NEW: Audio of militia members narrating the Capitol invasion:

“We have a good group: 30 to 40 of us. We’re sticking together and sticking to the plan."

“We are in the main dome right now."

"Keep going.”

"...Everything we fucking trained for.”

theguardian.com/us-news/2021/j…
Militia members used walkie-talkie app Zello:

This fall, an employee said, @Zello CEO Bill Moore "said essentially that because the platform was not legally responsible for harm caused by those far right groups, it would not kick them off the site."

wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/s…
Excellent work from @HamptonStall and @onthemedia’s @MicahLoewinger, investigating how extremists operate on audio channels. Audio is more laborious to track, and this get less scrutiny, than text-focused social media platforms: theguardian.com/us-news/2021/j…

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7 Jan
Just got off the phone with Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was murdered in Charlottesville:

“This path has always been predictable,” she said. “And for people to now go, ‘I never knew this would happen,’ why not? How would you not see this happen?”
Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mom, told me tonight it’s time for real accountability.

“I’m all for talking across divides, but that’s with rational people, not with people who are seeking violence, not for people who are attempting to overthrow a democracy. I’m not having that.”
Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mom:

“I see a great deal of difference in how black protesters and white protesters are treated.

I see a great deal of difference in how those who incite riots are treated based on what level of power they have.

This has been very predictable."
Read 6 tweets
6 Jan
wait, was jon ossoff actually a high school theater kid?
I am looking for THE REAL ANSWER ONLY
the Internet is giving me a lot of irrelevant results about his potential role on the "world stage"
Read 4 tweets
5 Jan
How Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio explained to police why he had brought two empty Proud Boy-branded magazines to the District of Columbia. Via @letsgomathias: big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/athena/files/2…
Yes, these two pieces of monogrammed polymer are illegal in the District of Columbia: code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/cod…
Per DC police, the 30-round magazines didn't even have any ammo in them! Just two empty illegal magazines emblazoned with a gang logo:
Read 5 tweets
21 Oct 20
The walkie-talkie app @Zello has become a major organizing tool for the American militia movement.

Important investigation from @MicahLoewinger and @HamptonStall, who found 100s of militia + white supremacist group operating openly on @Zello.

THREAD👇

wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/s…
How American militia groups have been recruiting:

The entry point for new members has been @facebook and right-wing forums.

Then recruits get password and instructions about how to join a militia's @Zello channel:

wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/s…
Here are some of the militia recruitment conversations that have been happening on @Zello, an @onthemedia investigation found: wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/s…
Read 8 tweets
30 Sep 20
In 2019, a Manhattan judge sentenced two Proud Boys to prison for assaulting left-wing protesters.

“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead,” the judge said.

nypost.com/2019/10/22/pro…
Despite graphic video footage of protesters being beaten outside a Gavin McInnes event at the Metropolitan Republican Club in 2018, NYPD did not immediately arrest any Proud Boys.

Only when the governor + others demanded action did NYPD make arrests: theguardian.com/world/2019/oct…
A key story about Proud Boys beating up leftist protesters in the heart of Manhattan, and how the NYPD initially made no attempt to arrest them, from @juliareinstein and @skbaer: buzzfeednews.com/article/juliar…
Read 4 tweets
30 Sep 20
At a debate watch party at Glory Days, a bar in Seal Beach, California
“I hate him,” one woman here says of debate moderator Chris Wallace, when he pushes Trump on his healthcare plan.
Big cheers from this Republican crowd in Seal Beach whenever Trump lands a talking point. Was quieter here when Biden made his case on Trump’s coronavirus failures.
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