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Zello, Operator II: Severed networks and those that remain


This article follows up a previous MilitiaWatch article on the use of Zello, a free walkie-talkie app, by the US-based armed far-right, including aggressive activists working in support of former president Donald Trump. That article with visualizations is available here:

Since that article, further investigation of right-wing militant groups’ use of Zello resulted in the direct recording of it being used at the 6 January storming of the US Capitol Building. This was then published in The Guardian. As references in that article, a list of over 800 channels was sent to Zello with a request for comment. Zello subsequently announced that they had banned 2000 militia-related channels, though they described groups’ use of the platform as “social media vanity messaging”. An On the media podcast covering this can be listened to at this link.

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Weekly: 7 Jun 21


Happy June! Here’s another week’s update on what militias and the associated far-right has been up to, including:

  • A second person pleads guilty to J6 charges, Feds seek more
  • Some J6 attendees blame QAnon for their actions
  • Texas Boogaloo adherent pleads guilty

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Weekly: 31 May 21

Happy Memorial Day to those who have or whose family and friends have lost life and limb in US wars. Here’s another weekly update from MW, which includes the following:

  • J6 arrestee says cops didn’t tell him not to storm the capitol
  • National Guard leaves DC
  • Bundy announces run for governor
  • Grandmaster Jay and Kyle Rittenhouse have legal updates

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Weekly (x2): 24 May 21


MilitiaWatch took a break from weekly updates last week so this week’s update covers the last two-ish weeks. Here are some high-level highlights:

  • “National Popcorn Day” Boogaloo planning unearthed for Inauguration
  • First active-duty officer arrested in connection to J6
  • Kenosha police release token trophies
  • Polo-wearing AR-15 brandisher runs for office
  • DHS establishes CP3

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Weekly: 10 May 21


Here’s another weekly update from MilitiaWatch, covering some of the following:

  • Minnesota Boogaloo Boy joins comrade, pleads guilty to terror charges
  • Wisconsin man charged with terrorism for Wolverine plot involvement
  • Georgia Stone Mountain participant charged for role in J6
  • 6th state this year passes “2A Sanctuary” legislation

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Weekly: 3 May 21


This weekly update features some of the following:

  • Formations of a few militia groups in CA and elsewhere
  • Boogaloo adherent and defense contractor charged in TX and NM
  • Wolverine Watchmen planned to blow up a commuter bridge
  • Georgia cop outed as Nazi leader, arrested with 11 illegal guns
  • Ammo shortages impacting militia training

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Weekly: 26 Apr 21


Another brief weekly update, spanning some of the following:

  • A militia training site refuses to shut down
  • Zello Tapes now available to the public
  • More Proud Boys arrested for their role in J6

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Weekly: 19 April 21


Another Monday, another weekly update. Here’s a glimpse at what’s covered in this brief piece:

  • An OK founder pleads guilty; the QRF looks more material
  • III% adherents assault interracial couples for second time in three weeks in SC
  • Wolverine Watchmen brothers removed from house arrest

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Weekly (x2) : 12 Apr 21


After a hiatus last week, we catch up with two weeks’ worth of weekly updates, including the following:

  • Texas MyMilitia poster plotted to blow up an Amazon data center
  • California Boogaloo adherents arrested for destroying evidence
  • Another Proud Boys leader revealed as a Fed
  • APC founder announces run for Michigan governor
  • III% members assault SC couple at gunpoint
  • Mother of Kyle Rittenhouse calls for audit of funds raised by Lin Wood

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Weekly: 29 Mar 21


Chag sameach to those observing and happy Holi to those celebrating! Here’s a weekly round-up that’s a bit shorter than the last few weeks. This one covers the following:

  • SC Senators aim to make all Palmetto State residents militia members
  • Court docs indicate attempted “alliance” between Oath Keepers, III%, and Proud Boys
  • Virginia sheriff’s office and county militia hold joint gun raffle