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IREHR in KPBS Public Media: “Some experts say the military’s new rules on extremism miss the mark” – March 15, 2022

By March 15, 2022May 4th, 2023No Comments2 min read

Devin Burghart, executive director at the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, was cited by KPBS. Below are a few of Burghart’s quotes from the article.

“The act of joining an organization and making that leap to become a member is already a sign that you’re deeply enmeshed inside that organization’s ranks,” he said. “It also means that you may be participating in other parts of the organization.”

“They’ve got to come back and really get to the heart of the matter in terms of addressing membership, addressing ideology, and addressing how this stuff is playing out in the ranks so that people can report it and help root it out,”

“Whereas with white nationalist activity, it is far less clear,” Burghart said. “Service members will tell you that not only is it unclear as to what falls in and out of those categories, but it also means that the ability to report that and how that is handled is also quite murky, and that makes it challenging to maintain the kind of discipline and morality you need inside these units.”

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Laura Gibbons

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Laura Gibbons is an IREHR research associate.

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