1 in 5 capitol insurrectionists tied to U.S. Military; Soldiers ‘targets’ for extremist recruitment

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III meets with the commander of U.S Forces Korea, Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams, upon arrival at Osan Air Base, South Korea, March 17. Austin is ordering a 60-day stand-down across the services to address extremism in the U.S. military. Lisa Ferdinando / U.S. Secretary of Defense / CC BY 2.0

Nearly one in five people facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol had some connection to the military, including at least two active-duty troops, prompting Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to order a 60-day stand-down across the services to address extremism.

Ahead of the first deadline on April 6, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing Wednesday on extremism in the U.S. military. We speak with one of the experts who testified.

“People who are connected with the military are prime targets for extremists,” says Lecia Brooks, chief of staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Despite the decades of inaction, she says, “the conversation is moving forward” in Washington, as lawmakers are finally speaking openly about white supremacy and white nationalism.

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