Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Chip and the Rod


In the latest subscribers' podcast, I'm rejoined by the great Christopher Knowles. For those of you living under a rock, he is the author of Our Gods Wear Spandex, The Secret History of Rock 'N' Roll, and most recently The Endless American Midnight. He has also written the novel He Will Live Up in the Sky and is the longtime curator of a little blog called The Secret Sun --You guys may have heard of it. Recently, he has also launched the Secret Sun Institute of Advanced Synchromysticism, which you should all sign up for ASAP.

For this wide-ranging discussion, we use Chris' legendary "Lucifer's Technologies" series as a launching point for the epic UFO Disclosure narrative currently unfolding. Along the way, we address the possibility of reverse-engineered technology, or whether it was acquired by "other means"; and the devastating effects technologically advanced societies have had on humanity. From there, we delve into the theories of Carl Raschke: UFOs as Agents of Cultural Deconstruction and Ultraterrestrials. This brings us to a fascinating discussion of the US Navy's epic role in molding the UFO narrative, along with various cults. 

When we finally get around to current events, we jump into Robert Bigelow and the figures behind To the Stars Academy; Jacques Vallee and the strange beliefs of Ufologists; and where the Disclosure narrative may be heading. As a bonus, you also get to hear our epic musings on demonology and the prospect of mass possession in contemporary America. Fun times indeed folks. 

Chris is one in an ever growing roster of guests for these exclusive subscriber shows. Prior guests include Diana Walsh-PasulkaRichard B. Spence, Douglas Valentine, Adam Gorightly, Greg Bishop, Walter Bosley, J. Michael "Doc Future" Bennett, Erica Lukes, David Metcalfe, Neil Sanders, the Penny Royal crew, Edmund Berger and Samuel Vandiver. Upcoming guests include Dr. Andre Gagne of Concordia UniversityCicada 3301 graphic designer Arturo "Lestat" Tafoyovsky, and the return of the Penny Royal crew with a sneak peak of Season 2. 


Your SOCOM Update

The current nomination for the coveted Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) is a curious figure known as Christopher P. Maier. Maier was part of the purge at the DoD after the Orange One sacked Mark Esper and replaced him with Christopher C. Miller in the aftermath of 2020 election. Now, he's making his triumphant return as as the civilian head of the special operations forces (SOF). 

Its a crucial time in the history of America special operations due to the debate over whether to elevate the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to its own branch of the military. This is an issue Trump forced through during the final months of his presidency and which Biden appears to be reversing course on. In theory, the SOCOM doesn't want to be its own branch of the military because it will face more civilian oversight. The ASD SO/LIC would be the one tasked with this additional oversight. Thus, Maier is poised to have a lot say over whether its a good idea, and, if the move is allowed to stand, what form this additional civilian oversight will take.

Maier

Maier's an interesting guy in the special operations field. Unlike a lot of the figures tasked with oversight of the SOF community in recent years, Maier does not appear to have a background in such things. He's listed as a member of the Air Force National Guard, but attended college at UC Berkeley. He had previously worked in Obama's National Security Council and at the National Counterterrorism Center before moving into a civilian role in the special operations field. He became a rising star in the DoD in recent years thanks to heading the Pentagon's Defeat ISIS Task Force since 2017. Said Task Force was abolished in November 2020 after Miller accepted Maier's resignation. 

Maier has exactly the type of background the Democratic Party is looking for: a mostly civilian one, firm links to the Obama administration, and national defense bona fides thanks to his role on the ISIS Task Force. Plus, he's perceived as having been persecuted by the Trump administration and has made a consorted effort to invoke the world "diversity" in virtually every public appearance he's made thus far. 

In other words, Maier has exactly the kind of squeaky-clean image SOCOM needs right now in the aftermath of Trump and the ongoing scandal at Fort BraggMichael Flynn hasn't been helping matters either. Over Memorial Day weekend, he called for the military to launch a "Myanmar-style coup." Unless he didn't. Regardless, Flynn is a veteran of the Joint Special Operations Command. This puts him in similar company to virtually all of Trump's national security backers. As such, SOCOM would probably be the most likely component of the military to heed Flynn's suggestion.

Flynn

Nor are former members of the special operations community calling for domestic coup d'├ętats the only optics issue SOCOM is currently facing. Last month, Newsweek gave the public its first formal glance at the vast, undercover intelligence network the military has initiated since 9/11. The Pentagon has been described as possessing a "secret underground army" that's 60,000 strong. Reportedly, that's ten times as many clandestine assets as the CIA possesses. And over half of that secret army are special operators. Many of the rest are from some type of military intelligence, especially those involved in SIGINT and cyber.

