Neither feds nor Proud Boys saw ‘Capitol attack’ coming, NYT claims, citing January 6 FBI informant
The New York Times has raised questions after reporting that communications from an FBI informant in the Proud Boys suggest neither the group nor the agency were prepared for the January 6 Capitol protest to turn into a riot.
The messages described by the New York Times on Saturday cover months of cooperation between the unidentified informant and the FBI, prior to the dramatic events in Washington, DC, as well as during and after them. The newspaper obtained them on condition they would not be directly cited.
It claimed that the confidential records contradict the FBI case against some members of Proud Boys, who have been charged with conspiracy to break into the Capitol building and disrupt the transfer of power in the US. But the Times also says they undermine the “misinformation” on the agency’s role in the riot – that is, a theory popular among right-wing groups that accuses the FBI itself of instigating the riot for political purposes.
Yes, the FBI had informants in the January 6 Capitol riot mob. From NYT: https://t.co/WlGchvKuJw— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 25, 2021
The claim that the FBI orchestrated the events sprang to popularity in right-wing circles after Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was revealed to be a former informant for the agency. He skipped the January 6 protest in the US Capitol after a judge barred him from attending as a condition of his release from jail regarding an unrelated prosecution. He was later sentenced to a short prison term in that case, which involved illegal possession of rifle magazines and vandalism of a Black Lives Matter banner.Also on rt.com Media hushes up report suggesting FBI involvement in Capitol riot, as White House turns anti-terrorism efforts on American people
The informant, whose communications were reviewed by the Times, was affiliated with a Midwest chapter of the Proud Boys and started working with the FBI in July 2020. He did not appear to be in a position close to the group leadership, but he spent much time on January 6 with other Proud Boys, including some who were charged following the attack, the report said.
The messages “dovetail with assertions made by defense lawyers who have argued that… the group did not arrive in Washington with a preset plot to storm the building,” according to the Times. They also “contain no indication that the informant was aware of a possible plot by Proud Boys leaders” to incite the “normies” – regular supporters of former president Donald Trump, who gathered outside the Capitol building.
In building a case that the Proud Boys had planned to launch an assault on January 6, prosecutors have cited evidence like the fact that members had brought protective equipment and radios to Washington. They had also justified violence against “traitors” in private chats. The newly revealed records paint a different picture, however. Rank members were ordered to “maintain a defensive posture” and only engage in violence if attacked by left-wing radicals.Also on rt.com ‘Deny and accuse somebody else’: FBI instructed informant in Michigan governor ‘kidnap’ plot to slander another man, report says
The report doesn’t seem to have convinced right-wing commentators that the FBI wasn’t behind the January 6 violence – if anything, it was taken by many as additional proof.
This is not breaking news. January 6th was so obviously a fed operation—hence the mysterious pipe bombs that appeared the night before that the media wants us to forget about. Just a couple of blocks away from the White House and they no idea who dropped them off. 🤡🤡🤡 https://t.co/HU7Av80CAt— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 25, 2021
NYT finally confirms what many of us have said from the beginning: the FBI was intimately involved with everything that happened on January 6.It wasn’t an insurrection. It was a sequel to the FBI’s attempted setup of the Bundy takeover in Oregon. https://t.co/OyjJBz08uL— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 25, 2021
The past mainstream media mockery of the theories involving the feds, some of which have proven to be true, hasn’t helped to convince the critics either.
In June, the always-wrong herd animals employed by liberal media corporations mocked those, begun by @DarrenJBeattie, who reported the FBI's role in Jan 6 -- just as they mocked those who said the same about the Gov. Whitmer plot (confirmed by BuzzFeed):https://t.co/wuHhoj5zSB— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 25, 2021
All of this shit, Proud Boys, Antifa, BLM, Oath Keepers, etc., are all Fed operations. CIA/FBI are doing to us what they've done in the Middle East for decades with all the "terror groups" fighting each other. They create, fund, and operate all this shit. https://t.co/4CO97Ms4Yv— Ames (@RestingTwitFace) September 25, 2021
A total of 15 members of the Proud Boys were indicted with various crimes related to the January 6 riot. They are some of the most serious allegations among hundreds of cases arising from the Capitol riot.
The dramatic events were painted by Trump opponents as an existential threat to democracy in America, a failed fascist coup, and argued that it warranted a crackdown on “domestic terrorism” with all the strength of the US national security apparatus.Also on rt.com Armed man arrested at J6 rally to face NO charges as he’s confirmed to be a federal officer with CBP
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