The incident at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

President Trump held a rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2020.  Shortly before the end of the president's speech, a disturbance arose at the U.S. Capitol building.  From where I'm sitting, it appears that leftist agitators infiltrated the crowd, in an effort to make the Trump supporters appear to be violent insurrectionists.  The Democrats, with the eager assistance of the already-biased news media, have been misrepresenting the day's events ever since.  One police officer in the Capitol shot and killed an unarmed woman, and not only will he not be charged with murder, we won't be told his name!  Prior to the January 20th inauguration of Joe Biden, who gladly accepted the outcome of the stolen election, an extensive array of fences and checkpoints were set up, turning the U.S. Capitol into something you'd expect to see in East Germany in 1965, or North Korea today.  The controversy is far from over, as there may yet be a one-sided congressional investigation of the January incident, and a few of the "swing" states are investigating voting irregularities still unresolved from November, 2020.  Meanwhile, a number of people, quite possibly innocent, have been imprisoned without trial since January.

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Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled by Exploiting "Insurrection" Fears.  Congress's 1/6 Committee May Be the Worst Abuse Yet.  For many liberals and Democrats in the U.S., 1/6 is the equivalent of 9/11.  One need not speculate about that.  Many have said this explicitly.  Some prominent Democrats in politics and media have even insisted that 1/6 was worse than 9/11.  Joe Biden's speechwriters, when preparing his script for his April address to the Joint Session of Congress, called the three-hour riot "the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War."  Liberal icon Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose father's legacy was cemented by years of casting 9/11 as the most barbaric attack ever seen, now serves as Vice Chair of the 1/6 Committee; in that role, she proclaimed that the forces behind 1/6 represent "a threat America has never seen before."  The enabling resolution that created the Select Committee calls 1/6 "one of the darkest days of our democracy."  USA Today's editor David Mastio published an op-ed whose sole point was a defense of the hysterical thesis from MSNBC analysts that 1/6 is at least as bad as 9/11 if not worse.  S.V. Date, the White House correspondent for America's most nakedly partisan "news" outlet, The Huffington Post, published a series of tweets arguing that 1/6 was worse than 9/11 and that those behind it are more dangerous than Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda ever were.

Biden Calls for the Prosecution of Anyone Refusing Subpoenas in the Jan. 6th Riot Investigation.  We recently discussed the troubling declaration of guilt made by President Joe Biden at the start of the investigation into border agents allegedly whipping or "strapping" undocumented Haitians trying to enter the country.  The statement shattered the integrity of the investigation as well as the reputation of the federal agents.  Now, President Biden has called for the Select Committee looking into the Jan. 6th riot to hold those who refuse subpoenas in contempt and for his Department of Justice to prosecute them.  During the Trump Administration, many of us criticized the President for commenting on pending investigations and crossing the line on seeking to influence the Justice Department.  A chorus of legal experts declared such public comments to be an attack on the rule of law and the integrity of the Justice Department.  Those voices have been largely silent on Biden's own comments.

DOJ Hits Back At Biden, Declares It's [sic] Independence.  President Joe Biden's own Department of Justice just laid the smackdown on him after he urged the January 6 House Select Committee to prosecute those who do not comply with a Congressional subpoena.  As he was outside the White House on Friday [10/15/2021] a CNN reporter asked him if those people, like former White House chief strategist Bannon, should be prosecuted.  "Mr. President, what's your message to people who defy Congressional subpoenas on the January 6 committee?" the reporter said.  "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable criminally," he said.  "Should they be prosecuted by the Justice Department?" the reporter pressed.  "I do, yes," the president said.  The Department of Justice was not thrilled with the president's statement and DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley made it known that the department will not be told what to do.

Psaki, DOJ in damage control mode after Biden says subpoena defiers should be prosecuted.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki are doing damage control after President Biden told reporters Friday evening that anyone who defies a congressional subpoena should be prosecuted.  The remarks by the president come as the Jan. 6 select commission is ramping up issuing subpoenas for former President Trump administration officials and others who may have information on Trump's efforts to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.  Biden told reporters in a South Lawn gaggle outside of Air Force One, "I hope the committee goes after them and holds accountable."  He was referring to individuals who refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena.

QAnon hairdresser is sentenced to 14 days in jail.  A QAnon-loving hairdresser who called the January 6 attack on the US Capitol the 'best [...] day ever' after briefly breaching the Capitol building will be forced to serve 14 days in jail after Indiana prosecutors asked a judge to throw her behind bars because she is an 'avid consumer of conspiracy theories.'  Dona Sue Bissey, 53, was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 days in jail, 60 hours of community service and given a $500 fine for her part in the January 6 riots, of which she and a friend, Anna Morgan-Lloyd, were among the first 50 rioters to breach the Capitol building, according to Bissey's Facebook post.  Bissey commented on the post saying 'best [...] day ever!!  I'll never forget.  We got into the Capitol Building.'

Was January 6 Part of the FBI's 'Operation Cold Snap'?  [I]n June 2020, days after the nation was roiled by Black Lives Matter looting and rioting, a man from Wisconsin named Stephen Robeson sponsored a "National Militia Conference" at a Dublin hotel.  (Yes, that was the real name of the event.)  According to BuzzFeed's exceptional July 2021 investigative report on the FBI-led plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, Robeson "helped organize the national meeting, and he was enthusiastically pushing people he knew to attend."  The purpose of the conference was to recruit people who ultimately would stoke "political violence" against governors who refused to reopen their states after lockdowns supposedly necessitated by COVID.  Some participants said Robeson, known as "Robey," relentlessly pestered them until they agreed to show up; people came from as far as Maryland and Kansas City, BuzzFeed's Ken Bensinger and Jessica Garrison reported.  One member of the Three Percenters, an alleged militia group on the FBI's naughty list, observed people taking photos from discreet locations in the hotel.  "The feds are everywhere," he thought to himself.  Indeed.  One of the feds was Robeson himself.

At least five Capitol 'rioters' have represented themselves.  At least five people charged with storming the U.S. Capitol have refused defense lawyers and are electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges.  That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court.  Among the five who've opted to go it alone are cop-turned-yoga teacher Alan Hostetter, 57, who believes the official inquiry into the riot is fixed.

Report shows Babbitt not a deadly threat.  A DC Metropolitan Police Report on the Ashli Babbitt shooting was obtained by Judicial Watch.  It shows one thing clearly.  There was no legitimate justification for Lt. Michael Byrd to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt.  The standard requirement for use of deadly force was in effect which requires an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.  None of the statements by officers at the scene show that standard was met. [...] All of them agree that no one saw Ashli Babbitt with a weapon of any kind and the only possible threat she posed was simply climbing through a window.  Officers present stated she had not made any threats or shown any violent action toward them.  One officer advanced the rationale that since Byrd was threatening to shoot them, it would have emboldened the crowd if he had not then actually shot her.  That is an absurd line of reasoning.  Another said that if Byrd had not killed Ashli Babbitt the protesters could have taken his gun and used it against them.  Yet Babbitt was nowhere near Byrd and had shown no violent actions.  It's as if she was chosen at random to teach the protesters a lesson or to serve as an example.  This is noted in the statement of one of the other officer's present.

Will Liz Cheney, House Democrats Investigate Insurrectionist Takeover Of Interior Department?  Security personnel at the U.S. Department of the Interior sustained "multiple injuries," according to spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz in the Washington Post, after left-wing protesters held the agency headquarters under siege on Thursday [10/14/2021].  Fifty-five protesters were arrested in the turmoil, the demonstration group People vs.  Fossil Fuels said in a statement to the Post, concluding five days of activism in the nation's capital by a coalition known as Build Back Fossil Free.  Many were protesting the completion of Minnesota's Line 3 Pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands oil to Lake Superior.  Begun in 2017, the project was ordered by the federal government to replace an old, corroding line.

Democrat Dog and Pony Shows Come up Short.  Not waiting for the partisan paint to dry, Nancy Pelosi established the J6 commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection further harass Trump supporters.  But beyond the obligated political testimonies of the Capitol police, some of whose feelings were hurt on J6, Nancy has had a difficult time getting others to testify — for good reasons.  Nancy's congressional subpoenas appear to have fallen on deaf ears for those she's targeting with her dog and pony show.  In a combination of fishing expedition and bankruptcy by legal fees, she subpoenaed the records of Steve Bannon in an attempt to take the mudslinging to a new level.  This strategy is unlikely to work if she continues to pursue it, for several reasons.

Capitol Police officer charged with obstruction of justice.  Capitol Police officer Michael Riley was arrested Friday on two obstruction of justice charges after allegedly telling someone to delete footage showing him at the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.  Riley, a 25-year veteran of the police force, also told the contact to remove footage from all social media accounts, according to Friday's indictment.  While he did not know the contact personally, they were part of the same Facebook group in which he located the footage and identified himself before warning the man of the mass investigation into those inside the building, the indictment added.

Jan. 6 Panel Refers Steve Bannon for Criminal Contempt; Adam Schiff Imagines Bannon in Jail.  The Democrat-dominated House of Representatives committee investigating the Capitol riot of January 6 decided to refer Stephen K. Bannon for criminal contempt prosecution after he defied the committee's subpoena to testify on Thursday [10/14/2021].  Bannon was CEO of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and a senior White House aide until leaving in August 2017.  It is not clear what, if any, connection he had with the January 6 event, three-and-a-half years later.

When is an insurrection not an insurrection?  During the Kavanaugh hearings, hundreds of hysterical leftist activists stormed the Capitol and even managed to break into the Senate chamber.  They were arrested and that was the end of it.  On January 6, crowds of pro-Trump people, along with undoubted provocateurs and, almost certainly, FBI agents, entered the Capitol.  Once in, they wandered around reverently and left — except for Ashli Babbitt, whom a Capitol Police Officer killed in cold blood.  January 6 was called an "insurrection," and Biden's DOJ is using it as an excuse to hold political prisoners and terrorize into silence those who oppose Trump.  And no, it's not just a new, stricter standard, as Thursday's "climate justice" riot showed.  Admittedly, the climate fanatics didn't head for the Capitol.  Instead, they besieged the Department of the Interior.

Lieutenant Byrd was 'shaking, nervous and teary-eyed' [after] he shot dead Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt in Jan 6 Capitol riots, secret report reveals.  Lieutenant Michael Byrd, the Capitol cop who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt dead on January 6, was 'nervous, teary-eyed, and appeared very upset' after gunning down the Air Force veteran, a secret report has revealed.  More than 500 pages of internal DC Metropolitan Police documents on the fatal shooting reveal witnesses said Babbitt was not carrying a weapon at the time and describe how Lt Byrd was shaken by the event.  Babbitt was a fervent Trump supporter who was killed when she was at the front of a mob trying to climb through a shattered glass door to the Speaker's Lobby during the riots.

Congress' Access to Individuals' Private Communications:  The Jan. 6 Committee's Troubling Precedent.  In late August, the special House committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol took the first steps toward subpoenaing the communications records of private citizens involved in rallies to protest certification of the election, as well as Republican lawmakers whose role in the events of Jan. 6th has come into question.  The committee asked the companies to preserve these records for now.  House minority leader Kevin McCarthy reacted with outrage, tweeting:  "If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States."  He warned ominously that "a Republican majority will not forget."  Progressive commentators were quick to point out that McCarthy himself, by threatening reprisal against companies that cooperate with the requests, might be violating the law against obstructing congressional investigations.  But underlying McCarthy's shameful attempt to bully the companies into noncompliance is a legitimate question about the scope of Congress's authority to obtain private information.

Secret Police Docs Reveal There Was 'No Good Reason' to Shoot Ashli Babbitt:  Judicial Watch Report.  A new report seems to confirm what we all already knew about the Ashli Babbitt case:  She was shot unjustifiably.  For those who may not remember, Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer while trying to open a door that led to the House chamber during the Jan. 6 incursion.  Judicial Watch reported on Wednesday [10/13/2021] that it had obtained 532 pages of documents from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police, all regarding Babbitt's death.  Witness testimonies indicated Babbitt was not holding a weapon at the time of the shooting and that the officer involved, Michael Byrd, looked "upset" after shooting her.  A Capitol Police sergeant testified that he didn't know why Byrd shot Babbitt.

Federal Judge Finds DC Jail Officials in Contempt, Demands Civil Rights Inquiry.  In a major rebuke of the Justice Department and D.C. Department of Corrections, District Court Judge Royce Lamberth today found the jail's warden and director of the Department of Corrections in contempt of court for refusing to turn over records related to the care of Christopher Worrell, a January 6 detainee who suffers from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and a broken hand.  He has been incarcerated under a pre-trial detention order sought by Joe Biden's Justice Department and approved by the court's chief judge since his arrest in March; Worrell has been in the D.C. jail used specifically to house January 6 defendants since April.  Lamberth scheduled the hearing on Tuesday [10/12/2021] after D.C. Jail Warden Wanda Patten and DOC Director Quincy Booth failed to comply with his October 8 order to submit the evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, who determined in June that Worrell needed surgery for a broken hand he suffered in May, and also to submit Worrell's medical requests related to needed cancer treatments.  Jail officials and attorneys representing the department claimed the screw-up was a miscommunication but Lamberth rejected their argument.  "I don't accept that explanation," Lamberth said.  "No one noticed in jail that he's sitting there in pain all the time?  Does no one care?"

Babbitt shooting internal police docs reveal 'no good reason for shooting,' according to Judicial Watch.  More than 500 pages of internal documents from DC Metropolitan Police concerning the fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol on Jan. 6 reveal witness accounts stating she was not holding a weapon at the time of her death and how "upset" the officer was after shooting her.  "These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt," stated Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents through a May 2021 FOIA lawsuit.  "The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for the over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S. Capitol Police."

Judge says civil rights of Jan 6 detainees are being violated, slaps warden with contempt.  U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth is holding D.C. Jail Warden Wanda Patten and D.C. Department of Correction Director Quincy Booth in contempt of court, accusing them of 'inexcusable' delays in providing medical treatment to prisoner Chris Worrell, who is accused of partaking in the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.  'American Greatness' writer Julie Kelly live-tweeted the hearing and the resulting action by the judge.  "Judge Lamberth just found the DC Jail Warden and DC DOC Director in contempt of court for refusing to turn over requested documents related to care for cancer-stricken J6 detainee," she wrote.  "Says civil rights are being violated at the jail, will refer to Attorney General office.  FINALLY!!"

New Docs Show That Ashli Babbitt was Shot for 'No Good Reason'.  It wasn't our best day as a nation.  It also wasn't the worst.  We have clowns in the liberal press saying that the January 6 riot was worse than the 9/11 attacks.  We have comparisons that this was worse than the American Civil War.  False on all accounts, but they need to exaggerate this incident because they want to ensnare Donald Trump again.  If this was such a horrific event, why haven't they released the hours of security camera footage?  It's possibly because it's boring [...] — just hundreds of people walking around the US Capitol.  These people didn't murder anyone as well.  No cops were killed.  Officer Brian Sicknick, who the liberal media tried to weaponize against conservatives, died of natural causes.  The only person who was killed inside the Capitol building was Ashli Babbitt who was shot by police.  This has been a topic of discussion for some, as people wondered if the use of force was necessary.  Look, in this situation, everyone inside should have known that these situations could turn deadly.  That's not to say she deserved it, and new documents from Judicial Watch further feeds the narrative that this was a cover-up.

Was Jan. 6 an 'armed insurrection'?  It has become common in some circles to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an "armed insurrection."  That leads to a few questions:  How many rioters were armed?  And what weapons did they have?  What were the arms in the "armed insurrection"?  The Justice Department maintains a website listing the defendants and the federal charges against them in the sprawling Capitol riot investigation.  At this moment, about 670 people have been charged, many of them with misdemeanors like "Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building."  Of the 670, I counted 82 who face weapons-related charges.  That's about 12% of the total. [...] For each charge, prosecutors have specified the weapon the defendant is accused of using.  Here is a representative list of those weapons:  A helmet.  A baton.  A crutch.  A walking stick.  Handgun.  Pepper spray.  Flagpole.  Knife.  Baseball bat.  Crowd control barrier.  Police shield.  Hockey stick.  Axe.  Metal sign.  Desk drawer.

Arrest of Green Beret Oath Keeper Threatens to Expose FBI's Darkest 1/6 Secrets.  The Oath Keepers are the highest-profile and most extensively prosecuted militia group associated with the events of January 6.  So far, the government has charged a total of 18 Oath Keepers with conspiring to obstruct Congress's certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.  This is a serious conspiracy charge that could potentially lead to decades of prison time.  Oddly enough, Oath Keepers founder and leader Stewart Rhodes himself has not been charged with anything, despite the fact that the government cites Rhodes's own statements and actions as largely constitutive of the conspiracy for which so many of his underlings face charges. [...] Apart from any charges of conspiracy, there is no doubt that, based on his actions on January 6, Stewart Rhodes could technically be prosecuted for trespassing on US Capitol grounds.  Just last Thursday, in fact, approximately 20 FBI vehicles swooped in on the home of Oath Keepers associate Jeremy Brown, searched his belongings for five and a half hours, and took all of his phones and electronics.  The feds justified their entire raid on Brown on a minor alleged "trespassing" offense.

Julie Kelly and Tucker Carlson Discuss the Many Questions Remaining About January 6American Greatness Senior Contributor Julie Kelly joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday [10/5/2021] to discuss the many unresolved questions surrounding the January 6 Capitol Hill melee, including the identity of the officer who shot the protester, Ashli Babbitt and why there remains so many hours of unreleased footage of the incident.  [Video clip]

Our Representatives, Not J6 Protesters, Defile the 'Sacred' U.S. Capitol.  When politics is your religion and government is your God, a public building is your church.  The four-hour disturbance at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, according to Beltway aristocracy and the media, wasn't a legitimate protest that turned violent in some areas — it was a sacrilege.  Never mind that the building itself sustained minimal damage — early reports estimated $30 million for repairs but the actual figure is around $1 million — the real vandalism occurred when thousands of Americans wearing MAGA hats invaded the cathedral of government power occupied by America's political deity.  And the alleged apostates are paying a dear price.  Since January 6, lawmakers, judges, and federal prosecutors have routinely described the Capitol building as holy ground.  "To those who engaged in the gleeful desecration of this, our temple of democracy, American democracy, justice will be done," Pelosi said after the breach.  Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.) tweeted on January 6 that "the Capitol building is the center and sacred symbol of democracy."

The Left Got What It Wanted — So Now What?  Of the January 6 debacle, we were not told that it was a riot involving lawbreakers who would be punished.  Instead, we were lied to that it was an "armed insurrection," a "coup," and "a rebellion" of massive proportions.  Our esteemed retired military and civil libertarians who had damned the mere thought of using federal troops to quell the prior four summer months of continuous rioting were suddenly happy to see 25,000 federal soldiers patrol Washington to hound out fantasy second-wave insurrectionists.  In Animal Farm fashion, there were now to be good federal troops deterring mythical violent domestic extremists, but bad federal troops who should never stop real, ongoing mayhem in the streets.  It mattered nothing that "armed" in the case of January 6 meant that no firearms were used or even found among the protestors.  No one was charged with conspiracy, insurrection, or racketeering.  But many were placed in solitary confinement without specific charges being filed — to the utter delight of liberal groups like the ACLU and human rights organizations. [...] Videos surrounding the entire melee still have been repressed.  They likely will never be released.

Capitol Police whistleblower delivers scathing rebuke to two of its senior leaders on Jan. 6.  A former high-ranking Capitol Police official with knowledge of the department's response to the Jan. 6 attack has sent congressional leaders a scathing letter accusing two of its senior leaders of mishandling intelligence and failing to respond properly during the riot.  The whistleblower, who requested anonymity for privacy reasons and left the force months after the attack, sent the 16-page letter late last month to the top members of both parties in the House and Senate.  His missive makes scorching allegations against Sean Gallagher, the Capitol Police's acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, its assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations — who also served as its former acting chief.  The whistleblower accuses Gallagher and Pittman of deliberately choosing not to help officers under attack on Jan. 6 and alleges that Pittman lied to Congress about an intelligence report Capitol Police received before that day's riot.  After a lengthy career in the department, the whistleblower was a senior official on duty on Jan. 6.

'I formally exert executive privilege': Trump sends letter to National Archivist warning him NOT to release 45 documents from January 6.  President Joe Biden has decided not to assert executive privilege to hold back a trove of documents that the Jan. 6th select committee is seeking as part of its probe — concluding it is not in the country's 'best interests' after the Capitol riot.  The move, telegraphed in advance by the White House, drew an immediate and angry response from former President Donald Trump, who suggested he might sue and attacked Democrats as 'drunk on power.'  'The Democrats are drunk on power, but this dangerous assault on our Constitution and important legal precedent will not work.  This Committee's fake investigation is not about January 6th any more than the Russia Hoax was about Russia.  Instead, this is about using the power of the government to silence "Trump" and our Make America Great Again movement, the greatest such achievement of all time,' Trump said in a Friday afternoon statement.

Never Trumper Livid That '1/6 Commission is Dead Already' as Aides Defy Subpoenas.  Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, has instructed four top aides to defy sweeping subpoenas issued by the partisan January 6 commission.  The act of defiance is provoking desperation among 'Never Trump' operatives and partisan leftists who believe that the House committee lacks the political will to enforce the subpoenas.  "Former President Donald Trump is directing a group of his former aides to ignore a subpoena from the House committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and signaling he will go to court to block their testimony to the investigators," Politico reported on Thursday [10/7/2021].  "The committee has subpoenaed documents and testimony from four Trump administration alumni: former social media czar Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former White House adviser Steve Bannon.  The four men were ordered to turn over documents related to Jan. 6 by Thursday and to sit for interviews with investigators next week," the report added.

Biden White House Will Provide Trump Records to January 6 Committee.  The Biden White House has agreed to release Trump-era presidential records to the House committee investigating the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, even as former President Donald Trump reportedly moves to assert executive privilege over the documents.  During her Friday afternoon [10/8/2021] press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the White House supports the panel's request for the documents.

Donald Trump Has a Message About What Former Aides Should Do with January 6 Subpoenas.  Former President Donald Trump has told former advisers of his who were subpoenaed by the January 6 select committee to defy the subpoenas, according to Betsy Woodruff Swan reported for POLITICO.  The former advisers, as Townhall reported at the time, include Mark Meadows, chief of staff at the time; Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications and the White House director of social media at the time; Steve Bannon; and Kash Patel, chief of staff to then Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller.

Trump Is Not the Cause of the Crimes Threatening America.  [Scroll down]  Trump, in fact, has been quite moderate in response to the questionable 2020 result and to what is now being unearthed as the politicization in 2016 of the national intelligence agencies and the FBI as they unconstitutionally assisted the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign in trying to cheat Trump out of the 2016 election. [...] Apart from calling for a large peaceful protest, Trump had nothing to do with the events of January 6 and certainly nothing to do with any law-breaking at the U.S. Capitol.  The attempt to defame Trump as a putschist and hype January 6 as a traumatizing event on the scale of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor is a total failure.

FBI confirms absence of weapons on Jan 6, so media wants you to know that they left their guns at home.  The FBI has previously stated that no firearms were found in connection to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, but despite that contention, the media is now breathlessly reporting that authorities have found guns in the homes of protesters.  "Numerous people arrested in connection with January 6 have also had weapons in their homes, including this latest case just today — 3 pistols and an AR-15," Mother Jones explosively tweeted in reference to an NBC report.  "Some January 6 defendants, including additional Oath Keeper members charged with conspiracy, have lied to investigators and went to significant lengths to destroy evidence of their communications related to the insurrection, according to court documents.  Others have kept weapons in their homes in violation of pretrial orders.  And some defendants have threatened future attacks," they reported.

Federal Judge Raises an Important Point About Treatment of January 6 Defendants.  A federal judge made a key point about the treatment of January 6 Capitol riot defendants while sentencing one of them on Friday [10/1/2021], Danielle Doyle.  District Judge Trevor McFadden, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, made headlines for admonishing the U.S. Attorney's Office for not being more "even-handed," pointing out that it's affecting their credibility. [...] Rather than two months of house arrest, as prosecutors had recommended, District Judge Trevor McFadden gave Doyle a $3,000 fine and ordered her to pay $500 for damages to the Capitol complex.  "The fine was the heftiest financial penalty that a judge has levied so far against an insurrection defendant," [Marshall] Cohen mentioned [on CNN].  "Fadden himself has already rejected one attempt by a January 6 defendant to argue that the charges should be dropped because they were politically motivated," Cohen also wrote.

Now That He Has Been Exonerated Over Jan. 6, Trump is Filing Lawsuits Against Social Media Giants — Beginning with Twitter.  Donald Trump has been effectively exonerated in the January 6 investigation, despite the partisan efforts of the House of Representatives' committee and although the FBI will never formall[y] admit it.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been unable to find any central plot to overturn the results of the election or engage in a coup, let alone one masterminded by the former President of the United States.  "The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials," Reuters earlier reported.

Judge Hands Down Probation In Capitol Case, Questions Prosecutors' "Credibility" Over Leniency Toward BLM.  An Oklahoma judge has just reminded Americans that there's at least one judge in on the US District Court in Washington (which is handling the bulk of the Jan. 6 cases) who isn't a Democrat.  Judge Trevor McFadden admonished prosecutors this week after handing down a more-lenient-than-expected sentence to Danielle Doyle, 37, who was given two months of probation on Friday for her involvement in the Jan. 6 demonstrations.  Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Doyle to home confinement.  Doyle pleaded guilty in July to illegally demonstrating inside the Capitol, which she admitted to entering through a broken window.  She spent a total of 24 minutes in the building and there's no evidence she committed any acts of violence or property damage.

Judge asks prosecutors why Jan 6 protesters are being treated worse than BLM rioters.  A federal judge appointed to his post in 2017 by then-President Donald Trump reportedly dropped a stunning truth bomb about the Jan. 6th rioters during a sentencing hearing Friday for convicted Jan. 6th rioter Danielle Doyle.  U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden noted that prosecutors have been treating the Jan. 6th rioters who'd rioted for a single day significantly harsher than the Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters who'd rioted for an entire summer and longer.  The judge specifically "questioned why federal prosecutors had not brought more cases against those accused in 2020 summertime protests, reading out statistics on riot cases in the nation's capital that were not prosecuted," according to the Associated Press.

And now, here's Joe's non sequitur of the week:
Joe Biden to Dems:  Vote for Trillions in Spending, or the Capitol Rioters Win.  President Joe Biden has sought to motivate Democrats on Capitol Hill to vote for his multi-trillion-dollar spending bills by warning them that if the bills fail, those who supported the Capitol riot on January 6 will celebrate a political victory.  One bill is a bipartisan $1.2 trillion "infrastructure" bill (most of which is not traditional infrastructure).  The other is a $3.5 trillion catch-all spending bill that includes Democrats' most radical priorities, and which Biden has recently linked to his "Build Back Better" policy agenda.  It can only pass the Senate through the so-called "reconciliation" process, which has been abused by recent Democratic administrations to evade the Senate's filibuster rule.

A 'news' report that encapsulates what's wrong with today's media.  [Scroll down]  The article refers to the police report and the House Committee on Ethics statement about Crenshaw's wrongdoing.  It then explains how the extra security was necessary "following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during which five people were killed."  Wait!  What?  Insurrection?  Five people killed?  Well, not quite, Ms. Biased "Journalist."  All the evidence, including admissions from the FBI, is that there was no planned insurrection, that the FBI was involved well in advance and may have been encouraging events, that the Capitol police invited people into the building, and that those who entered treated the People's place of law with respect.  And as for those "five people killed," implying that the insurrectionists were murderers, only one person was killed when a Capitol police officer cold-bloodedly shot a woman who was manifestly neither a threat to him nor anyone else.  No other Capitol police officers even drew their weapons (some insurrection!).  The other people died either of natural causes (including a police officer) or, in the cases of one person, from an apparent drug overdose.

FBI Arrests Retired Green Beret Jeremy Brown for Attending Jan. 6 Protests and Standing Outside Capitol — After He Refused To Be Their Informant.  Jeremy Brown is a Green Beret and former Republican candidate for Congress in Florida's 14th Congressional District.  Brown served in the United States Army from 1992 to 2012 and reached the rank of Special Forces Master Sergeant.  Jeremy also attended the Stop the Steal protests in Washington DC on January 6.  Jeremy joined the Oath Keepers in November and went to Washington DC to provide security at the many protests and rallies that week.  Last March, Jeremy Brown started speaking out about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) contacted him and attempted to recruit him to spy on patriots and everyday Americans.

FBI Planned The Capitol Break-In.  The worst FBI in history who framed President Trump is busted framing Americans at the Capitol.  This is right out of Hitler's playbook, that is not a joke.  [Video clip]

New Video From Jan 6 Shows Capitol Police Allowing In Protesters, Walking Beside Them.  As Nancy Pelosi and her clown show of a committee featuring war whore, Liz Cheney, more and more information and videos from Jan 6th seem to blow up their narratives.  In this video, a large group of protesters are peacefully let in by Capitol police without any aggression or violence.  After the barriers are moved, the protestors walk slowly with the officers walking beside them.  [Video clip]

Jan. 6 committee unleashes second wave of subpoenas.  The House committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 issued its second wave of subpoenas, honing in on organizers of the "Stop the Steal" rally that happened near the White House that same day.  Eleven people were sent letters on Wednesday [9/29/2021], including Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.  The subpoenas seek documents and deposition testimony.  In particular, the committee took aim at individuals associated with the Women for America First-sponsored public event, at which Trump delivered one of the final public addresses of his presidency on Jan. 6.  It also targeted earlier rallies and nationwide bus tours, according to a statement outlining the subpoenas.

Mark Meadows on FBI informant in Capitol riot crowd: 'There is a whole lot that needs to come out'.  The public does not know the full story about the Capitol riot, according to a top confidant of former President Donald Trump.  Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff when a throng of Trump supporters stormed their way into the U.S. Capitol complex on Jan. 6, made the comment responding to a new report about the presence of an FBI informant in the crowd.  "I can tell you that there is a whole lot that needs to come out," he told Newsmax host Steve Cortes on Tuesday.  Meadows declined to get into more specifics, acknowledging he has been subpoenaed , along with three other Trump administration aides, by the select House committee investigating the Capitol siege.

FBI Narrative About the Jan. 6th Capitol 'Insurrection' Is Imploding.  An explosive report over the weekend claims to show that two alleged Capitol riot participants were actually government informants.  The New York Times reported Saturday [9/25/2021] that "records, and information from two people familiar with the matter, suggest that federal law enforcement had a far greater visibility into the assault on the Capitol, even as it was taking place, than was previously known."  The revelations in the Times reveal that there was no conspiracy on the part of the Proud Boys to storm the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, as alleged by the Department of Justice.  It's already known that the Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, had been an FBI informant.  The Times report concentrates on yet another FBI informant in the right-leaning group who reportedly warned his handler in real-time that some bad stuff was going on at the Capitol.

The FBI Admits to Having Informants at January 6th Protest.  Over the weekend, a judge forced federal prosecutors to release surveillance footage of the happenings on January 6th, and despite claiming the video would endanger national security, what was shown was far from an "insurrection."  Instead, unidentified men in black systematically entered and opened the doors for perplexed protesters to walk through, at which point they mingled and took pictures.  The video did not show a violent rush as part of an organized attempt to overthrow the government.  It was another blow to the predominant narrative that January 6th was "worse than 9/11" and the "worst attack" on our country since the Civil War.  It also illustrated how far the federal government has been willing to go to push false perceptions.  Why hide that footage in the first place?  And why do we not know who the men in black are, but we know who every other random grandma is who took a selfie at the Capitol that day?

FBI Undercover Agent on January 6 Received Text That Confirms No Trump-Led Plot to Overturn 2020 Election.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been outed in a New York Times piece for having undercover agents working the Capitol riot on January 6. Furthermore, the FBI agent was collaborating with a Proud Boys informant who confirmed there was no centralized plot to overturn the 2020 election results on Donald Trump's behalf.  As has been oft-repeated, the pro-Trump attendees were not part of any 'pre-planned attack'. [...] The NY Times piece corroborates what was only recently labeled a "far-right conrpiracy theory": The FBI had undercover agents working the January 6 faux-insurrection who essentially did nothing to stop extremist groups from turning the Electoral College into an utterly chaotic mess.

Proud Boy FBI informant texting his handler during January 6 riot said storming Capitol was not pre-planned.  An FBI informant said to have been among those rioting at the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, passed on real-time updates to his handler as the mob stormed the building.  The informant, who is said to be a member of the far-right Proud Boys militia, was part of thousands taking part in the deadly riot and who continued to text an FBI agent throughout the course of the day.  The informant, who was a foot soldier in the group rather than a leader was not aware that there would attempt to break into the US Capitol, where lawmakers were busy certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

January 6th Committee Sends Fishing Subpoenas to Trump Administration Officials Looking for Information to Create 2022 Democrat Campaign Narrative.  As we have been saying since the outset, the January 6th Committee is only in place for one reason — to create an extremist narrative, undermine and smear their political opposition in advance of the 2022 mid-term election.  What the Mueller Investigation was to 2018, the J6 Investigation is to 2022.  Same/Same.  Both based on a fraudulent political premise.  To support the leftist objective, the committee now sends subpoenas to Trump administration officials, aides and allies fishing for any communication information they can use to create their smears.  The committee is seeking documents and depositions from Dan Scavino, President Trump's social media assistance and senior White House aide; former chief of staff Mark Meadows, political activist Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, who was the chief of staff for the acting defense secretary on Jan. 6th.

Candace Owens:  New Jan. 6th footage proves it 'was a grandma selfie party'.  Political commentator Candace Owens raved about the newest footage coming from the Capitol on January 6th, calling it "a grandma selfie party."  As a result of the released footage, Owens says the Department of Justice appears to be lying about the insurrection.  Owens appeared on Tucker Carlson to comment on the revelation.  "And I want to say this, looking beyond this entire situation, the most embarrassing thing is they're not thinking about internationally how embarrassing this looks to the American people," Owens said.  "We no longer have the moral high ground in the international community because of this, because they have made an absolute mockery in terms of January 6th.  And we have locked up political dissidents.  And the political dissidents are Trump supporters."

New York Times Reveals FBI Role in January 6.  The New York Times often acts as the spin cycle for the Democrats' dirty laundry.  For years, Times reporters have helped get ahead of damning news, especially when it's related to the Russian collusion hoax, in an attempt to establish the narrative early.  A recent example is the Times article downplaying the pending indictment against Michael Sussman, the Clinton campaign lawyer who acted in cahoots with the FBI to seed the collusion tale before the 2016 election.  The article was published the day before Sussman pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI.  On Saturday [9/25/2021], the Times published a carefully constructed bombshell intended to soften the blow of an explosive scandal in the making:  the FBI had at least one informant among the group of Proud Boys who marched on the Capitol on January 6.  The informant, according to "confidential documents" furnished to the paper, started working with the FBI in July 2020 and was in close contact with his FBI handler before, during, and after the Capitol protest.

Tucker Carlson Goes There on Released January 6th Surveillance Video.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the issue of the black-clad men who opened the doors in what looked like a very organized, planned-out fashion.  As Tucker Carlson pointed out last night, it's rather convenient that 500+ people have been arrested but that we don't know who those men are.  [Video clip]  Carlson hits the nail on the head.  We know who random grandmas who took selfies are, but we are to believe the feds just have no idea who the men are who opened the doors?  Why are they not dressed like everyone else?  Why do they seem to know exactly where to go and what to do?  Why are they not stopped by the people already in the Capitol, who I assume are USCP officers?  When the doors are opened, the people walking in almost seem surprised and confused.  There was clearly no grand plan here by insurrectionists.  Rather, it certainly looks like those who opened the doors were separate from the protest.  And while the narrative for a long time on the right was that these were Antifa operatives, that was always the wrong assumption, in my opinion.  It always made much more sense that the men in black were federal agents, FBI or otherwise.

White House:  Biden Already Turning Over Trump Information on January 6th for Congressional Investigation.  President Joe Biden is working with Democrat members of Congress to turn over information related to former President Donald Trump and the January 6th riots on Capitol Hill, the White House confirmed Thursday. [...] Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for former President Trump denounced the "highly partisan, Communist-style 'select committee'" for pursuing extensive records in the investigation in his comments to the Washington Post.  "Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of President Trump and his administration, but also on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation," he added.

Jan. 6 House panel subpoenas Trump allies Bannon, Meadows, 2 more.  The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol issued subpoenas to four key allies of former President Donald Trump Thursday, with the committee's chairman instructing them to sit for depositions next month.  Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) announced that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino and former Pentagon official Kash Patel had been subpoenaed because they all were working in or had communicated with the White House either in the days leading up to the riot or on the day itself.  In letters to all four men, Thompson said that the committee is investigating "the facts, circumstances, and causes" of the riot, which led to the deaths of five people.

Heartbreaking Letter from Jan. 6 Prisoner in Solitary Confinement!  DC Gitmo Violates International Codes on Torture.  Jonathan Mellis, a detainee from January 6th, wrote us from solitary confinement last week.  Mellis has been detained without bond since his arrest in February.  In May, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan denied his request to be released from custody for a week so he could attend his father's funeral.  Here is the direct letter from Jonathan Mellis addressing the American people: [...]

Now We Know Why Prosecutors Wanted to Keep Jan. 6 Videos Away from the Public.  Prosecutors lost a battle to keep some of the 14,000 hours of January 6 surveillance video that was accumulated by the FBI out of the public view.  And much to anti-Trump Democrats' chagrin, social media is already having a field day with it.  Buzzfeed's Zoe Tillman who broke the tough news: [...] When some of this video made its way into the hands of the public, everyone could see exactly why the prosecution didn't want it to get out:  It doesn't fit the narrative of the 'deadly insurrection' that the fake news media has been propagating.

Prosecutors Lost A Fight To Keep A Set Of Jan. 6 Capitol Surveillance Videos Under Seal.  Federal prosecutors on Tuesday released a new collection of Capitol surveillance videos from Jan. 6 after a judge ordered them to do so, rejecting the government's argument that making the clips public could threaten the security of the complex.  The disclosure marks a setback for the US Capitol Police and the US attorney's office in their efforts to control how much footage from the Capitol's closed-circuit video (CCV) system gets out.  In the latest case, prosecutors argued that revealing the location and vantage points of more cameras could help "bad actors" trying to plan some future assault on the building.  A judge concluded that argument was too speculative, however, and that the public had a strong interest in seeing videos that formed the basis for a recent plea deal.  US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered the videos released in response to a request from a media coalition (including BuzzFeed News) that is petitioning judges on a rolling basis for videos that prosecutors have relied on in Jan. 6 cases.

The Feds Are Forced to Release January 6th Surveillance Footage and Narratives Crumble.  Why has the federal government been trying so hard to keep surveillance footage of January 6th under wraps? [...] I'm not trying to suggest that January 6th wasn't dumb.  I think the short-sighted idiots who perpetrated it did real damage to Trump and his movement.  Yet, I also like to live in reality, and what these videos show is not a nation-shaking insurrection organized by some higher authority.  Rather, it shows individuals who made a stupid choice.  But trespassing is not a justification to keep people locked up indefinitely, and it's not an excuse for the government to withhold evidence from the public simply because they think it'll be embarrassing to their narrative.  There are thousands more hours of footage that should be released at this point.  Let the evidence or lack thereof speak for itself.  The idea that any of this is endangering national security is a joke, and I'm glad this judge saw through that farce.

Decision By January 6th Commission to Ignore Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes Just Unmasked Their Entire Investigation.  The January 6 commission expanded its fishing expedition still further last week with its request of phone records from President Trump's former Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. [...] With this request, the Commission added Meadows to the never-ending list of individuals the Commission wants to investigate in its increasingly desperate attempt to preserve its flailing collusion narrative — namely, that senior White House officials and/or Trump-aligned members of congress were somehow complicit in the events of January 6.  The ever-expanding list already includes Republican Reps.  Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Mo Brooks, Louie Gohmert and many others.  The commission, led by Bennie Thompson, a high-ranking Mississippi Democrat, has demonstrated no compunction over wielding its subpoena powers against hapless civilians with threadbare connections to January 6.

What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came?  Saturday, Sept. 18 was the date for the "J6 Rally," organized by a political advocacy group called Look Ahead America. [...] Anyone with half a brain could see that this was another FBI entrapment scheme, to justify more arrests and more prisoners in solitary confinement awaiting trial for walking benignly through the U.S. Capitol.  Social media was full of warnings to stay away from the trap.  Even President Trump warned that it was "a setup."  And as usual, Trump was right.  The Daily Mail reported, "Protesters outnumbered by police... as just a handful of demonstrators turn up."  One of only a few arrests was a comical scene of Feds, dressed like Star Wars storm troopers arresting one of their own, an undercover cop.

The Big Scary January 6 Solidarity Protest Was Entirely Media Concocted.  I hold no love for the people who were at the Capitol on January 6, and I know I've made that clear.  But I also have repeatedly said the media and the Democrats are far too focused on that day because they have nothing of actual political substance to run on in 2022. Their legislative agenda is completely tanked.  Their leader is a bumbling old man, shuffling off stage so he can't take questions.  Their Vice President is nowhere to be seen.  And one of the most visible legislators in their party screams about class inequity when she's not photographed and videoed in high-profile high society events.  In the run-up to Saturday's non-event, the national press gave the demonstrators with threatening auras so much coverage you would think al Qaeda was planning a civic demonstration.  Law enforcement didn't help, either, with a planned massive presence, a fence, and undercover agents preparing to infiltrate the crowd.

Protesters Call for Due Process for Capitol Attack Detainees.  Despite reports of potential violence and beefed up security, including the National Guard and fencing, Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally attracted a few hundred demonstrators and ended without major incidence.  Photos and video taken around the Capitol show media and police, many heavily armed and in riot gear, vastly outnumbered protesters, who were gathered in support of defendants detained in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack.

Family of January 6 Protesters Claim Deplorable D.C. Jail Conditions.  Family members of January 6 protesters who are or have been incarcerated at the Washington, DC, jail shared disturbing accounts of alleged mistreatment by authorities during Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally.  "Last night for dinner, they were served four pieces of white bread, a cookie, and a packet of tartar sauce," claimed a woman who went by "Kelly."  Kelly is reportedly the girlfriend of Jonathan Mellis, who was among the protesters who entered the Capitol building on January 6.  She claimed Mellis, who has been in jail for months, is being held in solitary confinement.  "I think America needs to become very well versed in the treatment of these men.  It's human rights that we are talking about, and it's completely non-partisan," she said, speaking to a crowd of a few hundred people.

Cops and protesters gather at US Capitol for 'Justice for J6' rally.  A massive police response [...] mobilized outside a fenced-off US Capitol Saturday as right-wing protesters denounced what they called the "inhumane treatment" of dozens of Jan. 6 rioters who remain jailed while awaiting trials.  Fewer than 500 people, many of them journalists, gathered at the "Justice for J6" rally on the grassy expanse of Union Square, near the reflecting pool.  Rally organizer Matt Braynard, of the group Look Ahead America, made light of the huge show of force.

Justice for J6 protesters outnumbered by media cameras, police.  A "highly anticipated" #JusticeForJ6 rally Saturday at the U.S. Capitol on behalf of the Jan. 6th rioters reportedly turned up more "journalists" than actual rallygoers, despite weeks of "wall-to-wall fear porn" by the mainstream establishment press.  Following the protest's conclusion, U.S. Capitol Police reported on Twitter that "approximately 400 to 450" people wound up attending.  [Tweet]  But of the "400 to 450," only a relative few were actual rallygoers:  "[R]ally attendees were vastly outnumbered by police, media, a few dozen counterprotesters, and curious onlookers," BuzzFeed News confirmed.

The Photo That Sums Up the 'Far-Right' Rally That Terrified DC and Liberal America.  Did anyone really show up for that super scary far-right rally on Saturday?  The "Justice for J6" rally was supposed to be 'insurrection part II: endgame.'  The barricades were set up again around the US Capitol.  The police were everywhere; they were decked out in full-blown riot gear.  They were prepared this time.  They were prepared... for the media?  Yeah, typical elite media whiff here.  There were more media members than actual protesters.  The threat was exaggerated.  The liberal media may not know this yet, but even prior to January 6 — the far right in America is... not big.  There are probably more people watching a WNBA game than there are members of the far-right that the liberal media thinks are on the cusp of taking over everything in America.  At any rate, the rally was a dud.

Overzealous DC Stormtroopers Accidentally Target Undercover Fed Dressed Like Antifa Then Had to Pretend Like They Were Arresting Him.  Today, the feds planted undercover operatives all over the DC mall in an effort to manipulate the crowd and set-up another "insurrection narrative."  However, in a hilarious turn of events no one showed up to play.  As a result, there were more media looking for stories than actual protestors, and the DC riot police looked like knuckleheads on a scavenger hunt for Easter eggs.  Dummies.  Amid the over-the-top nonsense, the DC police did notice a suspicious man dressed in Antifa garb wearing a concealed firearm.  However, when they moved in to question him, the doofus had to admit he was an undercover federal agent and showed his badge.  That's when things really got funny because the cops, now with a case of the sads, had to pretend like they were arresting him in order to retain appearances.

Today's "Justice for J6" rally consisted mostly of reporters, cops & FBI agents.  [Thread reader]  But in the last few days, the corporate press fearmongered constantly about it.  Will they follow up now that it, unsurprisingly, amounted to nothing?  Perhaps the worst of it came from CNN, who pushed nonsense for days leading up to the event.  "Renewed fears of political violence grip Capitol Hill" actually turned into "more press than protestors."  Will CNN tell that story now?

A Hinge Moment of History.  This first year of the new weirdness ended with the United States government pretending that its principal threat is a domestic terrorism movement that does not exist.  This is the characterization of the so-called insurrection on January 6th.  We were told two weeks later that there were going to be mass insurrections, not only in Washington but in every state capital.  Montpelier, Vermont, for example, the smallest state capital in the Union, went into lockdown.  There was no such insurrection at any of these state capitals.  Then they said, "No, there is going to be an insurrection on March 4th," because that was Benjamin Harrison's Inauguration Day back in the old days and people apparently attach such great significance to that, that there was going to be a mass insurrection.  There was no such thing on March 4th. [...] We used to be told back after 9/11, there was a cliché after 9/11, "If we don't maintain our normal life, if we don't carry on shopping, if we don't carry on going to sports features, then the terrorists will have won!"  Now, it is the complete opposite with this new alleged domestic terrorism movement, and everything we do has to be changed.  We have to have a permanently armed capital city in Washington.  Because of this so-called domestic terrorism movement, we have to have a border wall around the US Capitol.  We are living in a blizzard of lies.

Is the Republic dead?  Can it be saved?  People who wield absolute power can never relax for a moment while the possibility of another Spartacus lurks beneath the surface.  The Second Amendment is the loose end that, momentarily, has introduced uncertainty among the schemers, for whom certainty is the ultimate goal — the certainty bequeathed by permanent, absolute power.  What most discomfits those in authority is that the very purpose of the Second Amendment, is to enable the common man to overthrow them when they abuse their power — and abuse it they have.  The fear of this is real.  It is why so many of those arrested on January 6, 2021, are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to their lawyers or the press, and subjected to cruel punishment.

Armed Person Detained at J6 Rally is Undercover Agent, Pulls Out Badge.  There was a heavy police presence at the US Capitol on Saturday in anticipation of a rally in support of the January 6 political prisoners.  Demonstrators will show support for the January 6 political prisoners on Saturday [9/18/2021].  Hundreds of non-violent Trump supporters are currently in jail awaiting trial for walking through the Capitol on January 6.  But it was all a set up.  There were more police, reporters and undercover intelligence agents than protesters in Washington DC.  The only armed person arrested on Saturday was an undercover agent.

While the Rally for January 6 prisoners was a bust, it still mattered a lot.  On Saturday, there was a rally in D.C. to bring attention to the plight of those people arrested on January 6 and still held in solitary confinement in D.C. jails.  President Trump warned people in advance that the rally was a no-win situation and he was right.  It was poorly attended and it seems that many of those who did appear — perhaps intending to act as provocateurs — were law enforcement agents trying to "blend in with the crowd."  Most importantly, though, this failed rally revealed that non-leftists in America are losing their First Amendment right to protest.

Eight Months After January 6, Prosecutors Make Aggressive Maneuvers As [a] Defendant Attempts Suicide [and] Another [is] Beaten In Jail.  Some sixty people are still behind bars eight months after the January 6 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol.  A Daily Wire review of court records shows unusually aggressive prosecutorial maneuvers, which sometimes brought rebukes by judges.  For example, Jose Padilla has been detained since February.  "Padilla is 40 years old and has lived in Tennessee for most of his life.  He previously served in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War.  After he returned home, he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder ('PTSD') and began receiving disability benefits.  Prior to his arrest, he was a stay-at-home dad who managed his family's household affairs and cared for his three sons during the day while his wife worked as a librarian.  He has no criminal history or history of substance abuse.  He also has no known ties to extremist groups," Judge John D. Bates summarized.  Prosecutors argued that his being a stay-at-home dad and veteran were reasons to hold him in jail.

Trump Warns Supporters to Stay Away From 'J6' Protest in DC: 'It's A Setup'.  Former President Donald Trump warned supporters to avoid going to the "Justice for J6" rally to be held Saturday [9/18/2021] in Washington, D.C., claiming that it is essentially a no-win situation for them and Republicans in general.  "On Saturday, that's a setup," Trump said, referring to the rally in an interview with The Federalist.  "If people don't show up they'll say, 'Oh, it's a lack of spirit.'  And if people do show up they'll be harassed," the 45th president added.

In Exclusive Interview, Trump Calls Sept. 18 Rally A 'Setup,' Says GOP Senate Should Fire 'Disaster' McConnell.  In an exclusive interview with The Federalist on Thursday, former President Donald Trump called for Senate Republicans to fire Mitch McConnell and elect a new leader, unloaded on "radicalized" left-wing Democrats, blasted former President George W. Bush as "one of the worst presidents ever," and criticized current President Joe Biden's "grossly incompetent" handling of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Trump also called the planned Sept. 18 rally at the U.S. Capitol a "setup" and said media would use it as an excuse to bash Republicans regardless of its outcome.  "Afghanistan is one of the worst things I think I've ever seen for our country," Trump said.  "To lose the young people [killed in the bomb blast] is so horrible.  It's a horrible situation."

Law enforcement ramped up for Sept. 18 'Justice for J6' Capitol rally.  Law enforcement officials have ramped up security measures in the days leading up to Saturday's [9/18/2021] "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol, taking strides to prevent similar instances of violence that were seen during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, when pro-Trump protesters stormed the building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election results.  The Department of Homeland Security and the Capitol Police recently issued warnings of online threats of violence related to the event in support of rioters that remain in prison for their involvement in the attack at the Capitol.  Former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard — the organizer of the event, who has labeled the incarcerated individuals as "political prisoners" — stated he believes roughly 700 individuals will attend.

Donald Trump Releases Statement in Solidarity with January 6 'Political Prisoners'.  Former President Donald Trump has released a statement in solidarity with those being detained without speedy trial in connection with the January 6 riot.  ["]Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election," Trump said in his statement.

What did Trump do during Capitol riots?  Jan. 6 committee telecom requests aim to recreate minute-by-minute account.  Requests sent to telecom and social media companies, and to federal agencies, from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol reveal pieces of the puzzle that lawmakers hope to assemble for a minute-by-minute picture of what happened that day.  The goal is to fill in gaps that remain missing, despite all the video and court records that have been released so far.  Questions remain about how rioters coordinated their attack to occupy the historic Capitol.

Federal Judge:  Capitol Hill Rioters' Charges Might Be Unconstitutional.  There's going to be a rally in Washington DC this weekend.  It's why the fencing is going back up around the US Capitol Building.  There have been over 400 arrests stemming from the January 6 riot that has incorrectly been dubbed an armed insurrection.  It was not worse than 9/11.  It was not worse than Pearl Harbor and it sure wasn't as bad as the Civil War.  That's the narrative in newsrooms.  Everyone else has moved [...] on with their lives.  NO ONE cares.  MSNBC and CNN don't count.  It was not our nation's best day.  It was dark for sure — but it was a riot.  Nothing more.  And at the end of the day, what occurred were many instances of trespassing on federal property.  Only one person died inside the building.  Her name was Ashli Babbitt, and she was killed by Capitol Police.  Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who the liberal media erroneously said was killed by the rioters, died of natural causes.  And what [...] happened to the guy who planted pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic Parties?

FL Dem hysterically claims Jan 6 was FAR worse than 3,000 dead on 9/11.  Former Florida Democrat congressional candidate Pam Keith outrageously claimed that 9/11 was not the worst attack to ever hit the United States in her lifetime, it was the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.  "On 1/6/2021, 9/11/2001 ceased being the worst thing that happened to America in my lifetime.  It's really weird and painful to process and say that.  But it's the truth.  And quite frankly... it's not even close," the current executive director of Fight 4 Florida's Future tweeted on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  "Today makes 20 years since one of the most impactful events of my life.  I was in DC, completely freaked out, in a daze of horror & rage.  Little did I know that the damage of that day would pale SO MUCH in comparison to the ongoing horror visited upon our nation on 11/8/2016," she also tweeted concerning the election of former President Trump.

MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart calls Trump supporters 'more worrisome' than the Taliban or ISIS.  On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart announced that he believed that Trump supporters are more of a threat than the Taliban or ISIS.  Capehart called out 'MAGA and the domestic threat', which he said was far 'more worrisome than any foreign threat', during an appearance at PBS NewsHour on Friday [9/10/2021].  The Washington Post columnist and news host went on to describe the last several years as 'one giant step forward, and then two giant steps back.'

Left-wing ideologues on 20th anniversary of 9/11: The Capitol riot was worse.  Give it a rest, just for one day.  Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the day Islamic terrorists brutally murdered nearly 3,000 Americans, some of whom were crushed by the collapsing World Trade Center towers while others fell to their deaths or were burned alive.  It was a somber occasion, leaving many as angry as they were sad.  However, not everyone treated the anniversary with the gravity it deserved.  Indeed, rather than pause their partisan activism for even 24 hours to mourn the dead, or at least allow the victims of the attacks to grieve in peace, certain left-wing activists continued this weekend to attack their conservative neighbors.  Some even saw the 20th anniversary as a perfect opportunity to draw a straight line between the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and 9/11.

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Capitol riot worse for America than 9/11, says failed Florida Democratic congressional candidate.  Pam Keith, a former Democratic candidate for Congress, reflected on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by saying the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has replaced it as the worst day in recent U.S. history.  "On 1/6/2021," Ms. Keith posted Saturday on the social media service Twitter, "9/11/2001 ceased being the worst thing that happened to America in my lifetime."  Ms. Keith, 51, added that it felt "really weird and painful to process and say that" before concluding:  "But it's the truth.  And quite frankly... it's not even close."

Judges question constitutionality of felony charge against Jan. 6 defendants.  If Code Pink demonstrators start screaming during a congressional hearing, should they be charged with a felony and sentenced to 20 years in prison?  They have not been, and as much as I dislike Code Pink, they should not be.  Thirty days in the hole seems like a sufficient sentence.  But the federal statute that criminalizes "obstructing an official proceeding" of Congress makes such obstruction a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  And according to the Washington Post, federal prosecutors are applying that statute to the protesters — at least 235 of them — who entered the Capitol in January of this year.  A few judges have noticed the disconnect.  U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta recently asked how federal prosecutors distinguish felony conduct qualifying as "obstructing an official proceeding" of Congress from misdemeanor offenses the government has brought against those who interrupt congressional hearings.

RealClearInvestigations' Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison.  Many in the political and media establishment consider the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot to be one of America's darkest episodes.  Others say the nationwide protests last summer over George Floyd's murder were worse.  With polling indicating Americans see two sides to the story — and major media dwelling on only one — RealClearInvestigations has developed the database below allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.

