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Congress Quietly Cut Term 'White Nationalists' From Measure to Screen Military Recruits
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=52649"><span class="small">Emma Tucker, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Friday, 20 December 2019 09:24

Tucker writes: "A measure in the National Defense Authorization Act intended to encourage screening for white-nationalist beliefs in military enlistees was quietly altered by the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday."

Marine recruits stand in formation during a final drill evaluation in San Diego in June. (photo: U.S. Marine Corps)
Marine recruits stand in formation during a final drill evaluation in San Diego in June. (photo: U.S. Marine Corps)


Congress Quietly Cut Term 'White Nationalists' From Measure to Screen Military Recruits

By Emma Tucker, The Daily Beast

20 December 19

 

measure in the National Defense Authorization Act intended to encourage screening for white-nationalist beliefs in military enlistees was quietly altered by the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday, according to HuffPost. The original House amendment was passed to keep white nationalists out of the U.S. military, but the term no longer appears in the act as the revised version requires the Department of Defense to instead screen military enlistees for “extremist and gang-related activity.” The Senate’s version of the massive military spending bill went directly to President Donald Trump’s desk.

The original legislation was introduced by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) in July after reports about a spike in white nationalists in the U.S. military, and the new version effectively heightens the chances for white nationalists to join the military. A series of HuffPost investigations revealed earlier this year that 11 U.S. military servicemen were Identity Evropa members, a notorious white-nationalist group. Aguilar told HuffPost that the Senate’s alteration means that they may not be taking white nationalism seriously, adding, “we cannot turn a blind eye to this growing problem which puts our national security and the safety of the brave men and women serving our country in jeopardy.” White nationalism has consistently posed a threat to the military, according to academics and law enforcement officials. In the 1970s, a Department of Defense directive authorized military enlistees to join the Ku Klux Klan.

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