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The following editorial was written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

Law Enforcement Today has been sounding the alarm bells for a while about what we see as a move to federalize all law enforcement in the country.

When the Biden administration identified “domestic white extremism” as the most serious threat facing our country—more than China, Russia, and Iran—that rang those alarm bells even louder.

This week, the alarm bells reached a fever pitch when it was learned that the same people calling to “defund the police”—that’s our police not their police are planning to expand their police beyond the borders of Washington, D.C.

According to the New York Times, the U.S. Capitol Police are planning to expand outside Washington, D.C into Florida and California, opening regional offices to address the rising threats against members of Congress. The scheme is designed “to better protect lawmakers.”

So let’s think about this for a minute. We already have federal law enforcement agencies—the FBI comes to mind. So why on Earth do we need to expand the U.S. Capitol Police into a nationalized police agency?

 

According to the acting chief of the US Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, threats against Congress have doubled since 2017, with a majority of those emanating from outside of Washington, DC, she said.

The Times said that according to Tim Barber, a spokesman for the Capitol Police, the plan is to open several additional regional offices because the department plans to “transform” itself after the alleged “insurrection” on January 6. Barber said the incident “exposed serious deficiencies in the Capitol Police’s gathering and dissemination of intelligence, preparedness and training.”

Barber analogized the move as being similar to the Secret Service, which has multiple field offices among multiple states and countries. He said, “Capitol Police need to be able to monitor and quickly investigate threats against lawmakers wherever they occur.”

The two initial field offices will be opened in San Francisco, California and Tampa, Florida, where a number of these “threats” emanate from.

So let’s get this straight. Congress, where a number of Democrats have demanded the defunding of police (or dismantling as suggested by Democrats Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI)), is planning on increasing the budget for their “protection.”

More disturbing, as Roll Call reports, while Congress has asked, no demanded that law enforcement practices nationwide by overhauled, calling for accountability and transparency, those same lawmakers seem perfectly content with the US Capitol Police being allowed to operate in secrecy. Since the agency is part of the Legislative branch of the government, it is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It is exempt.

Yes, despite all the caterwauling, whining and grandstanding about police accountability, those same demands are being ignored when it comes to the US Capitol police.

This is problematic especially in light of the fact that hundreds of American citizens have been arrested, some subjected to solitary confinement in light of the January 6 US Capitol incident, yet information about the incident is being held in secrecy. Tens of thousands of hours of video from the event is being shielded from public view.

Roll Call said that on May 19, they requested a copy of annual Capitol Police inspector general reports going back to 2015 through FOIA. In response, James W. Joyce, senior counsel for the department said they would not comply with the request, writing in part:

“…please be advised that the United States Capitol Police, as a legislative branch entity, is not an ‘agency’ as defined by 5. U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq., under the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, the USCP is not subject to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.”

Likewise, a House Administration Committee aide was asked for a Capitol Police IG report said he was told those reports are “law enforcement sensitive” and “not a matter of public record.”

So let’s get this straight. The over 18,000 police agencies across the U.S., state and municipal are required to release documents (with reasonable restrictions) under FOIA, some which are “law enforcement sensitive,” yet the Capitol Police gets absolute immunity from releasing records? What exactly are they trying to hide?

While Nancy Pelosi and her minions are calling for state and local police departments to be defunded, the proposed budget under the Legislative Branch for 2021 would increase spending for the Capitol Police across the board, which would fund the department at over one-half a billion dollars, or $520.2 million.

Accountability of the Capitol Police has actually made strange bedfellows, as conservatives as well as some progressive groups have demanded increased transparency and accountability.

For example, Demand Progress, an (obviously) progressive organization has written to several lawmakers demanding increased accountability for the agency. Daniel Schuman, the group’s policy director said that almost 10 percent of annual arrests made by Capitol police officers are made at Union Station, located near the US Capitol. They say a majority of those arrests are made for traffic violations or drug offenses.

“When the USCP is acting in a law enforcement capacity, it should be held to similar standards as other law enforcement agencies,” he wrote in a letter. “When it acts like a federal agency, it should be held to account like all federal agencies.”

