In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps leading up to the January 6 Capitol Riots.
One if by land, north of the Lincoln Memorial” on the Potomac River, Kelly Meggs posted on an encrypted Signal group chat on january 2, a heartfelt reference to the famous Paul Revere car ride from the American revolution. All day long, organizers and protesters, who will later be prosecuted for their role on January 6, spoke of a rapid response force (QRF) that would be waiting on the shore. capital sea to bring in weapons.
Meggs, 52, of Dunnellon, Florida, resident and self-proclaimed leader of the Oath-Keepers state, compared the storming of the Capitol building to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. On January 2, he posted a map of the city. showed two water landings near the Lincoln Memorial and then further south near the tidal basin on Ohio Road, labeling them as QRF rally points where protesters could pick up “long” guns ” their.
Joshua James, another indicted protester, received a text the same day asking about weapons. He advised an unknown friend that it would be better to leave them at home, that “QRF will have weapons.”
Others — Derek Kinnison (“midnight”), Tony Martinez (“blue-collar patriot”), Ronald Mele (“red outline”) and Erik Scott Warner (“silvirsurfer”) – discussed the plan their own weapons. In a photo taken January 2, four men pose, making a hand gesture associated with Three Percenters, before boarding an SUV and driving cross-country from Temecula, California, to the capital. national capital. They call themselves the DC Brigade. Kinnison also posted an image of herself with a shotgun magazine around her body. “We will have a lot of equipment from medical kits, radios, lots of bear spray, knives, flags, [armor] plates, goggles, helmets,” he posted.
The Daily Beast reported that day that protesters were discussing bringing guns to the County, as well as breaking into federal buildings and attacking law enforcement. Fox News reported a statement on social media by Proud boys Leader Enrique Tarrio that his organization will attend the General Session of the Conference Prepare for violence.
The Metropolitan Police The department has also issued a warning to the US Capitol Police and the National Parks Service that it received information via its tip line that “there [were] blueprint for storming federal buildings. “
Apparently, the new District of Columbia Acting Sheriff Robert J. Contee III met with Mayor Muriel Bowser. He recommended a curfew on the night of January 6, predicting the kind of violence that would follow the previous December protest — violence between pro- and anti-Trump forces that followed a day of protests mild. Bowser replied that she wanted to keep the curfew as an option but would wait and see how protesters behave on the night of January 5 before deciding.
Meanwhile Contee also spoke with Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, and the two agreed that there was no need to change any of their previous plans and arrangements made for Friday. Capitol police thought they could handle the situation with their assigned DC police.
Meetings are also held at Pentagon to discuss the Mayor’s request for DC National Guard assistance to ease the MPD’s load. Based on the assurances received by the Ministry of Defense from FBI and the Department of Homeland Security — meaning they don’t have any particular concerns about upcoming protests — are in no particular hurry. The final decision on military assistance, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told DC officials, will be made on January 4, with no emergency to move faster. The DC National Guard continues to plan for a strong force of 300 men — 150 people per shift — on the streets. There is also a QRF of their own of 40 people stationed at Andrews Air Force Base south of the Capitol in Maryland.
If all law enforcement officials downplay the possibilities of January 6 violence, then Army General Mark Milley is practically panicking. Milley has told his closest aides that he believes the President Donald Trump is causing unrest in the hope of using it as a pretext to invoke the Insurrection Act, and thus summon active-duty troops. Under the Act, those soldiers would then be released from the restrictions of the Posse Comitatus, a Civil War-era law that limited the federal government’s power to use military personnel to enforce the law. (One of the exceptions to Posse Comitatus was especially when the president invoked the Resurrection Act.)
Milley told his closest colleagues that listening to the president was like reading “1984” by George Orwell: “Lies are truth. Division is unity. Evil is good,” he said, according to “I Alone Can Fix It” by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. “
On the night of January 2, Milley was told that washington articles will publish an article by all ten living former defense secretaries warning Pentagon leaders that they should never use the military to settle election disputes or disrupt peaceful transfer of power. This message is primarily intended for Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, who, unknown to the group, has now spoken out. No one knows for sure what his views are, nor whether he is working with the president and the White House. (According to Miller’s own account, as told by Jonathan Karl in “Betrayal,” he was not.)
Starting after the new year, Milley and his employees closely monitored their Dataminr accounts, checking “several times a day” for any signs on social media of unrest. civil or planned protest shows violence. The private company imports more than 500 million public tweets daily to find breaking news and early warnings and tips. But suppose Twitter began aggressively censoring users, most of the protesters on January 6 have turned to other social media platforms.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-planned-stoke-unrest-call-out-troops-general-milley-feared-1661324 Donald Trump plans to destabilize, summons the army, General Milley is scared