Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report

Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report
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Special operations officers reportedly shared racist comments and language supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory in secret Facebook groups. 

NBC News reviewed of hundreds of Facebook posts on pages for current and former Rangers, Green Berets and other elite forces and found comments lamenting a so-called deep state run by pedophiles, a hallmark of the QAnon theory. 

One post accused aides to former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOfficers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE of being part of a "Concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples government" to undermine former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE.

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"In a just world, they would have already been taken out behind the court house and shot," a user remarked.

Another post reportedly discussed criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and featured a noose and the message "IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN."

Other messages featured conspiracy theories about election fraud in the November presidential race and support for the Jan. 6 insurrection that unsuccessfully sought to halt Congress’s certification of the Electoral College results. 

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the pages or if it plans to flag or remove any messages.

The report is just the latest sign of a growing extremism problem in the Pentagon’s ranks.

Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response One officer dead after violent incident outside Pentagon Austin misses an opportunity in Singapore but scores big in Philippines MORE earlier this year ordered a 60-day, force-wide stand down to address extremism in the military after reports showed veterans and active service members participated in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.

He also took steps earlier this month to stand up a working group to review and update the military’s definition of extremism, create standardized questionnaires to screen recruits with current or previous extremist behavior, and create new training and procedures for veterans to report if extremist groups target them after leaving the armed forces.