 Not surprisingly, nobody from House leadership—either Democrat or Republican—responded to Roll Call’s request for comment.

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Anne Weismann, chief FOIA Counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has made similar records requests of the Secret Service and noted that while they hold some “sensitive to law enforcement” documents back, she says the Capitol Police’s denial of records requests is unnecessary.

“You have a police force that is answerable only to Congress and not the public, even though they can take actions that will have a direct effect on the public,” Weissman said. [emphasis added]

“This moment in time, it’s probably more striking than ever that we have a police force that does interact with the public, but there’s no public accountability.” [emphasis added]

This is what is so troubling about this expansion of the Capitol Police across the country. Here we have the federal government using consent decrees against municipal police agencies while investigating others for alleged “civil rights” violations.

Yet all of these departments are subject to FOIA and public disclosure of what they are doing. Now we have Pelosi and the other far-left loons who want to unleash a federal law enforcement agency with widespread power and NO accountability.

The expansion of the Capitol Police amidst demands to defund the police was not lost on a number of people on social media:

“Jan 6 was no joke, downplaying it is one of the more irritating things I see on here, but he way that the security state is using the attack to expand its power is very very bad.”

“This is always what ‘defund the police’ meant. The federalization of policing in America continues.”

“To better protect lawmakers…” This is as dangerous as it is unconstitutional. No secret federal police force. We need to shut this down yesterday.”

“So a secret police force? Do you see what is going on America?”

“Unless Congress expands the Act that created the Capitol Police…They have No Jurisdiction in other states…”

“It seems we’ve transitioned from the ‘outpouring of sympathy’ stage to the ‘full frontal assault on individual liberty’ stage of this whole thing.”

We know that Democrats are desperately attempting to erase American history however world history teaches a lot about how things go under nationalized police—1930s Germany comes to mind.

When we first started to examine this push for defunding the police, especially in the midst of an explosion in crime across the board—it made zero sense. It made less sense that the very people charged with ensuring their constituents are safe and secure—our political leaders—remained silent as cities across the US devolved into violence and near anarchy last summer. Now it is starting to make sense.

There have been a ton of questions about the incident on January 6. We at Law Enforcement Today have raised some of those questions.

The most important three questions are why did the people in charge of security at the US Capitol turn down the Pentagon’s offer of National Guard troops to help with security on January 6th?

Second, what did Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the leadership of the House and Senate at the time know, and when did they know it?

And finally, what if anything was the FBI’s involvement in the siege? Did the FBI in fact have people embedded among the groups who were behind some of the violence at the Capitol? If they did, to what extent did they facilitate and drive the events? These are all important questions.

The January 6 incident at the US Capitol is being used as a pretext for this unprecedented expansion of federal law enforcement, in this case by an unaccountable agency under the control of political partisans. What could go wrong? World history tells us exactly what could go wrong.

Law Enforcement Today will keep on top of this evolving, important story.

For a prior editorial on the oddities of January 6, we invite you to:

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The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current contributing writer to Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- To anyone who isn’t a left-wing hack, the “insurrection” on January 6, what Democrats refer to as the worst day in American history since the Civil War (with no apologies to Pearl Harbor vets and their families and those who lost loved ones on 9/11), something smells pretty bad.

There are several matters related to that date which make no sense whatsoever.

The first of course is the death of Ashli Babbitt. Despite tens of thousands of hours of surveillance video from January 6, nobody is able (or willing more so) to explain why Ashli Babbitt was gunned down by a mystery law enforcement officer. There is no explanation who it was nor why they shot an unarmed woman without warning.

Why the mystery? Whenever your typical police officer is involved in an officer-involved shooting, it is usually a matter of hours when that officer’s identity, disciplinary record, and what he ate for breakfast is known. Why the secrecy here?

The video that has been seen of the shooting raises more questions than it answers. Babbitt was outside a doorway, with what appeared to be a police tactical team standing within mere feet of her, along with a number of other protesters.

