On Monday, journalists with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), published reports confirming that over 300 current and former employees of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or agencies under its umbrella, self-identified as members of the fascist Oath Keepers militia group.
In alliance with then-President Donald Trump and large sections of the Republican Party, the Oath Keepers, along with the Proud Boys and other right-wing militia groups, spearheaded the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress aimed at keeping Trump in power by means of political violence.
At least 31 members of the Oath Keepers have been charged in connection with the storming of the US Capitol, which left hundreds injured and resulted in at least five fatalities. Two members of the Republican-aligned militia group, founder Stewart Rhodes and Florida chapter leader Kelly Meggs, were convicted of seditious conspiracy
last month for their role in the attack.
Four more members of the Oath Keepers—Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel and Edward Vallejo—are currently on trial facing seditious conspiracy charges. Later this month, Proud Boys Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, Joseph Biggs, Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola will go on trial for sedition.
The analysis published by OCCRP and POGO is based on an internal Oath Keepers roster from 2009-2015, which had nearly 40,000 unique email addresses. The membership list was previously acquired by anonymous hackers and shared with various news agencies last year
The new reports identified 306 dues-paying members of the Oath Keepers who listed their employment at the DHS or a subsidiary agency. The largest of this contingent, 184, identified themselves as current or former members of the US Coast Guard.
Forty Oath Keepers identified by the reporters said they either currently work or had previously worked at the DHS itself. Forty more persons self-identified as agents with Customs and Border Protection or the Border Patrol. Another 11 said they had experience with or currently worked at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Most Border Patrol agents are Oath Keepers, we just haven’t signed up yet,” one Border Patrol agent wrote on his Oath Keeper application, OCCRP reported.
While POGO and OCCRP are not publishing all of the names they identified, they did report that they attempted to reach out to everyone on the list. They estimated that roughly 90 percent of the 306 they identified had retired, meaning as many as 30 active Oath Keepers are still employed with the DHS or one of its agencies.
Significantly, seven Oath Keepers identified themselves as current or former employees of the US Secret Service. OCCRP reported that one of the seven wrote that he was a “20 year special agent” with the agency and claimed that he on the worked security detail for two presidents.
“I am currently a 20 year special agent with the United States Secret Service,” the unidentified person wrote. “I have been on President Clinton and President Bush’s protective detail. I was a member and instructor on the Presidential Protective Division’s Counter Assault Team (CAT).”
The DHS is a sprawling and ever-expanding federal bureaucracy, created by President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It currently employs some 250,000 people and has a nearly $100 billion 2023 budget
, nearly triple the $38.2 billion budget the department had in 2015.
The DHS was ostensibly created to “protect the homeland,” which would theoretically include Congress when it came under attack by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and fascists during the certification of a presidential election. But in congressional testimony four months
after the January 6 attack, not a single DHS employee could explain why the agency failed to issue a threat assessment prior to January 6 warning that an attack on Congress was possible.
Claims that there was “no intelligence” to indicate an attack on Congress was imminent are belied by the close connections between the Oath Keepers and the Secret Service prior to the attack. In October, NBC reported that staff members with the January 6 Select Committee had been “briefed on multiple phone calls in 2020 between an agent in the Secret Service’s protective intelligence division and members of the Oath Keepers.”
Besides the fact that Oath Keepers were “on guard
” for Trump’s 2017 inauguration and regularly provided “security” for Trump and other Republican operatives, during last month’s Oath Keepers trial former member John Zimmerman testified
that Rhodes had active contact with at least one Secret Service agent in the months leading up to the attack on the Capitol.
Read the rest here
In This Video Dr Vivek Bindra Is Explaining How Share Market Works, And When To Invest and When To Divest In Share Market...To Connect With AryaamoneyCall - 992... Prestige Thiès et Prestige Senegal est désireux de rendre accessible au grand public via sa plateforme internet www.prestigethies.com tout type de contenu mu... Subscribe for my new educational videos: http://bit.ly/utube-rhetoricalCheck out my TED talk (now over 2 million views): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXCiv4s... Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Withdraw to the payment systems you trust: bank cards, e-wallets (Skrill/Neteller) or wire transfer. 4. 24/7 SUPPORT in 19 languages via messages, chat and toll-free calls. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Job Interview Stepping up to fill the big guys boots. In this video, we will take a look at 9 different jobs that do not require a four-year college degree! All of the statistics mentioned in this video can be f... [with subtitles in English, French and Spanish] "...it sure is a hell of a lot easier to just be first." "Sell it all. Today." - Margin Call is a 2011 Americ...