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Steve's Unedited Tweetstorm from Day 13 of Oath Keepers Trial
“We need to stick to the objective, and protect those in the building from violence . . . including members and staff.”
October 21, 2022
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Day 13 of Oath Keepers Trial

***Before I begin . . . remember, this tweetstorm is unedited, and posted as fast as I could get the highlights out, but a very interesting message was revealed in the "OK FL" Signal chat group, which the government conveniently left out of their direct questioning yesterday of witness, FBI Special Agent Drew -- yet she was forced to read it aloud during cross-examination this morning:

“We need to stick to the objective, and protect those in the building from violence . . . including members and staff.” -Unnamed Oath Keeper, from Signal chats recovered by FBI, after violence had broken out on January 6

We'll see if any MSM outlets incude that in their stories. Now, to the tweetstorm . . . 

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Steve Bannon also in Courthouse today. (Sentencing)

 

Mehta begins at 9:02am, with a request of the legal teams to give him some “sense” of how much longer this trip will take, so that he can so inform the jurors. (Not now, but soon.)

 

Jury seated at 9:04 . . . Agent Drew retakes the stand . . . Bright - for Rhodes - begins cross examination.

 

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Bright asks if the Agent has actually interviewed any of THESE defendants. At first she says, “no, then corrects herself, and indicates she HAS met with on of the defendants . . . Mehta immediately interrupts, and calls a sidebar . . . “We need to talk about that.” . . . (Hmmmm.)

 

Back from sidebar . . . Bright is forced to abandon that question. (Why?)  He rephrases, “You don’t really know the individual mindset of each of these defendants.”

 

Bright gets Agent to admit that she DID NOT put together that media presentation by the government yesterday. She dd not individually select the messages, videos, or content of the presentation. Only validated those items the government selected.

 

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Agent says she’s not aware of Michael Greene’s other operational duties on the day of January 6th . . . as related to the security details he was overseeing as OK “operational leader.” (What kind of investigator is she, actually?)

 

Bright reads her a chat message from an individual which she cannot identify . . . but which she validated yesterday. “Patriots in Capitol” at 2:07pm . . . precedes the OKs entry into the Capitol by at 30 minutes.  Bright already has her rattled, because the implication yesterday was that the message referred to OKs.

 

Message from Greene, “We need to regroup any members who are not on mission” (2:15pm) A message to entire group. Bright begins to get her to admit - without context - she can’t confer what this message was referring to . . . . . . Bright once again force to rephrase. “The intent of this could be open to interpretation?” She evades.

 

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Bright is having Agent Drew review several of the text and Signal messages they displayed yesterday . . . but gets her to admit that many of those messages were DELAYED in delivery by as much as 5 and a half hours because of the bandwidth overload on J6. She admits that many of those messages presented by government yesterday were not delivered to intended recipient until long after they had left the Capitol. She admits from data supplied by phone carriers that those messages were not received until hours later.

 

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Bright brings up that in a previous testimony - under oath - she’d referred to Kellye Sorrell as Rhodes “lawyer”, but yesterday called her “his girlfriend.” She said “I don’t recall” - several times. Bright points out he has the transcript from that previous trial, and she says, “Okay, whatever that says.”

 

Bright is showing her additional messages sent in which Rhodes and Greene are trying to get all the OKs to regroup - in a very confusing situation - “near the trailers” . . . “south side of the capitol . . . just left of dome.” In fact, Rhodes was never on that side of the Capitol, by her own investigation . . . so he was confused at where he was located, giving bad directions. As well as other bad directions, giving conflicting directions that don’t comport with the landmarks Rhodes mentioned. Agent agrees Rhodes has no idea where he is when sending messages to other OKs. Over and over he get the Agent to agree these “out-of-towners” have no idea how to give accurate directions to each other around the Capitol.

 

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Bright: “Are you familiar with the concept of a QRF?”

Agent: “Yes.”  - (Then she defines. She agrees it is a “reaction” force, not an offensive force.)

 

Bright: “Have you seen a single chat of any kind that indicates the QRF was ever called in.”

Agent: “Based on my knowledge, they did remain in VA.”

 

Message from Vallejo: “Have two trucks available. Let me know how I can assist.”

Agent: “I don’t recall a direct response” [to that message]

Bright: “No body responded to him at all?”

Agent: “Correct, to my recollection.”

 

Message from Vallejo : “QRF standing by at hotel. Just say the word…”

Bright: “Does he get a return response?”

