Tag: Oath Keepers

Why the Oath Keepers looks an Awful lot like al-Qaeda and Trump is its Usama Bin Laden

January 6 and its aftermath clearly could have been far more bloody if the Capitol police and then the Secret Service had not done such a good job of protecting elected officials from these heavily armed and militarily trained wack jobs. It should be remembered how the odious Trump cultivated these right-wing militias, and told a similar group to “stand back and stand by” during his debate with Joe Biden. They stood by all right.

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Oath Keeper returned to Capitol on Jan. 7 for “recon” as group plotted weeks of battle: prosecutors | Salon.com

Men belonging to the Oathkeepers wearing military tactical gear attend the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters breached the security surrounding the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

Twitter Reddit Email save A member of the Oath Keepers returned to the Capitol a day after the deadly Jan. 6 riot for “recon” as the group, which had stocked up a cache of weapons and ammunition, plotted to battle authorities for weeks, prosecutors said in a court filing. Ed Vallejo, a 63-year-old Arizona man who was one of 11 Oath Keepers charged last week with seditious conspiracy and other crimes for their alleged efforts to use a campaign of violence to prevent President Biden from taking office, messaged his alleged co-conspirators after the Jan. 6 riot was dispersed to declare “we’ll be back at 6 am to do it again,” according to prosecutors. He returned to the Capitol on Jan. 7 and told others he was “waiting for orders from [Oath Keeper founder] Stewart Rhodes,” who was also indicted last week. “We are going to probe their defense line right now 6 am they should let us in. We’ll see,” Vallejo said in a Signal message to other members, according to the court filing.

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After the insurrection, America’s far-right groups get more extreme

What are U.S. extremist groups doing since the Jan. 6 riot? Local chapters of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Groypers and others are breaking away from their groups’ national figureheads. For instance, some local Proud Boys chapters have been explicitly cutting ties with national leader Enrique Tarrio, the group’s chairman.

After the insurrection, America’s far-right groups get more extreme