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‘They Know All About It’: Pentagon Report Details Military Reach of Supremacist Groups

February 21, 2021

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The ability for troops with extremist ideologies to serve openly in the military ranks is under renewed scrutiny after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five dead, including a federal police officer. Several veterans, reservists and a National Guard member have been charged for their alleged roles in the mob, and federal prosecutors say some of those people have ties to anti-government groups such as the Oath Keepers.

A 59-page Pentagon report that was submitted to members of Congress in October and obtained by this week shows the reach some white supremacist groups have in the military ranks. While the number of overall cases is low, the report states that the combination of extremist affiliations and military experience is a national security concern “because of their proven ability to execute high-impact events.”

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