GOP congressman pledges to use subpoenas with 'fairness' against Democrats investigating Capitol riots.  Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, said his party will in the future use the same investigative and subpoena powers that Democrats are using for the Jan. 6 committee, but will do so with fairness and transparency.  Biggs, the chairman of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, said holding Democrats who have "engaged in inappropriate conduct" accountable through investigations and subpoenas will be a top priority for Republicans if they take back the House in 2022.  One of former President Donald Trump's strongest allies, Biggs said that the GOP would use due process in getting back at Democrats who are treating Republicans unfairly in the investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  "I think we would follow the law and be very transparent.  We'd give them, the respective individuals, an opportunity to turn over records, those types of things," Biggs told the Washington Examiner.

Fitton: Pelosi's Capitol Police is the most secretive force in America.  [Video clip]

[The] Capitol Fence [is] Going Up Again Before [a] Rally for Jailed January 6 Protesters.  Police are reportedly planning to reinstall the fence that surrounded the U.S. Capitol for months after the January 6 protest in response to a rally on September 18 demanding "justice" for jailed Capitol protesters.  According to the Associated Press, which cited an anonymous source, a security plan "is being finalized" to put fencing outside the inner perimeter of the Capitol building and the Supreme Court.  "The fence had been a stark symbol of the fear many in the Capitol felt after the mob pushed its way past overwhelmed police officers, broke through windows and doors and ransacked the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's electoral win," according to the report, which repeatedly called the January 6 protest an "insurrection," despite contradictory FBI evidence.

FBI Releases New Video That Sheds Light on One of the Biggest Mysteries of Jan. 6.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now finally acting like it has a vested interested in finding the mysterious suspect who allegedly planted pipe bombs at the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters at the nation's capitol ahead of the January 6 riots.  On Wednesday [9/8/2021], the FBI released new CCTV video of the suspected bomber.  NBC News featured the video in a report. [...] "They say they don't know who this person was and that's why they keep releasing these videos, hoping that somebody will see something that will strike them familiar and they'll call in a tip," NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams said. [...] The fascinating thing about the RNC and DNC pipe bomb attempts is the FBI's seeming lack of interest in actually apprehending whomever staged them.  The FBI sat on this video of the suspect for months before finally releasing it on Wednesday.

CNN Host, PBS Star Agree 1/6 Is As Big as the Civil War, World War 2.  As we have all learned from Joe Biden's presidency, the phoniest/baloney-est claim from liberals is that they have a deep desire for national unity.  There is no unity in compromise, only in surrender to the Left.  At the end of Sunday's [9/5/2021] Reliable Sources, fill-in host John Avlon interviewed the PBS gasbag Ken Burns, asking him about national unity, and he's as phony as Biden.  This is CNN, so Avlon demands unity in exaggerating the January 6 riot:  [Video clip] [...] How does anyone compare the January 6 riot to World War II or the Civil War?  It's like comparing Hiroshima to the Portland riots.  Liberals love to pose that they are against "partisan echo chambers."  They actually say this with a straight face on CNN... and on PBS.

Registered Democrat Caught Storming US Capitol, Attacking Police Pleads with Court for Light Sentence Because He Is Not Trump Supporter.  Robert Maurice Reeder was arrested after he was caught inside the US Capitol on January 6th.  Robert Maurice Reeder:
  •   Is a Registered Democrat
  •   Wore a Covid mask to the Trump rally
  •   Lied about his actions
Reeder was about to get a light sentence this week after telling the judge he is "not a Trump supporter" and because of this he demanded a light sentence.  And he was about to get a very small sentence with an excellent plea deal because of this.  But then a video turned up before his sentencing of Robert Reeder attacking police on Jaunary 6th.  It turns out he was shouting extremely violent rhetoric at the crowd while loosely wearing a MAGA hat to make the real Trump supporters appear violent by association.  Reeder was a typical Biden agitator who wanted to interrupt the Republican objections inside the Capitol.  And he wanted to frame Trump supporters as violent insurrectionists.

Biden and the Left-wing Standard of Attacking Presidents.  [Scroll down]  Trump's second impeachment was even flimsier.  He was accused of "incitement of insurrection" concerning disturbances on January 6 that supposedly led to the violent death of Officer Brian Sicknick, the fatal shooting of an unarmed Ashli Babbitt, and the entire fable of an "armed insurrection."  Post-impeachment, we would learn that Sicknick died of natural causes.  Strangely, for months no information about the shooter of Ashli Babbitt or the inquiry into that fatal act was ever fully released to the public.  No one was charged with armed insurrection, largely because none of the buffoonish rioters were found either to have carried or used a firearm that day or were exposed as master plotters with plans to destroy the U.S. government.  They may well have been guilty of felonies, but armed insurrectionary conspiracy was not one of them.

Here's What to Do if the FBI's 'Sedition Hunters' Show Up at Your Door.  There have been multiple reports that the FBI is showing up on the doorsteps of Republican voters in order to hunt down "extremists."  The AP reported that the FBI is using citizen snitch groups to hunt down January 6 protest participants. [...] Never mind that people who were at the January 6 event who did not engage in any violence and are guilty of nothing more than trespassing are facing major jail time.  One is comedian and political commentator Tim Gionet, aka "Baked Alaska."  Gionet live-streamed his walk through the Capitol and interviewed many of the protesters there.  He did not appear to engage in any violence but he is facing twenty years in federal prison.  Gionet sat down for an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos on YouTube — which is now unavailable because YouTube deleted Milo's account last week.  Gionet shared the brutal treatment he received at the hands of the FBI, including threats to lock him up for twenty years if he did not give up the identities of some of the people in the Capitol with him.

Hunt for Capitol attackers still on 6 months after Jan. 6.  The first waves of arrests in the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol focused on the easy targets.  Dozens in the pro-Trump mob openly bragged about their actions on Jan. 6 on social media and were captured in shocking footage broadcast live by national news outlets.  But six months after the insurrection, the Justice Department is still hunting for scores of rioters, even as the first of more than 500 people already arrested have pleaded guilty.  The struggle reflects the massive scale of the investigation and the grueling work still ahead for authorities in the face of an increasing effort by some Republican lawmakers to rewrite what happened that day.

Democrats promote Republican Liz Cheney to vice chair of the January 6 committee.  House Democrats leading the investigation into the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill named Republican Rep. Liz Cheney the vice chair of their panel, elevating her profile when she's under attack from members of her own party.  The announcement of Cheney's new position came as the conservative House Freedom Caucus tries to remove Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger from the Republican Party for their roles on the January 6th select committee, calling them 'spies' for the Democrats.  Cheney and Kinzinger have been vocal critics of Donald Trump's lies that he won the 2020 election.  Both were among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his role inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol (Trump was acquitted by the Senate).

Democrats' Jan. 6 subpoena-palooza sets dangerous precedent.  "We have quite an exhaustive list of people.  I won't tell you who they are."  With those words, House Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) confirmed that a subpoena storm was about to be unleashed in the investigation of the Jan. 6 riot in Congress.  The targets would include Republican members, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who have already been told to preserve their phone records to be surrendered to the committee.  The Democrats are reportedly trying to prove their prior claims that Republicans conspired or assisted "insurrectionists," even though the FBI reportedly found no evidence of a planned insurrection.  The Democrats' move to investigate members of the opposing party is a dangerous precedent in an institution that has always protected the privacy and confidentiality of phone and office records.

17 Defendants From Jan. 6 Breach Now 'Effectively Without Counsel': DOJ.  The Justice Department notified judges Monday that at least 17 defendants from the January 6 Capitol Breach are now "effectively without counsel," citing the absence of high-profile lawyer John Pierce, who says he's sick with Covid-19.  Instead of Pierce showing up to court, he's tapped an associate, Ryan Marshall, who is notably not a licensed attorney and facing two felony charges.  "The Department of Justice (DOJ) says in a new filing it appears (John Pierce's) 17 #CapitolRiot defendants are 'effectively without counsel,' and notes Ryan Marshall, who has been appearing in Pierce's place, is not a licensed attorney," reported WUSA9 investigative reporter Jordan Fischer on Monday [8/30/2021].  According to the WUSA9 report, Pierce has been "out of contact" and "missed multiple court hearings" since August 23.

Why Did Michael Byrd Fire Just A Single Shot?  Now, I am sure there are counterexamples of a police officer needing just a single bullet to clear the area or subdue an immediate danger.  I haven't seen one, though, or come across a scenario that reached the national news cycle.  That is, until Michael Byrd defended both elected officials and democracy itself when he fired a single, fatal round into Ashli Babbit.  In the course of firing a single shot, he never exhibits the need to fire again at Babbit or the other insurrectionists in the area. [...] I am trying to understand his thought process:  With a single shot, somehow the entire marauding band would be defeated?  What if his shot had only injured or slowed down, Babbitt?  If he felt the need to shoot, shouldn't he have been shooting until he confirmed the entire threat was eliminated?  To those that would reply that Byrd watched his victim fall back and thus eliminating the immediate threat, I would only ask why that specific entry way was the deciding line.  Not the outer barricades?  Not the Rotuna?  Not previous hallways?  What about that particular moment demanded deadly force?  Even behind the door, we can clearly see other doors that could just as well become a new line.

Jonathan Turley:  Statements By Capitol Police Officer Who Killed Ashli Babbitt 'Demolish the Two Official Reviews That Cleared Him'.  Numerous aspects of what unfolded during the Capitol riot have been hotly debated in the months since it happened, but few have been as contentious and emotional as the debate over the officer-involved shooting death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt.  The 35-year-old Air Force veteran was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd on January 6th after she tried to climb through a glass-paneled door after parts of it had been shattered by another rioter, identified as Zachary Jordan Alam.  Babbitt, who reportedly had been standing next to Alam, was shot.  In April, the Biden Department of Justice announced they had closed the investigation into the fatal shooting and would not be pursuing criminal charges against Byrd, citing "insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution." [...] On the heels of the USCP exonerating Byrd, he did an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, identifying himself publicly for the first time.  Instead of clearing things up, the interview only intensified the debate over his actions and whether they were justified.

Democrats on January 6 committee demand phone records of all Trump family members and Republican lawmakers who attended the January 6 'Stop the Steal' rally.  Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot are planning to request that telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of Trump family members and Trump-aligned lawmakers who attended the 'Stop the Steal' rally on Jan. 6, it was revealed on Monday [8/30/2021].  The records request could determine who the committee plans to call forth as a witness.  It's not clear how the committee plans to ensure compliance from telecommunications companies with its request.  The committee does have subpoena power but obtaining the records of members of Congress could set off contentious legal battles.

Bad Words and Desperation:  Democrats Flail to Keep January 6 Relevant.  As Joe Biden fubars his way through the Afghanistan evacuation, mumbling through press briefings like a drunken stroke victim, leftists are trying ever more desperately to steer America's attention to something other than Biden wetting himself at the presidential podium.  Invariably, that "something else" is January 6.  Pelosi found a BLM-loving Capitol cop who was willing to testify about January 6 and squirt tears when recalling how Trumpsters "called him racists names."  A few weeks later, bootlicker Lester Holt gave a softball interview to Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, who vaingloriously claimed he "saved countless lives" when he fired his gun through a barricaded door and killed an unarmed mom, Ashli Babbitt.  Byrd's compadres at the Capitol Police Dept. exonerated him, twice.  In Holt's fawning interview, Byrd also turns on the waterworks and, with Holt's prodding, claims he was called "racist names" by people in the aftermath of Babbitt's death.

So why did the Capitol Hill cop come out?  After months of supposed hiding, the Capitol Hill cop who shot unarmed pro-Trump protestor Ashli Babbitt at the Capitol, Lt. Michael Byrd has come out of the woodwork to talk about his shooting, in a softball interview with NBC's Lester Holt.  Which is weird stuff, given that for months his identity had been concealed, by investigators, Congress, and other supposed watchdogs, on the grounds that revealing it to angry Trump supporters was too dangerous, and whose investigative conclusions excused him from accountability.  Now he's come out — telling Lester Holt of his great heroics.  He doesn't even need to, having been exonerated repeatedly.  The most likely reason is this lawsuit, and these efforts by Babbitt's family to get answers:  ["]Babbitt's family is suing for the identity of the officer to be publicly released but so far that effort has not borne fruit.  They are also filing a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the officer didn't issue a verbal command according to the Washington Examiner.["]

Nancy Pelosi, Bennie Thompson and J6 Committee Start Fishing Expedition — Seeking All Communication From Political Opposition.  Anyone who has followed politics for any amount of time knows the Nancy Pelosi "January 6th Committee" is an opposition research effort under the guise of a House investigation.  The goal is to frame an extremist narrative favorable for the Democrats in the 2022 mid-term election.  That is the entire goal.  What the Mueller probe was to President Trump, the J6 Committee is to the MAGA movement.  Everyone [...] in Washington DC knew Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel for one reason, to target President Trump, weaken his administration and ultimately remove him from office.  Not a single entity in DC did not know that was the goal.  The same is true here.  Everyone in DC knows Nancy Pelosi's J6 committee is intended to target Democrat political opposition.  That is the goal.  That is ONLY the goal.  Not a single entity in DC does not know that is the goal.

Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt says he was 'prepared to do the same thing' to protect Trump.  The Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 defended himself against criticism from former President Donald Trump and others who claim he should not have used lethal force on the 35-year-old Air Force veteran.  In his first public interview since the Capitol riot, Lt. Michael Byrd said it was "disheartening" that Trump, in particular, said Babbitt was "murdered," adding he would take the same actions if he was in charge of protecting the former president.

Capitol Hill Cop Who Murder Ashli Babbitt Claims He Saved Countless Lives By Bravely Killing An Unarmed Veteran.  Lt. Mike Byrd, the man who shot a clearly unarmed Ashli Babbitt at point-blank, did an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, who treated Byrd as if he thwarted a civil war.  "I know that day I saved countless lives.  I know members of Congress as well as my fellow officers and staff were in jeopardy and in serious danger.  That's my job."  "I believe I showed the utmost courage on Jan. 6, and it's time for me to do that now[.]"  [Video clip]

Pelosi's Jan 6 committee makes [a] blacklist of conservative media figures.  Nancy Pelosi tried to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot, but failed when the Senate wouldn't take up the charge.  Now Pelosi's Jan 6 committee is creating a blacklist of high-profile Trump supporters, many of whom are reporters, and are requesting their communications with the Trump administration.  It was reported by Politico's Kyle Cheney that "Among the voluminous requests, the committee is seeking 9 months worth of contact between the Trump WH and this group of outsiders," he listed off a few names.  The list, however, is not short.  In a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration, the officially titled Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol "expedite" this request for "all documents and communications concerning the 2020 election and relating to the following individuals" from April 1, 2020, through January 20, 2021.  The leader of the Proud Boys is on that list, Trump's children, and dozens of other names and document requests.

Ashli Babbitt's widower reveals he gets ten death threats a day.  Ashli Babbitt's widower says the Capitol police officer who fatally shot his wife during the January 6 riot should 'suck it up' after the cop's tearful interview where he said he's been receiving death threats.  Aaron Babbitt told of his outrage at Lieutenant Michael Byrd's interview with NBC News on Thursday, hours after he was unmasked as Ashli's killer.  Aaron said: 'I don't even want to hear him talk about how he's getting death threats, and he's scared.  I've been getting death threats since January 7th — two, three, five, 10 a day — and all I did on January 6th is becoming a widower,' he told Carlson.

Ashli Babbitt's Husband Appears on Tucker Carlson to Respond to MSNBC Interview With Her Killer.  Ashli Babbitt's husband Aaron appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday [8/26/2021] and responded to the MSNBC interview with his wife's killer.  Lt. Michael Byrd broke his silence and confirmed his identity with an on-camera interview with MSNBC earlier in the evening.  The Capitol Police previously refused to confirm the shooter's name, even though it was reported all over the right-wing media, including by the Gateway Pundit.  During his MSNBC appearance, Byrd said that he saved "countless lives" by killing Babbitt, who was unarmed.  He also complained that he has been getting death threats since killing the Air Force veteran.

Donald Trump Refuses to Comply with Jan. 6 Committee Demand to Reveal Presidential Secret Communications.  Donald Trump will not comply.  That is the former president's message to sweeping demands from the partisan Jan. 6 committee for privileged White House communications with his staff members and media contacts prior to the Jan. 6 events.  "Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation," Trump said in a statement.  The 45th president also has choice words for the Pelosi-led effort to publicly reveal his presidential and personal communications, which have long been considered legally protected under executive privilege.  "The Leftist 'select committee' has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that's timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats," Trump also said in the statement.  "Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege."

Seven US Capitol Police officers sue former President Trump, Stop the Steal organizers over January 6 riot.  Seven US Capitol Police officers are suing former President Donald Trump, Stop the Steal rally organizers and members of far-right extremist groups, accusing them of spreading lies, using White supremacist sentiments to attempt to overthrow the 2020 election, and ultimately bearing responsibility for the riot that injured more than 140 officers on January 6.  "Plaintiffs and their fellow law enforcement officers risked their lives to defend the Capitol from a violent, mass attack — an attack provoked, aided, and joined by Defendants in an unlawful effort to use force, intimidation, and threats to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 Presidential election," says the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Capitol cop who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6 WILL reveal his identity for the first time during interview with NBC's Lester Holt tomorrow night.  The police officer who shot dead Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot will reveal his identity on Thursday when he sits down for a television interview to explain how the tragic events unfolded.  Babbitt, 35, was the only person killed during the insurrection when the officer opened fire as a MAGA mob stormed through the Rotunda.  'Speaking out and revealing his identity publicly for the first time, the officer will share his perspective on the events of that day, including the aftermath of the deadly insurrection and the threats he has received,' said NBC News in a statement announcing that he would be interviewed by Lester Holt.

The FBI Comes Up Empty-Handed in its Search for an Insurrection.  For politicians, labeling controversies is often more important than addressing them. [...] The same is true with labeling political violence.  When protests by Black Lives Matter and other groups turned violent last summer, the media was expressly told not to refer to "rioters" but rather "protesters."  Riots causing massive property damage were described by CNN as "fiery but mostly peaceful protests."  Conversely, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could not be just a riot, let alone a "fiery" protest, but only an "insurrection."  Many in the media continue to awkwardly refer to "the insurrectionists" rather than the rioters.  National Public Radio even ran a running account of the "Capitol Insurrection."  The term was further driven home by House Democrats by impeaching President Trump for "incitement to insurrection" despite undermining any chance for an actual conviction.  Members of Congress like Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) are still in federal court claiming a conspiracy of "armed and organized insurrectionists."  The characterization of the attack as an insurrection served a myriad of political and personal purposes.  First, it painted anyone associated with challenging the 2020 election results as supporting sedition and the country's overthrow.  Second, if this was a protest allowed to turn into an uncontrolled riot, there would be more questions about the failure to properly protect the Capitol.

Jan. 6 commission chair seeks texts, phone data from GOP members, Trump associates despite FBI findings.  The Democratic chairman of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee to probe the origins of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building said Monday [8/23/2021] he will seek text messages and phone records from some Republican colleagues as well as associates of former President Donald Trump as part of the investigation.  While he declined to identify the GOP lawmakers whose records he is seeking, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the panel is contacting technology and communications companies along with social media platforms and other sources for records from the day of the breach.  "We have quite an exhaustive list of people.  I won't tell you who they are, but it's several hundred people that make up the list of people we are planning to contact," he said after being asked if family members of the former president were included.

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Ashli Babbitt's family releases scathing statement:  A 'secret' internal investigation 'proves nothing'.  An attorney representing the family of slain unarmed Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt lashed out at the Capitol Police on Monday after officially clearing the officer who shot her of any wrongdoing.  The department concluded that shooting Babbitt, 35, who was trying to climb through the broken window of a door that leads into an anteroom near the House chamber, was justified because the officer acted within protocols and policy, thereby avoiding any disciplinary proceedings or criminal charges.  In making the announcement, Capitol Police officials said investigators had conducted a months-long probe and had talked with several witnesses, while also reviewing video feeds and radio calls.

Capitol Police officer exonerated in Ashli Babbitt shooting on Jan. 6.  The United States Capitol Police Office of Professional Responsibility has cleared the officer involved in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, U.S. Capitol Police announced in a press release on Monday [8/23/2021], saying that officer "will not be facing internal discipline."  An internal investigation found the actions of the officer were "lawful and within Department policy," it said.

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It was an internal investigation.  There's the problem.  Very often, internal investigation is another way to say whitewash.

Proud Boys leader sentenced to five months behind bars in DC jail.  Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio is sentenced to approximately five months in jail after authorities apprehended him earlier this year amidst the fallout of the 2020 election.  Days before the Capitol Hill riot, Tarrio was arrested in Washington over charges of property destruction, which came about from an earlier incident.  It was then the cops found the magazines on him.  Then on Dec. 12, the Proud Boys gathered in DC to protest the election results.  It was then Tarrio burned a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to Asbury United Methodist Church.  When it came to the high-capacity magazines, Tarrio told the court he was selling the items to a customer "who was [...] traveling to DC on Jan 6."

Taliban Under The Bed.  After the fall on Kabul, our elitists raced to Twitter and other forums to equate the Taliban to conservatives and Republicans in the U.S. What kind of country are we becoming, in which a significant part of it cannot, or will not, distinguish the difference between terrorism and political differences? [...] Much of the effort to link America's political right to the Taliban is nothing more than pathetic virtue signaling.  It's the screeching of attention-hungry media personalities and celebrities who desperately need to show the world they're on the right side of history, and are morally and intellectually superior than most of their fellow Americans.  Unfortunately, what they say influences others.

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U.S. Capitol officer cleared in fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.  The U.S. Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 during the insurrection was cleared Monday after an internal review concluded the action may have spared the lives of lawmakers and staffers who had barricaded themselves inside the building.  "The officer's actions were consistent with the officer's training and (U.S. Capitol Police) policies," the agency's inquiry found.  The agency declined to identify the officer.

A Life Destroyed for 'Parading' at the Capitol.  After Robert Reeder was arrested in February and charged with four misdemeanors for his involvement in the Capitol protest on January 6, he lost his job as a truck driver for FedEx. [...] Reeder, like many Americans who attended Donald Trump's speech then walked to Capitol Hill, went alone.  He is a registered Democrat but supported some of Trump's policies.  The Maryland resident decided to travel to Washington on the morning of January 6, a "spur of the moment" decision, according to his attorney.  After suffering the effects of tear gas and sting balls launched by police officers outside the building — a reality the news media still refuses to cover — Reeder went inside the building to look for water to rinse his eyes.  From all accounts, he was allowed into the building.  While inside, Reeder marveled at the beauty of the Capitol and urged others "do not destroy anything."  He asked police how he could get out of the building as the situation between law enforcement and protesters escalated.

Owen Shroyer, Infowars host, charged with entering restricted area during Capitol riot.  Infowars host Jonathon Owen Shroyer has been charged with misdemeanors related to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol after the FBI said it found video from the riot showing him inside a restricted area.  The "War Room with Owen Shroyer" host was accused Friday of knowingly entering any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.  Federal prosecutors do not allege that Mr. Shroyer merely entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, but rather that he breached the building's grounds and made it to the top of the stairs on the east side of the complex.

FBI Starts Cover Story to Cloud Their Involvement in January 6th Events — Now Claim No Evidence of Coordination For J6 Insurrection.  The motive for the FBI to say there is "scant evidence" of any coordinated group activity in the January 6th Capitol Hill events is transparent.  The FBI need to cloud their involvement, their coordination, their agents, their planted informants and the FBI direction in the events.  Reuters is writing today that current and former FBI officials have reversed course and said there is scant evidence that any right-wing or extremist group coordinated any attack on Capitol Hill.

Tucker Carlson sees coverup plot behind announcement FBI found little evidence of coordination among Jan. 6 demonstrators.  Most conservative commentators have reacted with glee to a report from Reuters that:  ["]The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.["] [...] But Tucker Carlson, the most important conservative commentator of the moment, takes his reasoning a full step farther.  In a segment of the Friday edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, he asked, "Why is the FBI exonerating people?"  After reviewing the months of the 180 degrees opposite narrative, put out by the FBI and broadcast by the progressive media, that an organized insurrection took place, he suggests a sinister motive behind the leaked story to Reuters.  "If there was organization going on, some of it came from the feds."  As has often been the case, the FBI placed informants, or perhaps agents provocateur is the better term, among the demonstrators.  In fact, there are upwards of 20 unindicted co-conspirators from the January 6 incident, and a good number of these may have been ringleaders on the FBI payroll, escaping prosecution for acts that were worse than the crimes for which others have been prosecuted.

FBI Destroys Insurrection Narrative: 'Scant Evidence' Capitol Riots was Coordinated.  Sources told Reuters the FBI has not found much evidence that proves anyone coordinated the Capitol Hill riot:  ["]Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations.["]

The FBI Finally Proves That Donald Trump Had Nothing to Do with Jan. 6 'Insurrection'.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not set out to prove Donald Trump had nothing to do with the January 6 events that have been characterized as an "insurrection" and a "coup."  But a new exclusive report from Reuters obliterates the essential claims that Donald Trump directed extremists to attack the Capitol building and urged protesters to thwart a peaceful transfer of power.  "The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials," Reuters reported.  "Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations," the report continued.

FBI Finds Scant Evidence Of Any Coordination On Jan 6, Hardly The Insurrection The Media Wanted You to Believe.  Corroboration from an FBI report on the Jan. 6 riots has concluded that the storming of the U.S. Capitol bore no relation to a political agenda devised by the GOP, or former President Trump.  According to the investigation — exclusively released by Reuters — observing participants arrested at the Capitol on Jan. 6, collective information revealed that well over 90 percent of people stated no allegiance to a GOP-inspired objective during the rioting.  "Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases.  Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized."  The remaining few in this group were self-proclaimed political extremists, whose only concrete goal was to break into the Capitol — without a clue beyond this step.

FBI finds Capitol storming wasn't organized by pro-Trump groups:  Reuters.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found that the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol was not organized by pro-Donald Trump groups as part of a plot to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, four current and former law enforcement officials said, according to Reuters on Friday [8/20/2021].  More than 570 alleged participants have been arrested since the demonstration, but the FBI believes they are almost all "one-off cases" and not due to a centrally coordinated "far-right" effort, nor are they the result of an organized push by then-President Donald Trump supporters.

Cop who shot US Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt cleared after internal probe.  The cop who fatally shot US Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt as she stormed the building was exonerated after an internal police investigation, according to a report Friday [8/20/2021].  "No further action will be taken" in the use-of-force probe of the United States Capitol Police officer, whose name has not been released, NBC reported, citing an internal memo from the department.  The Capitol Police's report clearing him concludes the last remaining law enforcement investigation into the shooting, according to the outlet.  Other details about the findings were not immediately available.  The officer shot the 35-year-old Trump-boosting Air Force veteran in the head as she climbed through a broken door and into the Speaker's Lobby during the siege on Jan. 6.

When the FBI has to release embarrassing information, they do it on a Friday afternoon.

FBI Finally Admits there Is "Scant Evidence" US Capitol Attack Was Coordinated — The "Organized Plot" Talking Point Was a Massive Lie!  It only took this corrupt organization seven months to finally report the truth.  The FBI admitted this week there was "scant evidence" the US Capitol "attack" was coordinated.  We knew this when it happened.  The dirtbags at the FBI finally admitted this today.  Chris Wray and James Comey DESTROYED the once-respected intelligence organization.  Maybe someday an honest FBI agent will leak out the details on the informants and plants they had in the crowd that day?  And, yet the FBI continues to arrest grandmas and actors who walked inside the US Capitol that day, many of whom were waved in by the police.  So will the FBI ever admit that US Capitol Police killed two conservative women that day?

FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated - sources.  Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations.  "Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases," said a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.  "Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized.  But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages."

FBI Investigation Just Blew Up the Dem Narrative about the Capitol Riot.  [Scroll down]  Just like the Russia collusion hoax, here's yet another lie that's blown up on them.  The FBI investigators found that while some of the people might have wanted to break into the Capitol, there was "no evidence" that they had serious plans about what to do if they made it inside.  This is why they didn't file any sedition charges.  Oh.  So the folks who argue that this was about overthrowing the government folks also get dealt a huge blow with this.  So in essence, we are talking about what we've always been talking about here — a riot.  BLM/Antifa rioted/attacked the Portland federal court house for more than 100 days, coming out with the same people.  Yet their pictures aren't posted to be investigated on their own page, most weren't held and none of those leaders appears to have been identified or even pursued, despite the obvious organizing of it all over more than a year.

Are We in a Revolution and Don't Even Know It?  Two years ago, it would have been considered absurd that youth would ride bikes into drug stores and steal with impunity as security guards watched, or thieves could enter into Neiman-Marcus department stores and skip out with thousands of dollars of rich people's favorites.  Over $2 billion in "stuff" was destroyed in 2020. And almost none of the violence was ever properly investigated, the perpetrators arrested, charged, tried, convicted, sentenced, or incarcerated.  In such revolutionary times, no one knows any more what is and is not a crime.  Illegally storming the border when positive for COVID-19? Destroying a public statue of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson?  Looting a corporate chain store?  Knocking out an Asian-American septuagenarian?  Or turning over the tables of Jewish-Americans as they eat?  Taking over municipal blocks and declaring the confiscation an autonomous zone?  Not crimes.  "Illegal parading" inside the U.S. Capitol building?  Crime.

71-Year-Old Grandmother Visited By FBI Over Attending January Trump Rally.  Coweta County School Board Member Linda Menk, a 71-year-old grandmother who lives in the rural community 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, says she was paid a visit by a pair of FBI agents for attending former President Donald Trump's now-infamous D.C. rally on Jan. 6.  "It wasn't festive, but it was friendly," Menk said of the rally, telling The Federalist she remained on the outskirts of the crowd at Trump's White House speech, standing on the grounds of the Washington Monument to watch the jumbotron from afar.  "That was kind of where we camped out so-to-speak," attending with a group she met in her hotel the night before since she got separated from those she drove from Georgia with.

While The Left Was Busy Charging Conservatives As Radicals, Afghanistan Fell To Real Terrorists.  Stephen Colbert implied to his viewers Monday night [8/16/2021] that the U.S. would be better off to focus its efforts on fighting the Americans associated with the January 6 Capitol riot than murderous, women-hating terrorists in the Middle East.  "We've had troops there for 20 years.  They fought, they sacrificed, their family sacrificed so that we wouldn't have a terrorist attack in America planned in a foreign country.  Why should our soldiers be fighting radicals in a civil war in Afghanistan?  We've got our own on Capitol Hill," Colbert said, which was met with laughter and applause from the audience.

January 6 as Distraction from Afghanistan, Other Crises.  "A mob of extremists and terrorists launched a violent and deadly assault on the people's house," Biden said on August 5.  "It wasn't dissent.  It wasn't debate.  It wasn't democracy.  It was insurrection.  It was riot and mayhem.  It was radical and chaotic."  Ten days later, an actual mob of extremists and terrorists launched an assault to seize the Afghan capital in the most humiliating defeat of American political and military leadership in at least half a century.  Biden, reportedly stunned by the success of an actual insurrection on his watch, remained in hiding at Camp David all weekend.  The war in Afghanistan, unlike January 6, has been deadly, costly, and largely futile.  Lawmakers of both parties now are asking tough questions about how our exit went so wrong, so quickly.  Finger-pointing is happening in all different directions.  The juxtaposition of the two events, however, shows how preposterous the framing of January 6 has been from the start.  It also underscores the dangerous consequences of the ruling class' nonstop fixation on the Capitol protest.

The Justice Department's 'Troubling' Discovery Delays.  The government possesses more than 14,000 hours of surveillance footage from the U.S. Capitol Police's closed-circuit system, thousands of hours of body camera recordings from law enforcement, and mounds of digital information from personal devices and social media posts.  More than 6,000 subpoenas have been issued "seeking documents such as financial records, telephone records, electronic communications service provider records, and travel records," according to a recent discovery filing. [...] [Judge Amit Mehta] reminded prosecutors about their obligations under the Brady rule, which requires the disclosure of evidence favorable to the defendant.  (In an interesting disclosure, the prosecutor said the government does not have closed-circuit security footage from the doors on the east side of the Capitol building.  She said they are looking "informally" at other sources of video that could contain exculpatory evidence.  Stay tuned for updates — this might represent the first of many "disappearing" surveillance videos.)

Reality Bites Biden's Policies.  [Scroll down]  It's been a cute prosecutorial trick to keep adding defendants and then claiming because there are so many and so much material to evaluate that it cannot meet its discovery obligations for months and the defendants, without a hearing, must be locked up (many in solitary) for months and months in clear violation of their right to a speedy trial.  I think the trick is losing its magic.  So much of the left's strategy depends on persuading voters that Trump supporters and the like are barbarians intent on overthrowing the government by any means.  What happens when most of these cases collapse, as I think they will with a bit more sunlight on the Department of Justice's foul plays?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Office Scolded Ashli Babbitt's Grieving Mother, 'Your Daughter Should Not Have Stormed the Capitol'.  The grieving mother of Ashli Babbitt has revealed that an aide to Senator Dianne Feinstein scolded her saying, "your daughter should not have stormed the Capitol," when she called in an attempt to get more information about her death.  Babbitt's mother, Micki Witthoeft detailed her awful experience with Feinstein's office during an interview with Dinesh D'Souza this week.  Witthoeft said that the first time she called the office, the staffer who answered pretended not to know who Babbitt was.  The next time she called, the aide scolded her for her daughter's actions and snapped, "Dianne Feinstein will never have two minutes for you."

Ashli Babbitt's mom rips Pelosi, Feinstein, claims questions about daughter's death going unanswered.  The grieving mother of Ashli Babbitt, the U.S. Air Force veteran who was fatally shot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, says neither Nancy Pelosi nor Dianne Feinstein — nor any other current elected official, Democrat or Republican, has reached out to her regarding questions about her daughter's death.  California resident Micki Witthoeft spoke out last week in a podcast conversation with conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza.  She also said no one from the Biden administration or the Justice Department has answered her questions, including about the identity of the law enforcement officer seen on video firing his weapon at Babbitt.  That anonymous officer was cleared of wrongdoing in April by the U.S. Justice Department, which claimed there was "insufficient evidence" to support a criminal prosecution.

Why is the Democratic leadership so desperate to sacralize the Capitol Hill riot?  The left is on a troubled quest to turn the rally-cum-riot at the Capitol that day into another Wounded Knee, a My Lai Massacre in the making, the equivalent of Emmett Till's murder.  It is no coincidence that in the run-up to this year's Fourth of July celebrations, the venerable TIME magazine published '21 Lessons from America's Worst Moments'.  Self-reviling bathos is today's noble journalism.  But there is considerable difficulty shoehorning January 6 into this narrative.  No one was killed but the overly eager but unarmed Ashli Babbitt, shot point blank by a Capitol Hill Police officer as she tied to enter the Speaker's Lobby.  I know of no one who excuses Babbitt's presence there.  She and hundreds of other protesters had crossed the line into riotous behavior.  Our stalwart legislators were, by most accounts, cowering in fear.  And some apparently trigger-happy plainclothes cop decided it was time to exercise some deadly force. [...] On April 28, President Biden called it the 'worst attack on democracy since the Civil War'.  Verbal precision is not Mr Biden's strength, but this was hyperbole of high order.  To make it stick, Democrats have tried their best to increase the drama and inflate the body count.  The dramaturgy consisted of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Houser Select Committee hearing on July 27, when four officers, Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, Michael Fanone, Daniel Hodges and Harry Dunn provided Munchhausen-esque accounts of their nightmarish experiences on that fateful day.  Their testimony was broadcast live and convinced the convincible that the insurrection was led by bloodthirsty and all-but-unstoppable fiends bent on overturning the Constitution.

January 6 political prisoners deserve much more outrage than they're getting.  Hundreds, yes hundreds of Trump-supporters at the Capitol have been held for seven months without trial.  Other than a timid protest by a few conservative House Republicans, this writer is unaware of demands that these political detainees — how otherwise explain their detention by Biden's attorney general Garland (and thank the Almighty he was not put on the Supreme Court) — be given a fair and speedy trial?  Following a story in The Washington Post that a federal judge has constitutional concerns about one case involving a few of the detainees, The New York Times recognized, in its August 11 print edition, that the constitutional right of the detainees to a speedy trial is going by the boards, as trials are supposed to begin within 70 days of indictment.  Here it is more than seven months after January 6, 2021, the date of the Capitol incursion.

Latest developments in the prosecution of January 6 defendants.  Prosecutors in the cases against the January 6 demonstrators are starting to run into some judicial pushback:  Questions about exculpatory evidence in their possession not turned over as the law demands, lower courts assessing the defendant as more dangerous than the evidence warranted, and most significantly, whether the prosecution is overcharging defendants with the federal crime of obstruction.  Most of the defendants are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted area — a fancy way of saying trespassing.  Defendants are entitled to see before pleading to the charges any materially exculpatory evidence in the government's possession.  Defense counsel have complained that the government has not been meeting this obligation, and the prosecution has been responding that it is unable to quickly assess all the evidence it has to meet this burden.  As to those charged with trespassing, some are claiming they were invited in and, therefore, could not be guilty of the charges.  The prosecution got one extension and the question is whether they should get another, a question complicated by the defendants' right to a speedy trial.  Sixteen of the defendants facing the most serious charges will not have their cases heard until next January.

MSNBC's Wallace:  Trump 'Inciting Violent Extremism' by Meeting with Ashli Babbitt Husband, Mother.  MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace said Wednesday [8/11/2021] on her show "Deadline" that former President Donald Trump was "inciting violent extremism" by meeting with the mother and husband of Ashli Babbitt, the rioter who an officer inside the Capitol fatally shot on January 6.  Wednesday after the meeting, Trump put out a statement saying Babbitt was "murdered at the hands of someone who should never have pulled the trigger of his gun," adding, "We know who it is."

With Republicans Like These, Who Needs Democrats?  Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) was challenged recently by a caller on the "Jay Thomas Show."  The caller asked Cramer to reveal the identity of the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, on January 6.  Cramer claimed he did not know the name of the officer, nor did he believe the public had any right to know that officer's name because he had not been found guilty of any wrongdoing.  Such pandering to the ruling class and its railroaded investigation is embarrassing enough, as the available evidence (to say nothing of the evidence that the government refuses to release) indicates that the officer recklessly — through the broken window of a locked door — shot an unarmed woman who posed no threat to anyone.  But Cramer went further.  The public has no right to know, he asserted, "because the person that [sic] shot her is a police officer shooting a criminal not complying with officers' telling her 'stop, don't come through that window, we have guns drawn, don't do it.'"

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This guy has been a Senator for only a few years, and he's already a potential poster child for term limits!  If the Senator doesn't "believe the public had any right to know that officer's name because he had not been found guilty of any wrongdoing," how and why does the public immediately learn the name of every white cop who shoots an unarmed black person in this country?  Do the newspapers only publish the names of criminal defendants after they've been convicted?

Pelosi's Contemptible Fraud.  It is depressing to consider that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives committee of inquiry into the events of January 6 will probably not be generally exposed as the contemptible fraud that it is by the tainted and corruptly partisan national political and social media.  It has already been adduced beyond challenge that President Trump advised his followers on January 6, if they went to the Capitol, to "demonstrate peacefully and patriotically."  On listening to his speech again, it is completely unexceptionable, and he gives clearly his complaints about the voting and vote-counting procedures.  A moron could deduce that where there are 44 million mailed and "dumped" ballots floating around, strange things are likely to happen in an election where a flip of 50,000 votes in three states would have changed the election result.  It is an incontestable fact that the Trump Administration and campaign had nothing to do with what went on after the president addressed his followers near the White House on January 6.  It is equally clear that almost none of the intruders at the Capitol were armed.  There is not one scintilla of truth in any claim that President Trump or his collaborators had anything to do with promoting any intrusion at the Capitol or any physical threat to anyone, or any disturbance of the normal lawful processes of government.  It has also been clearly established that President Trump, several days before the intrusion at the Capitol, offered 10,000 National Guardsmen as supplementary reinforcements in recognition of the fact that some of his supporters might be in a hostile mood on January 6.

A massive dose of common sense about January 6.  By calling events on January 6 an insurrection, the Biden administration is getting away with grossly abusing the rule of law and the Constitution to punish the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6.  Worse, this is happening even as the federal government has consistently given a pass to leftists (whether BLM or Antifa) who, for more than a year, have destroyed public property; looted and terrorized whole communities; set fire to buildings; attempted to kill or maim city, state, and federal law enforcement officers; injured ordinary people, and committed murder.  And shame on every Republican in Congress who is silent about this two-tiered justice system and the creation of political prisoners in America.  But it's not just that the label "insurrection" is allowing the Biden administration to justify fearsome punishments for those who were there on January 6.  While I cry shame on the Republicans in Congress, the fact is that they're cowed by that word "insurrection."

Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt 'Ambushed' Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning.  Kicking off the first hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, promised to fully investigate "the facts of what happened on Jan. 6," calling it "a scene of violence in the citadel of democracy."  But over the next 3½ hours, he and other Democrats, along with their handpicked Republican panelists and police witnesses, never mentioned the most lethal act committed that day — the fatal Capitol Police shooting of unarmed protester Ashli Babbitt.  It was the only shot fired during the entire riot.  This omission angered Babbitt's family and a number of Republicans who maintain that the Select Committee and the Capitol Police are covering up the circumstances surrounding her death.  Questions linger over the shooting, especially whether the officer who fired the fatal shot warned Babbitt to stop before he opened fire as she attempted to breach a barricaded door inside the Capitol Building.  The officer's lawyer insists his client not only issued such a command, but did so loudly and clearly.  However, in an interview with RealClearInvestigations, Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said he has gathered evidence indicating the officer, a plainclothes police lieutenant, remained silent.  Far from warning Babbitt he would shoot, Roberts said the officer "ambushed" her from the side where she could not see he had taken up position in a hall doorway and had trained his weapon on her.

Whose Insurrection is it, Anyway?  For months now, absent any enunciated threat, the Capitol has been surrounded by more fencing, Jersey barriers, and concertina wire than a Stalag.  The pretext for those steel and cement ramparts doesn't comport with the stubbornness of House leaders and the Pentagon who dragged their feet on giving National Guard support to the Capitol Police on and before January 6.  That's quite odd, as the FBI had passed along actionable intelligence suggesting that a toxic brew of left- and right-wing extremist groups sought to gaslight a peaceful Trump rally to enable acts of political violence.  Fourteen thousand hours of fixed surveillance and police body cam footage would reveal the level of government infiltration and perhaps involvement in the January 6th melee.  The most ominous-looking of the intruders in black bloc outfits, balaclavas, gloves, radio earpieces, and climbing gear who showed up at the Capitol West Front at the same time a pipe bomb was discovered next door at the RNC headquarters, were hell-bent on burgling the Capitol building and pressed a coordinated attack immediately upon their arrival.  It appears that no one from that tactically-outfitted group has been arrested by the FBI, despite the testimony of credible witnesses and supporting video.

Joe Biden Laments:  Confederates Did Not Make It to the U.S. Capitol, but January 6th Rioters Did.  President Joe Biden suggested the violence of the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill was worse than the Civil War during a speech Thursday at the White House.  "Not even during the Civil War did insurrectionists breach the Capitol of the United States of America, the citadel of our democracy," Biden began.  "Not even then.  But on January the 6th, 2021, they did."  The president hosted a signing ceremony Thursday [8/5/2021] for a bill awarding Capitol Police officers a Congressional Gold Medal for their response to the January 6th riots, giving Biden an opportunity to excoriate supporters of the former president for the violence.

Judicial Watch obtains docs of DC examiner's request to cremate Ashli Babbitt 2 days after getting custody of body.  The Washington, D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) reportedly submitted a request to cremate deceased Jan. 6th rioter Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, only two days after her death.  This and other findings were discovered in more than 1,100 pages of documents from the OCME obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in April.  The documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that on Jan. 8th, two days after the Jan. 6th riot, OCME made a submission through the "OCME Online Permit" application form for "cremation."  Moreover, the documents state that this "transaction was completed successfully."

Wife of Jan. 6 Political Prisoner Outraged Over Double Standard:  Why Are Black Lives Matter Protesters Paid $70K After Being Banned From Capitol?  As hundreds of Trump supporters sit in DC jails cells for allegedly walking into the Capitol building while protesting results of the fraud-ridden 2020 election, Black Lives Matter activists will be awarded $70,000 after getting banned from the Iowa state capitol and fighting police officers.  BLM activists protested at the Iowa State Capitol last July against a law barring convicted felons from voting when they started attacking law enforcement officials.  Following the altercation, Des Moines police arrested 17 of the protesters on charges of disorderly conduct or assault.  Citing a trespassing statute in state law, the Iowa State Patrol sent the protesters who were apprehended a letter banning them from setting foot on the Capitol grounds for up to a year.

New Documents reveal the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Submitted a Request to Cremate Ashli Babbitt Two Days after Gaining Custody of Her Body.  Judicial Watch announced today [8/3/2021] that it received 1160 pages of documents from Washington, DC's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) related to Air Force veteran and San Diego native Ashli Babbitt.  These new documents reveal that OCME submitted a request for permission to cremate Babbitt only two days after taking custody of her body and that 'due to the "high profile nature" of Babbitt's case, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Francisco Diaz requested that a secure electronic file with limited access be created for Babbitt's records.  Additionally, Babbitt's fingerprints were emailed to a person supposedly working for the DC government, which resulted in Microsoft "undeliverable" messages written in Chinese characters being returned.  Babbitt was shot and killed by an unidentified law enforcement officer as she attempted to climb through a broken interior window in the Capitol Building, located outside the Speaker's Lobby off the House Floor during the January 6 disturbance.  She was unarmed.  At the time of the shooting, several officers reportedly can be seen in videos, standing in the crowd of protestors in which Babbitt was present.

Sen. Ron Johnson tells constituents FBI had advance knowledge of January 6 riot but did nothing, says protesters were peaceful 'by and large'.  Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson told a group of constituents he believes the FBI had advanced knowledge of the Jan. 6th riot but failed to act — even as he ripped a select committee probing the events as a 'total sham.'  During his remarks following an event in his home state Saturday [7/31/2021], he repeatedly downplayed the actions of the mob that took part in the Capitol riot, saying there were 'a couple hundred really bad actors' among thousands he defended.  'By and large those folks were peaceful protesters,' said Johnson, days after four police officers testified about battling crowd members outside the Capitol.  He said most 'wouldn't even consider breaking the law.'

Mollie Hemingway:  Partisan Hearings Taking Jan. 6 Riot Out Of Context Are A "Joke".  Mollie Hemingway made the case Sunday [8/1/2021] on FNC's "MediaBuzz" that the January 6 Capitol riot committee hearings are being held by partisan Democrats who are taking events out of the wider context of escalating political violence in 2020.  ["]If you want to talk about consistency, you have to deal with the fact that we have a political party that embraced a movement to defund the police for an entire year and now we're pretending that they care so much about the police. [...] The defund the police movement, which the media and other Democratic partisans strongly celebrated, which was supported across the country by Democratic politicians, was something we saw in the past year.["]

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Pelosi Met With Police Officers Who Gave Shockingly Partisan Testimony About January 6.  Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Capitol and Metro Police officers who testified before the congressional "January 6 Commission," where the officers delivered shockingly partisan and widely-doubted accounts of the protest events.  Pelosi personally invited Harry Dunn, a Capitol police officer, and Metro police officers Daniel Hodges and Michael Fanone to the House gallery for a vote back in June, making it clear that Pelosi had those three officers handpicked.  Here is a photo of Pelosi meeting with Dunn, Fanone, and Hodges, alongside fellow leftist Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Rep. Kinzinger Accidentally Reveals What the Democrat Capitol Riot Hearings Are Really About.  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) may have let the proverbial cat out of the bag about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) Democratic select committee ostensibly designed to further investigate the assault on the U.S. Capitol which occurred on Jan. 6.  Of course, he did not reveal anything that common sense wouldn't have already told us — but it is instructive nonetheless.  In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Kinzinger said the committee will be forcing "a lot of people" to testify and that "it's going to be a thorough investigation for sure." [...] The Democrats have been portraying these proceedings as some valiant effort to get to the "truth" surrounding the events that occurred on Jan. 6.  They purport to be trying to get to the bottom of what motivated the riot and to figure out each detail of how the assault went down.  Kinzinger's comments show that this is a gigantic load of bovine excrement.  [Paywall]

General Milley's Imaginary Coup.  We need to clear some things up before they get any further out of hand, as the Dems insist on making this stuff every day's front page.  For starters, stop saying "Reichstag moment." [...] Some 500 protesters taking selfies inside the Capitol building is a tantrum, not a coup.  Among other things, a coup must have some path towards success, in this case, preventing Joe Biden from becoming president.  The rioters at best might have delayed the largely ceremonial counting of the Electoral College votes until the next day.

Susan Collins criticizes 'partisan' Jan. 6 commission.  Sen. Susan Collins criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting several Republican choices to serve on the "partisan" Jan. 6 commission.  Collins, a centrist Republican from Maine, said she was "disappointed" that her efforts to have "an independent, bipartisan, nonpartisan, outside commission to look at all of the events of that day" were "not approved."  "I think it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi's partisan committee that she has set up," she told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

In truth, this canard of "insurrection" does grave damage to the country.  Please don't share this article with anyone except for your neighbors, friends, enemies, relatives, and coworkers — I don't want to get into trouble — but I remain adamant that January 6 was not an insurrection.  To say otherwise is a despicable lie.  Insurrection was not on the mind of anyone serious at the Capitol on January 6.  It was a very large demonstration aimed at protesting the way an election was conducted.  No matter what anyone thinks of the November 2020 election, there was something wrong with states changing their election laws months, even weeks before balloting.  In addition, social media monopolies suppressed the news of the Hunter Biden laptop, which would have been a game changer.  In the face of all that stuff, many thousands came to Washington, D.C. to protest.  They did not come to seize the reins of power.  There were no U.S. military generals or captains or colonels or lieutenants leading or strategizing a coup.  There was no shooting of rifles or taking of hostages.  Rather, people came dressed like it was a carnival, such as the men dressed in bear or wolverine outfits.

New Video From Jan 6th Protests Show Large, Peaceful Crowd Attacked By Police With Flashbangs.  There has been a growing call for the FBI to release all 14,000 hours of January 6th protest footage to be released to the public so America can see what possibly lead up to the riots.  Many who attended had claimed the crowd was attacked by police and instigated and this newly released video seems to confirm it.  [Video clip]

A January 6 Detainee Speaks Out.  Joe Biden's Justice Department notched another victory last week in the agency's sprawling investigation into the January 6 protest on Capitol Hill against Biden's presidency.  On Wednesday [7/28/2021], Michael Curzio pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol building.  The government offered the plea deal to Curzio's court-appointed attorney in June; Curzio faced four misdemeanor charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct, for his role in the Capitol breach.  Curzio will pay the government "restitution" in the amount of $500 to help pay for the nearly $1.5 million in damages the building reportedly sustained.  (The Architect of the Capitol initially said the protest caused $30 million in damages but prosecutors have set the figure far lower.)  The misdemeanor to which Curzio pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.  But Curzio isn't headed to jail any time soon.  To the contrary, Curzio actually left jail on July 14.  Because he had already served six months in prison.  Curzio is one of nearly 100 defendants kept behind bars for months under pre-trial detention orders sought by federal prosecutors.

Just 36% Of Independents Think The Jan. 6 Commission Is A Genuine Fact-Finding Effort.  Democrats advertised the Jan. 6 commission as an effort to "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack."  But in today's highly charged partisan world, few believe that this is the commission's genuine concern, according to the latest I&I/TIPP Poll.  The poll, which was taken after the first day of the commission's hearings, asked a straightforward question:  "How likely is it that the Jan. 6 commission will make a genuine effort to uncover the truth?"  Overall, the poll found that only 22% of the public believes that it's "very likely" the commission will make such an effort, while 18% say it's "not likely at all."  Another 26% believe it's "somewhat" likely, while on the other side, 19% say it's "not very likely" that the commission plans to expose the truth about what happened.

GOP Senator Says He's Grateful for Ashli Babbitt's Killer.  Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Jay Thomas on "The Jay Thomas Show" on Tuesday [7/27/2021] and took questions from local callers.  During their conversation Senator Cramer was asked by a caller about Ashli Babbitt and her killer Lt. Mike Byrd.  Senator Cramer refused to identify the killer but said he was grateful for the officer's action.  Senator Cramer then lied and said Ashli Babbitt was warned by police before she was shot in an ambush.  This is a bald-faced lie.  The officer hid in the shadows, did not utter a word, and then shot Ashli Babbitt in the neck as she climbed through a window.  She was unarmed and was not a threat.  Lt. Mike Byrd then slinked away after murdering Babbitt in cold blood.

Rep. Matt Gaetz Implies that Our Own Government Was Behind Jan. 6 False Flag — Demands Release of 14,000 hrs. of Hidden Video.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took to the House floor (without a mask) and implied that our own government was behind the Jan. 6 false flag attacks on the US Capitol.  Rep. Matt Gaetz: "...the 14,000 hours of tape could also show us who was animating that violence.  Whether they were connected in any way, directed any way — by federal agencies.  It raises great suspicion that we are unable to get access to this information as members of Congress."  Of course, Matt Gaetz is on to something.  Video released by Bobby Powell showed violent hoodlums in all black smashing windows, damaging the US Capitol — but Wray FBI refuses to look for them.

The History of Capitol Violence.  Immediately following the January 6th Capitol incident, media outlets around the country were quick to place the blame for the siege on President Trump.  Most newspapers, for example, ran attention grabbing headlines with the most common theme being "Trump Mob Storms Capitol" (New York Times) and "Trump Incites Mob" (Washington Post).  In the months following the incident, the mainstream media, for the most part, has settled on one word to describe the chaos of 1/6 — insurrection.  The Trump supporters, it seems, angry at the outcome of the November 3, 2020, election and fueled by President Trump's lies about election fraud, stormed the Capitol to wrestle control of the government back to Trump.  Or something.  January 6th has also become the greatest attack on democracy since the Civil War.  According to the American press.  Insert my eye roll here.  The media complex conveniently leaves out the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the horrific casualties of 9/11 which left over 3,000 people dead.

No, libs, the Jan. 6 events weren't a 'coup'.  Here's what Jan. 6 wasn't:  It wasn't the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War."  Nor did it veer anywhere near the vicinity of being as dangerous as 9/11.  Nor was it a "coup" or an "insurrection" — not in any way we commonly understand those words.  It wasn't a "putsch."  Nor did it, as the chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, claimed, come "dangerously close to succeeding" in upending "American democracy."  That's all a myth.  It was a riot.  Or, as Christopher Caldwell more forgivingly called it in The New York Times, perhaps "a political protest that got out of control."  And, contra House Republican Adam Kinzinger's overwrought contention on the first day of the Jan. 6 select committee, there's no evidence that "self-governance" was threatened by the rioters.  Only two sets of people gain anything from pretending that these rioters had anything approaching the wherewithal to overthrow the United States government:  Democrats and the extremists.

'Unprecedented, Unreasonable, Unconstitutional, and Wrong'.  During a status hearing Friday afternoon [7/30/2021] for Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an Army reservist arrested on January 15 for his involvement in the January 6 protest in Washington, D.C., an assistant U.S. attorney admitted the government will not meet its discovery obligations for all Capitol defendants until early 2022.  Kathyrn Fifield, the lead attorney representing the Justice Department, informed Judge Trevor McFadden that the "incalculable" volume of video collected by the government related to the Capitol breach investigation will prevent defendants and their lawyers from accessing the full body of evidence against them for several more months.  "No system exists to wrap its arms around [all this evidence]," Fifield told McFadden.  This includes at least 14,000 hours of surveillance video plus thousands of hours of body-worn camera footage from law enforcement.  Fifield resisted setting a 2021 trial date for Hale; McFadden and Jonathan Crisp, Hale's court-appointed attorney, told the government last month that unless a plea arrangement was agreed upon, a trial would be set for later this year because Hale already has been incarcerated for more than six months.

Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene accused of 'trespassing' at prison holding Capitol rioters.  A group of GOP lawmakers was turned away from a Washington DC prison as they attempted to inspect the conditions of Capitol rioters in custody.  Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were among the group warned they were trespassing and obstructing the entrance to the correctional facility.  The pair live-tweeted their attempt, along with Louie Gohmert and Paul Gosar, to make contact with prisoners held on charges related to the 6 January attack on the Capitol.  "We absolutely are not trespassing and if that attitude is any indication of how they're treating their prisoners inside I have great concerns," Ms Greene told media at the facility.

