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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

Oath Keepers court updates

New court documents detail some of the specifics of the Oath Keepers’ ‘Quick Reaction Force’ (QRF) staged for the storming of the US Capitol Building on J6. This includes details about the group’s quartermaster’s stay at a Comfort Inn across the Potomac River in Virginia (where firearms are legal, versus a weapons ban in DC). Multiple defendants in ongoing conspiracy cases have also had their discussions about the QRF in Signal chats included as evidence, which perhaps seems to indicate that this aspect was more serious than defendants have pushed in the press since the storming itself.

On top of that, though, one of the co-founders of the Oath Keepers who was present at the storming is the first Oath Keeper to plead guilty and agree to turn over all information he has on the group and J6 organizers. Jon Schaffer, this Oath Keepers member, is also the guitarist and frontman of a metal band.

In semi-related news, a new report indicates that Capitol police were directed to exercise restraint against those storming the grounds.


Other updates:

Another III%-linked armed assault against interracial couples in Columbia, South Carolina was reported this past week. This is the second time in 3 weeks that this has happened in the SC capital city.

Sons of Confederate Veterans were denied a permit for their ‘Confederate Memorial Day’ event at Stone Mountain for the first time in its 20 year tradition. The park said that holding such an event would present them with a “clear and present danger to public safety”. Instead of hosting an event in the park on the 26 April, the SCV’s “mechanized cavalry” rode motorcycles around the park this Saturday the 17th. Some came armed and the group received a police escort. Last August, the park denied a permit to a collection of militia groups who ended up showing in the nearby town of Stone Mountain anyway, where they clashed with anti-racists who showed in opposition. More on that can be read here:

A nationwide call for a “White Lives Matter” day of action on Sunday 11 April mostly fizzled out last week as WLM telegram channels cancelled events or turned out to be honeypots set up by anti-fascists. In Huntington Beach, California, several neo-Nazis and a KKK leader were involved in planning and showed up, and a man with a swastika tattoo punched an Asian man who showed as part of a counter-demonstration. In Fort Worth, Texas, a small cohort of right-wing demonstrators showed but were outnumbered 5-to-1. A man in a Hawaiian shirt circled the counter-demonstration on a motorcycle, making a cutthroat sign with his finger as he rode past.

The Solano County Sheriff now says that the FBI found no evidence to indicate his deputies were members of “extremist organizations” after an investigative report by Open Vallejo indicated that many very much were. The response is laughably bad and seems to completely avoid the majority of the content from the original investigation. It is being called out as such already. Chris Pratt has still not given word about his police officer brother making III% woodworking products being a central point of the piece.

The Null brothers, of Wolverine Watchmen notoriety, were released from house arrest and relieved of their curfew this past week. The men will still be monitored via GPS as part of their bond.

A sovereign citizen movement in Arkansas was rebuked by a local court on a 6-5 decision against their hope to adopt a “Bill of Rights sanctuary ordinance” for their locality.

Once more demonstrating their coziness with law enforcement, a Virginia county militia donated medical bags with $500 of medical supplies to the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office.


Further reading:

  • An opinion on how the GOP bears responsibility for far-right violence (WaPo)
  • On the continued tension over a ‘non-profit’ militia-style organization and their shooting grounds near San Diego (Escondido Grapevine)

Also be sure to read our newest piece, here:

(MilitiaWatch was also briefly mentioned on 60 Minutes yesterday. You can watch the full segment on the Oath Keepers here.)


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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: 22 Mar 21


MilitiaWatch would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends, family, and communities impacted by the brutal attacks on Atlanta-area spas this past week. It’s an absolute tragedy and our hearts ache for those impacted.

This week, the update features the following and more:

  • Ammon Bundy spends night in jail for missing court date due to refusal to don mask
  • Texas III% member arrested in connection to J6 planned to use LLC to purchase weapons for militia group
  • Michigan militia was prepared to engage police or feds in combat, informant details
  • ODNI releases ridiculous ‘terror’ risk report

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Weekly: 15 Mar 21


Beware the Ides of March! This week, we dive into some of the news about the following:

  • Neo-Nazi arrested on illegal possession of a firearm, seems to think old crimes don’t count
  • Wolverines informant says he got involved via Facebook
  • DOJ charges to soon target Oath Keepers more aggressively
  • Bundy hints at equating mask mandate protests to a revolutionary struggle

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Weekly: 1 Feb 2021


This week, more developments covered in the update, including:

  • Updates on Capitol Police response to J6, regarding both preparation and individual response
  • III% caught with pipe bombs, texting friend planning to use them against “Twitter or the democrats”
  • Wolverine Watchmen member plans to cooperate with Feds
  • Kansas III% members lose appeal in bomb plot
  • GOP member links to militias continue to be unearthed
  • DHS bulletin indicative of new trajectory?

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Weekly: 11 Jan 2021


The last week has been a big one, to say the least! Here’s a weekly update covering some of the following, in very broad strokes:

  • The storming of the US Capitol Building
  • Militias and other militant far-right groups show at multiple state capitol buildings
  • Social media platform revolt

You’ve likely already read a lot of this, given how high up in the news it’s been this past week, so this one is going to be mainly for record-keeping.


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Weekly Update: 21 December 2020


Happy Winter Solstice and (almost) Merry Christmas! This will be the final weekly update for 2020, so Happy New Year, too. Keeping this one a bit minimal, especially as the updates remain a little light this week. Just an update on the Michigan kidnapping case and a couple of readings from around the web.


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Weekly Update: 16 Nov 2020


After a two-week hiatus from weekly updates focusing on some election-related work, a return for the fourth MW weekly news round-up. It’s a long one this week. Here’s the weekly(ish) update for 16 November 2020.


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Weekly Update: 26 Oct 2020


In the third MW weekly news round-up, a roundup of coverage of MilitiaWatch/ACLED’s election violence report, updates on last week’s stories, and some new stories from the week. These new happenings are then related to reading within the MW archives and around the web. Here’s the weekly(ish) update for 26 October 2020.


Norm Olsen, of the notorious Michigan Militia, denounced the Wolverine Watchmen militia’s plot

Olsen now lives in Alaska and started a new, non-Michigan project there years ago. However, he did tell journalists that he was sympathetic to anger against Wolverine Watchmen militia’s target, Michigan Governor Whitmer.


The American Patriot Council, an off-shoot from Michigan re-open protests taken national, looked to hold a 40-location national “Freedom March” series of rallies,

(instead, they held fewer than a dozen)

Ryan Santistevan wrote up a good brief on the organization, available here.


MilitiaWatch + ACLED release risk assessment report

Our report, drawn from data from the past five months, the literature on elections violence, and analysis based on knowledge of right-wing networked violence, we identified five high-risk states and five moderate-risk states. Read the report on ACLED’s site, here. Militia groups covered in the report include the III%, covered extensively here. (Please indulge for a moment, MW rarely gets this sort of coverage)

The report has been covered, for example in:
Local outlets, including:

Other stories:

NPR did a profile of Idaho III%er and GOP State Senate candidate, Eric Parker. Parker was kicked off of Facebook during the summer purges and was highly involved in Bundy Ranch organizing.

Michigan sheriffs/police have indicated they will refuse to enforce bans on guns at polling places this season, despite the alleged planned kidnapping of Michigan’s governor.


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Weekly Update: 19 Oct 2020


In the second MW weekly news round-up, some updates on last week’s stories and some updates on some much older stories, too. These new happenings are then related to reading within the MW archives and around the web. Here’s the weekly(ish) update for 19 October 2020.