Agent: “Not as far as I know.”

 

Bright: “The biggest event at the Capitol since attack in War of 1812, and no one responds to bring the weapons over?”

Agent: “Correct.”

 

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Bright shows that they presented Zello chats yesterday which had nothing to do with the defendants in this room, and for which there was no evidence that Rhodes was on, at all. By her investigation . . . she agrees.

 

Bright: “At no point is there a message, email, or chat containing a direct order for the OKs to enter the Capitol?”

Agent: “That’s correct.”

 

Bright: “No such order from Mr. Rhodes?”

Agent: “I did not see an order from Mr. Rhodes.”

 

Bright: “Did Rhodes enter the capitol? . . . have a bull horn? . . . did he give any orders?  . . . did he tear down any barriers?”

Agent: “Not to my knowledge.”

 

 

 

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Bright is getting her to acknowledge that the initial breaches of barriers occurred long before Rhodes was even on Capitol Hill.

 

Bright: “Are you aware that there were multiple permitted events scheduled that day?”

Agent: “yes”

 

Bright: “Are you aware that Rhodes was an invited speaker at one of those events that day?”

Agent: (She really tried to evade, but eventually acknowledged) “Yes.)

 

Bright is done . . . Woodward - for Meggs - begins cross . . . 

 

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Woodard gets Agent Drew to read chat messages from OK leaders specifically telling them not to bring anything that can be deemed lethal to the Capitol. 

 

Woodward has her read further messages regarding bringing med kits and chats about the specifics regarding OK security details that morning.

 

Agent: “Based on their message content I have no reason to doubt that they provided security details on the morning of January 6.”

 

Woodward then takes Agent through dozens of messages which were NOT presented by the government yesterday, specifically dealing with the scheduling, organization, and “ALL DAY” security planning at the various events legally permitted throughout the day of Jan 6. (Which was the OKs reason for being there.) 

 

***NOTE: Bright previously got the Agent to admit that many of these messages were never delivered because of cell traffic overload, and as a result, comms and coordination broke down. NOT TO MENTION . . . once the OKs arrived at the Capitol, ALL HELL was already breaking loose, due to no action or fault of their own. As a result, the scheduled events for which they were providing security, and walking from The Ellipse to the Capitol for, were already disrupted because of the chaos and violence created by OTHERS. To the extent the OKs “trespassed” or “paraded” on Capitol grounds . . . the one thing that is most apparent, is there was no “conspiracy” to insurrection.***

 

Mehta calls morning break at 10:25 . . . 

 

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Mehta back at 10:46am . . . asks about previous question on trial length. AUSA Nestler says they should be complete with government’s case by the end of next week. Defense all offer varying lengths for their individual clients: 1 to 3 days, each. Plus government rebuttal . . . closing arguments . . . Mehta estimates this trial could go through week of Nov. 7th or 14th.

 

Jury re-seated at 10:51am . . . Woodward resumes cross of Agent Drew.

 

Woodward shows a message slide presented by government that misrepresents who sent the messages from Meggs, when it was actually from Rhodes.

 

Message they left out: “We need to stick to the objective, and protect those in the building from violence . . . including members and staff.”

 

“I think the police are gong to be overwhelm . . . too many people . . . “

 

“This is f-cking ANTIFA . . . none of our OKs were allowed to carry backpacks . . . they’re using lumber . . . this is a f-cking set-up”

 

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Agent testifies she does not know “Jim Donaldson” . . . yet she read some very inflammatory messages by Donaldson, yesterday . . . but failed to read the message where he sends his regrets, because he was AT HOME, sitting in a doctors office! . . . (Oops) . . . when sending those chat messages. He wasn’t even in DC.

 

Woodward now presents call detail records that she created and went through yesterday . . . Agent is suddenly going back into “I don’t recall” mode, once she is confronted with answering details about how she compiled this record of phone calls from mobile carriers.

 

Woodward shows her the long and confusing summary given to FBI of the phone data. He is having her verify the time zones clarification used by carriers. UTC time (standardized) vs. using US time zones, is provided by phone carriers so everyone can see same time on calls across time zones.

 

Agent testified yesterday the records she presented were “true and accurate.” Woodward is taking her through calls between Meggs and Watkins she presented yesterday, misrepresented the actual times of the calls by FIVE hours, making the context of those calls immaterial to what was happening at the Capitol on the 6th.