Support for Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe slip after cops' emotional testimony: poll.  An emotional hearing this week in which police officers attacked in the Capitol riot testified before a House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 turned more Americans against the need for the probe, according to a Morning Consult poll.  Among voters of all parties, 53 percent supported the investigation, down from 66 percent in the survey in June and 58 percent just a week ago.  Four out of five Democrats were in favor, while only a quarter of Republicans were, along with half of independents.  Only 49 percent of those polled said they had watched all or even part of the committee hearing that dominated the news cycle on Tuesday.

GOP Reps Try to Check on Jan. 6 Detainees, Get Locked Out.  Republican Reps.  Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louis Gohmert and Paul Gosar showed up at the federal lockup facility currently housing roughly 50 January 6 detainees in order to inspect the conditions of the political prisoners.  They were looking into accusations of mistreatment, including being denied access to lawyers, beatings, and solitary confinement.  They were denied.

National Police Association rejects Jan. 6 hearings, says Congress should investigate George Floyd riots.  The National Police Association (NPA) is rejecting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot congressional probe as a "dog and pony show" and proposing that Congress conduct a wholly different investigation.  On Wednesday, the United States' largest police association slammed the hearings as a politically motivated stunt that has no goal of uncovering the truth of the events on Jan. 6, when hundreds of rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.  Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, association spokesperson Betsy Brantner Smith said that Congress should instead hear testimony from the thousands of police officers who were injured during the so-called "summer of love" protests in 2020 that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  "People need to see that police officers go through horrible things, and Jan. 6 was a horrible thing for some of those officers," she said, Fox News reported.  "But, quite frankly, I find this whole Jan. 6 Commission, frankly, a dog and pony show.  It doesn't tell the whole story."

National Police Association slams Jan. 6 probe as 'dog and pony show,' calls for investigation of Floyd riots.  The National Police Association on Wednesday slammed Congress' investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as a politically motivated "dog and pony show" that has no intention of uncovering the truth of what really happened that day.  In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday [7/28/2021], association spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant who describes herself as a conservative, said Congress should hear from the thousands of police officers who were injured during the George Floyd riots last year.  "People need to see that police officers go through horrible things, and Jan. 6 was a horrible thing for some of those officers," she said.  "But, quite frankly, I find this whole Jan. 6 Commission, frankly, a dog and pony show.  It doesn't tell the whole story."

Ashli Babbitt's Mom Speaks.  The only video Ashli Babbitt's mom has seen of her daughter on January 6 is a clip of her walking from Donald Trump's speech to Capitol Hill.  "That brings me peace," Micki Witthoeft, Ashli's mom, told me by phone on Wednesday.  "She was in her zone, so happy, having a great day."  "Until that [...] shot her."  Nearly seven months after a United States Capitol Police officer shot Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol building on January 6, the government and subservient corporate news media still refuse to confirm the name of the federal officer who killed her.  (Investigative journalist Paul Sperry recently reported the shooter likely is USCP Lt. Michael Byrd.)  The Justice Department closed its investigation into her shooting in April and announced the unnamed officer would not face criminal charges.  Three USCP officers participated in an overdramatic public hearing before the January 6 select committee on Tuesday, often referring to protesters as "terrorists," "insurrectionists," and "traitors," though not a single person arrested in the aftermath has been charged with terrorism, insurrection, or treason.  They repeatedly claimed they thought they would be killed by the protesters.  USCP officer Harry Dunn asked for a moment of silence in honor of Officer Brian Sicknick to once again promote the falsehood that he was killed in the line of duty.  But there was no moment of silence for Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and Air National Guardsman with eight deployments overseas, including to Iraq and Afghanistan, who actually was killed on January 6.  There were no tears and table-pounding from crisis-actor cops or emotionally-fragile lawmakers mourning her premature death.  Babbitt was just 35.

Capitol Hill Police Officer Claims, Without Evidence, That Crowd of Trump Supporters Repeatedly Called Him [a racial slur] On 1/6.  Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn told the January 6 Select Committee, without evidence, that a crowd of Trump supporters repeatedly called him a racial slur during the protests.  Dunn, a Capitol Police officer who is an admitted Democrat, spoke during the first hearing of the January 6 Select Committee on Tuesday, and described various scenes that strain credulity and supposedly occurred during the protests.  Dunn said that he told many of them to leave the Capitol building, but in response they allegedly yelled, "no man, this is our house.  President Trump invited us here.  We're here to stop the steal.  Joe Biden is not the President.  Nobody voted for Joe Biden."

Capitol cop gives us reasons to doubt his testimony.  It might be time to add "Without evidence..." to each claim made in testimony by the Capitol cops put on display in the DNC sponsored hearings today.  Certainly it ought to be added to Harry Dunn's testimony. [...] There are over 14,000 hours of surveillance tapes being withheld by the Biden DOJ which it refuses to release.  One immediately asks why.  One also comes to believe that that those tapes contain data which would blow open the case being made by the kangaroo court today.

Congressmen weeping on television embarrass themselves and us.  During the January 6 committee investigation, I was embarrassed to watch Adam Kinzinger cry and grimace.  A third-grader dressed up as an adult.  The ethically challenged Schiff sniffed and searched for words that would make headlines.  He failed.  May I suggest to the traumatized Capitol Police officers that they watch the many film clips, or the gut-wrenching photographs, of NYC police officers during and after that terrorist attack twenty years ago?  Those are the heroic men.  They experienced real trauma.  No matter how many medals appear on the chests of the Capitol policemen, they mean nothing if those officers continue to hide the killer of Ashli Babbitt.  That's cowardice — not heroism.

Chief DC federal judge questions misdemeanor deals for US Capitol rioters.  The chief judge in DC's federal court questioned the Justice Department's decision to offer misdemeanor plea deals to nonviolent US Capitol rioters, saying at a hearing Thursday [7/29/2021] that the relatively light punishment might not be enough to deter similar attacks in the future.  "Does the government have any concern ... of the defendant joining a mob, breaking into the Capitol building" in the future, and "terrorizing members of Congress, the vice president, who had to be evacuated," Chief Judge Beryl Howell asked prosecutors during the plea hearing.  "This could be a circumstance that arises every four years," Howell added.  The defendant, Jack Griffith, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol building, which has become the standard plea deal that the Justice Department has offered to nonviolent rioters.  The charge is a "petty offense," Howell said, comparing it to the same charge someone might face if they trespassed on government property after dark.

A Capitol Police Officer who's a BLM activist?  Of the many weeping people paraded before the House on Tuesday [7/27/2021] to testify about how deeply traumatizing it was for conservatives, rather than the usual left-wing activists, to protest at the Capitol, was one Harry Dunn, a giant of a man who claimed that he was intensely traumatized by the fact that protesters called him the "N" word.  The horror of it all!  Except there's reason to believe that Dunn may have been lying.  There's no footage of this alleged racial outrage.  Additionally, it turns out that Dunn is a BLM activist, a Trump hater, and a supporter of political violence — his political violence, not your free speech or protest.  Leftists were incredibly affected by Officer Dunn's testimony.  As far as they were concerned, he proved that, not only were the people at the Capitol on January 6 (who killed no one, looted nothing, and set no fires) the worst mob ever in the history of America, but they were racist.

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At a dynamic an momentous event like the impromptu self-guided tour of the Capitol on January 6, a huge percentage of the participants carry cell phones, and as is probably their habit, they record everything that happens.  Everything that happens is recorded from several angles.  Therefore, when someone claims to have been verbally accosted with racial slurs, and nobody has video footage of it, that person is probably lying.  If that person is a BLM activist, the probability (that he's lying) gets even closer to 100 percent.

Florida suspends concealed weapons permits of 22 people facing charges related to Capitol riot.  Florida suspended the concealed weapons permits Monday of 22 individuals facing charges involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Nikki Fried, the commissioner of Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, announced the suspensions immediately after a congressional hearing about the attack concluded on Capitol Hill.  "The deeply disturbing events that occurred at our nation's Capitol on January 6th were sedition, treason and domestic terrorism — and those individuals involved in the insurrection must be held accountable for attempting to subvert our democratic process," said Ms. Fried, a Democrat running for Florida governor in 2022.

AJ Swinson Lays Down the Truth About the Democrats' Capitol Riot Commission.  The Democratic Party's Jan. 6 commission has begun and it has reignited the debate over the events of the assault on the U.S. Capitol building which occurred six months ago.  The first day was jam-packed with accusations of white supremacy, outright lies, and even an outpouring of crocodile tears.  But the all-important question is:  Will the American public see through the obvious politicking involved in this sham of a hearing?

A National Embarrassment.  An Unadulterated Farce.  The January 6th Committee Makes A Mockery Of America.  Yesterday's partisan committee hearing on January 6th was nothing short of a national embarrassment.  No doubt the January 6th riots were, too.  Had pipsqueak Pence done his job, the country would look far different today.  But two wrongs don't make a right.  How Democrats continue to abuse their power for the partisan persecution of their political opponents will remain a stain on America's body politick for generations to come.  The most humiliating moments — especially for the audiences watching from around the world — saw all four "stars" of the "show" crying for the television cameras.

Questions that Won't be Asked by the January 6 Commission.  The January 6 commission held a dramatic first hearing with lots of crocodile tears and a few real ones.  As usual, the Democrats, and the two Democrat-friendly Republicans, seemed to agree on an emotional approach to the topic at hand to gain advantage over their political opponents.  However, they failed to ask and answer important questions. [...] Here are some primary questions are unlikely to come up:  First, who shot Ashli Babbitt and why?  Perhaps she shouldn't have been where she was and doing what she was doing, but she did not need to die.  The American citizen and Air Force veteran was unarmed.  Federal bureaucrats have kept the information on who shot Ashli from Babbitt's husband, as well as from the American people, who have a right to know.  Why?  Second, did congressional leaders and other elected representatives, or their staffs, instigate the storming of the Capitol? [...] Third, why have American citizens who have been accused of only relatively minor crimes, such as trespassing, been held in jail without trial for more than six months?  Why were they roughed up initially and kept in solitary confinement, as if they were political prisoners in Cuba?  Why are their civil rights being violated?  Does this mean that our Department of Justice (DoJ) has been politicized and is corrupt?  Fourth, why are American citizens from many states who attended the peaceful rally before the storming of the Capitol, being hunted down and prosecuted by the FBI? [...] Fifth, speaking of the FBI, why were there so many FBI agents present in the crowd in the Capitol? [...] Sixth, was the October 2020 attempt to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer prior to the Jan. 6th event in D.C. a dry run for the storming of the capitol?

The Duplicitous Jan. 6 'Insurrection' Melodrama.  After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked two Republicans off the House investigation of the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the Democrats and their media flaks went into high gear to obfuscate Pelosi's transparently partisan motive to ensure the investigation reaches the preordained conclusion:  that Donald Trump incited an "insurrection" aimed at undoing the election results.  In response to Pelosi's obvious attempt to get the fix in, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California pulled all the Republicans from the commission (except for Rhino Liz Cheney).  As always, the Dems' bare-knuckled "any means necessary" tactics are camouflaged with sophistries, logical fallacies, and begged questions presented as facts.  The progressive site Politico was the eager promulgator of such propaganda.  The column is filled with hyperbole like "the deadliest attack on the Capitol in two centuries."  In fact, of course, the only fatalities were three protestors and a DC police officer who all died from natural causes, and Ashli Babbit, an Air Force veteran shot to death by a DC cop even though she posed no immediate physical harm to him or anybody else.  Equally duplicitous, or just plain ignorant, is the phrase "deadliest attack in two centuries."  Apparently, the three writers never heard of the violent attack on the House Chamber by Puerto Rican terrorists in 1954.

Adam Schiff and Adam Kinzinger Compete for Best Actor in a Made for TV Dramatic Series.  As Saul Alinsky noted, ridicule is the most effective political weapon.  Andrew Breitbart was the master at flipping the Democrat's Alinsky effort back upon them and laughing.  As a result, agitprop evolved to a space of political combat, and while we do not control many of the platforms, our team has the best meme agitprop ever seen in political combat.

J6 Committee Hearing Has The Same Lawfare Producers, Directors and Script Writers as Christine Blasey Ford "Beach Friend" Hearing.  Sometimes pictures are worth thousands of words.  Seeing former DOJ official David Laufman show up at Nancy Pelosi's J6 Committee hearing explains the pantomime.  David Laufman is seen below sitting behind committee witness Michael Fanone.  Laufman was the DOJ-NSD official who interviewed Hillary Clinton during the fraudulent FBI Clinton email investigation of 2016; Laufman quit the DOJ and started working for Lawfare.  Laufman then represented Monica McLean, the best FBI friend of Christine Blasey Ford who helped write the letter to Dianne Feinstein during their effort to block Justice Kavanaugh for SCOTUS Judge.  [Photo]  Monica McLean was busted by Senator Grassley for witness tampering; and then hired "beach friend" David Laufman to avoid legal trouble.  What does Laufman showing up at another political pantomime disguised as a hearing tell us?  It tells us the same Lawfare crew is producing, directing and writing the script for democrats again.  The cast of characters, vis-a-vis witnesses, are different; however, the script is exactly the same.  This is what they do.  This is all political theater, written, directed and produced for public consumption.  Nothing more.

Capitol Police Officer says even if Jan 6 had been armed with pens that makes it an 'armed insurrection'.  During the first hearing with the January 6 Select committee on Tuesday, Representative Adam Kinzinger questioned officers at the scene that day on public opinions downplaying the attack on the Capitol building.  "So there's been this idea that this was not a armed insurrection, and as if somehow that is justification for what happened," said Kinzinger, going on to describe the different theories as to who conducted the riots, and what happened.  "Now we've heard maybe the FBI actually started this, but one of the ones that has always held was that this was not an armed insurrection," he continued.  Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the primarily Democratic committee, which was touted as being bipartisan.

Clown Show:  Adam Schiff Pretends to Cry During January 6 Hearing.  The January 6 Select Committee is underway and it's a total clown show.  RINO loser Liz Cheney attacked Trump's White House during her opening statement.  Weirdo RINO Rep. Kinzinger started crying like a baby during the "January 6 Select Committee" hearing. [...] Russian collusion truther and serial liar Adam Schiff got choked up and could barely speak on Tuesday during the hearing.

Pelosi's Jan. 6th Committee Is A Charade That Smacks Of A Cover-Up.  Mark Twain once mused that if you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.  There will be no pause or reflection by the House select committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol.  That became abundantly plain as the hearings opened on Tuesday.  Nancy Pelosi won't allow it.  Her narrative of what happened that terrible day will be the only one permitted — all other facts [notwithstanding].  Pelosi's Democrat party is the majority in the House of Representatives, albeit narrowly.  As Speaker, she rules like a tyrant.  She abides no dissent, tolerates no differing opinion, and is contemptuous of the truth.  Only her truth is indulged.  Any contrary evidence will be suppressed or covered up.  Pelosi has no interest in the full story of what actually happened on January 6th.  She blames the great villain Donald Trump for everything and will countenance no other inquiry or outcome.  You must believe her or else.

Disband the FBI.  Questions are now being raised as to whether the FBI had a role in the Capitol Hill protests of January 6, 2021. When one examines the FBI's involvement in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses; standing by idly while in possession of Hunter Biden's Ukraine and Burisma-laden laptops, while President Trump endured a second phony impeachment; and the frame-up of Trump's National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn — it is not too difficult to imagine.  And that is just the problem:  It is not difficult to imagine.

And Now, A Video That Nukes The Jan 6th Commission From Space.  As Adam Kinzinger and Adam Schiff wept on cue during the January 6th commission hearings yesterday, as political hack after political hack testified to how horrible that day was.  As we heard about how violent white supremacists stormed the capitol, even raping AOC psychologically, this video nukes the dog and pony show from space.  [Video clip]

Cop who testified Sicknick died from line-of-duty injuries didn't mean it 'as a medical diagnosis'.  U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn is not a doctor, and he apparently isn't playing one on TV, prompting his lawyer to subsequently try to justify his client's apparent perpetuation of January 6-related mythology.  On day one of the congressional investigative committee hearings into the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Dunn began his testimony, in what seems like an orchestrated moment for corporate media, by calling for a moment of silence for fellow officer Brian Sicknick who "died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty..."  Dunn, whom Fox News host Tucker Carlson has previously described as an "angry, left-wing political activist," made this statement despite an April 2021 ruling from the Washington, D.C., chief medical examiner that Sicknick sadly died on January 7 of natural causes after suffering two strokes following the riot at the Capitol.

The Crying Game:  Tears Flow Like Soy at Partisan Democrat Re-Imagining of The Worst Day In American History.  Testicrying.  [Numerous tweets with video clips.]

The Crybaby Capitol Cop Is Actually A Radical Extremist BLM In Support Of Property Damage And A Good Friend With Nancy Pelosi.  In his closing remarks before the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn compared the mob that stormed the Capitol, fueled by Trump's false claims of election fraud, to a hit man hired to kill someone.  "If a hit man is hired and he kills somebody, the hit man goes to jail.  But not only does the hit man go to jail, but the person who hired them does.  It was an attack carried out on Jan. 6 and a hit man sent them.  I want you to get to the bottom of that," Dunn told lawmakers at the panel's first official hearing on Tuesday [7/27/2021].  Earlier in the hearing, Dunn compared Jan. 6 to other protests, saying that day was different because of how it originated.

America had its first show trial on Tuesday and it was loathsome.  Perhaps it's because I grew up surrounded by extraordinarily tough people, but I found myself singularly unmoved by the spectacle in the House on Tuesday, which reminded me of a bad mash-up of Dr. Phil, Oprah, and BLM-produced soap opera, rather than a legitimate inquiry into an event that Democrats have seized upon to consolidate their power by destroying their opposition.  As sobbing congressmen and Capitol Police officers took turns talking about their psychic injuries, I was alternately embarrassed for them if they were really that weak, and frightened of them if they were that sociopathic as a pathway to power.

Teary Capitol Police Officer Who Testified About January 6 Previously Defended Violent George Floyd Riots In Kenosha.  Harry Dunn, the teary-eyed U.S. Capitol police officer who testified in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's politicized January 6 committee, previously defended the violent riots that shook the nation last summer and caused billions of dollars in damage. [...] In addition to cheering on the destructive behavior of rioters last summer, that were linked to more than 30 deaths, while hypocritically condemning those of the Capitol rioters, Dunn repeatedly and publicly berated former President Donald Trump for being "racist in chief."

Tucker Mocks Kinzinger, Schiff for Faux Crying, Theatrics at Hearing.  Tuesday [7/27/2021] marked the first session of the House committee convened to investigate the January 6 Capitol Riot.  And it didn't take long for the theatrical nature of the proceeding to expose itself as Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) let the faux tears flow for the cameras.  Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson used a hearty dose of sarcasm as he keyed in on those moments and called them out for how "emotionally fragile" they were.  "The one thing we did learn, it's something we long suspected but never seemed confirmed is an awful lot of members of Congress are emotionally fragile," he quipped.  "At some seem unable — unstable really.  Some to the point where they might qualify for federal disability of those grounds, they cry a lot."  Before playing a soundbite of Kinzinger's crocodile tears, Carlson noted someone "handed out tissues for the weeping that was certain to ensue.  It didn't take long for Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to make good use of the Kleenex."

January 6 Commission Star Witness Has a History of Hating President Trump and Supporting Riots That Aren't Where He's Working.  Nancy Pelosi's "commission" on the riot in the US Capitol started out pretty much as one would have expected.  Of course, a commission predicated on a lie (insurrection) needs lots of lies to back it up. [...] Actually, if we are going to use the broad rubric that [Mississippi Democrat Bennie] Thompson is using, thousands of people lost their lives for a variety of different reasons across the country.  Regardless, only one was a direct result of something done at the Capitol that day.  That would be Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by an unidentified police officer.  No, Officer Brian Sicknick did not die of injuries he sustained in the line of duty.  He died a day later of a stroke he suffered nearly 12 hours after the events of January 6th.  That is not in dispute.  Any connection to January 6th is purely speculative, and in no other situation do we blame the deaths of officers who die of natural causes on stress endured while on duty.  That's not how any of this works.

Lies Pile up on Day One of the January 6th Hearings.  Today was day one of the hearings on January 6th, held by Nancy Pelosi's partisan select committee.  What transpired was a sideshow of fake crying and irrelevant, sometimes questionable testimony from Capitol Police officers who offered absolutely nothing of substance in regards to fixing the security issues that plagued the Capitol that day.  Of course, because we are dealing with an event strictly meant to cause an emotional reaction, not actually accomplish anything, the lies flowed freely.  To start, Bennie Thompson, who himself objected to the electoral college in 2004, claimed that seven people lost their lives.  [Tweet]

Rep. Jim Banks:  Nancy Pelosi 'Ultimately Responsible' for the Security Breakdown on January 6.  Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said on Sunday [7/25/2021] that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is "ultimately responsible" for the breakdown of security at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  "Due to the rules of the United States Capitol — the power structure of the Capitol — Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol," Banks told Fox News on Sunday.  On July 21, Pelosi rejected Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Banks from a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach after they were appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).  Republican House members said Pelosi's move was nakedly partisan, and McCarthy pulled the other Republican picks from the committee.

More Americans Want 'Black Lives Matter Riots' Investigated Than January 6 Riot.  As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi picks members of a select committee to investigate the riots of January 6, a new poll finds that many Americans believe she's focusing on the wrong riots.  One-third more Americans believe Congress should hold investigative hearings about last summer's "Black Lives Matter protests that sparked violence" than think lawmakers ought to probe the riot at the capitol on January 6.  In all, two out of three likely U.S. voters say they believe Congress should open an official investigation into "the violent protests," which blazed a trail of arson and looting through major and mid-sized cities nationwide.  On the other hand, fewer than half (49%) of Americans support Pelosi's investigation of the D.C. riot, in which rioters protesting the 2020 presidential election results stormed the capitol.

Senators strike $2 billion deal to reimburse Capitol Police, National Guard for Jan. 6 deployments.  The Senate Appropriations Committee reached a deal Tuesday [7/27/2021] to reimburse the National Guard and U.S. Capitol Police for deployments during the Jan. 6 riot.  The funding had been held up by a partisan fight over including extra funding, with the holdup creating a budget crunch that threatened to force National Guard units to cancel training.  The deal would provide a $2 billion security supplemental bill that would pay back Capitol Police and the National Guard.

Capitol Police Officer Testifies To The Racism He Faced During The Jan. 6 Riot — His Linkedin Profile Picture Reveals That He Is Just Another Political Actor.  As protesters poured into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a Black Capitol Police officer passionately testified Tuesday that he faced racist epithets, the likes of which he had never heard while serving in uniform.  [Tweet]  Officer Dunn knows he can say this because the mainstream fake news media will never ask him to prove it.  Mike Cernovich has the best response to Officer Dunn's accusations.  Release the videos.  [Tweet]  Of course, this hearing just looks like a huge political theater and Harry Dunn's Linkedin profile picture reveals that he is just another political actor. [...] Fox News host Tucker Carlson had previously predicted that the committee would have Dunn testify and called out the officer's radical activism.  "Dunn will pretend to speak for the country's law enforcement community, but it turns out Dunn has very little in common with your average person.  Dunn is an angry, left wing political activist whose social media feeds are full of praise, not coincidentally for Nancy Pelosi."

Congressman Reveals What He Said and Did to Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt.  C-Span is going to be running a series on the Capitol riot with interviews from 14 different members of Congress.  [Tweet]  They're literally trying to stretch it out like it's a TV series.  I wonder if they have one for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and what she went through in her office a quarter of a mile away?  The first clip that I've seen involves an interview with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).  He explains how he hugged the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt and told him that he "did what he had to."  [Tweet]  From a legal and factual point of view, there are big problems with that statement that he "did what he had to."  But part of the problem is that we are limited in the information that we have been provided because the Capitol Police, unlike every other police shooting, have not released all the facts, they haven't released all the information or video that they have and we haven't been able to hear the officer's reasoning for the shooting.  They haven't even told us his name, although as I reported, his name was accidentally mentioned during a Zoom hearing when Capitol official Timothy Blodgett refers to Officer Byrd.

Losing Our Liberty All at Once?  [Scroll down]  Joseph Hackett, you see, is a 51-year-old Trump supporter and member of an organization called the "Oath Keepers," a group whose members have pledged to "defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic."  (You can see how this ends already, can't you?)  The FBI does not like the Oath Keepers.  They arrested its leader in January and have picked up many other members in the months since.  Hackett came from his home in Florida to join the Trump "Stop the Steal" rally that took place on January 6.  According to court documents, he entered the Capitol at 2:45 that afternoon.  He left some ten minutes later, at 2:54.  The next day, he went home.  On May 28, he was apprehended by the FBI and indicted on a long list of charges, including conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and illegally entering a restricted building.  As far as I have been able to determine, no evidence of his destroying property has been made public.  According to his wife, it is not even clear that he entered the Capitol.  But he certainly was in the environs.  He was a member of the Oath Keepers.  He was a supporter of Donald Trump.  Therefore, he must be neutralized.  What about the Antifa and Black Lives Matter "peaceful protestors" who destroyed some $2 billion of property, killed or injured scores, and toppled countless public monuments?  Take your time.

Traveling the Quiet Road to Tyranny.  Could we be traveling a quiet road to tyranny?  Steve McCann's recent summary of what we now know about the events on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, indicates why we should all be very worried about the US, leader of the free world, sliding ever closer towards tyranny.  But it's a slow journey on a quiet road, with the final destination not yet in sight.  J.B. Shurk has set out how far we've already come on this quiet road to tyranny[.]  How do tyrannical despots attain absolute power without a violent revolution?  They do it by stealth.

Attorney: Jan. 6 Prisoners Brutally Beaten, Stripped, Hogtied, Humiliated by Guards — One Prisoner Blinded in One Eye — Worse Abuse Than Gitmo.  Ryan Samsel was leading the charge against Capitol Hill Police on January 6 protests.  Samsel pushed the flimsy bike racks and stormed the US Capitol.  Samsel reportedly injured a female police officer.  Since his arrest, Ryan Samsel has been held in Washington DC.  On March 21, he was awakened by correctional officers, his hands zip-tied, then walked to an unoccupied cell and brutally beaten by the officers.  Then Ryan Samsel lost an eye in the beating.  Ryan was not alone.  On Thursday night [7/22/2021] Attorney Joseph McBride joined Greg Kelly on Newsmax to discuss the abuse of the Jan. 6 political prisoners in Washington DC.

At least two Jan 6 attorneys describe brutal conditions and 'beatdowns' allegedly by jail guards.  Attorney Joseph McBride, who represents Capitol protester Richard Barnett, was in the news earlier this week after an interview on CNN went off the rails when he was mocked by anchor John Avlon for alleging that protesters arrested for their roles in the January 6 protest were being "tortured."  His assessment was a reference to months of solitary confinement, as many of those arrested are being denied bail.  But he also said they were "being beaten, they're being starved, they're denied medical care, they're being denied the right to worship, they're being cut off from their attorneys."  In an appearance Thursday [7/22/2021] on Newsmax TV's "Greg Kelly Reports," the lawyer would repeat those claims while offering more details in support of the serious allegations.

Why Not Award Ashli Babbitt's Killer the Medal of Honor?  What follows describes our oligarchy's terrible trilemma concerning their narrative of January 6.  Multiple sources — chiefly the U.S government by its efforts to hide him — identify Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael L. Byrd as the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt as she was attempting to climb through a window to enter the House Speaker's lobby that day.  Were this identification incorrect, the certainty that the correct one is surfacing in secretless D.C. reminds our oligarchy of how hazardous are the foundations on which it set the ruling narrative that it narrowly thwarted the supposed "greatest menace to our democracy since the Civil War" — armed, white insurrectionists in the act of overthrowing the U.S. government, by courageous police work and prosecutions.  From Joe Biden to the lowest ranks of the Justice Department and the media, the oligarchy had bet, in the name of national security, it could stonewall for the long run about who exactly did what on January 6.  A forlorn bet, especially since the narrative on which the oligarchy rests its right to intimidate its opponents depends so much on affirming the virtuosity of its acts of oppression — foremost of which was shooting and killing Babbitt.  But if the killing was a salvific act, why hide the killer?  Why not celebrate him?

Pelosi gets her puppets for partisan Jan. 6 commission.  The partisan political propaganda is stunning to behold, even for The New York Times.  This observation refers to the July 22 New York Times story on the Pelosi ban on two Republican congressmen from her Jan. 6 select committee, which now will consist of eight Pelosi puppets.

Republicans Take Major Action Against "Authoritarian" Pelosi, Push to "Vacate" Her Chair.  On Friday [7/23/2021], the House Freedom Caucus sent a bombshell letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), urging him to remove Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from her position as Speaker after her "authoritarian" behavior in recent weeks.  The letter came in response to drama that took place this week relating to the formation of the January 6 riot Select Committee.  In their letter, the caucus told McCarthy they "respectfully request that you pursue the authorization of the House Republican Conference, pursuant to Conference rules, to file and bring up a privileged motion by July 31, 2021, to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi's authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House."

Pelosi is considering adding Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee.  Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is allegedly considering naming Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger to her special committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  "We'll see," Pelosi said when asked by reporters Thursday if she planned on adding more Republicans to the committee, according to CNN.  "I mean, there are some members that would like to be on it.  We'll see."  Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who leads the committee, told reporters before Pelosi's statement that Kinzinger was one of the Republicans Pelosi wanted for the committee and called him "a fine representative," according to Politico.

Liz Cheney holds presser to back Pelosi freezing conservatives from Jan. 6 probe.  U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) went rogue on Wednesday [7/21/2021], holding her own press conference to bash Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for pulling out of the Jan. 6 Commission after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked conservative Reps.  Jim Jordan and Jim Banks from being on the committee.  Cheney stands as the sole Republican backing Pelosi in her biased packing of the commission.  She stood on the steps of the Capitol and railed against her fellow Republicans, accusing McCarthy of not wanting to get to the bottom of the Jan. 6 riot.  "At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened, to block this investigation. ... I am absolutely dedicated and committed to making sure this investigation holds those accountable who did this and ensures that it never happens again," she vowed.

The Coming 'January 6' Train Wreck.  The January 6 Capitol clash may be the gift that keeps on giving to cynics everywhere.  In the coming months, Americans will likely see jaw-dropping bureaucratic debacles, stunning abuses by federal prosecutors, and appalling bloodlust by angry Biden supporters.  Perhaps the least likely outcome is that the coming train wreck will restore faith in American democracy.  The Justice Department declared last week, "The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Breach will be the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence."  The feds are sorting through "237,000 digital tips, 1 million Parler videos and images comprising 40 terabytes of data scraped from the Internet — roughly equivalent to 10 million photos, 20,000 hours of video, or 50,000 filing cabinets of paper documents," the Washington Post reported.  Investigators are also sorting through "cell tower data for thousands of electronic devices that connected to the Capitol's interior distributed antenna system," information provided by phone companies, Google, and other data aggregation companies.  The problem will be compounded because many government employees are slow readers.

House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role.  Smoldering tensions over the Jan. 6 Capitol attack exploded Wednesday in a partisan battle over who should sit on the special committee investigating the deadly siege — a clash of wills that spurred Republicans to end their participation in the investigation before it began.  The fight started just after noon when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would reject two of the five Republican nominees to the panel, Reps.  Jim Banks (Ind.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio).  Both are among the most staunch defenders of former President Trump and deny his role in instigating the attack, and Pelosi — fueled by objections from within her caucus — accused the pair of threatening "the integrity" of the coming investigation.  Republicans quickly responded in kind.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called a private meeting with all five of his nominees for the select committee, emerging shortly after with an ultimatum to Pelosi:  Keep Banks and Jordan on board, or all of the Republican picks would walk away.  Pelosi didn't budge, prompting McCarthy to yank the other three Republicans from the panel.

Boebert Demands to Know Why Biden Regime Keeping Capitol Protesters in Lockdown While Antifa Rioters Go Free.  A group of Republican lawmakers led by freshmen Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado are demanding that the Biden administration explain the alleged unequal treatment of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters, many of whom have never spent a night in jail, and those who have been incarcerated for months following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.  In a letter, Boebert and 10 other House Republicans asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to address "the apparent inconsistent application of the law with respect to rioters across the country," according to the Washington Times.  "The foundation of our criminal justice system requires that all defendants are treated equally before the law, but the Biden regime is not living up to this solemn obligation," said Boebert, in a statement.

Cheney sides with Pelosi decision to block GOP members from riot panel.  Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the former No. 3 GOP member in the House, said Wednesday that she sided with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her decision to block two GOP lawmakers from serving on the special committee created to investigate the Jan. 6 riot.  "I agree with what the speaker has done," Cheney, who Pelosi appointed to the panel earlier this month, told reporters outside the Capitol Wednesday [7/21/2021].  Pelosi blocked Reps.  Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana from serving as one of five GOP appointees on the committee on Wednesday.  The move overruled Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican.  McCarthy responded by pulling all five GOP lawmakers from the panel and announcing Republicans would conduct their own investigation into Jan. 6 that would focus on why Capitol security was easily overwhelmed by the rioters.  Cheney is poised to be the sole Republican on the committee after accepting an appointment by Pelosi earlier this month.  Cheney is a staunch foe of former President Donald Trump.  She lost her House Republican leadership position earlier this year after publicly attacking Trump in defiance of McCarthy and other Republicans who said it was damaging party messaging and unity.

The Antifa/FBI Coalition.  Over two dozen people were killed during the Antifa and BLM protests in 2020.  It is routinely reported that "five people died as a result" of the Jan. 6 disturbance.  This is a totally accurate statement, however, it is still misleading.  Only one of the deceased died as a result of violence.  She was actually murdered by a government official.  Relating these deaths allows the media to routinely describe Jan. 6 as a "deadly insurrection" as opposed to the "mostly peaceful" protests by Antifa and BLM.  Prior to Jan. 6, Trump supporters had held dozens of mass rallies without burning cities or murdering people.  This was a major embarrassment for the Deep State.  Media coverage of the Jan. 6 event has been largely successful in minimizing that embarrassment.  This was a major Deep State coup and the planning and execution of this "insurrection" reveal a disturbing relationship between the government and radical groups.  The FBI did not only fail to adequately prevent the disturbance, they appear to have actively facilitated it.  The FBI and radical leftists are branches of the Deep State.

Pelosi Proves What a Sham Her Jan. 6 Commission Truly Is With Her Latest Move.  If you didn't already know that a "Jan. 6 Commission" controlled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was going to be a partisan witch hunt, Pelosi just confirmed it with her latest move.  Pelosi had appointed Democratic choices to the Commission including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), so you already know how biased it was going to be, stacked with anti-Trump people.  It was already stacked, with Democrats having eight choices for members and Republicans only getting five.  But when Republicans announced their choices for the Commission, Pelosi vetoed two of them:  Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). In a statement, Pelosi reiterated the lie that the three-hour riot on Jan. 6 was the worst domestic assault on American Democracy since the Civil War.

Pentagon watchdog to review 'nuclear football' safety procedures after January 6 incident.  The Department of Defense inspector general is launching a review of the Pentagon's and White House's ability to keep the "nuclear football" secure during a crisis, following an incident on January 6 when rioters came within 100 feet of the backup "football."  The inspector general will evaluate the policies and procedures around the Presidential Emergency Satchel, also known as the "nuclear football," in the event that it is "lost, stolen, or compromised," according to an announcement from the DoD IG's office.  The "nuclear football" stays close to the president at all times.  There is a backup "football" that stays close to the vice president in the event that the president is unable to carry out his nuclear launch responsibilities.  The briefcase contains equipment and decision-making papers that the president or, in the event the president is not able to, the vice president needs to authenticate orders for and to launch a nuclear strike.

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Big deal.  Lots of people get within 100 feet of that bag without ever knowing it.  I'm pretty sure I've been inside that radius myself, at least once.  I don't know for sure, but I suspect you'd need a lot more than the contents of that satchel to launch a missile.  This appears to be an attempt [by CNN] to make the events of January 6 look like more of a threat than they really were.

Pelosi Rejects Two GOP Appointments to Capitol Riot Committee; McCarthy Nixes Participation in Response.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) rejected the potential appointments of Representatives Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) and Jim Banks (R., Ind.) to a select committee on the January 6 Capitol riot, in a statement on Wednesday [7/21/2021].  In response, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) said he would pull all Republican members from the committee.  McCarthy initially recommended the two lawmakers along with Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas.  "The Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection will investigate and report upon the facts and causes of the terrorist mob attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021," Pelosi said.  "With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee."

Tucker: Pelosi knows why Jan 6 riot happened, why won't she tell us?  Instead of launching a committee for the purposes of political theater, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) herself could shed a lot of light on what happened at the Capitol on January 6.  Instead, the investigation will resemble "MSNBC with subpoena power."  That is how Tucker Carlson assessed the situation in another powerful editorial delivered on Wednesday evening [7/21/2021] on his eponymous Fox News show.  Pelosi could save the committee, if not the entire Congress and America itself, a lot of time by answering a few basic questions, Carlson said.  These include the following:
  •   Why did the House sergeant-at-arms, a Pelosi subordinate, allegedly deny the Capitol police chief's repeated requests for National Guard backup when everyone knew a huge protest was coming?
  •   Why are authorities sitting on many hours of surveillance video?
  •   Who killed U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt?
  •   What role, if any, did FBI informants or operatives play on January 6?

The Rank Shame of the FBI's Rank and File.  More than 530 mostly peaceful Trump supporters have now been arrested for their unauthorized tour of the Capitol on January 6.  The incomparable Julie Kelly has covered in grueling detail their arrests, indefinite detainment, and the cruelty with which they've been treated by the federal government.  Many of these protesters have been arrested by the FBI, a once-revered federal law enforcement entity that at one point might have deserved your respect.  It doesn't anymore.

Federal prosecutions of January 6 raise questions of politics and equity.  At the same time accused murderers are being released from custody under a broad movement to largely empty out prisons and jails, the federal government continues to throw the book at Donald Trump supporters for lesser alleged crimes.  The alleged politically-motivated actions are drawing attention and criticism from some civil rights activists and legal observers.  One civil rights activist who works with whistleblowers and describes himself as a "devoted liberal," and who did not wish to be named for fear of political persecution, says the federal government's pattern of prosecutions is disturbing and raises Constitutional questions.  "People no longer have faith that justice is blind," says the official, who is an an executive at a national nonprofit organization.  "They see that people on one side of the political spectrum are treated one way [and] the other side gets a pass."

Reps. Roy, Massie push DOJ for information on Capitol riot prosecutions.  Representatives Chip Roy (R-TX) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) sent a follow-up letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday requesting information on the investigations and prosecutions of Americans involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  In the letter, the congressmen wrote that they have not received a response from the DOJ to a May letter asking the same questions on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot prosecutions, and giving a deadline of July 21 to respond.  "We continue to hear stories of overly aggressive and violent tactics from FBI agents executing arrest warrants on individuals with no risk of violence or who committed mere trespass offenses," the letter reads.  "And DOJ continues to push for pretrial incarceration of citizens with no history of, or propensity for, violence, only to be rebuffed by judges time and time again.  The American people deserve to know why."

The last six months have seen a lot of leftist wish fulfillment.  The left cried "insurrection!" on January 6 and, ever since, has used that cry to intimidate us.  The whole Capitol event, I'm convinced, was orchestrated.  It was a tableau they created deliberately.  The orchestrators counted on our good people exercising just enough poor judgment to follow willingly the lead of others in the huge crowd, despite not knowing them.  Leftists knew that if those others appeared to be like Trump-supporters — dressed like them, appeared to be trustworthy — there would be people who would follow blindly.  Pelosi refused the 10,000 National Guard troops Trump offered to keep order because of the predicted rally size.  I'm betting that the pipe bombs were planted by leftist operatives — why else has nobody been identified as having planted them?  Antifa disguised as patriots rallied the crowd to break windows and flow into open Capitol doors.  We know now that there were FBI plants among the crowd, too.  The violence was calculated to fit a purposeful narrative.  I suspect that Ashli Babbitt's murder was unintentional — but somebody had to get shot, I'm guessing, so the crowd would go nuts and disintegrate into mob violence.  It didn't work, a credit to the mostly orderly Patriots, the same crowd of patriots who, when they marched in the past, even cleaned up after themselves.  Because of this setup, we now know we can trust no one.

MJT: Detention Facilities for Illegal Immigrants Are Better than the Capitol Hill Defendants.  Georgia freshman Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene did not mince her words this week when discussing the hypocrisy of the Biden administration.  During an interview Monday night on Newsmax's "Cortes & Pellegrino," Greene said the facilities for illegal immigrants are better than the ones where Capitol Hill protesters are being held. [...] "I think it's outrageous.  You know, and I have no problem saying that these January 6 defendants are being treated like political prisoners of war," Greene began.  "One of the things I did last week in California I toured the border, and I also got to see one of the detention facilities that ICE and our U.S. Marshals use, and I can tell you for a fact, illegals that break our laws entering our country and also have broken laws and are awaiting their court dates, they are treated far better than these January 6 defendants, especially those that are being held in the deplorable jail right here in Washington D.C.," she added.

Who's Next?  [Scroll down]  This unprecedented state intervention into every level of American life is justified, the Administration claims, by the unrest that occurred at the Capitol on January 6.  That event, while regrettable and ill-judged, has also been thoroughly mythologized into a veritable Reichstag Fire by Democrat politicians, Republican enablers, and a chorus of willing journalists.  A few buffoonish and overzealous protestors have been narrativized into a cabal of organized insurrectionists who brought us, in the words of Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to the brink of "a martial state."  One must admire the sinister rhetorical economy of a Party that can invent a threat of martial law while working steadily, and quite in the open, to impose it themselves.  At the heart of this assault on Americans by their government is a lie: the lie that Trump supporters killed Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on January 6.  As Northeastern Political Science Professor Max Abrahms notes in this feature, "Even after the official medical examiner concluded in April that Sicknick died from natural causes, President Biden, MSNBC, and CNN have continued to promote the politically self-serving fiction that he was killed in a terrorist attack."  Now, in the Administration's new document, this invented murder is presented as the disastrous climax of an equally dishonest story about a supposed plague of right-wing terrorism in America.

Zombie chimps from heck.  The January 6 unpleasantness at the U.S. Capitol has been called "another 9/11," a "violent insurrection," and worse.  But only one person died violently that day, and she was an unarmed white protester shot by a reportedly Black Capitol Police officer.  Police literally opened the Capitol doors to let the marchers come inside.  There was some major shoving by the mob and limited but oft-replayed breaking of windows (including some by people dressed like Antifa), but no serious violence and, considering the circumstances, rather a cordial relationship with police.  All kinds of videos show well-behaved crowds inside the Capitol, in hilarious contrast to Antifa Marxists.  The famous Buffalo Shaman guy literally strolled quietly into the Senate Chamber accompanied by a policeman.  Then he led a small group in a prayer.  That mellow dude remains locked up in isolation, for no other reason than to maintain the fiction of the "attempted overthrow."  It's much like the New York Times' fabrication that Officer Brian Sicknick was beaten with a fire extinguisher, when in fact he died, uninjured, of a stroke the following day.

Joe Biden's Misery Index Rises.  In part, we are witnessing the gradual erosion of the two great myths which underpin the present wobbling administration: despite having 95 percent support from the national political media and outspending Trump two-to-one, it did not win a clean or unquestionable election; and despite fervent attempts to pretend otherwise, the trespass at the Capitol on January 6 was not organized, incited, or condoned by Trump or his organization and it was neither seriously armed, remotely coordinated, or intended by anyone to be an insurrection.  The failure to come up with any serious indictments despite holding trespassers in prison for six months on what must have been strenuous shakedown efforts to suborn false inculpatory testimony, indicates that the politicization of the FBI continues.  The Democratic effort to present the 2020 election as a deliverance of democracy from potential revolutionary despotism is a complete failure.  The presentation by the FBI of a Lego set of over a thousand pieces, in its box, that when assembled makes a model of the United States Capitol, which was found at the home of January 6 trespasser Robert Morss, is indicative of how seriously the FBI has deteriorated, at least partially because of the political rot that infected it in the Obama era under Comey and McCabe.

Insurrectionist Terrorist (or Is It Terrorist Insurrectionist?) Gets, Yes, an Eight-Month Sentence.  A federal judge has imposed an eight-month term of imprisonment in the first sentencing on a felony charge stemming from the Capitol riot.  The sentence was imposed on Paul Allard Hodgkins, a 38-year-old from Tampa, by Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama-appointee to the U.S. district court in Washington, D.C.  In a widely seen photo, Hodgkins was depicted in Trump regalia and brandishing a Trump flag near the presiding officer's desk in the Senate chamber on January 6.  Notwithstanding the overwrought political rhetoric by congressional Democrats and Biden administration officials, particularly Attorney General Merrick Garland, portraying the riot as an atrocity on par with such terrorist mass-murder strikes as the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department did not charge Hodgkins with anything like a terrorism crime — no charge of sedition or insurrection.  He was instead permitted to plead guilty to a single count of obstructing a congressional proceeding.  In order to inflate the gravity of the misconduct, the Justice Department has been hyping the potential exposure of up to 20 years' incarceration prescribed by the relevant obstruction statute.  But the statutory terms are general, applying to all offenders guilty of obstructing congressional proceedings, no matter how serious or comparatively trivial the conduct.

DEA agent is arrested for storming the Capitol on January 6.  A special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration has been arrested for taking part in the Capitol riot displaying his firearm while waving a flag reading 'Liberty or Death'.  Mark Sami Ibrahim, of Orange County, California, filmed himself storming the Capitol on January 6 with his gun tucked into his pants, and law enforcement badge on display.  He was arrested on July 20 and charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm, entering Capitol grounds with a firearm, and stepping and climbing on statues on Capitol grounds.

As they start sentencing January 6 detainees, the Democrats have a problem.  Since January 6, the Democrats have played up the kerfuffle in the Capitol on January as the worst thing ever in American history, while ignoring the innumerable times leftists have aggressively invaded the Capitol. [...] Within minutes of January 6, the Democrats, who had turned a blind eye to the incredible violence of 2020, much of it played out on federal property, had their narrative in place:  When elderly, unarmed people clamored to enter the Capitol — and the Capitol police opened the doors to let them in — that was an "insurrection."  D.C., therefore, had to be turned into an armed camp.  This was a convenient way to hide the fact that, had D.C. been open for business as usual on inauguration day, no one would have turned up to see the doddering mound of corruption that is Joe Biden false swear an oath he immediately ignored.  Since January 6, Democrats have escalated their rhetoric.  Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, likened January 6 to the Exodus and Pearl Harbor.

Capitol rioter, 38, is jailed for Eight Months in first felony sentence that could set the bar for hundreds of other defendants.  A Florida man who breached the US Senate chamber carrying a 'Trump 2020' campaign flag was sentenced on Monday to eight months in prison, making him the first among hundreds of accused rioters facing prosecution to be incarcerated.  Tampa crane operator Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, apologized and said he was ashamed of his actions on January 6.  Speaking calmly from a prepared statement, he described being caught up in the euphoria as he walked down Washington's most famous avenue, then followed a crowd of hundreds up Capitol Hill and into the Capitol building.

Jan 6 Protester Faces 20-Years In Prison For Standing In Capitol For 10 Minutes — Wife Launches GiveSendGo.  After stealing the 2020 election, the Biden regime, Democrat Party and corporate media continue to exploit the events of January 6 to warrant a manhunt on Trump supporters.  Branded "white supremacists" and "domestic terrorists," scores of Americans who protested the fraudulent election in Washington DC have since been arrested in pre-dawn raids and hauled off to jail. [...] Joseph Hackett, a 50-year-old chiropractor, now faces a 20-year sentence in federal prison after "heinously" stepping in the Capitol Building for approximately ten minutes on Jan. 6.

Capitol protester sentenced to eight months.  Paul Allard Hodgkins, one of the protesters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, received his sentence today.  Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama appointee, sentenced Hodgkins to eight months.  This is the first felony sentence handed down in connection with the events of January 6.  The felony, to which Hodgkins entered a guilty plea, is obstructing a congressional proceeding.  He carried a large "Trump 2020" flag onto the floor of the U.S. Senate near the presiding officer's desk.  The prosecution sought a sentence of 18 months for Hodgkins.  That sentence would have been far too harsh.  Hodgkins didn't engage is violent conduct and reportedly he had no previous criminal history.

Florida man set to become first Capitol rioter sentenced for felony.  A Florida man who breached the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 8 months behind bars on Monday[,] in the first punishment handed to a Capitol rioter for a felony plea.  Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, apologized to the court, saying that he was ashamed of his actions and had gotten caught up in the moment when he joined the mob in the Capitol building.  "If I had any idea that the protest ... would escalate (the way) it did ... I would never have ventured farther than the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue," Hodgkins told the judge, adding, "This was a foolish decision on my part."

First felony sentencing for Capitol rioter set.  Paul Allard Hodgkins, a 38-year-old crane operator from Tampa, Fla., was sentenced Monday [7/18/2021] to eight months in prison for his part in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Hodgkins' sentencing was the first for a felony in what is expected to be some 600 more for those who breached the Capitol building.

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Does that include time already served?

Families of 9/11 victims enraged at libs comparing terror attack to Jan. 6 riot 'to score points politically'.  The families of 9/11 victims are enraged over the media and leftists portraying the U.S. Capitol riot as being worse than the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred almost 20 years ago, leaving nearly 3,000 dead in their wake and launching wars across the globe.  Families who lost loved ones on that tragic day told Fox News that they are disgusted and sickened by the comparison of the two events.  While one person tragically died during the Capitol riot at the hands of an anonymous officer, 9/11 took thousands of grandparents, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and loved ones from their families forever.

Ten Signs that the Age of Biden is Upon Us.  [#10] The Lies About January 6 Slowly Are Exposed:  This week, then-Capitol Police chief Steven A. Sund debunked the claim that the evacuations of the Capitol Buildings were caused by the pro-Trump demonstrations.  Instead, he said that the evacuations were actually caused by the discovery of pipe bombs at the DNC and RNC headquarters located not far from the Capitol.  To my knowledge, no one has been charged or arrested with placing those bombs and no one has claimed any of the many arrestees being held in unconscionable conditions for months had a thing to do with the bombs even though there are security videos of the guy who planted them.

Change Of Venue for January 6th Trials.  George Washington University School of Law's Program on Extremism has created an online resource for tracking the hundreds of criminal cases filed by the Biden Justice Department against United States citizens for their alleged actions on January 6th.  The Administration has charged people from all 50 states, and as is reflected in the"Capitol Hill Siege" project archive, every case has been filed in the District of Columbia.  This was far from inevitable.  Despite the fact that the events on January 6th all culminated at the United States Capitol, according to federal court rules, not a single trial is required to take place in the District of Columbia.  The rules do not require that the Department of Justice demand that trials regarding the events of January 6th take place in the District of Columbia.

This is the Real Reason the Capitol Building Was Evacuated on Jan. 6.  The January 6th uprising at the capitol building during the convening of the Electoral College is one of the most mythologized events in U.S. history, despite it now only being half a year old.  One of the most politically impactful impressions of the Jan. 6 siege is the extreme danger presumably posed to the nation's lawmakers.  After all, these were assuredly Trump supporters upset about the 2020 election.  What other reason would they storm the capitol building than to overturn the results?  Yet, there are numerous false assumptions that betray the mainstream narrative about the Capitol riots.  The real crack in the narrative begins with this:  The Capitol building was evacuated because of the bomb threat, not because of the protesters outside.  How do we know this?  Because former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified to it earlier this year, although the major news media appears to have missed or ignored this salient fact.

The Real Story of January 6.  [Scroll down]  The Jan. 6 shooting of an unarmed protestor in the Capitol building also shocks the conscience of the nation.  However, legal and political measures, and the media's false accounts of Jan. 6, have been employed to bury the murder of Ashli Babbitt and shield the identity of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who killed her.  Charges have been brought against hundreds of Trump supporters for their actions during the protest.  Dozens have been detained without bail in a Washington, DC jail for non-violent offenses, some of them misdemeanors, like trespassing.  Federal and Washington, DC authorities refuse to make public the entirety of the 14,000 hours of videotape in possession of the U.S. Capitol Police and instead leak clips to the press selectively edited to put the protestors in the worst possible light.  And what of the plainclothes policeman who drew his weapon on Ashli Babbitt and shot her in the throat?  After a cursory investigation, local and federal law authorities declined any further action.  And with that, Democratic Party officials and the press made the most important fact of Jan. 6 disappear.  Because Republican officials are scared the media will tar them as "insurrectionists," too, they have made no effort to hold anyone accountable for the most gruesome crime ever committed in their place of work.

Dem Rep Joyce Beatty Storms US Capitol, Arrested and Released Soon After While Trump Supporters Languish in Isolation in Prison for 6 Months for Same Offense.  Democrat Rep. Joyce Beatty along with a group of far-left protesters stormed the Hart Senate Building on Thursday chanting, "End the filibuster!"  Congresswoman Beatty, who is the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested during the insurrection by Capitol Police.  Police zip-tied her wrists and marched her off. [...] Rep. Beatty was out of confinement soon afterward.  Yet, ironically, she complained about 'the double-standard treatment'.  She did not have to worry about being held indefinitely without trial.  She did not have to worry about losing her job or being doxxed in her community.

Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Joyce Beatty is arrested in Senate office building by Capitol Police.  Police arrested Congressional Black Caucus chair Joyce Beatty on Thursday afternoon after she led pro-voting rights protesters into a Senate office building.  Officers moved in as Beatty, 71, and a handful of other activists, including Women's March co-founders Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, chanted, 'Fight for justice,' and, 'End the filibuster.'  Capitol Police later said they had arrested nine people for 'demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds.'

Democrat Congresswoman Arrested After Leading Protesters Into Senate Building:  Officials.  U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday [7/15/2021] arrested Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) during a protest at the Hart Senate Office Building in the Capitol.  Photos taken by media outlets show Beatty, the chair of the Congressional Black Congress, being led away by a female officer while in handcuffs.  Beatty also appeared to celebrate her own arrest, posting photos of herself on Twitter being led away by the Capitol Police officer.  The protest appeared to be about voting rights and demonstrating against GOP-led state legislatures passing election integrity measures in recent months.

The Capitol Cover Up.  Judge G. Michael Harvey sounded floored.  During a detention hearing this week for Robert Morss, arrested last month for his involvement in the Capitol protest, a federal prosecutor told Harvey she needed permission from the government before she could turn over to him a slice of video related to Morss' case. [...] The hearing is the latest example of how hard the USCP and Justice Department are fighting to keep more than 14,000 hours of surveillance video under wraps.  Lawyers for the USCP insist the recordings can't be released for fear doing so will give wannabe insurrectionists too much information about the inside of the complex; the Justice Department claims the footage is "highly sensitive" government material.  Defense lawyers and media companies are fighting for fuller access to videos used as evidence by the Justice Department.  Cherry-picked clips produced by the government are released to the media to support the narrative that January 6 was an armed, violent insurrection perpetrated by domestic terrorists who supported Donald Trump.  The Biden Justice Department, in other words, has full control over a massive trove of recordings that shows exactly what happened on January 6.

The Government's Case Against a 'White Supremacist'.  Tim Hale-Cusanelli might not be the easiest January 6 protester to defend.  Some of the memes investigators found on his cell phone mock black people.  Hale seems to have an odd fixation with Adolf Hitler, even sporting a haircut and moustache to resemble the Nazi leader.  Those close to him say he's a comedian of sorts and insist his videos are satire not intended to hurt anyone.  But a cursory view of the government's evidence against him raises eyebrows.  They do not, however, make him a criminal.  Hale, an Army reservist for 11 years, was honorably discharged after he was arrested for participating in the Capitol protest on January 6.  At the time, Hale was a security contractor at the Naval Weapons Station in New Jersey but quickly became ensnared in the Justice Department's "shock and awe" campaign that rounded up at least 100 Americans before January 20 to stop people from going to Washington, D.C. to protest the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Texas couple, along with their son and two daughters are charged with taking part in the Jan 6. Capitol siege after a family friend turned them in.  Five members of the same Texas family have been arrested and charged for taking part in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, federal documents reveal.  The Department of Justice has brought federal trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against Kristi Munn, Tom Munn, Dawn Munn, Josh Munn, and Kayli Munn of Borger, Texas.  During the choas, Kristi Munn is alleged to have posted a message on Facebook that read:  'Tear gas tastes like freedom.'

