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World The FBI is keeping a close eye on far-right groups like Proud Boys, Three Percenters, and the Oath Keepers as it determines whether extremist groups planned the Capitol siege in advance

05:04  20 january  2021
05:04  20 january  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

Amazon has started removing QAnon and right-wing militia merchandise following employee complaints

  Amazon has started removing QAnon and right-wing militia merchandise following employee complaints Merchandise sporting the names and logos of the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters can be found on Amazon.In the weeks leading up to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, Amazon employees questioned the company about apparel featuring the logos of two groups — the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters — available for sale on Amazon. And in the wake of the insurrection, which was carried out by some rioters wearing gear from at least one of the groups, some Amazon employees demanded the company take the listings down.

The Oath Keepers , Three Percenters , and the Proud Boys , a male-chauvinist group with ties to white nationalism, have drawn particular attention from the FBI agents investigating the attack on Congress, as they work to determine if those groups organized or directed the violence.

In an apparent reference to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, the affidavit said, Caldwell goes on in the Jan. 1 post to say, “I don’t know if This weekend the FBI arrested several people with alleged ties to the Oath Keepers , Proud Boys and Three Percenters , which charging documents suggest

a group of people jumping in the air: Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • Law enforcement are taking a closer look at how extremist groups may have organised violence ahead of the Capitol insurrection.
  • Members of the Proud Boys, Three Percenters, and The Oath Keepers are among those who have been arrested on charges that they participated in the riots.
  • The US Attorney for DC said that that determining the level of planning done by groups like these is a top priority for investigators.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

As the FBI continues to investigate the mob of crazed pro-Trump fanatics who took over the Capitol on January 6, investigators are focusing on the role that extremist groups played in organising the terror.

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has a history of being an informant in criminal investigations

  Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has a history of being an informant in criminal investigations Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio used to be a federal and local police informant, Reuters reported. Tarrio's cooperation assisted in the prosecution of more than a dozen defendants. He denied this report, but it was confirmed in a court transcript obtained by Reuters. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Enrique Tarrio used to serve as a criminal informant in Florida before moving on to serve as the leader of the prominent Proud Boys extremist group,Reuters reported.

The FBI said they were concerned that both QAnon supporters and "lone wolves" might try and infiltrate the Guard. Caldwell wrote on Facebook, the FBI says in its charging documents.Caldwell was allegedly a member of the Oath Keepers , an extremist group that, along with the Three Percenters

He had been planning the siege at least a week earlier, sending a Facebook message on Jan. Caldwell wrote on Facebook, the FBI says in its charging documents.Caldwell was allegedly a member of the Oath Keepers , an extremist group that, along with the Three Percenters and Proud Boys , is

Members of the extremist groups Proud Boys, The Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters are among the 145 individuals who have been taken into custody since the insurrection.

While nobody has yet been charged specifically with organising the riots, Michael Sherwin, the US Attorney for the District of Washington, said that determining the level of planning done by extremist groups is a top priority for investigators.

"If you look at social media, you could see a lot of affiliation with some of the protest activity, some of the rioting activity, and it runs the whole gamut of different groups from soup to nuts, A to Z. But right now, look, we're not going to label anything because everything's on the table in terms of the extremist groups," Sherwin said at a Department of Justice press update last week. "We'll let them label themselves with the evidence. But all of these extremist groups are being looked at in terms of their participation at the Capitol."

Canada is considering naming the Proud Boys a terrorist organisation following the attack on the US Capitol

  Canada is considering naming the Proud Boys a terrorist organisation following the attack on the US Capitol The Canadian government is considering naming the Proud Boys a terrorist organisation. Members of the organisation were among pro-Trump extremists who stormed the US Capitol on January 6. Insider reached out the the FBI to see if the US is also considering naming the group a terrorist organisation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Canadian federal government is considering naming the largely far-right extremist group Proud Boys a terrorist organisation, the office of the Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told Global News.

Two Massachusetts residents were arrested by the FBI in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol . Caldwell wrote on Facebook, the FBI says in its charging documents.Caldwell was allegedly a member of the Oath Keepers , an extremist group that, along with the Three Percenters and

… More charges linked to the groups , which recruit heavily from military and law enforcement, are The groups promote the idea that the government is plotting to take away the rights of U.S. citizens and To be clear, if you swear to uphold your oath to the Constitution, you are part of an extremist

Many of the Capitol rioters made their group affiliations obvious.

Some men wore jackets that donned "The Oath Keepers" â€" the name of one of the largest anti-government militias in the US.

They vow to protect America from "the new world order," a future where the government imposes martial law and seizes guns.

One of them, Jon Schaffer, turned himself in to the FBI on Sunday, after he was outed as one of the rioters.

The Indiana musician who founded the metal "Iced Earth" was easily recognised when the FBI circulated posters with his face on it, the Indy Star reported.

He is accused of spraying Capitol police with bear spray.

Schaffer, who wore a hat that said "Oath Keepers Lifetime Member," is among at least four members of the group that has been arrested since the riot, the New York Times reported.

Others wore a patch bearing the roman numeral three, a logo for the "Three Percenters."

