A Democratic Housewoman demanded that the Biden administration check the accounts of American recruits and military personnel for possible links to extremist groups.
In a letter to senior administration officials, Congresswoman Jackie Spear explained the need for this by the serious threat posed by the storming of the Capitol in January.
Spear called on President Joe Biden to issue a decree that all checks on federal employees, and in particular on military personnel, include checking their social media posts for links with white supremacists or similar violent extremist groups.
Spear said it is “unforgivable” that authorities do not scrutinize social media accounts when they screen recruits or federal employees.
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Speer said she was “increasingly worried” about alleged links between military personnel and violent extremists, and that the current approach of the Pentagon and the federal government is “insufficient to counter the threat from extremist movements.”
The January 29 letter was addressed to President Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes.