Oath Keepers leader arrested: seditious conspiracy
We now have abundant evidence the Department of Justice has decided that the January 6th attack on the capital was more than “just a protest.” Someone could get twenty years in prison for planning, ordering and being involved in a grand conspiracy to overthrow the US government.
According to CNN, “The Justice Department has charged eleven defendants with seditious conspiracy related to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, including the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes. The new indictment, handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday (1-12-22) and made public Thursday, alleges that Rhodes and his co-conspirators engaged in a conspiracy to ‘oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force execution of laws governing the transfer of power.’”
So, let the games begin. In plain terms, sedition occurs when one conducts or incites people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch. The definition is more detailed in US law, “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”
If we were living in a different era and time, the punishment could have been death by firing squad. However, the arrest of Mr. Rhodes and the other ten indictments should serve as a warning shot across the bow of the USS Big Lie. While former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Minority Leader Keven McCarthy are playing footsy with the House Committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection, they might want to rethink their witness tampering and non-cooperation. If there was communication between them and any of these conspirators, they, too, could be charged with a major crime: seditious conspiracy. If they are waiting for the slow courts to help them avoid telling the truth to Congress, things will start moving much faster if they are arrested for sedition.
Rhodes was not in Washington on the day of the Capitol attack, he was in his command post in Virginia, but his communications, now in the hands of prosecutors, will speak to his involvement, influence and criminal acts. Most likely, Rhodes, much like his hero Donald Trump, has a great desire to attain martyr status and will not cop a plea. He’s proud that he was able to do what he did on January 6th and there will be no mea culpa. Trump might want to check and see if he, or any of his underlings made contact with Rhodes from December 11, 2020 to January 7th, 2021. This investigation is far from over and all of them could be scooped up.
I hope everyone involved in this travesty gets arrested and given the well-earned punishment they deserve. No one on the side of democracy will be satisfied until we learn how the confluence of Trump’s rhetoric, actions, inactions, and lack of responsible leadership let to this mess.
I would like to see the trial of Stewart Rhodes take place now. And if you were wondering what they did, here’s a quick recap:
Manner and Means
The conspirators carried out the conspiracy through the following manner and means, among others:
Preparing for and coordinating travel to Washington, D.C., to use force to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power;
Organizing into teams that were prepared and willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition into Washington, D.C.;
Recruiting members and affiliates to participate in the conspiracy;
Organizing trainings to teach and learn paramilitary combat tactics;
Bringing and contributing firearms, ammunition, and related equipment to the QRF* staging areas outside Washington, D.C.;
Bringing and contributing paramilitary gear, weapons, and supplies-including knives, batons, camouflaged combat uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets, eye protection, and radio equipment-to the Capitol grounds;
Breaching and attempting to take control of the Capitol grounds and building on January 6, 2021, in an effort to prevent, hinder, and delay the Certification of the Electoral College vote;
Using force against law enforcement officers while inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021;
Continuing to plot, after January 6, 2021, to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power; and
Using websites, social media, text messaging, and encrypted messaging applications to communicate with co-conspirators and others.
*Quick Response Force
I didn’t make this up and judging by all the gear they had brought to the insurrection, and planned to use during the after math, this was surely a pre-meditated, planned and perpatrated crime.
Should you be up for some pleasure reading, here is a copy of the entire 48-page indictment:
Anyone who reads the document and still defends these disillusioned, low-life traitors should be spanked so hard they cry out for their mommies.
Among many other things, January 6th is a total embarrassment. Should it be found that our former President was responsible for inciting events that tragic day, he must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
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