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The State of the Five Now-Intersecting January 6 Militia Conspiracies

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emptywheel
The Oath Keeper and Proud Boy conspiracies just started intersecting in the indictment charging the Proud Boy leaders.
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How to Arrest Someone (Almost) Entirely Off Social Media

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emptywheel
The FBI arrested an innocuous Ohio couple almost entirely off their social media activity on January 6.

86 Minutes: Two Arrests Thwarted and Three Cops Disabled by "Bear Shit"

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emptywheel
In the 86 minutes after Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund first asked the National Guard for help on January 6, police had to release two violent rioters -- Hunter Ehmke and Mark Ponder -- rather than arrest them, and Brian Sicknick got sprayed with the "bear shit" that may have led to his death.
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675 Days In, the Durham Investigation Has Lasted Longer than the Mueller Investigation

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emptywheel
As of today, the Durham investigation has continued longer than the Mueller investigation.
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News from the Election Front: Russia Attacked Joe Biden Through "Prominent US Individuals, Some of Whom Were Close to Former President Trump"

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emptywheel
The Intelligence Report on foreign interference in the 2020 election--which finds that Russia tried to attack Joe Biden--might as well have named Rudy Giuliani personally.
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The FBI Was Still Collecting Evidence Yesterday that Might Explain Brian Sicknick's Death

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emptywheel
There's a good reason why DOJ didn't charge Julian Khater and George Tanios in Brian Sicknick's death. According to a warrant obtained yesterday, the FBI was still collecting key pieces of evidence in conjunction with the arrests yesterday.

Finding The Public In A Complex Society

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Ed Walker
Corporations and politicians manipulate us to non-political ends for their own benefit.
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Funeral For A Friend And Get Your Shot

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bmaz
Good friend died from Covid in the last couple of days. Had all the money and best healthcare America possibly had to offer. None of that was enough. Go get vaccinated.
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"I Started the Fire:" DOJ Reveals Another Missed Advance Warning about January 6

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emptywheel
In December, one of Guy Reffitt's family members alerted FBI that the Three Percenter was threatening members of Congress. Yet the FBI claims it had no warning of threats to Congress before the Norfolk Memo.
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Thomas Caldwell's "Storming the Castle" Ploy Succeeds

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emptywheel
Judge Amit Mehta ordered Thomas Caldwell be released on bail today. He did so because Caldwell's lawyer succeeded in pretending that Caldwell was charged with conspiring to storm the Capitol, rather than charged with conspiring to prevent the vote count.

An Inventory of the January 6 Investigation on Merrick Garland's First Day

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emptywheel
A filing in the Oath Keeper conspiracy provides a sense of what the January 6 investigation looks like on Merrick Garland's first full day.
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GoToInsurrection and Other Astounding Oath Keeper Social Media Habits

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emptywheel
With the kind of database the FBI must have put together on the Oath Keepers given their promiscuous use of social media, they are at this point picking and choosing who to focus on.
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On Merrick Garland's Confirmation

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bmaz
Merrick Garland being confirmed is excellent news. But he is not the savior you may be looking for. Yet, a positive and stabilizing step.
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Arrest First, Learn about Right Wing Terrorism Later

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emptywheel
Christopher Wray admitted the other day that the FBI is only coming to understand right wing militias behind the January 6 attack as they arrest and then continue to investigate them.
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FBI Seems Confident in the Granularity of Their Capitol Cell Tower Dumps

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emptywheel
The FBI appears to be relying more heavily on the cell tower dumps it obtained at the beginning of the January 6 investigation, which suggests a fair degree of confidence that the cell tower dumps pinpoint who was actually in the Capitol.
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FBI Had an Open Investigation into a QAnon Cultist Predicting World War 3 before January 6

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emptywheel
Assistant Director Jill Sanborn could only think of one person the FBI already had under investigation who had been arrested by last week. That's particularly damning given that one of three people who was on the FBI radar is almost the only January 6 defendant with an Arab name.
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FBI and DHS Aren't Using the Free Expertise on Right Wing Terrorism While Looking to Pay for It

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emptywheel
On Wednesday, a DHS witness responded to Mark Warner's suggestion that DHS and FBI avail themselves of experts on right wing extremism by explaining the agency is looking to contract for such skills. On Friday, HuffPo published its second story about FBI failing to act on open source tips about January 6 culprits.
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