 

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Woodward now brings forward Dolan’s cellphone video after the barrier breach on the east side of Capitol. Large crowd is moving toward Capitol, but Dolan is not moving toward Capitol. Audio:

 

Dolan: “I think we should go”

Harrelson: “Huh?”

 

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Woodward now replaying government-presented video from yesterday which represented Meggs holding up his fist to wave other OKs forward as crowd was surging into Capitol. Then he plays longer source video from which the government’s short clips were derived. Showing several other people fist pumping hands in air to the chant of “We want Trump.” This contradicts government’s assertion that Meggs was using his fist to direct OKs toward the door, which they selectively and highly edited, leaving out all the other people pumping their fists into the air.

 

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Woodward gets Agent to agree that Meggs was only in the Capitol for about 20 minutes. Begins showing CCTV video from Rotunda camera. He then presents a photo Agent presented yesterday, of “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi” sign she took months after J6. He then asks if she knew that sign had been damaged and removed duing the riot of J6? “Yes.” He then enters into evidence  a new video, showing same area during riot, after sign had been removed.

 

 

 

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He has Agent read transcript of testimony about the destruction of that sign, and the shards being handed out . . . including reference to someone videoing the scene.

 

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***Side Note: I was the one who actually captured video of that sign at the moment it was being damaged and broken into small pieces, and handed out among protestors as souvenirs.***

 

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Woodward now shows the government’s presentation of OKs coming up on USCP officer Harry Dunn, (including Stephen Horn’s video), 

 

Woodward: “Did you interview officer Dunn as part of your investigation?”

 

Woodward: “Do you understand that they tried to protect officer Dunn?

 

 

Mehta the tells Woodward to move on past the Dunn sequence of events. (WTF?!)

 

***F-CKING GOVERNMENT IS COVERING UP THIS EVENT!!!! This is THE issue behind Moseley’s threat to release the FBI 302, and for which Mehta called that “sealed session” last week. They know how damaging this sequence is to the government’s.***

 

Woodward moves on to showing more video of Meggs’ non-violent, peaceful interactions and behavior while inside the Capitol. Long sequences, including gestures for people to leave (Agent: “He appears to make that gesture.”) Peaceful interactions with police officers. Then shows his exit thru east doors. Now showing photos after Meggs exited building.

 

No further questions . . . Geyer - for Harrelson - takes over cross

 

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Geyer: “You’re aware my client had no FB, Twitter, or other social media of any kind since 2014?”

Agent: “Yes”

 

Geyer: “He’s not on DC OP chat til Jan 3?”

Agent: “Yes”

 

Geyer: “Harrelson is not on any of the call lists you presented yesterday, correct?”

Agent: “Yes”

 

Geyer: “My client only met Jason Dolan on Jan4, and they traveled together to do security on 5th and 6th?”

Agent: I’m aware they travelled together.

 

Geyer pulls up government presentation of Zello account assigned to Hrreslon, and begins trying to show her that all the users and interactions on that account are Harrelson’s sons, family, and gamers his kids interact with. Not Ken’s interactions. And that the account is actually in Ken’s wife’s name. (‘Cajun Queen”). The Agent would not acknowledge that she had any knowledge of who the people were in the data SHE claims to have investigated. But, did acknowledge that Harrelson was not on Zello during 6th.

 

Geyer then shows the screen shot from HArrelson’s iPhone which notifications shows backlog of unopened messages during the day of J6. Agent agrees it’s a significant number of unopened messages.

 

Geyer shows government video of Dolan and Harrelson which began after they arrived on Capitol lawn. He asks if she will agree they are doing security detail prior? She would only acknowledge she’d seen video as they were walking toward Capitol with a group of people who were not OKs.

 

Mehta asks Geyer how much longer his presentation today will go (11:59) . . . then he announces end of session for today.

 

——

 

Mehta then tells jury that evidence presentation for this trial could go into the week of Nov. 7th, then send them home for the weekend. Dismisses Agent Drew. 

 

Nestler asks to meet with Agent Drew through weekend to prepare her for next round of direct testimony, despite the fact she is currently under orders not to discuss her current testimony with anyone. Crisp objects. Mehta agrees to allow Nestler to “send her the presentations” for review.

 

Court dismissed at 12:05pm.

 

See ya on Monday!

