Daily Beast: The far-right paramilitary the Oath Keepers is home to active-duty law-enforcement officers who are training up other members to prepare for civil war, according to one of the group’s top figures.
CBS News’ 60 Minutes profiled the the increasingly notorious militia on Sunday night, and one of its leaders from Arizona, Jim Arroyo, spoke openly about the close involvement of police officers.
Police are murdering Black people all over the country while also actively helping the Oath Keepers. And you wonder why people run away from them. https://t.co/HZRLbFxoNw— Young Daddy (@Toure) April 19, 2021
“Our guys are very experienced. We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement,” says a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group. https://t.co/7fOee4i1gd pic.twitter.com/JT2sGCMOIL— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 18, 2021
“Our guys are very experienced,” said Arroyo. “We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement and in fact, in a lot of cases, our training is much more advanced because of our military backgrounds.”
'60 Minutes' interview reveals Oath Keepers militia are being trained by policehttps://t.co/R00faYiJgd— Raw Story (@RawStory) April 19, 2021
Arroyo’s statement was backed up by Javed Ali, an ex-National Security Council senior director and FBI counterterrorism official, who said the Oath Keepers are a “unique and challenging” threat to the U.S. because a “large percentage have tactical training and operational experience in either the military or law enforcement.
On @60Minutes, an Oath Keepers leader said police officers are part of their movement and helping with training: “We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement.” https://t.co/sz6aFAHDjZ— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 19, 2021
That at least gives them a capability that a lot of other people in this far-right space don’t have.” Dozens of members have been implicated in the storming of the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington. And from Raw Story:
PBS reported in 2016 that ten years prior, the FBI warned of the problem. Since then, little has changed.
In Feb. the New Yorker reported on associate professor Vida B. Johnson, at Georgetown Law, who “authored a paper in 2019 that included a list of more than a hundred police departments in forty-nine states that have faced scandals over racist texts, e-mails, or public social-media posts by officers just since 2009. Johnson proposes that, if police officers have a history of racist speech or behavior, or are known to belong to hate groups, this information should, in cases that involve the testimony of those officers, be disclosed to the defense, under the Brady doctrine, which requires prosecutors to share information that might be exculpatory or show witness bias. The credibility of a known racist cop can, in some cases, be attacked on those grounds, as O. J. Simpson’s defense team memorably showed.”