What far-right extremists have planned for inauguration weekend

  What far-right extremists have planned for inauguration weekend The FBI has been alerted of threats to “storm” government offices in every state.Emboldened by their ability to invade the seat of American government, many rioters and their supporters are plotting a repeat, with multiple rallies and other actions planned between now and President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The FBI has warned of armed actions planned at state capitols around the country. Members of Congress have been harassed at airports and are concerned about threats to their homes and families.

He had been planning the siege at least a week earlier, sending a Facebook message on Jan. Caldwell wrote on Facebook, the FBI says in its charging documents.Caldwell was allegedly a member of the Oath Keepers , an extremist group that, along with the Three Percenters and Proud Boys , is

The Proud Boys is a far - right , neo-fascist, and male-only political organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada.

This group â€" often heavily armed â€" spreads the myth that only three per cent of American colonists fought to overthrow the British and that they are the true defenders of the US constitution.

Larry R. Brock, a decorated Air Force lieutenant colonel from Texas, was recorded inside the building wearing a helmet and holding flex cuffs. The New York Times reported that Brock was a member of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.

The Proud Boys â€" an international all-male nationalist organisation of people who oppose political correctness and incite violence â€" were also among the crowds at the Capitol.

The Proud Boys claim to be a "drinking club," but in actuality, they are a radicalisation vector rooted in defending the patriarchy. It also has ties to white supremacy, despite its current leader being Cuban-American.

Nich Ochs, the Hawaii chapter president and failed congressional candidate, was arrested after he posted a selfie smoking a cigarette inside the building.

Dominic Pezzola, a former Marine and Proud Boys member, was arrested after a video of him shattering a window in the Capitol with a riot shield was widely shared online.

Proud Boys Unanimously Designated White Supremacist Terrorist Group by Canadian Lawmakers

  Proud Boys Unanimously Designated White Supremacist Terrorist Group by Canadian Lawmakers Members of Canada's Parliament unanimously approved a motion to "immediately" designate the white supremacy group Proud Boys as a "terrorist entity" on Monday.Canadians begin considering labeling Proud Boys as a terrorist group following the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. A member of the Florida chapter of the Proud Boys was arrested on Wednesday on charges connected to his participation in the riot. Canadian Parliament member Jagmeet Singh introduced the proposal to classify the Proud Boys as a terrorist group on Monday.

A judge banned the Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, from DC the day before the planned march outside the Capitol. Tarrio, who is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter flag at a historic Black church during a December pro-Trump rally, posed a threat to do it again, a judge found.

Despite being banned from DC, Tarrio didn't return home to Miami that week. When reached by phone during the Capitol siege, Tarrio told Insider he was in a hotel room in Maryland "not breaking the law."

Individuals were also seen carrying QAnon emblems and other less specific branding â€" like Confederate flags of Auschwitz paraphernalia â€" honouring other hate movements.

Sherwin said that law enforcement is not going out of their way to identify the individuals who have been arrested by the extremist groups they associate with but that investigators are looking at how the groups communicated ahead of the attacks.

He called it a "tier one top priority" for the US Attorney's office and federal law enforcement to determine whether there was an "overarching command" of the riots.

Plans of violence circulated online through social media and in plain sight for days ahead of the Capitol siege.

a group of people walking through a cloudy sky: The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building. The aftermath of riots at the US Capitol Building.

Being a member of an extremist group is not, on its own, a crime

The Department of Justice doesn't designate domestic terrorist groups.

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  A loophole might allow lawmakers to bring guns into the Capitol, but it's not a free pass to violate local laws An exception to a Capitol gun ban lets lawmakers store their licensed firearms in their offices. Some have chosen to wear them on their person, dodging security measures after the Capitol siege. Lawyers told Insider the exception doesn't give lawmakers a pass to walk around with guns in DC. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Gun-toting lawmakers at the US Capitol insist on bringing their firearms to work, and it's causing a stir in the halls of Congress.

In the US, belief in abhorrent ideology alone is not a crime, but adherents' illegal actions can be prosecuted.

"When it comes to domestic terrorism, our investigations focus solely on the criminal activity of individualsâ€"regardless of group membershipâ€"that appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce the civilian population or influence the policy of the government by intimidation or coercion," an FBI spokesperson told Insider. "It's important to note that membership in groups that espouse domestic extremist ideology is not illegal in and of itselfâ€"no matter how offensive their views might be to the majority of society. Membership in a group is not a sufficient basis for an investigation."

The FBI had previously classified the Proud Boys as an extremist group.

"These guys have labelled themselves. I mean, Mr. Kevin Seefried labelled himself when he was walking through the Capitol with the Stars and Bars, and Mr. Robert Packer labelled himself when he was with the "Camp Auschwitz" shirt in the Capitol," Sherwin said Friday. "So we're not going to try to label these people. We'll let them label themselves with the evidence."

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Joe Biggs, Proud Boys Leader and Former Infowars Staffer, Arrested Over Capitol Riot .
The FBI used footage taken during the riot to determine that Biggs illegally broke into the building with the intent to "obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding before Congress."In a criminal complaint released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an agent revealed that they used footage taken during the riot to determine that Biggs illegally broke into the building with the intent to "obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding before Congress.

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