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The Preening Provocateur in the Pink Beret
What Exactly Was Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller Doing at the Capitol on January 6?
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Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 (Source: U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C.)

She’s about to be famous . . . for all the wrong reasons. On one side of the January 6 political divide, she’ll likely soon be elevated as the next “Ray Epps.” On the other side, they’ll say she should spend the rest of her life being daily waterboarded in Guantanamo Bay, because — unlike Epps — she has actually now been charged with four misdemeanor offenses related to her activities on January 6. 

(The Epps story turns the typical J6 political paradigm on its head, as the left has circled wagons around him — anointing him with victim status — and the right wants to see him on the gallows as a government conspirator who directed thousands into the Capitol Building.)

On its face, the #PinkBeret case looks like another example of the FBI’s frequent habit of abruptly, (and curiously), focusing its attention on certain January 6 participants only — and immediately — after court filings or defense witness subpoenas are put forth. Like, in the first Oath Keepers trial, where at least five subpoenaed defense witnesses were then promptly contacted by the FBI, in what could be construed as an attempt by the DOJ to frighten or prevent their testimonies from taking place. (More than one mainstream media journalist has privately conceded to me that there is “some shadiness there.” )

This saga unfolds even more curious and convoluted.

Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller — until recently known to the January 6 community of online sleuths as “#PinkBeret” — was raised in a fundamentalist religious community she called a “cult” in a Reddit post. At five years of age, a California court took her away from her sexually abusive father. She ran away from what remained of family and the cult, to get married, at 18. From there, specific timelines related to her life and two marriages  — and her exact age — evade specificity. Piecing together the puzzle, she seems to be 25-ish years old, though even the FBI withholds that information in her charging document.

Working backward from her assumed age of 25, Vargas Geller has had a rather interesting series of overlapping relationships with the key men in her J6 journey. A source reveals she is currently married to another Californian, Spencer Geller, who accompanied her to DC on January 6. (He has not yet been charged with any crimes.) Vargas Geller revealed in a Reddit forum that she is an active gamer, and the FBI document shows she is also into anime. I was able to find, on both Facebook and Instagram, a Spencer Geller who identifies himself as “iruleatgames,” and uses an anime photo in both of his profile photos. (I’ve not been able to locate a marriage certificate, and cannot confirm with certainty this particular “Spencer Geller,” of Davis, California, is her current husband. But, their similar interests and Davis being a suburb of her previously known residence in Sacramento, lends one to suspect this might be the guy.)

Vargas Geller would have been 22 or 23 years old when she traveled to the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021, with her then-boyfriend/now-second-husband, Spencer. This would have occurred while she was still married to Ivan Rodriquez Vargas. It wasn’t until June 15, 2022, that “Jennifer Inzunza Vargas” filed a lawsuit for divorce in the Los Angeles County Superior Courts against “Ivan Rodriquez Vargas.” 

Interestingly, there was a March 1, 2019 divorce petition filed by “Ivan Rodrigo Vargas,” (a slightly different middle name), against “Jennifer Inzunza Vargas,” without apparent follow through. This took place in the Sacramento County Superior Courts, which was the place of residence of Vargas Geller at that time — according to another ex-boyfriend of Vargas Geller — whom the FBI says dropped a dime on her just three days after their April 27, 2023 addition of #PinkBeret to their Capitol Most Wanted web page and social media accounts. Only identified in charging documents as “CW-2,” this tipster “indicated that they previously dated VARGAS GELLER approximately four years earlier.” (Also during the time of her marriage to Ivan Vargas.)

Confused, yet? In brief review:

-Vargas Geller was first married to Ivan Vargas, circa 2016-ish

-Vargas Geller was “dating” tipster CW-2, circa 2019-ish

-Ivan Vargas filed for divorce from Vargas Geller in March 2019, but apparently abandoned the petition

-Vargas Geller traveled to DC with then-boyfriend Spencer Geller in January 2021

-Vargas Geller filed for divorce from then-husband Ivan Vargas in June 2022

-Sometime between June 2022 and May 2023 Jennifer Vargas took on the last name of Spencer Geller and they are assumed to be now married

Now, finally, the story really begins . . .

Vargas Geller claims to have traveled to DC on January 6 to support President Trump, but, like Ray Epps, she didn’t attend Trump’s speech at The Ellipse, and was instead with the earliest group of protestors, (including Epps), who breached the first westside barricade and Capitol Police line at 12:52 pm. Trump didn’t leave The Ellipse stage until 1:16 pm. Wearing high heels and designer clothing, along with her distinctive pink beret, it’s unlikely she heard any part of Trump’s speech before racing a mile and a half to join Epps & Co. in that barricade breach.

As with Epps, it’s a fair question to ask, (as he also claimed to be in DC in support of Trump), why Vargas Geller was standing on that clearly marked “CLOSED AREA” line at the time of its breach, and not listening to the president’s speech at The Ellipse? Also, who was she with? Just her then-boyfriend, or were they consorting with a larger group? And, for what purpose?

Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller was seen gathering with
other protestors at the location of the first barricade
breach on January 6, 2021 (Source: Capitol Terrorist
Attack web page on #PinkBeret)

After that first breach, then the second breach on the lower west terrace, and the final collapse of the police line on the west side, Vargas Geller was seemingly everywhere. Videoed and photographed in more places than just about any of the other curiously unidentified January 6th provocateurs, the strikingly attired #PinkBeret continued popping into camera frame at several of the more infamous incidents and locations of the day. She was also seen near or interacting with several other of the day’s better-known actors — some identified, charged, convicted, and many . . . none of the above.

Video also captured her on the frontline during the destruction of a large amount of press camera gear. She was filmed while seemingly directing traffic toward the open Capitol doors on the upper west terrace, with what looked like a baton in hand. At one particular westside doorway, she stood and held it open for both the purposeful trespassers and the accidental tourists who were going in and out of the building. She even took the hand of one man — apparently unknown to her — and led him inside the Capitol.

To the J6 investigators looking for the identities of suspicious characters, her overt display of provocative actions would seem to have made her a more prominently featured person of interest. Except, #PinkBeret wasn’t added to the FBI’s Capitol Most Wanted list -- and their social media accounts -- until April 27, 2023 — over 27 months after the event. By contrast, Ray Epps — who also directed people to “go inside” the Capitol — was among the first to be posted to that FBI Most Wanted list . . . only to be removed shortly thereafter . . . with no explanation . . . until many months later . . . after much public scrutiny and conspiratorial speculation.

Other such online sleuths — those assisting the FBI in identifying the hundreds who did violence against law enforcement officers, and the thousands who simply traipsed through the Capitol Building — believe she’s just another run-of-the-mill January 6 “insurrectionist,” or “Capitol Insider.” Either way, the character who’d long been hashtagged by J6 Sedition Hunters as #PinkBeret, has now been positively identified.

Both the timing and circumstances of her identification — more than two years after being on so many online sleuths’ radar screens, (and ostensibly, also that of the FBI) — are what first raised my curiosity. Why did someone captured in so many videos, engaging in openly provocative activities, seemingly only come to the FBI’s attention in the last couple of weeks? And, coincidentally, shortly after she had become the focus of a motion filed in court on behalf of another J6 defendant, whose attorney was seeking from the DOJ the identity of that woman in the pink beret who took her client’s hand and led him into the Capitol Building?

Here’s the case background:

On one political side of the J6 media divide, Joe Hanneman of The Epoch Times called the then-unknown Vargas Geller “a potential femme fatale.” In his article dated March 1, 2023, Hanneman was covering a motion filed with U.S. District Judge John Bates — by Defense attorney Kira Anne West — in which she requested the identity of #PinkBeret, claiming she was central to the defense of her client, Darrell Neely.

From the text of that motion, Hanneman pointed out that West insinuated that #PinkBeret might have been “a government cooperator who lured” defendant Neely inside the Capitol Building. In West’s court filing, she states, “As seen on open source videos and photographs, Pink Beret was an aggressive actor and was photographed and videotaped all over the grounds. She was easily identifiable.”

(It should be noted that Hanneman was only reporting West’s insinuation, not making such a claim, himself, as he was oft-derided in the Twitterverse.)

In response to that motion, DOJ prosecuting attorney Joseph McFarlane wrote, “With respect to the girl in the beret, we decline to provide information about ongoing investigations.”

On the other side of the J6 political media divide, Ryan J. Reilly of NBC News reported — on May 6, 2023 — that #PinkBeret had now been identified by a tip submitted to the FBI from Vargas Geller’s former boyfriend — a Los Angeles clothing designer. (The aforementioned tipster, “CW-2.”)

Reilly has done the best work at presenting the facts of the Vargas Geller case, as he is enviably unrivaled in his sourcing, (from the DOJ, Sedition Hunters, and legal teams on both sides), among the reporters dedicated to covering January 6 legal affairs. In his first #PinkBeret piece, he recounts the details of his interview with the ex-boyfriend, who asked not to be identified, “to avoid harassment and threats.” 

In that interview, the ex-boyfriend, (CW-2), said a buddy showed him “something funny” on his phone, to which he recounted, “I stopped dead in my tracks . . . I’m like, ‘That’s Jenny.’” He then called in the tip to the FBI. (That FBI tweet has received more than 7.7 million views.)

The ex-boyfriend claims to have dated Vargas Geller four years ago, after they met online. He said they hit it off “really well,” and that she flew to Los Angeles to Sacramento to meet up for the first time. “We weren’t, like, trying to get married or anything,” he said. “We were hooking up for a few months.”

