Pentagon refuses to censor political speech of troops or prohibit their membership in extremist groups

Pentagon refuses to censor political speech of troops or prohibit their membership in extremist groups

The US military has refused to prohibit its members from joining extremist groups and also declined to say clearly whether refusing to view President Joe Biden as the legitimate leader of the United States is a violation of policy.

A number of US military troops participated in the deadly January 6 protest march at the US Capitol by thousands of Americans angry at the outcome of the 2020 disputed presidential election in which Democratic candidate Biden was declared a winner.

Biden’s rival, then-US-President Donald Trump, a Republican, did not concede his defeat. He has repeatedly claimed that his 2020 election loss to the Democrat resulted from widespread voter fraud.

Following the Capitol riot, the Biden administration has spent much of the year working to clarify its definition of extremism and what kinds of military participation in an extremist activity to explicitly prohibit, the Pentagon revealed on Monday.

The new definition…

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