FBI Dismisses Army Soldier For Enlisting To Become Better At Killing Black People

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A soldier dismissed from the Army allegedly said he enlisted to become ‘more proficient in killing’ Black people – NBC News

Killian Ryan served as a fire support specialist and with the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery and the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, according to the Airborne Corps. Ryan was never deployed, officials said.

The FBI alleges that Ryan had online ties to racially motivated extremists and posted his motivation for joining the Army on an Instagram account. The Army cooperated with the FBI in Ryan’s arrest.

Killian Ryan, a former paratrooper, was given top security clearance despite ties to white supremacist organizations and Nazi ideology.

A criminal investigation uncovered that Ryan had registered multiple social media accounts with an email that included “naziace1488” and that one of the accounts had “been in contact with numerous accounts associated with racially motivated extremism”.

Ryan was charged with one count of knowingly making a false statement on his application for a secret security clearance. He was discharged from the Army for “serious misconduct” after being found to have operated social media accounts where he met extremists.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered new steps in April 2021 to tackle extremism in the ranks of the military, including updated screening questionnaires for recruits and a review of the definition of extremism.

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  1. A soldier dismissed from the Army allegedly said he enlisted to become ‘more proficient in killing’ Black people  NBC News
  2. US soldier kicked out of Army after FBI says he enlisted to become better at killing Black people  CNN
  3. US soldier who posted about killing Black people given top security pass  The Guardian US
  4. Soldier discharged from Fort Bragg was in touch with extremist groups  WRAL News
  5. FBI: Soldier linked to racist post, online extremism  The Washington Post
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