My look at the bureau’s evolving strategy to identify suspects in the U.S. Capitol attack.

#CapitolRiots #SeditionHunters #BOLO #YOLO

You Won’t Believe What The FBI Is Doing To Get Their Capitol Insurrectionists Photos On Your Timeline huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…
The FBI’s Capitol Attack “Seeking Information” Page Doesn’t Look Like THIS Anymore. huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…
[sorry not sorry] huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…
Went with the guy dressed up as an eagle in an American flag suit for the main image, but yes it’s also astonishing that head tattoo guy hasn’t been arrested yet.
One thing the FBI hasn’t done yet: Give their targets the catchy (sometimes humiliating) nicknames they give to bank robbers. But groups like @SeditionHunters have stepped into the void. huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…
As @capitolhunters points out, #BaldEagleGuy #BaldEagle (featured in the main illustration on the story) was right in the thick of the battle. High-quality images from the FBI:
A couple of recent additions to the FBI’s Capitol page were dubbed #airheadboy and #airheadlady because they wore stolen emergency masks on their way out of the Capitol. (And, presumably, because they stormed the Capitol with their faces in full view.)
At the moment, the FBI isn’t publishing videos of suspects, although plenty of material has been submitted. Sometimes suspects only get more attention once people see video of what they actually did:
Mocking criminals’ looks (and stupidity) has been a pretty effective PR tactic for the FBI in the past. Any controversy over the nicknames they gave insurrectionists would only help spread the images. Curious to see if the bureau eventually gets there. huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…
“Unique hashtags help to engage others in our search as well as making it easier for us to track specific individuals,” says @SeditionHunters’ admin. “They help the online community visualize the person or the alleged crime committed or the weapon used...” huffpost.com/entry/fbi-capi…

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Ryan J. Reilly

Ryan J. Reilly Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @ryanjreilly

17 Feb
Got overtaken by the Brent Bozell IV news, but yesterday the feds also unsealed charges against Dean Egtvedt, an “incoherent” Trump fan who yelled “SHOOT ME” at officers and told members to “grow a spine or fucking resign” on Baked Alaska’s livestream during the insurrection. ImageImageImageImage
"Officer M.D. tried to grab EGTVEDT below the waist but could not, due to EGTVEDT’s size. He then attempted to push EGTVEDT back in the direction of the south exit door and 'held on for dear life’ due to EGTVEDT’s size.” assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2048… ImageImageImageImage
About a month after Dean Egtvedt assaulted cops during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, “Dan Egtvedt” posted Benny content about “disrespect towards the National Guard." ImageImage
Read 8 tweets
16 Feb
NEW: Brent Bozell’s son charged for actions during Capitol riot. Story w/ @PaulBlu: huffpost.com/entry/brent-bo…
Internet sleuths did a ton of work here, but the earliest mentioned tip to the FBI on Jan. 14 came from W-1, who “was affiliated with the same school that Bozell’s children attended.” The school-banded apparel started some discussion. W-2 is more of a pure internet sleuth.
Read 8 tweets
16 Feb
Several Capitol insurrectionists, upset that Antifa was getting credit for their work, complained on social media (and generated evidence the feds used against them).

My latest Capitol trendspotting piece:

Live by the conspiracy theory, get charged because you took to Facebook to convince your fellow conspiracy theorists that their latest conspiracy theory wasn’t true. huffpost.com/entry/trump-ca…
"Listen up: I hear so many reports of ‘Antifa’ was storming the capital [sic] building. Know that every single person who believes that narrative have been DUPED AGAIN!” huffpost.com/entry/trump-ca…
Read 4 tweets
16 Feb
“Don’t you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM. We proudly take responsibility for storming the Castle. Antifa and BLM or [sic] too pussy… We are fighting for election integrity. They heard us.” — new Capitol attack defendant John Gennaro ImageImage
“We storm THE SWAMP for FREEDOM!!!” courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco… Image
"MELLIS can be heard saying 'Knock their masks off' before the BWC shows MELLIS’ hand – wielding the stick – come over the top of the first individual, striking at the officers who were protecting the entryway to the Capitol Building.” Image
Read 5 tweets
14 Feb
The feds have submitted additional evidence against Capitol riot defendant Matthew Miller, who they are arguing should be kept locked up until his trial.
“….the defendant was not only calling for others to assist in pushing through law enforcement, but he encouraged others and repeatedly attempted to push through with the crowd himself.” courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Miller’s defense, meanwhile, submitted letters describing Miller as "very cheerful," "kind-hearted and respectful of authority," "upbeat," "a genuinely good person," and "smart, generous, giving, hardworking, a good friend to others…"
Read 5 tweets
13 Feb
There are now more guilty votes against former President Trump than there were in his first impeachment trial.
57-43. As expected, short of two-thirds.
Read 4 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!