Lawmaker demands checking the social media accounts of U.S. military and government employees

Lawmaker demands checking the social media accounts of U.S. military and government employees

Congresswoman Speer said she was troubled by ties between military personnel and extremist groups

A Democratic member of the House of Representatives demanded that the Biden administration check the accounts of U.S. military recruits and servicemembers for possible ties to extremist groups.

In a letter to senior administration officials, Congresswoman Jackie Speer attributed the need to do so to the serious threat posed after the storming of the Capitol in January.

Spear urged President Joe Biden to issue an executive order that all vetting of federal employees and, in particular, members of the military, include checking their social media posts for ties to white supremacy advocates or similar violent extremist groups.

In Spear’s view, it is “inexcusable” that authorities don’t look into social media accounts when vetting recruits or federal employees.

A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Speer indicated that she was “increasingly concerned” about alleged links between members of the military and violent extremists, and that the Pentagon and federal government’s current approach “is insufficient to address the threat from extremist movements.”

The Jan. 29 letter was addressed to President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes.