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Capitol Police Were Sacrificial Pawns on Jan. 6 - (Part 2)
The Purposeful Under-Deployment of Capitol Police Resulted in Cascading Tragedies
January 20, 2023
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Capitol Police officer in front of The House Ways and Means Committee doorway, in the moments after Ashli Babbitt was shot. (Screenshot from my video on January 6)

Despite U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and Congressional investigators' claims to the contrary, evidence is slowly emerging that USCP officers were purposefully under-deployed on January 6, 2021. (Something this writer has suspected and investigated for over two years.)

Recent testimonies by USCP officers in the various J6 trials, newly-acquired access to USCP radio transmissions, and USCP whistleblower statements are giving us direct answers to that question. They are also revealing the very real possibility there has been a cover-up to keep this hidden from the American public.

There have been less than 300 J6 rioters charged with criminal violence against police. Arguably, had the USCP been "all hands on deck" that day, there would have been no breach of the Capitol Building. As such, Ashli Babbit and three other protestors would likely still be alive. Four members of the USCP and DC Metro Police, along with a growing number of J6'ers, (those being federally prosecuted for their actions on January 6), might not have taken their own lives in the aftermath.

Then, of course, there are the stories of those hundreds of "accidental tourists" who have had their lives thrown into chaos, even ruined, just for walking through an open Capitol Building door. Maybe even . . . one of those doors that was held open by a USCP officer.

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Much of the phenomena surrounding PDS, (police derangement syndrome), that I mentioned in Part 1 of this series played out in my social media threads after posting that story. Despite my long-term and ongoing belief that many of the unfolding events of January 6 were pre-planned, organized, manipulated, and allowed to proceed . . . there are quite a few who are convinced the frontline, uniformed USCP officers were knowingly complicit. Here's a sampling of the comments:

‘The Capitol Police were willing participants by following those D.C. fascists’ orders. I have no sympathy for them or their families.”

“Don’t sign up to collect a paycheck defending a corrupt government.”

“They're a disgrace to the Uniform and America. How f-ing dare they.”

Another, directed at me and my investigations, specifically:

“You're being played.”

The far left was not silent, either. They generally express the sentiment that every USCP officer should have replicated Lt. Michael Byrd’s lone shot and created a thousand more Ashli Babbitts. Unlike much of recent history, most of the modern left is oddly all-in on Back the Blue as far as January 6 is concerned.

Still . . . well over 90% of those who read Part 1 offered positive feedback. (Thank you.)

An important point made in Part 1, is that I have often been forced to reevaluate initial assumptions about what I saw as more evidence is either revealed or clarified. For instance, in my first article about January 6, posted on January 13, 2021, I misidentified the “fluorescent-sleeved jackets of . . . officers racing down steps toward the first upper tier above street level,” as “Capitol Police.” They were not. Those were members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police (MPD). Many of those who negatively responded to Part 1, were also misidentifying the actions of certain law enforcement officers as those from the USCP, when in fact they were part of the MPD.

This might seem a minor distinction — especially amongst the All Cops Are Bastards (ACAB) crowd — but these details are eminently important for us to get exactly right as we work our way toward discovering, and then eventually presenting to the American people, the topmost truth about the day. Namely . . . who it was ‘up the chain,’ that either set up, orchestrated, or allowed those events to transpire.

To the many as yet unanswered questions, curious events, and suspiciously-unindicted characters, we don’t have to agree on the detailed interpretation of each of these. We also don’t have to agree on every single event, video capture, or behavior of each police officer to come to a mutual agreement on a point I’ve made many times regarding January 6: 

“I saw bad people doing bad things, good people doing good things, and even good people who did really stupid things.”

This applies to both individual protestors and individual police officers, alike.

My video captured no police presence at
Washington Monument lawn on January 6th

My questions about the deployment, orders, and actions of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on January 6 began in my first published article. From the moment my Uber driver dropped me off at the Washington Monument, (at approximately 9:30 a.m.), and until I arrived at the lower west terrace of the Capitol Building, (at exactly 1:19 p.m.), I never saw, nor did my camera capture the presence of a single law enforcement officer.

As that crowd grew from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, can you imagine not seeing any police presence mingled with such a throng, in the nation’s Capital? There were most certainly police and Secret Service at The Ellipse — where the president would be speaking — but the density of the crowd prevented me from getting into that area. When I began my walk toward Capitol Hill, again, not a single police officer was seen. As I approached the Peace Monument, I could hear sirens signaling the arrival of MPD units. At the reflection pool, I could then see the fluorescent jackets of MPD officers streaming down steps to the lower west terrace.

That’s when I heard the first flash-bang grenades and saw the release of tear gas in the distance. No barricades or police lines were inhibiting my approach — as they’d already been removed by the initial agitators and provocateurs — so I broke out in a run to that lower terrace and began capturing the unfolding violence at exactly 1:19 p.m. (Only three minutes after President Trump exited The Ellipse stage.)

For a solid year, I publicly asked, “Why wasn’t there a police presence at the Monument lawn?” “Why didn’t I see any police on the mile-long walk to the Capitol?” “Why were there so few USCP officers on duty at the Capitol, itself . . . considering the planned rally, marches, and events scheduled on the Capitol lawn that day?”

I initially estimated that fewer than 200 USCP officers were at the Capitol Building on January 6. A year later, on the first anniversary of the event, I returned to D.C. and attempted to get some of these questions answered. I tried to ask USCP officers those questions, and I also wanted to know what their orders were that day. I was especially interested in what I perceived to be a stand-down order at approximately 2:00 p.m. None of the officers I queried would answer.

They wouldn’t speak to me, at all, about anything.

On December 16, 2021, Forbes made a convoluted attempt to answer the question about USCP deployment at the Capitol on January 6:

“USCP documents show that at 2pm on that day, only 1,214 officers were ‘on site’ across the Capitol complex of buildings. Congressional investigators concluded, however, that USCP could only account for 417 officers and could not account for the whereabouts of the remaining 797 officers.”

Hmmm.

When I met with the former USCP officer turned whistleblower, Lt. Tarik Johnson, he told me that as the first wave of violence began on J6, my initially-published estimate of “less than 200“ USCP officers at the Capitol Building was very close to the mark. 

Johnson further explained that during all previously scheduled protest events, the standard operating procedure was for the USCP to be in an “all hands on deck” stance. On those kinds of days, officers working the night shift were required to stay over and remain on duty through the next day. But on January 6, USCP command was sending those officers home once they’d completed their shifts.

In a follow-up phone conversation I had with Johnson -- just today -- he went even deeper into revealing the specific deceptions the USCP has floated about force deployment on January 6. Concerning those USCP “documents” and “Congressional investigators” that were said to conclude, “could not account for the whereabouts of the remaining 797 officers,” Johnson clarified thusly: 

“It’s a bald-faced lie, and you can quote me on that.”

Johnson explained to me that all USCP officers, upon reporting for duty and after every shift, electronically “clock in” and “clock out.” Upon clocking in, every officer is then tracked during their tour of duty and it’s therefore impossible for USCP commanders to not know the whereabouts of those officers. Furthermore, that information should still be available on USCP computer logs. (Assuming they’ve not been purged.)

Why would the USCP cover up information about force deployment that day? Johnson answered:

“Because they don’t want to tell you where they [USCP officers] were, or what they were doing. They don’t want anyone to know how many of our officers were on ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE that day.”  [CAPS mine]

To that statement, I responded:

“So, you’re telling me . . . on a day when the USCP command had themselves issued permits for protests on the Capitol grounds, they had hundreds of officers on administrative leave, and were also sending officers home that morning?”

Johnson:

“You said it, exactly.”

There is also the issue of the “big diversion,” when those two pipe bombs were coincidentally discovered at almost the exact moment the first provocateurs were arriving at the west Capitol barricade line. The discoveries took place at both the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters — both of those being part of the near-20 buildings under the USCP’s watch.

Johnson was unable to give me an estimate of how many of their officers would have been diverted to both the RNC and DNC, but this emergency response to those pipe bombs doesn’t explain the unknown “whereabouts of the remaining 797 officers.” He says the exact records of how many, and exactly who were diverted would also be readily retrievable from USCP computer records.

In the first Oath Keepers trial, Stephen Brown, a Florida-based event planner, was hired by Ali Alexander (Trump supporter and founder of Stop the Steal.) Brown’s job was to secure permits from the USCP for an event to be held on the Capitol grounds, organize the staging and PA system, and coordinate the scheduling of VIP speakers and stage security, (by members of the Oath Keepers). Brown testified that he’d previously been the planner for many protest events in the nation’s capital, ranging from 5,000 to 300,000 in attendance.

Under direct examination by the defense attorney Stanley Woodward, Brown also described the surprisingly small presence of USCP officers on location while the staging and PA system were being delivered and set up. He went on to describe that at previous events he’d organized on Capitol grounds, he’d seen, “three, four, even five times the size of police presence, including SWAT teams,” than were there on January 6.

The inconvenient truth of the day is that my camera, the testimony of Stephen Brown, and the statements made to me by former USCP Lt. Johnson reveals what appears to be a purposeful under-deployment of their officers that day. A day in which we now know, as I wrote in Part 1 of this series:

“USCP Chief Steven Sund, Asst. Chief Yogananda Pittman, (head of protective and intelligence operations), the MPD, the United States Park Police, the White House, the Pentagon, the National Guard, both the Senate and House of Representative Sergeants-at-Arms, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, the FBI, and other federal agencies all knew that tens of thousands of protestors would be descending upon the Capitol grounds that day.”

An unnamed USCP officer, just days after the melee, told the Associated Press, “During the 4th of July concerts and the Memorial Day concerts, we don’t have people come up and say, ‘We’re going to seize the Capitol. But yet, you bring EVERYBODY in, you meet before. That never happened for this event.” [CAPS mine]

An event for which . . . 

“. . . an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and ‘war,’ according to an internal document reviewed by The Washington Post . . .”

Instead of “all hands on deck,” frontline USCP officers were somewhere between one-tenth to one-fifth strength when it came time to respond to what was coming their way. An operational failure(?) that set up not just the breach of the Capitol Building, but also the delay in evacuating the House of Representatives. A situation that most certainly resulted in the death of Ashli Babbitt.

In an exclusive statement given to me by former USCP Lt. Tarik Johnson — which I released on Monday — he said:

“I recently made the decision to leave the Democratic Party to be Unaffiliated for now, for various reasons I choose not to get into at the present time. I submitted my application for this purpose today through my state’s website. I hope and pray that the new Republican-led Congress can uncover what really occurred on J6. I thank Senator Ron Johnson for his call for a ‘Full Accounting’ of the ‘Highly Concerning’ Capitol Police failures for the delayed J6 Evacuations.”

Capitol Police officer Tarik Johnson leads other police officers behind
Oath Keeper Michael Nichols, bottom right, with megaphone, on Jan. 6.
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Christopher Morris / VII / Redux)

Responding to Part 1 of this series, one of my PDS-afflicted readers commented:

“Sounds like another exceptional conspiracy theory.”

Tell that to the USCP union members who gave Asst. Chief Yogananda Pittman a 92% “no-confidence” vote following her curiously absent leadership from their command center on January 6.

Part 3 to follow, shortly . . . 

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Bull City Syndicate - 23 Years, and Done
New beginnings and the end of an era as I retire my bands

On December 8, 2023, Bull City Syndicate (BCS) played its final show. We went out with a bang, performing a top-shelf corporate holiday event to 700 enthusiastic attendees. Appropriately, in the city of the band’s birth — Durham, NC — The Bull City. I considered booking a final public show, but after much thought, I decided to retire the band in a more low-key, less public manner. 

In November of 2000, I answered an ad from an established local band then known as Soul Kitchen & The Bull City Horns. (SK) I’d spent a year getting my trumpet chops back into shape after a decade in the music business, managing other artists. I did not intend to do anything in SK other than return to my first love: just playing the trumpet. I didn’t want to manage the band and certainly had no interest in ownership. I just wanted to play again. Money didn’t matter. And in those days, even as one of the premier club bands in the Raleigh/Durham market, my share of earnings from a 9-piece horn band rarely covered my bar tab.

For many months after joining Soul Kitchen, I managed to avoid being involved in the business of the band. When asked by band members what I did for a living, I always lied and gave them a different story each time. (I remember once telling them I was in the CIA. Ha!) Finally, after a Sunday night rehearsal, drinking and smoking on the back deck of our original drummer’s house (Dave Wilkins), Dave suddenly demanded, “Baker. What the f—k do you do for a living?”

“You really want to know?”

“Yes!”

“I manage bands for a living.”

“WHAT!? Why don’t you manage this band?”

“I don’t want to. I just want to play trumpet.”

At the next week’s rehearsal, Dave handed me a manilla folder that represented the totality of the band’s “business.”

“You’re in charge now,” said Dave. 

(Sigh.)

Bull City Syndicate opening for Eddie Money in 2008

From that point forward, things began to change quickly for SK. First began a radical updating of our set list designed to draw more people to our shows and more dollars for the band. I began to pursue more private events and larger public shows. Some of the original band members were not happy about the extra demands and work required to make the move from a fun club band to a serious special event band, and we began to replace members. With the band growing in popularity, we were able to attract even more versatile and better-trained musicians. We went from being a really good band to a great "horn band," packing out every live performance and fielding requests for those higher-paying private events.

We then began to spin off a few side projects. The first of those was our pop-jazz 4-piece called Cafe Mars. Then, in 2006, we launched an aggressive recording project led by award-winning local producer John Custer. After six months in the studio, “You Make Me Feel” was released in 2007. An album paying tribute to North Carolina songwriters, and for which I’m really proud of the final product. Especially the original tunes written for the album by Custer himself. It was because of that album that Soul Kitchen & The Bull City Horns became Bull City Syndicate. (There were 17 other bands named Soul Kitchen at the time, and with an album containing original music, we didn’t want to deal with any trademark issues.)

Durham Herald Sun Magazine feature in 2008

When the economy began to tank in the summer of 2008 and into 2009, so many local music venues didn’t survive or cut their live music budgets drastically, and private event buyers were forced to hire smaller bands and DJs. Bull City Syndicate made the decision to add a female lead singer to the line-up — as that was a requirement of so many private event and wedding buyers. Our 9-piece “all dude” band became a 10-piece outfit, and the additional female lead remained a feature of the band for its remaining years.

Anyone managing a 10-piece band knows that turnover is going to happen — even when there’s no drama or interpersonal issues. People move away, change jobs, etc. Life happens. But, somewhere around 2010, there was a particular tumult that caused five of our members to leave, and suddenly, with no remaining original members, Bull City Syndicate became “my” band. We were able to fill the missing spots quickly, and the band really took off. No longer led by a “committee,” I was able to take the band to the next level, particularly as a private event and festival band.

Bull City Syndicate Christmas show in Raleigh, NC - 2016

There were many highlights through my time with both incarnations of the band: SK and BCS. My very first gig with SK was an opening date for Kool & The Gang. Our last such brush with greatness was when Dolly Parton joined us onstage performing her classic hit, “Jolene.”

We were honored to be the headlining entertainment for the last two NC Governor’s Inaugural Balls. We performed for some of the largest companies and charities in America: SAS, Glaxo, AT&T, American Heart Association, and too many others to list. We traveled throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for shows — as far north as Maryland and even down to Florida.

Our first spin-off, Cafe Mars, eventually became a 6-piece version of the band called BCS Express. Then, 10 years ago, we added a “yacht rock” version of the band called Captain & The Keels. (C&K) The same line-up as BCS, doing the smooth rock hits from ’75 to ’85, with appropriate foolish costumes.

Captain & The Keels in Hampton, VA - 2016

In 2018 came my most fun spin-off. A David Bowie Tribute act called The American Bowie Experience. (ABX) With that group, we moved our bassist, Randy Ines, over to keys (because of his virtuoso piano chops), and brought my son Duncan in on bass guitar. (Bowie’s son is also named Duncan. Just a coincidence.) Despite the growing popularity and demand for ABX, that band didn’t survive the COVID-19 pandemic after a year and a half of lockdowns. It was everything I could do just to get BCS back to work.

American Bowie Experience at House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC - 2019

The aftermath of the pandemic was the beginning of the end for BCS. My life began to change drastically. For more than 25 years I’d been a hobbyist political writer and commentator. My writing chops began to take shape in the early days of the Internet. AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy eventually became MySpace. MySpace became Facebook, where my online following really began to take off. 

In early 2020 — long after the four versions of the band had become my full-time job and main source of income — “Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve” became two months of COVID lockdowns, and none of the band projects were allowed to do live performances. It was then that I decided to monetize my writing “hobby,” moving that to the captain’s seat of my endeavors and BCS and its spinoffs to the co-pilot’s seat. By 2022 and into 2023, my journalistic efforts were being rewarded with significant media attention, and my travels were keeping me away from the band and its needs with increasing frequency. 

In the summer of 2023, I was approached by Dallas-based Blaze Media to become a contributing writer. I was now splitting most of my time between D.C. and Dallas, and the bands’ bookings were suffering. With that came the hard decision that ultimately led me to retire from the BCS and C&K brands, make the total life transition and reinvention to a full-time writer and investigative journalist for The Blaze.

An appearance on The Glenn Beck Show in 2023

I’ve been doing music in one form or the other for over 50 years. At 19 years old, I was traveling the world playing trumpet. In the 80s, I was working for churches doing music and promoting contemporary Christian music concerts with the biggest names in that industry. Into the 90s, I became manager to national acts touring around the world — which caused me to put my horns in the closet for about 10 years. By 1999, I just wanted to play music again, and I answered that ad to join Soul Kitchen & The Bull City Horns.

Obviously, this telling is the very short version of that 23-year experience, and what became such a significant part of my life. There were hard times and bad times, but mostly wonderful times with all the guys and gals I was honored to perform with. We played for near-empty rooms and for as many as 40,000 at festivals. We shared the stage with famous artists and many of the best local musicians and bands. I will always cherish every moment.

BCS Express in Cary, NC - 2013

I want to express my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all the fantastic musicians who made those 23 years unforgettable. And to the fans who continued to show up for our infrequent club shows in the last couple of years. Many who’d been coming to see us for over 20 years!

At our final Durham show on December 8, I stepped off the stage a few times just to watch and soak it in. After the last song, and when we began the final tear-down and load-out of the gear, one of the guys said to me, “You know you’re going to miss this.”

Yes . . . I am.

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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.

Screenshot from my video - January 6, 2021 - of Ashli Babbitt being evacuated from
the Capitol Building by D.C. Fire Department emergency medical techs.

-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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