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1/ Who am I?

I'm a #CVE researcher who studies the process of radicalization, social groups, and movements. In short, I look for ways to prevent people like the #CovingtonBoys from swiping even further right & endorsing white nationalism, ethnic separatism, or dom. terrorism.
2/ On Twitter, I identify as a “#ProudBoys Whisperer,” a tongue in cheek reference to the ethnographic fieldwork I do. This work involves many conversations like the one below.

3/ I also look for ways to help men and women innoculate themselves from falling down the #antifeminist/anti-#SJW /conspiratorial rabbit hole.
4/ I, along with my research peer, @notcolloquial have begun providing nuanced insights into this group. Check out their masterful article, “A Lesson to the Alt Right in Trolling,” which even Proud Boys conceeded was good.

5/ @notcolloquial and I were also interviewed together in the Miami New Times Article, “Hate Goes Mainstream with the Miami #ProudBoys.”

6/ So... you might be asking yourself, why? Why would someone risk their relative security in #academia to study this group?
7/ Well, for several reasons.

Before #Charlottesville, my primary interest was in foreign #terrorism.

Here is a link to my work before this time period, which was publish in the @JD_JournalDerad in 2016.

8/ After Charlottesville, I decided to examine how #terrorism and #extremism operate from within our borders.
9/ I noticed the #ProudBoys attempting to distance themselves from their involvement in the Unite the Right rally. I've been following #PBs on an IRB approved research project since October 2017.

10/ Needless to say, #Gavin was not a fan of my decision to study his group.
11/ Here’s the fun part: Neither was my #communications department!

In fact, from 0:47–1:11, you can hear me tanking any future I might have hoped for with them.

#AcademicFreedom: 1 #AcademicSecurity: 0
12/ So now that I’ve shared all my receipts, let’s get to the part you’re here for.

Here is primary source data that is most relevant to current events, specifically, the #arrest of #RogerStone.

nytimes.com/2019/01/25/us/… via @nytimes
13/ #RogerStone was not included in my original list of #ProudBoy interview questions, but he was referenced in two member’s transcripts. I’d like to share them below, before Proud Boys engage in the post hoc distancing they are famous for.

Case in point 👇
15/ Next Steps

As everyone who does this work knows, you cannot do it alone.

We need the strength of our instutions, the strength of peers, and the strength of our networks and communities to persist.
16/ Let me first extend an invitation to my research peers @notcolloquial and @RVAwonk, who can share their expertise and insight into the extent of #RogerStone's #ProudBoy connections.
17/ I'd also like to extend this invitation to anyone doing related work to share their insights & further illuminate the connections b/t #RogerStone and #ProudBoys/#PatriotPrayer.

cc: @DavidNeiwert, @egavactip, @jjmacnab, @jaredlholt, @MichaelEHayden, @Kherman112, @Samirite1
18/ Finally, I encourage everyone to support the journalists @HuffPost who have been laid off in the past couple days as news outlets grapple with a merciless digital landscape.
19/ As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. 🤓

Full Article: medium.com/@ashkenaz89/ge…
Support: patreon.com/ashkenaz89
Special Thanks: @notcolloquial, @RVAwonk, @nezumi_ningen, @DavidNeiwert, @Kherman112, @egoldmanrevolt

#AcademicTwitter #Solidarity @FBI #RogerStone
20/ Strong operational security. 🤣

I’m incredibly grateful for all of my new patrons and their support this month. Thank you! 🙏

If you’d like to see more videos, field notes, and other #ProudBoy content, & you have spare change, a dollar goes a long way.

Only if ya want to though. 😊

@SethAbramson Primary source data to support Stone’s relationship with the #ProudBoys.
@TalibKweli, you came up in the course of an interview project with #ProudBoys. I understand you have had some unique experiences with them as well.
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