This “capitol insurrection” nonsense is all just being used as a massive excuse to shut everything down in this surreal soviet style.
No serious person believes that this was anything other than a mostly peaceful protest.
A metal guitarist and the alleged leader of a Colorado paramilitary training group have been charged with allegedly taking part in the riot at the Capitol last week, as the FBI ratchets up its investigation into the role extremist groups played in storming the building.
Jon Schaffer, an Indiana musician, turned himself in to the FBI on Sunday afternoon, officials said. On Jan. 6, Schaffer was photographed inside the Capitol, wearing a hat that said “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member.” Schaffer founded Iced Earth, a metal band, and music fans quickly recognized him as the FBI circulated posters with his face on them.
Schaffer, 52, was charged with six counts, including engaging in an act of physical violence. Authorities said Schaffer was among the rioters who targeted Capitol Police with bear spray.
Also charged in a court filing made public Sunday was Robert Gieswein, 24, of Cripple Creek, Colo. Court papers say he is affiliated with an Oath Keepers-related group called Three Percenters, and that Gieswein “assaulted federal officers outside the Capitol; observed and encouraged other rioters as they broke a window of the Capitol building; entered the building through that broken window; and then charged through the Capitol building.”
Court papers say Gieswein runs a private paramilitary training group called the Woodland Wild Dogs, and a patch for that group was visible on a tactical vest he wore during the attack on Congress.
According to the FBI affidavit filed against him, Gieswein gave a media interview in which he echoed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and said his message to Congress was “that they need to get the corrupt politicians out of office. Pelosi, the Clintons . . . every single one of them, Biden, Kamala . . . they have completely destroyed our country.”
Court records did not indicate that Gieswein was in custody, and it’s not immediately clear why his documents were publicly available. Lawyers for Schaffer and Gieswein could not immediately be identified.
The Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters and the Proud Boys, a male-chauvinist group with ties to white nationalism, have drawn particular attention from the FBI agents investigating the attack on Congress as they work to determine whether those groups organized or directed the violence. Officials have said the Proud Boys in particular are an important focus of the FBI investigation.
“All these extremist groups are being looked at in terms of their participation at the Capitol,” Acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin said Friday.
Oath Keepers patches and logos were prominently displayed by a number of those in the mob that day. It is one of the largest militant groups in the United States, claiming tens of thousands of members. The group’s founder has argued that current and former U.S. military and law enforcement members can adhere to their oath to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” while refusing orders or fighting to resist tyranny.
I wonder if the Oath Keepers are still ride or die cop supporters, as their doors are being kicked in by cops that are working for a foreign government to oppress the native people of this country?
I suspect they still are cop lovers, and are actually praising the cops as they’re being wrongfully arrested for a peaceful protest by a criminal government.
The Oath Keepers were always a little bit confused about what exactly their mandate was.
Most of the current charges we’re seeing are just bullshit, which will probably be pretty easy to fight in court, and isn’t really even that big of a deal if you get convicted. No one wants a three-year vacation at club fed – but hey, worse things have happened to better people.
Understand though – this is just the beginning. They are going to start pulling out RICO on some of these groups. Primarily Proud Boys, I’d suspect.
This is a rolling process, where everyone is going to get cracked down on. They are going to form an entire new system of cracking down, a kind of Patriot Act on steroids, that is just going to totally eliminate everyone’s civil rights.
Because someone took a joke selfie with a podium, and that was a rape of our sacred democracy.