In May 2021, 124 retired military officials signed onto a letter “spreading the lie that President Joe Biden stole the election.” The letter –under the banner of a group called Flag Officers 4 America – also accused the Biden administration of launching “a full-blown assault on our Constitutional rights in a dictatorial manner.” The note drew a strong rebuke from other current and former military officials, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, who said the letter “hurts the military and by extension it hurts the country.”

Among the letter’s signatories were at least four men with active ties to US Defense Contractors:

The letter comes after the Defense Department issued a military-wide “stand down” order in the wake of the January 6th Capitol riots, requiring each unit to take at least one day to “discuss extremism in the ranks and what to do about it.” Additionally, recent comments by former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn about a possible “coup” in the United States drew bipartisan criticism in Washington, DC.

If there are individuals in the defense contracting community that promote extremist conspiracy theories like the ones that led to the riot on Capitol Hill, Congress must ensure that they are stripped of their security clearances and not permitted to operate in sensitive defense environments.

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