FBI takes back boss of Oath Keepers: prominent right-wing extremist arrested for Capitol storm

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Right-wing extremist arrested for Capitol Storm

“Conspiracy to insurgency” is the charge: US authorities arrest far-right anti-government militia leader Oath Keepers in the Capitol Storm affair. He would have endangered the state and organized a “rapid reaction force” ready to storm Washington.

Stewart Rhodes, the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, has been arrested in the United States by the FBI and charged with “conspiracy to insurgency”. The 56-year-old is said to have staged a large-scale plot on Jan.6, 2021 to storm the Capitol in Washington and disrupt the certification of US President Joe Biden’s electoral victory, as federal police have announced. In addition to Rohdes, ten other people have been charged. If found guilty, they face up to 20 years in prison.

In the indictment, announced by a grand jury on Wednesday and now released, Rhodes and his co-conspirators are believed to be involved in a plot to “violently oppose the legal transfer of presidential power by enforcing laws that regulate, prevent , hinder or delay the transfer of power ”. This is the first time that prosecutors have brought charges of insurgency against the state in this case.

Rhodes is a retired U.S. Army paratrooper and studied law at elite Yale University. Since last spring at the latest, her role has been investigated on January 6. Rhodes has been proven to be involved in the Capitol protests on January 6. He reportedly communicated with members of his team, many of whom entered the building, via a cell phone and the Signal chat app. However, there is no evidence that Rhodes entered the Capitol. According to CNN, he wrote to several contacts shortly after the siege began: “All I see is Trump complaining. I don’t see him intending to do anything. So the patriots take the matter in hand.

Armed “rapid reaction force”

The Oath Keepers, founded by Rhodes in 2009, are, along with the Proud Boys, among the most prominent right-wing extremists involved in the attack on Capitol Hill. You are an anti-government, right-wing political organization that works to support and defend its interpretation of the US Constitution against all enemies at home and abroad. The group is affiliated with the Militia Movement, an extremist umbrella organization founded on the belief that the US government is part of an evil plot to deprive Americans of their natural rights and freedoms.

Prosecutors have gathered a wealth of evidence against the Oath Keepers, including encrypted cell phone conversations and tapes of online meetings. The members are not only accused of entering the building with military formations, but also of stationing an armed “rapid reaction force” at a hotel in Virginia to storm Washington if necessary.

Hundreds of radical supporters of President-elect Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington as US Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election was due to be witnessed. The storming of the seat of Congress with five deaths caused horror around the world and is considered a dark day in the history of American democracy.

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