Just a place to continue collecting information that will help us get to know more about our fellow citizens who decided to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Like have done on Moat's thread for the past four days:

    THE FBI WANTS THE PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY CAPITOL RIOTERS An important step toward arresting all the offenders who got away.

    (also welcome: information on interesting folks who attended the rally but didn't join in the stormin')

    Starting after the jump with Mr. David Medina, who wants us all to get to know him--

    Meet David Medina.. working hard to get his story straight for the FBI, "As these guys break into the Capitol.. obviously the doors are wide open.. Someone tore down @SpeakerPelosi's wooden sign.. it was already broken, so I broke it in half."

    — Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 8, 2021



    David Medina: a trump supporter that willingly provided evidence to his breaking into the Capitol and destroying property- part 1/3

    — Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 8, 2021



    .@OliviaMesco found him....

    — Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 8, 2021



    Political Spin: "Did it go to far??.. yes!.. when I was in there I had the flag that A LOT of people encouraged me to take.. I did waive it because it felt like a patriotic moment.. like this was OUR TIME"

    — Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 8, 2021



    Peter Francis Stager Charged: Arkansas Man Accused of Beating D.C. Cop With Flagpole

    By Jessica McBride @,  Jan 14, 2021 at 7:49pm (also heard confirmed on CNN TV just now-Anderson Cooper)

    [....] The FBI received a tip that one of the individuals who assaulted the officer, whose name is given only as B.M., on the stairs of the U.S. Capitol building was Peter Francis Stager, the complaint says. The confidential information identified Stager from two videos posted on Twitter. One depicted him amongst a large group on the Capitol stairs, the complaint says. Online records say he has ties to Conway, Arkansas.

    That’s a city located not far from Little Rock. Online records link him to an inactive single-family home construction company. Multiple pro Trump rioters have been named and charged in connection with the riots; Stager’s political registration is listed as “optional.” He did not have any known social media accounts. Stager only comes up with a minor traffic case in Arkansas court records [....]

    That asshat there ??

    Too bad. He'll just have to eat his feces.
    When his organic food went in his piehole,
    it surely comes out his anus as organic.


    ^ important: new young convert from upstate NY !!!

    • Trump tweet inspired New York man to come to D.C. on Jan. 6, never went to a Trump rally before
    • He plans to return to protest inauguration unless arrested
    • No regrets! Only 26-yrs. old, former grocery worker who now makes money cutting trees and repairing chimneys.Covid world and economy makes him think there is no future? And the feeling of power from being able to smoke a joint in a Senator's office gave him a feeling of power and agency?Indeed, in the days since the upheaval, Fellows said his profile on the dating app Bumble is “blowing up” after he posted pictures of himself at the Capitol. “I didn’t hurt anyone, I didn’t break anything. I did trespass though, I guess. 

    edit to add: a lot of things here echo ye olde "ISIS jihadi from the UK" stories 

    this one is addressing one way how rule of law aims to decrease lynch mob formation, by planting in people's minds that those who can't control themselves will be punished: That the perp being sorry isn't enough, it's the deterrent effect for society:

    oh lookit, great minds think alike! 

    Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn judge, was arrested on Tuesday. Photographs taken inside the Capitol on

    Caption: Aaron Mostofsky, center, the son of a Brooklyn
    judge, inside the Capitol last week.Credit...Erin Schaff/
    The New York Times

    Wednesday appear to show Mr. Mostofsky dressed in fur pelts and a bulletproof police vest, and holding a protective shield that belonged to the Capitol Police.

    Mr. Mostofsky’s father is Kings County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky.

    In a video taken inside the Capitol on Wednesday, Aaron Mostofsky told the New York Post: “We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump — I think it was close to 85 million. I think certain states that have been red for a long time turned blue and were stolen, like New York.”

    He faces four federal charges, including illegal entry into a restricted area, disorderly conduct and theft of government property.

    FROM: Notable Arrests After the Riot at the Capitol by Marie Fazio @, updated Jan. 12

    Here's another story on the the Brooklyn Judge's boy Aaron, including a photo with the shield he stole from the police that got him slapped with $100K. Bet he has an Ivy League edjumaction and they all thought he'd grow up to be a nice doctor or lawyer:

    and yet another story and photo--he finally got his wish about being just a regular kid with a street crew?

    ‘Our President Wants Us Here’: The Mob That Stormed the Capitol

    They came from around the country with different affiliations — QAnon, Proud Boys, elected officials, everyday Americans — united by one allegiance.

    Caption: Crowds of Trump supporters swarmed past barricades and breached the Capitol Building on Wednesday.Credit...Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

    By Dan BarryMike McIntire and Matthew Rosenberg @, Updated Jan. 12, 2021, 7:57 a.m. ET


    Kevin Haag, 67, a retired landscaper from North Carolina who ascended the Capitol steps as the crowd surged forward, said he did not go inside and disapproved of those who did. Even so, he said he would never forget the sense of empowerment as he looked down over thousands of protesters. It felt so good, he said, to show people: “We are here. See us! Notice us! Pay attention!”

    Now, back home after several days of reflection, Mr. Haag, an evangelical Christian, wonders whether he went too far. “Should I get down on my knees and ask for forgiveness?” he said in an interview. “I am asking myself that question.”

    But the experience seemed to have only hardened the resolve of others. Couy Griffin, 47, a Republican county commissioner from New Mexico, spoke of organizing another Capitol rally soon — one that could result in “blood running out of that building” — in a video he later posted to the Facebook page of his group, Cowboys for Trump.

    down to it.”


    Couy Griffin, a Republican county commissioner from New Mexico and organizer of the group Cowboys for Trump, said a future Capitol rally could have “blood running out of that building.”“You want to say that that was a mob? You want to say that was a violence? No, sir, no, ma’am, no. We could have a Second Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s going to be a sad day, because there’s going to be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Donald J. Trump, if it boils

    Couy Griffin, a Republican county commissioner from New Mexico and organizer of the group Cowboys for Trump, said a future Capitol rally could have “blood running out of that building.”CreditCredit...Cowboys for Trump via YouTube

    “At the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” he said. He paused before adding, “And Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it.” [....]

