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World A far-right UCLA student who live-streamed the Capitol siege was slapped with federal charges for his role in the insurrection

05:02  18 february  2021
05:02  18 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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A man who officials say is a leader in the far - right militia group, the Oath Keepers, previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Intelligence and maintains a Top Secret security clearance, his lawyer said Monday. Thomas Caldwell, 66, was arrested last month and charged with conspiracy related to the Capitol insurrection , after authorities said he was involved in the planning and coordinating of the January 6 attacks. According to charging documents, the Department of Justice believes Caldwell holds a leadership role in the Oath Keepers, an anti-government group made up of current and

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather at the west entrance of the Capitol during a 'Stop the Steal' protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. U.S. January 6, 2021. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather at the west entrance of the Capitol during a 'Stop the Steal' protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. U.S. January 6, 2021.
  • A UCLA student with a history of far-right online activity was charged with storming the Capitol.
  • Federal agents helped arrest 22-year-old Christian Secor with the help of tipsters.
  • One tipster indicated that Secor threw away his phone and bragged he wouldn't get caught.
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Christian Secor, a UCLA student who espoused far-right and white supremacist views, was charged by federal authorities for his role in storming the Capitol on January 6.

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Boebert, who is affiliated with the QAnon movement and regularly spreads right -wing conspiracy theories, tweeted that Pelosi had been "removed from the (House) chambers" while rioters were still in the building. At least two US Capitol Police officers have already been suspended, and at least 10 more are under investigation, for allegedly playing some sort of role in the insurrection , CNN reported . There was immediate speculation after the attack that some sympathetic police officers may have helped the rioters, given the fact that the raucous and at-times violent crowd seemed to mill about the

About 10 new charges announced by the Justice Department on Thursday rammed home the message from law enforcement that it will find the participants in the siege of the Capitol that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

According to court documents, tipsters shared information about Secor, telling the FBI that Secor had gotten rid of his phone, moved into his mother's basement, and bragged that he wouldn't get caught.

In total, 11 people helped identify Secor, 22, who live-streamed the breach of the Capitol and was pictured sitting at Pence's dais during the siege.

Federal authorities in DC charged Secor with assaulting, resisting, or impeding a police officer; violent entry and remaining on restricted grounds; civil disorder; and obstructing an official proceeding.

On Tuesday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Los Angeles Times that federal agents arrested Secor at his Costa Mesa home.

Federal investigators stated that Secor founded an unofficial club called "America First Bruins" while attending UCLA.

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The US Capitol is once again secured but four people are dead -- including one woman who was shot -- after supporters of President Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, engulfing the nation's capital in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Who else has been charged ? A man allegedly seen in viral photos carrying a Confederate flag in the Capitol during the riots was charged on 14 January. media captionThe US Capitol is on high alert ahead of Biden's inauguration. Authorities named him as Kevin Seefried and he appeared with his He's accused of unlawful entry of restricted buildings or grounds, after he posted a picture smoking a cigarette inside the Capitol building, tweeting: "Hello from the Capital lol". Mr Ochs describes himself as a "Proud Boy Elder from Hawaii". The Proud Boys is an anti-immigrant and all male far - right group

According to the Daily Bruin, Secor had been active with the Bruin Republicans as recently as February 2020, which is when the conservative group stated that Secor was banned for "inappropriate behaviour."

"What I can tell you is that UCLA believes the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol was an attack on our democracy," Bill Kisliuk, the UCLA director of media relations, said in a statement. "As an institution, UCLA is committed to mutual respect, making decisions based on evidence and using rational debate â€" not physical violence."

According to the affidavit, Secor's hateful views towards immigrants and Jews were well-documented by student groups and on his social media during his time on campus. On Twitter, he lauded the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and called fascism "epic."

In photos and videos taken during the insurrection, Secor was seen carrying a blue "America First," flag.

Secor also live-streamed from the Capitol on January 6 under the moniker Scuffed Elliot Rodger â€" a reference to a 22-year-old who killed seven people at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014.

"As a result of Secor and others pushing on the double doors, the doors opened and dozens of additional rioters flooded into the building," the affidavit said. "The Capitol Police officers were shoved by the crowd, at times trapped between the doors and the crowd, and eventually pushed out of the way of the oncoming mob."

According to court documents, FBI agents had Secor under surveillance from January 25-28 before detaining him.

35 Capitol Police Officers Under Investigation in Connection With Riot .
Of the 35 officers involved in the agency's ongoing internal inquiry, six have been suspended with pay.Of the 35 officers involved in the Capitol Police's ongoing internal inquiry, led by the law enforcement agency's Office of Professional Responsibility, six were suspended with pay on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesperson who shared the update with Fox 5 DC's Lindsay Watts.

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