US CAPITOL RIOTERS INCLUDED TRAINED EX-MILITARY, POLICE

Written by on January 15, 2021

AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS MASSED OUTSIDE THE US CAPITOL LAST WEEK AND SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, A LINE OF MEN WEARING OLIVE-DRAB HELMETS AND BODY ARMOUR TRUDGED PURPOSEFULLY UP THE MARBLE STAIRS IN A SINGLE-FILE LINE, EACH MAN HOLDING THE JACKET COLLAR OF THE ONE AHEAD.

THE FORMATION, KNOWN AS “RANGER FILE”, IS A STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR A COMBAT TEAM THAT IS “STACKING UP” TO BREACH A BUILDING – INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE TO ANY US SOLDIER OR MARINE WHO SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

IT WAS A CHILLING SIGN THAT MANY AT THE VANGUARD OF THE MOB THAT STORMED THE SEAT OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY EITHER HAD MILITARY TRAINING OR WERE TRAINED BY THOSE WHO DID. A REVIEW BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS AGENCY OF PUBLIC RECORDS, SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS AND VIDEOS SHOWS AT LEAST 21 CURRENT OR FORMER MEMBERS OF US MILITARY OR LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS BEING AT OR NEAR THE US CAPITOL AT THE TIME OF THE RIOT, WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHERS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT NOT YET NAMED


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