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A Brief Summary of My Personal January 6 Story Timeline (Then ’til Now)
Mainly For Newer Followers, Not Yet Up-to-Speed on My Work

A more detailed account of my day on January 6, 2021, can be found here:

https://thepragmaticconstitutionalist.locals.com/post/3897816/what-i-saw-on-january-6th-in-washington-dc


 

-On Dec. 21, 2020 — two days after Trump announced his own "wild" J6 rally at The Ellipse in D.C. — I posted this announcement to my social media accounts:

“Regardless of how you feel about the election results, this might be a spectacle worth observing up close and personal. (I'm predisposed to believe this crowd will not riot, loot, and burn the city.) I might begin my northeast run on this date, in DC. Anyone else going? #tpcroadtrip2021”

Well . . . they didn't "burn the city."

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-In my email newsletter that went out on January 4, 2021, I made the following comment:

“I am headed to DC on Wednesday. Why? Not because I think a crowd of any size is going to force government into a real investigation of the election results, but because the “powers that be” on all sides of the political equation need to see WE THE PEOPLE in force, letting them know that WE ARE WATCHING. WE are engaged! WE are not going to lay down to any level of tyranny — whether it comes from the right or the left, the Democrats or the GOP. I’m also hoping to document on video anything “special” that might happen, and perhaps get a few interviews from a variety of voices.”

-By “special” . . . it was rumored there would be some big announcement on the election controversy, (a release of The Kraken, maybe), about which I hoped to get comments from members of the crowd. There was nothing special announced from the stage, by Trump or any of the others. The “special” came later . . . unexpectedly.

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-I arrived at the Washington Monument at about 9:30 am on January 6, and spent the next three hours watching the crowd grow to an enormous size — documenting it on video.

-Trump took the stage almost an hour later than announced, at 11:57 pm. His “warm-up” acts were ‘meh,’ and his speech was equally ‘meh.’ Because of the cold, windy conditions, the poor audio, and wanting to get ahead of the throng that was scheduled to march on the Capitol for the other events, I left the Washington Monument lawn about halfway through Trump’s speech and began a brisk walk toward the Capitol Building . . . along with thousands of others already peeling off from Trump's speech.

-I arrived at the Reflection Pool on the west side of the Capitol at about 1:15 pm, where I was hearing police sirens and what sounded like explosions. From there, I could see smoke and the arrival of DC Metro PD (MPD) units pouring down the steps toward the west terrace. I made the decision to sprint up to the terrace, where I turned on my camera at 1:19 pm, and for almost an hour filmed the violence and surging crowds in that area.

-Just after 2:00 pm I began to notice signs of Capitol Police (USCP) withdrawal. Shortly thereafter, there was a sudden surge of protestors up the stairs underneath the scaffolding on the northwest side of the terrace. Hundreds of protestors were now in unrestricted movement up those stairs, so I followed.

-At approximately 2:21 pm I followed hundreds of protestors through what some call the “Senate Wing door.” This, I would later learn, was the site of the first breach of the building. I did not see the breach, as it occurred at approximately 2:13 pm, while I was still on the lower terrace.

-For almost 40 minutes I captured scenes inside the Capitol Building, before exiting at about 2:59 pm, at the exact location where FBI tactical unit medics were trying to save Ashli Babbit’s life. Just over one minute after I exited through the South door, I filmed Babbitt’s extraction through that doorway, while the D.C. Fire EMT crew still worked feverishly on her lifeless body.

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-Shortly thereafter, I gave a couple of interviews to local media, found a restroom and a sandwich, then returned to the Capitol to witness the arrival of the Army and Air Force National Guards finalize the clearing of the entire Capitol grounds. I then returned to my hotel in Arlington sometime after 7:30 pm.

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-For the next five days I began frame by frame review of my videos, and then started writing my first story about the event, which was posted on January 13, 2021:

https://thepragmaticconstitutionalist.locals.com/post/3897816/what-i-saw-on-january-6th-in-washington-dc

-On February 24, 2021, I published my second story about J6:

https://thepragmaticconstitutionalist.locals.com/post/3897816/what-i-saw-on-january-6th-in-washington-dc

-As I’ve pointed out many times, I got a few things wrong in my earliest analyses. I’ve tried to correct those over the following months and years as new evidence has presented itself. But, those two articles remain as written — errors included.

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-Because I engaged in no violence, property damage, chanting, singing, carried no flags, and wore no political messages on my clothing . . . as the months wore on I began to think maybe I was going to have the same respect as so many other journalists who were not being rounded up in the J6 dragnet. But, on the morning of July 22, 2021, I received a phone call from FBI Special Agent Gerrit Doss. After he asked me for a voluntary interview, I immediately turned that over to my local attorney, and they worked together with all our schedules to arrange a date for the interview.