While a good chunk of this clandestine army principally operates overseas, many are deployed domestically. And the domestic side could be poised for an even greater expansion. The Biden administration has already floated the possibility of using private companies to spy on " domestic extremists." This project would theoretically be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. But the Pentagon is already bellyaching about "extremists" in its ranks as well as its inability to root them out

Simply arresting Michael Flynn would probably go much further towards countering "extremists" domestically than funneling billions into the deep private. But what would be the fun in that when you could hire the current incarnation of Blackwater to combat "extremism"? I want my Theatre of the Absurd, dammit.

Remember TigerSwan? The above are leaked documents from their efforts to counter "extremists" during the final months of the Obama administration 

Fortunately, recently developments in DC and Texas are laying the foundation for a special kind of shit show in the near future.... 


A Little Place Called Waco

There's just something about Waco, Texas, right? Consider: On May 17, 2015, Waco witnessed what was surely the most epic shootout between motorcycle gangs the nation has ever witnessed. The shootout occurred at a restaurant called Twin Peaks (seriously) and may have involved over 200 individuals. Waco Police and multiple motorcycle gangs exchanged fire. Remarkably, only nine people died. 

The remarkable thing about the gun battle between the MCs and police is that it wasn't even the most significant modern shootout in the town. Not by a long shot. You guys know what I'm talking about.    

David Koresh and his Branch Davidians were famously besieged there in 1993. Things came to a head on April 19th of that year, leaving Koresh and over 70 members of his sect dead at the hands of the federal government. The fiery death of Koresh and his followers, along with the Ruby Ridge shootout, would fuel a resurgence in the post-Cold War America militia movement and still remains a major staple of patriot mythos. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh famously observed the Waco siege and would later use it as a justification.


This is despite compelling evidence Koresh was a pedophile. Nor is this the only suspect aspect of the Branch Davidians. In the coming months, this whole saga will be given a long overdue re-evaluation on The Farm. No, I'm not suggesting this in any way justified the government's heavy-handed response. But as is often the case, black/white narrative put forth by the Establishment and alternate media is problematic on numerous levels. What no one wants to consider is whether the Waco siege was a clean-up operation. 

Regardless, the Waco narrative (both Establishment and "alternative") has been back in the public consciousness in a big way recently. A lot of this revolves around Biden's nomination to head the right-wing bugaboo otherwise known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), David Chipman. Prior to his nomination, Chipman made false claims about the Branch Davidians shooting down National Guard helicopters. Not to be undone, the alternate media accused Chipman of posing with a rifle in the flaming rubble of the Branch Davidian compound. This claim also appears to be false. Chipman's actually role in Waco remains murky as of this writing. 

Chipman

The recent psychodrama playing out in regards to Chipman's nomination is interesting in light of recent developments near Waco. See, another cult has set up shop. And it's a doozy. Officially known as the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, the church is more commonly dubbed the "Rod of Iron Ministries." In truth, "Church of the Machine Gun" would be even more apt. 

This sect is actually an offshoot of the infamous Unification Church of Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Long time readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with the Reverend Moon and his cult, which was a crucial nod in the international anti-communist network the US national security state crafted during the Cold War. For those of you just joining us, I recommend this epic Moonie account in The Farm's WACL series as a good starting point.

Sun Myung Moon

This Unification schism is headed by Sean Moon, one of the many sons of the Reverend Moon. His branch was especially fringe, with only a few hundred members in the United States, until just a few years ago. But then, something happened: Sean Moon became aware of the divinity of the AR-15. His inspiration was apparently the "rod of iron" bit Jesus uttered, which Moon interpreted as a reference to a machine gun. 

This led Sean Moon to actively incorporate AR-15s into the church's rituals. The first minor media flap the cult generated centered around a February 2018 mass wedding ceremonially in which AR-15s were used prominently. "Incidentally," Moon's brother, Justin Moon, happens to be the CEO of Kahr Arms. Not that I'm suggesting that this is a cynical ploy to sell more arms or anything....

Not The Onion...

As Vice reports, the Sanctuary Church has embraced Trumpism from its inception. Sean Moon has declared that Trump will rid the world of "political satanism" and that he is preparing for the coming "false-flag" deep state war. The church's recently procured compound near Waco factors into those activities. In a recent sermon, Sean Moon casually noted: "The internationalist Marxist globalists are trying to start a civil war here, so that they can bring in the U.N. troops and Chi-Com Chinese military to come in and destroy and kill all gun owners, Christians, and any opposition, i.e., Trump supporters. We are in the death of America right now, and that’s why, of course, God is allowing for our expansion.”

As to the later, Moon and his sect gained much needed street cred after turning up at the Capitol on January 6. He did not follow the Proud Boys and co into Congress, but managed to denounce authorities on Instagram as events were unfolding. Moon has subsequently compared Jan 6 to the Boston Tea Party. Since the Capitol insurrection, his speeches have become more "intense," often with warnings to followers that the Biden administration is plotting mass interment of Trump supporters, if not outright genocide. Moon himself has even begun to transform, taking on what has been described as a "biker-gang aesthetic."

Not The Onion...

