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Workers remove security fencing surrounding the US Capitol, July 2021 (Getty)Written by:Peter WoodFollowing the Capitol Hill riot of January 6, a fair number of elected leaders — mostly Democrats — and law enforcement officials expressed their belief that an armed insurrection was in the works. Hostile forces were said to ready to attack Washington intent on overthrowing the government. To forestall this, fences topped with razor wire were installed and members of the National Guard were kept on active duty. March 4 was rumored to be the date set for this uprising.No army of insurrectionists appeared on March 4 or any other date. Nor as far as anyone can tell was there ever a prospect for such an attack. On March 1, the razor wire was removed from one of the tall fences, but reinstalled on a shorter fence across the street, closer to the Capitol. The 2,149 National Guard troops were sent home in late May, their deployment ending officially on May 23. Between July 9 and 11, the remaining fences were removed. Yet still security at the Capitol remains tight. How much of this is prudence — and how much it for show? And if for show, how long will the show go on? Can we have an intermission?Elaborate preparations for something that never happened and, in all likelihood, was never planned in the first place are all in a day’s (or a half a year’s) work for the US military. But it remains an interesting question of just who set in motion the preposterous idea that the danger was real. Some observers point to the bizarre cult QAnon, which has a history of announcing imaginary plots. I suspect QAnon consists of a dozen FBI agents who spend their days trolling for gullible folks who spend their days trading internet gossip. An army of revolutionary warriors QAnon is not. It’s now been alleged that some other supposedly subversive groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, along with the 14 men indicted for plotting to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, were organized and led by FBI agents and informants.But it served some political leaders to pretend that the March 4 ‘storm’ that the QAnon-omists had prognosticated was an actual threat. Hyping the fantasy of the lunatic fringe that itself was probably the conjuring of overly zealous law enforcement officials seems like a strange way to advance the nation’s business. Of course, the fences, razor wire and troops might well have been intended for a purpose other than staving off the Army of the Living Deplorables.They could have been there, for example, to sustain the panic that many members of Congress voiced immediately after the January 6 riot. Democrats especially were eager to evoke a national emergency based on the idea that Donald Trump’s bloodthirsty supporters would be back, the next time equipped with something more than outlandish costumes and hand-lettered signs. Declared emergencies are good ways to consolidate power, especially if popular support is feeling anemic. ...The Phantom Razor Wire Rebellion, to give it a name, is a fine example of the murkiness of conspiracy accusations. ... Muirhead and Rosenblum direct withering scorn at people who entertain ideas such as the claim that the FBI spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign (Indeed it did. The FBI called it Crossfire Hurricane.) They laud Robert Mueller’s investigation of ‘a massive conspiracy to breach national security and subvert American elections’. (Oops.) They deride the idea that Democrats might engage in electoral mischief in order to gain power. In other words, what Muirhead and Rosenblum, who style themselves as champions of strict evidence-based theories, haul forth as evidence of ‘conspiracism’ on the part of Trump supporters has, in a few short years, proven to be worthless speculation. Their facts turned out to be ‘facts’, those graceless scarecrows of wishful thinking that dot the information superhighway.... They lament the fading authority of ‘producers, editors and scholars who decided what was worthy of dissemination’, but who are now outflanked by people who write and publish on the internet without such oversight. The people who suppressed the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop will never, as long as they live, regain the public’s trust in the media. Would Fauci’s troublesome relationship with the truth be known without these outlaw observers? Or would we still be adhering to the ‘Wuhan Wet Market Bat Soup’ Theory?... Pithy phrases such as ‘fake news’ are not, of course, fine-meshed arguments or propositions backed by sifted evidence. But that doesn’t mean they float around like helium balloons in the breeze. They invite the listener to stop and consider whether the smooth-talking journalist is sneaking suppositions into his questions, or whether his assertions have been cleverly arranged to give misleading impressions. Splicing together two different remarks by Trump to make it appear that he was calling neo-Nazis in Charlottesville ‘very fine people’ is perfect example of such ‘fake news’. Leaving it to others to discover the fakery in jazzed-up CNN or NPR stories is excellent rhetorical technique, not a failure to provide argument and evidence.Accusations such as ‘fake news’ condense complicated matters to their bare essence. I spent some 200 pages in 1620, providing a detailed, evidence-based, and argued refutation of the New York Times’s 1619 Project. If someone merely labeled the 1619 Project ‘fake history’, he would not have been wrong — and he would not have been engaged in conspiracism. Instead he would have provided an apt phrase that might well put people on the right track. Read my book, or one of the several others that now offer detailed refutations of the 1619 Project, if you want to command the detail. But the term ‘fake history’ won’t mislead you. Nor will the term ‘fake news’ applied in the contexts in which Trump typically deployed it. ...Today, if our republic is really at risk, it is not the disorganized and demoralized supporters of the old regime who are to be feared. It is the people who executed the head-fake on a Capitol Hill insurrection. What they are really about is a mystery — one that is not quite so baffling as UFOs, nor so tame as an Agatha Christie who-done-it. The conspiracy to watch out for is the one in which the actors declare that they will protect us, provided that we trust them. After what we have seen these last few years, we’d be fools to do so.