No treason or sedition charges for January 6 rioters.  The number of people who have been charged in connection with the January 6th riot at the Capitol Building has now grown to over 500.  Few of the accused have achieved the level of "fame" that Jake Angeli, the so-called Qanon shaman has achieved, but they are all facing a variety of charges ranging from disturbing the peace to vandalism, with a smaller number facing assault raps.  Plea deals are being struck already, with some of the participants agreeing to cop to lesser charges to avoid a trial.  But Michael Tarm of the Associated Press thinks he sees something missing from all of these proceedings.  Why, he asks, has nobody been charged with sedition or treason?

Biden Implies that Civil War Confederate Soldiers Were Better People Than Trump Supporters on Jan. 6th.  During an unhinged speech on Wednesday in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden implied that Confederate soldiers were better people than the Trump supporters at the January 6th riot because not even the "confederates" during the Civil War "never breached the Capitol."  The comments from Biden came when he accused Republicans of attempting to "suppress and subvert the right to vote" with voter security laws.  "There's an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections, an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, and assault on who we are, who we are as Americans, for make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation of our country," Biden stated.

Megyn Kelly sends left into uproar after noting media portrayal of Jan. 6 'much worse than it actually was'.  Now-independent journalist Megyn Kelly has the left in an uproar after observing that the media is portraying the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol "as so much worse than it actually was."  Taking their lead from Democrats, the media has billed the riot that day as being on the same scale as 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, claiming it was an "insurrection," an attempt to overthrow the federal government — of course, the worst they portray it, the more beneficial it is to their real agenda, which is to blame it on former President Trump.  "A faction turned," Kelly said on her popular podcast, speaking of some at the Capitol that fateful day.  "But there's no question the media represented this as so much worse than it actually was."

January 6 inmates endure 'human rights violations on a daily basis,' bail motion alleges.  If the late Jeffrey Epstein's alleged partner in sex trafficking can be granted a laptop 13 hours a day to actively participate in her defense, why not January 6 defendants?  The jailhouse accommodation for Ghislaine Maxwell is the most prominent example cited in a bail application for alleged Capitol rioter Dominic Pezzola, submitted to D.C. federal court Friday [7/9/2021].  The 43-year-old veteran, now incarcerated in D.C. jail for 150 days, has been effectively shut out of his own defense in violation of constitutional guarantees specifically for defendants, not just their counsel, the filing says.  Not only is Pezzola unable to "adequately" view the voluminous text, audio and video evidence held by the prosecution, but like all other January 6 defendants housed a short drive from the U.S. Capitol, his right to attorney-client privilege is functionally meaningless, his lawyers Marty Tankleff and Steven Metcalf argue.

So Much Evidence that January 6, 2021 was a Calculated Set-Up.  Political persecution and isolation of vast swaths of the citizenry by the Justice Department, the Intelligence Community, and the Judiciary in the wake of the January 6, 2021, Capitol incursion should bring a chill down the spine of every American.  This same troika, but with different nomenclature, was mobilized by 20th Century despots to eliminate their political enemies and establish a police state.  (I attended the January 6, 2021 rally at the U.S. Capitol and observed first-hand what the media and the Democrats have falsely and with malice claimed was an "armed insurrection.")  The initial step in consolidating power is to incessantly demonize as enemies of the state one's political opponents.  The second is to isolate and delegitimize them by either staging or so exaggerating an incident that any and all steps to quash them are acceptable in order to "save the nation."  Therefore, the question is:  was January 6th pre-planned by legitimate Trump supporters, was it spontaneous or was it a calculated set-up?

A Big Post-January 6th Narrative Gets Officially Debunked.  Following the unrest on January 6th, 2021, the media and their political allies set about to paint what happened as the worst thing to hit the country since the Civil War.  Joe Biden bandied that line about multiple times while Nancy Pelosi feigned deep concern.  The reality of the situation always made those comparisons ludicrous, including comparisons to 9/11, where 3,000 people died and terrorists literally attempted to blow up the Capitol Building.  Further, there's a fairly objective case to be made that the BLM riots of 2020 were far worse, as well, seeing dozens of deaths and billions in destruction.  On January 6th, one person was killed — Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by an unidentified police officer.  Some will gasp at me for daring to add context to the situation, but I'd argue the distinct lack of actual action once people entered the Capitol Building is fairly good evidence they only meant to yell at people and take selfies.  Certainly, a single police officer standing in a hallway, which was one of the famed confrontations of the day, did not actually hold back the crowd.  Rather, the crowd obviously chose not to lash out further.  Pointing out such details is not an apologetic of January 6th, and frankly, I'm sick of bad-faith actors insisting you can not apply objective context without being complicit.  With all that said, one of the big post-January 6th narratives was that people were leaving and would leave the Republican Party in droves over their disgust with what occurred.  Was that true?  Did the American people actually buy the ridiculous notion that January 6th was worse than 9/11 and comparable to the Civil War?

No, the FBI did not seize a 'fully constructed Lego set' from a Jan 6 rioter.  It has been revealed that a report by The Daily Beast regarding a "fully assembled" Lego model of the Capitol, found in the possession of a suspect charged in connection to the riot Jan. 6, was fake news.  Last week, social media lit up after The Daily Beast published a "scoop" revealing that a man arrested for his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot had a "fully assembled" Lego set of the US Capitol in his home.  The story was widely mocked by political commentators and keyboard pundits asking if the FBI was going to investigate other Lego sets in people's homes, everything from Hogwarts to the Death Star.  It turns out the reporting was erroneous, as the man only had the unopened box set.

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Whether the Lego model was assembled or unassembled is immaterial.  The FBI has had to stoop to the level of confiscating toys to prove that a skeptic of the November 2020 election is a domestic terrorist.  If a Lego set is introduced as evidence, the jury should erupt in derisive laughter and throw the case out.

Dear Reporters:  The Capitol Riot Was Not 9/11, and the story is not about the media.  There is a faction of the news media that seems stuck on January 6.  They need to get some perspective.  And political hucksters who claim that the Capitol riot was worse than the September 11 attacks deserve all the derision they get.  One symptom of the January 6 fixation is a recent Vice article entitled, "'So, So Angry': Reporters Who Survived the Capitol Riot Are Still Struggling." [...] Get over yourselves.  The Capitol Hill press corps are not the first people to deal with a traumatic event and be expected to keep doing their jobs.  This was not the worst of those, and some of those other events were also wholly or partly the work of political actors.  Ask any of us who went through September 11.

Trump digs into who shot Ashli Babbitt, report that officer was on big Dem's security detail.  Former President Donald Trump said Sunday [7/11/2021] that he has heard information that the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed unarmed Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt was the "head of security" for a top Democrat.  Capitol Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett dropped the name of the officer widely suspected of shooting Babbitt during a hearing, as was recently reported.  Lt. Michael Byrd was at the door in the U.S. Capitol when the 14-year Air Force veteran was shot, Blodgett confirmed.  The officer has reportedly been in hiding and under protection since that fateful day.  Trump appeared Sunday [7/11/2021] on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," and was asked about January 6.

You are Now in the Totalitarian Zone.  In a press release, the Capitol Police, a largely patronage operation designed to protect the Capitol, just received a large boost in its already substantial budget to build regional offices in California and Florida and then in other regions "to investigate threats to members of Congress.  Reason shares my concern about yet another spying operation:  ["]The department does not need to become yet another unaccountable intelligence agency involved in the dubious and often nakedly political project of conducting widespread surveillance on the American people.  Opening field agencies and monitoring "threats to members of Congress" are actions that dilute the Capitol Police's very clear mandate to guard the Capitol building.  The FBI, National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Homeland Security, and CIA are already empowered to investigate threats to political leaders; the federal government does not need to hire additional spymasters for this purpose, especially given that the agencies burdened with doing so have tended to violate the rights of innocent Americans.  But make no mistake:  The Capitol Police has every intention of becoming just like the FBI and the NSA.["]  Even worse, as the Capitol Police force is considered part of Congress, it is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act which means its operations are not transparent or accountable.  That's what has so far kept it from having to divulge the name of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt.  Neither the Capitol Police nor the FBI has made publicly available the thousands of hours of videos of the January 6 Capitol riot which by now only the most deranged, ill-informed, or partisan continue to claim was an "armed insurrection" or one that resulted in the death of an officer.

The Capitol Police Will Open Offices in the States To 'Investigate Threats to Members of Congress'.  The January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol thrust its police force into a sympathetic national spotlight; like any other government agency, the U.S. Capitol Police has seized this opportunity to expand its mission and acquire additional funding.  Now the Capitol Police plans to build regional field offices in the states:  California and Florida, for starters.  "The Department is also in the process of opening Regional Field Offices in California and Florida with additional regions in the near future to investigate threats to Members of Congress," notes the department in a press release. [...] This development should be vigorously opposed by all civil libertarians.  Unfortunately, funding for the Capitol Police is tied into a larger, fraught political narrative about right-wing threats to law and order.  For many on the right, Trump and his unhinged supporters are the good guys, which makes the Capitol Police the bad guys.  For liberals, it's the reverse.  This has hopelessly scrambled what should have been a clear consensus that the U.S. does not need another domestic spy agency.

'Utterly Unacceptable': Judge Blasts DC Jail for Not Allowing Jan. 6 Capitol Defendant Access to Evidence.  A federal Washington D.C. judge faulted a district jail on Thursday for failing to provide evidence to a defendant who was arrested for allegedly being involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach and has been held there for months.  Jorden Mink, the defendant in the case, was indicted on several federal charges, including destruction of government property and theft.  Mink, who has pleaded not guilty, has been held in jail since January.  Officials have alleged Mink used a baseball bat to smash windows at the Capitol and passed furniture through the smashed windows to the crowd outside.  "I can't allow someone to sit in prison for this long without access to material," Judge Randolph Moss said at a court hearing on Thursday, saying the delay in evidence was "utterly unacceptable" and "not consistent with due process."

The weaponization of January 6.  After the disputed 2020 election with questionable results in numerous states, millions of President Trump's supporters were enraged.  There were election challenges and protests across the country.  The major protest on January 6 in Washington, D.C. was the culmination of weeks of rallies across the country.  Although estimates vary widely, the January 6 rally featuring President Trump attracted at least 500,000 supporters.  The overwhelming majority of the participants heeded President Trump's plea to "peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard."  Some participants marched to the U.S. Capitol, and about 900 people entered the building.  Research from the staff of U.S. senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) shows that approximately 40% of those who entered the U.S. Capitol were allowed into the building by the police.  Among the rest, those who committed vandalism or assault should be prosecuted.  The others may have entered the building illegally, but their actions do not rise to the level of terrorism.  It has not stopped some far-left activists masquerading as analysts from claiming that the events of January 6 were worse than 9/11, the day that the country was attacked by Islamic terrorists, which resulted in the deaths of 2,977 innocent people.

No Relief for Lego Man or Other January 6 Detainees.  Joe Biden's Justice Department wants the Lego Man kept behind bars — indefinitely.  Federal agents seized a plastic replica of the Capitol building from the Pennsylvania home of Robert Morss during his arrest on June 11.  Justice Department officials are citing the Lego model as evidence in the criminal case against Morss for his involvement in the January 6 protest:  "During his arrest, law enforcement recovered some clothing and other items that appear to match those he carried with him on the 6th — including a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag, a neck gaiter, a military utility bag, a black tourniquet, and military fatigues.  (Law enforcement also recoverd [sic] a fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set.)"  So wrote government prosecutors in a July 2 filing asking the D.C. District Court to deny Morss' release while he awaits trial on nine counts, including assaulting police officers and disorderly conduct.  While dangerous criminals daily threaten the safety of innocent people in cities across the country — and many are released on bail — the FBI continues its nationwide manhunt for Capitol protesters while the Justice Department repeatedly petitions the court to keep the accused incarcerated for months on end.  Attorney General Merrick Garland, who despicably compares January 6 to the Oklahoma City bombing, recently bragged his office reached a "benchmark" of 500 arrests.  (Who knew criminal investigations had quotas?)

Last layer of Capitol fencing removed.  The inner ring of fencing around the US Capitol was removed Saturday, more than six months after the Jan. 6 riot that led to its construction.  Small knots of tourists quickly ventured onto the historic building's broad stone plaza to snap close-ups of its marble facade and iconic steps, and joggers weaved through the scattered groups.  House Sergeant at Arms William Walker said Wednesday that the fencing would begin to come down this weekend based on a new Capitol Police assessment showing a lower threat level than earlier this year.  The outer ring of fencing was removed in March.

A Coup Against The Constitution?  The 2020 election was a debacle for many reasons, as the Democrats exploited the COVID crisis to shred the usual controls on ballots and their validation.  They got the outcome they wished.  Then on January 6 they got their own Reichstag Fire to use against all the rabble who supported Donald Trump.  There was no "insurrection" that day, but the Biden team has seized upon it to smear anyone on the political right as an enemy of the state who even questioned the election in any way.  The people swept up in the massive dragnet deployed by the state security apparatus have been treated as terrorists and over-charged shamelessly for what in most cases was glorified sightseeing.  The government activists needed an insurrection, so they invented one.  The only conspiracy here was by the left to deprive their political opponents of their Constitutional rights.

Murderer released on $15,000 bond as Jan. 6 protesters held indefinitely without bail.  Behold the breadth of brazenness in our two-tiered justice system.  In one America, we have career violent criminals released on low bail after murder and attempted murder, when the victim is terrified the criminal will attack again if not jailed.  In the other America, we have Trump supporters arrested for nonviolent acts of "trespassing" upon public property when Capitol Police held the doors to the building open — yet they are kept in jail for months without bail, despite no criminal record. [...] Earlier this week, WMC-TV news in Memphis reported on Lachrisa Oliver, a Memphis woman who survived a shooting in March who must now deal with the release of the alleged perpetrators into her neighborhood headed into the trial.  Tajuana and Teuana Ayers, along with an unnamed juvenile suspect, were arrested for a March 3 shooting that left Lachrisa in critical condition and her nephew dead on her doorstep.  Shockingly, Tajuana and Teuana, despite the murder and attempted murder charges, were released on just $15,000 and $25,000 bonds respectively.

Federal Government Paying $6.1 Million to Create Database for Capitol Riot Prosecutions.  The Department of Justice has committed to paying over $6 million to a multinational firm to create a database to host the reams of data prosecutors are gathering in cases against accused participants of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP was contracted in late May to help develop the database and the government has started transferring a large volume of materials, including tens of thousands of records from the U.S. Capitol Police, prosecutors said in a court filing this week.  "Following the Capitol Breach, the United States recognized that due to the nature and volume of materials being collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide litigation technology support services to include highly technical and specialized data and document processing and review capabilities," prosecutors wrote in the filing, which was submitted in a case against several accused Capitol rioters.

Date for First January 6 Commission Hearing Has Been Proposed, and It May or May Not Involve Republicans.  The first hearing for the select committee on the January 6 Capitol is fast approaching, with or without Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) picks being chosen for the committee.  On Friday [7/9/2021], Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the committee, appeared on MSNBC's "Hallie Jackson Reports," where he offered that the first hearing will be July 21 or 22.  He says they will "absolutely" move forward "based on the legislation passed," because they "have a quorum of the committee, and the committee is committed to doing our job."

Who killed Ashli Babbitt, and why?  [Scroll down]  It will not do to conceal the identity of police officers who kill people.  Nor, as far as I know, has the identity of such officers been withheld for long in cases involving police shootings of Blacks.  In fact, most police departments are required to release an officer's name within days of a fatal shooting regardless of the race of those involved.  Furthermore, it will not do to withhold from the public the stated reasons for police killings or the circumstances that caused the officers in question to resort to lethal violence.  Again, this information was not withheld in any case I followed where an officer killed an African-American.  Yet, it's been half a year since a member of the Capitol Police Force shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6.  And still, the name of the officer who shot her has not been disclosed.

The fence has to be out of sight and forgotten by Election Day, 2022.
Capitol fencing coming down six months after Jan. 6 riot.  Workers removed security fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol building Friday and Saturday, six months since it was installed in the aftermath of supporters of then-President Trump storming the complex.  The House Sergeant at Arms had announced on Wednesday the fencing would be removed this weekend, citing recommendations from both the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and the U.S. Capitol Police Board.  Images shared on social media Saturday morning showed crews removing some of the last remaining fencing from near the U.S. Capitol, where members of Congress have met for more than two centuries.

Biden Does Not Need A Domestic "Terrorism" Agenda Unless He Is About To Violate American Rights.  One of Joe Biden's first actions upon entering the White House was to initiate a 100 day review of the government's domestic terrorism policies, and I think this says a lot about what path his presidency is bound to follow.  Yes, the media continually argues that the Capitol protest on Jan 6th was a vast conspiracy on the part of conservatives to "overthrow" the democratic process and commit insurrection.  In fact, all it really amounted to was a large protest which was less violent than the majority of Black Lives Matter protests across the nation over the past year.  The media also incessantly mentions the five deaths that occurred on the day of the protest while continuing to ignore the fact that NOT ONE of those deaths has been attributed to the direct actions of protesters, and at least three of the deaths were due to natural causes.  Why does the mainstream media keep lying by omission?  Because they have to keep the narrative alive that the capitol protest is a sign of some underlying conservative "evil" that must be contained or destroyed.  We don't really give them much to work with, so they have to create reasons out of thin air to convince people to hate us.

A January 6 protester is pushing back against the 'federales' lies.  Briefly, on January 6, a combination of Trump supporters, provocateurs, and possible federal actors entered the United States Capitol, as so many leftists had before them.  Footage indicates that many walked through open doors with Capitol Officers welcoming them.  They wandered through the Capitol and a couple of people stole things.  A Capitol Officer murdered an unarmed woman.  The entire leftist establishment announced that what happened was worse than the Civil War (650,000 dead), Pearl Harbor (2,335 dead), and 9/11 (2,996 dead) put together.  Since then, the feds have pursued people in a way reminiscent of Inspector Javert pursuing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, with those arrested for non-violent crimes placed in solitary confinement for months.  This is despite the fact that most of the charges boil down to trespassing and "parading."  This treatment must be understood against the backdrop of 2020, which saw rioters burn down cities, loot to the tune of billions of dollars, brutally assault people and kill more than 20 people, including police officers.  All this violence and destruction receive celebratory applause from the same Democrat crew now hyperventilating about January 6.  In addition, throughout the year, Democrat-run cities have explicitly or effectively done away with bail and simply allowed known, highly violent criminals, to roam the streets, where they've committed terrible claims.

Scapegoats, Boogeymen, and Hobgoblins.  During 120 days of rioting, arson, and looting during the summer of 2020, the country suffered about $2 billion in property damage, roughly 25 deaths, and some 14,000 arrests.  Rioters burned down a Minneapolis police precinct.  They set afire a federal courthouse in Portland.  And they tried to incinerate the historic St. John's Episcopal Church next to the White House.  Downtown areas of Portland and Seattle were taken over by rioters, who occupied entire city blocks with impunity.  Most of those arrested during the violent summer were either released or eventually had their charges dropped or vastly reduced.  Although many of the Antifa and BLM rioters shouted revolutionary slogans, called for violence against the police, and carefully organized their rioting on social media, neither the media nor the government ever declared the rioters to be conspiracists or insurrectionists.  In contrast, when roughly 500 renegade Trump supporters, in buffoonish fashion, broke into the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the media and government immediately claimed it was a carefully planned "armed insurrection."  But no one was arrested for possessing or using a gun.

FBI Seizes "Fully Constructed" Lego Model of U.S. Capitol at Home of Alleged January 6th Rioter.  The FBI has reportedly found a "fully constructed" Lego brand toy model of the U.S. Capitol in the home of one of the alleged January 6th rioters.  The media is treating this story as very, very serious.  We live in such dumb times. [...] American citizens have been held in solitary confinement without bail or trial for months, and this is what we're talking about.  It's like we're living in an episode of the Twilight Zone.

FBI seized 'fully constructed' US Capitol Lego set from home of alleged rioter.  The FBI seized a "fully constructed" Lego set of the U.S. Capitol from the home of an alleged insurrectionist.  Prosecutors detailed the finding in a court document for Robert Morss, who was arrested on June 11 at his home in Glenshaw, Pa.  The government argued that Morss should be detained from court pending trial.  According to the court filing dated July 2, law enforcement recovered clothing and other items from Morss's home that match what he carried on Jan. 6.  Among the items were a "'Don't Tread on Me' flag, a neck gaiter, a military utility bag, a black tourniquet, and military fatigues."  In addition, "law enforcement also recovered a fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set," prosecutors wrote.  It's unclear why Morss had the Lego set.  The Pittsburg Post-Gazette previously reported that Morss was a substitute social studies teacher.

DOJ Retracts Claim of 'Fully Constructed' Capitol LEGO Set; LEGO of Riot Suspect 'in a Box'.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn its claim that a Capitol riot suspect was found to be in possession of a "fully constructed" LEGO set depicting the U.S. Capitol; the LEGO set was still contained in a box, the DOJ said Friday [7/9/2021].

Who Shot Ashli Babbitt?  And Why Is This A State Secret?  More than six months after the events at the U.S. Capitol that led to the shooting death of protester Ashli Babbitt, the officer who killed her remains a secret as carefully guarded as any in Washington, D.C.  Why?  Real Clear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry — who has been trying for months to learn the name of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who pulled the trigger — reported that a name surfaced, inadvertently, at a February House hearing.  Sperry uncovered a transcript and reviewed the C-SPAN video from the hearing.  During that inquiry, the House sergeant at arms appears to name the shooter — at least he mentions the officer's last name in the context of that shooting.  Sperry deduced, based on other available information, that he was referring to USCP Lt. Michael L. Byrd.  Sperry said the department hasn't denied that Byrd was the cop who killed Babbitt, although it did so when another officer's name started getting bandied about.

Naming the Capitol Cop Who Killed Unarmed Jan. 6 Rioter Ashli Babbitt.  Most police departments — including Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police — are required to release an officer's name within days of a fatal shooting.  Not the U.S. Capitol Police, which is controlled by Congress and answers only to Congress.  It can keep the public in the dark about the identity and investigation of an officer involved in a shooting indefinitely.  Which is what happened with the Jan. 6 shooting of Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed protester in the U.S. Capitol riot who was fatally wounded by a plainclothes police lieutenant as she attempted to breach a set of doors inside the building.  For the past six months, as Congress has proposed legislation to reform police departments across the country, the Capitol Police has stiff-armed government watchdogs, journalists and even lawyers for Babbitt, who have sought the identity of the officer and additional details about the shooting.  The USCP still refuses to release his name, in stark contrast to recent high-profile police shootings around the nation.  In February, USCP issued a press release promising to "share additional information once the investigation is complete."  But Justice Department investigators closed their probe in April, clearing the officer of criminal wrongdoing in Babbitt's death, which the medical examiner ruled a homicide.

Confirmed: Undercover Agents Were Working Capitol Rioters on January 6, Court Documents Reveal.  At least one undercover agent was working the extremist groups that would show up at the Capitol on January 6th, new court documents reveal.  The revelation was disclosed in an affidavit accompanying criminal charges against Fi Duong.  "An accused U.S. Capitol protester spoke with an undercover Washington police officer on Jan. 6 who later connected the man to an undercover FBI worker," the Epoch Times reported.  "On the morning of January 6, 2021, Fi Duong and an associate of his (Associate 1) introduced themselves to a Metropolitan Police Department Undercover Employee (MPD UCE) in the vicinity of Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C," the criminal complaint states.  "Duong asked the MPD UCE if he/she was a 'patriot,' to which the MPD UCE responded in the affirmative and asked Duong the same question.  Duong responded by claiming to be an 'operator'."

Did the Feds Lie About January 6? Navy Vet Capitol Protester Says So and Wants His Case Moved Out of 'Trump-Hating' Capital.  The attorney for one of the men at the "protest gone wild" at the Capitol Building last January has called on the federal judge to move Thomas Edward Caldwell's trial out of "Trump-hating" Washington, D.C. Caldwell was the first of the Capitol protesters to be arrested.  The coverage of his arrest set the tone for media coverage of all other arrestees in the Department of Justice's "shock and awe" plan to root out alleged "white nationalist" militancy.  Caldwell's attorney says that's the problem because it's untrue.  Attorney David W. Fischer filed a motion to move the trial to the Western District of Virginia where there are fewer people who "despise many things that traditional America stands for" and who have less "petulant intolerance for those with differing views."  He notes that only 5% of Washington, D.C., residents voted for Trump and they hold him in such contempt that they believed the fake news that he was Russian spy.

Capitol Police IG Confirms 'Stand Down' Order Given, Covers Up Name of Official Who Gave It.  The Capitol Riot cover-up continues.  On Thursday, the Inspector General for the Capitol Police provided testimony that corroborates the contents of a 104-page report on the police's role in the January 6th riot in Washington D.C.  But there was a critical piece of information missing:  Who gave the order.  "An order to hold back heavy riot-control weapons left Capitol Police at a grave disadvantage as front-line officers, vastly outnumbered, fought to protect Congress from a violent mob Jan. 6," the Washington Post reported.  "Inspector General Michael Bolton told the House Administration Committee that a deputy assistant chief of police instructed officers not to use the weapons — including stingballs and 40mm launchers — out of concern that 'they could potentially cause life-altering injury and/or death, if they were misused in any way'," the Post said.

Undercover FBI Agent Infiltrated Militia Group That Surveilled Capitol:  Filing.  An accused U.S. Capitol protester spoke with an undercover Washington police officer on Jan. 6 who later connected the man to an undercover FBI worker, according to a new court filing.  Fi Duong is facing charges for allegedly entering the Capitol during a joint session of Congress in January, for disrupting the session, and for impeding the session.  He faces decades in prison.  In an affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint, FBI special agent Jason Jankovitz said that Duong and an associate introduced themselves to an undercover Metropolitan Police Department officer on the morning of Jan. 6.  Duong allegedly described himself as an "operator" and asked if the officer was a "patriot," to which the employee responded in the affirmative.  Officers later ascertained Duong was inside the Capitol several hours later.  A week later, the undercover Washington officer linked Duong with an FBI undercover employee.

Did Rashida Tlaib Just Commit Treason?  The noble and patriotic Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Gaza) has a big new idea: defund not only the police, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Why?  Because they engage in terrorism, of course.  The Democrat effort to scapegoat and criminalize all opposition to the Leftist agenda in response to their imaginary January 6 "insurrection" is gathering steam, and now Tlaib wants to take it even farther, treating organizations dedicated to defending the United States as if they were enemies of the state.  In the Left's new America, that's exactly what they are.

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Buffoonery Abounds as Adam Schiff Accidentally Proves [the] GOP Right About [the] Focus of [the] Capitol Riots Committee.  Democrats and the mainstream media have raked Republicans over the coals for months now over their continued objections to a Capitol Riots Commission.  While the Democrat argument is that Republicans are supposedly afraid of the truth, the GOP's argument is that it is unnecessary to add a "commission" on top of the DOJ investigation as well as the other numerous inevitable Democrat-run committee "investigations" into the attack, which they feel will ultimately be little more than show trials designed not only for Democrats to obfuscate the matter even more so than they've already done but also to keep the issue and Trump's name out there going into the 2022 midterms.

Now they call being a Republican treason.  The Lincoln Project recruited and hired Joe Trippi, a longtime Democrat activist, to derail Republican efforts to win back Congress next year. [...] Trippi wrote in USA Today, "There are no longer two healthy parties in America.  The catastrophic mistake for our nation is to continue to see the fight as Democrats vs.  Republicans, left vs. right.  We are at war with an authoritarian movement fueled by former President Donald Trump.  It includes many of the 147 Republicans who signed on to treason with their Jan. 6 votes objecting to Joe Biden's win, and it has grown since then."  Trippi is calling for One People, One Nation, One Leader!  His argument is that President Trump is an authoritarian, when the opposite is true.  A real strongman would have used covid 19 as an excuse to postpone the 2020 election indefinitely.  A real authoritarian would jail dissidents indefinitely for minor crimes without trial — as Josef Biden is doing with the people who entered the Capitol on January 6.  A real authoritarian would have had the military shut down the real insurrections last summer by Antifa and BLM.  Naming this anti-American project after Lincoln is an old communist trick.

Defund the FBI.  One of the dangerous perpetrators captured by the FBI this week is Lois Lynn McNicoll, who was arrested in California on June 28.  McNicoll, 69, is a Los Angeles County public employee; the FBI was tipped off by one of her co-workers.  As is often the case, McNicoll talked to Special Agent Daniel Dale without an attorney present.  (Many January 6 defendants have cooperated with the FBI under the presumption they did nothing wrong and wanted to help the agency catch the real bad guys.)  Dale "interviewed the defendant at her place of employment in a non-custodial capacity," the agent wrote in McNicoll's criminal complaint.  "The defendant was informed that any participation was voluntary and that she was free to terminate the interview at any time.  The defendant affirmed that she understood."  So, what did this alleged domestic terrorist do?  A little before 3:00 p.m. on January 6, McNicoll entered the Capitol building through an open door.  Surveillance video captured by the U.S. Capitol Police security system — more than 14,000 hours of footage to which only the government and a few congressional committees have access — shows McNicoll taking a few photos inside the building.  After being ushered out of the building by police, she exited the complex about 30 minutes later.  McNicoll didn't vandalize anything, she didn't steal anything, she didn't attack anyone.  It's not even clear whether she spoke to anyone; it appears as though she went in the building alone.  But Dale claimed there is "probable cause" to conclude McNicoll committed at least four federal offenses during her half-hour "crime spree."

Joe Biden's pants-on-fire lie of a white nationalist insurrection.  The Democrats have a talent for avoiding responsibility for their contemptible actions by blaming them on the other side. [...] In his first joint address to the U.S. Congress on April 28, Biden identified white supremacy as the number-one domestic terror threat.  He insisted that white supremacists pose a bigger threat than foreign actors.  "We won't ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland today," Biden said.  "White supremacy is terrorism."  For seven months, Democrat mayors and governors refused to take action against leftist violence that destroyed our cities.  In many cases, they supported the rioters.  "You have to look pretty hard to find Democrats condemning fires, riots, violence, looting, stealing, burning police cars," said author and political commentator Dennis Prager.  If you condemn only what Republicans do and applaud what was done daily by leftists, says Prager, then you don't care about truth.  "Violent protests had been championed and normalized by Democrats and their media over the last four years," Daniel Greenfield wrote in the Jewish Press.  Greenfield is referring to the attempt by the media to characterize the ongoing violence as "peaceful protests," an obvious fabrication.

Kash Patel:  FBI Director Wray Was 'Noticeably Absent' From Cabinet Phone Calls in Run-Up to Jan 6.  A former Trump official revealed in an interview this week that FBI Director Christopher Wray was missing in action during the run-up to the January 6 Capitol riot.  Kash Patel, the chief of staff to the Acting United States Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump, told Epoch Times host Jan Jekielek that on Jan. 4, 5, and 6 he was on the phone with President Trump, then-Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows, Attorney General William Barr, and the Department of Homeland Security to discuss security around the Capitol, but Wray was noticeably absent from those phone calls even though his participation was requested, and it was in the FBI's purview to help keep the Capitol safe.  Patel told Jekielek that the Department of Defense had offered to send thousands National Guard troops to D.C. to quell any potential violence, but Mayor Bowser had rejected the offer for what he believed were political reasons.

Crackpot and Former ABC Strategist Matthew Dowd:  "Jan. 6 Was Worse than 9-11".  Former ABC News analyst and Republican strategist Matthew Dowd joined Joy Reid on MSNBC on Tuesday, the sixth month anniversary of the Jan. 6 protests in Washington DC.  Dowd told Reid, "January 6th was worse than 9/11." [...] These people were hoping for mass slaughter on Jan. 6.  The FBI and Antifa even infiltrated the Trump crowds to make sure the situation got violent.  But the damage was minimal.  The violence could not even match a weekend night in Portland.  And, the only one killed in cold blood was Trump supporter and veteran Ashli Babbitt who was gunned down by [a] Capitol Police [officer].  These liberal pundits are just a joke.

Reporters Are 'Traumatized' Over January 6th and It's Laughably Pathetic.  The penchant for "journalists" to make every story about themselves spans the catalog of issues they cover.  Given that, it's hardly surprising that they are now turning the unrest on January 6th into a testament to their own supposed trauma.  Vice News released a piece today that includes all kinds of laughably pathetic anecdotes, from some journalists needing therapy to others refusing to enter the Capitol Building.  [Tweet]  To be clear, not a single reporter was harmed on January 6th, and as far as I can tell, no one even attempted to harm one.  Of course, the same is true of many of the Congressional members who claim to be deeply traumatized as well.  Regardless, much of this self-centered consternation seems overtly political to me.  Why do we not hear of any reporters being traumatized by the months of rioting in the summer of 2020?

20 Questions for Nancy Pelosi About January 6.  No one has milked the events of January 6 more than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  She set the official narrative early and often, a storyline her scribes in the news media have dutifully repeated without question or scrutiny.  "[Y]esterday, the president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America, the gleeful desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy," Pelosi lamented in a hyperdramatic press conference the day after the raucous protest.  She accused President Trump of "sedition" and urged his cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him just two weeks before he officially left the White House.  Nearly every word in her opening statement that day is untrue.  The president didn't "incite" the violence; it was not an insurrection, armed or otherwise, and the only person who used a firearm was a still-unidentified Capitol police officer who killed an unarmed female veteran.

Identity of Ashli Babbitt Killer Confirmed — Careless Capitol Police Lieutenant Is Being Protected by Democrats, Pelosi and Deep State FBI.  Ashli Babbitt's husband Aaron Babbitt and Attorney Terrell Roberts joined Tucker Carlson in mid-June to discuss the continued challenges they have had getting any information on her death or the identity of her government-employed killer.  During the discussion, Tucker Carlson asked Attorney Roberts about the report that Ashli's shooter also left his loaded gun in a US Capitol restroom[.]

Joy Reid, Matthew Dowd:  January 6 Was Worse Than 9/11, GOP Must Be Crushed.  Tuesday night [7/6/2021] on MSNBC's The ReidOut, host Joy Reid and longtime faux Republican Matthew Dowd engaged in some corrosive, offensive, and repulsive rhetoric as they insisted that the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was worse than the radical Islamic terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and that an insufficient number of Democrats share the same concern.  And in the segment beforehand, Reid showed off her anti-Christian bigotry by mocking Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for "tweet[ing] Bible verses every day for random reasons" as he, according to Reid, supports white supremacists.

Over 535 Charged 6 Months After Jan. 6 Capitol Breach:  DOJ.  Over 535 defendants across nearly 50 states have been charged in the six months since the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol Building, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Tuesday [7/6/2021].  That includes 495 defendants who have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement.  Nearly 235 defendants were charged with obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so, it added.  At least 165 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 50 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer, the DOJ said.  So far, some 10 people have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, from misdemeanors to felony obstruction.

Kash Patel says January 6 could've been prevented.  [Thread reader] Kash tells @JanJekielek Everyone knew something bad could happen on January 6.  Just like at Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts closing down and boarding up windows.  It's not like they had better Intel than the FBI.  [Video clip]  Wearing [sic] about the optics is a political opinion.  When it comes to safety of members of Congress or to the American people Optics don't matter.  [Video clip]  #Kash tells @JanJekielek Jan 6 happen [sic] because of complete failure from law-enforcement.  On Jan 4, 5, and 6 he was on the phone with the President, chief of staff, Attorney General, and DHS.  The only person that was missing from the phone call was the Director of the FBI.

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Thread reader is sometimes helpful, but the language spoken on Twitter is often just a primitive dialect that barely resembles English.

Trump Asks Who Killed Ashli Babbitt at Rally, Demands to Know Why Jan. 6 Protesters Are Still Jailed.  Former President Donald Trump demanded to know who killed Ashli Babbitt during a rally in Florida at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Saturday night [7/3/2021].  Trump also pointed out the hypocrisy of so many January 6 protesters being imprisoned, while the same was not true about the Black Lives Matter and Antifa militants that destroyed cities across the nation during the summer of 2020.  "Who shot Ashli Babbitt?  Who shot Ashli Babbitt?  Who?  Who Shot Ashli Babbitt?" Trump asked.  "We all saw the hand.  We saw the gun."  Trump noted that he spoke to Babbitt's mother "the other day," and that she was an incredible woman who is still grieving and devastated "like it happened yesterday."

Letters from a D.C. Jail.  his week, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding his office's handling of January 6 protesters.  The letter revealed the senators are aware that several Capitol defendants charged with mostly nonviolent crimes are being held in solitary confinement conditions in a D.C. jail used exclusively to house Capitol detainees.  Joe Biden's Justice Department routinely requests — and partisan Beltway federal judges routinely approve — pre-trial detention for Americans arrested for their involvement in the January 6 protest.  This includes everyone from an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia to a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.  It is important to emphasize that the accused have languished for months in prison before their trials even have begun.  Judges are keeping defendants behind bars largely based on clips selectively produced by the government from a trove of video footage under protective seal and unavailable to defense lawyers and the public — and for the thoughtcrime of doubting the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.

House Sergeant At Arms 'Slips Up' & May Have Just Revealed Name of Ashli Babbitt's Shooter.  The Acting House Sergeant at Arms appeared before a House committee and appears to have named Ashli Babbitt's shooter.  Timothy Blodgett, in an exchange with Rep. Herrera-Buetler during a hearing on Jan. 6 that appeared on C-SPAN, seems to have casually dropped the name.  [Video clip]

The Genesis of Our American Collective Meltdown.  [Scroll down]  The derangement was then capped off, first, by a buffoonish riot at the Capitol followed by a Reichstag-fire style militarization of Washington, D.C., in a "never let a crisis go to waste" psychodrama.  Then came a novel second and unprecedented presidential impeachment, without a special prosecutor, witnesses, or cross examinations.  It was based on the myth of a deadly "armed insurrection" fueled by President Trump, which purportedly led to the murder of a police officer.  Later most of the writs of the House impeachment were proven fantasies, from the idea of "armed" and "well-organized" to "murderous" revolutionaries.  The only mysteries were the identity of the unnamed officer who fatally shot an unarmed female protester and military veteran, and why the government has still not released thousands of hours of video detailing the riot.  That impeachment charade was followed by a trial in the Senate — without the chief justice presiding — of a president, who was no longer in office.

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Secret Service Arrested Dozens of Extremists at U.S. Capitol — But Nobody in the Media Cared.  The U.S. Capitol was the site of a gathering of hundreds of extremists earlier this week.  Protesters held aloft picket signs blaring 'No Compromise!' Blockades were erected at entrances.  Secret Service agents made dozens of arrests.  The media completely ignored it.  All extremists may be equal, but some extremists are more equal than others.  These were climate extremists demanding that President Biden take authoritarian action to keep the climate from changing.  Therefore, just as with Black Lives Matter torching cities and looting communities, and Antifa violently attacking civilians, they can be 'safely' ignored.  The radical activists were led once again by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who had been the inciter of an 'insurrection' before.  In 2018, the notorious AOC had actually staged a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's office.

Pelosi cancels the Fourth of July.  During an average year, the U.S. Capitol welcomes 2.5 million visitors, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to reopen the Capitol to visitors — school groups, families, or anyone hoping to see the legislative branch in action.  To make matters worse, Pelosi's refusal even to allow visitors on the Capitol grounds resulted in the outdoor concert regularly held on the Capitol's west front to celebrate our nation's independence being canceled.  What could have been a unifying celebration of our Independence Day and defeat of COVID-19 will instead be virtual performances streamed online.  Washington, D.C., has fully reopened.  Americans traveling to Washington, D.C., this summer can attend sporting events, go to concerts, take their families to the National Zoo, see monuments, and visit most Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.  The U.S. Capitol should be open for tours.  Unfortunately, keeping the Capitol closed is just part of the speaker's larger effort to exert more control over the House.

Ashli Babbit's Killer is a Dangerous Incompetent.  The lack of training discipline this man exhibits is alarming.  And the results of this incompetence was the murder of Ashli Babbit.  If a cop on the street in any city in America handled a pistol like this he or she would have their gun taken away and be sent back to training.  Making matters worse — he took an innocent life.

Questions Need Answering in the Shooting of Ashli Babbitt, and Trump Just Asked a Big One.  In every case in which there is a police shooting, I always counsel to wait for the facts.  Even if you think you know from an immediate witness statement or video, it's always good to get all the facts, in order to be able to properly evaluate the shooting.  That's assuming you can get the facts.  In the case of the shooting of Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot, we're missing some pretty big facts.  Perhaps chief among them is who shot her.  That question got even bigger Thursday [7/1/2021], after President Donald Trump issued a message, asking simply:  Who shot Ashli Babbitt?

'Who shot Ashli Babbitt?' Trump demands answers on Capitol riot shooting death of MAGA supporter.  Donald Trump has demanded to know who was responsible for shooting and killing Ashli Babitt at the Capitol on January 6.  'Who shot Ashli Babbitt?' Trump put simply in a statement on Thursday after Nancy Pelosi announced the makeup of the select committee to look into the Capitol Riot.  Unarmed Navy [sic] veteran Babbitt, 35, was shot and killed when she tried to breach a door leading to the House chamber when protesters stormed the Capitol.

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All the information I've seen indicates that Ashli Babbitt was in the Air Force, not the Navy.

Pelosi names Cheney to serve on committee probing Jan. 6 riot.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday named Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, an outspoken foe of former President Donald Trump, to serve on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  Ms. Cheney said she was "honored" to be chosen, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called her decision to accept the appointment from the Democratic leader "unthinkable."  He has warned GOP colleagues not to participate in the panel.  "I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi," Mr. McCarthy said at a press conference following the speaker's announcement.  "It would appear to me, since I didn't hear from her, she's closer to [Mrs. Pelosi] than us.  I don't know."

Nancy Pelosi says Liz Cheney will be the lone Republican on January 6 committee.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming will be the sole Republican on the House's select committee to investigate the fatal January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol.  "We're very honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee," Pelosi said of Cheney.  Cheney has in many ways been ostracized by her own party for refusing to echo former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election.  In May, Republicans ousted Cheney from her leadership post as conference chair.  The Wyoming lawmaker stands among the small group Republicans willing to openly criticize Trump.

Donald Trump Has One Question for Pelosi That She Will Refuse to Answer on Her Jan. 6 Committee.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the resurrection of her January 6 witch hunt in the form of a partisan committee, already having failed at the Senate impeachment trial to prove Donald Trump 'incited' rioters at the Capitol.  Liz Cheney will be the lone Republican on Nancy Pelosi's committee.  The Wyoming Republican joined the ranks of anti-Trump Democrats by agreeing to be part of Pelosi's star chamber.  "Former President Donald Trump's top GOP nemesis Liz Cheney will serve on a committee created by House Democrats to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol," the Washington Examiner reported.

America's New Political Prisoners.  Last week the Department of Justice brought its first insurrectionist to justice.  A 49-year-old Indiana grandmother of five who walked into the Capitol Building through an open door on Jan. 6 and wandered around for 10 minutes pleaded guilty to "parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building."  For her crime, she was sentenced to three years of probation, $500 in restitution, and 40 hours of community service.  Given that President Biden has called Jan. 6 the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War," how did she get off so easy?  Her court-appointed lawyer had her read and watch Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Just Mercy, and Schindler's List, evidence that she was on her way to renouncing her white privilege.  What does racism and exterminationist antisemitism have to do with the nonviolent crime she committed?  Nothing, of course.  The Biden administration sees Jan. 6 as a platform to criminalize its opponents, and the only way out for Donald Trump supporters is to confess to thought-crimes.

House Democrats Primed to Launch Inquisition to Help Bolster False 'Insurrection' Narrative.  The House of Representatives is set to launch a new investigation Wednesday to help bolster the January 6 insurrection narrative.  With an expected approval of a 13-person committee, the investigation would be led by democrats.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would appoint a chairperson and at least eight of the committee's members.  In a memo to all House republicans on Tuesday, Steve Scalise urged members to vote against the resolution, urging the panel "is likely to pursue a partisan agenda."

The Democrats' Weird January 6 Obsession.  Democrats are determined to keep the memory of the mostly-peaceful demonstration in Washington last January 6 alive.  It isn't just a matter of investigatory commissions, either.  The obsession has spilled over into family holiday celebrations.

Do Democrats want to combat political violence or just wave the bloody flag?  Democrats pretend they care about political violence and efforts to undermine our democracy.  Really, they care about making Republicans look bad.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a bill this week that would establish a Democratic-controlled select House committee to investigate the Capitol riot after Republicans blocked an earlier proposal that would have created a bipartisan, bicameral commission.  Republicans voted against the first commission because it was bound to become a politicized headache that would get in the way of the facts.  One only needs to glance at comments Democrats have made about Jan. 6 to understand Republicans were right:  Democrats absurdly equated the Capitol riot to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and claimed Jan. 6 was the "worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War," to quote President Joe Biden.  Both of these claims were ridiculous, as Democrats (and any persons remotely familiar with U.S. history) well knew.  But they exaggerated the riot anyway to create a political cudgel to hammer Republicans any time they pleased.

House votes 222-190 to set up a select committee to investigate the Capitol riot.  The House of Representatives voted Wednesday 222-190 approving a resolution that would form a select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.  Only two Republicans — Reps.  Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger — joined all 220 Democrats to vote in favor of the resolution.  Another 190 Republicans voted against it, while 19 GOP lawmakers abstained.  The vote comes after the House had previously passed a bill that would have formed a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack, that then failed to override a Republican filibuster in the Senate in late May.

January 6 Cases Being Treated More Harshly by DOJ.  Observers have recently commented that the January 6 criminal cases are being treated differently from other cases, often, referring to criminal cases arising from Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and/or Antifa riots.  The difficulty in making that comparison is that those cases are often not similar to the January 6 cases in ways that the law considers relevant to the question of equal treatment.  For example, the BLM and Antifa cases are often being pursued in state courts by state prosecutors, which operate very differently from federal prosecutors and federal courts.  Or the types of charges or the specific conduct of the defendants is different from the January 6 defendants.  Those differences make the claim of disparate treatment relatively easy to brush off.  However, the claim of unequal treatment is, in fact, legitimate.  A comparison of the January 6 cases to other federal cases involving the same kind of conduct demonstrates that the January 6 cases are being treated significantly more harshly by DOJ and the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office.

Federal Protection of "Oath Keepers" Kingpin Stewart Rhodes Breaks The Entire Capitol "Insurrection" Lie Wide Open.  Hey Republicans, you can crack open the entire story of January 6, 2021 ("1/6") with one simple, relentless question:  what is the FBI and Army Counterintelligence's relationship with Stewart Rhodes?  Stewart Rhodes is the founder, boss and kingpin of the Oath Keepers.  The Oath Keepers, we are told, are America's largest militia, the most prominent antigovernment group in the United States, and the preeminent right-wing domestic extremist insider threat to the entire U.S. military.  Whatever the truth of these hyperbolic claims, the fact remains:  the Oath Keepers are the most extensively prosecuted paramilitary group alleged to be involved in 1/6.  Indeed, it was the alleged "pre-planned assault" on the Capitol by Stewart Rhodes's alleged Oath Keepers lieutenants that was used as the key talking point to try to convert the day's events from a protest into an "insurrection."  But Stewart Rhodes is not simply a key figure in the Oath Keepers.  Stewart Rhodes is the Oath Keepers, according to Oath Keepers board member Richard Mack.

Rep. Lauren Boebert Can Block People on Personal Twitter Account, Judge Rules.  A federal judge has sided with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) in a First Amendment lawsuit, allowing the first-time Congresswoman to continue blocking a critic on her personal Twitter account.  Boebert, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, blocked former state Rep. Brianna Buentello, a Democrat, after Buentello criticized Boebert's remarks in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, calling her a "seditionist" and demanding that she resign.  Buentello sued on the basis of First Amendment rights, arguing that Boebert's Twitter block was not an act of a private individual, but an act on behalf of the state, because Boebert uses her personal Twitter account for announcements related to her works in Congress.  She also cited previous cases in which courts ruled that elected officials, including Trump, cannot block constituents.  Buentello is a Boebert constituent in Colorado's Congressional District 3.

January 6: The Process Is the Punishment.  Misdemeanor trespass (which is the charge for the vast majority of the January 6th "rioters,") is usually dealt with via a $50.00 bond/fine and no court appearance or conviction.  However, in the case of the evil Trump supporters, the Department of Justice is literally putting them through the wringer. [...] Leftist demonstrators, some even violent, get a $50.00 slap on the wrist and most importantly, NO criminal conviction on their records.  Those who dare to support a vulgarian President and protest the obvious theft of an election, even if not convicted, will still suffer the full power of the Federal Government.  While not only having to pay their own lawyers by the billable hour, these victims of government abuse also get the privilege of paying taxes to fund the outsized salaries of the corrupt government attorneys harassing them.  Once merely a tool to pressure real criminals that have committed real crimes, the left has discovered that "lawfare" can be used to modify behavior and/or punish their enemies.

Nancy Pelosi Unveils Democrats' January 6th Committee to Investigate Capitol Riot.  Nancy Pelosi formally unveiled her January 6th House Committee Monday to investigate the January 6th incursion that occurred at the US Capitol; saying the probe is necessary to prevent "any future assault."  [Transcript]

Did Cops Attack and Provoke Peaceful Protesters on January 6?  Joe Biden's Justice Department is using every legal maneuver at its disposal to keep under wraps more than 14,000 hours of surveillance footage captured by the United States Capitol Police security system on January 6.  Prosecutors insist the recordings are "highly sensitive" material; USCP's general counsel warns that releasing the videos would provoke another "attack" on the Capitol complex.  But the trove of footage held by USCP isn't the only video used as incriminating evidence in court proceedings, particularly hearings where prosecutors argue that a January 6 defendant should remain behind bars awaiting trial.  The Justice Department also has footage recorded by body cameras worn by D.C. Metropolitan Police officers.  (According to the USCP's general counsel, Capitol police officers don't wear body cameras.  Interesting.)  Federal prosecutors routinely petition the court for pre-trial detention of January 6 defendants; judges have concurred in dozens of cases.  Proof that the accused is a "danger" to society largely rests on cherry-picked video clips created by the government from video footage exclusively held by the government.

On Jan 6 the Secret Service Offered to Escort Roger Stone to the Front of the Capitol March and Into the Capitol — Stone Smartly Declined.  Roger Stone was on with Alex Jones yesterday and he told the story of how the Secret Service reached out to him on Jan 6 and offered to escort him to the front of the march and into the Capitol.  Stone smartly declined.  [Video clip]

What The FBI Did to a Pillar of His Community After the Capitol Riot Is Shameful.  Joseph Bolanos, 69, was well-respected in his community, always coming to the aid of others.  As the president of his local block association in New York City, he has always looked out for his neighbors, particularly over this past year during the pandemic doing things to raise morale.  He even became a Red Cross volunteer after 9/11, and he also once saved a woman when someone tried to mug her.  On top of all that, he takes care of his elderly mother, who is 94.  But, the FBI blew up his life and almost destroyed him over the past few months.  His crime?  Attending President Donald Trump's rally on Jan. 6 with a friend, even though he never went into the Capitol building.  He dropped in on the rally and then went back to his hotel.  He was there at his hotel, with time stamps on pictures to prove it, he says, during the breach at the Capitol.  He did go back to the Capitol later, filming from the outside, but the riot was over by that point.

FBI raids 69-year-old man's home after he attends Trump rally, neighbors tipped off authorities.  Joseph Bolanos says he didn't riot at the Capitol.  He wasn't even on the streets at the time, having retreated to a hotel room as the incursion had happened.  He said he turned over evidence to the FBI that proves this[.]  But the FBI still raided his and his mother's apartments.  He's had two strokes since.  He's said he's been ostracized by his community, where he was a respected member.  All because an anonymous caller reportedly told the FBI he was bragging about having entered the Capitol — which he has the evidence to prove he didn't do.  According to a Wednesday [6/23/2021] piece by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, Bolanos is the president of his Upper West Side block association, a position he's held for almost a quarter-century.

US Hits Jan. 6 Defendant With Little-Used Firearms Charge.  Federal prosecutors have applied a little-used law against a man accused of obstructing the congressional proceedings on Jan. 6, asserting he transported a gun and used it in furtherance of a civil disorder.  In a superseding indictment against Guy Reffitt released this week, the Texas man was charged with two violations of federal civil disorder law for actions allegedly taken in Washington on Jan. 6.  Authorities said Reffitt violated the law against transporting "any firearm, or explosive or incendiary device, knowing or having reason to know or intending that the same will be used unlawfully in furtherance of a civil disorder."  He is also accused of violating the portion of the law that fines or imprisons anyone who "commits or attempts to commit" an act to interfere with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder to charges.  Both counts carry prison sentences of up to five years.

New Jan. 6 video shows police 'walk away' after black-clad men smash windows, FBI uninterested?  A new Jan. 6 video has surfaced from Bobby Powell, who hosts the "The Truth Is Viral" podcast, that appears to show black-clad rioters breaking out windows and defacing the Capitol after DC police were ordered to leave.  During an interview with OANN, Powell suggested that the two men in black who busted out windows and reportedly attempted to push protesters inside may have been FBI informants.  He witnessed the incident as he was on the east side of the building on Jan. 6 and commented on what he saw that day.  "Two men I saw attacking the building, breaking windows, and even pushing people inside have not been arrested.  And they are not on the list of suspects being sought by the FBI," he opined.  "I provided the FBI with 29 minutes of high definition footage, 1080p, more than five months ago.  Neither one of these men has been arrested."

The Emerging Reality Is the Biden Justice Department Will Charge Everyone It Can Identify for Capitol Protests.  [Scroll down]  The simple reality is that prosecutors in the DC US Attorney's Office are not exercising prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring charges against individuals who were merely present inside the Capitol on January 6, with no evidence that they did anything else.  Most of the attention remains focused on the small number of cases where the government prosecutors have charged multiple individuals in conspiracies involving pre-planning and organizing of groups to Washington DC on January 6 with the purpose and goal of preventing the meeting on Congress from taking place to "certify" the vote of the members of the Electoral College.  Those cases, as a general proposition, involve claims that the named defendants engaged in individual and collective acts of violence and/or property destruction.

Grandma charged with 'parading' at the Capitol told to denounce her whiteness.  A 49-year-old grandmother named Anna Morgan-Lloyd was directed by her attorney to denounce her whiteness prior to appearing before a federal judge to account for her crime of January 6th, 2021, in which she stands accused of "parading" — yes, parading — through an open Capitol door.  She's lucky she didn't get the death penalty, considering the vicious clowns in charge of Washington, D.C. — and therefore the rest of the formerly United States — today.  Uncle Sam, who has looked the other way for 13 months as Antifa, BLM and assorted anarchists and lowlife thugs engaged in violent riots, burning, looting, and laying waste to America's big cities is now throwing his full weight behind prosecuting the 500 or so unarmed people who strolled through open Capitol doors on that fateful day.  The vast majority of the aforementioned 500 did nothing wrong during their short stint inside The Capitol.  However authorities and the media are bending over backwards to disparage them, sap their finances — and ruin their lives.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls for Release of January 6 Surveillance Footage.  epresentative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) sent a letter to top government officials seeking answers about the January 6 investigation and conditions in a D.C. jail specifically used to house Capitol defendants.  Greene requests the release of at least 14,000 hours of surveillance footage captured by USCP security system on January 6 as well as the identity of the officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed female veteran Trump supporter.  "It is abundantly clear that there is a two-track justice system in the United States," Greene wrote.