Would you be surprised to know Moon's Waco compound, dubbed "Liberty Rock," had an opening ceremony of the highly symbolically loaded date of 4/20? Of course not, if you're aware of all the weirdness surrounding that date. Be sure to check the link if you've never pondered the significance of 4/20 other than between bong hits. 

So, to recap: A newly empowered and emboldened ATF is getting a new director committed to vigorous action against gun trafficking. Said director seems to be ambiguous, at best, concerning the Waco siege. Elsewhere, a fringe cult that literally worships AR-15s (and supported by a family member who owns an arms company) relocates to an area near Waco and precedes to set up a compound. 

Will they be storing firearms there???? Will they be attempting to sale any????

Uh, is the Pope Catholic?

Remember how I referred to Waco 1.0 as a clean-up operation? Think about that in light of this particular holdover from the Cold War 1.0. The possibilities are endless dear reader. 



Monday, May 24, 2021

Jan 6th Coup?


In today's Farm episode, returning guest James Scaminaci III makes his case for the events of January 6th being a full-blown coup attempt orchestrated by the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Over the course of this interview we cover the background of the Oath Keepers; the command & control structure used by both groups that day; their battle plan; and most importantly, explain what the objective was. From there, we get into whether the security was adequate. the strange series of events involving General Charles Flynn (the brother of Michael) on the 6th, and a general account of the military's behavior that day. 

James has also graciously allowed me to republish the diagrams he's drawn up to explain the strategy of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys as well as his written responses to my questions. Note: This is not an actual transcript of the interview, but notes Scaminaci made for the interview. I thought reposting them would provide further insight. As always, I hope you guys enjoy. 

 

Questions

Okay, to start off with, let's talk some Oath Keepers for a moment. John Brisson and I did a show on the Proud Boys last year, so my listeners have some degree of familiarity with them. We haven't touched on the Oath Keepers yet, though I expect a full length expose' is in the near future. For now though, could you give us a quick rundown of the organization's history?

THE OATH KEEPERS ARE A PRODUCT OF A “SECRET” RON PAUL AND GARY NORTH STRATEGY DEVELOPED IN 2008 THAT INCLUDED STARTING A VERSION OF THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. RHODES WAS PART OF THE RON PAUL PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND HE IS THE FOUNDER OF OATH KEEPERS. I EXPLAINED IN A PAPER THAT EARLY ON RHODES HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN SETTING UP WITH RICHARD MACK WHAT BECAME THE CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFFS AND PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCATION OR CSPOA.

WHAT MAKES THE OATH KEEPERS UNIQUE IS THAT THEY OPENLY RECRUIT ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND POLICE, AS WELL AS VETERANS AND RETIRED MILITARY AND POLICE. THEIR OBJECTIVE IS TO PRODUCE A FIFTH COLUMN OF CHAOS AGENTS WITHIN THE MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY WANT TO USE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND POLICE TO BREACH THE OPERATIONAL SECURITY OF THEIR UNITS.

ALL THE OATH KEEPERS TEN ORDERS THEY WILL NOT OBEY ARE ABOUT HELPING A STATE TO SECEDE FROM THE UNION. THEY ARE NOT ABOUT THE NEW WORLD ORDER. THOSE TEN ORDERS MAY COME WRAPPED AROUND OR WITHIN THE NEW WORLD ORDER CONSPIRACY THEORY, BUT THAT IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF THOSE TEN ORDERS.

ONE WOULD HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY PEOPLE WHO REPORT ON THE OATH KEEPERS WILL FIGURE THIS BASIC FACT OUT.

THEY PROMOTE THE IMAGE THAT THEY ARE REMAINING FAITHFUL TO THEIR OATHS, THAT THEY ARE WALKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH THE FOUNDING FATHERS, AND THAT THEY ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE IN GUARDING THE REPUBLIC. IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

THEY ARE A FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE ELEMENT WITHIN THE PATRIOT SPHERE TIED TO THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND DESIGNED TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMACY OF THE MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND CERTAINLY JEOPARDIZE THEIR OPERATIONAL SECURITY.


While both organizations are militant, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers clearly have different approaches to combat. Can you briefly address the difference in tactics? 

THE PROUD BOYS ARE STREET FIGHTERS. THEY ARE THE ONES IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH ANTIFA IN STREET BATTLES. THEY ARE THE RIGHT-WING’S HEAVY INFANTRY. THEY HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE “FIGHTING ARM” OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. IF YOU ARE A RIGHT-WINGER AND WANTING TO PUT FIST-TO-CHIN, THEN THE PROUD BOYS WOULD BE THE GROUP TO JOIN.

STEWART RHODES PUT THE OATH KEEPERS INTO AN OPERATIONAL STRAIT JACKET. THEY HAVE TO BE SEEN, AT LEAST UP UNTIL JANUARY 6, 2021, AS UPHOLDING THEIR OATHS TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. THEY CAN PROVIDE SECURITY AT PROUD BOYS STREET BRAWLS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT PERCEIVE THE PROUD BOYS AS WHITE NATIONALIST OR WHITE SUPREMACIST OR AS NEO-NAZIS.