-The first attempt at scheduling the FBI interview was aborted on-site, on the morning of August 5, 2021. The reason given — after my attorney and I had already arrived at their Cary, NC filed office — was that they could not interview me, “because of my press status,” until after they received a letter of approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office.

-My attorney worked with an assistant USAG, they negotiated a proffer agreement for the interview, and it was rescheduled for October 18, 2021. I was interviewed for two full hours, under the agreement that nothing I said in the interview could be used against me — should charges be made against me — in court . . . unless I perjured myself. (That didn’t happen.)

-On November 17, 2021, my attorney received an email from Assistant U.S. Attorney Anita Eve — out of Philadelphia — stating, “Your client will be charged within the week.”

-On Monday morning of Thanksgiving week — November 22, 2021 — we sent out approximately 200 press releases to all manner of media sources, stating that I — an independent journalist — was about to be prosecuted for nothing more than the act of “journalism” on January 6.

-At approximately 1:00 pm that same day, AUSA Eve sent my attorney a copy of that press release, stating, “We’re not happy about this.” He responded, asking, “Are you saying my client should forego his 1st Amendment right because he is being persecuted by the federal government?" There were a couple of other exchanges between my attorney and the AUSA before she went silent. I assumed that was because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

-My phone began to ring from interested media sources, wishing to cover my story.

-On Tuesday evening — November 23 — I received a call from Senator Ron Johnson (WI), asking me how he could help. As the minority leader of a Senate J6 investigative committee, he put me in touch with his investigators.

-On Wednesday morning — November 24 — I was contacted by an attorney who practices criminal law in D.C., who happened to be a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years. After a three-hour phone call, I engaged his services.

-On Monday — November 29 — my new attorney reached out to AUSA Eve by both email and phone, and she never responded. We never heard from her or the FBI again . . . until yesterday — August 5, 2023 — more than 20 months later, when my Raleigh attorney received a call from the FBI notifying him that they had “service of process” for me.

-This turns out to be a Grand Jury subpoena, requesting my January 6 videos. My attorney received that on Monday. We have been able to determine the DOJ has reopened its investigation into my January 6 activities. I volunteered to give those to the FBI during my interview in October of ’21, but they never followed up and requested them. The most unfortunate fact is . . . grand juries are not convened to investigate misdemeanor crimes. For unknown reasons, they are apparently considering a felony recommendation to the grand jury. As of this writing, that is all we know.

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-Since January 6, 2021, as well as the time since my threatened prosecution, I have been very active in investigating many aspects related to January 6. Something I never expected to be engaged in. I have broken original stories, developed Capitol Police whistleblowers, met with Congress Members, and engaged with congressional staffers and investigators. All of that has been well documented in my blogs.

-In the fall of 2022, I covered every day of the first, nine-week-long Oath Keepers trial, at the District Courthouse in D.C.

-I’ve been interviewed for my work by innumerable media sources — large and small — from Tucker Carlson on Fox News, to reporters with both NBC and the New York Times, to smaller podcasters. I’ve also collaborated on several stories with The Epoch Times, and have been one of a small hand full of journalists who’ve been given access to that “41,000 hours of J6 video” by Speaker McCarthy’s staff. I am just now entering into a “contributor” relationship with Blaze Media.

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As I said in the beginning, this is an abbreviated overview of my personal “January 6 story.” I have no idea what the government’s renewed interest is in me or my videos. The only “crime” I committed on January 6 — technically speaking — is to have entered a restricted building. But, so did some 80 to 100 other journalists who have not been charged with any crimes. We all simply followed the story where the story went that day.

It would be easy to speculate that I might be being singled out because I haven’t conformed to the “preferred narrative,” or because of the sensitivity of certain stories I’m currently working on. I simply have no idea, so can’t really go there. Not at least until I see the subpoena on Monday, and we can get some questions answered about the status of my case . . . which went from “Your client will be charged within the week” to total silence from the DOJ for more than a year and a half.

Some say there are “no coincidences” in this particular game . . . but we’ll know more on Monday.

Stay tuned . . .

