Pentagon To Monitor Social Media Of Military Members

No, there’s absolutely no Constitutional issues here, right? It certainly won’t drive people out and keeping more from joining the military to avoid the Wrongthink assaults, right?


AS PART OF the Biden administration’s crackdown on domestic extremism, the Pentagon plans to launch a pilot program for screening social media content for extremist material, according to internal Defense Department documents reviewed by The Intercept, as well as a source with direct knowledge of the program.

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.

If they are intentionally trying to use a private firm to circumvent 1st Amendment Restrictions (and several others, such as surveillance without a warrant), they know they are violating people’s Constitutional Rights. It should make for an interesting lawsuit, since the Pentagon, as part of the Federal Government, is paying for this program and authorized it, making the private company a federal contractor, and that they are doing this against federal employees, which means the Pentagon is intentionally violating said Rights, starting with the 1st. There is no Constitutional way to circumvent this.

The pilot program will use keywords to identify potential extremists, though coming up with a list of terms without running afoul of speech protections has proven to be challenging, the senior Pentagon official said. To this end, the military plans to consult with experts from across the political spectrum to help develop the pilot program. As The Intercept previously reported, the military’s Countering Extremism Working Group drafted a list of potential consultants that included anti-Muslim and Christian conservative groups.

In other words, this will simply be going after non-Democrats for daring to engage in Wrongthink.

“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 Mike German, a retired FBI agent who did undercover work in neo-Nazi groups and is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. “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.”

And will undoubtedly violate people’s Constitutional Rights. But, then, when did Democrats ever worry about those things for Other People? These people really are hell bent on destroying the effectiveness of our military.

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20 Responses to “Pentagon To Monitor Social Media Of Military Members”

  1. Hairy says:

    When you enlist in the military you lose many constitutional rights,apparently you were unaware of this

    • gitarcarver says:

      Apparently you were unaware that the loses of rights deal when acting as members of, or representing the military. The best example is that members cannot appear at political rallies in uniform. They can, however, appear in civilian clothing and even speak at those rallies / protests.

      The Constitution was never your strong point because as well all know, you hate the Constitution and what it stands for.

      Then again, all the left has is hate.

    • Dana says:

      Do you believe that soldiers have lost their right to think and believe as they wish?

      • drowningpuppies says:

        They’ve been doing this for a while, so this is nothing new.
        What good it will do no one knows.

        Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan’s colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, and Congress to hold hearings.
        The U.S. government declined requests from survivors and family members of the slain to categorize the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism, or motivated by militant Islamic religious convictions.

        Bwaha! Lolgf

        • gitarcarver says:

          The U.S. government declined requests from survivors and family members of the slain to categorize the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism, or motivated by militant Islamic religious convictions.

          While labeling or not labeling the shooting as an act of terrorism is a highly emotional one (and understandable) by not labeling the shooting as an act of terrorism, the judge ruled that evidence of terroristic motivations for the shootings could not be made at trial.

          That meant the trial stayed focused completely on convicting Hassan, and not granting him the ability to claim he was justified in his acts. He could not raise many things, including intelligence on terrorism activities.

          In the end, the people have to decide what they want. Do the want Hassan to be found guilty of murder and sentenced to death (as he is now,) or do they want him to portray himself as a martyr on his way to some reward for fighting the US Army?

          The government played this case smart, and not based on emotion.

          • drowningpuppies says:

            Good points, Git, but I was referring to the government’s long time monitoring of social media for possible criminal activity and failing to use that knowledge to prevent tragedy i.e Hassan at Ft. Hood and/or the 21 murderers on 9/11, the San Bernardino massacre, etc. etc.

            Bwaha! Lolgf

          • gitarcarver says:



            At the same point in time, the government has stopped attacks by monitoring social media.

            In a way, it is like any profession – you are going to win sometimes and lose sometimes.


  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Notes from the Short Bus:

    “There’s a saying, ‘Women hold up half the world.’ It’s an absolutely stupid position not to make sure sure they represent at least half of what we do.”
    — 46*, taken by the fact the USCG Academy Class of ’21 is over 1/3 female, but ignorant that the phrase he mangled came from Mao Zedong (“Women hold up half the SKY”), who killed tens of millions of women during his beneficent dictatorship.

    No words.

    Bwaha! Lolgfy

  3. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    We should exclude neoNazis, white supremacists, right-wing insurgents and insurrectionists from our military. The most dire threat to America right now is from domestic terrorists and insurrectionists who view violence and authoritarianism as a viable path to power.

    So much of what they believe does not comport with reality.

    You can be a conservative a be a good American. You cannot be a white supremacist and be a good American. It will not be a Chinese or Russian bomber dropping the first bomb in your revolution, it will be an American airplane with an unrevealed white supremacist pilot who has lost faith in America.