    Sanford, Florida firefighter arrested by Feds; video of him leaving courthouse today with attorney

    Scott-Railton's new project: look for the guys wearing earpieces enlightened(the man is a brilliant analyst of visual evidence!)

    URGENT: window-breacher #Spazzo (left) may have a military background & was wearing an earpiece.

    I think we need to find clear pictures of everyone wearing an #Earpiece.

    Please tag finds with #Earpiece and include the source URL!

    Pic on right:

    — John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) January 13, 2021

    "The Capitol Rioters Weren't 'Low Class'"

    Somebody is using history to tell us something about today?   Weird.

    Bellingcat is helping ID rioters - how's that make you feel?


    BTW, I left some questions on your last post you prolly missed

    I ignored your questions because they had as little to do with my post as this comment of yours has to do with my comment you are supposedly responding to. 

    They questioned your article's claims on Ukraine, Syria and Libya - nothing could be more in-tooic. But you like ppl to just take your posts by fiat. Surprised you're not more if a Somoza fan.

    Do you mean the claims in the article that Ukraine, Syria, and Libya, were not resounding successes?  

    Not my take on them at all - but Putin thought them successes - he's got troops in all 3.

    I asked among other things where is defending civilians good, and when can Ukrainians shed their Colonialist uncle (and how relates to your Latin American politics). Try re-reading?

    You know, Lulu, this is pretty fucked up - i was careful to ask intelligent questions and avoid ad hominems, and ask something new rather than just regurgitating old complaints - which isn't easy on 5-10-year-old recycled events. You come to a blog to share your opinion, but it always comes out "accept my source's narrative, i can't discuss"

    (sorry, AA)

    But the article was essentially about describing the differences between schools of thought while obviously giving evidence the author thought supported a different school than has predominated and was making a case for trying something different.  You seem offended that such thoughts could be suggested, much less promoted, at dagblog. That is real fucked up.

    Seamus Hughes (professor at GW University Program on Extremism and also author of Homegrown: ISIS in America) is doing a much better job than me as far as the legally charged, has

    AN ONGOING TWITTER THREAD WHERE HE'S POSTING COURT STATEMENTS AND OTHER LEGAL DOCS on each perp as they are arrested and brought in, Started Jan. 7, last one tweeted 6 hrs. ago, lots inbetween

    More of his bio including that he's an expert researcher on court records who teaches others that skill, and an advocate for making them more publicly accessible: — Also helps the @nytimes with court records because I like a good story. Former: Senate Counterterrorism Advisor & USG Intel Policy Officer.

    whole bunch of new interesting ones:

    Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller has been charged after participating in the insurrection at the Capitol

    — Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) January 13, 2021

    Read @kelmclaugh's coverage:

    — Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) January 13, 2021

    Probably the biggest scoop SwimSwam has ever gotten

    — Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) January 13, 2021


    As @kelmclaugh points out to me, he was easily identified because he is extremely tall

    — Jacob Shamsian (@JayShams) January 13, 2021

    Two Off-Duty Virginia Police Officers Charged in Federal Court Following Events at the U.S. Capitol

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 14, 2021

    'We did not participate in any violence:' Officer speaks out after attending DC protests

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 13, 2021

    UPDATE: @JeffSchogol confirms the Navy SEAL who bragged about being inside the Capitol on FB Live is currently a contractor for the @USNavy’s “Warrior Challenge” program, which mentors potential sailors ahead of their training to become SEALs.

    — Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) January 13, 2021

    BREAKING: The FBI has arrested Jenny Cudd, reports @CBS7News. She recorded a video inside the Capitol saying they didn’t vandalize anything, then said they did break down @SpeakerPelosi’s door & steal her gavel. Cudd’s a fmr. Midland, TX. mayoral

    — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 13, 2021

    Video shows retired Navy SEAL boasting of 'breaching the Capitol' - ABC News via @ABC -

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 13, 2021

    Maryland Man Nicholas Rodean Who Went Into US Capitol During Riots Wearing Work Badge Arrested On Federal Charges – CBS Baltimore

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 13, 2021

    Rioter wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt is arrested, according to law enforcement.

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 13, 2021

    the two Virginia P.D. charged, now also fired:

    four more

    more about the wannabe assassin of Nancy Pelosi, from court documents:

    Compilations of court records; compilation of videos:

    the school therapist who sat in Pence's chair, the Confederate flag guy, and more on the fireman who likes to use fire extinguishers as deadly weapons against cops--

    John Sullivan/JaydenX long thread

    (sorry if repeat)

    no I didn't post it before, thank you, is a fascinating complication.

    actually people shouldn't worry if they are duping something. As long as it's relatively new item and they found it interesting, share it, why not?

    Just like to sort of limit it to who the people are, stories about them, what they look like, what they've stated  publicly and on social media, their arrests, what they did at the Capitol, what they did before, their personalties, beliefs, family friends what they may be up to, etc. Maybe how they behave in court as long as it doesn't get too deep into legal, that should go elsewhere

    (You know, the typical serial murderer true crime thing "but he was always just such a nice fellow, helped me shovel the walk!")

    On the question of bail

    Yeah that's going to be a real problem.

    Can I just say that lefties interested in reform of the criminal justice system, including many in the far left of the BLM movement, supported this type of thing strongly.

    Bail reform changes have been a real problem in NYC already as far as the crime rate.

    That former prosecutor Kamala Harris was tough about these kind of issues is one of the favorite reasons for far lefties to attack her.

    No worries, if these guys cause any trouble while out, we can just call the social workers?

