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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Audio and chat logs reveal that at least two insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol on 6 January used Zello, a social media walkie-talkie app that critics say has largely ignored a growing far-right user base. Records from several other far-right Zello channels show that the app was a platform for organizing and feverish incitement in the days leading up to the deadly riot.



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Well if they take down Zello how am I supposed to find out how much my house is worth?

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-01-13 07:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


Think, not zello.

Whoa, mines up 10% in the past year. Cool.

Must be all those people moving to Connecticut from NYC...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-13 07:29 PM | Reply

From WikiPedia...


Zello made the news in June 2013 when Turkish protesters used it to circumvent government censors.[9] As a result, Zello was the top most downloaded application in Turkey during the first week of June 2013.[10]

In February 2014, it was blocked by CANTV in Venezuela. Zello issued workarounds and patches to overcome the blocks to support approximately 600,000 Venezuelans who have downloaded the application to communicate with each other amidst protests.[11] It "has been one of the most downloaded applications in Ukraine and Venezuela."[12]

In July 2017, in Latvia, Zello was the main application which was used by thousands of volunteers and rescuers for communication purposes while looking for Ivans Berladins who went missing.

In August 2017 during relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Zello became a popular method for communications between volunteer rescuers - particularly members of the Cajun Navy - and people stranded by the widespread flooding.[13][14] The app received over 6 million signups in one week as Florida residents prepared for Hurricane Irma.[15]

Once again in September 2018, while Hurricane Florence was causing unprecedented flooding in the Carolinas, rescuers used Zello to request information on street conditions and the locations of people needing help.[16]

In January 2021, The Guardian reported that Zello was utilized by participants in the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.[17] ...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-13 07:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Think, not zello.
Whoa, mines up 10% in the past year. Cool.
Must be all those people moving to Connecticut from NYC...
#2 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2021-01-13 07:29 PM

That's a good thing?!

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2021-01-13 11:04 PM | Reply

Maybe this is why researchers have begun trying to identify earpieces and the rioters wearing them:

John Scott-Railton @jsrailton

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.

Also, this video caught my attention:

"NEW FOOTAGE: the moment closing security shutters are breached & pried open underground.

Can someone confirm exact location?"

Multiple informed sources say: underground space between #CapitolBuilding Crypt (below the Rotunda) & Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Top of escalators in this illustration.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 07:28 AM | Reply

MFA, I hope more dialogue like this was caught and the perpetrators can be identified:

"We are in the main dome right now," said a female militia member, speaking on Zello, her voice competing with the cacophony of a clash with Capitol police. "We are rocking it. They're throwing grenades, they're frickin' shooting people with paintballs, but we're in here."

"God bless and godspeed. Keep going," said a male voice from a quiet environment.

"Jess, do your ----," said another. "This is what we ------- lived up for. Everything we ------- trained for."

The Zello user who described breaking into the Capitol building appears to be Jessica Watkins, a 38-year-old bartender from Ohio, who admitted to participating in the insurrection. Watkins told the Ohio Capital Journal she was the leader of a local militia called the Ohio State Regular and a member of the national Oath Keepers militia.

"We have a good group: 30 to 40 of us. We're sticking together and sticking to the plan," the female voice is heard saying on Zello as they were walking toward the Capitol. "The police are doing nothing. They're not even trying to stop us."

The Ohio Capital Journal also identified Watkins as one of a line of Oath Keepers pushing their way through the crowd on the steps of the Capitol toward the east entrance of the building. She can be seen toward the back of the line in livestream footage taken at the deadly event wearing battle rattle. Moments later a stream of pro-Trump insurrectionists poured inside.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 07:38 AM | Reply

"Bit different. Can someone with radio knowledge identify the headset and PTT?"

Cheap ---- from Amazon, plugged into what is extremely likely a cheap Baofeng VHF/UHF programmable handheld.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-14 09:14 AM | Reply

Does anyone actually care where they bought their headset?

#8 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-14 09:20 AM | Reply

I think the purpose of identification is to determine if any of these rioters are ex military or current militia, like the woman recorded on the zello app.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 09:25 AM | Reply

That won't help. There are airsoft players with equipment 20x more expensive that those china ear pieces and is the same thing SEAL members wear into the field. Those guys aren't ex-military nor militia. They're simulation hobbyists.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-14 09:57 AM | Reply

#10 They are looking for militia members and proud boys. Many of the latter where wearing orange hats:

John Scott-Railton @jsrailton

Update: please direct ALL surfacing of possible militia / proud boys wearing earpieces the form.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 12:32 PM | Reply

I thought you meant ID'ing the type of gear. The FBI will need help crowd sourcing on this, last I saw it was 170k possible cases to investigate.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-14 12:46 PM | Reply

Here's a story by Ronan Farrow about one of Jessica Watkins' "militia" men:

A Former Marine Stormed the Capitol as Part of a Far-Right Militia

During the assault on the Capitol, a thirty-eight-year-old Ohio-based bar owner named Jessica Watkins, who described herself as the commanding officer of the Ohio State Regular Militia, posted live updates on Parler, the recently defunct Twitter alternative embraced by some right-wing extremists. She made reference to "forcing entry into the Capitol Building," and later posted a video from inside the Rotunda, writing, "made it into the Senate." In the posts, Watkins called Capitol police, one of whom died after attempting to repel the insurrectionists, "-------- cops." She captioned one photo, showing Crowl in his tactical gear, "One of my guys at the Stop the Steal Rally today."

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 03:43 PM | Reply

goodbye zellow.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2021-01-14 06:51 PM | Reply

Isn't the FBI supposed to be on top of this s--t? I mean with a budget of $9,748,829,000, you'd think someone would have noticed. Maybe they were having a sauna a the time.

#15 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-15 09:13 AM | Reply

They're chasing 130,000+ leads and an estimated 170,000 charges for the ones that got into the capitol or were around the officers getting killed or beaten. They're busy.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-15 11:57 AM | Reply

The crowd that dragged the officer out is looking at 20-30 felony attempted murder charges between them.

If they do, the precedent is going to make being on the frontline of any protest that could go sideways very unappealing.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-01-15 11:58 AM | Reply

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