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Six Militia Members Indicted On Conspiracy Charges

Politico reports: Federal prosecutors have obtained a conspiracy indictment against six men allegedly affiliated with a “California Patriots” group for plotting to obstruct the electoral vote count on Jan. 6. The indictment, returned by a grand jury in Washington on Wednesday and made public on Thursday, says the effort by the six grew out of the American Phoenix Project — …

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Montana Church Recruits Militia To Stop “Mask Fascism”

Montana’s Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church is reportedly circulating flyers promoting a group calling itself “Tactical Civics.” From their website: This republic of sovereign States, founded in the Name of Jesus Christ and blessed for centuries, is now under Communist occupation by D.C., Beijing, and many state palaces. The massive fraud in the 2020 election, combined with the criminal COVID-19 …

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FBI Collars Two Members Of “Boogaloo Bois” Militia

Via press release from the Justice Department: John Subleski, age 32, of Louisville, Kentucky, and Adam Turner, age 35, also of Louisville, Kentucky, were arrested by the Louisville Division of Federal Bureau of Investigation today, announced Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett. Subleski was charged in a criminal complaint with a violation of 18 United States Code, Section 2101, …

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DOJ: Militia Leader Believed She Followed Trump’s Call

CNN reports: The Justice Department is now making clear that a leader among the Oath Keepers paramilitary group — who planned and led others in the US Capitol siege to attempt to stop the Biden presidency — believed she was responding to the call from then-President Donald Trump himself. “As the inauguration grew nearer, [Jessica] Watkins indicated that she was …

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Feds: Militias Began Plotting DC Assault In November

The Washington Post reports: Three self-styled militia members charged in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol began soliciting recruits for potential violence within days of the 2020 presidential election, later training in Ohio and North Carolina and organizing travel to Washington with a busload of comrades and a truck of weapons, U.S. authorities alleged Wednesday. A four-count indictment …

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QAnon Rep Accepts Gift Gun From Militia Leader

Salon reports: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., received this weekend a custom-printed Glock 22 handgun with the congressional seal on the grip as an apparent gift from members of a group called “Boots on the Ground Bikers for Trump.” Boebert now says she does not currently have possession of the gun, perhaps because it’s a violation of House ethics rules for …

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As Teen Journalist, Hawley Defended Anti-Govt Militias

The Kansas City Star reports: Josh Hawley was a precocious 15-year-old in 1995, writing a regular column for his hometown paper, The Lexington News, when he was still in high school. He used the early platform to opine on politics, culture and those he believed had been unfairly maligned by the media — among them anti-government militias and Los Angeles …

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Feds Say Jailed Militia Leader Was Plotting “Literal War”

The Daily Beast reports: A member of the far-right paramilitary group the Oath Keepers who’s been charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol was ready “for violence” during the deadly riot and had plans for a “further insurrection,” federal prosecutors said Friday. “The plan was never for peaceful protest,” a Virginia prosecutor said during a detention hearing for Donovan Crowl, …

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Two National Guard Members Removed For Militia Ties

The Associated Press reports: Two U.S. Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. A U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official say the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias. No plot against Biden was found. The Army official and …

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Feds Charge Militia Leader With Conspiracy In DC Riots

The Washington Post reports: U.S. authorities have leveled the first conspiracy charge against an apparent leader of an extremist group in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, arresting an alleged Oath Keeper who is accused of plotting to disrupt the electoral vote confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and proposing further assaults on state capitols. Thomas Edward Caldwell, …

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FBI: Rioter Threatened To Kill His Kids For Snitching

Reuters reports: A man associated with a self-styled militia group that helped break into the Capitol on Jan. 6 threatened to kill his children if they cooperated with police, according to federal authorities. In an affidavit submitted in D.C. federal court, an FBI agent wrote that Guy Reffitt was identified through video taken at the Capitol and cellphone tracking data. …

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Militia Members Used Walkie-Talkie App In Riots

The Guardian reports: Audio and chat logs reveal that at least two insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol on 6 January used Zello, a social media walkie-talkie app that critics say has largely ignored a growing far-right user base. “We are in the main dome right now,” said a female militia member, speaking on Zello, her voice competing with the …

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MI Bans Open Carry In Capitol Amid FBI Warnings

The Guardian reports: Michigan banned the open carry of guns inside its Capitol building on Monday, following mob violence last week at the US Capitol and last year’s storming of the Michigan statehouse. The Michigan ban came as reports detailed FBI warnings about possible violence at state capitols and in Washington in the run-up to the 20 January inauguration of …

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Militia Leader Claims He Has Armed Men Stationed Outside DC And Ready For Violence On Trump’s Orders

Media Matters reports: Oath Keepers militia leader Stewart Rhodes said that he has armed men on standby outside of Washington, D.C., to supposedly prevent the 2020 presidential election from being stolen from President Donald Trump. Echoing elements of the QAnon conspiracy theory during an appearance on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program, Rhodes said the only way to prevent his …

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Extremist Groups Planning Action In Some States

USA Today reports: Extremist groups are planning actions in key states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, which has been tracking extremists on social media. Those states, along with Georgia and Oregon, face the highest risk of election-related activity by armed vigilante groups, according to a report by MilitiaWatch and …

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STUDY: 5 States At Risk For Election Violence By Militias

USA Today reports: A new report says five states, including several that are presidential battlegrounds, are at a high risk for activity by armed groups of civilians around the Nov. 3 election. The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) and MilitiaWatch warned about such movements leading up to and following the election in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and …

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Leaked Chats Show Cultists Plotting Portland Violence

The Guardian reports: Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend. The chats on the GroupMe app, shared with the Guardian by the antifascist group Eugene Antifa, show conversations between …

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Militia Fires Paintballs At Oregon BLM Protesters

The Associated Press reports: Vehicles waving flags for Trump, the QAnon conspiracy theory and in support of police gathered about noon at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. Members of the right-wing group the Proud Boys went on to Salem, where a crowd of several dozen pro-Trump supporters had gathered. At one point Monday afternoon, the right-wing crowd rushed a …

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Zuckerberg Apologizes For Leaving Up Kenosha Militia Page Despite Many Complaints On Its Call To Violence

The Washington Post reports: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged in a video post Friday that the company erred by not taking down an event listing for a militia group that encouraged armed civilians to defend the streets of Kenosha, Wis., from civil unrest before the fatal shooting of two people this week. Facebook removed the page for the “Kenosha …

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BREAKING: “Blue Lives Matter” Illinois Teen Charged With Murder In Shooting Of Kenosha Protesters [VIDEO]

The Daily Dot reports: Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois has been charged with first-degree murder according to documents reviewed by the Daily Dot. According to the Lake County, Illinois Clerk of Courts public records, obtained by the Daily Dot, Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and labeled a “fugitive from justice.” The complaint states that …

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