The ex-boyfriend went on to say that the relationship came to a somewhat abrupt end because of her “far-right politics.”

“I was just instantly turned off, like, ‘Yo, I don’t think this is going to work out,’” he said. “You’re, like, reading ‘Mein Kampf,’ you think immigrants don’t deserve X, Y, Z.” 

As for the Sedition Hunters, they describe themselves as “a global community of open-source intelligence investigators (OSINT) working together to assist the U.S. FBI and Washington D.C. Capitol Police in finding people who allegedly committed crimes in the January 6 Capitol riots.”)

These OSINT investigators claim they had already done extensive research into the activities of #PinkBeret on January 6, even mapping out her location throughout the day. Despite their early failures in identifying the woman, they claim it was only after the ex-boyfriend tweeted about his having seen the FBI’s April 27, 2023 tweet about Vargas that they suddenly had success. Reilly reported:

“That all changed last weekend when the sleuths saw the clothing designer’s tweet. They said they ran a facial recognition check, got a match, found more photos and found plenty of material to confirm the ID . . .”

It was in Reilly’s follow-up story — on May 8. 2023 — that he revealed Vargas Geller has been formally charged with four misdemeanor offenses. (As of the posting of this article, Vargas Geller has not yet been arrested, though we can be certain Reilly will be the first to let us know when and where that occurs.)

There is as yet no evidence that Vargas Geller has any connections to certain of the groups for which the government claims to have “spearheaded the insurrection.” (Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, et al.) But, there’s plenty of grist for the rumor mill . . . or, for what conspiracy theorists already insinuate . . . that she might have been working as an agent provocateur for some government agency.

Again, in brief review:

-Vargas Geller had long been a target of the Sedition Hunters and other OSINT groups

-High-definition videos and photography of Vargas Geller’s uncovered face had been widely disseminated through the internet for over two years, but allegedly, (by both the FBI and the Sedition Hunters), without any tips as to her identity by friends, family, classmates, or work associates, before May 1, 2023

-Vargas Geller was photographed using her iPhone while at the Capitol (Geo-fencing, anyone? We’ve heard testimony about the successful use of that technology, from the FBI, in other J6 trials.)

-As they have done in other cases, the DOJ/FBI didn’t seem interested in Vargas Geller until shortly after a court filing seeking her identity, and presumably an intention by a J6 defendant’s attorney to call her as a witness (Was this to block #PinkBeret as a potential witness in that case?)

-The Sedition Hunters claim they were unsuccessful in identifying Vargas Geller from her many January 6 photos until after the ex-boyfriend’s tweet with a different accompanying photo. According to Reilly’s report, “They had attacked it from all angles, but no luck.” And, only after having that particular tweet photo, “They said they ran a facial recognition check, got a match, found more photos and found plenty of material to confirm the ID.”

-While claiming to be in DC on January 6 to support Trump, Vargas Geller did not attend his speech but was instead on the frontline of the first violent barricade breach of the day, then proceeded to play an active role in directing and helping others toward and inside the Capitol Building

-Hundreds of other Capitol Insiders have been identified and are yet to be charged, but Vargas Geller was rushed to the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list — despite her being a non-violent offender — and then immediately identified and charged

-As a non-violent offender, and one who did not flaunt or brag on social media about “storming the Capitol,” she will likely plea down to the single glorified trespassing charge, and the typical slap on the wrist: two years probation, a small fine, and maybe some hours of community service

Perhaps Jennifer Inzunza Vargas Geller — aka #PinkBeret — was feeling particularly pretty on January 6, and of her own accord decided to preen about in front of all the photogs, assisting both insurrectionists and accidental tourists in finding their way to their own criminal charges. 

I'm certain one side of the J6 political equation will see her as another Ray Epps — given the timing and circumstances of her sudden infamy. The other side will want blood, especially if it is revealed she wasn’t just reading Mein Kampf out of historical interest. (As I did, all the way back in junior high school.)

If it is discovered Vargas Geller does have a fondness for Adolf Hitler and Nazism, those on the left will claim those affections predominate with all conservatives, the GOP, those loyal to MAGA, as well as all the J6 “insurrectionists.” The other side will counter that “Nazi” is derived from “national socialist,” and is, therefore, an ideology of the far-left, having nothing to do with modern conservativism or MAGA. (She’s also a cigar smoker, so the anti-tobacco . . . uh . . . nazis . . . may also want in on the game.)

All that remains — apart from her ultimate arrest — is to see who lands the exclusive interview with #PinkBeretas Alan Feuer of The New York Times did, with Ray Epps — which will then reignite the “Fed, or not Fed” debate many months after she similarly claims to have been "deceived" by Trump and his election-denying minions, takes her slap on the wrist, is awarded “victim” status, and goes into hiding with her next boyfriend.

Am I missing anything else?

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A Brief Summary of My Personal January 6 Story Timeline (Then ’til Now)
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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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