Covert Action Magazine
Amateurish planning, delayed police response and presence of agent provocateurs in crowd offers indication that Deep State was behind it.
On January 6, 2021—one year ago today—a mob of pro-Trump supporters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, causing more than $30 million in property damage and as many as seven deaths.
At that time, a Joint Session of Congress was convening to perform its constitutional obligation to count the electoral votes for President and Vice President and officially announce the results of the 2020 election, which the rioters viewed as illegitimate.
Upon entering the building, they disrupted the Joint Session of Congress, vandalized, and stole property, ransacked offices, and threatened the lives of elected leaders such as Vice President Mike Pence, who sanctioned the election result, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who had been branded as “the devil.”
In November, Fox News host Tucker Carlson caused a stir when he hosted a documentary series, “Patriot Purge” that branded the Capitol riots as a “false-flag” terrorist attack.
According to Carlson, the riots were provoked by violent left-wing antifa activists, the FBI and other intelligence agencies in an effort to discredit the pro-Trump movement and political right.
Carlson was derided by mainstream news outlets as a “conspiracy theorist” and compared to maligned figures such as Alex Jones, who hosts a show that aims to expose the nefarious machinations of the “deep state.”
But there is some substance to what Carlson is alleging—particularly with regards to the FBI and other intelligence agencies—though not with regards to Black Lives Matter and antifa.
Agent Provocateurs in the Crowd
“Patriot Purge” presents the view that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol included numerous agent provocateurs.
Witnesses indeed reported that they saw groups of men wearing camouflage uniforms and black gear who resembled provocateurs.
The New York Times reported in September that there were at least two FBI informants in the Capitol riot crowd. A study by Revolver News, a pro-Trump news site, found unindicted conspirators to be among the most aggressive.
Thomas Caldwell, leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, which was accused of being one of the chief organizers of the riot, was a former Naval Reserve intelligence officer and FBI agent. One of the unindicted co-conspirators was his wife.
Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, another chief organizer of the riot, was an FBI informant.
The very first breach of the Capitol’s police barricades at 12:50 p.m. was coordinated by a former Marine Sergeant from Arizona, Ray Epps, who was removed from the FBI’s Capital Violence Most Wanted List in July—one day after Revolver exposed the FBI’s protection of known Epps associate and Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes.
Rhodes had organized and activated a plan to use violence on 1/6 through a series of encrypted Signal messages beginning at 1:38 p.m.—as Trump concluded his speech at the National Mall and an hour before Oath Keepers lieutenants rushed the Capitol doors.
The FBI has been unable to identify one of Epps’s co-conspirators—despite having a full-frontal photo of him.
Another suspicious figure is John Sullivan, who filmed Ashli Babbitt being shot. He was exposed as an FBI provocateur who had infiltrated antifa and Black Lives Matters in order to cast them in a bad light and put them in jail.
A Poorly Planned Inside Job?
“Patriot Purge” includes an interview with Emily Rainey, a former army psychological officer who said that, if the “capitol riots was an insurrection, it was the most poorly planned ever.”
This would give credence to the theory that the riots were stage-managed, with an ulterior purpose. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) expressed belief that the riots were “an inside job.”
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) raised the question of possible collusion among some Capitol Police officers who pulled down barricades for the rioters and, in another instance, stopped for a photo with one of them.
House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told a radio station that Democrats did not yet know if the failures by Capitol Police were the result of “poor planning or whether it was because there was certain kinds of infiltration”—which is precisely what Carlson has suggested.