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Who is Moonshot CVE? The Controversial Contractor Monitoring U.S Troops on the Web.

The Pentagon Has Denied Working with the U.K.-Based Research Company


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In an effort to root out extremism and supremacism within the U.S. military, U.K.-based Moonshot CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) is monitoring web searches on military bases, flagging certain phrases deemed to be potential red flags associated with White supremacy.

This is concerning for two reasons. 

First, the Biden administration is already in hot water for hopping into bed with Big Tech, monitoring social media, and deciding which types of content should be censored. Second, Moonshot CVE is only looking for one specific kind of extremism: “White supremacy.”

In their June report, Moonshot CVE revealed “1,600 indicators of interest in or engagement with White supremacism, focused specifically on anti-Black and anti-Semitic narratives being used by extremist groups.” Search phrases flagged include “George Floyd deserved to die,” “Jews will not replace us” and “the truth about black lives matter.”

So who’s behind Moonshot SVE? Why stop at White supremacy? Why not monitor for anti-police rhetoric and other extremist behaviors, as well?

According to Fox News, “The Center for Security Policy raised concerns about the company in an article last month in which it highlighted how Moonshot CEO Vidhya Ramalingam served as a leader in the Obama Foundation’s Europe program. She also participated in a panel hosted by the highly controversial Southern Poverty Law Center and has ties to other left-leaning organizations…she [also] authored a paper that acknowledged financial support from [the] Open Society Foundation, the group founded by liberal billionaire George Soros.”

Now it’s starting to make sense.

The Pentagon reportedly had informal meetings with the U.K.-based extremism analysis company – but now they’re trying to distance themselves.

“The Department of Defense Countering Extremism Working Group has not secured the services of Moonshot CVE to assist them in their efforts to help better understand the scope and scale of extremism in the ranks. Further, their work is focused on extremist behavior and conduct, not ideology,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Fox News.

As for Moonshot’s initial findings, Ramalingam has shared the following: “Some branches [of the military] have higher levels of engagement with anti-Black extremism or anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. … But we’re not seeing really heightened levels of engagement that are incredibly worrying.”

So, a partisan endeavour invading the privacy of the men and women defending this country – for nothing.