The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), a senior intel agency in the cabinet of the president, aims to ban “biased language” from its materials including terms like “radical Islamists” and “jihadists.” The agency’s language guide argues these terms “are hurtful to Muslim-Americans and detrimentally impact our efforts as they bolster extremist rhetoric.” They also argued the terms create a racist atmosphere for agency employees.

The agency is a powerful institution, as it is the official head of the entire “Intelligence Community,” or the 17 intelligence agencies of the United States federal government (including the CIA, State Department, FBI, and the NSA). As such, it sets the formal “National Intelligence Program,” which informs the behavior of all the other agencies and acts as “the principal advisor” of the US president.

They also want to ban the terms “blacklisted,” “cakewalk,” “brown bag,” “grandfathered,” and “sanity check.”

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It elaborates that blacklisted “implies black is bad and white is good,” cakewalk refers “to a dance performed by slaves for slave owners on plantation grounds,” and brown bag “refers to the ‘brown bag’ test practices in the 20th century within the African American community.” These explanations were written by the ODNI’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in an internal memo (see below).

This discovery, first made by The Daily Wire, revealed the latest example of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the US government. Republicans in Congress, such as Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who belongs to the intelligence community oversight body known as the House Armed Services Committee, are dedicated to curtailing the mass funding of such government DEI programs.

Wokeness is a gift to our adversaries,” Banks said in regard to the memo. “US intelligence officials are being trained to use terms that don’t ‘disparage’ China or Islamic terrorists.”

The memo, which takes the form of a quarterly magazine, also features a piece by an anonymous crossdressing intelligence agent. “I am an intelligence officer, and I am a man who likes to wear women’s clothes sometimes,” he writes. “I think my experiences as someone who crossdresses have sharpened the skills I use as an intelligence officer, particularly critical thinking and perspective-taking.”

Other columns in the magazine include “Reimagining How We Talk About Africa,” “Highlights from the 6th Annual African American & Hispanic Leadership Summit,” and “Linguistics Diversity: A Reflection of Who We Are.”

“What we say can make or break rapport, elevate or tarnish a reputation, and even support or refute a narrative,” writes the magazine’s editor-in-chief, a “DEI employee” whose name was withheld. “As employees of the [intelligence community], our work and our words are forever etched in history and speak volumes to the important work we carry out in service of the greater good. It is paramount that we are cognizant about the terminology we use in every aspect of our duties.”




Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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