FACT CHECK: Is The U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Prosecuting ‘Deep Staters In-Absentia’?
A post shared on Facebook purports the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps will begin prosecuting “Deep Staters In-Absentia.”
The claim stems from an article published on a satirical website. There is no evidence the U.S. Navy JAG will begin prosecuting “Deep Staters In-Absentia.”
Rear Adm. Mark R. Myers took over as the deputy judge advocate general of the Navy for Reserve Affairs and Operations and the deputy commander of Naval Legal Service Command on Oct. 14, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy. Myers succeeded Rear Adm. Les Reardanz, the release indicated.
The Facebook post purports the Navy JAG will begin prosecuting alleged Deep State members in-absentia. The post further claims the U.S. Navy JAG opted to have in-absentia trials after allegedly confirming “Deep Staters,” including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, were avoiding arrest by fleeing the U.S. for foreign countries.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Navy JAG will begin prosecuting alleged Deep State members in-absentia. Navy JAG has neither commented on the claim via its website nor its verified social media accounts. In addition, the Office of Military Commissions also has not mentioned the claim.
A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Nov. 17 article published on the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: No, The U.S. Navy JAG Corps Has Not Amended Its Method Of Execution)
Check Your Fact has contacted a Navy JAG spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
This is not the first time a satirical claim has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact previously debunked a post purporting a gunfight erupted between federal agents and U.S. Marines on Nov. 8 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, D.C.