U.S. officials have warned officials across the country to be wary of possible violent acts in government agencies, including a second attack on the Capitol or the White House. Law enforcement said the extremists could use firearms and explosives and are investigating online calls to rallies in cities across the country since Sunday. Security at the opening ceremony in Washington on Wednesday was perhaps the most intense ever.
The center of the radical movement But more motivation rests with the current president, who is now twice accused, without his social media megaphone. But there is still a strong influence on his followers who claim he makes illogical electoral fraud an article of faith.
It is not clear when and where the groups might launch subsequent attacks. But even if they pull back in the coming days and experts say there are some reasons to think they might – the threat of Trump-inspired radicalism continues and grows.
“It started to change from ‘We will win this time’ to ‘this fight will be long,’ said Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, which examines extremism and social use. Media inspires and organizes clans, “the prevalent consensus on movements that involve or support the blockade of the Town Hall is that they will continue to push.”
Federal authorities have warned state leaders to be prepared for the possibility of an attack on the state capital in the days before Biden’s launch.
New Mexico Government Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) declared a state of emergency on Thursday, saying “There is reason to believe” that the rioters “It will endanger the safety of legislators, legislators and the general public, as well as destroy public infrastructure and history” in the state.
“There are people in our country who want to turn peaceful protests into opportunities for violence,” said Mike Devine (R), Ohio, in a press release announcing that he would call more than 400 National Guard forces. And the government office in Columbus is closed until Jan. 21.
Christopher A. FBI Director Ray told reporters that officials were watching. “A lot of chatter online” about the premiere.
“We are now following calls for armed protests and activities that lead to their inauguration,” Wray said, noting it was a challenge “to distinguish what inspired and intended.”
Some officials said they were not given any chances and were held back for an opportunity to strike. After the siege of City Hall, “what we have seen and experienced is the depth and length that people are willing to move on,” said Andrew Walsh, deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. MP said, who participated in a call with the FBI and local law enforcement officials on Wednesday.
“I’ll put it this way: people tell us what they’re going to do and they do it,” Walsh said. “After that, there’s no excuse to be surprised.”
While Trump spends his last days working, some of his followers, who were not advised via Twitter, are unsure of where to focus their energy, experts said. Some of the planned activities in Washington and in the state capital have been canceled, in part by fears that the incident was held by federal agencies as a “false flag” operation to trap Trump’s followers.
The organizer of the “Million Militia March” appears to have abandoned the day of his inauguration in Washington, warning followers on his personal website to “stay away from DC and all the capital cities in the state… it’s a trap.”
Social media platforms and web hosting services have removed the accounts and chat apps used by Trump supporters to coordinate the Jan. 6 attack, but that has prompted law enforcement officials to investigate who might have planned. More difficult to use violence
It is a measure of Trump’s influence that extremist groups express their displeasure that they are left with without clear guidance from any central figure on what to do and when and where to gather. But they are adjusting
“What they are seeing now is a breakdown of the displeasure of some followers because they don’t even have Trump advise,” said a congressional aide, speaking on terms of anonymity to discuss. About government sensitive intelligence, including a warning It is included in the Joint Intelligence Statement issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security that there is “high level of uncertainty” about the timing and location of the potential attack, despite the volumes of discussion by extremists online. Will increase greatly
The anti-defamation group said it has been following calls for armed protests across the country since Sunday.
Experts say the far-right extremists have urged their followers to rob and burn buildings and engage in physical violence against those they deem to aid Biden in illegally taking over the presidency.
In TheDonald.win This is a forum that has attracted Trump’s most ardent and threatening supporters in the Jan. 6 attack, users seem to admit that law enforcement officials might be crushing any protests in the near future. Forum participants discuss when the next opportunity for an armed protest might arise.
“We won’t be sitting in hand in four years. But we can pick and choose our fight that goes forward. ”Read one statement allegedly written by Enrique Tarrio, the far-right president of the Proud Boys, and sent to members of Group Telegram Channel, an encrypted messaging app.
Thousands of users flocked to Telegram as social media companies took action to fire far-right groups and conspiracy theorists from their platforms.Twitter shut down more than 70,000 accounts related to QAnon, the conspiracy theory it claims. That satanic worshipers, secret democracy, government administration and Amazon suppressed Parler, Twitter’s conservative alternative from web hosting services.
Telegram has also destroyed many of its own, white supremacist and neo-Nazis, experts said in Telegram, some users urging followers to abandon plans for a second protest in Washington in favor of the attack. A surprise across the country
“These lizards, with locations outside DC all over the country, might have hell nearby in your overpass state,” wrote one channel curator. “Will soldiers deploy everywhere? They can’t “
Some members of Congress have sought personal safety after Trump supporters threatened them at their homes, saying one person familiar with the matter spoke out for the conditions of anonymity to protect. Lawmakers from becoming a bigger target
There are some indications that in the event that Trump doesn’t have a clear direction, groups are working to organize in their communities.
One telegram message on the far right channel called “Boogaloo Intel Drop” tells followers to “feel your local area and bring your friends together.” The message said they should find other angry people. Grudge about the death of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by police while attacking the Capitol.
“No, we won’t tell you that The message continued, advising followers to be “intelligent and independent”.
In the weeks since the attacks on government agencies, members of the Boogaloo channel have been cheering on the respect of Trump supporters of police and calling for further action.Boogaloos has long been an advocate of police violence. And it doesn’t have the same idea as other far-right groups about enabling law enforcement officers.
Experts say that although the extremists are loosely organized, they are firmly united in the belief that the election was stolen, an idea that will last long after Trump leaves the White House.
“The exciting narrative that something has been taken from them, stolen, is basically a gift that the president has given them by others and is likely to move some extremists like it. At least four years, ”said Oren Segal, vice president of the Center on Extremism at the Anti-Defamation League.
Katz, a terrorist researcher, said: “This move is not something we would remove from social media or make it disappear by shutting down the mainstream media. As we have seen with other extremist movements, the extremist groups behind the city hall blockade will become more radical as they are pushed into less moderated online venues. “
Ellen Nakashima, Mark Berman and Marissa J. Lang contributed to this report.