When it stops being a laughing matter
He called himself a QAnon Tier I Ranger SEAL Operator and had the 17 tabs on one sleeve to prove it. “In a situation like this, Embed, you stay with me and I’ll take you home, brother. Unless the GPS brings us lost again. “
Behind the wheel of his F-150, looking for a parking space near the state capital, I knew he was serious. The eyes, always the eyes. On the back seat was his AR-15 with the handle up, equipped with several dozen Bass Pro accessories. His personal gear said he was ready, half arctic-urban-backyard camouflage, half bright orange. “I can’t afford this shit unless I can make it into two seasons,” he said. He asked if I would call him “Mike” even though I found out on Facebook that his real name is Michael. His tactical hair gel caught the light as he spoke.
“If we find free parking spaces, we will approach from the east. If we have to feed the meter, I’ll come from the north. ”The tactical radio rang. “Honey, I told you it was after 6pm. … I don’t know, get yourself a pizza, ”he said in a kind of Pepe code.
“Today’s mission is to take the place in front of the CNN crew and dominate the interviews. CNN will identify themselves by removing their heads from their own bums, so watch out for the signal. Stay frosty in case we spot Maddow and I make an audible call. And join forces to make it look like we’re more. “
You’re right, that didn’t happen. I made up Mike. It’s funny.
But this happened: The Daily Beast published a “bullet” that revealed that one of the men who appeared in the 6th uprising as evidence. It was part of the prosecution’s argument on bail. It sounds like a joke.
The problem is, it wasn’t true; the man only had the unopened Lego set and the prosecutors lied. The accused rioter remains in prison. The Lego set is still available from Amazon.
And that’s also true and not so funny. Most of the 539 people arrested for the January riot have committed no acts of violence and are only charged with trespassing. Many were simply charged with violating 6 p.m. Closing hour. However, almost all of them have been denied bail and are held in solitary confinement as a “security measure” – locked for 23 hours a day.
In any other context, such treatment of innocent people would create an awakened storm. The ACLU claims that “prolonged solitary confinement is torture and should certainly not be used as a punitive means to intimidate or co-operate.” Except in a political prosecution. The decision maker about prison conditions? Biden’s Attorney General.
Meanwhile, after six months, the first person was finally brought to justice. He pleaded for a “parade drive to the Capitol” charge and was sentenced to probation. The second charge resulted in a misdemeanor conviction. Next came an as yet unconvicted plea on “obstruction of Congress”. Another intruder was bailed and placed in solitary confinement for leaving the court with a voicemail stating “the size of his genitals”. Brownshirt stuff, amiright?
In another pending case not involving violence or vandalism, prosecutors called for maximum sentences, stating that “those convicted of such behavior may not have a criminal record, their beliefs making them unique among criminals about the likelihood of recidivism”. A thought crime.
The only criminal conviction out of all of this resulted in only 8 months’ imprisonment for “obstruction of an official process”. Somehow in D.C. to find no charges of terrorism, sedition or treason. Prosecutors asked for a much higher sentence, claiming the action was an “attack on democracy”. As a key figure, Hitler was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for his failed “beer hall putsch”.
Only 534 cases still need to be brought to court. Seldom have so many resources been used to achieve so little.
That’s true, but not so funny either. The day after the Capitol Riots, the FBI asked Americans to “step in” and identify the participants. Not only friends and relatives whistled against each other, but armies of unrelated people also took the chance to play roles in the Stasi. Even the news organization CNN helped identify people on behalf of the FBI. That New York Times published a guide to militia symbols to help potential detectives distinguish their oathkeepers from their QAnons. The AP called these citizens “riot hunters” as America turned the Kancel Kulture Kids into an e-mob.
“I put my emotions behind me to do what I thought was right,” said Jackson Reffitt, whose GoFundMe raised $ 140,000 after filing his own father with the FBI.
Technology has found its niche. While the mob was still in the Capitol, groups like Bellingcat deleted everything posted to gather evidence for the FBI. Reddit users created a 12GB tranche of videos. Intelligence X (whose customers are “businesses of all sizes and governments”) has 1,300 files. The goal was to enable identification through crowdsourcing so that no rioter escapes.
“When you look at history and incidents like the 1812 Capitol rupture and the 1933 Reichstag fire, it shows the need for accurate and original data in a historical context,” said the CEO of Intelligence X. Wired reminds us that “Before the archiving of video and photo evidence by third parties was crucial in identifying war crimes in Syria ”. The breach of 1812 was made by the British Army during wartime. There was no fire on January 6th, neither the Reichstag nor anything else, and certainly no war crimes.
In an effort to expand the reach of the private sector to the rights and privacy of Americans, the Justice Department hired a contractor (Deloitte with $ 6.1 million) to catalog all of this technically collected data and determine who is criminal Leave to private industry. A judge recently put the project on hold.
On the other side of the operation, Facebook, Twitch and YouTube deleted live streams of the Capitol Riot and demonetized accounts. Twitter went further, marking Trump’s tweets about the insurrection with a warning, disabling most engagements “because of the danger of violence”, all before the Trump material was completely removed. For the next time around, Facebook announced that it has a tool called CrowdTangle that tracks user engagement with whatever Facebook thinks is a right media source. The tool is of course only available to selected scientists and journalists.
And that’s not funny at all. The FBI released a handbook for citizens to use to report each other because they “show a willingness to commit an act of violence” or even “show a mindset about committing an act of violence”.
Most of it was recycled from a “How to Spot an Islamic Terrorist Under His Bed” campaign after 9/11, which makes it even more obvious that the white militia are the jihad bogeyman of this generation. While a lighthearted warning is a reminder that many of the FBI’s “indicators” are constitutionally protected acts, such as owning a gun and criticizing the government, the main point of concern when in doubt is to deliver it on Citizen.
Funny as it is, despite the wishes of the Democrats, their FBI, and their MSM, the January 6 riot was not an attempt to overthrow the US government or change an election. The rioters had absolutely no way of doing this, no mechanism to prevent Joe Biden from becoming president. They were hardly considered vandals: no fires set, no priceless paintings or statues destroyed, no files ransacked. They dispersed relatively quickly and just went home. In contrast, the BLM riots claimed several lives and caused millions of dollars in damage across the country for months.
In addition to scaremongering, the Democrats also have bigger goals in mind. They want people to get used to working to advance political law enforcement and to become more familiar, if not encouraged, with unequal law enforcement as a political tool.
Unsurprisingly, the Biden government has just unveiled a national strategy to combat “domestic extremism” calling for an ideological screening of government employees for links to “hate groups”. The plan highlights a change in the government’s approach that has prioritized the struggle for decades foreign Terrorists. The same instruments of war are now being turned inward, upon us, to confirm the democratic dystopia that the party plans to carry on. And that’s certainly not funny.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We meant well: How I lost the fight for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan, and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 Percent.