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The Georgia Home Guard: The trappings and rhetorical trap of a ‘defensive’ militia


MilitiaWatch was given files from the internal and semi-public communications of a Georgia-based militia group. These files, provided to MilitiaWatch by the Atlanta Antifascists, show extremely worrying plans that may be indicative of conversations within other contemporary militia groups. This piece assesses some of this content and provides context that may be useful to those looking to assess the psychic and social environments in which militias like this seek to engage.


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What Percent Remains?: III% Schisms during and after Trump


Unicorn Riot just hosted a leak from the III% Security Force’s Discord server, which is available to researchers here. Alongside the leak, they put out a very detailed analysis and context article that is well worth the read, too. The leaked messages cover January through April of 2021, totaling 8,358 messages.

This MilitiaWatch article, therefore, is intended to be a short companion piece to a Unicorn Riot leak and article. The group’s Discord served as a brief but important tool for the group after waves of bans and deplatforms spanning Facebook, Zello, YouTube, and more. This MilitiaWatch article serves to provide some background context but will briefly engage with the leaks further below.


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Monthly: Nov 22


After another hiatus (as is our pattern), we’re back with a MilitiaWatch Monthly–but dropping the podcast. Here are the broad strokes of November 2022. Read our last monthly (from March) here.

Also, feel free to follow us on Mastodon, where we share news excerpts in longer form than Twitter allows! We can be found here.


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Monthly: Mar 22


Another month, another MilitiaWatch Monthly. This time, we’re covering the broad strokes of March 2022. Read last month’s update here or January’s here. If you’d prefer to listen to an audio version of the information below, you may want to check out the MilitiaWatchMonthly podcast — an update covering February and March will be out soon. All MW updates (weeklies prior to 2022, monthlies from 2022 on) can be accessed via this link.


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Monthly: Feb 2022


After a bit of a delay in publication, the MilitiaWatch monthly update for February 2022 is here below. An audio version is forthcoming, and this post will be updated to include it as soon as it’s posted. All MW updates (weeklies prior to 2022, monthlies from 2022 on) can be accessed via this link.


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Monthly: January 2022


After a break in weekly updates, MilitiaWatch returns in 2022 with a monthly format instead. If you’d prefer to listen to a version of the information contained below, you may also want to check out the MilitiaWatchMonthly podcast here. All MW updates (monthlies now and weeklies before) can be accessed via this link.


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Birdspotting: A brief guide of spotting militia members in your area


This guide is intended to be a resource for community organizers and members of communities expecting to have far-right militia groups and their ilk entering their area in the near future. It is not a comprehensive guide but should provide a basic outline for identifying actors, deducing the politics of rallygoers, and assessing risk when coming up against these actors. A one-page black-and-white printable flyer is available for download for the 18 September 2021 DC rally here.

One-page flyers containing some of these images are available for download ahead of the DC rally here: Color | B&W

Note: This page was put live incomplete in order to make sure the information is out there ahead of time. Please refresh to read the most up-to-date copy.


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Why, CPT?: Meeting notes on Stewart Rhodes


This post is a follow-up from a previous MilitiaWatch exploration of the Yavapai County Preparedness Team, a dissident Arizona Oath Keepers chapter. The previous piece is available here:

As mentioned in the above piece, MilitiaWatch collected and transcribed the meetings of dozens of YCPT gatherings in the Prescott area. Most of the speaking is done by the YCPT’s founder and leader, Jim Arroyo. This post is meant to show the group leader’s public discussion of the founder and national leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes.

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TL;DR—Georgia Home Guard


This post is a summary meant to cover the in-depth work featured in the article here.


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Weekly: 26 July 21


Almost the end of July, the sixth month since the Capitol storming. This week, some updates on:

  • Recent J6 arrestees include aman in gladiator cosplay
  • Wolverine Watchmen-associated sheriff hires private eye to investigate voter fraud in his county, which went in favor of Trump
  • Boogaloo adherent takes plea deal on underage enticement charges

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Weekly: 19 July 21


Another Monday, another MilitiaWatch weekly. This week, we feature some of the following news events:

  • Member of racist prison gang pleads guilty to J6 charges
  • SC cop moved to admin duty over III% sticker on vehicle
  • CA militiamen charged for plotting to blow up Democrats
  • Nick Fuentes and others show up at CPAC, cringe ensues