Here is the #OathKeepers #Sedition indictment…. Highlights (Thread) (1)
Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes in an interview w regional group leader in Dec 2020 says if Biden assumes power "We will have to do a bloody, massively bloody revolution against them. That's what's going to have to happen." (2)
The indictment says Rhodes "urged President Trump to use military force to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power, describing Jan 6 as 'a hard constitutional deadline'" (3)
On Dec 23 Rhodes says "tens of thousands of patriot Americans, both veterans and non-veterans, will already be in Washington, D.C., and many of us will have our mission-critical gear stowed nearby, stored just outside DC" (3)
He also says people may have to "take to arms" (4)
Then the indictment describes how codefendants circulated Rhodes's writings and remarks, which will be important to establishing conspiracy (5)
They arrange paramilitary training and set up an invite-only Signal chat (6)
On Dec 31 Rhodes writes in the chat "There is no standard political or legal way out of this" (7)
They discuss what weapons to bring and how to access them (8)
On Jan 2 they talk about coordinating with local militias to arrange to transport the weapons by boat into DC, across the Potomac, if the bridges close (8)
They plan what to wear and call January 6 "the Op" (9)
They call themselves the QRF, or Quick Reaction Force (10)
They conduct a reconnaissance mission and then on jan 6 arrive at the Capitol, where they breach the building in two groups. Rhodes says "All I see Trump doing is complaining...So the patriots are taking it into their own hands. They've had enough." (11)
They talk at length about comparisons to the American Revolution, including tarring-and-feathering politicians and--not on Jan 6 but at some future point--a battle of Lexington (THAT IS WAR, FOLKS) (12)
The indictment says they looked for, but did not find, Nancy Pelosi (13)
"Section E: Co-Conspirators Continue Plotting After the Jan 6 Attack on the Capitol": "You ain't seen nothing yet" "We got food for 30 days" "We aren't quitting!! We are reloading!!" (14)
Rhodes: "Patriots that entered the Capitol to send a message to the traitors is NOTHING compared to what's coming" (15)
The indictment then details purchase of weapons and ammo and describes efforts to organize other militia groups to oppose Biden's inauguration (16)

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13 Jan
Many of you have questions about the #OathKeepers in light of the #Sedition charges filed against group members today. Here's a quick overview: (Thread) (1)
Oath Keepers is a militia group that specializes in recruitment veterans, active-duty troops, and police. It joins many other white power and militant right groups in this strategy (Klan, Aryan Nations, skinhead, neo-Nazi, and several other groups have done this for decades) (2)
If you're new here you may not have heard me say this, but the aftermath of warfare is the most consistent predictor of vigilante violence in the US--and the most consistent predictor of membership surges in groups like this (3)
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13 Jan
Oath Keepers founder charged with seditious conspiracy for Jan 6 assault on the Capitol (1)…
When the Dept of Justice last attempted a seditious conspiracy prosecution of organized white power violence it was in Ft Smith, Arkansas, in 1987-88 (2)
There, the DOJ charged 13 white power activists (leaders and rank and file) on charges including seditious conspiracy (3)
Read 24 tweets
11 Jan
So back to The Birth Certificate: An American History by @shoojaypee --#twitterstorians, it is a spectacular book. (1)
Beautifully structured, with an archival footprint you will not believe. Fine and nuanced argumentation about the relationship between individuals, race, and the emerging bureaucratic state. (2)
Makes excellent points about how vital documents don't just record, but actually themselves create new categories of meaning (3)
Read 7 tweets
6 Jan
Hey @Twitter @verified, how come women who work on the militant right can't get blue checks? Asking for myself and several others
It makes it really hard to distinguish expertise in this field, which is important to the quality of commentary, which is, not to put too fine a point on it, critical to the functioning of our democracy.
For instance: @milleridriss @NeuSummits @cassiepmiller just for starters
Read 9 tweets
27 Dec 21
You know, there is a legitimate discussion to have about peaceful versus armed resistance to violent white power activism. But taking this tone with activists who have dedicated their lives and risked their personal safety in pursuit of confronting this threat is not appropriate.
Furthermore, we can't get anywhere by dismissing people engaged in the militant right "vile little miscreants" etc. Only understanding the ideological worldview gives us the tools to oppose them. This requires that we see them as people, acting in context.
The archive shows us that it is precisely this kind of thing that has let white power activism remain with us for so long--similar dismissals have fueled journalistic and academic misunderstanding about the size and seriousness of white power groups
Read 8 tweets
20 Dec 21
This just came out so this is an early take, but the DoD just updated the language it uses to decide what is "active participation" in "extremist group(s)"--which is prohibits Armed Services personnel from doing these things (DoDI 1325.06) (1)
The new definition is much more expansive, and at first glance has some tools with the potential to really help root white power and militant right activism out of our Armed Forces (2)
"Extremist Activities" now includes several sections on violence and then also "(f) Advocating widespread unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, or sexual orientation. " (3)
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