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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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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

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Weekly (x2): 12 Jul 21


Happy July, y’all. Here’s a two-week update after MilitiaWatch took last Monday off. There’s a lot to cover here, but here are some included:

  • Two new MilitiaWatch pieces (YCPT and III% Security Force)
  • Moorish group has armed standoff in Massachusetts
  • Stewart Rhodes talks to Feds, attends CPAC
  • III% tattoo spotted on Food Network participant
  • VA militia still raffling guns, gain writing position at local outlet

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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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Weekly: 28 Jun 21


Another short weekly update, covering some of the following:

  • NFAC shooter arrested
  • Bundy runs for governor
  • Church hosts Q event in Virginia
  • First J6 sentencing does not include jail time

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Weekly: 21 Jun 21


This week, a brief update covering some of the following:

  • Several police officers face consequences related to J6 riot
  • Ex-police chief uses charity to fund violence
  • Oath Keepers organization in turmoil, founder used funds from it on non-OK related goods

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Weekly: 14 Jun 21


This week, an update featuring some of the following:

  • More details emerge in Grizzly Scouts Boogaloo cases
  • Neo-Nazi provocateurs plead guilty to gun charges
  • J6 arrests near 500
  • Bundy followers threaten another standoff

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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: 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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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.