    You keep repeating that, but that would be socialism, so wrong. Let them work it off through gun traiining or some other activity that helps the God-loving side of society, not these coddling feelings activities.

    Let me take this opportunity to just warn ya that I will not be surprised if a few of the perps end up being far left Boogaloos anarchist types and this will renew the vigor of Laura Ingraham types to blame the whole thing on "the left" as she can then return to the classic spiel of "law and order Republicans." When in actuality, Liz Cheney is currently the head of the "law and order Republican" contingent. Trump IS an anarchist sympathizer, he did run for president intending to upend the GOP, but he did it only for personal attention; like Daisy & Tom Buchanan of Great Gatsy, it is not ideological.

    Suffice it to say that I think it really stupid of anyone to label any stormers as Republicans, even "right-wing" is not the smartest label. They consist of Trump cultists being agitated by anarchists of violent intent. JUST "ANARCHISTS" not "right-wing extremists", using the latter is falling into a political spin trap. ("Hang Pence" is just one slogan from that gang that is a reminder.) And the only thing one should make the Republican party responsible for is pandering to Trumpism and enabling him to continue with his anarchic rule, or it will backfire.

    Again, I will not be surprised if a few of agitators turn out to be left-wing anarchists, and the result will be stressing that they are all "antifa" and many on the right will buy in because of the cognitive dissonance about what Trump really was.

     The reality is that the true believing anarchists are both far left and far right and they liked going with Trump's memes because he was basically anarchic: everyone looking out for #1 is great with him. Back sliding only when he'd fall into line with Barr's recommendations to go "law and order Republican" vs. big-city blue government in DC or Portland.

    Extremism is the problem here. Anarchists are the problem.

    Labeling them as "Republicans" is like labeling Timothy McVeigh a Republican.

    A lot of mainstream Republicans in that crowd, even if by chance 2% end up being leftists, etc. No, it doesn't have to be 100% to be largely true. 74 million votes for Trump. Maybe 15,000 stormed the Capitol - largely the party and Donald's bastard children. Look at who was joining Parler for one - that mixed a crowd?

    Going to extremes does have a life of its own, whatever the reasons cited for doing so. Nonetheless, I oppose labeling all actors who go there as anarchist.

    If I were a white supremacist who wanted a polity that guaranteed my privilege based upon what I define as my race, "the anything goes" of anarchy is not an option. They are demanding that the instruments of state serve one group at the expense of others. That would require a lot of order to replace the existing one. Merely destroying the existing one is no guarantee of future results.

    If what is meant by "far left" refers to the Lenin project to introduce a new social order after entirely getting rid of the previous one, that too, is not anarchy but what Lenin called the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

    I don't have any sympathy for anarchists but if I did, having to be seen as espousing one or another view of the ideal has to suck.

    well on the militia folks, who may have been a lot of the instigators of actual violence, anti-government is the thing, they are not propounding much to replace it; her book title says it all:

    The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America Hardcover – December 25, 2020

    lots of the leaders have military or police backgrounds, where they got the false impression that they can take care of themselves and their near and dear just fine without any help (band of brothers) The old tyme wild west their favorite romantic fantasy, where your tribe helps you rebuild your barn if it burns. Ronnie's joke about "I'm from the Federal government and I'm here to help" their favorite line. No gummint.

    That's what they practiced at the end of Occupy Wall Street, too: started out a mass movement and whittled way down to the dead enders practicing: we don't need no frigging gummint, it sucks. Let's get rid of all the authorities laws and politics and everyone will be free to be a de-escalating social worker.

    Your point is well taken. It is the other half of what I am trying to say. Those who indulge in opposing government per se without saying anything more have not formed a predicate yet.

    And if they have completed their sentences, it is to recommend more oppression.

    All the marginalized disempowered people.

    A lot of them definitely are not that, that's the thing. The educated ones into Qanon type thinking are especially freaking me out. They're not wannabe anarchists with a passion and ideology and esprit de corps with a group (like perhaps the Brooklyn's judge's son upthread), they've just totally fallen into an alternate reality.

    bingo. there's a reason that reward is so high, they need him, he's like a key to the puzzle of the true agitators and any planners as opposed to those who just prone to become a mob. It's a prosecution thing, otherwise they are just limited to the breaking and entering, vandalism and rioting charges and the like for most (except for those with clear evidence of attacking police). They can try higher charges, but they may fail without more evidence of conspiracy or motive. He could also be a key to congresspeople being prosecuted or not.

    1. scorysays:

      January 17, 2021 at 10:14 am

      A million times, yes! I’m overseeing our Federal agency’s response to the SolarWinds cyberespionage incident, and many of my colleagues are still fixated on the initial compromise, not the secondary and tertiary effects of the incident. And when they start asking questions about “who” and “how” they assume that information is easily knowable. They don’t recognize that there are layers to opsec, situational awareness, and intelligence gathering and analysis.

      If we learn anything from this, its that we need more critical and actively engaged people involved in physical and logical security who can see past the distractions and obvious.


    Ha'aretz intereste in arrest of "Baked Alaska":


    Couy Griffin, of "Cowboys for Trump, also a councilman in New Mexico, arrested on Fed. warrant (I believe there is a video of him upthread talking about the rally, he seemed quite confident, as if  he had done no wrong and nothing was going to happen to him)



    Griffin said in a council meeting this week he was leaving "tonight or tomorrow" for DC with at least two guns in the car with him.
    "My vehicle is an extension of my home in regards to the constitutional law and I’ve got a right to keep those firearms in my car” he said Thurs.

    — Kolbie Satterfield (@KolbieReports) January 17, 2021


    Griffin is also the founder of Cowboys for Trump and according to the organization's website Griffin spoke with President Trump on several occasions. @wusa9

    — Kolbie Satterfield (@KolbieReports) January 17, 2021


    I filmed his arrest.

