Reports Tuesday suggesting that elements of the national security and federal law enforcement establishment may have been involved in planning and fomenting the Jan 6 riot sound shockingly similar to observations made a week after the incident by a trained analyst who’s an expert in “propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion.”
During his opening monologue, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson discussed court documents filed by federal prosecutors related to suspects arrested following the Capitol protest. Some of those documents mention “unindicted co-conspirators” who appear to have been involved in the rioting and who also seem to have committed harsher offenses but nevertheless have not been charged.
“‘Person Two’ and ‘Person Three’ were organizers of the riot,” Carlson said, referencing how they are described in the federal court documents. “The government knows who they are, but the government has not charged them. Why is that?”
“You know why. They were almost certainly working for the FBI. So FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol on January 6, according to government documents. And those two are not alone,” Carlson alleged.
In all, said the host, “upwards of 20” unnamed “Persons” were listed in the charging documents, none of whom have been arrested.
“Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be. In March, the FBI director admitted the bureau is infiltrating as many dissident groups as it possibly could,” said Carlson.
The Fox News host’s speculation comes just months after published observations of events during the day of the riot by J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst for strategy at the Center for Security Policy, a former instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School, and an instructor/lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.
In a Jan. 14 column at The Federalist, Waller explained that he had originally not planned to attend the rally by then-President Donald Trump but, at the last minute, he and “a companion” decided to go and “see what we could see.”
“The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol bore the markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress,” Waller explained.
“A small number of cadre appeared to use the cover of a huge rally to stage its attack. Before it began, I saw from my vantage point on the West Front of the Capitol what appeared to be four separate cells or units,” he added.
He went on to describe the participants as “plainclothes militants,” “agents-provocateur,” “fake Trump protesters,” and a “disciplined, uniformed column of attackers.”
The latter was a “column of organized, disciplined men, wearing similar but not identical camouflage uniforms and black gear, some with helmets and GoPro cameras or wearing subdued Punisher skull patches.”
“I have witnessed and participated in scores of protests since the 1970s when as a high school student I was trained by professional agitators from California,” Waller continued.
Some of his early observations included a light Capitol Police presence “for such a large event,” and other oddities including the movement and actions of the aforementioned groups. The vast majority of people, legitimate Trump supporters, were well-behaved and followed rules and procedures, Waller noted.
The groups he mentioned, however, immediately stuck out to him as palpable tensions built ahead of the actual rioting.
“Some appeared awkward, the way someone’s body language inadvertently shows the world that he feels like he doesn’t fit in. A few seemed to be nursing a deep, churning rage,” he wrote, adding: “They generally covered their faces with cloth masks, as opposed to the pro-Trump people, few of whom wore masks at all. They walked, often hands in pockets, in clusters of perhaps four to six with at least one of them frequently looking behind.”
As he entered the Capitol Grounds, Waller noted that flags were raised over the Senate and House chambers, indicating they were in session and that Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to certify electoral votes. And usually, he noted, that necessitated a healthy presence of Capitol Police.
“Yet no Capitol Police appeared anywhere from what we could see, and I commented on to my companion that it was very strange for there to be no police during a joint session of Congress, with or without a gigantic crowd,” he wrote.
As crowds encroached on the Capitol Complex, Waller noted that tension built even more and eventually something occurred that appeared to set the whole riot in motion.
“Something seemed to break loose a second time toward the front, but we couldn’t tell what it was,” he wrote. “More tear gas. A canister struck a girl in the face, drawing blood. The pro-police crowd went from disbelief and confusion to anger. A few dozen members of the crowd, mostly young men, raced up a narrow path on the stone steps behind the façade and a limestone wall, facing a few police at the top, who tried to stop them.”
With the situation spinning out of control, at one point Waller noted, “Then, from the north, a column of uniformed, agile younger men walked briskly, single-file, toward the inaugural stand. They came within two feet of me. Their camouflage uniforms were clean, neat, and with a pattern I couldn’t identify.”
“Now there were a good three dozen of them, moving in a single, snakelike formation. They were organized. They were disciplined. They were prepared,” he wrote. “’We’re taking the Capitol!’ the first or second announced.”
In his monologue, Carlson concluded: “If you empower the government to violate civil liberties in pursuit of a foreign terror organization, and there are foreign terror organizations, it’s just a matter of time before ambitious politicians use those same mechanisms to suppress political dissent. That’s what we’re seeing now. We should have seen it earlier.”
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