FOX News is an acute, national security threat that the Pentagon and national security community allows to be viewed in offices, bases, ships and commands.
They might as well view AQ and ISIS media, no difference.
Good day to TAT followers,
Today’s TAT will be relatively short but long enough to make a couple of very specific points, about the Congressional and national security community’s failure, to remove a violent extremist media source from their employees and troops.
I’ve spent the last few days driving around “flyover country” for a family get together. These visits always remind me of just how amazing our nation and its people are. The one exception being, flyover country used to vote based on reality, not conspiracy theories. Like the rest of the nation, much of our delightful Midwest and my home growing up, has fallen under the spell of immoral and anti-American, professional influencers. I know this because it’s a very big part of my professional, core expertise. FOX has clearly demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, that they are continually willing to sell out America to not only Russia, but a variety of other serious national security threats, COVID being one of them.
Twelve hour drives often are professional research for me. By this, I mean that I listen to AM radio to keep my pulse on the most lethal and dangerous extremist movement to our nation, RWE/ Right-Wing-Extremism. AM radio is dominated by RWEs propagandizing the same or similar conspiracy theories, popular with and disseminated by FOX and their ilk. The most startling thing to me, is how deeply indoctrinated Americans calling themselves conservatives are, in the anti-Patriot movement of MAGA and worse. In fact, MAGA controls today’s GOP. Hence, the GOP is no longer a political party as much as they are an extremist movement. If truly principled conservatives sent MAGA packing, things may change, but not so long as MAGA controls the agenda of the party.
The Midwest has become the peer of states like Florida under DeSantis and Texas under Greg Abbott. Of course, many other red states are the same, but the DeSantis/ Abbott race to the bottom, often defines the movement. That the national security community allows this primary extremist threat to propagandize, in the halls of national security entities, is a brazen failure of the oath that the ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence, SECDEF (Secretary of Defense), FBI Director and Department of Homeland Security Director, swear to the nation. This is not political, but clear-headed and non-partisan, expert analysis, about their failure to protect the nation from their our most dangerous violent extremists. As an important note, Congressional oversight, by a now GOP dominated House of Representatives, often sells out the nation and puts US citizens at risk by hobbling these directors and Cabinet level leaders.
I once worked within a Command dominated by Trumpists. Without an aggressive protest by me and a handful of others, RWE and related threats were either ignored or not factored into analysis and planning, if it violated the extremist, political views of the majority of employees/ military. The entire building was a SCIF, with a variety of other higher, classified efforts within the building/ command. For years, within this and related commands, the same was and still is prevalent. WTH?
To keep this a bit shorter as I unpack, I will only reference a little of FOX’s un-American propaganda that are about as un-patriotic as they can be. All are also acute national security threats.
Support for Russia
FOX only fired Russia cheerleaders-in-Chief, Tucker Carlson because he cost them about a billion dollars, and more losses on the way. They never were concerned that he overtly and regularly mouthed Russian propaganda, often verbatim. He was also fully supported in Russia when most all other media have been banned.
They consistently mouthed every conspiracy theory spewing from the Trump White House about COVID, that cost the lives of a few hundred thousand American citizens.
FOX has conditioned their audience over the past, thirty years roughly to behave in a Pavlovian manner and who be depended on to subconsciously fight for whichever, un-American conspiracy theory vomitus, they were interested in at the time.
From my perspective and based on mountains of research and personal experience, expertise and connections, FOX was the primary enabler of the January 6th, 2021, armed insurrection at the Capital.
Now let’s get this back to the title issue of this TAT: After 9-11, it would have been unthinkable for the Pentagon to allow service-members to watch AQ, ISIS, Al-Shabbab etc. propaganda all day and night on their premises. The 9-11 attacks were brutal, had thousands of victims and set us up for a generation of war overseas, but were never considered a threat that would destroy our nation. RWE is a far more serious threat because it involves nearly half of America’s citizens, was the action arm of a coup against the nation and is still empowered by the majority/ controlling element of the Republican (not conservative) Party.
In the majority of the best, peer-reviewed research, regarding extremism threats to America, it is widely acknowledged that RWE is the most prolific and most lethal domestic terror threat to the nation, especially to the military and LE/ law enforcement. Even the FBI says so, albeit often too quietly to be of any value to American security.
Trump is the Osama Bin Ladin of RWE in America and with ongoing, Russian support. Trump is still, by all polls, the leader of the GOP. The GOP is just as indoctrinated in FOX’s un-American conspiracy theories as they ever were and, in some forms, a good bit more dangerous. Anti patriots like DeSantis, Haley and my governor, Greg Abbott are some of the most dangerous leaders in America and all without a single trait that demonstrates patriotism. Even the US Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy must kowtow to the violent extremists of the alleged, no-Freedom Caucus.
A week or so ago, I listened to a GOP Congressman from Florida announce his full support for Trump. I will not name him now due to having a couple of excellent friends in common. He’s a former, high ranking Green Beret with a prestigious military career. I have enormous respect for that career but am fairly disgusted that someone who has sworn an oath of service to the nation and congress, would support a known traitor and issues as well as people, that not only ignore our constitution but actively undermines it. My Texas Congressman, Tony Gonzales of TX 23, is the same. He sold out his oath to the nation, for the price of a Trump endorsement in 2018. To this date, he still endorses the un-American/ anti-constitutional agenda of MAGA and Greg Abbott of the TX GOP.
Any veteran serving in Congress and that supports the current, MAGA-controlled GOP, has by default failed their oath of service. Our nation will remain at serious risk, so long as service members, other national security professionals and politicians support this version of the GOP. Principled conservatives have either left the party (the most courageous folks) or have remained silent while still voting for GOP members.
Bottom line… America is designed for multiple opinions, debated from a variety of perspectives with knowledge, wisdom and research. It is not designed for intelligent principled Americans to debate, nation-threatening conspiracy theories, that enable the big donors of the conspiracists, not the American people.
The US government and especially those sworn to defend it must stop allowing the violent extremists a say. A persistent and well-financed campaign of RWE (often by big oil, especially here in TX) could hardly be more dangerous. Their intended goal is to instill a completely un-American authoritarianism that will eventually turn all Americans into serfs, just like what Putin is doing in Russia.
As demonstrated by the best research, from START, Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism, the DHS Center of Excellence on Terrorism at the University of Maryland, military and law enforcement participation in violent, RWE, is on the rise.The numbers from Jan 6th, bear these facts out. If this doesn’t demand a ban of FOX from US Government offices, ships and bases, then I suggest that our primary leaders are under the thumb of GOP, government and Defense contractor influence, or in Chris Miller’s case (temp SECDEF under Trump), devoid of the willingness of those in place, to honor their oaths to the nation. Only their actions will show us which. I personally have a great deal of faith in the SECDEF and ODNI, which logically indicates the former, not the latter. Only time will tell.
Best for everyone’s week,