Road to Jan. 6: How Portland police grew to love the Proud Boys and paved the way for Trump’s insurrection

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Raw Story: There were many points at which if the government had acted the Jan. 6 insurrection might never have happened.

Leading up to the failed coup every alarm was ringing. Capitol Police knew a violent invasion was in the works, the Department of Homeland Security knew, the FBI knew, warning of “war at the Capitol.” Hundreds of security officials at 80 Fusion Centers set up after 9/11 to combat domestic terrorism knew. They shared “an avalanche” of warnings about violence beginning at “1 p.m., U.S. Capitol, Jan 6.” Nonetheless, the police allowed the invasion to happen.

If armed right-wing mobs who invaded state capitols in Idaho, Michigan, and Oregon before Jan. 6 were held accountable, support for the coup might have been squelched. Instead, ProPublica reported, Trump supporters learned “it was possible — even easy — to breach the seats of government to intimidate lawmakers,” they would find sympathizers on the inside, and police would treat them with kid gloves compared to Black Lives Matter protesters.

Years earlier, if the government acted against the Bundy family, who allied with far-right militias and white supremacists to use violence for political ends, Jan. 6 might have been averted.

There is a fourth instance where the chain of events leading to Jan. 6 could have been interrupted if far-right gangs had been stopped. That case is Portland.

Since 2017, police have allowed the Pacific Northwest city to serve as a proving ground for fascists like the Proud Boys. They received legal impunity and even police support with few attempts to stop it. The far-right used political violence to network with white nationalists, militias, and other extremists, raise their image nationally, gain recruits, and build capacity.  Read more..

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  1. “…the chain of events…could have been interrupted if far-right gangs has been stopped…”
    Not necessarily, also that could have helped to enhance their clear dis-organization, improve its internal communications and learn them how remain below Feds radar until last moment

  2. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that 1/6 was allowed to happen, just like 9/11 was allowed to happen. We are being played once again and the future is uncertain for the USA as we know it. America is the most brainwashed population on the planet. Will we be faced with some kind of crazy “national emergency” that will be the pretext for declaring martial law and suspending the Constitution? God only knows and she isn’t saying much at this point.

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