Who Killed Ashli Babbitt?  [Scroll down]  This level of transparency regarding the use of deadly force by police has come to be expected and is now common (though not yet ubiquitous) across the country, which makes it all the more curious that what rightly should be regarded as one of the most controversial police shootings to have occurred recently has gone all but unexamined in the press.  The case of Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force veteran who was shot and killed by a U.S Capitol Police officer during the so-called insurrection of Jan. 6, has gone largely unexamined, either in the media or among the self-professed experts who find fault in even the most clearly justifiable police shootings.  Ashli Babbitt's shooting was not clearly justifiable, far from it in fact, yet the U.S. Department of Justice, in a memo just over a page in length, explains it away by saying their "investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber."  And that, peasants, is that.  Your rulers have made their decision, do not dare question it.

What?  No mention of global warming?
Pelosi: 'Root Causes' of Capitol 'Insurrection' Were 'White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia'.  Nancy Pelosi spoke today [6/245/2021] about "the root causes" of the January 6 Capitol riot:  "the white supremacy, the anti-Semitism, the Islamophobia, all the rest of it that was so evident when you see a sweatshirt on one of the people saying, 'Camp Auschwitz.'"  She repeated the common and yet completely unsubstantiated claim that the Capitol incident constituted an "insurrection," and once again claimed that Trump "incited" the "insurrection," in flagrant disregard for the fact that Trump told the demonstrators to remain peaceful.  Her list of the three "root causes" of this sham "insurrection" were, in effect, a list of those that she and the Biden Justice Department intend to go after, and the charges they will hang over their heads in the Stalinist show trials that could be in the offing.

Maoist thought reform imposed on first January 6 defendant to be sentenced.  Anna Morgan-Lloyd, the 49-year-old grandmother from Indiana who strolled into the US Capitol and spent several minutes peacefully walking around, got the same message that was delivered to Chinese dissidents and "bad elements" during Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: confess to thought crimes, embrace the state-sanctioned ideology, and you will be shown mercy.  In the case of Morgan-Lloyd, the message was delivered to her by her own defense lawyer, a public defender paid by taxpayers.  And it worked.  She received three years' probation, a $500 fine, and no incarceration beyond the two days she had spent in jail following her arrest.

Innocent New York City Man's Life Is Ruined When Neighbors Report Him for Going to Jan 6 Trump Speech.  Joseph Bolanos doesn't wear horns, isn't a crackpot, and isn't a terrorist.  He has been a neighborhood watch leader in New York City's Upper West Side for 23 years.  In 2012, as president of the West 76th Street Block Association, Bolanos put up signs reading "rat xing" to shame the city into cleaning up the garbage.  The neighbors loved him.  Now the 69 year old is a neighborhood pariah.  One neighbor who brought him Thanksgiving dinner recently wrote him a nasty-gram wishing him death.  "I hope Antifa gets you," the note read.

What is Behind Gen. Mark Milley's Righteous Race Sermon?  Look to the New Domestic War on Terror.  The post-WW2 military posture of the U.S. has been endless war.  To enable that, there must always be an existential threat, a new and fresh enemy that can scare a large enough portion of the population with sufficient intensity to make them accept, even plead for, greater military spending, surveillance powers, and continuation of permanent war footing.  Starring in that war-justifying role of villain have been the Communists, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Russia, and an assortment of other fleeting foreign threats.  According to the Pentagon, the U.S. intelligence community, and President Joe Biden, none of those is the greatest national security threat to the United States any longer.  Instead, they all say explicitly and in unison, the gravest menace to American national security is now domestic in nature.  Specifically, it is "domestic extremists" in general — and far-right white supremacist groups in particular — that now pose the greatest threat to the safety of the homeland and to the people who reside in it.  In other words, to justify the current domestic War on Terror that has already provoked billions more in military spending and intensified domestic surveillance, the Pentagon must ratify the narrative that those they are fighting in order to defend the homeland are white supremacist domestic terrorists.  That will not work if white supremacists are small in number or weak and isolated in their organizing capabilities.  To serve the war machine's agenda, they must pose a grave, pervasive and systemic threat.

73-Year-Old Pastor and Purple Heart Veteran Arrested For Being at Capitol, His Son Also Arrested in Front of 3-Year-Old Daughter.  A 73-year-old Purple Heart Vietnam veteran and pastor James Cusick has been arrested at his home in Florida for being at the Capitol on January 6, though he was not involved in any violence or vandalism.  His son Casey, was also arrested in front of his distraught 3-year-old daughter who asked why they were locking her dad's hands.  He is also not accused of any violence or vandalism.  Videos of the heartbreaking scene were provided to the Gateway Pundit.

Deprogramming of January 6 Defendants Is Underway.  It's safe to say Heather Shaner, a D.C.-based criminal defense attorney representing a handful of January 6 protesters, does not share the political beliefs of her Capitol clients, which is why she's forcing them to read books and watch movies highlighting dark chapters in U.S. history.  In an interview with Huffington Post, Shaner explained her belief that "this is the most wonderful country in the world, it's been great for all kinds of immigrant groups, except for the fact that it was born of genocide of the Native Americans and the enslavement of people."  Shaner's legal captives are learning the hard way what the government will do when one resists their commands to comply.  Not only have their personal lives been shattered, finances depleted, and reputations destroyed by an abusive Justice Department investigation, Shaner's clients must be indoctrinated with leftist propaganda about America's alleged systemic racism.  The purge of the populist mindset is underway, courtesy of the fetid Beltway judicial system and the Joe Biden regime.  Judges routinely lecture January 6 defendants about the wrongthink of a "stolen election" while prosecutors openly mock their political beliefs, including home schooling and gun ownership.

American citizens are being tortured right now within five miles of the White House.  Like the Gestapo did in Nazi Germany, the Federal Government is targeting anyone who dares criticize it decision making processes, questions its motives, or challenges its legitimacy.  Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about her desire to put Trump supporters on lists.  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar frequently makes antisemitic statements during times where Jewish persons are regularly attacked in public.  United States citizens are being rounded up and held in federal prison absent due process for protesting their government.  And DC-GITMO detainees are being physically and psychologically tortured on President Biden's watch.  None of the persons being held in DC-GITMO are Democrats.  Is there even a question as to whether this is political...?  I think not.

As Expected Political Pelosi Announces January 6th Select Committee to Support Mid-Term Election Roadmap.  The January 6th House Select Committee investigation is to MAGA voters what the Mueller Investigation was to President Trump.  A tool to attack political opposition and frame a narrative for the 2022 mid-term election.  Nothing more.  [Video clip]

FBI tears innocent New Yorker's life into shreds after Jan. 6: Devine.  Joseph Bolanos was a pillar of his community.  President of his Upper West Side block association for the past 23 years, he looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic.  He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors.  He raised morale with a weekly street dance to show his support for essential workers.  A Red Cross volunteer after the 9/11 attacks, the 69-year-old security consultant once received a police commendation for heroism after saving a woman from being mugged.  Unmarried, and caring for his 94-year-old mother, he was a well-loved character in the quiet residential area.  But now his neighbors think he is a domestic terrorist.  Yes, he attended then-President Donald Trump's rally in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, but he never entered the Capitol.  He was in a friend's room at the JW Marriott a 30-minute walk away when the Capitol breach occurred.

Far Left Activists Infiltrated Jan. 6 Protests Dressed as Conservatives with OAN Microphone.  Two far left activists infiltrated the Jan. 6 protests in Washington DC dressed as conservatives and carrying an OAN microphone.  The two men breached the US Capitol grounds that day.  They later were visitied by the FBI in February and gave the agents tips on how to infiltrate a Trump rally.  They were carrying an OAN microphone.  The men, Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini, appear on The Young Turks program and routinely disguise themselves as Trump supporters.

National Guard threatens to cancel training and exercises if not reimbursed for $521M Capitol deployment.  The half-billion-dollar National Guard price tag to man the U.S. Capitol for more than five months following the Jan. 6 riot has emptied the Guard's coffers and will affect readiness if Congress does not act, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Wednesday [6/23/2021].  National Guard members were deployed in 2020 for more than 21 million service days to respond to missions, including the domestic COVID-19 response, hurricane relief, fighting wildfires, protecting cities ravaged by the George Floyd protests, and overseas missions.  But the Guard's largest and most expensive mission was to protect the U.S. capital, including providing security for the presidential inauguration and the much-criticized militarization of the U.S. Capitol grounds with razor wire and 7-foot nonscalable fences.  The peak deployment in the nation's capital required 26,000 service members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Biden Threatens to Nuke Americans but Manages to Blow Up a Big Democrat Narrative Instead.  Earlier today, as RedState reported, Joe Biden launched into another dementia-laden rant where he talked about nuking Americans and shooting deer in kevlar vests.  No, I'm not being facetious.  That actually happened.  In one of the best arguments for the Second Amendment ever spoken by a president, Biden asserted that no one can stand up to the government without F-15s and nuclear weapons.  He seems to have a thing for the F-15, having mentioned it several times in this context and perhaps not realizing that the U.S. Military has an array of other fighter-bombers to murder U.S. citizens with. [...] If Biden and his party truly believe the government is so all-powerful that any possible rebellion would be put down with ease, then how does that square with their claims that our "democracy" was on the brink of destruction on January 6th because some unarmed people took selfies in Pelosi's office?  Either our system of government is so fragile that a dude in horns and facepaint can threaten its existence, or it's so untouchable that the government would just nuke anyone who got within a mile of doing any harm to it.  Which is it?  Because it can't be both.

Grandmother of 5 from Indiana Is First "Insurrectionist" to Be Sentenced in Jan. 6 Protests — For Walking Inside US Capitol!  On Wednesday, a grandmother of 5 from Indiana, Anna Morgan Lloyd will plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge for 'demonstrating in a capitol building" in exchange for 3 years of probation and a $500 fine.  This is only after the politicized Biden-DOJ held her in jail for 2 days, letting her go after she had "expressed contrition for her conduct."

Recent History Suggests FBI Involvement in January 6.  [Scroll down]  If the past is prologue, there's no reason to consider the FBI's involvement a "conspiracy theory" rather than a solid likelihood.  How many times have we been down this road over the past five years — assured that claims about the FBI's malfeasance and abuse were "conspiracy theories" only later to learn they were true?  We were told the FBI did not use spies to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  They did.  We were told the FBI didn't ambush and frame former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.  They did.  We were told the FBI would not mislead the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  They did.  We were told the FBI wouldn't doctor official reports or correspondence.  They did.  We were told the FBI would never use a sketchy Russian national to bolster the collusion case against Trump.  They did.  Sadly, the FBI is one of the least trustworthy agencies in the federal government — and that's saying a lot.  The stench of Jim Comey's deceitful reign has irrevocably tarnished the reputation of the FBI for tens of millions of Americans.  The similarities between Russiagate and the Capitol "attack" are becoming increasingly clear.  The initial narrative about what happened that day has steadily crumbled over the past five months.

Nancy Pelosi 'will name a Democrat-led House select committee to investigate the Capitol riot'.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to name a Democrat-led select committee to investigate the Capitol riot, reports sugged.  Pelosi made the announcement of her intentions during a closed-door meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee on Tuesday evening, according to two sources familiar with the discussions who spoke to Politico.  CNN reported Tuesday night [6/22/2021] that she would set up the panel after Republicans blocked a 9/11-style commission in the Senate.

The left is pursuing an agenda that benefits just a few of them.  Climate change, COVID, violence in our cities, homelessness, borders and immigration, education, race; all of it is a means to an end. [...] We've demonized police and the U.S. Attorney General has asserted the danger of "white supremacy" with no examples, not one indictment, and no proof.  We've continually referred to the January 6th demonstrations as an armed insurrection, yet there were no guns, and nobody died — except Ashli Babbitt, who died at the hands of someone on the Capital police force or maybe a secret service agent.  We've demonized whites as racists and ignored black-on-black crime completely.  Put these things together, you come up with an excuse to form a national police force.  It is the final piece in the puzzle, leading us to a Marxist revolution, autocracy, and America's failure.  Is that what we want?  I think not.  History has shown that to be a recipe for mass murder, every single time it's happened.

Levin on plight of arrested Capitol rioters: 'They'd be treated actually better' at Gitmo.  A number of prominent individuals have begun demanding that the Biden administration stop covering up the facts about the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.  These individuals range from Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin to classically liberal, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.  Levin, one of the latest to speak up about the Biden administration's glaring lack of transparency, made the case Saturday on Fox News' "Life, Liberty and Levin" that at this point, the alleged treatment being faced by Jan. 6th rioters is worse than the treatment currently faced by Guantanamo Bay detainees.  "We're hearing that they're in some of the worst jails and that some of them are being put in solitary confinement where they only have an hour where they can go outside.  That they're being fed poor food, they're being treated like they're terrorists and in Guantanamo Bay, where they'd be treated actually better," he said.

Maxine Waters Goes on Depraved Rant: 'I'm Told' Capitol Riot Mob Was Organized by Trump Campaign.  'Auntie' Maxine Waters unfurled a true 'conspiracy theory' on CNN Saturday [6/19/2021].  Absent any corroborating evidence whatsoever, she baselessly accused the Trump campaign of organizing the Capitol riot.  Waters was invited on by Jim Acosta, who recklessly allowed the partisan left-wing California Democrat to unfurl a real stemwinder about Jan. 6, all with the sole intention of smearing her political enemies.  [Video clip]

Maxine Waters Claims Trump Campaign Helped Organize Capitol Riot.  Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters claimed Saturday [6/19/2021] that members of former President Donald Trump's reelection campaign had helped to organize the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.  Waters claimed to Jim Acosta on CNN that she had been "told" that organizing for the riot had been going on within the Trump campaign.  She further claimed that Trump surrogates opposed an investigation because they were afraid of being caught supporting those who swarmed the Capitol.

More evidence — from January 5th.  [Thread reader]  On Jan 5th, the night before the infamous Jan 6th Capital Event, this Fed was caught on camera encouraging the crowd to raid the capital on the next day.  The crowd yells NO!  We can't do that and he insists that everyone raids the capital.  Who is Ray Epps?  [Video clip]  Before we get to Boomer Fed Mr. Epps, would you look who makes an appearance?  What are the odds we get a cameo from our dear friend and fed antifa provocateur John Sullivan?  [Photo] [...] Ray Epps told The Arizona Republic in a brief telephone interview Monday that he had traveled to the capital for the event, and that he had been advised by an attorney not to speak about it.

If Biden Wants to Paint Trump Supporters as 'Domestic Terrorists,' Ich Bin Ein Inländischer Terroristischen.  Since 20 January 2021, the Hologram's administration has been moving inexorably to curtail the freedoms and liberties of Trump supporters and American patriots in ways that are eerily similar to the pressures exerted by the Soviets on the Allies and German people after World War II:
  •   Just one day after the 6 January occupation of Capitol Hill by rioters, The Hologram himself declared those people to be "domestic terrorists" prior to the completion of any investigation into the matter and set the tone for the persecution that was to come:  [Tweet]
  •   On his very first day in office, The Hologram "directed his national security team to lead a 100-day comprehensive review of U.S. Government efforts to address domestic terrorism."
  •   The 6 January riot at the Capitol was labeled by the Democrat-media complex as an "armed insurrection" despite the FBI's eventual admission that no guns were found among the protestors.
  •   The Democrat-controlled House rushed to impeach President Trump for "inciting the 6 January insurrection" (thankfully, cooler heads prevailed in the US Senate).
  •   DOJ and the FBI launched one of the "largest investigations in American history" to examine the events of 6 January.  Some of 6 January rioters have been incarcerated in the equivalent of solitary confinement while awaiting charges and disposition of their cases. These unfortunate people are uniformly labeled as "domestic terrorists" by leftists on social media.
  •   A purge of "white nationalists and white supremacists" is underway in the US military.  The definitions are elastic.
  •   A Stasi-like committee has been formed in DoD to "investigate" extremist infiltration of the military.  Surely the new deputy inspector general for Diversity and Inclusion and Extremism in the Military (DIEM) will be objective in investigating extremism and include BLM and Antifa in their definition?  I think not, given that the investigating committee is comprised of left-wing activists and anti-American extremists.
  •   On Tuesday [6/15/2021] the White House "released a report that designates the Jan. 6 Capitol riot a 'domestic terrorist attack' and endorses an internet purge of 'extremist' content."

There's more information about the FBI and its role in January 6.  [Scroll down]  Glenn Greenwald has a long, detailed Substack post detailing the innumerable times the FBI has crossed the line from getting close to criminals to engaging in criminal activity.  It's too long and complicated to summarize but I strongly suggest that you read the whole thing.  (Years ago, an FBI agent told me how they caught a terrorist by working with him to plan a bomb attack, so I don't doubt Greenwald's veracity.)  Tucker, meanwhile, did not address whether he and the Revolver misunderstood the charging documents.  Instead, in his Friday monologue, he followed the same thread Greenwald did, providing information about FBI agents and informants encouraging people to commit crimes, and then arresting them even when they hadn't acted on the FBI's encouragement.  He also discussed at least one case (the Garland, Texas shooting) in which the FBI agent did everything short of firing a gun.  When the FBI does this type of thing, it isn't police work or due process; it's police state activity.

Questions About the FBI's Role in 1/6 Are Mocked Because the FBI Shapes Liberal Corporate Media.  The axis of liberal media outlets and their allied activist groups — CNN, NBC News, The Washington Post, Media Matters — are in an angry uproar over a recent report questioning the foreknowledge and involvement of the FBI in the January 6 Capitol riot.  As soon as that new report was published on Monday, a consensus instantly emerged in these liberal media precincts that this is an unhinged, ignorant and insane conspiracy theory that deserves no consideration.  The original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted.  While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

Flashback to February, 2015:
Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?  [Scroll down]  They end up sending young people to prison for decades for "crimes" which even their sentencing judges acknowledge they never would have seriously considered, let alone committed, in the absence of FBI trickery.  It's hard to imagine anyone thinking this is a justifiable tactic, but I'm certain there are people who believe that.  Let's leave that question to the side for the moment in favor of a different issue.  We're constantly bombarded with dire warnings about the grave threat of home-grown terrorists, "lone wolf" extremists and ISIS. So intensified are these official warnings that The New York Times earlier this month cited anonymous U.S. intelligence officials to warn of the growing ISIS threat and announce "the prospect of a new global war on terror."  But how serious of a threat can all of this be, at least domestically, if the FBI continually has to resort to manufacturing its own plots by trolling the Internet in search of young drifters and/or the mentally ill whom they target, recruit and then manipulate into joining?  Does that not, by itself, demonstrate how over-hyped and insubstantial this "threat" actually is?

Jan. 6 Suspects [Being] Held Without Bail [is] More Un-American Than [the] Capitol Incursion.  A month ago, the media reported that at least 53 Americans suspected of breaching the U.S. Capitol in January were still incarcerated.  One web site more recently said "hundreds" are still behind bars.  We know many have been denied bail, some apparently condemned to solitary confinement.  Meanwhile, Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters are breezily waved through the system if they're arrested at all.  Is this still America?  Or a tyranny where political dissenters are disappeared?  "Detaining Americans captured within the United States indefinitely without trial or even charge is a clear violation of our Constitution and our values, and it must not be permitted," says Sen. Feinstein.  "We've seen over and over again that our criminal justice system is well-equipped to interrogate and convict terrorists, and I support that process."  The California Democrat is at odds with her party.  From the president down, most Democrats are treating the Jan. 6 protests as a genuine threat to the country.

Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar Lead Congressional Charge for "Real Answers" After Explosive Revolver Investigation of Jan. 6thRevolver has raised the questions.  But it will take work by allies within the government to reveal the full truth.  And thankfully, several lawmakers are already stepping up.  Late Tuesday [6/15/2021], in the wake of Revolver's investigation, Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding to know how many undercover federal agents and informants were present at the Capitol, what roles they played, and how many of them had infiltrated the Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, and Three Percenters.

Republicans and Conservative Pundits Walking into a Trap Demanding Congressional Investigation of FBI Involvement on Jan 6th DC Event.  Last night CTH highlighted the flaw in the Tucker Carlson (Fox News) and Darren Beattie (Revolver News) advocacy for a Senate investigation into the FBI involvement with the January 6th DC protest/insurrection.  Bottom Line:  legislative oversight has consistently been participating in the corruption carried out by intelligence agencies and FBI.  Tonight I want to warn everyone of the trap that exists if this advocacy for a legislative approach continues.  Republicans are right now walking into a trap.  Read this next line carefully:  The January 6th Commission is to MAGA voters what the Mueller investigation was to President Trump. [...] Let me be clear, that January 6th Commission will be entirely run by democrats and their Lawfare operatives within staff.  The purpose of that commission would carry the same intents as the Mueller investigation in 2017 through 2019:  to frame a narrative against their political opposition.

A police state is forming right before your eyes.  As questions about the January 6 Capitol protests mount, something very bad is afoot.  A police state is taking shape.  It is being suggested (and I agree) that the FBI had paid informants among the Capitol protesters who actually helped plan the protests and encouraged violence. [...] This would be the foundation for the creation of a police state.  First, though, let's examine the January 6 protests.  Left wing drama queens describe January 6 as a coup or insurrection.  What happened in the riots over the last year were far worse.  What happened in Portland was far worse.  In 2011 when a mob stormed the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison Nancy Pelosi called it an "impressive show of democracy in action."  There are questions that really need answering.  The Capitol doors are magnetically locked.  Someone had to unlock them from inside in order for the protesters to gain entry.  They had help.  Watch as Capitol cops wave protesters onto the grounds.  [Video clip]

About That Revolver Story Claiming FBI Agents/Informants Are the Unnamed "Co-Conspirators" in Jan. 6 Indictments.  [Scroll down]  Having written between 500 and 600 indictments, I'll say this:  You call someone an "unindicted co-conspirator" in an indictment when 1) you're not sure of their true identity; 2) they are not yet under arrest, you're not certain where they are, and you think they might flee if they see their name in an indictment; 3) they are cooperating; 4) you have charged them in a different case with other defendants for tactical reasons — you can't name them in two cases for the same conduct; 5) you are not sure as to that specific person that you will have sufficient admissible evidence to convict them at trial when you go to the grand jury; 6) the person is not an actual conspirator because they didn't know what crime was being conspired about by the others — they only knew something illegal might be happening soon.  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  But the "three primary reasons" given by the Revolver author are a joke.

Trained observer noted 'agents provocateur' during Capitol riot amid new report govt. operatives may have been involved.  Reports Tuesday [6/15/2021] suggesting that elements of the national security and federal law enforcement establishment may have been involved in planning and fomenting the Jan 6 riot sound shockingly similar to observations made a week after the incident by a trained analyst who's an expert in "propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion."  During his opening monologue, Fox News's Tucker Carlson discussed court documents filed by federal prosecutors related to suspects arrested following the Capitol protest.  Some of those documents mention "unindicted co-conspirators" who appear to have been involved in the rioting and who also seem to have committed harsher offenses but nevertheless have not been charged.  "'Person Two' and 'Person Three' were organizers of the riot," Carlson said, referencing how they are described in the federal court documents.  "The government knows who they are, but the government has not charged them.  Why is that?"

The FBI's role in the Jan. 6 Capitol fracas is absolutely disgusting.  I think we can dispense with the overly protective pleasantries at this point.  The FBI is a goon squad of un-American thugs who have taken the worst elements of East Germany's Stasi police state and Cosa Nostra's organized crime and turned them into a blueprint for exercising and keeping illegitimate power over their enemies.  They aren't a law enforcement organization, and they certainly don't [care] about justice.  They're regime enforcers with badges. [...] You'd think it was sufficiently clear, as evidence mounted over the last five years, that Comey and Co. had undertaken a mission (with John Brennan at CIA, Bruce Ohr at Main Justice, Nellie Ohr and Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, James Clapper, and Christopher Steele, the Russia hoax dossier author and former Russia desk head at Britain's MI6) to frame the sitting president of the United States as a Russian asset by repeatedly filing fraudulent FISA affidavits with America's secret surveillance court, among other unprosecuted crimes, to spy on Donald Trump and his associates.  But there were also the efforts of Rod Rosenstein, Andrew Weissmann, Robert Mueller, and their army of fifty FBI agents who spent two years trying to entrap President Trump on phony "obstruction of justice" charges during a bogus special counsel witch hunt.

FBI Operatives Likely 'Unindicted Co-Conspirators', Organizers Of Capitol Riot:  Report.  Tucker Carlson dropped several bombshells on his show Tuesday night, chief among them was from a Revolver News report that the FBI was likely involved in organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol 'insurrection,' and were similarly involved in the kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchin Whitmer.  "Why are there so many factual matters that we don't understand about that day?" asked Carlson.  "Why is the Biden administration preventing us from knowing?  Why is the administration still hiding more than 10,000 hours of surveillance tape from the US capitol on January 6th?  What could possibly be the reason for that — even as they call for more openness... they could release those tapes today, but they're not.  Why?"  Carlson notes that Revolver News has dissected court filings surrounding the Capitol riot, suggests that unindicted co-conspirators in the case are likely to have been federal operatives.

Tucker Carlson suggests undercover FBI agents may have orchestrated Capitol riot.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested that undercover FBI agents helped orchestrate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  "But strangely, some people who participated in the riot haven't been charged.  Look at the documents.  The government calls these people 'unindicted co-conspirators.'  What does that mean?  It means that in potentially every case, they're FBI operatives," Carlson said during a Tuesday [6/15/2021] segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight.  "For example, one of those 'unindicted co-conspirators' is someone the government identifies only as 'Person Two.'  According to those documents, Person Two stayed in the same hotel room as an 'insurrectionist' named Thomas Caldwell, who's alleged to be a member of the group called the Oath Keepers.  Person Two also 'stormed the barricades' at the Capitol on Jan. 6, alongside Thomas Caldwell."  Carlson then said that 65-year-old Caldwell was "led to believe" there would be a "quick reaction force" ready to help at the Capitol.  The quick reaction force was to be led by a person law enforcement only identified as "Person Three," who also had a hotel room in the area and an accomplice.

Murder Incorporated: Theirs And Ours.  America has a Murder Inc. located in Washington, D.C. in the federal centers of governmental power.  Speaking to NBC, Putin said, "Did you [someone in the United States] order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?  Do you know that 450 individuals were arrested after entering the Congress?"  He turned the tables on the American media and the American government.  It is assumed she was killed by "accident," sort of like how the China virus "escaped" from the Wuhan lab.  But Putin is going further, alleging that Babbitt was assassinated.  He makes this claim to put American government officials on the defensive.  He has done so.  If the murder was "innocent" in some way, we wouldn't see the kind of cover-up that is taking place.  Putin is obviously aware of the secrecy surrounding the murder.  He knows that the Biden "Department of Justice" said it would not pursue criminal charges against the Capitol police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt.  It won't even name him. [...] If the murder of Ashli Babbitt was not an assassination, the government should prove it.  It looks to outside observers that she was invited into the Capitol, surrounded, and killed.

Tucker: What if FBI operatives actually organized the insurrection?  [Scroll down]  Well, then, who could these unindicted co-conspirators be?  If they weren't "deep state" agents provocateur out to ensnare the patriotic heroes who attended Trump's January 6 rally in a false-flag insurrection, who are they?  A much less sexy but much more obvious possibility is that they're insurrectionists who rolled over on their comrades after January 6 when the FBI came knocking, a prospect that's terrified suspects for months.  Someone who participated in the riot but then made a deal with the feds after they faced prosecution would qualify as a co-conspirator because they did sincerely intend to commit one or more crimes at the time of the attack.  The most likely reason why they haven't been indicted is because they're cooperating.

The Tucker Carlson Solution to Deal With a Corrupt Intelligence Apparatus and FBI Will Not Work, Here's Why.  Last night and tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson led off the show with discussion of the "January 6th Insurrection" narrative.  On Tuesday night [6/15/2021] Carlson and Darren Beattie suggested some form of senate Church Committee 2.0 should be initiated in order to investigate the U.S. intelligence community, and specifically the FBI for their role in coordinating or facilitating the January 6th events.  On Wednesday night Carlson again recommended the U.S. congress should start investigating. [...] The fatal flaw is an obvious one that unfortunately too many people just will not, and cannot, accept:  The Legislative Branch of the federal government is part of the Intelligence Community corruption.  The oversight "gang of eight" are enablers and participants in the corrupt endeavors that Carlson wants them to investigate.

Seattle Cops Threatened With Termination Unless They Hand Over Personal Communications.  Six Seattle police officers are being threatened with termination unless they turn over personal communications in the wake of their visits to Washington, D.C., to attend the Jan 6th Trump rally.  The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) has asked for private communications even after the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing associated with the Capitol riot.  Two of the officers posted pictures on social media showing they attended the Trump rally that day.  Four more came forward voluntarily to confirm their attendance.  Each officer was on vacation, and none were in uniform.  But the investigation that cleared the officers wasn't enough for the OPA.  They carried out a "pro-active investigation" on their own and are demanding the police officers turn over their personal information or face termination.

Tucker Carlson Outlines The Primary Threat to Our Nation, The Corrupt Intelligence Apparatus Which Includes The FBI.  Tucker Carlson did an extensive monologue and interview last night [6/15/2021] as a review of the January 6th DC protest while contrast against the likelihood of FBI organization and coordination.  Many are calling this a brave outline because Carlson will likely face backlash for the overview.  As CTH has noted often, the politicization of the U.S. intelligence apparatus is the biggest threat to our constitutional republic.  In this segment Carlson arrives at the same conclusion.  Carlson used a Revolver article by Darren Beattie as the framework for the discussion.

FBI and DHS Attempted to Recruit Green Beret to Infiltrate Oath Keepers Before Jan. 6 Riot — And He Recorded It.  Throughout 2020 the Black Lives Matter terrorist group was linked to conservatively 91% of the riots that resulted in the most expensive property damage in US insurance history[.]  There were zero Trump rallies that turned violent during this same time period.  Then on January 6, after one million Trump supporters rallied with President Trump at the Ellipse outside the White House, some 900 individuals went inside the US Capitol.  Over 400 have since been arrested even those who were waved into the US Capitol by the police standing at the exits.  Since January the Deep State and Democrats will not release videotapes to Republican lawmakers from January 6th inside or outside the US Capitol.

Democrats are waging war on conservatives and January 6 is their chief weapon.  There is something you need to know because it is of overwhelming importance to America's survival as a constitutional democratic republic:  The Biden administration is moving inexorably to making it a crime to oppose Biden and the Democrat party's policies.  Attorney General Merrick Garland is organizing a massive task force to hunt those illusory "White supremacists," who just happen to be Trump supporters.  Moreover, the federal charging documents against many of those being held for trespassing in Congress reveal that some of the people most active in planning January 6 and encouraging others to act were FBI agents or informants.  In other words, it was a set-up.

Revolver News Breaks Report on Likely Deep State Plants Inside Jan. 6 Uprising — Was It All Planned?  Throughout 2020 there were zero Trump rallies that turned into violent riots and zero damages.  Since January the Deep State and Democrats will not release video tapes to the Republican lawmakers from January 6th inside or outside the US Capitol.  There's likely a reason for that.  Who ever saw a group of black block Trump supporters lead a violent break-in of a federal government facility?  It's never happened.  Who were these people?  [Video clip]  On Tuesday [6/15/2021] Revolver News published an important piece on the "unindicted co-conspirators" in the Jan. 6 attack who were never charged by the DOJ or FBI for their part in the violence on Jan. 6.

Jan 6 detainees in 'Deplorable Jail' allegedly being punished after advocate appears on Mark Levin show.  American Greatness senior contributor Julie Kelly said Monday that Jan. 6 protesters who remain behind bars months after the Capitol incident are going to be placed on 24-hour lockdown as punishment for an interview she did over the weekend.  On Sunday [6/13/2021], Kelly discussed the cases with Fox News's Mark Levin, in which they both compared the different treatment so-called "MAGA" protesters are receiving from the Justice Department and other federal authorities versus leftist rioters and protesters who assailed the White House in June 2020 and a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., for more than 100 nights throughout last summer, injuring hundreds of police officers with Molotov cocktails, laser pointers, and commercial-grade fireworks.  "It's really important for people to understand, these people are in jail on pre-trial detention orders that are being requested by the Justice Department and signed off on by federal judges in Washington, D.C.," Kelly said of the Jan. 6 protesters.

Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge.  [Scroll down]  Revolver News is willing to address the matter directly in the following three 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.)?
[...] If it turns out the federal government did in fact have undercover agents or confidential informants embedded within the so-called militia groups indicted for conspiring to obstruct the Senate certification on 1/6, the implications would be nothing short of seismic.  Especially if such agents or informants enjoyed extremely senior-level positions within such groups.

Ron Johnson sets [the] record straight after analyzing hours and hours of Jan 6 footage.  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Sunday [6/13/2021] strongly refuted a media-generated narrative that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was an "armed insurrection" during an appearance on Fox News.  In an interview with "Life, Liberty, and Levin" host Mark Levin, Johnson discussed his efforts to extract information from Justice Department and Capitol Police sources about the demonstration, adding that his staff has recently reviewed some 14 hours of video taken that day and have made some startling discoveries.  But the notion that there were throngs of armed participants intent on overthrowing the government — the purpose of insurrection — is completely false, Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asserted, and the video evidence he's seen thus far proves as much.

Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?  Judge Amit Mehta thinks no one let protesters into the Capitol building on January 6.  During a pre-trial detention hearing on Friday — Joe Biden's Justice Department continues to demand jail time for nonviolent offenders before their trials even begin — the D.C. District Court judge made that false claim.  "No one was let in," the Obama appointee told the lawyer representing Jason Dolan, an alleged Oath Keeper and former U.S. Marine with no criminal record.  (Mehta denied the government's motion for detention but admitted it was a "close call.")  Mehta, of course, is flat wrong.  Videos taken by people at the Capitol not only show some U.S. Capitol Police officers ushering protesters toward the building and allowing them to enter but, as American Greatness exclusively reported last month, USCP officers also cautioned several protesters how they should behave.  In fact, in an anonymous interview with the Gateway Pundit in May, Dolan himself described how someone inside the Capitol opened the doors.  (Dolan was arrested three days after the interview was posted.)  The Justice Department, in a motion to keep Dolan incarcerated awaiting trial, called his story a "conspiracy theory."

Ashli Babbitt's widower says the cop who shot her dead MUST be named.  Ashli Babbitt's husband is demanding authorities name the police officer who shot his wife dead during the US Capitol riot — amid claims it is the same cop who previously left his handgun in a public men's room.  Speaking to Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Monday night [6/14/2021], Aaron Babbitt said he still hasn't been told which officer was responsible for fatally shooting his 35-year-old wife on January 6.  The Metropolitan Police Department has so far refused to name the officer involved and the Department of Justice announced in April they would not be pursuing charges against the officer following an investigation.

Family attorney gives hint on identity of the Capitol Police officer who allegedly shot Ashli Babbitt.  Aaron Babbitt, husband of deceased Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol by a police officer, and his attorney, Terrell Roberts, appeared on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to discuss their ongoing battle to learn the identity of the cop who shot her and why he felt compelled to use deadly force.  During the segment, Roberts appeared to drop a serious clue as to who the Capitol Police officer may be.  Ashli Babbitt, 35, was killed when she allegedly tried to climb through a broken window next to a door outside the Speaker's Lobby, which leads to the House chamber.  The tragic incident was captured on video.  A Trump supporter, Babbitt was unarmed and there was no warning heard before the shot suddenly rang out.

Putin Implies That the U.S. Government 'Assassinated' Ashli Babbitt.  Ahead of his summit with Joe Biden in G7 in Geneva, Switzerland, Russian President Vladimir Putin implied that the United States government had ordered the assassination of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the Capitol riot on January 6.  Putin made the comments during an interview with NBC News, in which he argued that the United States and Russia are similar in how they handle dissent.  "We have a saying: 'Don't be mad at the mirror if you are ugly,'" Putin said regarding the arrests and persecution of Capitol rioters.  "It has nothing to do with you personally.  But if somebody blames us for something, what I say is, why don't you look at yourselves?  You will see yourselves in the mirror, not us."

Vladimir Putin Asks NBC News Who Ordered the Assassination of Ashli Babbitt by the Capitol Police.  Vladimir Putin sat down with NBC News for his first on-camera interview with a western news agency in more than three years.  Putin avoided public commentary during much of the Trump Administration, but less than six months into the Biden Administration he came out swinging at Biden and the US on a host of issues. [...] This interview was carefully orchestrated by Putin to follow along after Biden's disastrous public appearances at the G7 and NATO Summits.  Putin was not going to allow any demonstration of "unity" coming out of Biden's first foreign trip to be the only press story ahead of his meetings with Biden.  For the most part defiant, and in some instances just plain trolling the Biden Administration, Putin showed the citizens of this country, using NBC News, why it is he's going to wipe the floor with addle-minded Joe Biden as long as he remains in the White House.

Putin asks who shot Ashli Babbitt, accuses U.S. of arresting MAGA protesters for political persecution.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Biden administration of jailing "MAGA" demonstrators who took part in the Capitol Building breach Jan. 6, likening it to "persecuting political opinions" the way a dictatorial government would do.  Putin's comments come before a scheduled summit with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday after he was asked in an interview in Moscow with NBC News last week about his jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  The Russian leader appeared to deflect the question and, instead, compared the Justice Department's arrest of hundreds of Trump supporters who breached the Capitol earlier this year with Navalny's treatment.  Many Capitol protesters are still being held in custody months later, some for nothing more than simple trespassing.  There have also been reports that some suspects have been physically abused, while others are being held for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, the latter of which has even drawn criticism from some Democrats.

Tucker:  Govt Hiding 14K Hours Of 'Potentially Exculpatory' Jan 6 Footage From Defendants.  Tucker Carlson spoke with American Greatness' Julie Kelly on Tuesday night [6/8/2021] and highlighted how the government is hiding 14,000 hours of "potentially exculpatory" video evidence from Jan 6th defendants.  "I don't understand how you can prosecute someone for a crime and then withhold potentially exculpatory video," Carlson said.  "That's what they're doing," Kelly responded.  "That seems completely contrary to justice," Carlson said.  "That's just shocking.  And maybe a Republican office holder can wake up and note that, like now."

New Video Shows Capitol Police Letting Jan. 6 Rioters Inside — And Sen. Ron Johnson Is Demanding Answers.  Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is pressuring Capitol law enforcement officials to answer questions about Jan. 6 and why Capitol Police were not prepared to stop people from entering the building.  In a letter to Acting Chief of U.S. Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman, Johnson explained that his team's review of the video footage from the Capitol riot raised some questions about how law enforcement chose to handle the situation.  First, Johnson explained that more than 300 people appeared to enter the building through the upper west terrace door after it was left ajar by a group exiting the building under the supervision of a Capitol Police officer.  Just one minute later, Johnson said the footage shows that the officer, "who was in the vicinity of this door one minute earlier, walked into another hallway away from this door and out of the view of the security camera" while people poured in.

Jan. 6 video mystery:  Senator asks about officer 'gesturing toward' doors as intruders file past.  The top Republican on one of the Senate's most powerful investigative panels says video footage from the Jan. 6 riot shows more than 300 people gained unauthorized access to the Capitol through a single doorway, and he is demanding answers from the police officers who were nearby.  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), the top Republican on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, sent a letter late Thursday [6/10/2021] to U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman divulging the findings of his security footage review and asking whether the officers present during the episode have been interviewed.  "Have these officers filed detailed reports of this incident?" Johnson asked.  "Has USCP conducted transcribed interviews with them?  If so, I request copies of these reports and transcribed interviews.  If not, I respectfully ask for the opportunity to interview these officers."

Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?  Joe Biden calls it the worst attack since the Civil War.  Attorney General Merrick Garland compares it to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  The FBI is breaking down the doors of Iraq War veterans and small business owners who have no criminal records, and some are hauled off to rot in solitary confinement in a fetid D.C. jail, for their involvement in the alleged travesty.  The event, of course, is the roughly four-hour-long disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.  As mostly nonviolent Americans dared to protest Congress' certification of a clearly fraudulent presidential election in a place that once was considered "The People's House," lawmakers scurried for cover as reporters and photographers captured part of the ruckus on video and still shots to wield as political ammunition against Donald Trump and his supporters.  But have we seen a full and fair depiction of exactly what happened that day?  The answer, as evidenced by an ongoing coverup by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Justice Department, clearly is no.

New Video Shows Antifa Breaking into the Capitol Building Before the "Insurrection".  The truth always comes out.  In the aftermath of the January 6th "insurrection," many Trump voters complained that they were set up.  They claimed that it was Antifa that first broke into the Capitol Building — and that innocent Trump supporters were lured into the building.  Specifically, there was a fear that Antifa infiltrated the rally.  Democrats called it a crazy conspiracy theory.  Their allies in the mainstream media mocked the very notion.  But now, 6 months later, there is new video evidence that appears to suggest that, yes, it was Antifa that first broke into the Capitol Building.  [Video clip]

6 men are charged with conspiracy in the Capitol riot, only 1 went into the building.  Six men, members of the Three Percenters, were indicted for conspiracy for their roles in the Capitol riot of January 6th.  Five of the six didn't even go into the Capitol and one crawled through an already broken window.  The charges include conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and aiding and abetting, entering and remaining in restricted building or grounds.  Two of the men indicted, Alan Hostetter and Russell Taylor, of Orange County were condemned for organizing a Virginia for Trump rally held outside the Supreme Court on Jan. 5.  The indictment also suggested Hostetter was dangerous in part because he founded the American Phoenix Project to oppose government-mandated Covid restrictions.

Who unlocked Capitol doors and let rioters in?  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has sent a letter to the U.S. Capitol Police asking how and why a key door to the Capitol that was initially locked, became unlocked, allowing hundreds of unauthorized people to enter the Capitol on January 6.  According to the letter, Johnson and his staff have reviewed security camera videotape showing the following timeline of events on the day of the pro-Trump rally and subsequent rioting at the Capitol building, despite Trump's calls for peace: [...]

Letters from a D.C. Jail.  This week, five Republican senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding his office's handling of January 6 protesters.  The letter revealed the senators are aware that several Capitol defendants charged with mostly nonviolent crimes are being held in solitary confinement conditions in a D.C. jail used exclusively to house Capitol detainees.  Joe Biden's Justice Department routinely requests — and partisan Beltway federal judges routinely approve — pre-trial detention for Americans arrested for their involvement in the January 6 protest.  This includes everyone from an 18-year-old high school senior from Georgia to a 70-year-old Virginia farmer with no criminal record.  It is important to emphasize that the accused have languished for months in prison before their trials even have begun.

Rep. Nunes: officials must release name of Ashli Babbitt's killer.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has urged security officials in Washington to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt.  In an interview on Thursday, the California Republican questioned the uncertainty of Babbitt's murder and called for transparency.  Nunes argued all recent shootings involving a police officer have caused public outrage, while the murder of Ashli Babbitt has been actively covered up by Democrat officials and media.  Nunes pointed out video footage of Babbitt's killing has yet to be released and the name of the perpetrator is still unknown, which he said was unacceptable.  "We don't need the executive branch or the Department of Justice to give us our own video tapes.  We are a separate branch of government," he asserted.  "What is going on here is a massive coverup by Pelosi and Democrats."

Name of Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 Should Be Released:  Rep. Devin Nunes.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called on officials to release the name of the officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 and said that thousands of hours of security footage from the Capitol breach should be released to the public.  He also noted that Babbitt's family filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the officer's name and related information, Nunes told Newsmax on Wednesday [6/9/2021].  "In any normal circumstance where you have an officer-involved shooting, you have people that immediately go out there and say, 'Where's the videotape?  Where's the videotape?  We need to know what officer did this,'" he said.  "Why are we living under a different set of rules?" he asked, likely referring to the release of body camera footage after high-profile officer-involved shootings.

Ashli Babbitt's husband sues DC police for the name of the officer that shot her.  Ashli Babbitt's husband Aaron has filed a lawsuit to force the police to hand over the records of Ashli's shooting.  This way, Babbitt could know the name of the officer who shot and killed her.  Previously, Babbitt filed a Freedom of Information Act Request over the records.  But, it went unanswered.  DC Police have not publicized the name of the officer and the Justice Department decided not to pursue charges either.

Ashli Babbitt's husband sues DC Police for video, name of officer who fatally shot her.  The husband of Ashli Babbitt — the woman shot and killed while attempting to breach the Speaker's Lobby during the Capitol riot — is asking a D.C. court to force police to turn over records about the officer who shot her.  In a complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court last week, Aaron Babbitt, who lives in San Diego, California, claims the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has failed to comply with the D.C. Freedom of Information Act.  The complaint was filed by Terrell Roberts, an attorney with the Maryland-based law firm Roberts & Wood, which has been representing the Babbitt family.

Another January 6 Falsehood: $30 Million in Damages to the Capitol.  The U.S. Capitol Police on Monday morning conducted what it called a "routine" training exercise on the grounds of the Capitol.  The stagecraft, almost five months to the day from the January 6 protest, involved emergency vehicles and helicopters.  The agency warned area residents not to be "alarmed," which of course was the exact reaction USCP wanted.  Call it insurrection theater.  The USCP has acted as the Democratic Party's stormtroopers since January 6, attacking peaceful Americans during the protest, lying about the death of officer Brian Sicknick, and now making officers available for embarrassing cable news hits where they share their hurt feelings and the permanent trauma they've suffered since enduring the supposedly harrowing ordeal.  The distressed officers, however, seem just fine with the fact that a still-unidentified colleague shot and killed an unarmed woman, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.  Capitol-employed apparatchiks have played a key role in shaping the narrative about what happened on January 6, all in service to their Democratic paymasters.

The DC Pipe Bomb Suspect: What is the FBI hiding from the public?  [Scroll down]  A couple possibilities.  First, the FBI's investigation is probably further along than any of us know.  They're collecting data on purchases of the suspect's Nike Air Max Speed Turf and the timers, etc. used to make the pipe bombs.  From that data they cross-reference travel, locations on 1/5/2021, height, shoe size, etc.  Second, maybe there's something else to this story.  The FBI has always been sensitive to its public perception and controls information to serve that purpose.  For example, the FBI has never been forthcoming about its agents' involvement with terror suspects.  Or, consider whether the pipe bomb investigation would cut against the politics of January 6.  I take no pleasure in skepticism of the FBI, but this is a reputation the FBI has earned.  Either way, this outside observer can't help but notice that one group of targets — those who entered the Capitol Building on January 6 — are pursued in the public sphere more aggressively than the person who set out pipe bombs the night before.

Biden's Jan. 6 Narrative Just Got Even More Ridiculous.  Federal prosecutors are saying the unrest on January 6 resulted in "approximately $1,495,326.55 damage to the United States Capitol."  The figure was disclosed last week in a plea agreement with one of the January 6 defendants.  What's notable about the $1.5 million is how remarkably small it is.  The government can misplace that much on a National Science Foundation study of lizards walking on treadmills. [...] Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told Congress in February repairs were going to run to $30 million — a number he wildly inflated by adding the price of Nancy Pelosi's barbed wire fence through March 31 and mental health treatments for traumatized staff.  The final bill of $1,495,326.55 shows he overstated it by 95%.

Solitary confinement for Jan. 6 riot participants draws criticism from Democratic senators and ACLU.  Many participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots are being held in solitary confinement in Washington, D.C.'s city jail, a situation that's drawing scrutiny from Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bob Casey and the American Civil Liberties Union.  The Department of Justice has charged 510 individuals in connection with the Jan. 6 breach, which began when supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol with the intent of trying to stop the certification of Electoral College votes for Joe Biden as president.  After Jan. 6, Washington, D.C., jail officials decided that all Capitol riot detainees be held in "restrictive housing" as a safety measure for the accused.  However, the accused found themselves in solitary confinement 23 hours a day before their trials even started.

'Justice Must Be Administered Equally' — Republican Senators Demand Answers For 2020 Riots, Capitol Riot From DOJ.  A group of Republican senators sent a letter Monday to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers regarding punishments for those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and those who rioted over the spring and summer of 2020.  The Daily Caller first obtained the letter, which was sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Florida Sen. Rick Scott.  In the letter, the group of GOP Senators draw parallels between the treatment of the Capitol rioters to the treatment of rioters throughout the spring and summer of 2020 and call for clarifications on punishment.

Another High-Ranking Capitol Police Official Resigns Amid January 6th Riots Fallout.  A high-ranking Capitol Police official has resigned ahead of an impending report that is likely to scapegoat officers for security failures running up to the January 6th riots.  The Capitol Police official's resignation is yet another domino to fall in the aftermath of the Capitol Riots.  The first domino was set off by former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund stepping down, followed by the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms.  Politico reported on the resignation on Monday [6/7/2021].

US intelligence knew MAGA fans were planning Jan 6 'war' for WEEKS but did nothing to protect Capitol cops.  Capitol Police and intelligence agencies including the FBI knew Trump supporters were threatening to storm the Capitol and wanted to target Democrat lawmakers weeks before January 6, but didn't act, a bipartisan Senate Report has revealed.  Law enforcement was aware of a plot to breach the Capitol, that maps of the building's tunnel system had been shared online, and that supporters were planning to bring guns to D.C., but failed to act or share information with uniformed cops.  The report noted that Trump encouraged his supporters to go to the Capitol to protest and a copy of his speech was added to the report, but it did not mention if he had a direct role in the attack.  It also did not refer to the riot as an insurrection.

Senate report blames Capitol Hill police for January 6th riot.  It's a little more complicated than how the headline portrays the situation, but not all that much.  Despite Democrats' anger over their failure to form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th riot, the Homeland Security and Rules committees in the Senate have continued their work investigating what happened on that day and a preliminary report is ready for release.  People who have seen the report indicate that the committees are finding fault with the leadership of the U.S. Capitol Police for not making critical intelligence information available to its own forces ahead of the incursion.  Online intelligence gathering revealed that people were planning the attack well in advance, with maps of the area and the Capitol Hill building being circulated.  Various routes to infiltrate the complex were being discussed and if the police had been informed of all of this, they could have been better prepared and equipped to handle the assault.

Ashli Babbitt's Family Sues D.C. Cops to Learn the Identity of Her Killer.  The family of Ashli Babbitt is suing Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to learn the identity of the officer who fatally shot Babbitt in the Capitol on January 6.  Court documents show that the plaintiff, Aaron Babbitt, filed the lawsuit on April 21, 2021.  Under Washington code, the MPD was supposed to produce the requested information or prove that the department is legally exempt from doing so within 15 days.  As of June 4, the department has yet to do either.  Aaron Bobbitt's attorney, Terrell Roberts, stated the problem with the lawsuit is that Capitol Police are not subject to the law regarding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Famed Attorney Representing Capitol Protesters Launches New Org to Counter ACLU's Move to the Far Left.  Famed attorney John Pierce, who is currently representing several January 6 protesters, has launched a new organization to defend Constitutional rights in response to the American Civil Liberties Union's move to the far left.  The mission of the National Constitutional Law Union Inc. (NCLU) is to preserve and protect the United States Constitution and the American way of life "by providing legal support and funding to individuals whose Constitutional rights, civil liberties and similar rights are being violated or in jeopardy." [...] Pierce told Gateway Pundit, "Since the Biden/Harris administration has taken office, the radical left has moved with extreme speed and violence of execution to change the United States into a Marxist, socialist and totalitarian state.  It is happening before our very eyes.  We cannot and will not allow this to happen."

Liz Cheney says Trump 'inciting' the Capitol riot is 'the most dangerous thing a president has ever done'.  Liz Cheney claimed Trump did 'the most dangerous thing' a president has ever done by 'inciting' the January 6 Capitol attack as she revealed many GOP lawmakers didn't vote for impeachment because they feared for their safety.  'I think what Donald Trump did is the most dangerous thing, the most egregious violation of an oath of office of any president in our history,' Cheney told David Axelrod on an episode of his The Axe Files podcast, which was recorded Saturday but released Monday [6/7/2021].  'I have had a number of members say to me, 'we would have voted to impeach, but we were concerned about our security,' Cheney said during another part of the interview.

Also posted under Liz Cheney and Lies about President Trump.

An Invented Insurrection:  How the left is trying to criminalize conservatism.  The Biden Administration is abusing state power to create the appearance of a conspiracy to commit an insurrection on January 6th, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.  The problem is the indictment they just filed with the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia — it proves there was no conspiracy.  The malfeasance of the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the judges involved with the arrest and incarceration without bail of many of those who participated in the riot at the Capitol have been covered brilliantly in a series of pieces by Julie Kelly.  These events are abhorrent to anyone who believes in the rule of law and better suited to a totalitarian police state removing political enemies.  America is not supposed to have indefinite detention based on political beliefs, and yet here we are.  This treatment is all the more heinous when compared with the near-total lack of interest in prosecuting the year plus-long violence and destruction perpetrated by Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa, some of which involved the seizure and continued occupation for weeks of government buildings.  This is a far step from equal treatment under the law and should bring a concerted response from all those on the right who oppose tyranny.

Confirmed: Jan. 6 Protest Resulted in Estimated $1.5 Million in Damages — Or 1/1000th of Damages by Black Lives Matter-Antifa Protests in 2020.  Biden, Pelosi, Democrats and their fake news media want you to believe the Jan. 6 protest was the most violent "insurrection" in history.  They say it was as bad as the 9-11 Islamist attacks on America that killed 3,000 innocent Americans.  What they don't tell you is that the protests were mostly peaceful and the protesters caused minimal damage until their government fired on with flash grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets without warning.  That's when protesters ran up the stairs and entered the US Capitol — after the doors were opened.  We have all seen video of protesters breaking windows and trying to force their way into sections of the US Capitol.  On Friday [6/4/2021] the mainstream media reported the estimated damages from the January 6 protests came out to $1.5 million.

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I'd like to see an itemized account of the property damage.  I haven't seen all the video (of course, since most of it is being kept out of circulation), but the only damage I've seen was one broken door and one broken window.  And even that was probably caused by left-wing infiltrators.

Anderson Cooper Makes Insane Claim About Capitol Riot, but Guess Where He Got It From.  How set are liberal media and other Democrats on continuing to spread hyperbole about the Capitol riot on Jan. 6?  Not to mention demonizing any Republicans who questioned election integrity?  There were two golden examples of how crazy the left has gotten over it, as they try to press the narrative.  Here's a delusional MSNBC guest, Rachel Bitecofer, political scientist, claiming that we are "watching democracy collapse."

Government Seeks Retribution for the Biden Resistance.  The U.S. government's vengeance case against the Oath Keepers, a group that publicly declared its opposition to Joe Biden's presidency, is now in its fourth iteration with no end in sight.  Biden's Justice Department, led by a man denied a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016 by Senate Republicans and a woman loyal to both Barack Obama and Robert Mueller, is sparing no resource to destroy the lives of Americans tied to the group that allegedly "stormed" the Capitol on January 6.  Last week, Channing Phillips, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia overseeing the sprawling investigation into the events of January 6, filed another superseding indictment against the Oath Keepers while adding new defendants.  Four men have been arrested since May 27; the total number of defendants is 16 and counting.

Our Increasingly Unrecognizable Civilization.  [Scroll down]  Look at just three things we have lost.  One is equality before the law, something absolutely essential to a free society.  In its place, we now have politicized law.  If a policeman fatally shoots someone, whether his name is released to the public depends on whether the shooting is consistent with the preferred narrative of the ruling class.  A policeman recently took down a young woman who was threatening the life of another young woman with a knife, and that policeman was immediately identified — indeed, his photo was posted and he was threatened by NBA superstar LeBron James on Twitter.  On the other hand, we know nothing of the policeman who shot dead an unarmed woman in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. His name will apparently never be released to the public.

The Big Lie About Brian Sicknick's Death is Keeping Two People in Solitary Confinement.  [Video clip]

The New Secession Crisis: The Democrats have already left the Union.  The Democrats have already seceded from America's historic conception of nationhood in many respects: [...] THEY have occupied our nation's capital with thousands of troops as if the American people were a foreign foe.  This was done in response to a nonexistent threat on the pretext of a shocking but solitary riot, wherein everyone who died was a Trump supporter and none of the so-called "insurgents" was armed.  They have since held many of those participating, even peripherally, in prison for months, often in solitary confinement, on absurdly inflated charges, as a political punishment and a warning to future dissidents.

