CSPOA - which had close tie to Oath Keepers & was in direct contact w/the militia group the day before the coup attempt - is now raising a national militia force ("posses") to put under its anti-federal Trump-loving sheriffs.

Another effort w/Oath Keeper ties...
2)..are the growing "state defense forces". One of these groups, the North Carolina State Defense Force, seemed to be organizationally linked to OK, and to this day endorses the Oath Keeper effort on its website.
3) CSPOA sheriffs opposing federal & state authority can quickly subsume such armed state-level groups. Indeed, *any* militia group can quickly plug into CSPOA and enjoy quasi-legal legitimacy - which is the very point of CSPOA, to legitimize insurgency.
4) As I covered at length in my 2016 story on Donald Trump & William S. Lind, placing militia groups under sheriffs is a 4th Generation Warfare concept promoted by strategists such a Lind & also Larry Pratt, a Christian Reconstructionist closely associated w/the militia movement.
5) Pratt, Lind, & other strategists of the Christian right have stated that such sheriff/militia forces can serve a counter-insurgency function. Pratt has explicitly made the comparison to militias later implicated in the 1980s Guatemalan genocide.4thgenwar.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/tru…
6) Another aspect of this are ties between the New Apostolic Reformation & the Putin government, which go back the better part of the decade. One influential NAR leader, Rick Joyner, has repeatedly - into 2021 - called for the formation of church-based militias.
7) Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes has for years been urging churches towards militia efforts such as sniper teams. Rhodes got his start working for former US Rep. Ron Paul, who now works w/top Christian Reconstructionist theorist Gary North, known for his lusty enthusiasm...
8)..for stoning as a punishment for violation of various biblical laws such as adultery, homosexuality, idolatry, witchcraft, teenage rebellion, and so on. reason.com/1998/11/01/inv…
9) Excuse me, I forgot to link to that last mentioned story of mine, on the nexus of the New Apostolic Reformation, the militia movement, & Russians with a clear interest in seeing the US shatter into pieces. twocare.org/pro-revolution…
10) Adding especial menace to this picture is a new initiative called "Flag Officers 4 America", whose recent "Open Letter" claims, "Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no othertime since our founding in 1776...
11)..The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty." (flagofficers4america.com/open-statement)

The website of this group of retired US military flag officers has a "Citizen's Action Plan" which seems to feature an explicit...
12)..nod to Richard Mack's CSPOA. It calls on citizens to "elect sheriffs and DAs who will constitutionally enforce the rule of law and will resist state and federal mandates infringing on Constitutional Rights of citizens". img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/fb7c…
13) Among the list of signatories to this "Flag Officers For America" letter is former Undersecretary of Defense Willam G. Boykin, who serves both in the "Oak Initiative", a political organizing effort from New Apostolic Reformation leader Rick Joyner - who has been calling for..
14)..coups against sitting US presidents since 2013 and fully decade ago was heaping effusive praise upon Russian president Vladimir Putin - and also as Vice President of the Family Research Council. Boykin has also been for years affiliated with what's probably the leading...
15)..umbrella organizing effort of the Christian right & the Koch network, the Council for National Policy, covered in a recent book by @anelsona (npr.org/2019/10/29/774…). Another signatory to the Flag Officers Letter was former US Special Operations commander for Africa...
16)..Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc - who back in late May of this year could be found meeting w/CSPOA head & founder Richard Mack who, I forgot to mention, has served on the board of the Oath Keepers.
17) On Boykin & the CNP, also see: cfnp.org/policy-counsel….

I'm drawing out these ties to illustrate that this insurrectionist/pro-coup movement represents the highest leadership circles of the Christian right & the Koch network, not to mention the dynamic bulk of the #GOP.
18) Top #GOP entities such as the #Republican Governor's Association helped finance the "Stop the Steal" rallies that morphed into the 1/6/2021 coup attempt, & there has not been noticeable pullback, by such #GOP & religious right entities, from the gathering insurrectionary..
19)..forces. Warned writer & journalist George Black, in a June 21, 2021 story in the Washington Spectator, "The main significance of January 6 is that it failed. But failure is a learning experience, and those who propelled the insurrection are determined not to fail again...
20)..In that sense, the storming of the Capitol was not a culmination: it was one event in a sequence, even a dress rehearsal". Black is hardly the only experienced political observer issuing such warnings.washingtonspectator.org/military-veter…
21) Circling back to the CSPOA, today, on July 4th, founder Richard Mack (the former chief lobbyist for Larry Pratt's Gun Owners of America) will be appearing onstage with "Arise USA!" head & (per the UK Guardian) "former Marine, CIA case officer...
22)..and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity" Robert David Steele. But that description hardly does Steele justice. Per a new report from IREHR, Steele is also "is a prolific purveyor of antisemitism who spews conspiracy theories about “satanic Zionists”...
23)..engaged in a global plot against white people; deems Jews “a secret society that believes itself to be exempt from all laws and customs of others;” promotes Holocaust denial; calls for jailing all Jews not sufficiently “loyal to the Republic;” and...
24)..declares that we must “eradicate every Zionist who refuses to be loyal to their country of citizenship and the rule of law.”"

Chuck Tanner's & Devin Burghart's IREHR report has barely been noticed, but I find it highly alarming... irehr.org/2021/07/02/con…
25)..especially because I have been following Mack & CSPOA for over 6 years, & in the past he has gone to some lengths to disavow being racist & anti-Jewish. He now no longer seems to care, & that suggests to me that he's moving into the operational phase of the CSPOA mission...
26)..during which public relations will be far less of a consideration.

Not that there was ever any question, in my mind at least, as to what CSPOA is - back in 2016 I started to cover the Trump campaign's cultivation of the top white supremacist radio how host in America...
27)..who served on the board of the Council of Conservative Citizens when its website propaganda helped inspire the young Dylann Roof to carry out his racist church massacre.

Trump, Jr. granted a radio co-interview with that radio host James Edwards, who might be amused...
28)..to know that a distant relative of mine is said to have hoisted the Confederate Flag at the 1st battle of the Civil War, especially b/c Edwards is a staunch neo-Confederate who often grants airtime to the head of the League of the South, whose leader has called for open...
29)..race war. The aforementioned radio interview w/Trump. Jr. was widely noticed by US media, but what was almost uniformly missed was the identity of the co-host of that interview - the Vice President of Operations for the CSPOA.

Here's my 1st on that: huffpost.com/entry/donald-t…
30) And my 2nd story on it: huffpost.com/entry/from-ins…
31) The Trump campaign was not just cultivating the host of the leading white supremacist/neo-Confederate/neo-Nazi radio show in America - the campaign, inc. dirty trickster Roger Stone, was cultivating the CSPOA.4thgenwar.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/a-s…
32) Now, one of the most frequent guests on the CSPOA VP's radio show is, not surprisingly, Richard Mack. But another *very frequent* guest on the show is Oath Keepers founder & head Stewart Rhodes. Indeed, the CSPOA VP & Rhodes were in phone communication on 1/5, as Rhodes was..
33)..driving to Washington DC. During that call, the Oath Keepers head said he was engaged in 4th Generation war against the federal government. There's no reason to believe that war has been called off, even if the 1st battle was lost. It was a hasty, poorly planned effort...
34)..but now, the troops are truly being marshaled.
35) Here are a few additional useful pieces on Mack & the CSPOA: splcenter.org/fighting-hate/…

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