These officers were clearly in a position where, if there was a situation which required the use of deadly physical force, they could have interceded. Instead, video appeared to show them standing down, and in some cases, leaving the area.

Another question is, if this officer was a highly trained officer, why did he shoot someone when there wasn’t a clear background?

Police officers are trained that even when deadly force is authorized, a number of factors still need to be considered, among them whether there is the possibility of hitting someone other than the intended target. In this incident, that clearly wasn’t the case.

All of these questions could easily be answered if there was some transparency in either the Biden administration, the Capitol Police, or the Justice Department. For whatever reason, all of this remains a secret.

Secondly, why have over 500 people been taken into custody, some without charges being filed and are being held in jail, many without bond? If this was indeed an “insurrection” as Democrats and left-wing media have claimed, why have NONE of those taken into custody been so charged?

Revolver News did a deep dig on the January 6 “insurrection” and their reporting raises a lot more questions than it answers, including why there are a number of so-called “conspirators” who have yet to be indicted for anything?

In a Senate hearing, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray about the Capitol siege. She asked him a simple question: Did the federal government infiltrate any of the so-called “militia” organizations claimed to be responsible for planning and executing the Capitol siege?

 

Wray clearly was not comfortable answering Klobuchar’s question directly. In fact, the way the question was put to Wray made it easy for him to hedge.

Klobuchar asked Wray if he wishes he had infiltrated the militia organizations allegedly involved in 1/6. That of course meant Klobuchar already had in her mind that no such infiltration had in fact taken place, giving Wray a chance to give a non-answer to the question.

In compiling their dive into January 6, Revolver looked to answer the following questions:

  • In the year leading up to 1/6 and during 1/6 itself, to what extent were the three primary militia groups (the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters) that the FBI, DOJ, Pentagon and network news have labeled most responsible for planning and executing a Capitol attack on 1/6 infiltrated by agencies of the federal government, or informants of said agencies?
  • Exactly how many federal undercover agents or confidential informants were present at the Capitol or in the Capitol during the infamous “siege” and what roles did they play (merely passive informants or active instigators)?
  • Finally, of all of the unindicted co-conspirators referenced in the charging documents of those indicted for crimes on 1/6, how many worked as a confidential informant or as an undercover operative for the federal government (FBI, Army Counterintelligence, etc.)?

All of these are of course legitimate, important questions. Given questionable tactics used by the FBI during the Russia collusion hoax, as well as their involvement in helping to facilitate the alleged kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, people are right to be concerned about the involvement of federal agencies in the January 6 incident.

Above all, the American people deserve the truth, no matter how hard it is to hear.

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The embedding of federal agents in any of these groups is important to the narrative being put forth about January 6. If there were indeed assets inside these groups, one must question why things were allowed to get to the level they did.

If this were indeed an insurrection, wouldn’t it have been in the best interests of law enforcement to put a stop to it, instead of letting it occur?

Revolver notes that the consensus of the Department of Justice, including the FBI is that the January 6 incident was not only the fault of so-called “domestic terrorists,” but was also the fault of alleged “intelligence failures.”

The five-month Senate investigation concluded that an “intelligence failure” contributed to the Capitol breach, as reported by ABC News:

“A bipartisan Senate investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection found security and intelligence failures at every level of government that led to the breach of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob as lawmakers in a joint session were certifying the 2020 election.

The 95-page report, a product of a roughly five-month, joint probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committees, found significant breakdowns ranging ‘from federal intelligence agencies failing to warn of a potential for violence to a lack of planning and preparation by (U.S. Capitol Police) and law enforcement leadership.’ There was no overall operational or staffing plan for that fateful day, a total failure of leadership, according to the committees.”  

This is what makes Wray’s careful avoidance (and Klobuchar’s careful wording) of the question so key.

IF this were indeed an intelligence failure (and there has been some information that has come forth indicating the Capitol police did have some prior intelligence), one could assume that the incident was “allowed” to happen.