'It's like Guantanamo Bay': Inside the Washington D.C. jail where Capitol rioters are 'treated like domestic terrorists'.  The Washington D.C. Jail — where dozens of Capitol rioters are housed before their trials — is like 'Guantanamo Bay', a lawyer representing one of the protestors told  The suspects are held in solitary confinement in cells the 'size of a walk-in closets' for up [to] 24 hours a day and treated like 'domestic terrorists' by jail guards after several law enforcement officers were injured and killed during the January 6 violence at the Capitol, lawyer Joseph McBride said.  McBride, who represents Richard 'Bigo' Barnett, 60, of Arkansas — the man known for putting his feet up on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk — claimed that the guards are 'roughing up' the siege suspects to show solidarity with law enforcement who protected the Capitol.

Elect the January 6 Protestors to Congress.  Only a criminally insane person would torture another human being, but thousands of government employees manage the task every day around the world.  Until a few months ago, I would have been referring exclusively to Marxist dictatorships, but now we've received word of the special detention facility set up in Washington, D.C. for the January 6 protesters, in which men are isolated for 23 hours a day, and where a man was maced after having a breakdown in solitary confinement and many others have been beaten, including one who suffered a broken orbital bone that may permanently damage his vision.  One reason governments are so good at this sort of crime — basic brutality — is that, like any crime syndicate, they separate the man kicking someone with his boot from the higher authority giving the orders to kick.

Putin to press Biden on human rights of Capitol rioters, Russia says.  Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to press President Biden on the "human rights" of Capitol rioters when they meet this month in Switzerland, the country's top diplomat says.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said alleged rioters are being "persecuted" and that Putin will turn the tables on Biden over US support for Russian dissidents, such as jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who last year survived poisoning attempts.  "We are ready to talk, we have no taboo topics.  We will discuss whatever we think is necessary.  We will be ready to answer the questions that the American side will raise.  This also applies to human rights," Lavrov reportedly said at a press conference Monday in Moscow.

Feds move to drop charges in first Capitol riot case against Chris Kelly for lack of evidence.  In a stunning development, federal prosecutors are suddenly moving to drop all charges against Jan. 6 protester Chris Kelly whom the FBI falsely claimed entered the Capitol building that fateful day.  "The government and defense counsel have discussed the merits of the case and upon reflection of the facts currently known to the government, the government believes that dismissal without prejudice at this time serves the interest of justice," prosecutors wrote.  The judge has not signed off on the case dismissal yet.  A dismissal without prejudice means that the government could bring charges against Kelly again in the future if things change.

Capitol Mystery:  Who's Blocking the Evidence?  Since Part 1 of this investigation, the New York Times has been forced to backpedal on their insane and mendacious claim that Officer Sicknick was murdered by a fire extinguisher-wielding MAGA mob.  Fox News said they corrected their report.  Zerohedge said they retracted it.  In truth, what they did was much more cowardly, deceptive, and unethically on brand for the New York Times.  They kept their screaming headline but pinned a qualifier that "new information has emerged" that "questions the initial cause of his death." [...] Congress wants a "New 9/11 Commission" about 1/6, purporting to leave no stone unturned.  If right out the gate, you start deplatforming and destroying civilians who point out Very Obvious Boulders Still Rightside-Up, you're not just disgracing yourselves — You're showing disrespect to the honor of Officer Brian Sicknick.  According to reports, Sicknick joined the U.S. Capitol Police after leaving his military service disheartened by the glut of unresolved "intelligence failures" from the original 9/11 Commission.

Capitol Police Fired Exploding Flash Grenade Into Crowd on Jan. 6 — into a Crowd of Men, Women and Children!  On Jan. 6 Capitol Police started firing flash grenades and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters with US and MAGA flags.  From the video you can see the protesters are NOT on the Capitol steps and were behind barriers.  There were children, veterans and seniors in the crowd.  The protesters were packed tightly together and the Capitol Police started firing on them.

No, the Capitol Trespassers Aren't 'Terrorists'.  You'll have to excuse me if I'm not buying the "Big Lie" that January 6 was remotely the same as 9/11.  Because Ashli Babbitt is not Osama bin Laden, the Proud Boys are not al-Qaeda, and January 6 was not 9/11.  These statements are obvious to anyone with a functioning brain, which seems to disqualify the political Left.  I don't care what Joe Biden says.  I don't [care] about Christopher Wray or the hyperpartisan FBI's "threat assessments."  I certainly wouldn't be caught dead nodding along with Don Lemon as he cries about a phony "insurrection."  Unlike the aftermath of 9/11, America has not become more united since January 6.  In fact, we've become more bitterly divided.  There's a simple explanation for that:  January 6 did not create a common enemy.  In reality, there is no new enemy at all — just a few hundred upset people from "flyover country" who, perhaps rightly, feel as though they're not being heard by their elected officials, and who can now be used as political tools by dishonest partisans.

Capitol Police Started Shooting at Peaceful Trump Crowd on Jan. 6 — Fired Flash Grenades and Rubber Bullets on Peaceful Protesters Including Children.  On Jan. 6 Capitol Police started firing flash grenades and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters with US and MAGA flags.  From the video you can see the protesters are NOT on the Capitol steps and were behind barriers.  There were children and seniors in the crowd.  The protesters were NOT breaking any laws.  This was before protesters entered the US Capitol — many of them entering after police gave them the OK.

Democrats Melt Down After Pelosi's Scheme For "9/11 Style" Commission Fails.  Democrats are going kicking and screaming into the long Memorial Day weekend after Senate Republicans successfully blocked a bill creating the sham "9/11 style" commission that was key to their plans of retaining control over Congress.  The creation of this travesty went down by a score of 54-35 with Republicans using their first filibuster of the Biden era, an added indignity to Dems that will almost certainly fuel renewed efforts to eliminate the last remaining obstacle to one-party tyranny.  The passage of the bill would have required ten GOP senators to slither into the enemy camp, well short of the six treacherous turncoats led by the three-headed monster of Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski who joined Democrats.

Republicans Were Right to Block the Politically Motivated January 6th Commission.  Republicans in the Senate held together to thwart attempts to form a commission to investigate the trespassing and minor property damage that happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.  We should all refuse to call it an insurrection or even a riot at this point if for no other reason than to frustrate the left — in particular, leading Democrats like this bitter former presidential candidate who keeps lying to her followers:  [Tweet]  It is well established that the only person who died that day due to violence at the Capitol was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed veteran and Trump supporter.  The identity of the Capitol Police officer who shot her remains unknown, unlike officers in the past year who have shot suspects to save their own lives or the lives of others.  Officer Sicknick's death was used as a prop by anti-law-enforcement Democrats in the wake of January 6th.

Joe Biden Scolds Republicans for Blocking Jan. 6 Investigation of 'Greatest Assault Since the Civil War'.  President Joe Biden scolded Republicans Thursday for blocking a Democrat-led effort to investigate the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill.  The president spoke about the upcoming Senate vote to establish a commission as he made a stop for ice cream while visiting Ohio.  The vote is expected to fail, as not enough Senate Republicans plan to support the legislation.  Biden purchased an ice cream cone and one for a bystander, prompting reporters to ask what flavor he ordered.  "Chocolate Chocolate Chip," Biden replied.  "What's your message to Republicans who are prepared to block the January 6th commission?" the reporter continued.  "Eat some chocolate, chocolate chip," Biden said.

Republican Senators Block Bill to Form Capitol Riot Commission.  A bill to form a commission tasked with investigating the January 6 Capitol riot will not move forward after the measure failed to reach the 60 votes required to advance.  The legislation failed in a 54 [to] 35 vote as Senate Republicans used their filibuster power for the first time since President Biden took office.  Just six Republicans voted to advance the bill:  Senators Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Lousiania, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio.

New Video Depicts Capitol Police Using Stun Grenades on Crowd.  In a clip obtained by American Greatness, peaceful protestors on the west side of the Capitol building on January 6 are shown confronted by U.S. Capitol Police reportedly using flashbangs — a type of stun grenade used to disorient a target's senses — and rubber bullets.  The approximate time of the confrontation was around 1:36 p.m.  [Video clip, language warning.]  The man speaking in the video is Kash Kelly, a former gang member and founder of the Streetlights Unity Movement and Foundation, a group he launched in 2020 in opposition to Black Lives Matters to help at-risk people in inner-cities, Kelly told me during a brief interview from a Washington, D.C. jail Thursday afternoon.  He was an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump.  "The police started shooting at people," Kelly told me.  "There were kids in the crowd."

Rep. Devin Nunes Says Democrats Won't Release Tapes from Jan. 6 US Capitol Assault — Why Is That?  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Greg Kelly on The Kelly File on Tuesday night.  Kelly asked Rep. Nunes about the Capitol Hill riot and the American left comparing it to the 9-11 attack when Islamists killed 3,000 Americans.  Devin Nunes told Greg Kelly it was ridiculous and that the Democrats will not release video tapes to the Republican lawmakers from January 6th inside the US Capitol.

Man in Pelosi's Office Discusses Jail Conditions for January 6 Detainees.  In one of the most iconic images of January 6, a man is pictured with his feet up on a desk inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office.  Richard Barnett, 60, traveled from his home in Arkansas to hear Donald Trump's speech then made his way to the Capitol complex.  He entered Pelosi's office, where a few photojournalists just happened to be stationed; Barnett put his feet on the desk, posed for the cameras, and left Pelosi a note.  (He is quite a character, I can safely say after a lengthy phone interview.)  Two hours later, the photos went viral.  Pelosi's daughter, Christine, posted the picture of Barnett at 3:21 p.m. that afternoon.  "The Trump rioter did vandalize her office," she tweeted.  "The trash will be removed and the seditionists will be prosecuted."  That incident started a legal and personal nightmare for Barnett, who spent nearly four months behind bars before a federal judge finally released him in April.

Insurrection Obsession.  Okay, let's say out loud what the regime doesn't want said — there was no insurrection.  At least not in Washington, D.C.  Now, in places like Portland and Seattle, there were and are insurrections, actual ongoing occupations of actual territory by actual criminals where the government is expressly told it's not in charge and to stay out.  And, of course, the government tolerates those insurrections.  It does so because the Democrats in charge — this nonsense never happens in Florida with DeSantis in charge — perceives the actual insurrectionists as political allies, so they do nothing.  Some insurrections, it appears, are more insurrectiony than others.  Despite the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth, the fracas on Capitol Hill was barely a brawl — what if they gave an armed insurrection and nobody showed up with arms?  It certainly was not even close in damage, violence, or casualties to the routine BLM/Antifa rioting last year — rioting the Democrats tacitly supported.  But these rioters were not allies of the elite, and the elite felt threatened, and so we're now all supposed to accept — without bursting into laughter — that this was the worst thing in the history of ever.

Brandon Straka Breaks His Silence After Jan. 6th Capitol Arrest In LIVE Podcast.  Conservative hero Brandon Straka was arrested for going inside the Capitol building on January 6th.  He wasn't charged with committing a violent crime, but he was charged with entering the Capitol building.  100 Percent Fed Up reports — Tonight, Straka surprised his fans with an appearance on his Facebook where he discussed his future.  "My case has been extended for another 3 months, so you won't hear from me much for the next 3 months," he told his fans during the LIVE Facebook podcast that lasted for almost 2 hours.  He promised his fans that as soon as his trial is over, he will be back, and "this will be behind us."  Straka used the occasion of his 3-year-Walkaway anniversary to share the good news with his massive fan base in his first live appearance since his arrest.  The #Walkaway founder announced that he's back — and that the Walkaway movement is not going away.

Shut down the Jan. 6 gulag.  If you listen to Democrats and anti-Trump liberal Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Liz Cheney, you'd think that nothing was being done about the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  Never mind the FBI's all-out hunts and raids across 44 states.  Never mind the continued detention of an unknown number of pro-Trump supporters.  Never mind the more than 2,000 criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors against nearly 500 Americans arrested over the past four months.  Nope.  Absolutely nothing is being done, the gaslighters insist, so these partisan opportunists are pushing forward with their witch-hunt commission to uncover the "facts."  Republicans are right to oppose this charade and the continued weaponization of Jan. 6.  It's not about finding the truth.  It's about foisting the same old false narratives about conservatives on the public.  It's about holding every Republican and Trump supporter accountable for the violent or reckless actions of a few.

More than 4 months later, National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol have finally left DC.  Having been stationed in Washington, D.C., for more than four months following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the last remaining National Guard troops officially ended their term on Sunday, the Army reserve component announced in a news release.  "The National Guard's U.S. Capitol security mission to support the U.S. Capitol Police ends May 23," the release stated as the final 2,200 troops exited the nation's capital.  "They've hit that magic date, and they're going home," added retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday [5/23/2021].

Trump's lawyer argues Dem.  Eric Swalwell cannot sue him for inciting an insurrection.  Former President Donald Trump's lawyer argued in a new filing that the speech he delivered on January 6 before the MAGA riot was protected by the First Amendment and he had 'absolute immunity' as president to contest the election.  The claim filed in D.C. District Court was in response to a lawsuit from Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the House's impeachment managers, seeking to hold Trump legally accountable for inciting an insurrection after Democrats were unable to get an impeachment conviction in the U.S. Senate.  Trump's lawyer said that the president's bully pulpit message at the 'Save America' rally was a constitutionally protected presidential act, according to CNN, which first reported on the new filing.

The Capitol 'armed insurrection' narrative is crumbling.  Back in February, I noted here that there were a few differences between these two sets of events.  At the Capitol, we were told that 'domestic extremists' or 'domestic terrorists' at the instigation of Donald Trump 'stormed' the Capitol in what amounted to an 'armed insurrection.'  One trouble with that narrative is that the only arms were deployed by the Capitol police, one of whom shot someone dead.  The victim's name was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed veteran and pro-Trump activist who was trying to climb through a window.  The role of the Capitol police that day is curious.  At first, they went along with — indeed, they assiduously circulated — the baseless rumor that one of their number, Brian Sicknick, had been brutally beaten to death with a fire extinguisher by a crazed Trump partisan.  That story was as eagerly seized upon by the media, just as were the phantasmagoric stories about Brett Kavanaugh's teenage sexual exploits or the Covington Kid's rudeness to an Indian elder.  It turned out that Sicknick died of 'natural causes', a fact that even the New York Times eventually admitted after their original story had done its damage to Trump and anyone who supported him.

Authorities Seize $90,000 from 'Journalist' Paid by CNN, Allege He Actually Encouraged and Emboldened Rioters.  A man who painted himself as an innocent, independent journalist when he captured the most violent scenes amid the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building has been hit with additional charges and seen $90,000 in assets seized for selling his footage to media outlets.  John Earle Sullivan claimed to have entered the Capitol with the intention of recording the rioters, yet quickly gained notoriety in the days that followed for his history of far-left, anti-police activism that included charges of rioting, threats of violence, and criminal mischief in his home state of Utah.  According to the original criminal affidavit when he was first arrested in January on charges of unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, and attempted obstruction of law enforcement, Sullivan began the day on Jan. 6 with the apparent intention of burning down the Capitol Building and ripping then-President Donald Trump out of office (or something to that effect).

Black Lives Matter Supporter at Capitol Breach Said He 'Brought My Megaphone to Instigate' Trump Supporters:  DOJ.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed new charges against reported Black Lives Matter activist John Sullivan for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, saying that Sullivan allegedly told others later that he brought along a megaphone to incite riots inside the building.  According to court documents filed last week by federal prosecutors, Sullivan, of Utah, is facing new weapons charges.  Sullivan, in statements online and in reports, said he attended a number of Black Lives Matter protests last year, posted numerous anti-police and anti-Trump statements, and also allegedly posted support on Twitter for armed revolution.  After leaving the Capitol on Jan. 6, Sullivan was seen, according to federal prosecutors, telling a witness that he "brought my megaphone to instigate [expletive]" and wanted to "make these Trump supporters [expletive] all this [expletive] up" inside the Capitol building.

Welcome To Joe Biden's Police State.  The Biden administration is using the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol building as a pretext for a domestic spying campaign that will supposedly target "violent extremists" but is more accurately described as the beginnings of a Biden police state.  Last week, we learned that the Defense Department plans to monitor service members' social media posts for "concerning behaviors."  According to The Intercept, which broke this story, the plan is to enlist a private firm to do the spying, so as to avoid nasty entanglements with the First Amendment.  The Intercept reports that:  ["]An extremism steering committee led by Bishop Garrison, a senior adviser to the secretary of defense, is currently designing the social media screening pilot program, which will 'continuously' monitor military personnel for 'concerning behaviors.'["]  This isn't the only such incident.  Earlier this month, CNN reported that the Biden administration "is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government's ability to gather intelligence but could draw criticism over surveillance of US citizens."

Biden administration to release Gitmo terrorist detainees but not January 6 trespassers.  The Biden administration is set to release three terrorists from the U.S.'s Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  Saifullah Paracha, a former Al Qaeda bagman and terror plotter who met with Usama bin Laden in the fall of 2000, is one of the three to be released.  Paracha also offered up his textile company for Al Qaeda's use.  He suggested that AL Qaeda might use his company's containers to bring chemical agents like sarin gas — and other weapons of mass destruction — into the United States.  Uthman Abdul al-Rahim, from Yemen, is another GITMO detainee to be set free.  He was a guard for Usama bin Laden and was part of the "55th Arab Brigade" at Tora Bora.  Al-Rahim's brother is a member of Al Qaeda, and some of his buddies were responsible for the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in October of 2000.

Time to Confront the U.S. Capitol Police About Its January 6 Lies.  The body of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick wasn't even cold before his employer leveraged his untimely death to stoke more outrage about the events in the nation's capital on January 6.  "At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening ... United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty," read a press release issued January 7.  "Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots [and] was injured while physically engaging with protesters.  He returned to his division office and collapsed.  He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners."  The agency intentionally included the word "homicide" to suggest Sicknick was killed by homicidal Trump supporters. [...] We now know that gruesome account was completely fabricated.  Can anyone doubt, given their flagrant partisanship in the wake of the Capitol protest, the U.S. Capitol Police planted the now-retracted fire extinguisher story?

US Capitol Doors on Jan. 6 Were Magnetically Locked — Someone Inside Capitol Security Had to Release the Lock to Open the Doors.  Last week a member of the Oath Keepers called The Gateway Pundit to tell us his story of the January 6th protests and riot.  He is living in fear since the Jan. 6 protests at the US Capitol and wanted to get his story out.  The Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic."  What he told us is truly shocking and has not been reported by the mainstream fake-news media.  This man wanted to remain anonymous.  We spoke with Attorney Kellye Sorell about his story.  He believes the government is planning to arrest him.

Feet-of-Clay Icons.  The Pentagon seems to have lost its way.  It has transmogrified into a cultural engine of change from a defensive force devoted to battlefield supremacy.  The Defense Department is chasing its tail, supposedly on the scent of white supremacists of the armed insurrectionist sort who stormed the Capitol.  The only problem is that none of the rioters now sitting in jail without bail and in solitary confinement have even been charged with insurrectionary crimes, treason, or conspiracies.  None used arms.  None even possessed them inside the Capitol.  None killed any law enforcement officer, contrary to what we were told.  So far, no architects of the supposed insurrection — most likely a spontaneous riot of ragtag misfits — have been arrested.  Four of the five who died were protesters.  None died violently at the hand of another — except an unarmed military veteran who was shot entering a window by an officer, whose name, age, and race remain concealed, as does most of the video evidence of the Capitol melee itself.  Thousands of hours of Capitol videos of the entire mess have not been released.  In other words, a woke military is pursuing an ideological witch hunt of its own based on the myth of an epidemic of armed insurrectionists in its ranks.

Team Biden keeps hyping a basically phony 'domestic violent extremism' threat.  With illegal migrants crossing the southern border by the hundreds of thousands and setting new records by the month, the Department of Homeland Security's top priority — somehow — is "domestic violent extremism," and it doesn't even mean Antifa. [...] Yes, the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was awful, but that collection of crackpots is no serious national-security threat or there'd have been some sign of more such trouble in the months since. [...] As soon as the CDC relaxed its guidance for the vaccinated, DHS announced:  "Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets after previous public capacity limits reduced opportunities for lethal attacks," adding that the violent, fueled by "false narratives," are "likely to exploit Constitutionally-protected freedom of speech activity."

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Oh, I see.  Violent extremists were going to unleash domestic terrorism upon us all, but they were waiting until the face mask requirements were relaxed.  Ri-i-i-ight.

The curious case of the BLM-loving Capitol riot provocateur who was paid $35k each by CNN and NBC.  Well, this isn't going to help the corporate media narrative that "insurrectionists" inspired by President Trump's rhetoric tried to overthrow democracy at the Capitol.  Yesterday [5/23/2021] on ABC's This Week, George Will said, "I would like to see January 6th as burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11," and I don't think he meant as an example of agents provocateurs creating false flag incidents to discredit their political rivals.  But thanks to a court filing that has escaped corporate media notice, we now know that the Justice Department has seized over $60,000 from the bank accounts of John Earle Sullivan, who sold video he took of activities that day, including of the murder of Ashli Babbitt, under the theory that it was the fruit of a criminal act.

Keywords:  Poorly-informed, nitwit, propagandist, unprepared, incompetent.
Jen Psaki says Biden 'obviously' believes 'a number of officers' lost their lives on Jan. 6 — real number is zero.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to admit late last week that, contrary to what actually happened, as far as President Joe Biden is concerned a "number" of U.S. Capitol Police officers died on the day of the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.  She offered the unusual admission after being asked by CNN's Kaitlan Collins to remark on an emotional letter recently written to all members of the U.S. government by a Capitol police officer who'd been injured during the riot.  "I'm happy to check on the status of the letter.  Obviously, the president's view is that there are a number of officers who lost their lives, paid a tremendous sacrifice on a day that will be a stain on our democracy for many years to come," Psaki responded.  "And certainly many who survived.  This will be a long lasting trauma.  I'd have to check on the letter and the status of that," she added.  [Video clip]

An Update on BLM Activist Who Tried to Profit off Filming Shooting of Ashli Babbitt.  As we previously reported, John Sullivan organized BLM protests in Utah and has been involved in BLM actions in Washington, D.C. Sullivan also ran a leftist group called Insurgence which talked about revolution and had a website that sold black bloc gear.  But, he was also involved in actions at the Capitol riot.  Sullivan recorded footage at the Capitol including the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol Police officer.  He claimed that he was an independent journalist covering the action, but prosecutors didn't believe that, saying video showed him saying things like, "Let's go.  This [...] is ours!" and "Let's burn this [...] down."

The Biden administration is still lying about January 6.  We're slowly getting more information about events on January 6 at the Capitol.  Every new bit of information shows that what happened pretty much falls within the parameters of anything Code Pink or Antifa have done on or to federal property, although with significantly less violence than Antifa uses.  Nevertheless, Democrats continue to claim that January 6 was an insurrection that rivaled the entire Civil War in intensity.  The latest claim comes from Biden's White House, where his Press Secretary asserts that several police officers died on January 6.

The Left Is Obsessed with January 6.  On January 6, 2021, a massive outpouring of supporters of President Donald Trump descended on Washington D.C. for a rally.  The president invited his supporters to "peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard" at the U.S. Capitol.  It did not matter that he did not call for violence, Congress impeached him anyway.  The crowd's mission was not to burn down the U.S. Capitol or harm members of Congress.  For the overwhelming majority of those in attendance, their goal was not to commit violence, but to persuade either Vice President Mike Pence or a majority of the members of Congress to oppose the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results.  Instead of the day being focused on claims of voter fraud and election irregularities, the entire media narrative turned into the "attack on the U.S. Capitol."

'The American Public Deserves to Know' About Ashli Babbitt's Death:  National Police Association Spokesperson.  Terrell Roberts, an attorney for the Babbitt family, told The Epoch Times that the decision was "baffling, given the circumstances that it's a clear case of shooting an unarmed person without any legal justification."  Mark Schamel, a lawyer representing the officer, told The Epoch Times via email that the officer "had to resort to deadly force" and that his actions "stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse."  Babbitt was with a group that entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6.  A witness to the event said that police were asking people to get back and out of the way from a door that had its windows smashed.  Babbitt did not heed the call and as she tried to climb through, an African-American police officer wearing a suit fatally shot her in the neck area.  There is no indication that Babbitt was armed and her family's attorney has said she was not.  Smith, the National Police Association spokesperson, said she was also disturbed by "the complete lack of curiosity by the legacy media."

What Happened to Officer Brian Sicknick?  The claim is so pervasive as not to be questioned:  Five people died as a result of the January 6 "insurrection" at the Capitol building, killed by blood-thirsty Trump voters at the president's behest, out for revenge over a stolen election.  Even though only one death — the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a still-unidentified police officer — is provable by video evidence, the other fatalities nonetheless are accepted as an article of faith to stoke public outrage about what happened that day.  The most tragic death, the media and lawmakers lament, is that of United States Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.

No Evidence Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was Murdered.  Facts are starting to seep out about Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick's death.  There has been an intense push by the Media, the Left and most of the ruling class to cement into the public's mind the narrative he was murdered by Trump supporters.  The cause of death is unknown.  There is no evidence officer Sicknick was struck by a fire extinguisher.  There does not appear to be any evidence he suffered from blunt force trauma.  All that is actually known is he died after going back to the office, from what appears to be a stroke resulting from a blood clot.  Brian Sicknick was a Trump supporter.  Here are two sources attempting to report facts instead of the narrative being pushed by the ruling class and the left to smear Trump supporters. [...]

Who shot Ashli Babbitt?  America knew, within a couple of hours, the names of Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Marc Chapman, Shirhan Shirhan, James Earl Ray, and James Hodgkinson.  (Or did you already forget that James Hodgkinson shot House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and three others on a softball field, in an attempted mass assassination of members of the House GOP caucus?)  But after searching the Internet for a few hours, there only remain questions, and no answers about Ashli's shooting.  My only assumption can be that the hard facts concerning the shooting are so egregious, and so threatening to the incoming Democratic Congress and new Biden Administration that the American people are once again being treated as mushrooms; we are kept in dark and fed piles of stinking manure.  Here are few questions a lot of Americans would like answered.
  •   What is the name of the federal employee that pulled the trigger and shot an unarmed American civilian?
  •   What federal agency did the trigger-puller work for?  Many allegations from both the left and right say the trigger-puller was US Secret Service, not Congressional Police.  We just don't know.
  •   Has there been a preliminary investigation by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (who serves as DA for the District), the Capitol Police, or the FBI?  What are the results?
  •   Is the trigger-puller back on full time duty?  Did he or she make a taped statement the day of the shooting?  Who was in the room during the statement?  Who has custody of the statement?
  •   Was there an autopsy performed on Ashli Babbitt?  Who performed the autopsy?  When will the finding be released?
  •   Was the crime scene sealed and the physical evidence catalogued?
  •   What agency processed the crime scene?  FBI, Capitol Police, or DC police?
  •   Most witnesses indicated that the bullet was a "through and through" and exited her body.  Has the bullet been recovered?
  •   What was the caliber of bullet?
  •   Has the spent shell casing been recovered?
  •   Has the trigger puller's weapon been tested against the recovered bullet?
Ten of millions of Americans have hundreds of questions about the most watched political shooting of the twenty-first century.  Not surprisingly, the American mainstream media remains irrationally incurious.  After all, what loyal lapdog would bite the hand that feeds it?

Capitol Police officer who shot dead rioter Ashli Babbitt should not be charged, say investigators.  The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 insurrection should not be prosecuted, an initial police investigation has concluded.  Babbitt, 35, was killed as she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, after breaking into the federal building with a mob of pro-Trump rioters.  On Monday night [2/1/2021] sources told The Wall Street Journal that the unnamed Capitol lieutenant had been cleared by an internal investigation.

Sen. Johnson: vast majority of people on January 6th [were] peacefully protesting, in jovial mood.  Sen. Ron Johnson suggests that the vast majority of people who were at the Capitol on January 6 were peacefully protesting and in a "jovial mood."  Back in March Johnson also said he didn't feel threatened by the protesters, but he would have if BLM or Antifa was involved, per report on ABC: [...]

We Don't Need a Commission to Investigate the Capitol Riot.  Why do we need a commission for this?  That's one of the questions Rich Lowry and I batted around on The McCarthy Report podcast a couple of Fridays ago.  We happened to be recording just as news broke that House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), and ranking member John Katko (R., N.Y.), had reached an agreement to create a special bipartisan commission to examine the Capitol riot.  We should not be astonished that this agreement proved fleeting.  Congressman Katko is a moderate who voted to impeach President Trump after the latter's instigation of the rally that devolved into an uprising, which the media-Democrat complex monotonously brands as an "insurrection" (though when even worse mayhem is perpetrated by leftists, it is branded "mostly peaceful protest" by the same partisans).

Marco Rubio Announces Opposition to January 6 Commission: 'This Is a Partisan Joke'.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Friday that he intends to vote no on the partisan January 6 commission, saying it is "designed to be used as partisan political weapon."  "Last night I read the bill creating a January 6th commission," Rubio wrote in a tweet, which included a video message from the Florida senator.  "It isn't designed to produce a serious inquiry; it's designed to be used as partisan political weapon.  I am a no."

Jan. 6 Commission Will Be DOA in Senate.  On Wednesday [5/19/2021], the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing a probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  All too predictably, the "National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act" (HR 3233) would be neither bipartisan nor independent.  The Democratic chairperson of the commission would enjoy unilateral power to appoint staff and set the investigation's parameters without meaningful consultation with the Republican co-chair.  Even worse, the "compromise" that created HR 3233 was cobbled together by Reps.  Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), both of whom already voted in January to impeach then-President Trump for inciting "insurrection."  Inevitably, the purpose of the commission is less about conducting a legitimate inquiry into the riot than pursuing a political vendetta against Trump.

Senate Republican Opposition Grows Over January 6 Commission As Democrats Peddle To Distract From Unpopular Agenda.  Many Senate Republicans oppose the partisan January 6 Commission which serves the Democrat's agenda by deflecting from their unpopular policies.  "I don't think there will be 10 votes on our side for it," Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said of the legislation which passed the House with 35 Republican votes.  "At this stage, I'd be surprised if you're gonna get even a handful."

Historian Doug Wead Goes Off on Democrats Over Jan. 6 Lies.  Doug Wead is a historian, New York Times bestselling author, and advisor to two American presidents.  On Friday [5/21/2020] Doug Wead joined author and presidential historian Craig Shirley on Greg Kelly Tonight to discuss the Democrats' latest attempts to rewrite history with their dishonest talking points on the January 6 protest and riot at the US Capitol.  Democrats and their fake news cohorts are labeling the Jan 6 protests where three Trump supporters died and another was shot dead as the worst attack on the US Capitol since the War of 1812.  This is of course a complete lie.

Democrats Approve $1.9 Billion To Fund Domestic Extremist Narrative and Expand Capitol Hill Security.  Earlier today [5/20/2021] Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats passed a $1.9 billion funding bill to support their 2022 reelection effort.  The funds will be used to cement the 2022 "right-wing extremist" and "domestic terrorist" narrative as part of the January 6th Commission scheme to paint any opposition as a threat to the government.  The bill barely passed with a 213-212 vote.  Interestingly, the same republican useful idiots that voted to support Pelosi's plan yesterday — voted against funding it today.

The January 6 Commission Is All About Revenge.  The January 6 commission, if passed, would be yet another extension of Crossfire Hurricane, the illicit probe launched by the FBI in 2016 in an effort to destroy one of Barack Obama's most despised political enemies.  One special counsel investigation, numerous congressional and senate inquisitions, and two impeachment trials later, the Left's insatiable lust to take down Donald Trump remains unsatisfied.  But now, rather than just targeting the president and his family, millions of Americans must be punished for defying the ruling regime — which only partially includes the federal agencies, political leaders of both parties, the news media, and Big Tech.  This dangerous crusade is accelerating at an alarming pace at the highest levels of government; apparently, it is of no concern to nearly three dozen Republican members of Congress who are helping Joe Biden and the Democrats exact their revenge on Trump supporters.

Regime vs.  Regime.  The attempt of America's ruling class to convict 455 persons of "armed insurrection" — i.e. of waging war against the United States, a species of treason — for protesting insufficient scrutiny of the 2020 election on January 6 in the Capitol, while at the same time it excuses and even cheers the burning and looting of courthouses, police stations, and downtowns all over America, is not the exercise of a "double standard."  The people in and out of government who do this are not corrupt.  Instead, acting as part of the regime — the oligarchy — they are replacing the American republic and waging war to crush its remains.  The sooner Americans realize that we are being governed by people at war with our Constitution and contemptuous of ourselves, the sooner those people may be treated as the enemies they are.

House passes $1.9 billion Capitol security measure creating permanent National Guard force.  The House on Thursday narrowly passed a nearly $2 billion spending package to bolster security in the Capitol in the wake of the destructive and deadly Jan. 6 riot.  Most Republicans opposed the measure, which passed 213-212, with three Democratic members voting "present" and three opposing the bill.  GOP lawmakers cited duplicative spending and objected to a provision that adds the National Guard to the Capitol security force.  It passed a day after Democrats and 35 Republicans voted to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot.

Susan Collins says she won't vote for January 6 commission without changes.  Opposing the commission, which is the closest we might get to a truly bipartisan account of the insurrection, is the wrong thing for the country but the right thing for the party.  So naturally Senate Republicans seem increasingly determined to oppose it, notwithstanding the surprising mini-revolt yesterday by the House GOP.  Any attempt to beat a filibuster and pass the House bill to create a commission begins with the seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in February, but two of those seven sound like they're voting no — and one of them might be unmovable.  Susan Collins is movable in theory, if Democrats are willing to tweak the legislation.

Jen Psaki claims 'a number of officers' died the day of the Capitol riot.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Thursday there were "a number of officers" who died the day of the Capitol riot, despite a D.C. medical examiner's office determining that officer Brian Sicknick died the day after as a result of a stroke.  Psaki made the comments during a White House press conference when she was asked about an open letter by Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone earlier this month, in which he discussed the "physical injuries" and "psychological trauma" suffered by officers that day and asked elected leaders to "recognize" fully the actions of officers who responded to the riot.  "I'm happy to check on the status of the letter," Psaki said.  "Obviously, the president's view is that there were a number of officers who lost their lives, paid a tremendous sacrifice, on a day that will be a stain on our democracy for many years to come, and certainly, many who survived.  This will be a long-lasting trauma.  I'd have to check on the letter and the status of that."

Jen Psaki Makes False Claim About Capitol Riots and the Gaslighting Needs to Stop.  For all the bloviating and posturing from Democrats and the mainstream media about how Republicans are supposedly revising the history of the Capitol riots, very few of these same people hold themselves to the standards they demand of their political opposition when either reporting on or discussing what happened that day.  One falsehood, in particular, has persisted, and that is the one where rioters are accused of "murdering" multiple Capitol Police officers.  While it's true that early on, those investigating the attack were operating off the premise that the late Officer Brian Sicknick was killed as he tried to defend the Capitol building, D.C. chief medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz ruled in mid-April that Sicknick "suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection."

Trump: 35 House Republicans Who Voted for Jan. 6 Commission Are 'Wayward,' 'Can't Help Themselves'.  Former President Donald Trump said that the 35 Republican House members who voted with Democrats in approving a Jan. 6 Capitol commission bill "can't help themselves."  In a statement on Thursday [5/20/2021], the former president argued that while the GOP has superior policies to Democrats, the Democrats "stick together" and "Republicans don't."  Because of this, Trump said, Republicans in Congress are perceived by voters as "being ineffective and weak."  Trump made reference to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who was ousted from her House Republican Chair position during a vote last week.  Sasse and Romney — both frequent critics of Trump — voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial, while Cheney voted to impeach him.

What Trump Meant to Millions.  I loved President Trump because he stood up for the ordinary people of America, those who for so long had been kept in cultural servitude by the political elite.  Trump endowed ordinary Americans with a sense of possibilities by returning manufacturing jobs to America, restoring our sovereignty as a nation free of global institutions, and, above all, ending the atmosphere of political correctness that had choked free expression for decades.  Then, when the elite saw everyday Americans rising above their station, it decided to put them back in their servitude by depriving Trump of a second term, by whatever means necessary.  Now the high-paying jobs are disappearing, we are bowing to the UN, IPCC, and WHO once again, and every word that comes out of the White House has to do with "social and racial justice."  The Capitol riot of Jan. 6 gave them an excuse, and now ordinary Americans are back on the cultural plantation.

Dems Spread 'Capitol Police Statement' Before Vote on 1/6 Commission but There Was One Big Problem.  Democrats were trying to push through the vote on a "Jan. 6 Commission" today in the House.  They succeeded, with 35 Republicans crossing over to vote in favor of it, not seeming to care that it's going to be a "bash Republicans" effort, rather than any sort of real investigation.  There are already multiple investigations going on, so there wasn't any need for an additional.  This is simply an opportunity for Democrats to bash Republicans.

Marjorie Taylor Greene slams '9/11-style commission' as a 'ruse to smear Trump'.  Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday night [5/19/2021] described a 9/11-style commission to look into the Capitol insurrection as an attempt to 'smear President Trump and his supporters' — following her party's leaders in opposing the inquiry.  Thirty-five House Republicans defied party leadership and Donald Trump to vote in favor of setting up the commission.  The group of rebels including Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and the eight other GOP members who voted to impeach Trump sided with all Democrats.  They did so despite calls from Kevin McCarthy to block the probe, arguing it is political and ignores other violence such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.  Taylor Greene followed McCarthy's lead and denounced the commission.  'The January 6th Commission will be used to smear President Trump and his supporters for the next few years and cover up the real damage to the American people:  Democrat policies,' she tweeted.

House passes bill to create commission to investigate Capitol riot, with 35 Republicans joining Dems.  The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening to set up a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, with dozens of Republicans breaking with their leadership by voting in favor of the measure.  In a 252 to 175 vote, the Democrat-controlled House passed the bill, with 35 GOP members voting "yes" despite Republican leadership urging them to vote against it, CNN reported.  No Democrats voted against it.  All ten of the Republicans who voted for impeaching former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the riot voted in favor of setting up the commission, and they were joined by another 25 GOP members — 14 of whom are members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, according to CBS News.

Republicans Should Demand Any Jan 6 Commission Also Investigate May 31.  When the horse is dead, you should probably stop beating it.  Jan 6 has been dead for a while.  It paid off for a few months, but as we head toward June, House Democrats and their media still keep talking about some sort of bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol Riot.  If the Democrats want an investigation so badly, then they can include the May 31 protest.  Or is an attack on the White House by Black Lives Matter somehow not serious enough to merit an investigation?  Democrats decided that it was okay to riot, to smash and burn government property, until they briefly decided on Jan 6 that fighting with police officers was a horrifying crime, before once again deciding that it was a truly wonderful form of protest.  A very basic question, one which Republicans have failed to ask, would be, "Which is it?"

Shawshank for January 6 Detainees.  "I've been in solitary confinement for a hundred days now and haven't been convicted of any crime with no end in sight."  That was part of a lengthy message Jacob Lang sent to his father, Ned, the last week of April.  Jacob was arrested on January 16 in New York and charged with several crimes related to his activity in Washington, D.C. on January 6.  Lang, who turned 25 while incarcerated, is accused of assaulting police officers using a dangerous or deadly weapon.  The government's evidence against him appears to be strong.  He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.  But Lang and dozens of January 6 defendants already have been convicted by Joe Biden's Justice Department and sentenced by federal judges — presumed guilty until proven innocent — awaiting trials that won't begin for months.  It's all part of what Attorney General Merrick Garland promised is his "top priority" — the sprawling investigation into the alleged insurrection — and what another top prosecutor boasted is the "shock and awe" campaign to punish Americans protesting the results of the 2020 presidential election.

President Trump Calls the January 6th Commission "A Trap", Which it is.
  •   The executive branch, DOJ and FBI, have accused Capitol Hill protestors of mounting an "insurrection" for which they have no evidence.
  •   The judicial branch, activist left-wing judges, are holding those people accused of "insurrection" and many other cited misdemeanor offenses without bail in order to maintain the fraudulent premise.
  •   The legislative branch is planning to conduct a January 6th investigative commission later this summer & fall timed with the DOJ trials of the accused, in part of their mid-term election effort.

Mitch McConnell Opposes Current January 6 Commission Legislation.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not support the current legislation to form the January 6 commission, according to two sources who told Axios.  According to Axios, the two sources were a part of the Republicans' closed-door caucus lunch Tuesday where the minority leader told his Senate colleagues.  McConnell, according to Axios's sources, said something like:  "There's 41 of us who could change this, and I think we should."  After McConnell finished speaking, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) reportedly also stood up and questioned parts of the deal, according to the report.

Trump implores GOP to vote against proposed Jan. 6 riot commission.  President Trump urged Congressional Republicans late Tuesday to vote against legislation that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, calling it "more partisan unfairness" by Democrats.  "[U]nless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately," Trump said in a statement.  "Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left.  "Hopefully, [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell and [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy are listening!" the former president concluded.

America's Political Prisoners.  [Scroll down]  Likewise, the Capitol Police is not really a police force.  It's a personal security guard for the Emirs of Incumbistan.  That's why they're exempted from the freedom-of-information laws that apply to real constabularies:  If Ashli Babbitt had been shot dead by an officer of the Dead Moose Junction Municipal Police Department, you'd know his name; but she was shot instead by a member of the Congressional Praetorian Guard, and thus you have no right in law to know his name.  This is yet another example of the political class opting out of the legal regime they impose on everybody else.  The biggest lie of January 6th was that the "rioters" were somehow responsible for multiple deaths that day.  Very belatedly, the DC coroner confirmed that, aside from Ashli Babbitt, everybody dead had died of natural causes — including Officer Sicknick, whom most Americans still believe was murdered by Trump supporters bludgeoning him with a non-existent fire extinguisher.  The Capitol Police, in both their formal statements and their leaks to media chums, helped advance that lie.  Have they played similarly fast and loose with other aspects of the "investigation"?

Kevin McCarthy to Oppose Bipartisan Legislation to Form January 6 Commission.  House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced on Tuesday that he will not support the bipartisan legislation to create a commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol.  Republican Rep. John Katko (R-NY) negotiated a deal with Democrat leadership, but McCarthy said that the legislation was formed through a "shortsighted scope."  "For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol... Republican requests for fair representation and an unbiased premise from which to begin such an investigation were always understood to be the starting point for bipartisan negotiations, not the end result.  Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker's shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation," he said.

Anti-Trump Leader of Group Who Marched With BLM, Claims Group Helped Storm the Capitol.  I've written about the involvement of folks in addition to Trump supporters in the actions that occurred January 6 at the United States Capitol.  We've heard a lot about John Sullivan, the left wing activist who had been involved in organizing BLM protests in Utah and was heard at a D.C. protest in August calling for President Donald Trump to be ripped out the White House.  He was right at the door to the House chamber when Ashli Babbitt was shot and filmed the incident.  He was later arrested and police alleged he was involved in inciting action that day that could be heard on video.

Left-Wing 'Known Agitator' Charged For Alleged Role In Capitol Breach.  A left-wing "known agitator" from Utah was charged Thursday for his alleged participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol last week.  John Earle Sullivan has been charged with entering a restricted building or grounds, "civil disorders," and violent entry or disorderly conduct, reported to KUTV 2 News.  The Daily Caller News Foundation's Chuck Ross noted that Sullivan appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" following the breach, claiming he witnessed the fatal shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol Police officer.  He also appeared alongside MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ross noted.  "Left wing activist John Sullivan charged in Capitol riots.  He was filming as Ashli [Babbitt] was shot in the Capitol.  Was interviewed by Chris Hayes and Anderson Cooper," Ross posted to Twitter on Thursday evening.

I Saw Provocateurs at the Capitol Riot On Jan. 6.  Before it began, I saw from my vantage point on the West Front of the Capitol what appeared to be four separate cells or units:
  [#1]   Plainclothes militants.  Militant, aggressive men in Donald Trump and MAGA gear at a front police line at the base of the temporary presidential inaugural platform;
  [#2]   Agents-provocateurs.  Scattered groups of men exhorting the marchers to gather closely and tightly toward the center of the outside of the Capitol building and prevent them from leaving;
  [#3]   Fake Trump protesters.  A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators; and
  [#4]   Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers.  A column of organized, disciplined men, wearing similar but not identical camouflage uniforms and black gear, some with helmets and GoPro cameras or wearing subdued Punisher skull patches.
All of these cells or groups stood out from the very large crowd by their behavior and overall demeanor.  However, they did not all appear at the same time.  Not until the very end did it appear there was a prearranged plan to storm the Capitol building, and to manipulate the unsuspecting crowd as cover and as a follow-on force.

Video Allegedly Shows One Of The Main Provocateurs Involved In Babbitt's Shooting Going Behind A Squad Of Police On The Stairs Change His Clothes And Disappear.  FBI placed a warning of "armed protests" being planned at all 50 state capitols and Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.  Security has been stepped up in Washington following last week's violent riot at the U.S Capitol where a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the building to prevent Congress from certifying the election.  Citing "credible threats" against the popular landmark, the National Park Service has shut down the Washington Monument.  However, the riots that happened on Jan. 6 are still causing concerns about the safety of the capitol as well as accusations by some GOP members that wasn't only Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol.

Known Antifa Member Admits they were Paid to Infiltrate Trump Protests in DC, Wants his Money!  There [has] been a massive amount of Antifa, Homeless, regular citizens, etc., that have admitted they were bused in and paid to cause havoc at Trump rallies.  The media doesn't want you to know that this is happening like it did throughout the worlds "Color Revolutions".  [Video clip]

Two known Antifa members posed as pro-Trump to infiltrate Capitol riot: sources.  At least two known Antifa members were spotted among the throngs of pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol on Wednesday [1/6/2021], a law enforcement source told The [New York] Post.  The Antifa members disguised themselves with pro-Trump clothing to join in the DC rioting, said the sources, who spotted the infiltrators while monitoring video coverage from the Capitol.  The infiltrators were recognized due to their participation in New York City demonstrations, and were believed to have joined in the rioting so that Trump would get blamed, the source said.

10 Times Democrats Urged Violence Against Trump And His Supporters.  While Democratic politicians and the corporate media blamed President Donald Trump for the mob riot at the Capitol on Wednesday [1/6/2021], saying his rhetoric incited violence, many of these same lawmakers and bureaucrats have for years called for violence and physical action against those who believe differently than they do.  "Hate to break it to you but if Trump had won, there would have been violence on Wednesday, and it most certainly would have been worse.  How do I know?  Because Democrats have been endorsing violence as a political tactic throughout the Trump Administration," wrote Grabien founder Tom Elliott on Twitter.  In an extensive thread, Elliott outlined many examples of Democratic politicians and other leftists advocating for violence as a response to conservatives.  In 2018, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California said on MSNBC that if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, there would be "widespread civil unrest" as people would "take to the streets."

Ashamed of What?  People ask me if I feel "ashamed" about what Miranda Devine describes as "the clueless insurrection" in the Capitol on Wednesday.  My response?  I am about as ashamed as Joe Biden, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Juan Williams of Fox News were about the riots and shootings that the Democratic Party subsidized and even justified last summer.  Unlike those violent riots, which the Democrats and national media attributed to white racism, and which came from Democratic voters, the turmoil in the Capitol on Wednesday did not result in burning and looting.  There were no white or black policemen shot and the only shooting victim (which the media don't seem to care about since white Republican lives don't matter) was a female protestor, Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, by a Capitol police officer.

The Capitol:  So Much Susupicious Evidence.  In the now-famous picture of seven guys scaling the wall to the Capitol Building, one can see people already at the precipice.  Those are the ones who walked up the stairs (just outside the frame) when the entirely inadequate security melted away.  Wow, it is almost as if it is a staged photo reminiscent of the dozen versions of the Russians raising the flag over the Reichstag in 1945 or Pelosi's garage.  Me?  I would have taken the stairs, but then I would not have been wearing a headscarf and a backpack with a tool dangling from my belt as three of the four nearest the top were begging for the director to yell, "Cut!" [...] False flag?  Hitler put less effort into setting up Poland with Operation Himmler at the inception of WWII, the "big one" (as Archie Bunker used to say).  No security and no weapons — what a surprise.  It's almost as if they wanted this.  Yet they still managed to kill a woman by shooting through a door.  Deadly force is allowed only when you fear for your life or the lives of others.  From multiple videos, one can see that what Ashli Babbitt was doing had not yet met that threshold.

The breach of the Capitol was an obvious set-up.  What happened at the Capitol building on Wednesday [1/6/2021] obviously was a stratagem to destroy the President's popularity and support and overshadow the challenges to the Electoral College vote, to my eyes.  The building was breached at the beginning of that process and, of course, riveted the media news feeds.  Members of Congress were evacuated with hoods over their heads as if they were in grave danger.  As a group of protesters approached the building, a policeman removed the barricade and appeared to invite them in.  That group entered the rotunda peacefully and stayed behind the rope line.  Those who observed this noted that there were several instigators embedded among the crowd.  They were using bullhorns to agitate and move people.  A couple of them set off flash bangs.  We now know that several known Antifa activists were among the agitators.  As they broke windows, Trump supporters tried to stop them.  But the distraction worked, frightened the pathetically spineless Republicans who were set to challenge the stolen election.  They quickly capitulated and Biden was certified.  The Republicans, even the ones we thought had grit, got rolled.

Left-wing Activist Encouraged Intruders Inside Capitol, Urged Police to Leave Post.  John Sullivan, videographer and founder of "a group for racial justice and police reform," posted a video on YouTube on Jan. 7 that shows him entering the Capitol building in Washington with a group of Trump supporters and possibly others on the previous day.  He's heard on video encouraging others and convincing Capitol police to let the trespassers through at several impasses.  The video also reveals further details about the situation that led to the death of Ashley Babbitt, an Air Force veteran shot inside the building by Capitol Police.  Sullivan is known for taking part in protests and riots connected with the Black Lives Matter movement, which was founded by Marxist organizers.  In July, he was arrested in Utah for alleged rioting, making a threat of violence, and criminal mischief due to his part in a protest that resulted in the shooting of a motorist.

Reporter Who Followed the Mob Into the Capitol Shares What He Saw.  Julio Rosas, a senior writer for Townhall, was at the Capitol on Wednesday when violence broke out as supporters of President Donald Trump forced their way into the building.  Rosas, who has spent the past several months reporting on riots across America, followed the mob inside the Capitol to capture the situation on video.  He joins the show today to explain what it was like to be in the middle of the chaos.  [Podcast]

Left-Wing Activist Encouraged Intruders Inside Capitol, Urged Police to Leave Post.  John Sullivan, videographer and founder of "a group for racial justice and police reform," posted a video on YouTube on Jan. 7 that shows him entering the Capitol building in Washington with a group of Trump supporters and possibly others on the previous day.  He's heard on video encouraging others and convincing Capitol police to let the trespassers through at several impasses.  The video also reveals further details about the situation that led to the death of Ashley Babbitt, an Air Force veteran shot inside the building by Capitol Police.  Sullivan is known for taking part in protests and riots connected with the Black Lives Matter movement, which was founded by Marxist organizers.  In July, he was arrested in Utah for alleged rioting, making a threat of violence, and criminal mischief due to his part in a protest that resulted in the shooting of a motorist.  "As a protest organizer, John Sullivan is heard talking about seeing the shooting, looking at the gun, and seeing smoke coming from it.  John did not condemn the attempted murder nor attempt to stop it nor aide in its investigation by police," the police affidavit said, Desert News reported.  "An armed revolution is the only way to bring about change effectively," he said in a Dec. 28 tweet.

Black Lives Matter Activist Took Part in Storming of Capitol.  John Earle Sullivan, who has advocated for an armed revolution on social media, was arrested in July 2020 for making a threat of violence and criminal mischief.  He organized a protest with Black Lives Matter activists and members of the far-left Antifa network.  According to the Deseret News, Sullivan damaged vehicles and urged people to block roadways.  Video footage captured him threatening to beat a woman.  Photographs showed Sullivan inside the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.  Sullivan has since given interviews claiming he took part in the illegal breach of the building as part of an effort to understand supporters of President Donald Trump.  "For me, it's important from the group and the people around me to see that side of things, to see the truth," Sullivan told KSL-TV.  "I don't care, like what side you're on, you should just see it raw."  Sullivan has not been charged with unlawful entry or any other charges that police say other people who entered the building face.  His picture is not among those circulated by authorities of persons of interest in the incident.

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Utah Man With a History of Organizing Violent Antifa, BLM Protests, Was Inside the Capitol.  We're beginning to learn more about the individuals who were inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday [1/6/2021].  A young man named John Sullivan was there.  He's from Utah and the founder of "Insurgence USA," which is a group dedicated to "racial justice and police reform."  According to numerous news reports, he has a history of organizing leftist protests and identifies with Black Lives Matter.  Over the summer, Sullivan was arrested after organizing a violent riot in Utah that ended with a shooting.  One of the host groups was the Salt Lake Antifascist [Antifa] Coalition.

BLM activist inside Capitol claims he was 'documenting' riots, once said 'burn it all down'.  An anti-Trump activist who once said he wanted to "rip" the president out of office entered the Capitol Building Wednesday [1/6/2021] alongside a mob of pro-Trump protesters, but he said he was just there to "document" it.  "There's this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case," John Sullivan, the founder of Utah-based Insurgence USA, told Fox News Thursday.  Insurgence USA describes itself as "the revolution."  It began protesting racial injustice in policing last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Far Left Activist John Sullivan from Utah Who Was Arrested for Storming the US Capitol Is Released without Charges.  John Sullivan, a noted leftist leader from Utah, stormed the US Capitol with fellow activists on Wednesday.  John Sullivan is a Black Lives Matter goon from Utah who was flown into DC during the planned "Stop the Steal" rally.  In August John Sullivan threatened to "rip President Trump from the White House" during violence in Washington DC.  Sullivan was flown to DC for the protests. [...] On Friday investigative journalist Millie Weaver ran into John Sullivan in Washington DC.  She overheard him say he was not being charged.

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Antifa Member Who Filmed Shooting of Ashli Babbitt Charged With Rioting in Capitol — Who was He "Inciting"?  An 18-page criminal complaint was filed and signed yesterday by a federal judge in Washington DC, charging John Sullivan with numerous offenses in connection with his actions inside the Capitol on January 6.  Early in the complaint, the FBI Agent who provided the affidavit in support described Sullivan as follows:  ["]11. SULLIVAN... is a resident of Utah.  Based on publicly available information and information provided by SULLIVAN in an interview on January 7, 2021, ... SULLIVAN is the leader of an organization called Insurgence USA through which he organizes protests.["] [...] Who was he inciting?  Sullivan is known by the username "JaydenX" on some social media platforms.  Insurgence USA is an avowedly Antifa organization.

Left-wing activist charged after claiming he was in DC to 'document' riot.  An anti-Trump activist from Utah — who claimed he traveled to Washington, DC, to document the violent siege on Capitol Hill — was arrested Thursday [1/14/2021].  John Sullivan was taken into custody Thursday and faces charges of civil disorder, entering a restricted building and violent entry or disorderly conduct after participating in the violent mob of President Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to court documents filed in federal court.  In the footage he provided to the FBI, Sullivan can be heard saying as rioters climb a wall, "You guys are [...] savage.  Let's go!" prosecutors say.  Once inside the Capitol, he tells the protestors, "We gotta get this [...] burned.  He also says, "it's our house [...]" and "we are getting this [...]" as he roamed the building, according to court papers.  Sullivan can also be heard arguing with cops, telling them, "you are putting yourself in harm's way.  The people have spoken," and "there are too many people, you gotta stand down."

The Viking Guy Who Entered Capitol Is Actor, Took Picture With Pelosi's Son-In-Law.  [Scroll down]  About the Trump Viking, he turns out to be an actor named Jake Angeli from Phoenix, Arizona.  He also attended a Black Lives Matter rally in January of last year. [...] Angeli is not on the wanted FBI list because he was already identified.  Even do the Metropolitan Police on Thursday released photos of members of the violent mob wanted on federal charges after storming the US Capitol building and Jake is on one of the photos as a person of interest.

