Katie Pavlich asks about due process after 12 Natl Guard soldiers are pulled from inauguration duty

Out of the 25,000-plus members of the National Guard in Washington, D.C., to help with security during Joe Biden’s inauguration, twelve soldiers were removed after a screening of service members by the FBI.

In what was seen by many as purity test, or a loyalty check, troops were being vetted over concerns of a possible insider attack, not that there was any evidence to suggest that this could be in the works.

 

Chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said at a press conference Tuesday the soldiers were removed from security duty over “questionable behavior” — though he made it clear that the troops had no opportunity to defend themselves.

“These are vetting efforts that identify any questionable behavior in the past, or any potential link to questionable behavior, not just related to extremism,” Hoffman said. “We’re not asking questions right now.”

“We’re not asking questions of people who are flagged,” he added. “We are, out of an abundance of caution, taking action and immediately removing them from the line of duty at the capitol and the events taking place. And then we will address them whether it’s through law enforcement if necessary or through their own chain of command.”

So much for innocent until proven guilty.

Katie Pavlich, editor for Townhall.com and Fox News contributor, responded to the story: “So there is no due process for those accused of ‘extremism.’ Got it.”

Even more disturbing is what appears to be prompting the soldiers to be flagged.

OANN reporter Jack Posobiec reported in a tweet that a White House source said the FBI is flagging potential “extremists” by checking social media profiles for affiliations with the NRA, Turning Point USA and other conservative groups.

 

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who authorized the deployment of 1000 Texas National Guard troops to Washington, was so offended by the purity tests that he vowed to “never” do it again “if they are disrespected like this.”

This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Abbott tweeted. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter that suggest America may be in deeper trouble than we realize:

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