and was an updated list of what federal and local law enforcement need to be “on the lookout for,” according to the source.
Henry “told us that if anyone gets caught wearing, buying, selling, affiliated with in any way, any of those things on that list, that the first thing he’s going to do is chapter us out of the Army. The second thing is, he’s going to handle the investigation by sending it over to the DHS,” the source said. “He didn’t quite outright say that we would be arrested, he used the word ‘detained.’”
Some of the imagery on the slides clearly refer to hate symbols, such as a swastika or other Nazi-related symbols. However, also included is “Pepe the Frog” — an internet meme frequently posted by members of the political right to troll the political left. The slides, obtained by Breitbart News, said this about the meme:
“While not originally meant as a hate symbol, Pepe the Frog, or the ‘sad frog meme’ was appropriated by users who post racist, anti Semitic, anti-LGBT, and other bigoted content. Individuals will also alter Pepe the Frog to show him in various costumes or as recognizable hate figures, such as Hitler.”
More worrying for some Soldiers, however, is the list’s inclusion of imagery popular among members of the military long before the racial unrest of the summer of 2020, such as the “Three Percenters” symbol — the Roman numeral III with 13 stars around it.
In fact, until recently, graduates of the SWMG’s Trauma III course had the option to buy a shirt with a Three Percenter logo on the front, the source said.
“Now those shirts, all of them have to be thrown away, and cannot be worn again and they have to change the logo because it’s been associated with this extremist behavior,” the source said.
Supporters of the “Three Percenters” idea claim it stands for the three percent of American patriots who fought the British during the American Revolutionary War. A website for a group claiming to be the “original” Three Percenters states: “We are NOT racists, NOR are we white supremacists… . We are NOT anti-government.” Some reports say the group has tried to stop violence at rallies.
……According to the source, there are Soldiers who….believed the Three Percenters symbol was an expression of patriotism and are now worried that they may be kicked out or punished for past affiliation.
“To be honest, I’m a little bit scared because I have been affiliated with Three Percenters due to the fact that they extend from the Revolutionary War, that three percent of the population stood up against the British, and that’s what started the Revolutionary War, and I love that ideal. I’ve kind of taken that to heart,” the source said.
“And for them to now demonize it and make it so where the people who are willing to stand up for the country are now being told we’re extremists and that we’re terrorists and that if we share these ideals with anyone or if we publicly speak on these ideals, that not only will I be chaptered out of the Army, but that I could possibly be detained and then put under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security,” the source added.
Soldiers allegedly walked away from the briefing stunned. Some are now trying to remove past social media posts or are deleting their social media accounts, while others who feel they did nothing wrong are refusing to do so. “This is the time that I feared would come. This is the beginning,” the source said.
……Lawyer and First Amendment expert Harmeet Dhillon said the military should not retroactively punish Soldiers for things they may have said or done in the past if there was no guidance.
……The slides also note “possession of these symbols is protected under the first amendment and is not alone sufficient grounds for arrest or prosecution.”
But that is little consolation for soldiers who are facing a Biden administration undertaking a vaguely-defined effort to combat extremism in the military, after the identification of some veterans participating in rioting or violent activity at the Capitol on January 6.
……According to the New York Times, the FBI notified the Department of Defense it had opened criminal investigations involving 143 current or former service members in 2020, and of those, 68 were related to domestic extremism cases, and only one-quarter of those were associated with white nationalism.
……Many are worried there may be overreach, as the left seeks to brand anyone who merely attended the January 6 protest or voiced support for it as a domestic terrorist.
“We’re definitely seeking a crackdown on our constitutional rights as we speak — there’s no question about that,” Dhillon said. “It’s a very scary time.”
How long before the Gadsden Flag, the Stars and Stripes, or the Crucifix are labeled “extremist symbols”. It’s coming. Just wait.
As a matter of fact, back during Obama’s regime, the Pentagon threatened to prosecute anyone who espoused Christian or Jewish faith.
All this bullshit about “white supremacy’ and not one fucking word about the infestation of pro-Islamofascists and leftwing/Communist ‘social justice warriors’.
After Nidal Hasan’s terrorist rampage at Ft. Hood, the Army went looking for scapegoats and reprimanded 9 officers for “leadership failures”. They “found that Hasan’s supervisors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he worked expressed serious concerns about his questionable behavior and poor judgment but failed to heed their own warnings.”
Hasan’s bloody attack would have been prevented if the United States Army didn’t create an environment of fear-based political correctness. The motherfucker spewed Islamic rhetoric during briefings, signed his emails with “Praise Be to Allah,” and told a female supervisor she was an infidel who would be “ripped to shreds” and “burn in hell” because she was not muslim.
No one took it up through the chain of command because God forbid that they violate some EO reg and “offend” someone.
An Army Lieutenant Colonel at Ft. Campbell sent out an email accusing Christians and patriots of being “hate groups”. The Ft Campbell Lieutenant Colonel in question was LTC Jack Rich. I sent an email of my own to the shitbag.
There’s a blatant double standard on free speech in the military. Only the sanctioned protected classes can voice their opinions. This whole selective oppression by the military hierarchy has some pretty despicable anti-American overtones. Pandering to Islamo-thugs has been part of SOP since 9/11. Muslim terrorist operative Anwar al Awlaki was recruited by the Army to train muslim chaplains. An Ohio Army Reserve public affairs unit paid a friendly visit to a mosque that is a known terrorist sponsor. The DOD classified muslim acts of terrorism against the military as “workplace violence”. The Pentagon leadership, former white house occupant B. Hussein Obama, and military commanders set the embarrassing standard of kowtowing over perceived insults to the Quran.
I am SO GLAD I retired before the likes of Obama and now Biden destroyed the military. With all the shit being imposed from allowing trannies to serve to the crackdown of patriotism and free speech, there is no fucking way I would recommend the military to any person looking to enlist.