The Viking Guy Who Entered Capitol Is Actor, Took Picture With Pelosi's Son-In-Law.  [Scroll down]  About the Trump Viking, he turns out to be an actor named Jake Angeli from Phoenix, Arizona.  He also attended a Black Lives Matter rally in January of last year. [...] Angeli is not on the wanted FBI list because he was already identified.  Even do the Metropolitan Police on Thursday released photos of members of the violent mob wanted on federal charges after storming the US Capitol building and Jake is on one of the photos as a person of interest.

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DC police release photos of suspects in US Capitol siege.  Police in Washington, DC, have released dozens of photos of President Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, causing widespread damage and sending the nation's capital into lockdown.  The DC Metropolitan Police Department posted the photos online late Thursday, with images that include a man identified by media as Jake Angeli, a 32-year QAnon loyalist known in right-wing circles as the "Q Shaman."  "We still have a significant amount of work ahead of us to identify and hold each and every one of the violent mob accountable for their actions," DC Police Chief Robert Contee said at a briefing.  "We have collected numerous images of persons of interest that we are asking the community to helps us identify," he said.  "These images depict individuals engaged in various acts of violence or property destruction."  Contee said 68 people have been arrested — only one of them from DC.

The Editor says...
The 7th picture on the top row appears to be a photo of this guy,  And the 7th picture on the second row appears to be a photo of this guy.  I'm glad I could help.

NY Post:  New Info From Law Enforcement Source About Antifa at Capitol Protest.  As we previously reported, the 'horn guy' who infamously made it into the Senate chamber and was featured in many pictures with horns on his head and paint on his face is an actor and a known Trump and Q supporter.  There is a picture of him at a BLM protest, but he was there as a counter-protester holding a Q sign.  The sign was cropped out of the picture that went viral on social media. [...] There was a very identifiable BLM protester there whose common hashtags were BLM and Antifa.  His name is John Sullivan from Utah and he was arrested at a violent BLM protest in July.  He helped organize a protest where a motorist was shot by another BLM person.  He also advocated for ripping the president from the White House.  He was next to the doors, near Ashli Babbitt when she was shot.

Worrisome Signs the Capitol Breach was Planned to Discredit Trump Supporters:  An Eyewitness Account.  Based on what I saw and read, I have no doubt that dozens and possibly even hundreds of Antifa and/or other provocateurs had infiltrated the rally in order to carry out violent acts and suck impressionable Trump supporters into their antics.  None of this violence was justified, but contrast the frustration and conflicted attitude of this Capitol building trespasser with that of the proud of this BLM rioter.  One calls for prayer while the other calls for "reparations."  Some of the more impulsive Trump supporters fell into a trap that served to scapegoat both the Trump administration and the 99.9% of rally participants who neither condoned nor participated in any of the violence.

Doing Better.  Then there was the kerfuffle on Capitol Hill, where Trump stalwart and Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt was gunned down by Capitol cops.  By all accounts, Babbitt was a victim, not a perpetrator.  She should be remembered as an innocent who is casualty of war.  Let's also recall the Boston Massacre was a catalyst for the Revolution.  Since Wednesday, we're gaining insights into the Hill fracas.  It's looking more like a false flag event with each passing hour.  But why should it surprise us that the left would infiltrate provocateurs into MAGA crowds at the Capitol to spark confrontations with police?  That's Brownshirt 101 stuff.  We do know who we're up against, don't we?

Breaching the Capitol:  The Surprise That Was No Surprise.  [Scroll down]  Norms no longer exist.  A judge was killed last year.  Congress members were shot at a baseball game.  Representative Steve Scalise was almost murdered.  BLM and Antifa attacked federal buildings, businesses, and people.  Few have been arrested and held accountable.  Senator Rand Paul was attacked by his next door neighbor.  Senator Josh Hawley's wife and infant child was threatened in Missouri in the middle of the night.  People are yelling at strangers to A) wear a mask and videotaping and harassing them or B) not wear a mask and are videotaping and harassing them.  Young people are attacking children wearing MAGA hats.  The media is defaming teenagers and innocent people.  All rules of civility are gone.

Law Enforcement Draws Criticism After Breach of Capitol Building.  Americans looked on in shock Wednesday [1/6/2021] as a calm protest turned into an angry mob that swarmed past barriers and stormed the Capitol — spraying officers with chemical agents, breaking windows and doors and looting sizable objects — as the Capitol Police struggled to contain the violence and sometimes simply retreated.

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Obviously the crowd was infiltrated with left-wing agitators.  The phrase, "spraying officers with chemical agents" is the giveaway:  Disgruntled right-wing voters would not have made a trip to Washington DC with "chemical agents" in hand, and would never have unleashed bear spray or tear gas on the cops.  That's the M.O. of Antifa.

A pipe bomb was reportedly found at RNC headquarters and destroyed by authorities.  A pipe bomb was found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington, DC, as pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.  Also on Wednesday afternoon, a suspicious package was found at the nearby headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), The Times said.  The explosive device at the RNC was destroyed by a bomb squad, according to The Times, citing an RNC official.  A Democrat told The Times anonymously that the contents of the package had not yet been identified.

Two known Antifa members posed as pro Trump to infiltrate Capitol riot: sources.  At least two known Antifa members were spotted among the throngs of pro-Trump protesters at the Capitol on Wednesday, a law enforcement source told The [New York] Post.  The Antifa members disguised themselves with pro-Trump clothing to join in the DC rioting, said the sources, who spotted the infiltrators while monitoring video coverage from the Capitol.  The infiltrators were recognized due to their participation in New York City demonstrations, and were believed to have joined in the rioting so that Trump would get blamed, the source said.  Two other DC protesters were actually Philadelphia-based Antifa members, the Washington Times reported Wednesday night, citing a retired military officer with access to facial recognition software.

Facial recognition firm claims antifa infiltrated Trump protesters who stormed Capitol.  Trump supporters say that Antifa members disguised as one of them infiltrated the protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday [1/6/2021].  A retired military officer told The Washington Times that the firm XRVision used its software to do facial recognition of protesters and matched two Philadelphia Antifa members to two men inside the Senate.  The source provided the photo match to The Times.  One has a tattoo that indicates he is a Stalinist sympathizer.  Many Antifa members promote anarchy through violence and want the end of America in favor of a Stalinist-state.  "No more USA at all" is a protest chant.  XRVision also has identified another man who, while not known to have Antifa links, is someone who shows up at climate and Black Lives Matter protests in the West.

Were leftist provocateurs leading the way into the Capitol?  First, to state the obvious, there is no question that Trump supporters criminally entered the Capitol and behaved abominably.  All who breached the inadequate protective perimeter must be prosecuted to the full measure of the law.  Throw the book at them!  But there are grounds for suspicion that provocateurs, anxious to discredit Trump, his supporters, conservatives, and those who question the integrity of the presidential vote may have been the point of the spear in violently attacking the Capitol. [...] There must be a complete and thorough inquiry into the mob action.  I wish that I had more faith in the FBI.

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Video Surfaces in Which Antifa Member Started Breaking Windows at the Capitol and Trump Supporters Stopped the Attack.  Thousands of President Trump's supporters surrounded the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday [sic] afternoon as Congress met inside the building to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.  Many protested peacefully, but a substantial number did not, and the entire scene quickly devolved into utter chaos.  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona claims that Antifa had provoked the chaos.  Two more congressional Republicans had joined him. [...] Mainstream media claims that these are evidence-free claims but a video that surfaced recently shows Trump supporters as they stopped a person whom they believed to be an Antifa thug who was trying to break windows in the Capitol.

New Video From Capitol On January 6th Shows Police Letting Protesters Into Building.  In this short clip, Capitol Police officer Keith Robishaw warns protesters — including "Q shaman" Jacob Chansley — inside the Capitol Building on January 6 against using violence.  Chansley and another protester are then seen instructing other protesters to be nonviolent as they exercise their right to assemble.  [Video clip]

Video Shows U.S. Capitol Police Gave Protesters OK to Enter.  A newly-obtained video shows United States Capitol Police officers speaking with several January 6 protestors — including Jacob Chansley, the so-called "Q shaman" — inside the Capitol that afternoon.  One officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely's group they won't stop them from entering the building.  "We're not against ... you need to show us ... no attacking, no assault, remain calm," Robishaw warns.  Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully.  "This has to be peaceful," Chansley yelled.  "We have the right to peacefully assemble."  [Video clip]

Pelosi Gets Her Way As Dems Set To Launch "9/11-Style" Commission On Capitol "Insurrection".  Democrats have fully embraced the concept of the big lie and now they will be putting on a spectacle to shore it up.  They're set to create a "9/11 style" commission to investigate the so-called "insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol.  Nancy Pelosi has long been pushing for this travesty, along with the circus-like atmosphere that it will be given by the media.  On Friday, the only remaining obstacle was removed when feckless GOP Rep. John Katko caved.  As the ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, the New York Republican agreed to allow Pelosi and the Dems to abuse their powers.  They plan on hauling Trump supporters — and perhaps the former POTUS himself — before the commission in what has all of the makings of a show trial directly out of Stalinist Russia.

Democrat Looks to Censure Republicans Who Disagree With January 6 Narrative.  Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline is asking colleagues to sign on to a resolution that would censure three House Republicans for trying to minimize the events surrounding the January 6 riot at the Capitol.  Censure is a very serious matter.  Only expulsion from Congress would be a worse punishment.  If Democrats are going to censure Republicans for downplaying what happened on 1/6, what should the punishment be for hysterically overexaggerating what happened at the riot?  Cicilline said the Republicans — Reps.  Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Jody Hice (Ga.), and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — claimed the riot was not an insurrection and engaged in other efforts to undermine the "damage that was done."

The January 6, 2021 Videos.  Julie Kelly at American Greatness reports that the Capitol is monitored 24/7 by "an extensive systems of cameras' positioned inside and outside the building as well as near other congressional offices on the grounds" and captured more than 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8 p.m. on January 6.  These tapes were made available to "two democratic-controlled congressional committees, the FBI, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police department."  But they won't make all the tapes available to the defendants or the public, on the shaky ground that it would only provoke more violence.  Almost everything you have seen about the demonstration were snippets captured by social media users and those journalists on the scene.  We are being denied the full picture, and the prosecution presents to the court only selected short clips from the videos.  The Capitol Police, which launched the lie that Officer Brian Sicknick's death was the result of a blow on the head by protestors — something the tardily released autopsy report proved false — also may be secreting video from January 5 which would show what preparations had been made for the scheduled demonstration the next day.  Why so secret?  As Kelly notes, we already know that Sicknick murder claim was false, as was the claim that this was an "armed insurrection" and the logical explanation for keeping the videos under seal is this:  "It contradicts most if not all claims advanced by Democrats and the media over the past four months."

Congressman Roy leads letter to DOJ to get answers on reports of politicized prosecutions of Jan. 6 suspects.  On Thursday afternoon [5/13/2021], Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), joined by Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4), inquired about reports of politicized prosecutions of American citizens suspected of illegal activity at the capitol on January 6, 2021.  "Those that damaged property and assaulted police officers on January 6th should rightfully face justice," the letter reads.  "However, the public outcry and hyper-politicization of the events on January 6th may incentivize prosecutors to use overly aggressive tactics, overcharge, and abuse the power of the federal government in order to satisfy favored political groups."

Anticipate Alinsky-styled Language "Insurrection Deniers" to be Main Element of Current Democrat Narrative.  Promoting the January 6th protest in Washington DC as a "domestic terrorist" event; and promoting the protest as an "armed insurrection" against the U.S. government; is the cornerstone of the Democrat's 2022 election effort.  If we watch carefully now we will see an increased emphasis on attacking anyone who might downplay the Democrat narrative.  With their back against the wall on failing and catastrophic policy outcomes; with gas prices skyrocketing; and with the economy stalled due to inflation (ie. stagflation), the democrats are all-in with this "insurrection" narrative as a political tool to distract the voting population from merging crisis of bad policy.

Lawmakers reach deal on bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate Capitol riot.  The two top lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement Friday on legislation that would create a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  The bill, authored by Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson and New York Republican Rep. John Katko, is focused exclusively on the attack and not other episodes of political violence as multiple Republicans earlier insisted.  Though it has the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it is unclear whether Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his caucus support it.  "I haven't read through it," McCarthy told reporters when asked about the bill Friday morning [5/14/2021].  "There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate," Thompson and Katko said in a joint statement.

Pelosi Organizes Politics of [January 6th] Commission to Assist Democrats 2022 Election.  House Democrats have organized a bill [pdf here] that will create a commission to investigate the January 6th events in Washington DC.  The narrative is a 9/11-style commission to investigate the details, issues and circumstances of the January 6th "insurrection"; however, everyone with a lick of political common sense knows this commission will be used to further a Democrat narrative about 'right-wing extremism' in an effort to assist Democrats in the mid-term election.

House Republicans Defy the January 6 Narrative.  Big Tech used the so-called "attack" on the Capitol [1/6/2021] as an excuse to achieve its long-sought-after goal to deplatform the former president; NeverTrumpers such as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) insist the chaos of the day was fueled by the "Big Lie" — in other words, the belief held by tens of millions of Republicans — and a good share of independents — that Joe Biden didn't legitimately earn enough votes to win the White House.  The Biden regime vows to use the "whole of government" to purge the country of "domestic violent extremists," which is code for Trump supporters.  And the media continue to blatantly lie about the number of fatalities on January 6, including the myth that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died at the hands of Trump "insurrectionists."  But some Republicans are fed up with all the myths, the Justice Department's abusive manhunt for Capitol protesters, and the obvious double standards.

Sen. Ron Johnson Corners Capitol Police Chief For Dodging Questions About Sicknick's Death.  Sen. Ron Johnson went after acting chief of U.S. Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman for dodging his questions about her force's involvement in spreading lies about the cause of Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick's death following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  In April, the Wisconsin Republican sent a letter to the acting chief of U.S. Capitol Police demanding answers about the law enforcement agency's Jan. 7 press release that claimed Sicknick, whom medical examiners determined died of natural causes, died due to "injuries sustained while on-duty" after "physically engaging with protestors."

What Really Happened at the Capitol:  Questions that Need Answers.  On January 5th, a slew of vocal conservatives including myself, spoke to a sea of Patriots in Washington DC.  We were optimistic that our massive presence there would lead to a national audit of the 2020 election, and that answers about all the election irregularities would lead to uncovering the complex and epic fraud to the rest of the masses.  By the time I had arrived to the Capitol on January 6th, (in case you didn't know, the Capitol was breached way before anyone listening to Trump speak could have possibly walked there in time) dozens of people were telling me that the police were just letting people in, if I wanted inside.  I sensed a trap and knew the Left would like nothing more than to crucify me for something like that, and luckily I never did step foot inside.  Everyone's cell phone and data service was cut off for over a 1-2 mile radius, and there was no way to communicate with each other other than in person.  By the end of it all, I ended up getting tear gassed for no discernible reason, while I stood on the grounds peacefully chanting and singing songs next to veterans, older people, people with dogs, and other regular non-threatening folks.

Internet Sleuths Claim Two Newly Uncovered Videos From Jan 6th Reveal Who Shot Ashli Babbitt.  One of the reasons that conspiracy theories and internet sleuthing are on the rise is because there's a critical breakdown in trust between the public and the government. [...] And one incident that has sparked a lot of different theories and internet sleuthing is the melee that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6th.  That event has been marred by fake news, politicization, and has also been used by politicians as a weapon of mass control and destruction — and no, that's not a "conspiracy theory," it's fact.  Early reports from "trusted" mainstream news sources claimed that Trump supporters beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher.  That never happened, but if you spend any time on social media, you will see many people still pushing that lie.  The same goes for calling it an "armed insurrection."  Trump supporters were not armed.  The only people who had guns were Capitol Police.  And to this date not a single person has been charged with the crime of insurrection.

Capitol attackers are higher priority for prosecution than summer rioters, Garland says.  Attorney General Merrick Garland acknowledged Wednesday that the Justice Department is prioritizing prosecuting those who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over those who rioted and looted during last summer's social justice demonstrations.  "I think it's fair to say in my career as a judge and in law enforcement, I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the Capitol," Mr. Garland said in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "There was an attempt to interfere with the fundamental element of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power.  "If there has to be a hierarchy of things that we prioritize, this would be the one we would prioritize because it is the most dangerous threat to our democracy," he continued.

D.C. jail treatment of Capitol riot defendants draws bipartisan outrage.  A short drive from the U.S. Capitol, 1,500 inmates are stuck in their jail cells 22 hours a day.  Until last month it was 23, and they were also barred from going outside.  A smaller group of inmates may have it even worse:  those awaiting trial for alleged crimes in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  They've been placed in "restrictive housing," a maximum-security designation.  The plight of nearby inmates has received surprisingly little attention on Capitol Hill for the better part of a year, since the District of Columbia Department of Corrections issued its "medical stay-in-place" policies for COVID-19 mitigation.

Bravo: Rep. Paul Gosar Stands Up for Ashli Babbitt, Demands To Know Who Executed Her.  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona took a big stand for Ashli Babbitt on Wednesday [5/12/2021], demanding to know who executed her during the January 6 protest at the Capitol.  "Who executed Ashli Babbitt?" Gosar asked former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen during a tense exchange at a hearing about the protest.  Babbitt was an an unarmed Air Force veteran who was shot at close range by a Capitol Police officer during the protest.  Her killer has never been named and the Department of Justice has decided that he will not be charged.

Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?  Joe Biden calls it the worst attack since the Civil War.  Attorney General Merrick Garland compares it to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  The FBI is breaking down the doors of Iraq War veterans and small business owners who have no criminal records, and some are hauled off to rot in solitary confinement in a fetid D.C. jail, for their involvement in the alleged travesty.  The event, of course, is the roughly four-hour-long disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.  As mostly nonviolent Americans dared to protest Congress' certification of a clearly fraudulent presidential election in a place that once was considered "The People's House," lawmakers scurried for cover as reporters and photographers captured part of the ruckus on video and still shots to wield as political ammunition against Donald Trump and his supporters.  But have we seen a full and fair depiction of exactly what happened that day?  The answer, as evidenced by an ongoing coverup by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Justice Department, clearly is no.

Former police chief:  If we lose the rule of law, we are going to lose America — and we're just about there.  On January 6, a group of people entered the U.S. Capitol building, clearly a terrible idea.  While some got carried away and committed criminal acts, an overwhelming majority did not.  Yet, the FBI has made it it's life mission to get anybody and everybody who can be identified as being at the US Capitol on January 6, whether they committed a crime or not.  To date, over 800 persons have been arrested or taken into custody.  A number have been locked up, some in solitary confinement, for months without being charged.

A Phony Insurrection Brings on a Real Purge.  For the new White House tenants, the events of January 6, 2021 ushered an opportunity to refresh the progressive narrative and raise public hackles against soldiers and cops.  Throwing fuel on that Reichstag fire were approximately fifty arrested Capitol protesters with ties to the military and police.  Most had been separated from government service for years or decades.  Three were active army reservists and six were enlisted police officers who are now suspended or fired over their horseplay.  The Department of Justice has been relentless in its efforts to bring the Capitol invaders to heel.  Deeper and darker politically supercharged criminal and counterintelligence investigations have taken a second seat, to include those involving surveillance by the Obama inner circle on the Trump campaign, the compromise of careless Senate Democrats by moles from the Chinese Communist Party, eyewitness and digital evidence of Biden family swindles, and the textbook definition of treason from an Obama secretary of state who allegedly disclosed a close ally's military strategy to a Mideast terror regime.

The Ashli Babbitt Killing:  Where's the Outrage?  There is an obvious double standard in deciding if a police officer should be charged with violating a use-of-force policy[.]  On January 6th an unarmed 5' 2", 110 pound Caucasian female was shot by police with minimal media coverage and even less outrage.  A Google search reports approximately 1,060,000 results for Ashli Babbitt and 293,000,000 for George Floyd.  Ashli Babbitt was a decorated Air force veteran and a Trump supporter.  George Floyd, despite what the media is attempting to portray him as, was a criminal.  George Floyd's family received a $27 million settlement.  Barbra Streisand donated an unknown number of shares of Disney stock to his daughter.  Kanye West donated $2M for an education plan for her. [...] Both individuals were involved in a criminal act.  Floyd was resisting arrest and his fate would have been different if he had cooperated.  Babbitt was not given an opportunity to submit or resist arrest. [...] The officer who shot Ashli Babbitt also had plenty of time to decide to use his taser.  This was not a split-second decision.  There is no mention of any disciplinary action taken for this officer's violation of the use-of-force policy.

DOJ Puts Grandma on Wanted Poster — While Sealing the Records of Antifa/BLM Rioters.  While the FBI has a dragnet out for people who took Unauthorized Selfies while trespassing, the Biden's DOJ is now offering to seal the records for George Floyd rioters, essentially granting them pardons, because no employer can ever find out about their rioting and violence. [...] Don't expect that offer to be made for the Four Hour Insurrectionists who were arrested for merely being present at the Capitol.  If you remember, there were massive riots at Trump's inauguration, designed to shut that process down.  An "assault on our democracy," if you will.  Washington DC has made a powerful statement about those riots — they're paying money to the rioters, pretending that money is owed to them for the police being too aggressive about stopping a riot during a transition of power.

Politico Reveals Shocking Truth About January 6 Capitol Riot.  The riot has always had a curious element that the mainstream disinformation media never bothered themselves to examine.  An "armed insurrection" originating in MAGA country would have actually been armed.  MAGA country is awash in firearms of all kinds and people who know how to use them.  Yet not a single gun has ever been verified to have been in the hands of any of the rioters.  The armed insurrection was not armed, and going by the charges Politico outlines, was not an insurrection.  The charges do not fit that accusation, according to Politico's report.  Judges are noticing and trying to get the cases expedited.  But the Democrats have moved to shred the Constitution over January 6, while allowing — encouraging, in Kamala Harris's case — more truly insurrectionist rioting from the left.  A fair media would point all of this out, not months later and after the Democrats have done enormous damage to the country, but as events are happening.

Ashli Babbitt's family to seek $10 million from USCP in lawsuit.  The family of Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot while participating in the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, plans to sue the police department and the officer who fired the gun for at least $10 million.  News of the forthcoming lawsuit, first reported by Newsweek, came more than two weeks after the Justice Department said it would not file criminal charges against the officer who killed Babbitt.  Terrell Roberts, an attorney for the Babbitt family, told CNBC on Thursday that it had not been determined when, or in which court, the civil lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police would be filed.

Ashli Babbitt family to file civil charges over the violation of her constitutional rights.  The attorney for the family of Ashli Babbit, the unarmed protester shot and killed during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, is now announcing that they will file civil charges over the violation of her constitutional rights.  Attorney Terry Roberts appeared on NewsMax Monday morning [4/26/2021] to talk about the Department of Justice dropping all charges against the unnamed police officer who shot Babbitt that day during the siege on the Capitol.  He pointed out that the officer was to Babbitt's left as she came into the building through the breached entrance.  She did not see him and he allegedly gave her no verbal warning before shooting and killing the 35-year-old Air Force veteran.  No one evidently heard a warning whatsoever.  The officer's attorney, Mark Schamel, claimed he issued several warnings according to RealClearInvestigations.  Roberts also pointed out that Babbitt could have been arrested after entering the building and that it was evident she was not armed.  He contended that the shooting was totally unnecessary and there was no legal justification for shooting her.

Family of Woman Shot, Killed at Capitol Considers Lawsuit.  The family of the unarmed woman who was shot and killed during the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol is considering a lawsuit against the Capitol Police and the officer who shot her, The Epoch Times reported.  Attorney Terrell Roberts told the publication that the lawsuit would claim excessive use of force and constitutional violations.  "That will be filed against the officer, the Capitol Police," Roberts said.  Thirty-five-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed as she attempted to climb through a window in the Speaker's Lobby inside the Capitol.  She was the only one shot during the breach.

Lawyer for Ashli Babbitt's Family Says Lawsuit Will Be Filed Soon Against US Capitol Police.  A lawyer for Ashli Babbitt's family said that they will file a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police after a Capitol Police officer shot and killed her during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.  No charges were filed against the officer, who has not yet been identified, who shot Babbitt.  Babbitt, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was unarmed when she tried to climb through one of the Capitol doors before the officer shot her.  "The family and I were disappointed in the Department of Justice's decision on this, but my role is really to bring a civil action and in that way, vindicate her rights," Terry Roberts told Newsmax on Monday [4/26/2021].  The Babbitt family, he said, disagrees with the Department of Justice's move to not pursue criminal charges against the officer, adding "clearly, the officer a required willfullness ... he could clearly see that she was not armed" and didn't present an immediate threat.  The officer also didn't give ample warning before the shooting, Roberts said.

Indefinite Incarceration for Protesters With 'Wrong' Politics.  Joe Biden's Justice Department wants to keep Richard Barnett in jail — indefinitely.  The Arkansas man, photographed showboating inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on January 6, has been behind bars for more than three months.  Barnett occupied Pelosi's office for six whole minutes; he absconded with a piece of mail and left her a note that read "Nancy, Bigo was here, [...]."  The desk belonged to a Pelosi aide, not the speaker herself.  Several reporters and photographers who also happened to be in Pelosi's office at the very same time prompted Barnett to sit at the desk and "act natural" as they took a series of photos.  Death threats against Barnett's family immediately started when a press photograph of Barnett went viral that afternoon; Pelosi's daughter tweeted the picture right after it was taken.  Upon his return home, Barnett met with FBI investigators without an attorney present, allowed for a search of his home, and turned himself in.  He was taken into custody on January 8 and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and possession of a "deadly or dangerous weapon," to wit, a walking stick that also can be used as a stun gun.  He never used it.

It's Biden's 'First 100 Days' Week.  With the militarization of Washington, D.C. and the adding of walls, borders, and fences, Congress is now living and working in their own gated community.  None of the "unwashed masses" are allowed to enter.  Almost as if the Democrats realize that they really did not win in 2020.  When the government is scared of its own people, there's a real problem.

The Editor says...
Maybe so, but when the people fear the government, that's a bigger problem.

'The American Public Deserves to Know' About Ashli Babbitt's Death:  National Police Association Spokesperson.  Terrell Roberts, an attorney for the Babbitt family, told The Epoch Times that the decision was "baffling, given the circumstances that it's a clear case of shooting an unarmed person without any legal justification."  Mark Schamel, a lawyer representing the officer, told The Epoch Times via email that the officer "had to resort to deadly force" and that his actions "stopped the mob from breaking through and turning a horrific day in American history into something so much worse."  Babbitt was with a group that entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6.  A witness to the event said that police were asking people to get back and out of the way from a door that had its windows smashed.  Babbitt did not heed the call and as she tried to climb through, an African-American police officer wearing a suit fatally shot her in the neck area.  There is no indication that Babbitt was armed and her family's attorney has said she was not.  Smith, the National Police Association spokesperson, said she was also disturbed by "the complete lack of curiosity by the legacy media."

Who Killed Ashli Babbitt?  Is it too much to ask to know the name of the federal government employee who, on our behalf, shot an unarmed veteran who was, at worst, trespassing in a public building?  Apparently, it is, since no one in our glorious, licensed, and neutered regime media seems to want to tell us.  They know.  They all know.  They just don't want you to know.  We know the identity of the incompetent cop who shot the guy with a warrant (for carrying a concealed weapon without permit, which is not even a crime in nearly two dozen free states — racist Democrat gun control laws helped kill him).  All we know about Wyatt Twerp, who shot the super-scary Q person for climbing through a window, is that the DoJ thinks it's A-OK to cap misdemeanor suspects if they oppose the ruling caste and clear him.  The dummy who can't tell her taser from her Glock got charged though, even though it's absolutely clear she was stupid rather than malicious.

Capitol Police IG Confirms [a] 'Stand Down' Order [was] Given, Covers Up [the] Name of [the] Official Who Gave It.  The Capitol Riot cover-up continues.  On Thursday [4/15/2021], the Inspector General for the Capitol Police provided testimony that corroborates the contents of a 104-page report on the police's role in the January 6th riot in Washington D.C.  But there was a critical piece of information missing:  Who gave the order.  "An order to hold back heavy riot-control weapons left Capitol Police at a grave disadvantage as front-line officers, vastly outnumbered, fought to protect Congress from a violent mob Jan. 6," the Washington Post reported. [...] Similarly to how the identity of the police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, who attempted to breach an inner chamber of the Capitol building during the siege, has been kept secret, the official's name who can be identified to trace back the 'stand down' order is also being covered up.

Pregnant Single Mother Raided By FBI, Detained For a Week After Going Through an Open Door at the US Capitol — Now Faces Over 30 Years in Prison.  Felicia Konold of Arizona was on a road trip celebrating being alive after a bad accident left her with a broken back and half of her face ripped off in 2020.  Konold had never travelled before, so for the first time in her life she has been taking road trips through the country that she loves so dearly with her brother — while also homeschooling her 10-year-old son.  When Konold heard that President Donald Trump was going to be speaking in DC, the siblings decided to add a stop to their road trip plan.  She had never been to a protest before and did not really know what to expect — in fact, she did not even expect it to be a protest, just a rally.  What she did know is that patriotic Americans who loved their president were not often treated kindly, and that she had a little boy that needed her.  She packed a medical kit and bought some extra protective layers to make sure she would get home safe, should leftists attack the event.

Tucker Carlson:  There are currently 'two systems of justice' in America : 'This stuff is scary'.  Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into the Biden Justice Department Wednesday night after they ruled that there will be no charges brought against the D.C. police officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.  He noted that the American people are still wondering exactly what happened and who it was who shot Babbitt:  "In cases like this, the benefit of the doubt usually does go to law enforcement, and as we've often said, we're fine with that.  It should.  But still, in a free society, the rest of us have a right to know roughly what happened.  In this case, who shot Ashli Babbitt and why?"  The officer's identity has not been released due to alleged security concerns.  Carlson commented that the public is being stonewalled by the Biden administration and the media:  "No one will tell us.  The Biden administration says the man who killed Babbitt is a Capitol Hill police officer, and he did the right thing.  That's all they've said.

Ashli Babbitt lawyer releases blistering statement after Biden DoJ refuses to file charges against officer.  An attorney representing the family of slain Capitol Building protestor Ashli Babbitt clapped back at the Justice Department after officials announced Wednesday there would be no charges filed against the plainclothes officer who shot and killed her on Jan. 6.  Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was seen in videos attempting to climb through a broken window into another room off of the House floor when she was shot by the officer, who still has not been publicly identified.  She was unarmed.  "The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021 by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights," said attorney Terrell N. Roberts, III, of Roberts & Woods in Riverdale, Md.

Ashli Babbitt Was Killed By Capitol Police On January 6.  They Still Won't Tell Us Who Did It Or Why.  Less than a day after armed robbery suspect Daunte Wright was shot by police, the name of the police officer who pulled the trigger was publicly released.  A short time later, her address was leaked.  Now her home is surrounded by concrete barricades, metal fencing, and armed police guards, in hopes of preventing the violent mob from burning it to the ground.  This is generally how things have played out for all of the high-profile police shootings in recent memory.  All except one.  It was announced yesterday by the DOJ that the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt, one of the pro-Trump rioters at the Capitol on January 6th, will not be charged in her death.  The statement from the DOJ refers to this man only as "the U.S. Capitol Police officer" because his name was never made public.  Four months later, and we know absolutely nothing about the federal officer who shot an unarmed woman in the Capitol.  It took one day to find out who shot Daunte Wright and where she lives.  But more than 120 days after Babbitt's killing, and we know as much about the shooter as we did the moment after he pulled the trigger.

The DOJ is Lying about the Ashley Babbitt case.  Today [4/14/2021], the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia issued a press release explaining their decision to not prosecute the officer who shot and killed unarmed protester (and veteran) Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021.  It states that DOJ officials, along with the Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division, "conducted a thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt's shooting."  This included reviewing video footage, getting statements from officers and other witnesses, collecting physical evidence, and the results of Ms. Babbitt's autopsy. [...] You'll notice there's no mention of a verbal warning to Ms. Babbitt or other efforts to subdue her without the use of deadly force.  Continuing on, the DOJ maintains that the "focus of the criminal investigation was to determine whether federal prosecutors could prove that the officer violated any federal laws, concentrating on the possible application of 18 U.S.C. § 242, a federal criminal civil rights statute."

Hmm: DoJ won't charge Capitol officer in Babbitt shooting.  Not unexpected, but this will generate plenty of controversy nonetheless.  The Department of Justice declined to charge the US Capitol Police officer involved in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, and might have even tacitly endorsed the officer's justification for using deadly force in the January 6th riot: [...] The question in any police shooting is whether lethal force was reasonable and justified in the situation.  Babbitt was not herself armed, but the crowd had already seriously injured law-enforcement officers in other parts of the Capitol.  This part of the mob tried smashing through the barricaded doors that led to the Speaker's Lobby, where members of Congress had sought shelter from the rioters.

Two-Tiered Justice, DOJ Close Investigation into Murder of Ashli Babbitt With No Charges.  Infuriating, and the timing of the DOJ announcement explains Biden on distract television today [4/14/2021].  Not only did the DOJ not prosecute the Capitol Hill police officer who murdered Ashli Babbitt, but they still refuse to name him.  The sunlight upon the two-tiers of justice in the United States is at a supernova level of intensity.

Decision Whether to Charge Capitol Police Officer in Shooting of Ashli Babbitt Is In.  The decision of whether to charge the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 is in.  Perhaps there was never any question what the result would be.  The Justice Department has announced that the officer will not face criminal charges.

No Charges Against Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt:  DOJ.  The U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot dead an Air Force veteran during the tumultuous events on Jan. 6 will not be charged, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced April 14.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the DOJ's Civil Rights Division decided jointly not to pursue charges against the officer.  The decision came after a "thorough investigation" into the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old who joined others in storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a joint session of Congress in January.  Babbitt was shot while trying to climb through a broken window into the Speaker's Lobby, adjacent to the House chamber.  "Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy," the DOJ said in a statement.

The Editor says...
If the colors were reversed — if a white cop shot (through a door) and killed an unarmed black protester — can you imagine the shooter getting away with it?  Can you imagine that the cop's name would never be revealed?  Do you think the news media would let the story evaporate?  Of course not.

Biden's Chamber of Confected Hatreds.  [Scroll down]  There are absurd lamentations that the promised 9/11-style inquiry into the hooliganism at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is not happening, as if there were the slightest comparison to be made between a carefully planned foreign quadruple suicide mission against the most prominent buildings in America and a rapidly improvised trespass on the Capitol by habitual troublemakers that could not have occurred if the speaker of the House and the mayor of Washington, D.C. had listened to the appeals of the head of the Capitol police.

Ashli Babbitt's Death is Now Determined to Be 'Homicide' by Chief Medical Examiner.  Ashli Babbitt's death is now determined to be a 'homicide,' according to the Chief Medical Examiner in the nation's capitol.  "The District of Columbia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday released the official cause of death for four people who died during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, ruling that protester Ashli Babbitt's manner of death was a homicide," the Epoch Times reported.  "Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz said the cause of death for Babbitt, 35, was a gunshot wound to the left anterior shoulder," the report continued.  "Her manner of death was ruled homicide, his office said."  "Authorities previously said Babbitt was shot by a police officer as she allegedly attempted to climb through a door window inside the Capitol building," the report went on.  "The name of the officer has not been disclosed by local or federal authorities."

Dems Knew About Capitol Riot Plans 'for Months' in Advance of Capitol Building Attack.  In an explosive new revelation, House Democrats at the Trump impeachment trial revealed they warned the now-resigned capitol police chief days before the attack on the capitol building.  Furthermore, recent admissions prove Democrats knew the capitol siege was coming months in advance.  House impeachment manager Rep. Stacey Plaskett revealed the explosive information at the second day of the Trump impeachment trial, although it undercuts the Democrats' entire narrative that Trump "incited" the riot.  "The day before the rioters stormed the Congress an FBI office in Virginia also issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and, quote, war, according to internal reports," she said.

Politico: Capitol Hill riot prosecution might "embarrass the Biden administration" in the end.  If so, the embarrassment will result only because the media and some prosecutors wildly inflated expectations.  As violent and disturbing as the Capitol Hill riot was, only a small minority of the rioters took parts in specific, prosecutable assaults.  The rest, Politico reports today [3/30/2021], likely will get charged with misdemeanors, and never see the inside of a prison.

Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time.  Americans outraged by the storming of Capitol Hill are in for a jarring reality check:  Many of those who invaded the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 are likely to get little or no jail time.  While public and media attention in recent weeks has been focused on high-profile conspiracy cases against right-wing, paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, the most urgent decisions for prosecutors involve resolving scores of lower-level cases that have clogged D.C.'s federal district court.  A POLITICO analysis of the Capitol riot-related cases shows that almost a quarter of the more than 230 defendants formally and publicly charged so far face only misdemeanors.  Dozens of those arrested are awaiting formal charges, even as new cases are being unsealed nearly every day.  In recent days, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys have all indicated that they expect few of these "MAGA tourists" to face harsh sentences.

The Commonalities Between the Rise of the Nazis and the Tactics of the American Left Cannot be Ignored.  [Scroll down]  Sixth, in January 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany.  Within four weeks a mysterious fire broke out in the Reichstag (Congress) Building which they blamed on communist agitators and that this was the opening salvo in a violent coup.  Using this pretext, the Nazis were able to force through the Reichstag The Enabling Act of 1933 in March of the same year.  This law embedded the Nazis as the sole dominant political party and ensured that only the Nazis could win future elections, if any were held.  They were the first modern proponents of never letting a crisis, real or manufactured, to go to waste.  The left and the Democrat party seized upon the disturbances at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to proclaim that it was an "armed insurrection" and the opening salvo in a violent coup attempt by white supremacists.  To further reinforce this false narrative, they theatrically brought in 20,000 National Guard troops and built fortifications around the Capitol building.  Further following in the footsteps of the Nazi Party, the Democrats almost immediately pushed to pass H.R. 1 (euphemistically entitled The For The People Act) which would overturn virtually all existing voter laws, embed the Democrats as the sole dominant political party and ensure that only the Democrats could win future elections.

A Family on Trial for January 6.  [Scroll down]  Bruno [Cua] was arrested on February 5 by FBI agents in Atlanta — a grand jury indicted the high schooler on 12 counts, including assaulting a police officer and possessing a "dangerous or deadly" weapon.  For the first three weeks following his arrest, Cua languished in solitary confinement before being transported to a jail in Oklahoma City where he shared a cell with 30 other inmates.  His family, like the families of dozens of January 6 defendants, has been denied the opportunity to post bail.  And there's a chance the teen will remain behind bars until at least May when his trial is scheduled to begin.  U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss is weighing whether to finally release Bruno back to his parents or keep him detained for at least another two months.  Moss seems inclined to side with government lawyers who insist Bruno is a danger to the community based on social media posts expressing outrage at the election, mocking Democrats including Joe Biden, and encouraging protestors to bring "pepper spray, tasers, baseball bats" to the capital — big talk for a kid traveling with his mom and dad.  Some of the posts being used as evidence against him, in fact, are dated after January 6.

The January 6 Prosecutions Hit a Speed Bump.  Two weeks ago, I wrote of the Department of Justice's overreach respecting some of the hundreds of January 6 defendants.  On Friday the D.C. Circuit clipped the department's wings.  I expect more such losses as time goes on and the Department must actually present evidence in contested trials.  The ploy of keeping in D.C. jails without bail some of the protestors who engaged in no specific violent acts at the Capitol until their cases can be heard was very obviously designed to compel them to plea bargain so they could return home to their families and jobs, and the three-judge panel wasn't buying it.  If you think that there is a partisan tinge to their decision, you'd be wrong, Judge Robert Wilkins was confirmed under Barack Obama; Judge Judith Rogers under Bill Clinton, and Judge George Katsas under Donald Trump.  It was bipartisan.

America's soldiers sleep in the cold while the Democrat invaders sleep in hotels.  When the Democrats decided to launch their unconstitutional military occupation of Washington D.C., they summoned 26,000 National Guard troops from all over the country to serve as a captive audience for Biden's inauguration in an empty city living in fear.  Those troops were made to sleep on cold marble floors in the Capitol and later in a cold parking garage.  They were fed tainted meat, food with metal shavings and worms, resulting in illnesses and hospitalization.  The bill for this disastrous mess came to $483 million.  Nothing but the best for the troops.  As the massive flood of illegal alien migrants poured across the border, some wearing Biden t-shirts, coming to receive the illegal amnesty that he had promised them, they got a better deal.  No cold parking garage floors for future Democrat voters and no food with metal shavings.  Instead, Biden delivered a $86.9 million contract to house 1,200 illegal migrants in hotels.  That's nearly four times as much money being spent per migrant compared to the total amount of spending per soldier.  And since only a portion of that $483 million even went to providing for the troops, the actual discrepancy behind those numbers is much higher than it appears.

Democrats want answers from White House, DOJ, FBI, and more on Capitol riot.  Top House Democrats pressed federal agencies, including the Justice Department, the FBI, and the White House, for documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, asking Biden officials to hand over records from the waning weeks of the Trump administration.  Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, and the leaders of the Armed Services, House Administration, and Homeland Security committees signed the letters.  "In today's letters, the Chairs requested documents and communications from three key time periods — before, during, and after the attack — which relate to the counting of the Electoral College vote, or the potential for demonstrations, violence, or attacks in the National Capital Region on or around January 6, 2021," Democrats said Thursday.

Prosecutors Now Backing Away from Statements and Charges Against January 6th Protestors.  Interesting that Reuters would outline the walk-backs.  Even more interesting that the details of the walk-backs seem to prove the DOJ never actually intended to win any of these cases, but rather wanted to advance a political narrative about extremists through their earlier statements.  The approach of building a political narrative through false accusations and over-charging in the DOJ is the essence of Lawfare.  The government has endless taxpayer resources to fuel their political weaponization of the judiciary.  The process of the charges then becomes the punishment by design.  The targets are drained financially, sometimes physically detained under false pretense, and then the DOJ walks backwards when the judges finally ask for proof.  The process is the punishment for political affiliation.  The DOJ is fully weaponized.  The majority of Americans can clearly see this taking place.

'I Can't Serve My Country Anymore': Former DEA Agent Says He Was Fired For Attending Jan. 6 Rally.  A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent says he was fired simply for being present at former President Donald Trump's Jan. 6 rally.  Mark Ibrahim spoke with Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson about what happened to him after he attended the former president's speech along with his brother, an FBI special agent.  [Video clip]  "There were thousands of Republicans, kind of garden variety Republicans, who went to hear Donald Trump speak near the White House on January 6th," Carlson began.  "Most of them didn't do anything wrong at all.  They just sat and listened.  Our next guest is one of them."  Carlson then introduced Ibrahim, who said he attended the speech and went to the aid of police officers on the scene, but did not participate in any illegal activity.

A Wilderness of Lies.  The bizarre reaction of the inner party to the very peaceful demonstrations in January makes no sense at face value.  There must be another reason for why they are telling the citizens that they will shoot the next demonstrators who come into the city to petition their rulers for redress.  The question is, what are they plotting next? [...] This is the state of the American regime.  No one knows what is really going behind the razor wire and Army troops patrolling it.  We are left to analyze video of Biden falling down the stairs of Air Force One and reading the body language of his handlers.  Amateur linguists try to tease meaning out of his incoherent mutterings on Zoom sessions.  The other geriatrics running the party are scrutinized by regime analysts, looking for clues to contextualize their behavior.  Like the Soviet empire, the American empire is now a confusing black box.  It does things and makes noises, but none of it can be accepted on its face, so the world is left to guess.

Psaki [was] Asked Why Migrants Get Hotel Rooms but National Guard Got Parking Garages.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed Monday on why the Biden administration is allocating millions to provide migrants with hotel rooms while the National Guard was forced to rest on the concrete floor of DC parking garages.  'You are opening up new facilities.  You're spending $86 million on hotel rooms for migrants.  How do you square that with the National Guard troops who were sleeping in parking garages?" asked one reporter.

Wife Suffers Miscarriage Day After FBI Raids Home for Combat Veteran Husband's Presence at US Capitol.  The wife of a decorated combat veteran who was inside the Capitol suffered a miscarriage one day after the FBI raided their home. [...] In the early morning of February 11, Kuehne, his pregnant wife Annette, and their four-year-old child were awakened to sirens, cell phone rings, and bursts of colorful lights reflecting through their windows. [...] Kuehne is a retired decorated combat veteran who has received numerous medals and awards including the Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, and a Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal with Valor for actions in combat.  He served this country in the United States military for over twenty years.  He was even awarded a rare Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America for his actions involving scouting skills and ideals for saving his youngest sister's life from the burning car she was in when he was 9 years old.

Defiant US Soldiers Openly Questioning Why BLM Riots Weren't Treated Like Capitol 'Insurrection'.  Soldiers "from every echelon" of the US military have been openly questioning why last year's violent BLM and Antifa riots weren't treated like the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a comparison which has [irritated] the military's top enlisted leader, Chief Master Sergeant Ramón "CZ" Colón-López.  In a Thursday briefing at the Pentagon, Colón-López (CZ) told reporters that some troops have asked "How come you're not looking at the situation that was going on in Seattle prior to that? [Jan. 6 riot]"  "This is coming from every echelon that we're talking to," CZ added.

The Capitol Fencing Is Starting to Come Down, and the Political Hacks Are Finally Admitting the Obvious.  I've got good news.  If you are self-immolating enough to visit Washington, D.C., right now in its current, insane state, you'll be able to enter at least some of the Capitol grounds again soon.  The outer fencing that has surrounded the complex since the January 6th riot is finally set to come down, and the political hacks who kept it there for so long are finally admitting the obvious.  Namely, that there has been no credible threat to justify the fortification of the Capitol for the last several months.

Capitol Investigation Seeks to Criminalize Political Dissent.  In the early hours of March 12, FBI agents in southwestern Florida barricaded a neighborhood to prepare to raid the home of one resident.  Christopher Worrell of Cape Coral was arrested and charged with several counts related to the January 6 Capitol melee.  Even though Worrell had been cooperating with the FBI for two months, the agency nonetheless unleashed a massive, and no doubt costly, display of force to take him into custody. [...] Worrell's arrest is the latest in what the U.S. Department of Justice warned would be an "unprecedented" investigation leading to sedition charges filed against American citizens.  Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to make the Capitol Breach manhunt his top priority; on his first day in office, he received an update on the investigation from FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Garland has compared January 6 to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, including 15 children.  Roughly 300 people have been arrested so far, many of them transported to Washington, D.C. to await trial and dozens denied bail after federal prosecutors argued the defendants, including a high school senior from Georgia, pose a threat to the nation.  The Capitol Breach probe, the department's official title, is a flagrant political prosecution targeting Trump supporters.  Every display — from heavy-handed FBI raids to a militarized Washington, D.C. — is designed to portray the President Trump's allies as domestic terrorists.

FBI Uses SWAT Tactical Team, Armored Vehicles and Armed Troops to Arrest Man Who Attended January 6 Capitol Hill Protest.  Just as the FBI used a heavily armed tactical SWAT team to arrest Roger Stone, the FBI deployed the same tactics in Naples, Florida to arrest a man who attended the January 6th DC protest march.  Military tactics, armored vehicles, automatic rifles and a no-knock raid.  Essentially the FBI continues to send a message to the larger electorate.  They use these aggressive tactics against people based on their politics.  There are no honorable "rank and file" in the modern FBI; the entire institution is compromised.  This stuff is nuts.

2 months later, where's the evidence GOP lawmakers were involved in Jan 6 riots as Dems claim?  Two months ago, a number of House Democrats leveled the accusation that some of their Republican colleagues gave "recon tours" to Jan. 6 rioters prior to their storming of the Capitol... there is still no evidence that occurred.  Federal prosecutors, however, are still "requesting video" from authorities.  They are trying to ascertain whether certain Republican representatives gave tours prior to the riot according to an inside source, Fox News reported.  The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia hasn't given up investigating allegations that Republican House members gave Capitol tours in the days before the riot.  Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are ringing the alarm bells calling the unsubstantiated allegations "dangerous."

The Legends of Our Fall.  [Scroll down]  Yet — so far — no master insurrectionist planners have emerged; no plan of a coup or of a Capitol takeover exists.  There are no cells found deep inside the government that were activated by or followed up on the assault. [...] Officer Sicknick did not, as the media and impeachment narratives insisted, die from head trauma from a violent assaulter.  The cause of his tragic demise remains unclear.  But he may have died from natural causes, not necessarily aggravated by riot-related violence.  No one arrested in the Capitol was found either to have brought in or to have used a firearm.  No one was then "armed." No protest or vandal brought their own plastic ties into the Capitol to kidnap or "arrest" legislators as media reports have alleged.  We still await the full story of January 6, an event that was used politically to justify a second impeachment and trial of Trump, the greatest militarization of Washington, D.C. since the Civil War, and the most intrusive use of state power in memory to root out supposed insurrectionists throughout government.

National Guard Association Calls for DC Capitol Deployment to End.  A civilian association of National Guard service members is calling for the US Capitol deployment to end, months after the January presidential inauguration and the raucous protest at the Capitol over certification of the 2020 election.  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin extended the Capitol deployment this week, overruling the Chief of the National Guard, who had determined that the presence of military forces at the Capitol was no longer necessary.

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How true.  It is no longer necessary.  It was never necessary in the first place.  Send the National Guard home, and move the fence to the Mexican border.

Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Harrelson Arrested for Attending Jan. 6 Protests — Family's Bank Account Locked Down, Wife Loses Her Job.  Angel Harrelson from Florida contacted The Gateway Pundit last week.  Angel's husband, Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Harrelson, was arrested last week and is currently being held in jail for attending the January 6th protests in Washington DC.  The feds may move him to Washington DC this coming week for trial.  Kenneth is a retired Army Sergeant and US veteran.  He suffers from serious physical maladies including high blood pressure.  The US government locked down the family bank account following the arrest.  Angel lost her job.

FBI Sends in Armored Vehicle with Turret, 2 Vans, 6 FBI Vehicles, 3 Local Police Vehicles to Arrest Young Father Who Attended Jan. 6 Rally.  Joshua James was arrested this week and is being charged in connection to the violent events of January 6th in Washington D.C.  Joshua James is an Iraq War veteran.  He was wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq.  And Joshua is being held by the FBI without bail.  Joshua is the breadwinner in his family.  He receives retirement pay from the military.  He has three young children including a 3-year-old. [...] The FBI lured him out of his home in Alabama by pretending to be a customer needing a pressure washing.  Then an Army armored vehicle with a turret on top, 2 FBI vans, 6 FBI vehicles, 3 local police and sheriff's vehicles pulled up and ransacked their home.

National Guard Association Disagrees with Defense Secretary's Order to Occupy Capitol.  The chairman of the National Guard Association, representing more than 450,000 citizen soldiers, says it is time for the Capitol Police to resume responsibility for the safety of the Capitol, agreeing with Daniel Hokanson, the National Guard bureau chief general, who Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin overruled on Tuesday.  According to a report, the National Guard Association Chairman and Arizona Adjunct General, Major General Michael McGuire, said, "This enduring requirement of having them around the city, I think it's completely inappropriate at best, illegal at worst."

Ashli Babbitt's Legal Team Discusses Case On Tucker Carlson.  Tonight [3/12/2021] Terry Roberts, the attorney heading up Ashli Babbitt's legal team went on Tucker Carlson to discuss the hardships and details of the case.  Ashli Babbit was shot dead by a US Capitol Police Officer on January 6, 2021.  Babbitt Family Attorney, Terrell Roberts told Tucker Carlson that NOTHING warranted the use of deadly force on Ashli Babbitt.  [Video clip]

Report: Biden Admin Overruled National Guard General Who Wanted To Pull Troops Out Of D.C..  The top general at the National Guard pushed the Biden administration to relieve troops of their deployment in Washington D.C. but was ignored and overturned by the Pentagon to instead gaslight the public with the continued military presence.  According to an official memo obtained exclusively by Fox News Thursday, the National Guard chief told the Pentagon he disagrees with the need for 2,300 troops to remain at the U.S. Capitol, which has seen beefed up security from federal troops since the riot in early January.  Despite the National Guard citing no need for their occupation of D.C. and being overstretched for resources, Fox News reported, Biden Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin "overrode the National Guard's recommendation and extended the D.C. mission."

Defense Sec Overruled the Head of the National Guard, May Keep Guard in D.C. Involuntarily.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, you know that guy whose name Joe Biden can't remember, "the guy that runs that outfit over there" made the decision to hold 2300 National Guard members in Washington, D.C. for the next ten weeks until May 23.  Threat?  What threat?  They don't need no threat!  But there's a whole backstory to this that reveals how problematic this is.  Austin, the Biden political appointee, overruled the head of the National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson.  [Tweet]  In a memo, Hokanson explained how they did not have enough volunteers because of how stretched the National Guard already was given all its duties as well as also helping out with virus vaccinations and getting ready for seasonal disaster response.  That this is impacting their ability to provide volunteers; that only 500 have volunteered for the duty.

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I am surprised that anybody has volunteered to serve as the palace guard around the Capitol, sleeping in parking garages, and eating nasty food with metal shavings in it.

New Memo Shows National Guard Being Forced to Stay at U.S. Capitol, Despite a Lack of Resources.  A new memo first reported by Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner shows the National Guard is unable to successfully carry out its mission at the U.S. Capitol and that resources throughout the country are being stretched to the maximum as troops are forced to remain in Washington D.C.  "Efforts to date have not secured enough volunteers among supporting states to meet the USCP request of 2,280 Soldiers, no Option B of 1000 soldiers," the memo, written by Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson, states.

'Collusion of stupidity': National Guard extension at Capitol confounds experts.  The Pentagon's decision to extend the National Guard deployment of 2,300 troops at the U.S. Capitol until May 23 to protect against an unknown threat is prompting outrage and concern from critics.  The Guard has been positioned around the legislative hall since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was carried out by some of former President Donald Trump's supporters, but officials have refused to explain what they call an ongoing threat from right-wing militia groups.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday night approved a U.S. Capitol Police request to extend the Guard deployment, prompting howls from conservatives as the riot and response have become a political hot button.  "It's a collusion of stupidity," said Heritage Foundation security analyst Jim Carafano, who questioned the need for miles of razor wire-topped fencing surrounding the Capitol complex, a two-month extension, and calls for a quick reaction force.  "It doesn't pass the commonsense test," he told the Washington Examiner. "You're gonna have a mob show up in Washington with no notice whatsoever?"

McCaul: 'It's easier to get into the US illegally than it is to get into the US Capitol'.  House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, sounded off on Tuesday [3/9/2021] on the burgeoning illegal immigration crisis at the southern border on "The Story":  ["]In fact, the secretary of homeland security said 'don't come now, but you can come'. This is the wrong statement; wrong message to be sending.  You know, I was a federal prosecutor down there in Texas.  I know the border.  I chaired homeland [security]. I've been down there [at the border] more than any other member.  I've seen this movie before.  It's all about deterrence.  When the green light is on and the messaging is if you come you can stay, they're going to come.  The traffickers know this.  They're very smart and very advanced.["]  [Link to video clip]

Sen. Tommy Tuberville: 'Fort Pelosi' Provides 'Black SUVs with Secret Service' to Democratic Congressmen,' not Republicans.  Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that Democrat representatives, not Republicans, are being provided Secret Service protection per House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) directives.  The federal government built concrete barriers alongside fencing with razor wire surrounding the Capitol following violent riots on January 6, ostensibly to protect against a threat of "domestic terrorism" from conservative supporters of former President Donald Trump.  Tuberville contrasted Washington, DC's, reaction to unrest on January 6 with dozens of violent and destructive leftist-driven riots in large American cities in 2020.

