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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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Megatron96 01:59 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by HonestChieffan:
Mr McCloud seems way more wired in to the things

Dont make light of the goings on in our country today
:-)
Here's what I'm not going to do: I'm not going to jump on the "fear-mongering" bandwagon, like the OP seems willing to do.

Historically speaking, the emotionally driven lemming-types are wrong most of the time. Like about 90+% of the time.

You know, like when the turn of the century was impending, and the "sky is about to fall" people were adamant that your computer was going to flip out and die some freaky death? Or the same nuts that thought that Obama was going to ban all guns and make 100 million Americans felons with the stroke of a pen? Or the same idiots that thought Trump was going to start a ground war with Iran?

So, yeah, I'm not going to jump on that wagon. Ymmv.
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DaneMcCloud 02:19 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by Megatron96:
:-)
Here's what I'm not going to do: I'm not going to jump on the "fear-mongering" bandwagon, like the OP seems willing to do.
It's not "fear-mongering" when the FBI clearly stated these threats on LIVE TV
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Megatron96 03:14 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud:
It's not "fear-mongering" when the FBI clearly stated these threats on LIVE TV
Seriously, Dane, are you saying that the government has never been wrong? That they've never over- or understated things in their history?

Obviously they have, more than a few times.

My only point here is everyone should take a breath, and consider the idea that some of us might be jumping the gun a bit.
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T-post Tom 09:13 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Already saw those this summer.
:-)
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DaneMcCloud 09:26 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by Megatron96:
Seriously, Dane, are you saying that the government has never been wrong?
More "Whataboutism". Big shocker.

There was a homegrown terrorist attack at the nation's Capitol last week, with coordination. Since then, the FBI has stated that it has uncovered a plot to attack all 50 state capitals and has asked citizens to remain vigilant yet you continue with nonsensical comments.

And for the record, Sacramento is 385 miles from where I live, so I'm not concerned about my safety, nor do I need to "relax".
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GloryDayz 10:08 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud:
It's not "fear-mongering" when the FBI clearly stated these threats on LIVE TV
FBI....


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Prison Bitch 10:09 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
FBI....



He’s a satanic poofter
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