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Alarming Incidents of White Supremacy in the Military--How to Stop it? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, February 11, 2020   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the February 11, 2020 hearing on "Alarming Incidents of White Supremacy in the Military--How to Stop it?," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the Committee on Armed Services. From the Opening Statement of Jackie Speier: "The Military Personnel Subcommittee will come to order. The hearing today is to discuss a very important issue and one that hopefully we will get some important answers to. This issue could not be more urgent. Three weeks ago, a New York Times article revealed that the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] had arrested seven members of an organization called The Base, a dangerous White supremacist group. They aren't your parents' neo-Nazis. The Base is an accelerationist, paganistic, anarchic group whose name speaks to the admiration for al-Qaida and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria]. They hate Jews and African Americans, but they don't like President Trump or the United States either. Their goal is to use terrorism to start a race war and collapse the United States. Triggering societal collapse may be a sick fantasy, but the reality is that domestic terror has claimed more lives than international terror since 9/11. Last week, FBI Director Wray told the Judiciary Committee that he had, quote, ''elevated racially motivated violent extremism to a national threat priority at the same band with homegrown violent extremism and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria],'' unquote. Our enemies, especially Russia, exploit these racial tensions to divide and weaken American society. The head of The Base lives in Russia. Russia likely supports White supremacist groups in the United States and Europe, and Russia targets our service members with disinformation. When our enemies take advantage of our vulnerabilities, our national security is threatened and dependent on a sufficient response." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Heidi L. Beirich, Lecia J. Brooks, Joe E. Ethridge, Robert S. Grabosky, Christopher J. McMahon, Stephanie Miller, Mark Pitcavage, and Garry Reid. The 2 hour, 12 minute and 22 second video of the hearing is available at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=852640]

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H.A.S.C. No. 116-63; House Armed Services Committee No. 116-63
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2021
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