THE OATH KEEPERS GO TO THESE STREET PROTESTS, WHETHER THEY ERUPT IN FIGHTS OR NOT, TO PROVIDE “SECURITY” FOR BOTH SIDES. TO “PROTECT FREE SPEECH.” RHODES WANTS TO PRETEND THAT THE OATH KEEPERS ARE NEUTRAL PROTECTORS. THEY GO ARMED WITH LONG BARREL WEAPONS THAT, IF THEY USED, THEY WOULD BE ARRESTED FOR MURDER OR MANSLAUGHTER.

SO, THEY LOOK TOUGH IN THEIR TACTICAL OUTFITS AND LONG BARREL WEAPONS. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING BY BEING PRESENT. BUT THEY ARE LARGELY BYSTANDERS. IN TERMS OF A STREET FIGHT, THE OATH KEEPERS ARE ESSENTIALLY USELESS.

AND BECAUSE OF THESE DIFFERENCES IN FIGHTING CULTURE AND TACTICS, THE OATH KEEPERS NEED THE PROUD BOYS ON JANUARY 6. AND I THINK THE PROUD BOYS NEED THE OATH KEEPERS ON JANUARY 6.



Let's go over the command and control structures used by the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers during the Capitol riots. We'll start with the Proud Boys. What kind of communications were they using, where was the command center, and so forth?

PROUD BOYS USED SEVERAL COMMUNICATION PLATFORMS, THOUGH THE FBI HAS RELIED PRIMARILY, ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ON THE TWO TELEGRAM CHANNELS: “NEW MOSD” AND “BOOTS ON THE GROUND.” THE FBI DISCLOSED TO NORDEAN’S DEFENSE THAT THEY EXTRACTED OVER 200,000 PDF PAGES OF TELEGRAM MESSAGES. SO, WHAT IS IN THE PUBLIC RECORD IS AN EXTREMELY SMALL FRACTION OF THOSE MESSAGES.

THE “NEW MOSD” CHANNEL HAD LESS THAN 10 PARTICIPANTS. “NEW MOSD” WAS RESERVED FOR THE LEADERSHIP. THE “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” HAD AT LEAST 60 PARTICIPANTS. THE PROUD BOYS ALSO DISTRIBUTED SOME BAOFENG RADIOS. THEY ALSO USED THE ZELLO APPLICATION, BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WHICH CHANNEL THEY USED, IF THEY DID.

OATH KEEPERS ALSO USED THE ZELLO APPLICATION, BUT THAT WAS FOR DECEPTION BROADCASTS, NOT OPERATIONAL BROADCASTS.

THE FBI DISCLOSED THAT AT LEAST TWO PROUD BOYS—UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATOR-1 AND PERSON-2 WERE AT AN UNSPECIFIED LOCATION MONITORING ALL PROUD BOYS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS.

How about the Oath Keepers?

THE OATH KEEPERS KEPT THEIR QUICK REACTION FORCE AT THE COMFORT INN BALLSTON IN ARLINGTON, VA.

THE ACTUAL LOCATION OF THEIR TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER IS NOT KNOWN.

DURING THE ATTACK, THE OATH KEEPERS USED A SIGNAL CHANNEL: “DC OP JAN 6 21.” THEY APPARENTLY USED THIS SIGNAL CHANNEL BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE JANUARY 6 ATTACK.

THEY ALSO USED THE “GO TO MEETING” APPLICATION TO DO PRE-ATTACK COORDINATION AMONG VARIOUS OATH KEEPERS LEADERS IN FLORIDA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY.


Now, you think both outfits had their command and control centers near one another, correct? 

IT IS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE THAT THEY HAD TWO DIFFERENT, NOT CO-LOCATED TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTERS. BUT I THINK THE PHONE CALLS THAT PERSON TEN MADE TO JOSHUA JAMES SUGGEST THAT HE WAS GETTING INFORMATION FROM THE PROUD BOYS IN NEAR REAL-TIME, SUGGESTING TO ME THAT PERSON TEN WAS EITHER INSIDE THE PROUD BOYS TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER OR HE WAS A SILENT PARTICIPANT ON THEIR “NEW MOSD” SIGNAL CHANNEL.

FOR EXAMPLE, AT 1414H JOSHUA JAMES SAYS ON THE OATH KEEPERS SIGNAL CHANNEL: “THEY HAVE TAKEN GROUND AT THE CAPITOL.” THAT COMES ABOUT ONE MINUTE AFTER HE HAD RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM PERSON TEN. WE KNOW THAT THE PROUD BOYS WERE IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING BY 1414H.

