U.S. officials reported that 12 U.S. Army National Guardsmen were removed from the inaugural security mission after vetting by the FBI found that they have ties to right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online.
However, nothing about their associations or views were reported to be illegal, or even in violation of their oath to the National Guard or the nation.
The removal came after the FBI vetted all 25,000 troops assigned to the security mission.
This sure sounds like a “loyalty” test, which is common in dictatorial countries. If the government can restrict our activities just because we exercise two Constitutional rights, freedom of speech and peaceable assembly (association), then are those activities no longer Constitutional?