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Vets Rep. Crenshaw, Sen. Cotton create new whistleblower form to combat ‘woke ideology’ in US military

The New Jersey National Guard Military Review at Sea Girt National Guard Training Center, on Sunday in Sea Girt , NJ. 10/1/17 (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media/TNS)
May 30, 2021

Veterans Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced Friday the creation of a new whistleblower form for members of the United States military who notice “woke ideology” being promoted in training.

“Enough is enough. We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton,” Crenshaw tweeted.

“With written permission we will anonymously publish egregious complaints on social media and tell the country what’s happening in our military. For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots for our warfighters, and spineless military commanders have let it happen.”

“Now we are going to expose you,” he wrote.

According to the form, whistleblowers are advised to use “personal resources and contact information” when filling out the form, rather than work equipment or contact information.

“Further, do not submit classified information or other information barred from release through this form or by email,” the form states.

The form goes on the say that a number of federal, state and local laws “prohibit retaliation” against whistleblowers who provide information to Congress, but individuals who report suspected wrongdoing “still take serious risks.”

“We respect your confidentiality, and we will use your contact information only to follow up with you regarding your submission,” the form continues. “You may submit a disclosure anonymously. However, please be aware that anonymous disclosures may limit our ability to respond to the information that you provide.”

The form is located on Rep. Crenshaw’s website, but every submission will be confidentially shared with Sen. Cotton’s office.

Last week, Crenshaw addressed the Army shutting down YouTube comments on its recent “woke” recruiting videos.

“I hope the message to military leadership is clear: We aren’t going to stand by as our military becomes another institution crippled by woke political correctness,” Crenshaw wrote. “No more critical race theory, no more identity politics, no more political witch hunts. We’ve had enough.”

The new form comes just weeks after Space Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired for criticizing Marxism and Critical Race Theory in the military.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) expressed concerns relating to Lohmeier’s termination, saying, “Members of our military should not only be able to speak out against Marxism, but they should be encouraged to do so — as long as they follow the rules and laws already in place.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined the growing number of GOP lawmakers raising the alarm about “woke ideology” in the military, noting, “My Republican colleagues and I hear regularly from active-duty and retired service members that even holding conservative values is now enough to endanger a service member’s military career.”