    — Maureen Cohen Harrington (@VeganSkaterDC) January 18, 2021

    gun toting babe researched by ITV news, natch:

    disorderly conduct arrest for the guy from Louisville Kentucky for entering the Capitol even though he spoke out against violence etc.

    FBI still eager to find these 7:

    Prediction: covid infections among many of these perps will delay cases and investigations in general. Then there's that the most of judicial system is not working at past speeds either. Always helps to think about how we don't live in the old normal anymore.

    four more plus another story on the Texas realtor:


    These people must be taught and a clear message must be sent that even if they (mistakenly?) believe a politician, even the president, told them to break the law it's not exculpatory. The arrests are the first step in the process but I'm not convinced that they won't just get a slap on the wrist in the end. We'll see.

    DUMB AND DUMBER as regards retired fire fighter thomas Fee in the big selfie above::

    A man sent his girlfriend’s brother a selfie while storming the Capitol, officials say. The brother is a federal agent.

    By Jaclyn Peiser @, Jan. 20, 2021 at 4:57 a.m. EST

    When Thomas Fee got a text on Jan. 6 from his girlfriend’s brother asking if he was in Washington, he responded with a selfie inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as dozens of others who had just stormed the building waved flags behind him, federal officials said.

    In one message, Fee wrote he was “at the tip of the spear,” according to a criminal complaint filed Saturday.

    But Fee’s girlfriend’s brother wasn’t asking out of simple curiosity — he is a special agent with the State Department. The agent, who isn’t identified in court documents, later turned the evidence over to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

    Fee, a recently retired New York firefighter with a history of racist complaints, surrendered in Queens on Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District told the New York Post. He is charged with unlawful entry of the Capitol and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds [.....]

    Proud Boys' Joseph Biggs


    and another; I think this is one of guys involved in the video of  cops head being squeezed in a door:


    Samuel Fisher being arrested by the FBI on the Upper East Side.

    See it: The moment FBI agents swarm heavily armed Capitol rioter in NYC

    @, Jan. 20, VIDEO AT LINK

    [....] The moment the FBI surrounded an Upper East Side resident accused of traveling to Washington, D.C., with a small arsenal to attend the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was captured on video by a neighbor.

    The footage, which was given to the Post by the resident who didn’t want to be identified, shows federal agents with their weapons drawn as they order Samuel Fisher to the ground.

    “Put your hand behind your head! Don’t move!” one of the agents screams as Fisher surrenders on the ground, the footage shows. The agents then cuff Fisher, who repeatedly exclaims, “what the f—k?”

    Fisher allegedly traveled to DC to attend President Trump’s rally on Jan. 6 [....]

    hmmm, targeting people there who don't use regular social media?

    The FBI took out a large billboard in downtown KC asking for tips related to the Capitol insurrection.

    — Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) January 24, 2021


    this A.P. article is also pretty good on police involved, including-what to do about those just at the rally but not part of the riot


    [....] After the interview gained traction online, Mr. Reffitt said on Twitter, “Yes I’m the kid on cnn.”The tweet garnered thousands of likes and retweets, and he said he was flooded with messages asking him to set up a GoFundMe, so he did. “Every penny is another course in college or me saving it for years to come,” he wrote on the crowdfunding platform. “I might be kicked out of my house due to my involvement in my dad’s case, so every cent might help me survive.” [....]

    $82,000 + from 2,700+ donors so far

    Lawyer for ‘Guy with the Horns and the Fur’ Claims His Client Finally Realizes He’s Been ‘Duped’ by Trump

    @, Jan 22nd, 2021, 6:33 pm

    trying for a plea where he testifies state's evidence at the impeachment trial?

    [....] He said “months of lies” and “misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech” by Trump were “designed to inflame, enrage,” and “motivate” the mob on Jan. 6. “What’s really curious is the reality that our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as President, to walk down to the Capitol with him.”

    The comments go a slight step further than similar claims Watkins made on the Law&Crime Network’s flagship evening broadcast Law&Crime Daily last week.

    Watkins told Law&Crime’s Angenette Levy that Trump — who was still in office at the time — should pardon his client. However, Watkins admitted that no one should be “holding [their] breath” waiting for such a pardon because Trump was unlikely to pardon “the guy with horns and a fur wrap” (other Trump supporters asked for and did not receive clemency).[....]

    FAA Employee Who Said World War 3 Was Going to Happen on Jan. 6 Was Pictured in Plain Sight Inside Capitol: FBI

    By ALBERTO LUPERON @, Jan 22nd, 2021, 5:43 pm

    An employee with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allegedly participated in the D.C. insurrection. Kevin Strong is charged in a newly unsealed affidavit. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said he was already on their radar before the Jan. 6 raid on the Capitol Building.

    The feds said they began investigating Strong on Dec. 30 after a witness told authorities he had started acting differently. According to this account, Strong was stock-piling items, telling people to prepare for martial law, rioting, and protests. He was also big on the QAnon conspiracy theory, and thought World War 3 was going to start on January 6, 2021, authorities said.

    Jan. 6 was, of course [....]


    Rioter Who Helped Drag Officer Down U.S. Capitol Steps Tried to Flee to Switzerland: Feds

    By COLIN KALMBACHER AND ADAM KLASFELD @, Jan 22nd, 2021, 3:04 pm

    A man who helped drag a police officer down the U.S. Capitol steps tried to flee to Switzerland after the day of the siege and then, in what authorities called a different type of flight effort, attempted suicide, prosecutors told a judge on Friday.

    Describing the case as “very disturbing,” a federal magistrate denied bail to Jeffrey Patrick Sabol, a 51-year-old divorced geophysicist with three children. Patrick has not been charged with assault but rather under a civil disorder statute barring any effort to “obstruct, impede, or interfere” law enforcement.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause called the allegations against Sabol “deeply troubling,” ultimately denying him bail following an hourlong hearing. Sabol’s defense counsel requested his home confinement secured by hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the judge was unpersuaded that the money or other set of conditions could hold him. [....]

