A Marine stationed in Hawaii is in scorching water after an beginner investigator linked him to a sequence of racist and Nazi-supporting tweets, together with a photograph of a swastika constituted of TNT blocks.
Mason Edward Mead is reportedly under investigation after posts praising Nazis, pictures of Hitler, and racist feedback made on an account linked to his identify have been excavated by Marine veteran Ed Beck, who posted dozens of screenshots and claimed “many lively service members, vets, and involved civilians” had additionally reported the account.
Beck additionally dredged up an earlier account purportedly belonging to Mead, claiming the Kaneohe Bay-based Marine had “made loss of life threats towards a left-wing group and socialist chief.” Posting screenshot after screenshot, Beck stated he had “hoovered up [Mead’s] social media after a tip,” however gave no trace as to its origins.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service “is completely investigating this example and the command will handle any misconduct on the applicable judicial or administrative degree,” III Marine Expeditionary Force wrote in a press release on Tuesday, although they didn’t affirm the identification, rank, and fee of the person under investigation, including “no further particulars” can be launched “earlier than referral of fees.”
Mead’s account has since been made personal, however Beck’s screenshots dwell on. In addition to praising Nazis, the account posted derogatory feedback about Asians, coinciding with the time Mead was in Japan. Other pictures referenced his unit and even included components of his identify tapes on gear and utilities, according to the Marine Corps Times, which additionally studies that one tweeted photograph exhibits a Marine – probably Mead – in ersatz blackface, his face daubed with dark camo paint after a subject coaching train however captioned “Hello, fellow black males.”