American Terror: The Military’s Problem With Extremism In the Ranks | Vice News

After the events of January 6, it became clear many of the key players in extremist groups who organized the attacks were either veterans or active-duty servicemen. Since then, the Pentagon has scrambled to try and address the present-day problem of extremism in the ranks, which stretches back to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War. But a politically divided Congress and a polarized nation, are getting in the way of finding a solution.

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Oath Keepers is an American far-right, anti-government militia whose members claim to be defending the Constitution of the United States. It was incorporated in 2009 by founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes, a lawyer and former paratrooper.

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