Ashli Babbitt's family's legal team releases statement.  ["]The shooting of Ashli Babbitt on January 6, 2021 by an unidentified U.S. Capitol Police Officer was an unjustified use of deadly force which violated her constitutional rights.  It is clear from video footage that Ashli did not pose a danger to the officer, or any other person, when she was shot.  Ashli was unarmed.  She did not assault anyone.  She did not threaten to harm anyone.  There was no excuse for taking her life.  It is a universal law enforcement standard that a police officer should use no more force than necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose.  At 5' 2" tall and 110 pounds, an arrest of Ashli could have been accomplished by a single trained officer with a set of handcuffs.  At the time of the shooting, there were over a half-dozen police officers in close proximity to the Speaker's door where Ashli was standing.  Some of those officers had just allowed protesters access to the door by stepping aside.  Other officers, dressed in full tactical gear, stood among the protesters just a few feet behind the door.  Still others stood casually at the opposite end of the Speaker's Lobby, unconcerned with the activities of Ashli and the protesters around her.  All of these officers were in a position to have aided in the apprehension of Ashli if it was necessary.  Given her background as a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, it is likely that Ashli would have complied with simple verbal commands, thereby making the use of any force unnecessary.  However, the officer who shot Ashli never attempted to arrest her.  Nor did he call on his fellow officers to arrest her.  Instead, he fired a shot into her chest.  Witnesses confirm that the officer did not give Ashli a single verbal warning prior to firing.  In fact, Ashli was not even aware that the officer was present, as he was located in the doorway of a room off to the side of her field of vision. [...] ["]

The Kabuki Theater At the Capitol Is About to Get Worse, and It Should Anger You.  If one were to go to Washington D.C. today and walk around the Capitol Building, to the extent that you can even get close to it these days, you'd be mistaken for thinking you were in a third-world country.  The current fortifications and military presence feel much more apt for an embassy in Baghdad than they do for the center of the U.S. government.  We are now over two months out since the January 6th riot, where the most recent information shows that not a single person was killed with malice or intent except for a woman shot by police.  If what occurred was a "coup" attempt or an "insurrection," it was the worst in human history.  Regardless, there have been no credible threats since that day.  The hysteria over March 4th turned out to be absolute nonsense, for example.  Despite that, Democrats and the Capitol Police are intent on keeping this Kabuki theater going.  Last week, reports came out that the National Guard was being requested to stay another two months.  Now, that's morphing into something more permanent.

As the Insurrection Narrative Crumbles, Democrats Cling to it More Desperately Than Ever.  Twice in the last six weeks, warnings were issued about imminent, grave threats to public safety posed by the same type of right-wing extremists who rioted at the Capitol on January 6.  And both times, these warnings ushered in severe security measures only to prove utterly baseless.  First we had the hysteria over the violence we were told was likely to occur at numerous state capitols on Inauguration Day. [...] The resulting clampdowns were as extreme as the dire warnings.  Washington, D.C. was militarized more than at any point since the 9/11 attack.  The military was highly visible on the streets.  And, described The Washington Post, "state capitols nationwide locked down, with windows boarded up, National Guard troops deployed and states of emergency preemptively declared as authorities braced for potential violence Sunday mimicking the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump rioters."  All of this, said the paper, "reflected the anxious state of the country ahead of planned demonstrations."  But none of that happened — not even close.

After raw meat and metal filings fed to them, National Guard troops in DC are told no changes coming in contracting for food.  If Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Democrats wanted to discourage people from signing up for the National Guard, they could not do much more to denude the force of recruits than station them in DC for months as props in an insurrection theatre fantasy, and then feed them raw meats and metal filings.  To top it off, no changes are going to be made in the contracting for food supplies because the bureaucrats claim they could find nothing wrong when they inspected the food prep facilities.

Nancy Pelosi's Capitol pawns.  Have we really reached the point where National Guard soldiers in their third month of protecting the Capitol are poisoned with rotten food, worms and metal shavings and no one cares?  The contempt shown to these soldiers by their Washington, DC, masters is as sickening as the rancid slop they've been served.  Barstool Sports last week was the first to publish stomach-churning photos of raw chicken and beef, moldy bread rolls and rotten fruit, along with firsthand complaints from anonymous soldiers.  At least 50 soldiers were struck ill with "gastrointestinal complaints" after eating the meals and several required hospital treatment.  It's not as if the troops are in a hardship posting like Afghanistan.  Where is the respect?

Victor Davis Hanson's perfect description of why troops are in DC.  Readers may already know why the troops are in DC but few put it as well as Victor Davis Hanson.  [Video clip]

The Capitol Police Chief And Her Democratic Bosses Are Lying To You All To Hold Our Capital Hostage.  My city has been occupied for more than eight weeks.  Major thoroughfares blocked, thousands of armed soldiers, armored vehicles, seven-foot fencing, concertina wire.  What's it all for?  An invading army across the Potomac?  Rising far-right militias, ready to strike at any moment?  Nope.  It's because when angry rioters and protesters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, a Capitol Police force hobbled by its leadership's poor training regimens, nearly non-existent fitness standards, and fecklessness in the face of crisis were incapable of protecting the building or even shutting the big doors on time.  It's because those idiot rioters had finally — after months and years of left-wing riots here and across the country — finally given Democratic lawmakers and the corporate media the right-wing riot they always claimed was around the corner.  It's because panic porn and agitprop are useful tools when you're working as hard as you can to spread fear and distrust against the half of the country that disagrees with your policies.

Greenwald: If Left Can Create Narrative The Country Is Always Under Threat, They Can Expand Mass Surveillance.  Glenn Greenwald warned the left is desperate to contain the "mythology" of what happened on the day of the Capitol Riot in order to preserve the Capitol Wall and have Congress create laws expanding surveillance.  [Video clip]

DC Will Remain Under Military Occupation As Long As Pelosi Rules.  The contrast below between the security on the southern border and military presence in Washington, D.C., tells you all you need to know about today's Democratic Party in charge.  [Tweet]  While a migrant crisis mounts on the southern border, aided by President Joe Biden's day-one executive order bringing a halt to construction of the border wall, Washington politicians have surrounded themselves with miles of fencing to provide protection not afforded to the American people.  An estimated 25,000 troops descended on Washington in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol riots in early January, bringing more armed military forces to lock down the capital city than remain in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.  As of this month, 6,000 troops remain an occupying force, supported by fencing around the Capitol that still stands at the order of Democratic politicians hellbent on exploiting the eruption of political violence at the start of the new year.

No end in sight for Capitol fortress.  Since the first week in January, the Capitol has been protected by an 8-foot fence topped with barbed wire, erected after hundreds of former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building and overwhelmed the police on Jan. 6.  Two months have passed, and many of the rioters have since been arrested and charged.  The House impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection, and the Senate acquitted him.  But the fencing remains, along with thousands of National Guard troops called in to respond to the attack and to protect the building during President Biden's inauguration.  The once-open Capitol campus has been transformed into a fortress and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.  "It's not rational," said Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican.  "I'd say right now we're overreacting."

Dumbest 'insurrection theatre' stunt of the week.  The relentless campaign to demonize supporters of President Trump entered the realm of self-parody this past week, with warnings that the US Capitol and democracy itself were in danger on March 4 because QAnon saw that date as the real inauguration day.  It was all balderdash, a PsyOp aimed at delegitimizing support for Trump or questioning the integrity of the presidential election.  Even the Washington Post admitted there was nothing to it, calling the reports a "mirage." [...] This is too kind, for mirages are genuine phenomena, a product of the physics of light.  This bogus warning was entirely the product of human intentions, not the result of impersonal natural forces.  And it amounted to the worst sort of propaganda, intended to demonize a group based on lies, by fanning the flames of panic.

Power and Political Investigations:  The Democrat Roadmap.  How do corrupt politicians conduct investigations?  Corruptly.  Over the next couple months, it's looking like we will see the inception of a new "9/11 style commission" to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. [...] A Commission of 7 Democrats and 4 Republicans.  Or perhaps an evenly split commission if Senate Republicans get their way.  An investigative scope dictated by Pelosi.  A duration of nearly a year, if not longer, with a budget of millions.  All to conclude at the end of 2021.  Just in time for Congressional hearings before the 2022 election.

The Imaginary Government.  We have long been in a post-constitutional democracy, one that recognizes no individual rights, but simply who has the most votes, or, more accurately, the most ballots.  It is as destructive to the United States as it was to France, minus the guillotines, for now.  Driving home the fact of the stolen election is pointless.  Everyone knows it was stolen, especially those who benefitted from the steal.  They also understand the value of keeping up the illusion of legitimacy.  Equal to that value is the importance of never conceding that point.  The larger question, the most important question, is how do we expose the fraud in a real way?  Recognizing it is good, pushing back on the legitimacy narrative is good, but it's just filed away as two competing political voices urging the middle to move their way.  Lost is the importance of the stolen election.  The inability of the federal government to faithfully prosecute a free and fair election destroys its authority.  They gloss over this fact, because it suits both political parties to pretend that the election was legitimate, knowing that if it was not.  They no longer hold authority until a free and fair election can be held.  In essence, they are actors on a stage and as long as the people suspend disbelief, they can continue in that role. [...] A government that no longer needs the actual votes of the people is free to unleash all manner of unlawful assaults upon them.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore recommends 24/7 'quick reaction force' of D.C. Guard to protect the Capitol after review.  A security review ordered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is recommending establishment of a permanent 'quick reaction force' that would be able to respond to urgent threats to the Capitol — as influential conservatives and Donald Trump loyalists continue to try to muddy the retired Army general leading the effort.  Pelosi ordered the review after the Jan. 6th riot and brought in retired Lt. Gen. Russsel Honore to oversee it.  Among his recommendations are a 'quick reaction force,' known in military parlance as a QRF.

How are the optics now?
Testimony: National Guard General Confirms 'Optics' Reason for Weak Capitol Security on January 6th.  Major General William J. Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, confirmed many of Americans' worst suspicions about the January 6th capitol riots in his explosive Senate testimony.  Capitol security had been deliberately weakened by civilian authorities due to purported concern about "optics," the general stated in his testimony.  Furthemore, the commanding general made it clear that such concerns were "unusual" and had not been raised during similar civil disturbances in Washington D.C. in the past.  The National Guard general's testimony should be watched and read in full to get a deep understanding of how it completely exposes many of the misleading narratives about the Capitol attack.

Police asks National Guard to stay at U.S. Capitol for another 60 days amid continued threats.  Pentagon officials were reviewing a request Thursday [3/4/2021] for National Guard troops to help out with security at the U.S. Capitol for another two months, as threats of more far-right violence remain heightened in the wake of January's bloody attack.  The Capitol Police department sent the request for continued National Guard backup on the same day that law enforcement officials said a militia was scheming to attack the historic building again, less than two months after Trump supporters besieged it in a deadly attempt to stop Congress from certifying President Biden's election.  According to a Capitol Police intelligence assessment, an unnamed militia had been devising a "possible plot" to storm the building in an attack modeled after the Jan. 6 riot, likely because Thursday was March 4 — the date when followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory falsely believed the military would reinstall Donald Trump as president.  Law enforcement agencies stepped up security on Capitol Hill in anticipation, adding more checkpoints and barbed wire fencing, making Washington look more like a city at war than it already did.

House Cancels Thursday Session over Security Concerns.  The House canceled plans to hold a Thursday session after security officials warned of a potential plot by an unnamed militant group to breach the Capitol, according to a new report.  While the Senate plans to be in session Thursday [3/4/2021], the House will hold its final votes of the week on Wednesday evening over concerns of credible threats of violence, according to the Washington Post.  Extremists have reportedly circulated threats for March 4, which they have called the "true Inauguration Day" when former President Donald Trump will be sworn in for a second term.  In a memo on Wednesday, House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett told lawmakers that the Capitol Police have "enhanced their security posture" in response to the threats.  National Guard troops remain posted at the Capitol, he added.

The Editor says...
Either the House Sergeant-at-Arms is the most gullible person on the internet, or he knows a whole lot more than he's saying.  There was no right-wing insurrection on January 6, and there was never any real chance of trouble on March 4.  Yet the Sergeant-at-Arms is ready for action.  Sort of like Barney Fife, but with hundreds of troops at his command.

Nancy Pelosi downplays QAnon threat to Capitol as 'silliness' and said House votes for Thursday were cancelled 'as a convenience' because Republicans have an issues conference scheduled.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday [3/4/2021] downplayed a threat to the Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, calling it 'silliness' and said the House didn't cancel votes because of possible violence.  Pelosi said the votes were cancelled because Republicans were holding their annual issues conference — a time when the GOP gathers to talk about their agenda for the new Congress.  Democrats held a similar conference virtually earlier in the week.  'I don't think anybody should take any encouragement that because some troublemakers might show up that we changed our whole schedule.  No we just moved it a few hours and largely to accommodate the Republicans going to their own session,' the speaker said at her weekly press conference.

5,000 National Guard troops remain in DC amid QAnon frenzy that Trump will be inaugurated again this week.  Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops are in Washington, DC this week for an inauguration that won't happen.  That's because followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe that on 4 March, which was once the inauguration date of US presidents, Donald Trump will become president again.

The Progressives are the extremists.  The Progressives, in their extreme denial of the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause, shut down churches, synagogues, and choirs.  And if not totally shut down, they limited church attendance in most of these.  Totalitarian governments do not like large groups of people assembled together, whether it is at church or at a Trump MAGA rally.  Hypocritically, they did not have any problems with Antifa nor Black Lives Matter riots.

Dubbing Capitol complex 'Fort Pelosi,' Boebert draws cheers at CPAC over Natl Guard still being in DC.  Republican lawmakers ridiculed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's ongoing deployment of National Guard troops and police as well as fencing and razor wire around the U.S. Capitol during speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday [2/27/2021].  "I wouldn't be surprised if we start quartering soldiers in the committee hearing rooms," said freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who dubbed the Capitol complex "Fort Pelosi."  "There's plenty in the parking garages at Fort Pelosi.  Maybe we can start unreasonably seizing and searching members of Congress.  Oh, wait, we're already doing that in House chambers," Boebert added, likely a reference to Pelosi's unilateral decision last month to install metal detectors and post guards at each entrance to the House chamber following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Babbitt incident
Police Lieutenant Who Shot and Killed Ashli Babbitt — Lead Murder Suspect in Ashli Babbitt Case.  On January 6th, 2021, Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt was executed by a Capitol Police Officer who seemed to hold no restraint.  50 days later, the Capitol Police Officer responsible has been identified in photos before and during the shooting.  The Police Lieutenant's name is being withheld from Ashli Babbit's attorneys.  [Photos]  You can see the Officer disregards nearly every basic firearm safety rule in the book.  His finger is wrapped around the trigger, while his firearm is aimed in the direction of his colleagues.

With Ashli Babbitt Killing Shrouded in Mystery, Capitol Officer Who Shot Her Is in Hiding for His Own Safety.  All told, seven people died in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.  But only Ashli Babbitt's death was directly caused by violence that day.  She was a rioter killed by a Capitol Police officer, who fired the only shot by any person during the 4½-hour siege.  Yet the story of who he is and why he opened fire remains shrouded in mystery.  More than six weeks after Babbitt succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the upper chest, authorities are keeping secret the identity of the officer who fired the fatal round.  They won't release his name, and the major news media aren't clamoring for it, in stark contrast to other high-profile police shootings of unarmed civilians. [...] Drawing on interviews with informed sources and available documents, RealClearInvestigations has put together a portrait of the actual shooter and the shooting, which some describe as completely justified and others call murder.

D.C. Medical Examiner:  Officer Brian Sicknick died of stroke from natural causes, not result of assault.  We have covered many times before the curious lack of medical evidence as to how Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died.  The media and Democrat narrative initially was that he died either from being beaten with a fire extinguisher and doused with bear spray.  Sicknick's death, attributed to pro-Trump rioters, was a leading excuse for a federal law enforcement crackdown on every protester physically at the Capitol that day, regardless of whether they committed violence.  The other deaths that day were not at the hands of the rioters, in fact, the only person we know died violently, Ashli Babbitt, was shot by police, who will not be charged.  In what is a bombshell revelation, the District of Columbia medical examiner, in an interview with the Washington Post, reveals that Sicknick died of a stroke due to natural causes.

Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say.  Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.  The ruling, released Monday [4/19/2021], will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer's death.  Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege, but prosecutors have not tied that exposure to Sicknick's death.  In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick's throat to quickly seize.  Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.

Cause of Death for Officer Brian Sicknick Released, Major Blow to Media and Democrat Narrative.  The official cause of death has been released for Officer Brian Sicknick, who was repeatedly claimed by the mainstream media — and even some on the right — to have been murdered on January 6th.  According to the determination, Sicknick died of natural causes, having suffered two strokes later that evening after the unrest at the Capitol had subsided.

D.C. Medical Examiner's Report Blows Huge Hole in Narrative About Capitol Riot Deaths.  The Chief Medical Examiner for D.C. on Wednesday [4/7/2021]g ave his determination on the causes of death involving those who died in the Capitol riot on January 6th.  Dr. Francisco Diaz, the Chief Medical Examiner, listed the causes of death as following:
  •   Ashli Babbitt, 35, died from a gunshot wound to her left shoulder, her death has been ruled a 'homicide'
  •   Roseanne Boyland, 34, died of acute amphetamine intoxication, her death has been ruled 'accidental'
  •   Kevin Greeson, 55, died of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, his death has been ruled 'natural'
  •   Benjamin Phillips, 50, died of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, his death has been ruled 'natural'
The cause of death for Officer Brian Sicknick was not as open-and-shut a case as widespread media reports led many Americans to believe.  The death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is still unknown and under investigation.

Timeline of Events in DC on Jan. 6.  On Jan. 6, supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in the nation's capital for a demonstration, called the "Save America March."  The plan was to hold a rally in The President's Park just south of the White House and then march to the Capitol building to demand that Congress and Vice President Mike Pence reject electoral votes for former Vice President Joe Biden from states where election results were marred by irregularities, allegations of fraud, and unconstitutional voting rule changes.  By the end of the day, the Capitol went through several rounds of lockdown after a sizable group of protesters broke inside.  Four people died in or around the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt, a woman who was shot dead by a Capitol Police officer.  Three others died due to medical emergencies, authorities said.  One man died of a heart attack and another of a stroke, and one woman was crushed by the crowd, several media reported.  A Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died the next day.  He "was injured while physically engaging with protesters ... returned to his division office and collapsed," Capitol Police said in a statement.

Family of fallen Capitol Police officer says cause of death unknown — stop making it political.  The United States Attorney's Office has opened an investigation into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.  Sicknick died Thursday night [1/7/2021] after protesters on Capitol Hill became violent.  According to ABC6, the investigation is being conducted jointly between the FBI and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, with cooperation from U.S. Capitol Police.  Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement that the Department of Justice "will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible."  Meanwhile, Sicknick's family is asking others to stop making his death a political issue.  Unfortunately, few seem to be listening.

Flyer alarm!
Do Not Fall for a Plot to Entrap Second Amendment Supporters.  A flyer has been circulating on the internet urging people to attend an "armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitols [sic]" on January 17.  It's framed in terms of standing up for liberty.  DO NOT ATTEND.  There is a 99.99999% certainty that this is a trap intended to give Democrats an excuse to destroy the Second Amendment and, quite possibly, to cordon off from society all Republicans and conservatives.  Here's the flyer, which we reproduce so that you'll recognize it should you see it.  As you look at it, realize that you are the mouse, and this flyer is the cheese.  There is no difference between the flyer and the cheese or peanut butter that a homeowner puts in a mousetrap intended to behead the little creature:  The Gateway Pundit instantly noticed serious problems with the flyer:  ["]Notice there is no organizing group listed on the flyer.  That's weird.["]

Airbnb to cancel all D.C. reservations during inauguration week.  Airbnb said it will cancel and block all reservations in the Washington metro area in the coming days as efforts to secure the capital were ratcheted higher ahead of right-wing protests this weekend and the presidential swearing-in on Jan. 20.  The mass cancellation came as regional leaders announced that a number of Metro stations would be closed for a week to discourage visitors from going into downtown Washington.  Airbnb also discovered and banned accounts for many people involved in hate groups and last week's Capitol siege, the company said in its announcement Wednesday [1/13/2021].

GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio [is] challenged by Democrats to repudiate stolen election claims.  Champaign County Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday [1/12/2020] clashed with Democrats on the House Rules Committee over GOP claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen."  The confrontation occurred as Jordan argued against bringing a measure to the House floor that would urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution's 25th Amendment to assume the presidency on the grounds that President Donald Trump is unfit to serve.  Horrified that a mob of Trump supporters marched on the Capitol last week and rioted as Congress attempted to tally electoral votes that showed Democrat Joe Biden won the election, Democrats who control the House are bringing a measure to the floor that would urge Pence to displace Trump.  Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the melee.  If Pence doesn't act, Democrats will bring up a measure to impeach Trump.

The Editor says...
There was a gathering of Trump supporters.  A small fraction of those gathered turned into a mob and invaded the Capitol building.  Antifa infiltrators comprised some substantial fraction of that group.  The overwhelming majority of the crowd was not a "mob."  It was a group of justifiably outraged voters who refuse to sit still while the 2020 presidential election is stolen and handed to Joe Biden.

Outgoing Capitol Hill Police Chief Says Efforts to Summon National Guard Were Thwarted:  Report.  Steven Sund, outgoing chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), says House and Senate security officials rejected or slow-walked multiple requests by the agency to call in the National Guard for assistance on Jan. 6.  Sund told The Washington Post in an interview published on Jan. 10 that, in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 incident in which protesters and rioters breached the Capitol building and committed acts of violence, he had asked House and Senate security officials to let him request that the D.C. National Guard be put on standby.  He told the outlet that the officials denied or postponed his requests six times.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said he wasn't comfortable with how a declaration of an emergency would be received ahead of the protests, said Sund, who resigned following the Capitol breach.  "We knew it would be bigger," Sund told The Washington Post.  "We looked at the intelligence.  We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations.  I had nothing indicating we would have a large mob seize the Capitol."

Four Police Officers Placed on Leave for Allegedly Attending Capitol Riots.  At least four police officers from across the country were placed on administrative leave for allegedly attending the U.S. Capitol riots on Wednesday.  Two of those off-duty police officers from Rocky Mount, Virginia, who allegedly attended the Wednesday rally that turned into a deadly riot, were placed on administrative leave pending review, WSLS reported.  The department also notified federal authorities.

More details about the January 6 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol.  [Scroll down]  Four protesters died during the siege.  Capitol Police shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, who was reportedly crawling through a broken window to get into the Capitol Building.  She was 35 years old and an Air Force veteran.  KTLA TV reports that Kevin Greeson, a 55-year-old Alabama man, died of a heart attack during the Capitol unrest.  Fifty-year-old Benjamin Philips of Pennsylvania died of a stroke.  And a 34-year-old woman, Rosanne Boyland of Atlanta, died of a "medical emergency."  This attack didn't just shock the consciences of all well-behaved Americans, it was a political disaster for the man the rioters supported — President Trump.  As a result of the melee, the U.S. House of Representatives is trying another impeachment attempt against the president who has mere days left in his term of office.

Protestors might have breached Capitol security with 'inside assistance,' Congresswoman says.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Friday [1/9/2021] that protestors might have been able to breach U.S. Capitol security and storm the building with "inside assistance."  She called for congressional lawmakers and law enforcement to formally investigate the possibility of inside help related to Wednesday's riot at the Capitol.  Wasserman Schultz said she attended an "emergency" Democratic caucus meeting on Friday and there are questions that need to be answered.  She also said the law enforcement response to the protest was "horrendous" and the Capitol Police's lack of preparation was "appalling."  Wasserman Schultz added that she was the top House Democratic lawmaker in charge of overseeing the Capitol Police for 10 years.

Will the Left Say Her Name?  Will those on the Left who spent all summer and early fall protesting police brutality across the country take to the streets now over the fatality at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday?  Ashli Babbitt, 35, was identified as the victim shot by Capitol Police when a mob of pro-Trump protesters stormed the building.  The unarmed woman, a 14-year veteran who served four tours with the Air Force, was shot in the chest and died after being transported to a local hospital.  She was married and lived near San Diego.  Her husband and mother-in-law found out about her death on television.  "I'm numb.  I'm devastated.  Nobody from DC notified my son and we found out on TV," the husband's mother, Robin Babbitt, told The [New York] Post.

4 Capitol riot suspects, including man seen in Pelosi's office, face federal charges.  Federal officials released additional details Friday [1/8/2021] about crimes for which several people now face charges following Wednesday's riots and attacks on Capitol Hill.  A senior Justice Department official said that law enforcement took Richard Barnett, 60, into custody in Little Rock, Ark., after a viral photograph showed him sitting inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office with one leg resting on her desk.  He was expected to make a court appearance in Arkansas and will be extradited to Washington, D.C., the Justice Department said.  After the break-in, Barnett, a resident of Gravette, Ark., told KFSM, the CBS affiliated TV station in Fort Smith, Ark., he was looking for the bathroom when he saw that the door to Pelosi's office was open.

Hawley Blasts Simon & Schuster For Canceling His Book Deal Following Capitol Riots.  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) excoriated publisher Simon & Schuster on Thursday after they canceled his upcoming book following the riots that engulfed the Capitol.  Hawley, who was among the Republicans objecting to the certification of the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden president-elect, was slated to release a book titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech" in June 2021.  The book set out to argue that major tech companies "represent the gravest threat to American liberty since the monopolies of the Gilded Age," according to Simon & Schuster's website.  After the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday, however, Hawley's publisher backed out of the deal.  "After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book," they explained.

Penn. elector objector Hawley loses book deal after Capitol siege.  Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday they are cancelling the publication of an upcoming book from Republican Sen. Josh Hawley after he tried to derail a vote on Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.  In a statement, the publisher said it could no longer support Hawley, a potential 2024 presidential contender, for what it said was "his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom."  "After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech," the statement read, referring to the Capitol siege which killed four people.

Capitol Police chief resigning after mob attack.  The U.S. Capitol Police says an officer who was injured after responding to riots at the Capitol has died.  Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday due to injuries sustained while on-duty, physically engaging with protesters at the U.S. Capitol, the statement said.  Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was tallying the Electoral College votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden won the election.  Sicknick returned to his division office and collapsed, the report said.  He was taken to a hospital and later died.

Who was Ashli Babbitt, woman shot inside Capitol building?  Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force veteran who was fatally shot after breaching the Capitol building Wednesday, was "never afraid to speak her mind," according to her ex-husband.  "I feel absolutely terrible and sick to my stomach about it," Timothy McEntee, who was married to Babbitt for 14 years, texted the Washington Post after Babbitt's death.  "She was never afraid to speak her mind and in a way this was her way of speaking her mind (going to the rally)."

Ashli Babbitt
Unfriendly Fire.  Ashli Babbitt was 35 years old when she was murdered in Washington, DC.  She was shot down by "law enforcement" for being in the wrong place at a very wrong time.  She was unarmed, not threatening anyone, and she wasn't even specifically targeted by the shooter, who simply fired through a door (as Joe Biden recommends we all do) into a crowd of people. Ashli Babbitt was a 14-year veteran of the US Air Force, and had served four foreign military tours, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.  She was a Trump supporter who believed that the November presidential election was fraud-ridden and deserved a real investigation.  But no such investigation was going to happen because the powers-that-be didn't want it.  Not Democrats, not Republicans, not the Supreme Court, and certainly not the media.

Ashli Babbitt, protester killed at Capitol, was Air Force vet from California.  The President Trump supporter killed in the Capitol building Wednesday was an Air Force vet from California who tweeted a day earlier how "nothing will stop us" and "the storm is here."  Ashli Babbitt, who had 14 years in the service and did four tours of duty, was married and lived near San Diego, her husband, Aaron, told KUSI-TV. [...] Babbitt took a fatal bullet to the chest during the mayhem inside the Capitol.  Video footage captured the sound of the gunshot, and showed the woman crumpling to the floor from multiple angles.  She apparently was shot by Capitol Police, law enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.

The Editor says...
This story is about to be flushed down the news media memory hole.  This lady was shot by a cop for no apparent reason, and very few questions are being asked.

Breaching the Capitol:  The Surprise That Was No Surprise.  What is obvious right now:  Capitol security is woefully inadequate.  It was shocking to see how easily the barricades were tipped over and the Capitol was invaded.  Here's a video of the exact moment it happened.  The young people, clad in black, doing this don't have a a MAGA quality.  In fact, one older MAGA man attempted to restrain the young man attempting to push over the barricade.  Was this the work of an agitator?  Once inside, at least some of the protestors appear to be confirmed Antifa members, according to a facial recognition software company. [...] A woman standing in a group of men was shot in the neck and later died.  From the angle on the video, it's unclear how the police officer or secret service member could even tell whether she was going for her pocket to get a gun, as is being asserted.  She stood there in the crush of the men around her.  It's a terrible tragedy that is getting lost in the news.  Will the officer be charged?

Capitol Police officer who shot dead rioter Ashli Babbitt should not be charged, say investigators.  The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 insurrection should not be prosecuted, an initial police investigation has concluded.  Babbitt, 35, was killed as she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, after breaking into the federal building with a mob of pro-Trump rioters.  On Monday night [2/1/2021] sources told The Wall Street Journal that the unnamed Capitol lieutenant had been cleared by an internal investigation.

Additional update:
Report security guard for a senator killed Ashli Babbitt.  Ken Matthews, a radio host from Harrisburg, who is filling in for Rush Limbaugh, said at about 1:10 Friday that the man who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt was not a cop.  He was a black security guard for one of the senators.  If you look at this clip below, the overzealous shooter does appear to be a black security guard.  If true, that means everyone has been lying to us.  It's a massive cover-up.  The media is still reporting that the shooter was a Capitol Hill officer.

Congress certifies Biden's win after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol.  Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote count, formally announced the results of Biden's 306-232 win over Trump in the Electoral College.  The confirmation came nearly 12 hours after hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol while lawmakers were counting the electoral votes inside.  Four people, including a woman who was shot by police, died during the chaos.

Congressional Whack-a-Mole.  Democrats view the MAGA base with disdain and fear, as if 75 million grenades were running in and about the Beltway with their pins pulled out.  As a result, they have resorted to a siege mentality that seeks to alarm and intimidate Americans by giving the Capitol and other historical landmarks a post-9/11 look and feel, with thousands of soldiers encircled by more tall fencing, Jersey barriers, barricades, razor wire, and guard posts than is required to safeguard an Army base in Afghanistan.  Thousands of personnel, most citizen-soldiers sent to bivouac on hard parking garage floors, munch on battlefield MREs, and forced to undergo FBI loyalty investigations of their political beliefs, continue to be perplexed over their prolonged presence.  They patrol the grounds of the People's House in 12-hour shifts, freezing half to death and armed to the teeth for phantom insurgent attacks.  We have been given far-fetched reasons, to include aspirational internet chatter, as pretext to defend government against its own citizenry.

Why we need an inquiry into January 6.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, so quick was the construction of this narrative that the cynics among us speculated that the riot, if not exactly premeditated by anti-Trump forces, was at least foreseen as an exploitable possibility.  Something similar can be said about the deployment of the phrase 'our democracy'.  In this case, the first-person-plural possessive is very clearly intended to be exclusive, not inclusive.  No one wearing a MAGA hat or waving a Trump banner is included in that 'our'.  The thousands of loyalty-tested National Guard troops and the tall, razor-wire-tipped fence hastily erected to surround the Capitol communicated the same message.  It's Us vs Them, comrade:  talk about 'unity' and 'our democracy' but practice division and exclusion.  Nancy Pelosi called the Capitol 'the people's house', the 'citadel of democracy', but the armed troops and the fence bespoke a different reality.

No Proof January 6 Was an 'Armed Insurrection'.  Since the Justice Department launched its nationwide manhunt to track down and arrest anyone involved with the Capitol breach on January 6, hundreds of perpetrators have been arrested.  Most face misdemeanor charges for trespassing or disorderly conduct, but dozens are in jail and denied bond for the thoughtcrime of believing the 2020 presidential election wasn't on the up-and-up.

First Came Word Guard Might Be Staying In D.C. For Much Longer, Now There's Word on the Barbed Wire Fencing.  We've been reporting on the troubling question of what are the National Guard still doing in Washington, D.C. at this point and why are there reports that they intend to keep them through the fall?  So far there's been no explanation given as to why that's happening and what the rationale is, what the "threats" are supposed to be.  No one is being told, including the governors whose units were being used or Congressional Republicans.  Rep. Lisa McClain, who is on the House Armed Services Committee, is demanding answers from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the matter.  It's ridiculous that there's so far been in excess of $480 million spent without any explanation to Congress as to why it is continuing.  But that's not the only problematic security measure continuing in D.C.

Police Did the Capitol Killings.  It is time to honestly examine the deaths which occurred at the Save America protest on January 6th, in Washington D.C. Despite Big Media's fabrications and fantasies, the truth is that the patriotic protesters did not kill anyone.  In direct opposition to weeks of media reports, Trump's supporters were the only ones who were killed on that day and they were killed by wanton police violence.  It looks like the situation was carefully orchestrated to get people killed, so that their deaths could be used to satisfy a nefarious political agenda.  [Video clip]

National Guard To Stay In DC "Through Fall 2021", Why?!  A leaked email suggests that there are plans to keep the National Guard in Washington DC beyond the previously discussed deadline of March 12th, and throughout the Summer AND Fall.  A report by FOX 5 cites an internal email seen by reporters that reveals The National Security Council is asking the Department of Defense to engage Capitol Police on planning for post-March 12th support.  The report notes that there will be a meeting for agencies to discuss the matter next Wednesday, February 17th.

Are Democrats Creating Two Americas?  Turning D.C. into an armed camp doesn't exactly shout "kumbaya."  The Yawn-of-the-Century inaugural happened without so much as a jaywalking incident.  Nonetheless, the "threat" lingers, claim the Jacobins.  Camo-clad soldiers patrol the streets, when not bedding down on concrete floors in parking garages.  The Capitol is ringed with fences and razor wire.  It's like a topsy-turvy taste of post-WWII Berlin, when the Russians erected fences and walls to keep citizens from fleeing.  In this case, the Jacobins deploy the military and build fences to keep free people out of the institutions that are rightfully theirs.

Cutting Through the Nonsense of the Great Capitol Trespass.  January 6 was not an insurrection.  It was not a coup.  It was not sedition.  It was not another 9/11.  It was not like the Rwandan Genocide, as CNN's Anderson Cooper recently suggested.  It was trespassing.  Save your crocodile tears.  Perhaps it was "traumatic" for some of our elite ruling class.  They finally came face-to-face with the dirty underclass they're supposed to be serving.  If it was indeed "traumatic," maybe those members of the ruling class should reconsider their chosen career paths.  If you're traumatized by the public, maybe public service isn't for you. [...] Why are Americans so angry?  And not just the Americans who trespassed at the Capitol, but Americans on both sides of the political aisle.  After all, the Left has been smashing, looting, and otherwise terrorizing cities for a while now.  Something is obviously amiss here, and our political elites are entirely unwilling to confront it.  The proper response in our constitutional republic, where the implicit agreement is that Americans have consented to be governed by these buffoons, would have been for the buffoons to seriously consider this question.  They could have done it publicly.  They could have returned to their congressional districts and held open forums or town halls.  They could have asked the simplest of questions to their constituents.  They could have at least tried to give us the impression that they cared.  But they don't.

Sunday Talks, Richard Grenell Discusses the New Police State in Washington DC.  Richard "Ric" Grenell appears on Sunday Morning Futures [2/14/2021] with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the new police state constructed around our nation's capitol in Washington DC.  Bartiromo outlines the newly fortified security perimeter and the thousands of military troops that will be guarding Capitol Hill for an unknown amount of time.  Questions are being asked about why DC needs to assemble a police state encampment.  Who and what are they protecting themselves from?  [Video clip]

Since the 2020 Election — Joe Biden and His Gang Are Scared to Death of Facing the American People.  No, Joe Biden IS NOT the most popular President ever.  Nope, it didn't happen.  We have literally truckloads of evidence showing the election was stolen.  There is no way Biden won a legitimate election minus any fraud.  Probably the most obvious evidence Joe Biden stole the 2020 election is because he and his gang are absolutely frightened of facing the American people.  Biden and gang have built walls all around Washington D.C.  He held his inauguration inside the iron fences and nobody showed up.  The Biden gang claims Joe Biden won more votes than any President in history by millions of votes.  They claim Biden won more than 80 million votes, but where are the voters?

There's More Word On How Long the National Guard Might Stay In D.C., It's Starting to Get Crazy.  Now that the impeachment trial is over, that's the last excuse for having the National Guard still in Washington, D.C., right?  So now they can all go home, one would think.  Not so fast with that logical thinking there.  Now there's more talk and you're not going to believe it, that they might stay until the fall.  Wait, what?  Major Matt Murphy said the current plan is to have the 6,000 who are presently on hand stay until March.  But apparently they are in talks about being there longer.  According to the DCist, Robert Salesses, assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense wrote in an email about an "extended timeline" to the Capitol Police and National Security Council.

American Police State:  No Questions Allowed.  When does a free state become a police state?  Is it when government declares itself "essential" but religious worship "selfish"? Or when making a living becomes a crime?  Or when free speech rights are afforded only to those who say "correct" things?  Or maybe when tens of millions of Americans find themselves unexpectedly labeled as "domestic terrorists" by the military-media complex overnight?  Perhaps the telltale sign is this:  simply asking why becomes subversive.  Questions become bigger threats than foreign missiles.  Words are regarded as weapons legally possessed only by those in power.  For all else, they are rendered contraband.  If Congress were transparent, rather than vindictive, and if its members worried more about finding truth than burying it, then lawmakers in D.C. would have spent the last few months quelling doubts about the 2020 election instead of intensifying those doubts with a second, inflammatory impeachment.  Alas, we're ruled by unserious people who take their power very seriously.

GOP congressman: 'We still don't have answers' to why National Guard remaining around Capitol.  Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still waiting for an explanation of why National Guardsman are still on duty around the Capitol Hill complex more than one month after the deadly riot there on Jan. 6, Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., told "The Story" Monday [2/8/2021].  "We still have National Guardsmen out there, away from their families, away from their jobs, supplementing the police," Waltz told host Martha MacCallum, "and yet we can't get a briefing on what is this dire threat that requires so many people.  We still don't have answers."  Waltz also discussed accusations of hypocrisy against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over violating her own Capitol security measures by ignoring metal detectors, as well as his op-ed calling on Republicans to look to Florida as a roadmap for the party's national success.

Ron Johnson:  Capitol Still Barricaded to 'Send a Signal' to Trump Voters That They're 'Dangerous'.  During this week's broadcast of "Sunday Morning Futures" on Fox News Channel, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sounded off on the barriers and continued heavy police presence at the U.S. Capitol a month after a group of former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed and breached the Capitol.  Johnson told host Maria Bartiromo that the heavy law enforcement presence is to "send a signal" to Trump supporters that they are "dangerous" and "insurrectionists."  "Obviously, leaders in Congress think walls and barriers work because they've surrounded the Capitol with them," Johnson joked.

America's Political Prisoners First.  In September 2019, Couy Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, met with President Trump in the Oval Office.  His group, according to its website, believes "securing our border, protecting our Second Amendment, and protecting the lives of the unborn are the most vital and key aspects in America's Greatness."  Trump supporters riding on horseback — often carrying American flags and Trump banners — participated in rallies across the country to show support for the president.  Today, Griffin sits in a jail cell denied bail.  Prosecutors charged Griffin with one minor count of trespassing as part of the Justice Department's sweeping investigation into the events of January 6.  Griffin, who is a county commissioner in New Mexico, never entered the Capitol but investigators scoured his social media account to find evidence that he was "well within the restricted area" of the building.  Griffin did not assault a police officer or break any windows or even steal an important leader's laptop.  His real crime, of course, is that he's a supporter of Donald Trump — and his real threat to society, according to U.S. prosecutors and a federal judge, is that Griffin dares to doubt the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

The Reichstag Fire of the Democrats:  A pretext for political terror.  There are thousands of soldiers outside Congress and political terror inside its halls.  That political terror isn't coming from a QAnon Shaman who only eats organic food, but from the Democrats who are using a manufactured state of emergency to purge the opposition.  Democrats deployed 26,000 troops to Washington D.C. at a cost of $500 million.  Thousands of soldiers, authorized to use deadly force as they were forbidden to do either at the border or during the Black Lives Matter assault on the White House, will stay to fight an imaginary threat.  While walls, razor wire, and military encampments rise outside the halls of government, inside them the Democrats have unleashed a true coup.  Protesters have "stormed" Congress before, from both the Left and the Right, which cannot be called overthrowing the government.  But Democrats began their own overthrow by launching an unconstitutional post-office impeachment of President Trump for speaking at a peaceful protest and a push to remove Senate members who objected to the stolen election by abusing the 14th Amendment.  The fake emergency has been extended to March.  The FBI continues falsely claiming that there is some sort of threat that requires 7,500 soldiers to conduct a military occupation of the nation's capital.  The FBI's claims that this threat would occur during "First Amendment-protected protests" has a massive credibility problem because there have been no protests in D.C.  Even though these protests have yet to emerge for over a month, the occupation goes on.

What Is Happening in DC? A Large Barbed Wire Fence With Troops And Cops Protecting From Whom Exactly?  This was the scene from around the Capitol area in DC yesterday.  A large barbed wire fence has been constructed to completely surround the main institutions with armed police and military on the outside.  This is now 10 days after the inauguration and the streets are completely empty but for a prayer group standing around.  [Video clip]

Lingering National Guard Presence In D.C. Costing Half A Billion Dollars.  The presence of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., is racking up a hefty bill of $500 million as threats reportedly require them to remain into early spring.  The estimate exceeds even the $480 million Bloomberg projected Thursday [2/4/2021], according to an official who confirmed the number to The Hill, and does not include the costs incurred by the city.  Approximately 26,000 guardsmen from all 50 states, as well as three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, descended on the capital in the wake of the unrest on Jan. 6, locking down the sensitive areas around the Capitol building, National Mall, and large portions of downtown with police barricades and razor-topped fences.

Tucker Carlson Reveals Bank of America Notifying Feds of Customer Purchase History to Use Targeting Capitol Hill Protestors.  It shouldn't come as a surprise, yet it does.  According to a segment aired tonight on Tucker Carlson television show, Bank of America sent customer purchasing history to federal agencies to assist in their investigation of persons who attended the January 6th protest in Washington DC.  [Video clip]

The Great Wall of Washington.  According to President Joe Biden, Democrats were supposed to be building bridges — not walls.  Tell that to his party's leaders, who are actually considering a plan to add a permanent, razor wire fence around the Capitol complex.  Despite major pushback from both parties, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have told reporters that they'll "defer to the experts" when it comes to securing America's representatives — even if it means turning the People's House into a supermax.  Reaction to the idea, which acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman rolled out last Thursday [1/28/2021], has been fierce.  "It's a mistake to turn the home of our democracy into a fortress," Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., a retired Marine, fired back.  On the GOP side, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., joined in their outcry, declaring that she was "adamantly opposed" to walling off the Capitol.

First Steps for Surviving What's Coming Our Way.  Well, that didn't take long.  The Harris/Trotsky administration's opening salvo of executive orders stopping the Keystone Pipeline, allowing Chinese access to the US power grid, destroying women's sports, and declaring diabetic Americans as collateral damage is only a precursor to the anti-terrorism and gun control laws targeting some seventy-four million voters.  So, what are you and your family's first steps as this barbed wire curtain swiftly envelops our formerly constitutional Republic?  (We do not have a constitutional Republic while there are still thousands military troops occupying our nation's capital.  We are now enduring a Kabuki government as we are being force-fed a well-crafted MSM fantasy of a lawfully and joyously elected national presidency.)  Progressive Marxist-Leninists regimes all have a few common themes as they consolidate power.  These include the criminalization of free speech, free assembly, elimination of a free press and religious freedoms, and a sustained and brutal attack on the civilian ownership of firearms.  For Americans these are more than a coordinated attack of our 1st and 2nd Amendments rights, this is a deliberate design to eradicate these rights in perpetuity.

Why Is the National Guard Still In Washington?  There were roughly 25,000 National Guard members in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Joe Biden.  It has been normal practice to have some National Guard in town for inaugurations, but 25,000 was far more than any number from the past.  Of course, nerves were raw after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, but there is little doubt that mobilizing 25,000 troops was an overreaction.  Now, 5,000 are still in the nation's capital.  The inauguration was nearly two weeks ago.  It went off without incident.  There is no need for troops in the city.  And yet, touring the federal area of Washington, one finds tall fencing and razor wire creating a huge militarized zone around the Capitol, with National Guard members guarding it from inside the fence.  The barrier is not just on the perimeter of the Capitol.  It extends for blocks beyond the building in every direction.  Now the head of the Capitol Police wants to make the fencing permanent, and the National Guard has not left.  They are staying at least until mid-March, apparently because authorities fear another Jan. 6-style riot from Trump supporters.

The Justice System Is Rigged Against The Right.  The infamous "Zip Tie Guy" was denied bail this week.  Eric Munchel, who went viral for carrying around zip ties during the Capitol riots, was deemed too much of a threat by a federal judge to be allowed out of jail.  This order overrode a Tennessee judge granting bail to Munchel.  Why was Munchel deemed a threat?  According to federal prosecutors, the zealous Trump supporter needed to be held because people died in the riots (even though they couldn't prove Munchel's involvement in any of those deaths), his opinions make him an extremist, and he allegedly was part of a group that yelled at a reporter.  The only solid evidence of criminal wrongdoing is that the defendant walked around the Capitol without permission — he didn't bring the zip ties and there is no evidence he attempted to kidnap lawmakers.  That still won't draw any retractions from media outlets that claimed this foolish demonstrator was a terrorist mastermind bent on abducting the entire Congress.  Even though we grant bail to rapists and murderers, Eric Munchel was apparently too dangerous to be set free.  And, as the prosecutors admitted, it was due to his politics.

Dem Governors Aren't Returning Troops From D.C. Occupation, They're Sending More.  Bitterly cold winter conditions are setting in.  And the coronavirus is spreading among the National Guard troops occupying D.C. as part of Biden's political theater.  Many Republican governors stepped up to end the occupation when troops were forced to sleep in parking garages because they had offended a Democrat staffer.  But Democrat governors are doubling down on the authoritarian occupation of D.C. and are deploying more soldiers to intimidate Americans. [...] Governor DeWine of Ohio, one of the few Republican governors to contribute to the Democrat military occupation of the nation's capital, is sending more troops.  But most of the governors, like Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky, are Democrats.  Meanwhile, Republican legislators are demanding answers.

Here's Why The National Guard Is Still In D.C. Ten Days After An Uneventful Inauguration.  It has been ten days since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, and yet, National Guard troops remain in Washington, D.C.  Despite the left's fearmongering, the event went off without a hitch and there have been no threats since.  Indeed, at this point, troops appear to be spinning their wheels, sleeping in parking garages, and having to order from local restaurants since their food contract came up short.  Several states have already recalled their troops.  Now, it appears that some politicians are questioning the need for continuing to have members of the Guard stationed in the nation's capital.

The Editor says...
After ten days, they're just now asking about it?

Security Theater Redux.  [Scroll down]  By the time of Biden's inauguration, enormous numbers of National Guard troops occupied Washington, D.C. in an unironically named Green Zone.  Large numbers of armed troops were visibly bivouacked within the U.S. Capitol, even though the protesters from January 6 were quickly dispersed, mostly nonviolent, and had long since gone home.  The FBI warned of coordinated nationwide violent protests in the days leading up to the inauguration, almost none of which materialized.  The approximately 25,000 National Guard present were armed, before being disarmed and subject to vetting for their political beliefs.  By the time the inauguration ceremony rolled around, there wasn't much for them to do.  The inauguration went off without any notable security breaches.  Of course, this is not a terribly impressive achievement, as there were essentially no regular American citizens there.  It's easier to maintain security within a closed perimeter than it is to maintain security while preserving the contours of a free society.  For all of the solemn praise of democracy by Biden and the rest of the assembled VIPs, the imagery was more reminiscent of the Soviet Union, including the absence of ordinary citizens and the prominent display of military power.  The Soviet Union, of course, also purported to be a democracy, and it also had elections.  But their elections had many of the features now familiar at home: vetting of candidates by the state bureaucracy, the use of intelligence agencies to investigate and defame dissenters, restrictions on free speech aimed at "saboteurs" and other troublemakers, a compliant media subordinate to the party, and largely preordained results to elections.

Governors pull the plug on Biden's show of force.  Governor Greg Abbott of Texas and governors of other states ordered their National Guard troops home after Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the rest of Congress evicted them from the Capitol they were brought in to protect from imaginary terrorists.  Congress sent 5,000 Guardsmen to sleep in a cold parking garage with one bathroom and no WiFi.  That was the final straw for Abbott, who was displeased when Democrats demanded the FBI vet Guardsmen for disloyal thoughts.  He tweeted, "This is the most offensive thing I've ever heard.  No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.  I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC.  I'll never do it again if they are disrespected like this."

The Editor says...
Permit me to wonder aloud why Governor Abbott felt the need to facilitate Biden's show of force in the first place.  Did he ask any questions when the request was made for National Guard troops?  In my opinion, Mr. Abbott is trying to rush to the center and portray himself as a Team Player so he can run for President in 2024.

Your Government is Afraid of You.  Here is some evidence: the military occupation of Washington, DC; claims of "insurrection"; Speaker Pelosi's interference with the military command structure; more baseless claims of dark Russian conspiracies; serious discussion of reeducation camps for Trump supporters; marginalizing and criminalizing all things "Trump" — those are all expressions of fear.  Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and President Biden keep using the word "insurrectionists" to describe the rowdy Trumpsters who raided the Capitol building unlawfully two weeks ago.  That is deliberate.  It makes all the respectable, career politicians, government drones and DC political operatives appear to be "victims" — draped in the flag and bravely defending the Constitution.  It also criminalizes all of their opposition.  Not just the protestors who raided the Capitol, but all Trump supporters — across the USA — and those opposed to The Swamp mentality to which we have now returned.  There were more troops in Washington, DC guarding the inauguration of Joe Biden than are in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined.  25,000 National Guardsmen from 13 states, plus more than 2,000 Active Duty military from the Metro DC region.  There was also the full panoply of federal and D.C. law enforcement.  From Metropolitan Police to the Postal Service.  Remember:  No one was allowed to go to the Inauguration.  The National Mall was closed.  Blocks and blocks of downtown DC were shutdown with jersey barriers, 12-foot metal fencing and armed checkpoints.  You are supposed to believe this is a "normal" security precaution.  You are not supposed to question if the reaction is excessive, heavy-handed or unprecedented.

The National Guard is reportedly planning to ask troops to remain deployed at the Capitol until mid-March.  The National Guard is planning to ask up to 7,000 troops deployed to Capitol Hill to volunteer to stay until March 12, according to  An official reportedly said the plan was still being finalized, and that Guardsmembers would not be required to remain deployed over its 31-day activation.  "We are not going to make anybody stay," spokesperson Nahaku McFadden told  Of the roughly 25,000 troops initially deployed to the Capitol for security on Inauguration Day, 15,000 of them are expected to return to their respective states this week.  Guardsmembers from all of the US states and territories like Puerto Rico were activated to support President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

National Guard troops exploited for 'insurrection theatre' subjected to disgusting abuse as soon as no longer needed for visuals.  Even Hollywood extras for crowd scenes receive far better treatment than the National Guard troops that were mobilized to protect Biden's inauguration from a non-existent threat.  Yesterday [1/21/2021], I called it "insurrection theatre" because the massive deployment was all about generating an atmosphere of fear and painting supporters of Donald Trump as an imminent threat to the Republic because they re aching for overthrow of the government.  The excuse, of course, was the incursion of the Capitol, a disgusting event, but hardly a sign of a vast insurrection plot that would require tens of thousands of armed troops to deter or defend against. [...] And there are many signs that the people at the spearhead of the mob at the Capitol may have been false flag provocateurs from the left, who, it turns out, were extremely successful in discrediting, even crippling Trump supporters and conservatives.

Who ordered the National Guard troops stuffed into the icy underground parking garage?  Following the strange inauguration of Joe Biden, some 25,000 to 65,000 National Guard troops brought in to guard the Capitol were in for a string of insults.  First, their loyalty was questioned.  Then their professionalism was questioned.  And with no clear purpose for so many of them to protect the Capitol, it was clear they were being used for photo op props, not the service they were sworn to.  They found themselves there not to chase off rioters, but to bolster Democrats in their political purpose of smearing Republicans as insurgents.  The final insult came when someone ordered them to get lost from the Capitol.  Like discarded props, or no longer welcome valets, more than a thousand were ordered into an icy underground parking garage to stay out of sight, out of mind.  They had no heat, just one bathroom for 5,000 personnel, and only one outlet.  They had no internet and no beds, forcing them to sleep on hard ground in 38-degree cold.  COVID was present, making the harsh conditions a potential superspreader event.

Biden's militarized inauguration showcased Democrats' insecurity.  Nothing says, "This was a perfectly normal election, and now it's time to come together as a united nation," like having your swearing-in behind 12-foot-high razor wire surrounded by 25,000 troops whose loyalty you doubt.  That's what we witnessed at President Biden's inauguration on Wednesday [1/20/2021]:  a grim testament to the fundamental insecurity and fragility of the re-ascendant liberal elite.  Democrats no doubt hoped that the optics of this military-heavy presidential installation would convince ordinary Americans that the republic is in peril from the populist ferment that sent Donald Trump to the White House in 2016 and garnered more votes four years later than any GOP ticket, ever.  It's a peril that can only be addressed by, in James Comey's lovely phrase, "burning down" the Republican Party.  But the whole aura was less Lincoln and more bananas.  As in banana republic.  Abe Lincoln had fewer troops to defend Washington during the Civil War, even though the Confederate capital of Richmond was just down the road.

Hail To The Thief.  Through world wars and wars on terror, Washington D.C. has remained a national capital where the hundreds of millions of taxpayers who labor to pay for its grand edifices, free museums, and lavish lifestyles could briefly come to enjoy a little of the life lived by the ruling class in the Imperial City.  Now the ruling class has made it clear that it doesn't want peasants entering D.C.  Even as Biden's team prepped the executive orders that would end the national emergency at the border and shut down construction of the wall, new walls topped by razor wire were rising across the imperial city.  The new Fortress of Government sealed off two miles of the National Mall and parts of downtown D.C. and filled it with more soldiers than are deployed in Iraq.  The Secret Service designated green and red zones.  Some 25,000 National Guard members were dispatched from Vermont, Maine, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Colorado to prepare for a fake invasion that never came.  But the armored vehicles and heavy weaponry did come.

What Do They Think Is Going to Happen:  Intense Security Response Across Country to Inauguration.  Just exactly what do the powers that be think is going to happen on the inauguration?  I wrote about how there is a massive presence now of the National Guard in Washington, D.C. with an estimates of up to 20,000 troops there.  Now the reports have been adjusted up to as many as 30,000.  There are so many, they are all over the Capitol, even sleeping in the hallways including folks brought in even from New Jersey and Puerto Rico.  As I reported, they're armed and not just with the normal riot response weapons.  They've also been given authority to use lethal force.  According to Stars and Stripes, Guardsmen have been approved to carry their service firearms, M4 carbines, and M9 pistols.  Is this what they call a "peaceful transition of power" for a man who allegedly got more votes than anyone in history?  But they aren't only bringing in massive numbers to D.C.  Maryland has declared a state of emergency in response.  Virginia bridges into the district are shut down.  The National Mall is shut down.  Massive 12 foot fencing has gone up around the city and it's basically locked down, with "checkpoints" all over the city, with police checking vehicles.

The Editor says...
Wow, it's almost as if a coup is taking place by way of a fraudulent election, and everybody knows it, and now the coup is being militarized.

You are being "purged".  Whenever a coup overthrows the government, the new regime is always fragile.  For that reason, the plotters always do a purge of anyone who can threaten their new power base. [...] So they begin with the President, who is being impeached and declared persona non grata, even going to far as to pass a bill that bans him from VISITING the Capitol.  They will also eliminate anyone who presents a threat from the legislature.

Democrats to Censure Mo Brooks and Louie Gohmert in Coming Days for Challenging Election Fraud and Blaming Riots on Them.  Democrats are planning to censure Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) in the coming days for challenging the stolen 2020 election.  Democrats want to pin the rioting in the US Capitol by Trump supporters and Antifa on the Republican lawmakers who had nothing to do with it!  This is how a tyrannical government behaves.  Democrats have all the power and they are going to use it to punish anyone who stands in their way.

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