Top Oath Keeper Says Active-Duty Cops Are Training Militia Members for Civil War

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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.

“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.”

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.

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.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/oath-keeper-jim-arroyo-says-active-duty-cops-are-training-militia-members-for-civil-war?ref=home

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Active-Duty Cops Are Training M̶i̶l̶i̶t̶i̶a̶ GANG Members for Civil War.

    Call it what it is. Don’t let those ADMITTEDLY
    trying to destroy your country, hijack words they don’t deserve to even “carry the jockstrap of”.

    We let Trumpers & media do it with “populist” – the definition of which is still egalitarian, but now they added “PRETENDS to care about”. It was an actual political party – capital “P” Populist – started by sharecroppers, but soon it will mean “Trumper”. Sad day in USA.

  2. Cops always +10 stress when they stop a black person but seem at ease when they stop someone who looks like a Trump supporter. Someone posted video of white cop who was shot by white bearded drug dealer in New Mexico saying, ‘this is why cops act the way they do’. It proved the opposite argument. White cop was shocked when the guy, with blacked out window, obscured license plate, and visible AR15 grabbed it and shot him. He didn’t even have gun drawn when he asked him out of the car.