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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Extremists move to secret online channels to plan for Inauguration Day in D.C.
Pitt Gorilla 02:01 PM 01-12-2021
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/con...y-d-c-n1253876

Right-wing extremists are using channels on the encrypted communication app Telegram to call for violence against government officials on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, with some extremists sharing knowledge of how to make, conceal and use homemade guns and bombs.

The messages are being posted in Telegram chatrooms where white supremacist content has been freely shared for months, but chatter on these channels has increased since extremists have been forced off other platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.

Telegram is a Dubai-based messaging service that does little moderation of its content and has a sizable international user base, particularly in eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In the days since the Capitol attack, for example, a U.S. Army field manual and exhortations to "shoot politicians" and "encourage armed struggle" have been posted in a Telegram channel that uses "fascist" in its name.

Chris Sampson, chief of research at the defense research institute Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies, said his group is focused on and concerned about users of the channel and has alerted the FBI about it. (TAPSTRI is run by Malcolm Nance, an NBC News terrorism analyst.)

“When they start calling for assassinations, when they start calling for action versus sharing information, we flag them a little higher," said Sampson. "Some channels merely swap information, but then they accelerated into conversations of where to be.”

Documents shared via the channel's file manager include "US Army explosives and demolitions manual," and "US Army Engineer course," as well as white supremacist content.

A post explaining how to radicalize Trump supporters to neo-Nazism has also circulated on the channel as well as other far right extremist channels.

Extremists are aware that they are under scrutiny, however, and in the fallout of the riot have been using online platforms to recalibrate their movements.

On Monday the FBI sent a memo to law enforcement agencies warning about possible armed protests at all 50 state Capitols starting Jan. 16.

In response, some Trump supporters with extremist views have used encrypted platforms to post warnings about avoiding local rallies in the coming days and instead wait for a big turnout in Washington at Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

"Do not attend armed protests at state capitols before inauguration! Possible sinister plot hatched by radical left to take away gun rights!" someone posted in a Telegram chatroom with thousands of members favored by the far right.

After Jan. 6, far-right extremists starting posting calls to arms for "round 2" on Inauguration Day in Washington.

A "Million Militia March" is also being planned, as well as a "Million Martyr March," the latter in honor of Ashli Babbitt, a veteran and a Trump supporter who was fatally shot during the storming of the Capitol. Babbitt has been hailed as a "martyr" in multiple posts.

An NBC News review, however, found little concrete planning occurring online for these events.

Moving to Telegram

News updates and content meant to inspire people to fight for President Donald Trump still abound on mainstream platforms.

A video stoking fears about a stolen election and galvanizing those who might want to fight on behalf of Trump was on YouTube for 12 hours on Monday. Ominous music plays in the background as Trump speeches are woven together with biblical verses. The video was recently removed for "violating YouTube's Community Guidelines."

But far-right Telegram chat room membership has ballooned in recent days, particularly since the popular platform Parler, financed by the wealthy conservative backer Rebekah Mercer, went offline Monday after Amazon rescinded its web-hosting service.

There are multiple Telegram channels for the right-wing group called the Proud Boys, and the largest of them have more than 28,000 members. One channel frequented by Proud Boys has been renamed to attract ex-Parler users.

"Now that they forced us off the main platforms it doesn't mean we go away, it just means we are going to go to places they don't see," a user posted in the chatroom intended for refugees from Parler.

Membership in that channel has increased by more than 10,000 in recent days. In September, the chatroom had 1,365 members. On Monday, it hosted 15,990 members, according to Megan Squire, professor of computer science at Elon University and a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks online extremism.

Another channel intended for Proud Boys has gained 8,870 followers, a 54 percent increase, since Jan. 6.

All of Parler's public posts have been preserved by a researcher who uses the Twitter handle @donk_enby. Telegram users posted about it on Monday, saying there is no hope of retroactively deleting posts or identifying information.

Gab, another platform favored by the far right, was also offline on Monday.

Squire said that when extremists are forced to shift from one platform to another it "creates an opportunity" for them "to make mistakes and reveal identifying information."

But Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI assistant director and an NBC News national security analyst, said he worries about the double-edged sword when a platform known to host extremists is shut down.

"We had all this success with ISIS: We took out their command site but we also took away the ability to see the next lone wolf. We force them into the dark corners of the internet," Figliuzzi said.

"History repeats itself. We saw with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, they knocked these guys out and boom, where are they?"
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Marcellus 03:22 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Saulbadguy:
The Boomerwaffen are planning a coup over endless apps at TGI Fridays.
Y'all Queda is my favorite.
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Iowanian 03:22 PM 01-12-2021
It's very unifying......the left calling pretty much anyone who doesn't toe their line sinister names.....

ooooo......supremist......ooooooooo......extremist......


Fuck off.
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Iowanian 03:35 PM 01-12-2021
Do any of you recall the riots and busted windows and burned police cars and violence during Trump's welcome to DC party?
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2112 03:38 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Iowanian:
Do any of you recall the riots and busted windows and burned police cars and violence during Trump's welcome to DC party?
A comedian holds Trumps Bloody severed head and Madonna wants to blow up the White House. Peaceful liberals were just kidding.
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ChiTown 03:40 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Some might say it’s inflammatory.
"some" might be correct
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Marcellus 03:46 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by 2112:
A comedian holds Trumps Bloody severed head and Madonna wants to blow up the White House. Peaceful liberals were just kidding.
President Trump said:
"Let's blow up the white house!" Oh wait, that was Madonna.

