Military must do more to weed out white supremacists, extremists

When a closet extremist named Brandon Russell joined the Florida Army National Guard in 2016, examiners took note of an odd tattoo on his right shoulder.

It looked like a radiation-warning symbol, but apparently didn’t raise concerns. It should have. It was the emblem for a violent neo-Nazi organization Russell had founded. “I was 100% open about everything with the friends I made at training,” Russell later boasted online about the acceptance of his views among other troops. “They know all about it. They love me too cause I’m a funny guy.” 

Extremism in the military is hardly a laughing matter, and evidence is mounting that it’s long past time for the Pentagon to take it seriously.

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