    Trump-Supporting N.J. Woman, Who Fled Lebanese Civil War as a Child, Stormed Capitol Believing That ‘Civil War Is Coming’: FBI

    By ALBERTO LUPERON @, Jan 22nd, 2021, 2:27 pm

    A New Jersey woman has been identified as yet another defendant in the D.C. insurrection. Rasha Abual-Ragheb was charged after she allegedly showed a person a picture of herself inside the Capitol Building.


    The defendant allegedly told investigators details of her life story, including that she fled the Lebanese Civil War as a child, went to the nation of Jordan, and then moved to the United States, where she has resided for 21 years. Now, Abual-Ragheb is a Donald Trump supporter who faces charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot. The feds say she believed that a “civil war is coming.”

    “Just left Dc… I got tear gas, paper spray!!! But I was part of the history,” the defendant wrote in a Facebook post cited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We the people won’t take it anymore. Antifa were between us, i and other MAGA people told Dc police, get that Antifa they didn’t do anything. He had black metal chair… The police would order to use full force on us from the beginning when we start marching to the capital, the use teargas and pepper spray and rubber bullet, they shot the woman that was standing peacefully without a a weapon, they hit women’s kids. They hit people with the pat metal one.” [....]

    thanks for the reminder of: no luck with the bomber yet! even I forget for a while.

    hope it doesn't end up being like this Kaczynski was the subject of the longest and most expensive investigation in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (They didn't have internet  tracks to use for Ted though; to put it mildly Ted wrote a long screed about how development like it were evil..)

    "charges include impeding police"

    *Mathew Capsel, who was seen in TikTok video clashing w/ National Guardsmen until he was pepper-sprayed, has been charged.
    *In video he says: "try putting Mr. Trump in jail and see what happens.”
    *Charges incl. impeding police.

    — Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 25, 2021

    Brandon Straka, a self-described ex-liberal, was arrested on a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder (Stop the Steal organizer charged in Capitol riot)--the "Walk Away"movement guy)

    By Josh Gerstein @, Jan. 25

    A prominent activist in the Stop the Steal movement who spoke at a rally held by backers of President Donald Trump in Washington the day before the storming of the Capitol was arrested on Monday on charges that he took part in the riot.

    Brandon Straka, 44, was arrested on a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder. The self-described founder of a movement to “walk away” from liberalism was also charged with unlawful entry into a restricted building and disorderly conduct.

    An FBI agent’s affidavit used to obtain a criminal complaint against Straka describes his role as an organizer of Stop the Steal and quotes his comments at the Jan. 5 rally held at Freedom Plaza, but doesn’t indicate whether the government views those activities as context for his actions at the Capitol or part of the alleged crimes.

    FBI Special Agent Jeremy Desor said that videos revealed that during the melee, Straka was part of a crowd pushing toward a Capitol doorway. Desor doesn’t contend that Straka went into the building, but says that as others tried to charge through the entrance, the activist shouted: “Go! Go!”

    Desor said that as a Capitol police officer tried to make his way through the crowd with a riot shield over his head, Straka urged others to wrestle it from him.

    “Take it away from him,” Straka allegedly yelled. “Take it! Take it!”

    Straka achieved some prominence in the media during Trump’s effort to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Straka spoke at a variety of previous Stop the Steal events at the Capitol, in Michigan and elsewhere. According to the complaint, he said he was supposed to speak at such a rally at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but that event was scuttled after the riot broke out and police cleared the crowd.

    During his speech the day before the riot, Straka referred to the audience as “patriots” and referred repeatedly to a “revolution,” Desor said. Straka also told the attendees to “fight back” and added, “We are sending a message to the Democrats, we are not going away, you’ve got a problem!” the agent reported.

    In media appearances, Straka described himself as a Manhattan-based, gay ex-liberal. He and his “#walkaway” tagline became a favorite in some conservative quarters in the past couple of years, featured on programs such as the "Judge Jeanine" show on Fox News.

    Court records show the criminal complaint against Straka was approved by a federal magistrate judge in Washington last Tuesday.

    Law & Crime on Straka:

    MI perp saw unrest 3mos ahead?

    How to charge Perps

    (protest vs. sowing fear/obstructing-attacking government...)

    'QAnon Shaman' willing to testify in impeachment trial, lawyer says

    BY ZACK BUDRYK - @ The, 01/28/21 09:55 PM EST

    [....] Watkins said his client has not yet made contact with any members of the Senate.

    In a statement to The Hill, Watkins confirmed that his client would be willing to testify during the Senate impeachment trial [....]

    $500k for "spontaneous" riot

    & Billy Barr, shy Perp #1? (or #2, depending how you count)

    Women in Love: Trump's cadre

    Busted in Capitol riot, ‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder now acting up in jail: judge

    By Laura Italiano @, January 30, 2021

    In the two weeks since he was jailed in the Capitol riot, Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin has refused to take a COVID-19 test, or to appear at a virtual court hearing or confer with his lawyer, a federal judge wrote Friday.

    Griffin will continue to be held in isolation because he refused to take a COVID-19 test upon his admission to a D.C. jail, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui wrote Friday.

    “Simply taking a COVID-19 test, something hundreds of millions of people have safely done across the world, will allow the defendant to exit isolation,” the judge wrote in papers first reported by Buzz Feed.

    Griffin faces contempt charges if he refuses to appear at his next court appearance on Feb. 1, the judge wrote.

    Griffin, who is a council member in Otero County, New Mexico, is charged with knowingly entering restricted grounds [....]

    Two Proud Boys Indicted on Conspiracy Charges, Attorney Says Defendant Being Denied Access to Counsel

    — Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) January 30, 2021

    Two Members of the Proud Boys Indicted for Conspiracy, Other Charges Related to the Jan. 6 Riots

    One defendant facing additional charges of obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding officers

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) January 30, 2021

    five more + updates on two previous:


    OIC. You know, what really strikes home to me here is the concept that with law and order, crime and punishment, it really doesn't matter what you believe, it's how you behave! In the end, I don't and shouldn't care if he was a rightie extremist or an "antifa" agitator, just that he did what he did! 

