DOJ: The Stupid Coup Was Sedition

Guys, merde got real:

The Justice Department escalated its January 6 investigation by bringing seditious conspiracy charges against 11 defendants, including the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes.

The latest accusations — with a charge that had not previously been brought in the department’s US Capitol attack prosecutions — remove any sense that prosecutors believe the riot emerged from just a group of overzealous protestors, with new details about the planning and logistics alleged to have predated the Capitol breach.

The Justice Department until now had been careful not to push the idea of sedition, instead charging defendants affiliated with right-wing groups with conspiracy to obstruct the congressional proceeding on January 6. The seditious conspiracy charge carries the same possible consequence as an obstruction charge, but is rarely used, politically loaded and has been difficult for the Justice Department to use successfully against defendants in the past.

And in related news, Scissorhead Jimmy-T alerts us:

Justice Dept. creating unit focused on domestic terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is establishing a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism, the department’s top national security official told lawmakers Tuesday as he described an “elevated” threat from violent extremists in the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, testifying just days after the nation observed the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, said the number of FBI investigations into suspected domestic violent extremists has more than doubled since the spring of 2020.

“We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Olsen said.

The formulation of a new unit underscores the extent to which domestic violent extremism, which for years after the Sept. 11 attacks was overshadowed by the threat of international terrorism, has attracted urgent attention inside the federal government and at the White House.

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6 Responses to DOJ: The Stupid Coup Was Sedition

  1. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    The slow pace of the proceedings has been frustrating, but it’s now looking like Garland has been methodical, rather than indifferent.

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  2. lofgren says:

    The Oath Keepers is an organization that shamelessly lies about their membership, but it seems likely that hundreds at least, if not thousands of loosely-affiliated members will be forced to choose between their identity as Oath Keepers and their support for the US government as a result of this charge.

    Of course that’s always true. If you waited until busting violent extremists wouldn’t further radicalize a minority of their followers, you could never bust them. And, more to the point, these guys are dangerous and need to be stopped. So I’m not proposing that the charges were a mistake.

    My concern is that with so many people having internalized a belief that no Democratic administration is legitimate, will it be a minority who choose the Oath Keepers over the US? This really could be the birth of an actual US insurgent army, given that Oath Keepers are mostly military and law enforcement. They’re not the goofballs playing soldier in the woods that the media fixated on after Oklahoma City.

    If these charges don’t result in more violence, I will be very pleasantly surprised.

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    • Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

      The best way to handle the Oath Keepers is to discredit them among the Right. Already, the Oath Keeper Epps is being used as a scapegoat by prominent Republicans to push the ‘FBI Did It’ narrative. If the Oath Keepers are seen as informants, they will shrivel up.


  3. osirisopto says:

    I hope the bullet catchers, oops I meant the oath keepers remember that Cheetolini promised to pay the legal bills.

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  4. roket says:

    The seditious conspiracy charge […] has been difficult for the Justice Department to use successfully against defendants in the past.

    I doubt the DOJ will have a problem this time around. Especially when you’re going to have a bunch of Sovereign Citizens defending themselves. (Snickers)


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