DOMINIC PEZZOLA BEGINS SMASHING THE WINDOWS IN THE NORTHWEST COURTYARD AROUND 1412H. JUST BEHIND HIM IS PROUD BOY LEADER JOSEPH BIGGS WHO USES THE “NEW MOSD” CHANNEL. BIGGS IS APPARENTLY DIRECTING THE TRANSIENT 2 ATTACK. BY 1413H PEZZOLA IS THROUGH THE WINDOW SO IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS TO THE PROUD BOYS LEADERS ON THE “NEW MOSD” CHANNEL THAT THE BREACH WAS IMMINENT AND THE MAGA RIOTERS WITH THEM WERE ABOUT TO ENTER THE BUILDING. BIGGS WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR AT ABOUT 1414H.

THUS IT IS REALLY CURIOUS THAT AT 1414H JOSHUA JAMES IS COMMUNICATING WITH ALL THE OTHER OATH KEEPERS ON THEIR SIGNAL CHANNEL, “THEY HAVE TAKEN GROUND AT THE CAPITOL” AND THAT IT IS TIME TO GET THE VIP SECURITY DETAIL READY TO GO.

You believe the Oath Keepers even had their ground commander in the Proud Boy's Tactical Operations Command, correct?

I DO.

Okay, so take us through the Proud Boys' recon efforts at the onset of the protests on January 6th.

AT 1000H, ALL THE PROUD BOYS MEET AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT FOR A SHORT BRIEFING. CHARLES DONOHOE, ONE OF THE TOP PROUD BOYS LEADERS, IS AT THE MONUMENT MAYBE 90 MINUTES BEFOREHAND WITH ABOUT 15 OTHER PROUD BOYS.

SHORTLY AFTER 1000H, ALL THE PROUD BOYS LEAVE THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND BEGIN WALKING TOWARDS THE CAPITOL BUILDING.

ON FIGURE 15, YOU SEE THEY REACH UNION SQUARE AT 1113H. BY THE WAY, THESE TIMES ARE TAKEN FROM THE EDDIE BLOCK VIDEOS THAT INSURGENT HUNTER POSTED AT THE JANUARY 6 EVIDENCE WEBSITE. I USED THE START AND STOP OF THE SEGMENTS AS THE APPROXIMATION OF TIME.

THEY THEN MARCH WITH A VERY LARGE CROWD, MAYBE 200 PEOPLE, MAYBE A BIT MORE OR A BIT LESS TO THE PEACE MONUMENT ON THE PENNSYLVANIA WALKWAY. THAT IS THE LOCATION OF TRANSIENT 1. THEY WILL RETURN TO THIS VERY LOCATION AT 1253H TO LAUNCH THE ATTACK AGAINST THE USCP POLICE AND CAPITOL BUILDING. FACING THE CAPITOL BUILDING FROM THE PEACE MONUMENT TO THEIR LEFT IS THE NORTHWEST STAIRS. THAT IS TRANSIENT 2. SO, ON THIS PART OF THE MARCH THEY CAN SEE AT LEAST TRANSIENT 1 AND HAVE AN IDEA WHERE TRANSIENT 2 IS.

THEY THEN WALK DOWN CONSTITUTION AVENUE, TURN RIGHT, WALK ON THE LAWN AND ARRIVE CLOSE TO THE EAST PLAZA CENTER STEPS WHICH LEAD TO THE COLUMBUS DOORS. THAT IS TRANSIENT 3. THEY THEN POSE FOR AN ICONIC PHOTO TAKEN BY JON CHERRY OF GETTY IMAGES.

THEY RETURN TO CONSTITUTION AVENUE AND EAT AT THE FOOD TRUCKS. THEY KEEP GOING BACK TOWARD THE PEACE MONUMENT AND AT 1253H START THE ATTACK AND AT 1255H INCITE THE CROWD TO ATTACK THE USCP AT THE SECOND POLICE BARRIER.




The Oath Keepers allegedly did no recon of their own, which struck you as quite strange. Can you get into that?

THE OATH KEEPERS DO NO RECONNAISSANCE. THEY KEEP TO THEIR COVER STORY THAT THEY WERE THERE TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR VIPS. SO, THEY SIT IN THE VIP SECTION AND LISTEN TO ONE SPEECH AFTER ANOTHER. AT EXACTLY 1253H, ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, AN UNIDENTIFIED OATH KEEPER THE FBI CALLS #228, LEADS THE OATH KEEPERS OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF TRUMP’S SPEECH. THEY MARCH DOWN CONSTITUTION AVENUE AND WAIT ON THE LAWN OR THE TARMAC ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CAPITOL. AND THEY WAIT FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN. NUMBER #228 AT 1400H IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CENTRAL EAST STEPS WITH KEN HARRELSON. THOSE TWO WILL EVENTUALLY GUIDE “THE STACK” LED BY KELLY MEGGS UP THE STAIRS TO AND THROUGH THE COLUMBUS DOORS ON TRANSIENT 3.

