Conservatives in the Military Targeted as “Extremists”

(WASHINGTON, DC) The Biden Administration has developed a campaign targeting
conservatives in the military, and our fighting force is less effective and our country less safe because of it, says retired Navy SEAL and 20-year combat veteran Eddie Gallagher.

Chief Gallagher, who was acquitted of war crimes in 2019, knows all too well the ramifications of political correctness infiltrating the military. He was used by underlings and liberal leadership as a scapegoat to justify handcuffing warfighters on the battlefield.

Recently, an active-duty service member was in a room with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) as they “scraped” special operators’ social media accounts and online presences, searching for pro-American terms like “Don’t tread on me” and posts supporting Former President Trump, says Chief Gallagher. Those service members are now deemed “extremists” and separated into a group, he said.

These actions appear to stem from the Administration’s request to the intelligence community for an assessment of the threat of domestic terrorism following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Because some active-duty military veterans and military members reportedly participated in the protest, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a formal “stand down,” requiring military leaders at all levels to lead discussions addressing extremism within the nation’s armed forces within a 60-day window. It also outlined “procedures for reporting suspected, or actual, extremist behaviors” and went on to say that actions associated with extremism or dissident ideologies will not be tolerated.

“Experienced operators are now worried about their careers because they voted a certain way,” said Chief Gallagher. “Many guys’ personal beliefs don’t align with the current administration, and because of that, they are being targeted, silenced, and in some cases, fired.”

Chief Gallagher said the silencing of conservatives started when he was active duty in the SEAL Teams and has only gotten worse.

“We were banned from wearing Trump hats or clothes when I was in. Another platoon got in trouble for putting a Trump flag on a HUMVEE during a training exercise. There would have been no problem if it had been an Obama flag.

“It’s just another form of censorship,” Chief Gallagher said. “It’s a smart way for the
administration to keep service members from vocalizing support for the candidates they believe in. It’s also about as un-American as you can get.”

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Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher

Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher served eight military combat tours, deploying to war zones in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Following his final deployment, Gallagher was accused of war crimes by a faction of disgruntled junior SEAL platoon members. He was tried and acquitted of all serious charges. His recently released book, The Man in the Arena: From Fighting ISIS to Fighting for My Freedom (Ballast Books), recounts the true, untold behind-the-scenes details surrounding the fight to clear his name.