As Revolver notes, if the federal government or one of its agencies indeed had either undercover agents or confidential informants embedded in any of the militia groups which showed on January 6, and by failing to “warn of potential for violence” as the Senate report read, that takes a big leap from an “innocent mistake and” is “more like something sinister.”

This is one of the reasons it is so important to find out what happened to Ashli Babbitt. If indeed the federal government or one of its entities allowed the siege to occur (for whatever reason), Babbitt’s death is even more egregious than it appears.

Why would the federal government know of the potential for violence on January 6 and do nothing about it? Clearly, deep state operatives within the federal government had made it their mission to take down President Trump and along with him his supporters.

What better way to do it than to take President Trump’s words during his January 6 speech, and twist them into a “call to arms” for his supporters? And then facilitate a violent “insurrection” and lay it at the feet of Trump supporters? Remember the Russia collusion hoax? Facilitated by rogue agents of the FBI. 

Revolver also discovered some disturbing details about so-called “unindicted co-conspirators” who are listed throughout charging documents of individuals who are facing the most serious charges related to the incident.

Revolver News said they noticed a pattern during their deep dive into January 6, noting that in those charging documents it appeared that some of the unindicted co-conspirators had acted as much more than dupes or bystanders, taking on a more “aggressive and egregious” role in the so-called conspiracy that served “as the basis for charging those indicted.”

This of course leads to the question as to whey these individuals have not been indicted. Were they protected because they had acted in the scope of either “undercover operatives or confidential informants” for the FBI or other investigatory agency?

Revolver News identified two different types of participants in “The Great Capitol Siege of 2021.” One set of people were referred to as “harmless tourists”—those who walked through open doors and already-removed barricades, who were pretty much guilty of nothing more than criminal trespass.

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The second group of people were the ones who became violent with law enforcement officers, who broke down barricades, smashed windows and who likely belonged to a “militia” group who engaged in more detailed, military-style planning ahead of time, who had discussed transporting heavy weapons and so on.

For the most part, those who have defended those who breached the Capitol have focused on the first, “tourist” group, which consisted of people such as older people, and what Revolver referred to as “MAGA Moms” just wandering around the Capitol with no criminal intent.

These people were clearly not domestic terrorists staging a government coup. Yet many of them are being held in jail, without bond and under harsh conditions, some being placed in solitary confinement. For these people, the United States more resembles Honduras or Guatemala than the freest nation in the world, a fact not lost on of all people Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

The second group of people however are the ones who deserve our attention, the ones who became violent with law enforcement.

Revolver said their primary focus was on unindicted co-conspirators involved with the primary three militia groups—the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Three Percenters. Unlike the “tourist” class, these groups more aligned with the narrative being put forth by leftists in government and the media, that of “violent insurrectionists.”

Revolver News attempted to answer the question—how many informants or undercover operatives were embedded within these groups and what were their roles—mere witnesses or active instigators? For those of you who watch Law & Order or CSI, this is often referred to as entrapment.

Look at what has happened since January 6. Joe Biden, Democrats and the mainstream media have painted “domestic white terrorism” and “white extremism” as the most serious threat facing our country.

Not Antifa. Not Black Lives Matter. Not even ISIS. Of course, by “white extremists” they mean MAGA people—Trump supporters. In fact, they’re not even trying to hide that’s exactly what they mean.

That is why it is vitally important to get to the bottom of January 6, which Revolver News is attempting to do. Why are there so many “unindicted co-conspirators?”

This may help answer the question of what did the federal government know prior to January 6, when did they know it, and what if anything was their involvement in perpetrating the violence at the US Capitol?

For context, let’s take a look at the alleged plot to kidnap feckless Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which we at Law Enforcement Today also reported on. Late last year, the FBI arrested 14 people for an apparent scheme where they planned to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the state government by means of storming the Michigan State Capitol building.

Out of those 14 co-conspirators, over one-third—five—were undercover agents and federal informants. The group of conspirators also included members of the “Three Percenters,” one of the groups blamed for the January 6 Capitol siege.

Ironically, the director of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office who directed the operation in Michigan has been granted a promotion to the D.C. office, where he is leading the January 6 investigation. How weird is that?