    This is exactly why the white supremacy movement is infiltrating our military and police forces.

    In a timely new analysis, Michael German, a former FBI special agent who has written extensively on the ways that US law enforcement have failed to respond to far-right domestic terror threats, concludes that US law enforcement officials have been tied to racist militant activities in more than a dozen states since 2000, and hundreds of police officers have been caught posting racist and bigoted social media content.

    The former GOP (now nuGOP or QOP) affords cover for this anti-democratic takeover of the US Armed Forces and police departments. Why? Because the nuGOP is a minority party intent on establishing an authoritarian, white christo-fascist state.

    America ignores this threat at its peril.

    • LongDarkWinter says:

      How many cities were burned to the ground under White Nationalist/White Supremicists in the last 20 years?

      That would be zero.

      How many cities were burned by Blacks? That would be many. How many were burned by Anarchists? That would be a bunch.

      How many White Supremicists committed felonies and had their charges dropped, zero bond and immediately released?

      How many leftists committed felonies and had their charges dropped? That would be 1000’s.

      How many White’s of any type are preventing Blacks or people of color from attending their press conferences?

      How many Blacks are refusing to allow white people to attend their press conferences?

      How many cites have lost control of entire neighborhoods due to Blacks and Anarchists patrolling their streets with zero accountability?

      How many cities have lost control of entire neighborhoods because of White Supremacists?

      How many cops have been murdered by blacks? How many have been murdered by White Supremicists?

      The real threat to America is not white supremicists. They have existed for 250 years. The real threat is you, and you Black Anarchists who are trying to return to the 50’s and 60’s and segregation. You are trying to set back race relations a century for political power.

      Good luck in the mid terms.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        White supremacists attacked America on Jan 6, and are making noises about overthrowing the government.

        Thanks for the good wishes regarding the mid-terms!

    • david7134 says:

      I notice that your comments are getting more to the point of restricting the ability of individuals to express themselves if they don’t fit into your categories of safe, despite your lack of proof of subversive activity. Oh, and how can you can you be subversive if the country does not exist, as is the case following the big steal of the 2020 election. I know, you have had recounts, but the forensic recounts are beginning to prove Trump’s case. Maybe you are the one that should have his voice restricted.

      • drowningpuppies says:

        But Dave who would we get to laugh at every day if we didn’t have Rimjob, dipshit that he is?

        Bwaha! Lolgf

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          William Teach is such a rimjobbing dipshit, at least according to “lap puppy” who should know. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

          Right-wingers’ idea of humor requires death or dismemberment of someone they hate.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        doogie hoser, it’s you who keep advocating violent revolution.

        To what extremes are you willing to go to seize power you anti-American reactionary, you? The FBI wants to know. Are you financing any of the reactionary bands, knowing you don’t the courage to kill any politicians, soldiers or police officers yourself?

        No proof of subversive activity? Jan 6 is one example. The FBI investigations of the violent insurrectionists are revealing conspiracies. It’s why the QOP does NOT want any Congressional investigations since it’s likely to reveal some QOP cooperation with the insurrectionists.

        There is no chance that the right-wing reactionary mobs will be able to defeat the United States of America, but they will be able to mount a significant terrorist presence.

        You are disappointed and angry that your great white hope was defecated in 2020, so you have turned on America and democracy. The nation needs to keep an eye on those who wish America harm, both foreign AND domestic.

        • david7134 says:

          Goodness Jeff, that comment makes no sense at all. Do I push for revolution? You bet. The country stopped in 11/20. This was due to the steal as I have said. Proof, daily reports of fraudulent activity by Dems from forensic audits. Every day that goes by sees our corrupt, demented hoax of a president fumbling and causing destruction of the economy, military, world relations, every aspect of our culture. You are ok with this as you are a fool who thinks communism is such a great deal.

          But at the end of the day, as pups says, you are funny in yours idioticity.

          • drowningpuppies says:

            The FBI investigations of the violent insurrectionists are revealing conspiracies.

            Typical Rimjob, dipshit that he is.

            The only uh, “conspiracy” revealed was that the Capitol police invited the protestors inside and the violent insurrectionists were antifa infiltrators dressed like Trump supporters.
            Also, Ashli Babbitt was murdered by a BLMer employed by the Capitol police.

            But it takes probably too much effort for Rimjob, dipshit that he is, to keep up with the uh, actual “revelations”.

            Bwaha! Lolgfy

          • david7134 says:

            He is getting so unstable that I would worry about those around him, but he is too much of a loser and coward to even raise his voice. Do you think Ms. Jeff abuses him?

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            doogie hoser,

            Do you and Teach “share” the Lap Puppy, being the the rimjobbing dipshits you all are?

            Can you pull your face out of the Lap Puppy’s xxxxxxx long enough to share citations for the “forensic” audits that are proving to you the existence of massive voter fraud? Thanks.

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