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Customers are calling for a boycott of Bank of America, after a report that the bank handed over the account information of hundreds of innocent people in connection with the Jan. 6 deadly riots at the Capitol.At the request of the FBI, the country’s second-largest bank allegedly snooped through information of anyone making certain purchases in and around Washington before and after the riots, and handed over the information of 211 people, according to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Jan. 6 deadly riots at the Capitol.
Patrick saysJan. 6 deadly riots at the Capitol."Deadly riots"? No honest news would phrase those protests that way.
HeadSet saysPatrick saysJan. 6 deadly riots at the Capitol."Deadly riots"? No honest news would phrase those protests that way.Bbbbbbut 4 Capitol police officers have killed themselves in the months after January! Allegedly.
what they considered a dangerous weapon.
I wonder just what they considered a dangerous weapon.
Liz Cheney Leading Pelosi’s Weaponized Jan. 6 Committee Tells All You Need To Know About The Partisan ProbeHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi erased any mirage of bipartisanship when she barred House Republicans Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana from participation.Tristan JusticeBy Tristan JusticeJULY 27, 2021Seven months later, Democrats have wasted no opportunity to exploit the January crisis at the U.S. Capitol, gaslighting the public at every turn to brand the riot as the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War,” in President Joe Biden’s words. Among the latest to perpetuate the Democrat talking point was Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who will offer opening remarks as one of two Republicans on the January 6 committee scheduled to commence this morning.“Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814,” Cheney said when tapped for the committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Never mind the 1954 raid by Puerto Rican nationalists who shot five congressmen, the 1983 Senate bombing by left-wing militants granted clemency by Democrats, the al-Qaeda terrorists who flew a plane into the Pentagon on 9/11, or the summer of rage last year that frequently perpetuated political violence in the nation’s capital and repeated it across the country.In fact, the carnage in the capital last summer excused, endorsed, and encouraged by Democrats and their allies in legacy media was far worse than the riot on January 6 by nearly every metric. More than 30 people died while dozens, if not hundreds, more livelihoods went with them when businesses were destroyed, and the dollar cost far exceeded, by 66 times, the already inflated estimate of the damage to the Capitol.
FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated
https://ground.news/article/fbi-finds-scant-evidence-us-capitol-attack-was-coordinated-sources FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated
MartyrMade@martyrmade7hIf it wasn't an organized plot, then there was no "insurrection." If there was no insurrection, then they've been trying to fire up a "domestic war on terror" over some trespassers and vandals.
Glenn Greenwald@ggreenwald15h"The FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of Donald Trump."The only thing more deranged than claiming Russia had taken over control of the US through blackmail is calling January 6 an "Insurrection."
The only thing more deranged than claiming Russia had taken over control of the US through blackmail is calling January 6 an "Insurrection."
NY Times CONFIRMS the FBI Staged the January 6th Riot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirohito_surrender_broadcast#Broadcast THIS is a coup attempt:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyūjō_incidentNow, if Trump had incited disaffected elements in the military, or a bunch of armed right-wing militia kooks, to militarily attack and take the Capital, and they had arrested/and/or shot various of the legislators, and Trump had gone on TV and made some speech announcing that he was declaring the Insurrection Act and claiming sole governing authority, and had said something like "at my command, a band of patriots has ousted the non-representative Congress who falsely acclaimed the 'stolen election'" and then maybe added that Biden and other Democrats were being arrested etc etc, then this would be a coup attempt. Especially if elements of the Armed Forces announced their support for Trump.This is another coup attempt:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_Spanish_coup_d'%C3%A9tat_attempt In addition to the armed military seizure of Congress, tanks were ordered into the streets by the Army high command in Valencia. This was a coup attempt, and the King had to intervene to stop it.This is another coup attempt:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanquetazo (the failed coup attempt in Chile before the successful Pinochet coup; loyalist elements of the Army under General Carlos Prats put it down)so, really, this is just a bunch of hysterical bullshit by liberal Democrats to characterize the affair at the Capitol as "an attempted coup"I say this in the interest of historical accuracy