The parallels between the Whitmer “kidnapping” case and the Capitol siege are staggering, so many so that Revolver News didn’t detail all of them. However some of the more relevant details are outlined below, in a report from a left-wing blog Jacobin:

“Since last week, the headlines have been lit up by a shocking story out of Michigan: the FBI had foiled a plot hatched by anti-lockdown protesters and right-wing militia members to kidnap and try for “treason” Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, who one of the ringleaders called a ‘tyrant bitch.’

 According to a federal affidavit and court testimony, the plot involved surveilling Whitmer’s vacation home in Western Michigan and the surrounding area, procuring explosives and tactical gear to fight off police, taking part in armed training exercises, and even possibly blowing up a nearby bridge.

The alleged plotters discussed using a fake pizza delivery to kidnap Whitmer, leaving Whitmer on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan, and even kidnapping Virginia governor Ralph Northam, one of the ‘tyrants’ who, they believed, were abusing their power to order statewide lockdowns in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The Jacobin piece actually drew parallels between the Michigan plot and entrapment cases engaged in by the U.S. government during the War on Terror, saying the plot may have itself been a result of entrapment of “vulnerable, cognitively deficient and mentally unstable individuals by FBI informants.”

One such person, designated by the FBI as the “mastermind” of the alleged plot named Adam Fox, was specifically mentioned as a dupe who could have been easily played by undercover assets.

Jacobin reported the FBI in their affidavit admitted making “heavy use of informants and undercover agents in the case.” In addition, the FBI played an integral role in the ability of the alleged plotters to carry forth on the scheme.

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For example, one agent told the so-called “ringleader” it would cost $4,000 to obtain explosives. An arrangement was made for four of the participants to meet with an undercover agent posing as an explosives expert to pay for them, as well as to obtain some excess tactical gear. Adam Fox, the alleged ringleader of the crew had only $275 on him when he was arrested.

So who was Fox? Apparently, he had long struggled with money, and was in fact nearly homeless when he was kicked out of his girlfriend’s house. A friend of his allowed him to stay temporarily in the basement of his vacuum store. Here, where Fox was living with two dogs and practically no possessions is where the scheme to kidnap Whitmer was supposedly launched.

Jacobin noted that the kidnap plot didn’t start out as such. In fact, according to the DOJ’s indictment, the plot started out as a plan “to storm the Capitol building” in Lansing, Michigan. Hmmm…sounds familiar.

The so-called “conspirators” would accomplish this by recruiting “at least 200 men” from an upcoming, unrelated rally planned at the Capitol.

That rally was focused on the Second Amendment, not insurrection, and it was planned to agitate the rally goers to run inside the Capitol and occupy the building.

From the FBI affidavit, paragraph 10 is the description to “storm the state capitol”:

  1. Fox, in coordination with CROFT, met with members of the militia group at various times in June 2020. During one such meeting on June 18, 2020, which was audio recorded by CHS-2, FOX, militia group leadership, including Michigan resident Ty GARBIN, and CHS-2 met at a Second Amendment rally at the State capitol in Lansing, Michigan. In an effort to recruit more members for the operation, FOX told GARBIN and CHS-2 he planned to attack the Capitol and asked them to combine forces.

“CHS-2” refers to a Confidential Human Source,” otherwise known as a government informant. As noted previously the groups involved with this particular plot were loaded with undercover informants and operatives. In the same FBI affidavit, it mentions multiple CHS’s.

  1. In the course of the investigation, the FBI relied on information provided by Confidential Human Sources (CHS) and Undercover Employees (UCE) over several months.

Although multiple CHSs were used over the course of the investigation, this complaint only relies on audio recordings and information provided by CHS-1, CHS-2, UCE-1 and UCE-2.

Following is a clip of one of the informants talking about storming the Michigan State Capitol:

So, who were these FBI operatives? At every level of the plot, FBI operatives played the most important leadership roles [emphasis added]:

  • The “explosives expert” who the plotters were to buy bombs from was an FBI agent;
  • The head of transportation for the militia outfit was an undercover FBI agent;
  • The head of security for the militia outfit turned out to be an undercover FBI informant;
  • At least two undercover FBI informants were active participants in the initial June 6, 2020 meeting where the plot was hatched. In other words, at least three FBI informants had infiltrated the group before the conspiracy even began.