President Trump said:
"Lock a 10 year old in a cage with child molesters." Oh wait, that was Peter Fonda about Barren Trump.

President Trump said:
"We need another John Wilks Booth!" Oh wait, that was Johnny Depp

President Trump said:
"I fantasize about standing over Donald Trump Jr.'s dead body!" Oh wait, that was Tom Arnold

President Trump:
*Holds up a bloody, decapitated head* oh wait, that was Kathy Griffith

President Trump:
*Shoots a likeness of Snoop Dog in a music video, has him in a body bag on his album cover* Oh wait, that was Snoop Dog about Trump

President Trump said:
"I'd like to take Biden behind a barn to beat him." Oh wait, that was Joe Biden about Trump

President Trump said:
"I dream of punching him in the face." Oh wait, that was Corey Booker, US Senator

President Trump said:
"Harass the staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them."
Oh wait, that was Maxine Waters, congresswoman

But according to the left wing media/DNC talking points, it's Trump with the hateful rhetoric... all in the name of TOLERANCE...

.... But they're all about peace and coming together, right? 🤔
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2112 03:51 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
President Trump said:
"Let's blow up the white house!" Oh wait, that was Madonna.

President Trump said:
"Lock a 10 year old in a cage with child molesters." Oh wait, that was Peter Fonda about Barren Trump.

President Trump said:
"We need another John Wilks Booth!" Oh wait, that was Johnny Depp

President Trump said:
"I fantasize about standing over Donald Trump Jr.'s dead body!" Oh wait, that was Tom Arnold

President Trump:
*Holds up a bloody, decapitated head* oh wait, that was Kathy Griffith

President Trump:
*Shoots a likeness of Snoop Dog in a music video, has him in a body bag on his album cover* Oh wait, that was Snoop Dog about Trump

President Trump said:
"I'd like to take Biden behind a barn to beat him." Oh wait, that was Joe Biden about Trump

President Trump said:
"I dream of punching him in the face." Oh wait, that was Corey Booker, US Senator

President Trump said:
"Harass the staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them."
Oh wait, that was Maxine Waters, congresswoman

But according to the left wing media/DNC talking points, it's Trump with the hateful rhetoric... all in the name of TOLERANCE...

.... But they're all about peace and coming together, right? 🤔
:-)
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NinerDoug 06:17 PM 01-12-2021
They won’t get anywhere near the Capitol on January 20.

But you have to wonder if they’ll shift their focus somewhere else.
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Bump 06:22 PM 01-12-2021
what a joke lol

this is being planned by your fbi, media on standby for it, hire some agitators and hope some idiots show up to get them to do something they normally wouldn't and then arrest them.

Then after that install laws that make it illegal to look at any website that isn't owned by google, apple, microsoft, amazon, CCP or yahoo.
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vailpass 06:24 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
Y'all Queda is my favorite.
Yep that’s a good one.
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DaneMcCloud 06:27 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Bump:
what a joke lol

this is being planned by your fbi, media on standby for it, hire some agitators and hope some idiots show up to get them to do something they normally wouldn't and then arrest them.

Then after that install laws that make it illegal to look at any website that isn't owned by google, apple, microsoft, amazon, CCP or yahoo.
:-)
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Bump 06:28 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
President Trump said:
"Let's blow up the white house!" Oh wait, that was Madonna.

President Trump said:
"Lock a 10 year old in a cage with child molesters." Oh wait, that was Peter Fonda about Barren Trump.

President Trump said:
"We need another John Wilks Booth!" Oh wait, that was Johnny Depp

President Trump said:
"I fantasize about standing over Donald Trump Jr.'s dead body!" Oh wait, that was Tom Arnold

President Trump:
*Holds up a bloody, decapitated head* oh wait, that was Kathy Griffith

President Trump:
*Shoots a likeness of Snoop Dog in a music video, has him in a body bag on his album cover* Oh wait, that was Snoop Dog about Trump

President Trump said:
"I'd like to take Biden behind a barn to beat him." Oh wait, that was Joe Biden about Trump

President Trump said:
"I dream of punching him in the face." Oh wait, that was Corey Booker, US Senator

President Trump said:
"Harass the staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them."
Oh wait, that was Maxine Waters, congresswoman

But according to the left wing media/DNC talking points, it's Trump with the hateful rhetoric... all in the name of TOLERANCE...

.... But they're all about peace and coming together, right? 🤔
"they thought you would follow the stars"
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Megatron96 06:29 PM 01-12-2021
"Secret online channels .. ." that everyone already knows about. Nice job there, Chicken Littles. What site do I go to for the "secret handshake?"
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NinerDoug 06:34 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Bump:
what a joke lol

this is being planned by your fbi, media on standby for it, hire some agitators and hope some idiots show up to get them to do something they normally wouldn't and then arrest them.

Then after that install laws that make it illegal to look at any website that isn't owned by google, apple, microsoft, amazon, CCP or yahoo.
LSD is not good for you.
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DaneMcCloud 06:37 PM 01-12-2021
Originally Posted by Megatron96:
"Secret online channels .. ." that everyone already knows about. Nice job there, Chicken Littles. What site do I go to for the "secret handshake?"
Are you really this naive?
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