Steve

P.S. I have no idea what they're looking for in my videos. What's so special, that it requires a Grand Jury subpoena? All the good stuff is already posted online:

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Tweetstorm Rollout on Secret U.S. Army SpecOps Deployed on January 6
Having no name, this top secret group is referred to as “the activity,” “the unit,” or “orange”

THREAD: Two and 1/2 years ago, in my 2nd article about #Jan6, (Feb. 24, 2021), I revealed a “very high probability that both [Army] ’Special Forces’ operatives and U.S. Marshalls were mixed in with the crowd that entered the Capitol Building.”

https://thepragmaticconstitutionalist.locals.com/post/3842175/who-was-up-the-chain-on-january-6

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10 months later (Jan. 3, 2022) Newsweek confirmed my sourcing with a story headlined, “Secret Commandos with Shoot-to-Kill Authority Were at the Capitol.” saying, “The role that the military played in this highly classified operation is still unknown.”

https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-secret-commandos-shoot-kill-authority-were-capitol-1661330

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I have quietly investigated this discovery ever since and eventually revealed my knowledge of a SpecOps group deployed on J6 to be a top-secret SIGINT group from Ft. Belvoir, just outside D.C. (I have no info if this is the same group Newsweek reported.)

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I have long been aware of a current member of this “unit” deployed to the Capitol on J6. Late in 2022, I was introduced to a retired member of the same SpecOps group. In short, he was highly impressed with my knowledge of that unit, as they officially . . . “do not exist.”

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They may not officially “exist,” but in 2007, British author @MickWSmith revealed the existence and history of this U.S. Army SpecOps group in his book, “Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team”

https://www.amazon.com/Killer-Elite-Completely-Americas-Operations-dp-1250006473/dp/1250006473/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Unlike the SEALS or Delta Force, this secretive Army team does not have a name. Only their specific operations are given a name, and they are otherwise generally referred to as “the activity,” “the unit,” or “orange.”

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My source, who is a retired member of “the unit” does not believe his former group could possibly have been used for any purpose on J6, as it is outside the operational protocols of their mission. Namely, when he was a member, they would never be used for domestic operations.

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Also, he says they would never have been “seconded” to @FBI. They have a specific chain of command within the Army hierarchy and are only ever seconded to the CIA in overseas ops. That said, he has been retired from “the unit” for almost a decade.

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In my recent interactions with congressional members and staff, I have been informed that they are aware the “the unit” was operational in some capacity on J6, but have been unable to get answers from @DeptofDefense, specifically because they “do not officially exist.”

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In recent weeks, trying to get more information, I’ve read another team of special ‘intel’ investigators into my research on this subject. Our most recent discovery is that they have been able to identify another current member of “the unit” who was at the Capitol on J6.

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Before I go any further in this narrative, I'll emphasize that I've never implied “the unit” was deployed on J6 for nefarious purposes. In my 1st story, I theorized that they were simply there to “take care of business” should protestors get out of hand, using lethal weapons.

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That established, their presence and deployment raises serious questions. Why are military forces being deployed in violation of posse comitatus law? Is it common practice for @DeptofDefense to allow military SpecOps to be used at domestic protest events?

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More importantly, if this is not common, and was a one-off operation . . . having “the unit” seconded to @FBI on J6 . . . WHY? What did they know, requiring “the unit's” presence at the Capitol, and what was “the unit’s” “posture” on J6?

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We are seeking more information, and answers to those questions, but do not expect to receive those directly from @FBI, @CapitolPolice, (if they even knew), or from @DeptofDefense. But, you may be asking why I’m talking about this without having all the facts nailed down.

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My @FBI whistleblowing friends, @KyleSeraphin and @RealStevefriend have advised me that “daylight” is not only the “best disinfectant,” but also the best “protection” when one is hovering this close over the target. 

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I don’t have the same covering as that afforded a reliable MSM journalist - as when @FBI had Newsweek’s @warkin release a one-year anniversary CYA story about their deployment of every 3-letter agencies’ tactical teams and military commandos with “shoot to kill” orders on J6.

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So . . . I’m letting @FBI and @DeptofDefense know that I’ve now read three other friendly journalists, a team of think tank investigators, and several congressional staffers into the details of this story. “Whacking” me, to stop my work, will probably be counterproductive.

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But, they are welcome to reach out to me and answer my questions. (I also have more.) I’m certain they already have my number. 

Stay tuned. More on this, and even more important J6 stories are in the pipeline. 

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On Twitter, (or, X):

https://twitter.com/TPC4USA/status/1686907274692861952

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