We are hesitant to muddy the waters too much (Revolver’s story is extremely comprehensive) but we need to address the Whitmer plot to lay the foundation for what occurred on January 6. We will annotate much of the less pertinent information.

When the main van drove up to look at Whitmer’s vacation home, there were five people in the van—three of whom were federal agents and informants. In other words, sixty percent of the plot’s senior leaders were either agents or informants.

The FBI was looking at these alleged conspirators far in advance of when the plot was hatched. Fox and Croft were supposed to be the leaders of the plot; both were involved with the leadership of the Three Percenters. In April 2020, the FBI got a search warrant to tap Croft’s Facebook account, a full two months before the plot was allegedly formed. Strange, right?

So, the parallels between the Michigan “plot” and the Capitol siege are informative. The similarities between the two events allegedly involved members of the same militia groups identified as being largely responsible for January 6.

So back to Klobuchar’s question of Wray. We are supposed to believe that the FBI and other federal agencies had a massive (and now confirmed) infiltration of the plot to storm the Michigan State Capitol, but no such investigatory process was underway for January 6, which was clearly a more likely target for some type of civil unrest? It makes no sense.

The next piece of the puzzle is one mentioned earlier…the elevation of Steven M. D’Antuono who was moved from Detroit’s FBI field office to head the Washington, D.C. field office. The move was made, according to Deadline Detroit, just days after the Whitmer plot was broken up. How…weird…is…that?

As part of his duties, D’Antuono is overseeing the investigation into the January 6 Capitol siege.

Let’s recap:

Months prior to the U.S. Capitol siege on January 6, the FBI foiled a similar plot to lay siege to the Michigan State Capitol, allegedly planned by one of three militia groups who the FBI has tied to January 6.

In the Michigan case, the FBI engaged in what is described as an “astonishing” infiltration of these groups with undercover operatives and informants who worked on the Michigan case for seven months. In fact, the FBI was so well-entrenched that there were already three informants in place before a plot was even hatched.

Then, just days after the plot is foiled, Wray promotes the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Michigan scheme to the coveted D.C. field post. That agent is now heading the investigation into the January 6 incident.

 

It is beyond the realm of common sense for the FBI to have been embedded for months in Michigan yet had no prior knowledge of the January 6 Capitol siege. The substantial number of “unindicted co-conspirators” in the D.C. case is, according to Revolver News “unusual.”

In addition, they found it “highly unusual and hard-to-explain” that the statements and actions of some of those unindicted co-conspirators were far more egregious than those of the persons who have been actually indicted.  

Revolver notes that “given the standards of indictment applied to those actually indicted, it is very strange and indeed suspicious that certain unindicted co-conspirators have managed to avoid indictment.”

“the aggressive standard and prosecution, through an unimaginably broad application of ‘conspiracy’ charges is immoral, unjust and absurd.”

Typically, there are three primary reasons an unindicted co-conspirator would appear in a criminal complaint: grants of immunity, pragmatic considerations, and politically motivated prosecutions on the part of the government.

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Immunity doesn’t make sense because the timeline doesn’t work out. For example, the first indictment in the Oath Keepers case took place on January 27; that indictment already had in place multiple key unindicted co-conspirators.

Multiple subsequent superseding indictments followed until the first plead deal was struck on April 16. Therefore, Revolver says none of the unindicted co-conspirators could have gotten a grant of immunity.

Likewise, only one person has thus far pled out. The larger group of oath keepers didn’t start getting plea offers until last week. Revolver notes that there are over 20 unindicted co-conspirators in the Oath Keepers indictments. None have been charged for the same, or in many cases much more severe activities.

The Department of Justice, which ignored night after night of violence all last summer by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, which included a 100-night siege of the Federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, has announced a campaign of “Shock and Awe.” This has been described as one of the “largest and most aggressive” prosecutorial witch hunts in American history.

