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Politics The latest QAnon-inspired threat on the Capitol was thankfully a dud

02:59  05 march  2021
02:59  05 march  2021 Source:   vox.com

QAnon Shaman Wants Out of Jail; Says the Government Lied About His Flagpole and Finial

  QAnon Shaman Wants Out of Jail; Says the Government Lied About His Flagpole and Finial Defense attorney Albert Watkins enlisted the alleged words of American master Mark Twain The post QAnon Shaman Wants Out of Jail; Says the Government Lied About His Flagpole and Finial first appeared on Law & Crime.Jacob Chansley, the pro-Trump Jan. 6 rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman,” wants out of jail. In service of that effort, defense attorney Albert Watkins enlisted the words of American master Mark Twain.  Or, at least, a phrase commonly attributed to née Samuel Clemens.

WASHINGTON — The Capitol Police force is preparing for another assault on the Capitol building on Thursday after obtaining intelligence of a potential plot by a militia group, just two months after a mob of Trump loyalists and extremists attacked the building, leaving five dead and hundreds injured. The “possible” plot, as described by the Capitol Police, appeared to be inspired by the pro-Trump conspiracy theory known as QAnon , according to a senior administration official who reviewed the intelligence warning. Intelligence analysts had spent weeks tracking online chatter by some QAnon

Capitol Police sources have revealed that their days off and vacation days have been canceled in anticipation of the security threat . On Tuesday, Capitol Police tweeted that it is “aware of concerning information and intelligence pertaining to March 4th” and continued to work with law enforcement The QAnon conspiracy theory group has continued to take the world by storm with its outlandish claims but remains focused on the rhetoric that Trump has been waging a secret war on child-eating satanic pedophiles. A tweet posted by Washington Post political journalist Dave Weigel said he was told by

A threat against the Capitol that prompted House of Representatives leadership to cancel Thursday’s session thankfully amounted to nothing.

a man wearing a military uniform: Members of the National Guard watch a checkpoint outside the Capitol on Thursday. © Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Members of the National Guard watch a checkpoint outside the Capitol on Thursday.

Capitol Police warned on Wednesday that they “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an unidentified militia group on Thursday, March 4.” That finding was echoed by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the leading Republican on the homeland security committee, who said on CNN on Wednesday that “President Trump has a responsibility to tell them to stand down. This threat is credible. It’s real. It’s a right-wing militia group.”

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All the latest news about QAnon from the BBC. Tight security amid new threat to breach US Capitol . A session is cancelled because of "potential threats " from a militia to storm the Congress building. Trump supporters including groups such as QAnon rallied and incited violence outside of

The notorious “ QAnon Shaman” has insisted his actions during the Capitol riot were not an attack on the United States—and that he can prove it because he stopped other rioters from stealing muffins. I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space, the Senate. I actually stopped people from stealing muffins out of the break room.” While preventing muffin theft is all well and good, the accusations against Chansley are very serious. On top of storming into the Capitol building, Chansley is also accused of leaving an ominous note for Vice President Mike Pence at his desk in the

Trump did not tell anybody to stand down, but thankfully all was quiet anyway around the Capitol on Thursday, where the Senate began debate on the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill despite the House’s decision to shut down for the day.

March 4 is a significant date in QAnon — a cultish, deranged conspiracy theory whose adherents believe Donald Trump is secretly fighting a global child sex trafficking cabal led by prominent Democrats. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains the theory’s fixation with March 4 in all its convoluted detail, but in brief: Some believers held that March 4, which was the date presidents were inaugurated until the 20th Amendment was adopted in 1933, would be when Trump would be inaugurated for another term of office. The Trump International Hotel located just blocks away from the White House even tried to capitalize on the conspiracy theory by raising room rates for the date.

‘The Court Need Look No Further’: Federal Prosecutors Use ‘QAnon Shaman’s’ News Interview Boast Against Him

  ‘The Court Need Look No Further’: Federal Prosecutors Use ‘QAnon Shaman’s’ News Interview Boast Against Him Federal prosecutors are using so-called "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley's own words against him in a court document which aim to keep Chansley behind bars pending trial. The post ‘The Court Need Look No Further’: Federal Prosecutors Use ‘QAnon Shaman’s’ News Interview Boast Against Him first appeared on Law & Crime.Chansley filed an emergency motion to be released from jail in late February. In it, his attorney, Al Watkins, argued that Chansley was “immediately and fully forthcoming” with federal law enforcement officers and exhibited a “high degree of cooperation” while submitting to interviews without the presence of an attorney.

