Was January 6 a ‘Fedsurrection’?
Jan. 7, 2022 (EIRNS)—Although numerous people have been charged and held without bail for the events of January 6, 2021 not a single one of those defendants has been charged with insurrection or treason. These defendants, charged with trespassing or property crimes, are in prison following a “shock and awe” prosecutorial approach.
Revolver website reports, in a detailed article from December 2021, that there are numerous individuals—clearly identified in publicly sourced video—who played significant roles in setting up and implementing the storming of the Capitol who have never been charged, and who in at least one case, have been removed from the FBI’s most wanted list.
The most famous of these is Ray Epps, who spent the evening of Jan. 5 going through the streets organizing Trump supporters in town for the rally the next day to “go into the Capitol.” The morning of Jan. 6, he told people assembling for Trump’s speech and rally outside the White House, that they should head to the Capitol as soon as Trump concluded his speech. And when they arrived at the Capitol, they were able to enter the restricted area of its grounds through a location where the fence had been removed by a show of force with Epps at its head, a breach of the perimeter launched just a minute after Capitol Police began responding to reports of what were supposedly pipe bombs at the headquarters of the two main parties.
Ray Epps, about whose actions on Jan. 6 readers can find more details in the Revolver article, was placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List” on Jan. 8, 2021, where he was still listed in late June 2021, when the New York Times and Revolver both published stories wondering why he had not yet been charged. Pressure was brought to bear on the FBI to respond to this conundrum. Their response was peculiar.
They removed his name from the Most Wanted List, and investigated citizen reporters trying to learn more about Epps themselves.
Revolver launched a study of footage to determine other people that Epps coordinated with on Jan. 6, with shocking results.
The apparent “team” that took down the first set of metal barricades surrounding the Capitol made its move at around 12:50 p.m., while Trump was still speaking. Members of that team removed fencing and “Restricted Area” signs, leading some rally goers arriving later to believe that the west side lawn of the Capitol was open to pedestrians (as it usually was). The breach was formed at the entrance to the Capitol grounds that rally attendees would first reach on marching to the Capitol. One of the fence removers was waiting at the site since 12:31 p.m., 20 minutes before the breach and 17 minutes before the arrival of the Proud Boys.
Also waiting outside the entrance at 12:31 was a man who would play a leading role in directing people toward and into the Capitol. Known as “#NWScaffoldCommander” (or ScaffoldCommander in the Revolver piece), he mounted the press scaffold designed for Inauguration Day photographers. From his command post, he barked incessant orders through a megaphone for people to “move forward.” Once the Capitol doors were opened, he commanded: “Okay we’re in! We’re in! Come on! We gotta fill up the Capitol! Come on! Come now! We need help! We gotta fill up the Capitol!” To what sort of person would filling the Capitol be an end in itself? When another man on the scaffold spoke by bullhorn to raise issues of cancel culture and election reform, ScaffoldCommander insisted that this was unnecessary—“Tell them to move forward! That’s all they need to know right now!”
Like Ray Epps telling people the night before that entering the Capitol was the goal and everything else was “a distraction” that “doesn’t matter.” ScaffoldCommander was on a mission.
But there are more!
Revolver also details the case of a man involved in breaching the barricades, who the day before claimed to have been on a “Hippies for Trump,” but that had been stopped by half a dozen D.C. police cars right in front of the Justice Department itself, in which a number of guns were found! Yet this man, “BlackSkiMask,” has not been identified or charged with the events of Jan. 6.
On Jan. 4, Capitol Police Chief Stephen Sund requested back-up personnel. He was denied. He asked for the declaration of a “State of emergency” at the Capitol but was denied. The next day, a bus carrying guns rolled up right in front of the Justice Department, but still nothing was done—and that event was barely reported in the press on Jan. 6.
All told, the FBI spends hundreds of millions of dollars on sources and sting operations every year. It grants permission to its informants to commit crimes—thousands per year.
Is that why Ray Epps has been removed from the Most Wanted List, not been arrested, and been omitted from the list of people whose phone records were subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee? Wouldn’t seeing who he called and texted be of interest to those supposedly eager to get to the bottom of events claimed to be as grave a threat to American “democracy” as Pearl Harbor, 9/11, or the Civil War? Why has the scaffold commander never been charged or placed on the Most Wanted List?
The DOJ and Congress seem committed to not finding answers to these questions. Will the Jan. 6 defendants be able to pry out such information in order fully to defend themselves?
Or are political solutions required?