The purpose behind this dragnet? To send a message. This is about punishing political opponents…nothing more, nothing less. This is about sending a message to Trump supporters that you will not be tolerated. Not by the Biden Justice Department.

 

We won’t address all of the suspicious unindicted co-conspirators, but some deserve notice.

“Person Two” and “Person Three” are unindicted co-conspirators against Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell (along with 15 named co-defendants).

Caldwell is a 65-year-old from Virginia and alleged member of the Oath Keepers, referred to by the DOJ as a “paramilitary” or “militia” group. Caldwell’s indictment was one of the first major indictments following the January 6 incident.

According to the DOJ press release:

“Jessica Marie Watkins, 38, and Donovan Ray Crowl, 50, both of Champaign County, Ohio; and Thomas Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Virginia were indicted today in federal court in the District of Columbia on charges of conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 317, 1512, 1361, and 1752. Watkins and Crowl were arrested on Jan. 18; Caldwell was arrested on Jan. 19. All three individuals originally were charged by criminal complaint. The maximum penalty for Obstructing an Official Proceeding is a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

According to the charging documents, Watkins, Crowl, and Caldwell communicated with each other in advance of the Jan. 6, 2021, incursion on the U.S. Capitol and coordinated their attack. Watkins, Crowl and Caldwell are all affiliated with Oath Keepers, while Watkins and Crowl are also members of the Ohio State Regular Militia. Watkins claimed to be a commanding officer within the Ohio State Regular Militia in a social media post.”

In reading the indictment against Caldwell, “Person Two” was a key co-conspirator alongside Caldwell in pretty much every event related to the charges in question.

For example, Person Two planned logistics with Caldwell in advance of January 6, stayed in the same hotel room for days with him, and when Caldwell is alleged to have “stormed the barricades” into restricted areas outside the Capitol, Person Two was right there “storming the barricades” with him .

However despite the fact both individuals did exactly the same thing, Person Two remains unindicted.

From the indictment:

  1. Meanwhile, CALDWELL, who was positioned on the west side of the Capitol, joined with PERSON TWO and others known and unknown in storming past barricades [emphasis added] and climbing stairs up to a balcony on the West side of the Capitol building. (DOJ- Fourth Superseding Indictment)

Still more from the government’s brief against reconsideration of detention:

“Did you see us storm the Capitol today? [Person Two] is exhausted and will give you the long version later…I will send you now a sequence of pics as we get bearer, climb through the construction and scaffolding meant to stop us, up the stairway where they were shooting teargas and the grins as well as the view looking out from the balcony.

Hell yeah! [Person Two] and I rolled with the Oathkeepers and some other militia.

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On my side another round of indiscriminate tear gas shots. I gotta say, I was carrying my American flag and I got up on that fountain and I said let’s go. Patriots forward! And people were screaming it and we surged forward. I will neve (sic) forget the feeling. And [Person Two] I said…do you want to go and [Person Two] said something like let’s go!

We got to the level where they do the inauguration and I gotta say it was exhilarating to stand there with thousands, some even hanging from scaffolding, waving my American flag and [PERSON TWO] waving the flag singing America the beautiful and the Star-spangled banner with hundreds of thousands of people I didn’t know.

On my side the cops showed up on a level above us with riot guns and about this time I had left [PERSON TWO] and [name omitted] one of our other pals by the railing about 20 yards back.”

Yet another portion of the Caldwell indictment refers to another unindicted co-conspirator, known as PERSON THREE. In that portion, PERSON THREE is referred to by Caldwell as having a room and “is bringing someone. He will be the quick reaction force.”

Further, near the end of that paragraph, Caldwell says again of PERSON THREE:

“Oathkeeper friends from North Carolina are taking commercial buses up early in the morning on the 6th and back same night [PERSON THREE] will have the goodies in case things go bad and we need to get heavy.”

Despite PERSON THREE’s clear involvement and designated role as a “quick reaction force,” he/she remains unindicted.

