Extremists like the Oath Keepers use their military skills to advance their plots
Some have claimed that the events of January 6 were not a coup attempt, but a largely peaceful protest or even a false flag. Thursday’s indictment, however, alleges in some detail how the Oathkeepers prepared to commit terrorism — violence in pursuit of political change — contrary to anything the United States has witnessed in recent history. Never in two decades of work on international counterterrorism have I encountered in research or in person a armed an al-Qaeda or Islamic State cell that nearly breached the halls of the Capitol or killed the Vice President or members of Congress – a possible outcome that must be taken seriously since many members of the Capitol and those who planned the day said this part out loud. In an article from November 10, 2020, entitled “Call to action! March on DC, Stop the Robbery, Defend the President and Defeat the Deep State,” Rhodes wrote that on Nov. 14, the Oath Keepers Militia would “send some of our most experienced LEOs [law enforcement officers] and military veterans in DC…and in the days to come. Rhodes called on “all of our LEO, military, fire, EMS and search and rescue brothers and sisters nationwide” – those who would be “eminently capable if things got physical”.