Jacob Chansley, the Capitol riot suspect who refers to himself as the " QAnon Shaman" and was photographed during the insurrection wearing fur and horns, spoke with 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast Thursday, in which he claimed his "actions were not an attack on this country" as he faces up to 20 years in prison for them. A suspect charged in the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building is speaking from jail in a new interview — and offering a unique defense positioning himself as simply a savior of baked goods.

The Capitol remains guarded by a heavy troop presence as March 4 nears, a date QAnon followers believe Donald Trump will become president again. Capitol is on high alert with almost 5,000 National Guard troops on the streets amid bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that Trump will be made president again in two days. The US Capitol Police requested 4,900 National Guard troops remain in the nation's capital until at least March 12.

But Jared Holt told Vox that he “did not find any of the usual tells we tend to see when online extremism is about to translate into real-world mobilization prior to March 4.” Holt is a resident fellow at DFRLab focused on domestic extremism; he correctly warned in the days leading up to the January 6 insurrection about internet chatter indicating pro-Trump demonstrations that day could spiral out of control.

“In recent days, even, many extremist influencers and communities actively discouraged participation in any would-be action on that date,” continued Holt in a Twitter direct message. “Although large mobilization was incredibly unlikely by standard measures, there continued to exist an ever-present risk posed by small groups or individuals who may feel compelled to act on their extremist beliefs.”

Holt noted that while the House’s decision to shut down for the day and all the security precautions around the Capitol “may seem like overkill,” the January 6 insurrection that left five dead “is still incredibly fresh on the minds of law enforcement and I’m not surprised that officials are acting with an abundance of caution.”

Police and the FBI are on high alert over a 'possible plot to breach the Capitol' as a QAnon conspiracy theory about March 4 being the 'true inauguration day' looms

  Police and the FBI are on high alert over a 'possible plot to breach the Capitol' as a QAnon conspiracy theory about March 4 being the 'true inauguration day' looms Capitol Police said they have made "significant security upgrades" ahead of March 4 to prepare for any demonstrations or violence."We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4," Capitol Police said in a statement. "We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers.

A mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday. Ms. Babbitt died after being shot by a Capitol Police officer while inside, officials said.Credit Win Mcnamee/Getty Images. The people close to Ms. Babbitt have all responded with shock. She then served in the Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard. In the Guard, she was assigned to a unit based near Washington that is known as the “ Capital Guardians,” because one of their primary missions is defending the city. Security forces in the squadron regularly train with riot shields and clubs for what the Air Force calls “civil disturbance

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Indeed, law enforcement officials seemed to be trying to avoid a repeat of what happened on January 6, when numerous intelligence memos warning about the threat of violence from Trump supporters who gathered in Washington, DC, to protest the election on the day weren’t sufficient to prevent law enforcement from being overwhelmed by the MAGA mob.

While law enforcement officials are being extra careful these days, Republicans who egged on the insurrection by spreading lies about the 2020 election are not. On Thursday, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) — both of whom supported Trump’s efforts to overthrow the election — went on Fox & Friends and argued that despite the active threat at the Capitol, they saw no need for the National Guard’s continued presence at the Capitol.

“I think the idea of keeping [the National Guard] there indefinitely, and keeping a barbed wire fence around the Capitol indefinitely is crazy,” Hawley said.

But if Trump-supporting Republicans really wanted to reopen the Capitol, the best thing they could do is denounce the lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election that continue to inspire deranged Trump supporters to try and take matters into their own hands. Instead of doing that, however, the Republican Party remains largely unified behind the false notion that Joe Biden’s victory was tainted.

While Republicans like Hawley and Waltz see no need for the continued National Guard presence at the Capitol, Capitol Police disagree. On Thursday, the force reportedly requested that the National Guard stay at the Capitol for at least two more months, citing ongoing security concerns. That request came a day after a House hearing where Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers that threats against lawmakers have increased nearly 100 percent year over year.

Two months and nearly 300 Capitol riot arrests later, the FBI is hunting hundreds more .
Most of the accused face charges from the Jan. 6 riot that could send them to prison for anywhere from 1-20 years.Investigators who typically work cases involving the trafficking of drugs, child pornography and sex have taken calls from rioter’s angry ex-wives and former girlfriends and employers turned tipsters.

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