     In the end, motive is only studied by law enforcement in order to either solve a crime or try to prevent one. Ideologies are only criminal if you commit a crime.

    It matters that he is a wingnut and not "antifa".

    It matters that the attack on the Capitol was inspired and carried out by wingnuts

    This is not a case of both sides attacked the Capitol

    We don't prosecute thought crimes in this country. You are allowed to hate as long as you don't act it out.

    People are considered to have individual agency and consciences.

    Neither thoughts nor tribal beliefs force people to commit crimes.

    In rare cases schizophrenics can get away with the insanity defense of "I was just following what the voices told me to do" but that's unusual. They are still mostly locked up because they can't control themselves and are a danger to society. because of that.

    That's why "I was just following orders" is not an excuse in a court.

    Your absurd level of partisanship and tribal hatred is showing, you like the "us vs. them" thing. Hopefully, you are not in any profession related to de-escalation or conflict management. You'd make a terrible social worker, cop, or soldier.

    It matters that the people who attacked the Capitol were wingnuts


    and that is why I created this thread and posted news items on it a gazillion times and also have created a series of three blogs with a multitude of stories on them titled "Learning about Extremism" You on the other hand just rant against one particular tribe, where they are all evil, and to me a lot of what you post reads like: "I'm ISIS and my enemy is 'the west'". You're entitled to hate people as members of tribes as if they aren't individuals, and I'm entitled to dislike that and see it a major problem in this country.

    I rant about the tribe that attacked the Capitol, harmed people, and wanted to hang Pence 

    I also rant against the lady who says there are Jewish space lasers

    White rioters came to DC because they were butthurt that Trump lost

    BLM had nothing to do with why they were ready to hang Pence and harm Pelosi

    p.p.s. Huh, what a strange thing for an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology to tweet out of the blue a few minutes ago 

    yes, I am being sarcastic

     p.s. here's a story you should read, one which applies to "all sides", any "side".Zealotry's not a crime but it can kill souls and civilizations.

    Nor is it a case of both sides looting hundreds of stores. Does it matter that the thieves were not Trump supporters?

    Ah yes, the cry of the unheard. Funny, that's exactly why many folks stormed the Capitol, I read that in article after article after article, they felt they were not being heard. They were so angry, they felt that justice was not being served, they just had to do something. It's so unfair that the FBI and DOJ is not being more tolerant about their anger.

    They entered the Capitol

    That was pretty tolerant 

    Arrests were made on the spot in BLM protests in DC, but you know that 

    Figures Show Stark Difference Between Arrests At D.C. Black Lives Matter Protest And Arrests At Capitol Hill

    beginning excerpt from that new Ronan Farrow article in the New Yorker, publication date is actually Feb. 2, so maybe it will be edited?

    A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection

    How claims from Rudy Giuliani and Alex Jones spurred a parent of eight to become one of the Capitol riot’s biggest mysteries and a fugitive from the F.B.I.

    Before the pandemic, Rachel Powell, a forty-year-old resident of a small town in western Pennsylvania, sold cheese and yogurt at local farmers’ markets and used Facebook mostly to discuss yoga, organic food, and her children’s baseball games. But, last year, Powell began to post more frequently, embracing more extreme political views. Her interests grew to include conspiracy theories about covid-19 and the results of the Presidential election, filtered through such figures as Donald TrumpRudy Giuliani, and the Infowars founder Alex Jones. On May 3, 2020, Powell wrote on Facebook, “One good thing about this whole CV crisis is that I suddenly feel very patriotic.” Expressing outrage at the restrictions that accompanied the pandemic, she wrote, “It isn’t to late to wake up, say no, and restore freedoms.” Several days later, she posted a distraught seven-minute video, shot outside a local gym that had been closed. “Police need to see there’s people that are citizens that are not afraid of you guys showing up in your masks. We’re going to be here banded together, and we’re not afraid of you,” she said. “Maybe they should be a little bit afraid.”

    On January 6th, during the storming of the United States Capitol, Powell made good on that threat. Videos show her, wearing a pink hat and sunglasses, using a battering ram to smash a window and a bullhorn to issue orders. “People should probably coördinate together if you’re going to take this building,” she called out, leaning through a shattered window and addressing a group of rioters already inside. “We got another window to break to make in-and-out easy.”

    In recent weeks, as journalists and law-enforcement officials tried to identify participants in the assault, she came to be known as “Bullhorn Lady” and “Pink Hat Lady.” She appeared on an F.B.I. “Wanted” poster, was featured in cable-television news segments, and became an obsessive focus of crowdsourced investigative efforts by laypeople and experts. Forrest Rogers, a German-American business consultant who is part of a Twitter group called the Deep State Dogs, recently identified Powell and reported her name to the F.B.I. She is now being sought by law enforcement.

    In her first public comments since the riot, Powell acknowledged her role in the events at the Capitol. During a two-hour telephone interview, she claimed that her conduct had been spontaneous, contrary to widespread speculation that she had acted in coördination with an organized group. “I was not part of a plot—organized, whatever,” Powell, who was speaking from an undisclosed location, told me. “I have no military background. . . . I’m a mom with eight kids. That’s it. I work. And I garden. And raise chickens. And sell cheese at a farmers’ market.” During the interview, she reviewed photographs and videos of the Bullhorn Lady, acknowledging that many of the images showed her, and offered detailed descriptions of the skirmishes they depicted. She declined to comment on some of her conduct—including smashing windows and shouting orders to fellow-rioters—that could carry criminal charges. “Listen, if somebody doesn’t help and direct people, then do more people die?” she said. “That’s all I’m going to say about that. I can’t say anymore. I need to talk to an attorney.”

