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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: 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: 8 Mar 2021


This week’s update features some of the following:

  • Boogaloo adherent arrested for trying to escalate violence at BLM protests
  • Congress getting canceled over vague fears of a ‘militia threat’
  • The Oath Keepers’ J6 “QRF”
  • Gosar offers a public endorsement of fascism

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Weekly: 1 Mar 2021


Happy March, here’s another weekly update. This week, the following is covered:

  • Further J6 updates, such as Greene’s connections to Capitol stormers
  • More legal updates, including The Base attempting to set up a white ethnostate in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Other updates, like the revealing of a campaign photo of a sheriff posing with a Q fanatic

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Weekly: 22 Feb 2021


Another Monday, another weekly update. Shorter than last few weeks. Covered here includes the following:

  • More J6 updates, focusing on OH, GA, and the group make-up of the stormers
  • Legal updates for Rittenhouse and New England Minutemen
  • “Recall Newsom” drama aimed at San Diego mayor

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Weekly: 15 Feb 2021


Another weekly update covering the past week or so in the news. This week, the update features stories about the following:

  • Roger Stone’s OK security detail as a common feature at far-right gatherings
  • More FBI/US military/local police connections to militia movements
  • Boogaloo adherents arrested, Rittenhouse not re-arrested

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Weekly: 8 Feb 2021


This week, another update with the following included:

  • More J6 updates, including a terror designation by Canada
  • Rittenhouse not at home, bond terms to be further revisited
  • New GA militant coalition announced
  • Sugar Pine mine case moves forward
  • Michigan pursuing further gun restrictions
  • GOP candidate posts threatening message, photo of noose

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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 Update: 4 January 2021


After a brief hiatus to celebrate the holidays away from keeping up with all of this so directly, the weekly update returns with some quick review of the past little bit of time.

Since around 20 December, a lot has happened:

  • Updates on the Rittenhouse trial
  • Charges against a former III% leader
  • III% group indicates they potentially plan to storm capitol building
  • CA police officer under scrutiny over right-wing bumper stickers
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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.