AND I ARGUE IN THE PAPER THAT THIS BIZARRE BEHAVIOR—SIMPLY SITTING AROUND WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN—MAKES NO SENSE UNLESS THEY HAD PRE-PLANNED AND PRE-COORDINATED WITH THE PROUD BOYS.

Now, you've argued that the Proud Boys were behind the initial assault on the capital that resulted in the breach. Can you take us through how they managed this?

THEY INCITE THE CROWD, SPECIFICALLY THERE IS A RYAN SAMSEL WHO IS INDICTED FOR MAKING THE FIRST BREACH PAST THE PLASTIC FENCING TO THE SECOND BARRIER OF BIKE RACKS WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY KNOCKS A USCP INTO A CONCUSSION. THAT IS AT 1255H. THE CROWD THEN SURGES UP TO THE THIRD BARRIER OF BIKE RACKS WHERE WILLIAM PEPE AND ANOTHER PROUD BOY DISMANTLE THOSE RACKS. AND THEN THE CROWD COMES FACE-TO-FACE TO WITH THE FIRST LINE US CAPITOL POLICE AT THE LOWER WEST PLAZA STEPS. RYAN SAMSEL RE-APPEARS TO ENRAGE THE CROWD. PROUD BOYS LEADERS AND MEMBERS ARE IN THE CLOSE VICINITY TO A NUMBER OF FIGHTS INVOLVING A GUY NAMED CHRISTOPHER QUAGLIN. IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER HE IS BEING INCITED BY THE PROUD BOYS OR HE IS COORDINATING WITH THEM. IT CERTAINLY APPEARS TO BE COORDINATED FIGHTING.

FOR THE NEXT HOUR OR SO, THERE IS A LOT OF YELLING AT THE POLICE. SOME SKIRMISHES. SOME ESCALATION IN THE FIGHTING. AND FINALLY THE PROUD BOYS SLIDE FROM THAT CONFRONTATION TO THE NORTHWEST STAIRS AND BREACH THE POLICE LINES ON THE WAY TO THE NORTHWEST COURTYARD AND THE BREACH ON THE SENATE SIDE OF THE BUILDING.



The Oath Keepers do not appear to have been present when the assault began. Rather, they were observing Trump's speech at the Ellipse. They appear to have begun to depart once word of the capital assault reached them. From there, they headed towards the rioting in what you describe as a "stack" formation. What is that?

A STACK FORMATION IS A MILITARY OR POLICE FORMATION WHERE THE PERSONNEL ARE LINED UP DIRECTLY BEHIND EACH OTHER. IT IS USED TO TRAVERSE WALLS OR TO ENTER ROOMS. SINCE THE SOLDIERS ARE ARMED, THEY MAY HAVE THEIR WEAPONS CLOSE TO THE SHOULDER OF THE PERSON IN FRONT OF THEM. FOR THE OATH KEEPERS, IT MADE SENSE TO USE THAT FORMATION TO SNAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CROWD ON THE EAST CENTRAL PLAZA STEPS SO THAT THEY KEPT TOGETHER AND DID NOT LOSE ANYONE GOING UP THE STAIRS.

Now, these Oath Keepers were effectively a full-blown paramilitary force and kitted accordingly. What was their role?

APPARENTLY, SINCE THEIR IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE WAS TO GET TO THE SENATE CHAMBER, IT APPEARS THAT THEY WERE GOING TO ARREST SENATORS. CERTAINLY, THAT COMES ACROSS ON A ZELLO MESSAGE TO WATKINS.

BUT AS TO THEIR SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE ONCE THEY ENTERED I THINK IT WAS GENERALLY TO STOP THE CERTIFICATION OF THE ELECTORAL COUNT. I DO BELIEVE THEY MAY HAVE INTENDED TO ARREST SOME SENATORS.

You believe the overall battle plan was modeled upon the Battle of Leuctra, which was fought between Thebes and Sparta in 371 BC. Can you give us an overview of that battle first?

IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE ENVELOPMENT ATTACK. BUT WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL IS HOW AN OUTNUMBERED FORCE USES THE UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF POWER TO BEAT A LARGER FORCE. ESSENTIALLY, THEY PRODUCE THEIR STRENGTH AGAINST THEIR OPPONENT’S WEAKNESS TO BREAK THROUGH THE ENEMY AND THEN ATTACK AND DESTROY THE ENEMY FROM THE REAR. WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT THE PROUD BOYS AND THE OATH KEEPERS ATTEMPTED TO DO.

IN FACT, KELLY MEGGS IN FACEBOOK MESSAGES SENT TO A PRESUMABLY VERY TRUSTED PERSON EXPLAINED A SINGLE-ENVELOPMENT TWO-TRANSIENT ATTACK. IN THAT ATTACK, THE OATH KEEPERS WOULD BE MARCHING BEHIND THE PROUD BOYS, SWING AROUND PAST THE POLICE AND ANTIFA, AND ATTACK ANTIFA FROM THE REAR.