    Powell was born in Anaheim, California, and grew up on what she described as “the really bad side” of Fresno [....]

    more because it's important--she's a recent convert, wasn't always a Trump fan, almost the opposite:

    [....] After graduating from high school, she married and had her first child at sixteen, her mother said. Three years ago, Powell separated from her husband. Since then, she has worked various part-time jobs to support her children, who range in age from four to mid-twenties. She told me that she has a certification as a group fitness instructor, and has taken a course in alternative medicine. “She’s very granola, very crunchy,” a friend, who asked not to be identified, told me. “Does yoga, eats vegetarian, homeschools all their kids.”

    Powell said that, before the election of Donald Trump, in 2016, she held a wide range of political opinions. “My views kind of fall all over the place,” she said. “I guess you could say that I’m more libertarian at heart.” Though her county supported Trump by wide margins in both 2016 and 2020, Powell told me that she didn’t vote for him in his first run, and her social-media posts during that time include sharp criticism of him. “Trump makes me uncomfortable as a presidential candidate,” she wrote in a Facebook post that linked to a piece about Trump’s lack of civility. “What disturbs me is that so many people support this type of person.” She also told me that she took issue with his environmental policies. During his tenure in the White House, however, she embraced Trump and, eventually, the misinformation that he nurtured about the coronavirus and election fraud.

    Those political views began to have various impacts on her life after the pandemic hit. Paula Keswick, who co-owns a local creamery that sold Powell cheese and yogurt, said that Powell was barred from working at some events after she refused to obey pandemic restrictions. “She was just adamant she was not going to wear a mask,” Keswick said. (Powell said that she now works part time at a local bookstore.) Last summer and fall [....]

    Wow, that sure is a lot of morons per cubic foot.

    FFS, put it on Robinhood - they'll figure out market value

    two arrested today:

    and two more in St. Louis

    still looking for "crutch guy":


    Crutch Guy aka #Scallops

    Hot tip: pay ur debts

    AwfuI and reminds me that I find the lack of reporting on the severity of the many police injuries (or not, as the case may be) is kind of odd, that we are only seeing more on it now-I guess privacy issues and then how the Capitol Police leadership being loathe to communicate much, for whatever reason? But I can't help thinking about how with other victims of violent events with this kind of media attention, there'd be a like a bunch of "Go Fund Me" accounts by now...the injuries are turning up in the indictments, the FBI and prosecutors know about them, that's for sure.

    after this FBI dragnet fueled mainly by social media identification, it's a no brainer to predict that the rightie activists are now going to go whole hog live-free-or-die libertarian--right to privacy and anti-cop--especially federal cop--and basically take the position that law and order is a vast left-wing deep state conspiracy:

    Unusual situation today following conservative rally I filmed in Olympia, WA: An armed man wearing a mask confronted other participants of being "fake Republicans" for filming people's faces, which he felt was an antifa tactic to dox people.

    They believed he was an infiltrator.

    — Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) February 7, 2021

    undercover infiltrator = "narc" in days gone by

    Edit to add: or you can take it in another direction. i.e. are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party Oath Keepers?


    More Cheech & Chong: "You narced me out, you puke..." with Officer Stedanko and Sister Mary Elephant screaming "Class, shut up!!!"

    look at the signs this one has got on his house, that type of statement online is one thing, this is more like announcing to all the neighbors "I'm a serious insurrectionship, no joke"

    The DOJ has asked the fed court to detain Oath Keeper leader Jessica Watkins prior to her criminal trial.

    The filing:

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    "We are sticking together and sticking to the plan."

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    Person 1 is Stewart Rhodes.

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    Where the Person 1 quote appears:

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    "Unless the POTUS himself activates us, it's not legit."

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    "I will hurt/kill those who try to hurt/kill me or others."

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    "QRF will be our Law Enforcement members of Oath Keepers."

    QRF = quick reaction force, oath keepers who stayed back to bring in firearms to those on the front line when needed.

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    The QRF would hold the group's guns just outside the DC city limit until Trump gave them permission to move into DC.

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    Watkins is not the sharpest tactical knife in the drawer. Her Parler post.

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    — JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) February 11, 2021

    Live free or die except do go for the permanent student thing at the socialized university and make sure you get a T.A. job as well:

    ah hah, THE FEDS ARE USING GRAND JURIES, hence the delay in more serious charges! 

    insightful reply, this is also a benefit of going slow:


    NEW: John Sullivan, charged for his participation in the Jan. 6 riots, was paid $35,000 apiece from CNN and NBC for his footage inside the Capitol. More on his detention hearing from @joshgerstein

    — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 17, 2021

    ‘UCLA student with extremist views who FBI says sat in Pence’s chair is charged in Capitol riot’

    — Program On Extremism (@gwupoe) February 17, 2021

    A federal grand jury indicted Scott Fairlamb (New Jersey gym owner with a brother in the Secret Service) on 12 charges in connection with the Capitol attack:

    — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) February 16, 2021

    this one's a wowser story! a "walking embodiment" of Georgia's political contradictions

    not a small thing that Wasow is intrigued; here he is expressing that more in replies to his post. Note that some repliers are not chopped liver, but colleagues

    there's more interesting comments there

    What I've learned and what astonishes me is the ability of the internet and associated media to radicalize people with nonsense, fucking brain dead nonsense. It's no longer a debate over opinions. It's reality over craziness. You can see it a bit on the left but it's more prominent and more pronounced on the right. So many people are quite literally insane

    me too. In denial for a long time, but see it now for sure. they actually may constitute the majority of the 1/3 of the population that has bedeviled us with crazy voting patterns for decades. Stupid doesn't  really accurately describe it, insane is more accurate.

    it's right here, they just use the fancy term of "no unifying ideology"; it's really lots of crazy people finding each other and forming gangs and they make their grievances and passions up as they go along

    Retired NYPD officer attacked D.C. police officer like ‘junkyard dog,’ prosecutor alleges

    Thomas Webster, 54, is accused of violence during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    By Shayna JacobsSpencer S. Hsu and Rachel Weiner @, Feb. 23, 7:17 PM

    A Marine veteran and retired New York Police Department officer is accused of beating and choking a D.C. officer in one of the most brutal of the hundreds of violent attacks on law enforcement during the siege at the U.S. Capitol last month.