Yet another similarity between the Michigan operation and the Washington, DC siege is the fact that in Michigan, an undercover FBI agent received hand-drawn maps from one of the “plotters” doing reconnaissance missions. On January 6, PERSON THREE, the unindicted co-conspirator receives hand-drawn maps. Coincidence? You decide.

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In Michigan, defense counsel for one of those arrested says that an undercover FBI operative organized and paid for hotel rooms during planning on June 6, 2020.

In DC, PERSON THREE reserved and paid for various Oath Keeper hotel rooms.

According to the indictment, PERSON THREE was to stash heavy weapons at the “QRF hotel,” and standing by as QRF operator in the event he was summoned to bring weapons to the scene. PERSON THREE paid for one room at the Comfort Inn in Ballston.

Additional unindicted co- conspirators paid for hotel rooms as well, including PERSON TEN in Vienna, Virginia and PERSON FIFTEEN whose debit card was used to pay for a room at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The fact that a number of persons who apparently had significant roles in the events of January 6 who remain unindicted is curious at best. These include Persons 2, 3, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, and 20, along with other co-conspirators merely listed as “an individual.”

Similar questions follow indictments of members of the Proud Boys.

One such exchange included a conversation between four people…one who was indicted, Charles Donahoe and two unnamed persons and one unindicted co-conspirator:

UCC-1: I want to see thousands of normies burn that city to ash today

Person-2: Would be epic

UCC-1: The state is the enemy of the people

Person-2: We are the people

UCC-1: Fuck yea

Person-1: God let it happen…I will settle with seeing them smash some pigs to dust

Person-2: Fuck these commie traitors:

Person-1: It’s going to happen. These normiecons have no adrenaline control…They are like a pack of wild dogs

DONOHOE: I’m leaving with a crew of about 15 at 0830 to hoof it to the monument no colors

Person-2: Fuck it let them loose

Person-1: I agree…

Another piece of irony? Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys was ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C. on January 5, 2021. This was after he had been arrested for destroying a Black Lives Matter banner at a black church.

Why is this ironic? Tarrio is a known FBI informant, who just happened to get arrested and banned the day before the January 6 incident, in which the Proud Boys were involved.

Coincidence? Maybe.

The Revolver piece contains a lot more information, but anyone who believes in the rule of law and in our American system of government should question what is going on relative to January 6.

The fact that there are people still in jail, for relatively minor charges while there are co-conspirators who committed crimes just as egregious or even more so who are still walking the streets should trouble anyone.

This isn’t a right or left, Republican or Democrat issue. It’s an issue of fairness and of following the American system of justice.

Most of those locked up are in jail for crimes equal to criminal trespass. Yet they are being held, some in solitary confinement, some without bail and some without even having charges levied.

This past Sunday, Fox News host Mark Levin, on his Sunday program Life, Liberty and Levin had a guest on the show, Julie Kelly a senior contributor at American Greatness, who has been doing a deep dive into those jailed relative to January 6.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

She related that those arrested are being treated terribly. She also related that despite January 6 being described as an “armed insurrection,” not one person arrested thus far has been charged with carrying a firearm, nor has anyone been charged with insurrection. Yet they remain locked up, with some being told they won’t get a trial until next year.

So what happened after Kelly’s appearance on Levin’s show? On Monday, she told Levin that after she appeared on the show, the DC jail has doubled down on their harsh treatment of the arrestees, with them being told they can only leave their cells for only minutes a day.

This is not a Soviet gulag. This is the United States of America. Is this what we now do to people who exercise their First Amendment rights? A vast majority of these people locked up did not engage in violence. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. For those who engaged in violence, punish them. They deserve it.

For those who did not, allow them their bail like any scumbag in Chicago or New York or Los Angeles who commits assault, robbery or even murder. Give them the same benefit given to Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters over the past 13 months. 

The Revolver piece should serve as a cautionary tale for the American people. The left accused Donald Trump of being a dictator? Look at what the Biden administration is doing. Americans in jail for basically political speech, held in solitary confinement, without bail? There’s the real dictator.

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