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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Last week's storming of the Capitol attracted a wide range of people, but at least some of the individuals who made it into the building's inner chambers appear to be members of militia groups, acting with a degree of cordination. Wearing tactical gear, they moved in an organized fashion, using handheld radios and headsets to communicate. Far-right groups at the Capitol included the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, the Proud Boys, and the Boogaloo Bois, as well as smaller local organizations. Donovan Crowl, a fifty-year-old former marine, who had served as a helicopter mechanic on an amphibious assault ship in the Persian Gulf, in 1990, was among the uniformed men.



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At the Capitol, Crowl wore a combat helmet, ballistic goggles, and a tactical vest with a handheld radio. In a video, he can be seen in a line of people making their way through the crowd up the Capitol steps, each with a hand on the shoulder of the one in front. In another video, he is standing alongside a group breaching the doors of the Capitol. The crowd responds to the question "Who's our President?" with the shout "Trump!," and, as people start to enter the building, a man can be heard saying, in astonishment, "We're the first wave!" Crowl was later photographed in the Capitol Rotunda, and additional videos and photographs show him appearing to stand guard at the doors and on the steps of the Capitol. Crowl's sister and mother, who identified Crowl, said that he had become increasingly radical in recent years, both in his support of Trump and in his expression of racist views.

In addition to his military attire, a patch on Crowl's sleeve identified him as a member of the Oath Keepers. Founded in 2009, by Elmer Stewart Rhodes, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former Army paratrooper, the Oath Keepers is a loosely organized anti-government group with chapters around the country. It claims to have recruited tens of thousands of former law-enforcement and military officials into its ranks. While the organization says that its mandate is defending the Constitution, several human-rights groups have identified it as one of the largest and most dangerous extremist groups in the country. Oath Keepers has been involved in several armed standoffs with law enforcement in recent years, and a number of its members have faced criminal charges for threatening violence or other criminal activity. The group has in recent years embraced Trump, and, earlier this year, Twitter accused its founder of inciting violence and banned him.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 03:37 PM | Reply

OMG, these people are deplorables:

During the Obama Administration, the family members and friend recalled, Crowl expressed fury at the President, along with wider animosity toward Black people. "The only good Black person is a dead Black person," his mother, Teresa Joann Rowe, a retired nurse, recalled Crowl saying"though she stipulated that Crowl used a racial epithet. She said that she had become estranged from her son owing to his views and had not been aware of his involvement in the attack on the Capitol until she saw photos. "I would have called the Ohio state police if I had known he was going to that place," Rowe told me. "I'm sitting here sick to my stomach." During the Trump Administration, the people close to Crowl said, he began to express increasing ardor for Trump and to embrace conspiracy theories. "It's stuff he heard from that psychopath Alex Jones and those echo chambers on the Internet," his sister Denissa Crowl, who is also a nurse, told me. She said that such radicalization was a familiar phenomenon in Crowl's rural Ohio community. "That's like ground zero," she told me. "I fear him," she added. "He's very skilled in firearms. He was an expert sharpshooter."

Now compare this with what Jessica Watkins, his militia leader, was caught saying on Zello:

"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."

Then wrap your mind around what Watkins said in a recent interview about her militia's participation in previous protests:

Watkins formed the "Ohio State Regular Militia" in late 2019. It has patrolled 12 protests in total to "protect people" and treat injuries to Black Lives Matter activists or MAGA types alike, she said. Watkins served in the U.S. Army, including one tour in Afghanistan.

When Louisville responded in outcry after a grand jury failed to indict any officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, OSRM was there, as they were for protests in Cleveland, Columbus and Pickerington as well as a "MAGA Caravan" in Champaign County.

Crowl and Watkins going to BLM protests to "protect people"? Sure, just like they kept people from "preventing crimes" during the Capitol riot:

Footage shows Watkins and several members of the Oathkeepers forming a line with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them, slicing through the crowd to get up the Capitol stairs.

"I consider myself as having assisted law enforcement in preventing crimes," she said.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Footage shows Watkins and several members of the Oathkeepers forming a line with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them, slicing through the crowd to get up the Capitol stairs."

Ha! I was right, it was the Oathkeepers gang the FBI was looking for.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-14 04:39 PM | Reply

#3 Yes, you were right, Corky.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-14 04:42 PM | Reply

There's always a first time, lol.

Not surprising, though, given their history with the law.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-14 04:51 PM | Reply

Any retired military Insurrectionists who are convicted of any participation in the Jan 6th insurrection should lose all retirement and VA benefits immediately upon conviction.

BOAZ, are you listening?

Uncle Sugar should be lookin to bankrupt participants.

Previous Military insurgencies were punished with confiscation of all personal property.

#6 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-01-16 10:26 AM | Reply

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