    Thomas Webster, 54, displayed “pure rage” befitting a “junkyard dog,” a federal prosecutor said Tuesday during a hearing before a magistrate judge in White Plains, N.Y. Webster repeatedly hit a D.C. police officer with the metal rod of a Marine Corps flag, prosecutors allege. When he lost control of the metal pole, Webster tried to tear off the officer’s gas mask and choked him with the chin strap, according to court records.

    “We see what I would describe as a look of pure rage,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Gianforti said in describing a video of the incident. “His teeth are gritted. This is a man about to unleash some kind of violence.”

    Webster’s first court appearance came as Steven A. Sund, who was chief of the Capitol Police during the Jan. 6 attack, testified to lawmakers that he had not seen an FBI report sent to the department warning of an extremist plan to storm the Capitol.

    Webster, who served two decades in the NYPD until his retirement in 2011, allegedly hurled expletives at the officer and accused him of being a communist — a rant against a fellow officer that the prosecutor noted in requesting that he be held without the chance for release on bond.

    Webster appeared to have no compassion for the officer he brutalized, Gianforti said: “Frankly, your honor, he goes after that cop like a junkyard dog . . . fists clenched.”

    Webster’s defense attorney James Monroe argued the man had never been arrested and wouldn’t flee while awaiting trial. He now owns a landscaping business.

    He’s never been in a shooting incident in his career,” the lawyer argued. “This was the one and only protest he’s ever been a part of.”

    He also said Webster was only reacting to being punched by a police officer. Gianforti said investigators had reviewed video showing Webster for the 10 minutes prior to the violent encounter and found no evidence of such provocation.

    “There’s just nothing in there to suggest Mr. Webster was struck by this officer or any other officer,” Gianforti said [.....]

    also see Off-duty Pa. officer charged at police during the Capitol riot, FBI says

    after having a day to think on it, I am still struck by the idea of a cop physically attacking a cop trying to follow his duty in public. that's a big deal. It's not Serpico-type thing keeping it all behind closed doors. It's breaking the blue line.

    Tale of 2 perps (read the court filing)

    Capitol Hill hearings

    (just read the 1st ten tweets or so)

    But maybe the FBI already knows about Rep. Marjorie Greene's involvement, maybe they just can't say yet; go to this thread for this part

    ^ note: suspects, which include members of Congress.
    by artappraiser on Mon, 02/22/2021 - 5:42pm

    F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Potential Assailant in Capitol Officer’s Death

    The death of the officer, Brian Sicknick, after the Capitol riot has been a major focus for investigators scrutinizing the attack by a pro-Trump mob.

    By Katie Benner and Adam Goldman, Feb. 26, 2021Updated 6:12 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. has pinpointed an assailant in its investigation into the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who was injured while fending off the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol last month and later died, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the inquiry.

    The F.B.I. opened a homicide investigation into Officer Sicknick’s death soon after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Investigators initially struggled to determine what had happened as he fought assailants. They soon began to suspect his death was related to an irritant, like mace or bear spray, that he had inhaled during the riot. Both officers and rioters were armed with such irritants during the attack.

    In a significant breakthrough in the case, investigators have now pinpointed a person seen on video of the riot who attacked several officers with bear spray, including Officer Sicknick, according to the officials. And video evidence shows that the assailant discussed attacking officers with the bear spray beforehand, one of the officials said.

    While investigators narrowed potential suspects seen in video footage to a single person this week, they have yet to identify the assailant by name.

    A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

    Given the evidence available to investigators, prosecutors could be more likely to bring charges of assaulting an officer, rather than murder, in the case. But the death of Officer Sicknick, a 42-year-old Air National Guard veteran who served in Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan, could increase the penalties that prosecutors could seek if they took such a case to court [.....]

    The Justice Department on Friday also indicted six members of the far-right nationalist group the Proud Boys with conspiracy to obstruct the certification of President Biden’s electoral victory and to attack law enforcement. The suspects, who had already been charged by criminal complaint, were also accused of threatening a federal officer and entering the Capitol carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, including a wooden ax handle.

    Federal prosecutors said that Louis Enrique Colon of Missouri, Felicia and Cory Konold, a couple from Arizona, and William Chrestman, Christopher Kuehne and Ryan Ashlock of Kansas were part of a group of Proud Boys who traveled to Washington in order to “stop, delay, and hinder the congressional proceeding” on Jan. 6.

    They did so after Enrique Tarrio, the self-described national chairman of the Proud Boys, identified in the indictment as Person One, said on social media that members should “turn out in record numbers” and “spread across downtown DC in smaller teams.”

    The department said that the group coordinated their travel to Washington and stayed together in an Airbnb rental near the city. They brought and wore matching uniforms and carried [.....]

    Can we all agree that we have seen ample evidence now that family bonds are not always what they are cracked up to be?

    If you'd been watching "Ozark" seasons 1-3 you'd know that. Or "Succession" for a non-trailer trash Nyawker version.

    his thesis:

    Little Man, What Now?

    MAGA should be properly understood as the product of a bored and restless middle class

    by Michael Weiss, Jan. 20 .Michael Weiss is a senior editor at Newlines

    One thing you can be sure of: a Murdoch rag will always be interested in caught perps, no matter their cause, nor time frame of the act, it's news:

    MTA fires Metro-North worker who faked sick to attend the Capitol riot

    — New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) March 9, 2021

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