IF YOU SUBSTITUTE CAPITOL BUILDING FOR ANTIFA, IT IS CLEAR WHAT KELLY MEGGS IS DESCRIBING.



So, how did the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys adopt it for the siege of the capital?


How about Steward Rhodes, the head of the Oath Keepers? You believe he was involved in the activities of the Oath Keepers present at the Capitol that day, right?

STEWART RHODES, NOW FAMOUS FOR BEING “PERSON ONE,” WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THE EVENTS ON JANUARY 6 AND BEFORE JANUARY 6.

THE QUICK REACTION FORCE IN WASHINGTON DC WAS HIS IDEA. HE ADVOCATED FOR A QRF IN DC FOR THE NOVEMBER “STOP THE STEAL” RALLY. THERE WAS PROBABLY A QRF IN DC FOR THE DECEMBER RALLY.

HE APPOINTED “PERSON TEN” TO BE THE OVERALL COMMANDER FOR THE JANUARY 6 ATTACK.

DURING THE ATTACK, HE CALLED FOR AND SENT A PHOTOGRAPH TO THE OATH KEEPERS ON THEIR SIGNAL CHAT TO COME TO THE SOUTHEAST STEPS. IT IS A MOVE WHICH MADE NO TACTICAL SENSE WHATSOEVER. FROM 1359H, WHEN THE CROWD ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CAPITOL BREACHED THE POLICE BARRIERS, THEY IGNORED BOTH THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTHEAST STEPS AND WENT STRAIGHT FOR THE CENTRAL STEPS LEADING TO THE COLUMBUS DOORS AND THEN INTO THE ROTUNDA.


In reading your analysis, I'm left with the impression that the principal purpose of the Proud Boys was to provide a diversion, clearing the way for the more elite Oath Keepers to attack the Capitol at one of its more vulnerable points. Is that what you were NATION THAT THE OATH KEEPERS AND THE PROUD BOYS DEVELOPED A JOINT PLAN Ttrying to convey, and if so, does this indicate that the Oath Keepers were likely the ones directing the Proud Boys? 

I ARGUE IN PART 5 ON PLANNING AND COORDIO ATTACK THE CAPITOL BUILDING.

KELLY MEGGS IN ABOUT 3 FACEBOOK MESSAGES TO PRESUMABLY TRUSTED PERSONS STATED AS FACT THAT HE HAD “ORGANIZED AN ALLIANCE” BETWEEN THE OATH KEEPERS, FLORIDA 3%ERS, AND THE PROUD BOYS. THEY HAD AGREED TO “WORK TOGETHER” TO “SHUT DOWN THIS SHIT.”

HE THEN STATED ON FACEBOOK THAT “WE HAVE ORCHESTRATED A PLAN WITH THE PROUD BOYS.”

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILING ON KELLY MEGGS, THE DOJ 4 TIMES USES THE WORD “COORDINATION” TO DESCRIBE WHAT MEGGS AND THE OATH KEEPERS ACCOMPLISHED.

BUT COORDINATION IS NOT THE CORRECT WORD.

ORCHESTRATED DOES NOT MEAN COORDINATED. TO ORCHESTRATE MEANS TO DEVELOP A FINAL PRODUCT, LIKE A MUSICAL SCORE OR COMPOSITION, THAT IS READY TO BE PLAYED. TO ORCHESTRATE IS TO DEVELOP A PLAN A COURSE OF ACTION TO ACCOMPLISH A SPECIFIC TASK.

ORCHESTRATION IS ABOUT A FINAL PRODUCT. AND THAT FINAL PRODUCT IN THIS CASE WAS A JOINT PLAN TO ATTACK THE CAPITOL BUILDING ON JANUARY 6.

AND MEGGS STATED AS A FACT THAT THIS “ORCHESTRATION” WAS DONE IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH ENRIQUE TARRIO, HEAD OF THE PROUD BOYS. THEY REDACTED TARRIO’S NAME, BUT HE IS THE ONLY LEADER OF THE PROUD BOYS.

SO, THE OATH KEEPERS AND PROUD BOYS ARE EQUAL PARTNERS IN THIS ORCHESTRATION OF A PLAN. IT IS A JOINT PLAN THAT WILL BE JOINTLY EXECUTED. THAT IS MY ARGUMENT.

IT IS THE MAGA CROWD THAT IS THE DIVERSION. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE AGITATION OF THE PROUD BOYS ON TRANSIENT 1 ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CAPITOL, THE MAGA CROWD PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN CONTENT TO SCREAM AT THE POLICE AND THINK THAT IS WHAT TRUMP WANTED THEM TO DO.

THE PROUD BOYS AND OATH KEEPERS KNEW WHAT THEY HAD TO DO. THEY HAD TO BREACH THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN ORDER TO “SHUT THIS SHIT DOWN.” YOU COULD ONLY “STOP THE STEAL” FROM INSIDE THE CAPITOL BUILDING.

