Founder has links to Obama Foundation and other controversial groups
The Pentagon is reportedly working with an extremism analysis company that sees Web searches as “the truth about Black Lives Matter” and others as signs of interest in or engagement with white supremacism.
According to defense one, contractor Moonshot CVE, belonging to Obama Foundation, is working on data that would identify which military bases and branches have the most soldiers searching for domestic extremist material. Although the outline of that particular project is unclear, the company previously issued a June report in conjunction with the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League on “trends of white supremacy in the United States”.
In it, the UK-based company said it “monitored a list of approximately 1,600 indicators of interest in or engagement in white supremacism, specifically focusing on black and anti-Semitic narratives being used by extremist groups.”
As an example, it listed the search phrases “George Floyd deserved to die,” “Jews won’t replace us” and “The truth about black lives matters.”
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As for “The Truth About Black Lives”, the group said: “This finding suggests that the BLM movement has nefarious intentions, and is a misinformation attempt by white supremacist groups to weaponize anti-BLM sentiment.”
It adds: “While the search phrase appears innocuous, several books include it in their title and allege that the BLM movement is ‘associated with Antifa burning and looting.’ These sources echo white supremacist propaganda narratives alleging that BLM protesters are trying to “overthrow the republic” and “harm American citizens in a Marxist coup” as a means to make it illegal. Several videos also promote these narratives – notably criminalizing BLM – by using the same phrase.”
Moonshot did not respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News. Neither did the Defense Department.
It is not clear why the Pentagon chose the UK-based company to monitor alleged US extremism. The Center for Security Policy raised concerns about the company in an article last month that described how Moonshot CEO Vidya Ramalingam acted as a leader in the Obama Foundation’s Europe program.
She also ran away In a panel organized by the highly controversial Southern Poverty Law Center and ties to other left-leaning organizations. as a security policy center notes, she wrote a paper that acknowledged financial support from the Open Society Foundation, a group founded by liberal billionaire George Soros.
Defense One reported last week that Ramalingam met with the Pentagon’s chief diversity officer, but declined to disclose the findings in his report on US military bases. He said, however, “when we look at Aadhaar for each branch compared to the national average, there is disproportionately low engagement across most Aadhaars.
“Some branches have high levels of engagement with anti-black extremism or anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. … But we’re not really seeing increased levels of engagement that are incredibly worrying.”