A probe has been launched by the US Marines Corps (USMC) after it was suspected that an infantryman violated US Department of Defense regulations by spreading apparent white supremacist propaganda on social media.
A USMC spokesperson confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune this week that Lance Cpl. Thomas Cade Martin, a 23-year-old infantryman with the service, is the subject of an investigation over possible violations of a Pentagon policy which prohibits military personnel from actively advocating for “supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or causes.”
Martin, who is based out of San Diego’s Camp Pendleton and currently deployed with the III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) in Okinawa, Japan, has shared nationalistic propaganda that asserts that the US was “conquered,” rather than stolen from the Native American tribes.
As a disclaimer, his Facebook profile bio notes that his “posts don’t represent the DOD or USMC.” It remains to be seen whether this advisory shields him from Pentagon regulations.
Martin is also the chairman of the United States Nationalist Initiative, which has over 1,400 followers on Facebook and was founded under the name American Nationalism in December 2014 – when Martin was aged between 17 and 18.
The organization’s website states that its primary mission is to “restore national pride” and encourage those in the US to be “proud of who we are, what we’ve accomplished, and what we plan to do.”…