THE PROUD BOYS I THINK WERE CAREFUL NOT TO ASSAULT THE USCP AND MPD. ONLY WILLIAM CHRESTMAN IS SEEN SPRAYING THE POLICE WITH A CHEMICAL SPRAY. ONLY 3 PROUD BOYS ARE SEEN DESTROYING PROPERTY.

I AM NOT SAYING THAT TO MEAN THAT THE PROUD BOYS WERE BEING POLITE TOWARDS THE POLICE. I AM SAYING THAT THEIR PRIMARY MISSION WAS TO STOP THE CERTIFICATION OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE. THEIR SECONDARY MSSION WAS TO BREACH THE BUILDING. THEIR TERTIARY MISSION WAS TO INCITE THE CROWD TO A SUSTAINABLE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE.

THERE IS A TELEGRAM CHAT INVOLVING THREE PROUD BOYS LEADERS IN WHICH THEY ARE PLANNING TO INCITE THE MAGA CROWD. ONE LEADER STATES HE WANTS TO SEE “THOUSANDS OF NORMIES BURN THAT CITY TO ASH.” ANOTHER WANTS TO SEE THEM “SMASH SOME PIGS TO DUST.” AND A THIRD CLAIMS, “LET THEM LOOSE” IN RESPONSE TO AN EARLIER CLAIM THAT THE MAGA ARE A “PACK OF WILD DOGS” WITH “NO ADRENALINE CONTROL.”

THUS, ENRAGEMENT OF THE MAGA CROWD WAS ONE MISSION, NOT ASSAULTING THE POLICE THEMSELVES.

THE ONLY ACT OF VIOLENCE BY THE PROUD BOYS THAT MADE TACTICAL AND STRATEGIC SENSE WAS DONE BY PEZZOLA WHEN HE SMASHED OPEN THE WINDOWS AT THE NORTHWEST COURTYARD. PEZZOLA ACHIEVED THE INITIAL BREACH OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING ITSELF.

ONCE THE PROUD BOYS ENTERED THE BUILDING THROUGH THE NORTHWEST COURTYARD’S DOORS THEY MADE TWO TACTICAL MISTAKES THAT TURNED INTO CATASTROPHIC STRATEGIC FAILURES.

ONE, PEZZOLA GOES UP THE STAIRS TOWARDS THE SENATE CHAMBER AND FOLLOWS OFFICER GOODMAN TO OBLIVION. HAD PEZZOLA TURNED RIGHT AND LED THE CROWD INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, AT 1415H+ THE SENATE FLOOR WOULD HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH MAGA RIOTERS ON LIVE NATIONAL TELEVISION WITH DONALD TRUMP WATCHING. THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE ENTIRE DYNAMIC OF THE ATTACK FOR ALL THREE SIDES: THE PROUD BOYS, OATH KEEPERS, AND THE MAGA RIOTERS; THE SECRET SERVICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT; AND FOR DONALD TRUMP.

TWO, FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, JOSEPH BIGGS, WHO WAS APPARENTLY DIRECTING THE TRANSIENT 2 ATTACK, DID NOT IMMEDIATELY HEAD TO ROTUNDA, TURN LEFT, AND FORCE THE COLUMBUS DOORS OPEN WITH OTHER PROUD BOYS. HAD HE DONE THAT IMMEDIATELY, THE OATH KEEPERS ARE INTO THE CAPITOL BUILDING AT ABOUT 1430H IN TIME TO DASH INTO A SENATE CHAMBER FILLED WITH THE MAGA RIOTERS, PROUD BOYS, AND OTHER ELEMENTS.

SO, THE PROUD BOYS WERE IN NO WAY A DIVERSION. THEY HAD TO BREACH TRANSIENT 2 AND BREACH TRANSIENT 3 AND THEN SHUTTING DOWN THE ELECTORAL COUNT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR MORE TERRIFYING AND DANGEROUS TO THE SENATORS AND VICE PRESIDENT PENCE.

THE ENTIRE DYNAMIC OF THE ATTACK WOULD HAVE CHANGED FOR DONALD TRUMP. HE WOULD LITERALLY HAVE BEEN STARING AT HIS TELEVISION SET AND SEEING VICTORY IN SIGHT. IF TRUMP WAS DELIGHTED AT THE VISUALS OF THE ATTACK ON THE BUILDING, IMAGINE HIS ECSTASY AT SEEING HIS “STAND BACK AND STAND BY” PROUD BOYS, THE QANON CONSPIRACY MOVEMENT, AND THE OATH KEEPERS INSIDE THE SENATE CHAMBER BEATING UP SENATORS, ATTEMPTING TO ARREST SENATORS, AND ACCUSING THE SENATORS OF TRYING TO INSTALL A PRO-COMMUNIST CHINA PUPPET GOVERNMENT IN THE HANDS OF JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS.