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Unjust Prison Sentences for the January 6th Protesters Paint a Picture of the Official Narrative
Amid the acquittal of three additional men in the Michigan governor kidnapping entrapment scheme set up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), bringing the total liberated from unjust prison terms to five out of fourteen, we are again faced with an informant issue pertaining to the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. In fact, last week, it was revealed that there were so many “confidential human sources” (paid informants) from various field offices among the crowd that the FBI was actually unable to account for all of them. We already knew that informants were present around the Capitol from Director Chris Wray’s testimony in front of the House Homeland Security Committee and Representative Clay Higgins, but if the FBI had so many informants on the ground and had intelligence that there would likely be a riot or some form of violence weeks prior, why did it do nothing to try to stop the attack or initiate a serious investigation?
Since increased funding and relevancy in the wake of a new war on terror are motivating factors for the bureau, it should not be surprising that it conveniently overlooked what would turn into a riot. All agencies and departments want more money, so that part makes sense, but why are the sentences being pushed against the participants so harsh, considering that the FBI wanted the event to occur and likely provoked or encouraged the protesters into trespassing in the Capitol (entrapment)?
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This is an extremely important question, given what appears to be a politically-motivated series of indictments against former President Donald Trump, all four of which were delayed for years and timed perfectly to coincide with the 2024 election season and were initiated by prosecutors of the Democratic Party, including the current Biden administration. Any honest observer of January 6th would consider that Trump told the protesters, “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence!....We have to have peace, so go home.” Yet, the Left, which hangs on every despicable thing that the former president says and takes it seriously, conveniently leaves that part out of the conversation and dishonestly associates him with the violence (the Left also ignores the fact that Trump authorized the National Guard to be deployed to the Capitol, but it was not taken seriously by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser).
For partisan and subjective purposes, it is considered heresy to show that the Capitol Police allowed protesters into the building and even escorted Jacob Chansley (QAnon Shaman) around the hallways (Chansley was released early from his forty-one-year prison sentence, and this seems to have coincided with new tapes that were released as evidence that the police allowed him to walk around). Tucker Carlson’s publication of video footage (over objections from a crying Senator Chuck Schumer) that the Democratic Party intentionally withheld from Americans (facts are pesky things) showed exactly what happened on that day and makes it extremely clear (if you are not blinded by hatred of Trump and his supporters) that police were standing around and not doing anything to stop the protesters, thereby proving that the actions of most of the protesters were not violent or seen as a threat by the officers on the scene (Tucker Carlson was fired from Fox News shortly after, showing that the corporate media is only interested in parroting the official narrative of dangerous Trumpists participating in an “insurrection”).
The Trump-hating cult has created a conspiracy theory by connecting the events of January 6th, which was clearly not an armed insurrection (or a coup, or anything of the sort), with the fake electors scheme highlighted in two of the indictments against Trump. By painting Trump as a grand conspirator and rebel leader that is a continuing threat to democracy, we now have at least half of the country conditioned into believing that the January 6th excessive prison sentences are justified.
However, even progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin spoke out in criticism for how some of the January 6th protesters were being treated. In fact, some of them were held in solitary confinement before their trials (in violation of leftists’ proclaimed principles against solitary confinement and holding prisoners without bail or bond). Defendants like Edward Lang, Ronald Sandlin, and Lisa Eisenhart unsuccessfully challenged solitary detention and attempted to make public appeals. Ryan Samsel was potentially beaten and given permanent eye damage by prison guards, and other prisoners-without-bail talked about lack of access to medical supplies or monitoring. The left-moving and now partisan American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which usually opposes solitary confinement, was nowhere to be found in the defense of January 6th prisoners (the organization’s petitions should read, “Stop Use of Solitary Confinement, Unless the Prisoners Disagree with Us Politically”). By keeping the political prisoners in a state of “mental torture,” the federal government was attempting to teach them a lesson and tell other would-be trespassers and assaulters that they might face unreasonable punishments if they try to voice their opinions and protest in the Sacred Cathedral of Democracy.
The need to get harsher sentences and use door-bashing law enforcement home invasions and other violent tactics to round up all of the “insurrectionists,” as admitted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Mona Sedky in the context of the arrest of Paul Hodgkins, was because, “A lesser sentence would suggest to the public, in general, and other rioters, specifically, that attempts to obstruct official proceedings are not taken seriously.” Instead, “The need to deter others is especially strong in cases involving domestic terrorism.” There you have it, folks. The punishments were political in nature and a way to eliminate opponents of the Democratic Party, and they were not about handing about just sentences that fit the crime.
Some of the 1,146 defendants, of which 623 have currently received sentences (some of the trials are not so speedy), only faced misdemeanor punishments, but 378 have served or are in the process of serving prison time. Although Hodgkins, for example, received only eight months in prison for obstruction of a congressional meeting, others have received sentences that will last for years. Richard Barnett was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for simply putting his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Clearly, Pelosi was embarrassed, so she would want her enemy locked up for a very long time for such a minor offense.
Kelly Meggs, who was the leader of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers, allegedly coordinated financing and planning to bring people to the Capitol and ushered in an alliance between the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys (and 3%ers), and he was sentenced to twelve years of incarceration. Although the evidence of preparations for violence were limited to potential clashes with Antifa and not law enforcement, that does not stop the Left from pushing the narrative that the militias came out to do battle with police (do not let facts get in the way of a good story). Other Oath Keepers, Jessica Watkins and Kenneth Harrelson, received eight-and-a-half and four years, respectively, while several other Oath Keepers have been sentenced for obstruction of government business (the government disrupts our lives regularly and sends in armed agents to enforce arbitrary laws, but God forbid that the people disrupt government proceedings).
Incredibly, the head and founder of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for “seditious conspiracy” and was not even present inside the Capitol. Yes, he received the second longest sentence despite the fact that he never stepped foot inside the building (it was argued that he coordinated the event and was in contact with others who had stormed the domed structure). In what seems like an inappropriate remark for a neutral public official, Judge Amit Mehta said, “You, sir, present an ongoing threat and peril to this country, to the republic and the very fabric of our democracy.” Aside from a judge displaying his opinion, the mentality of the narrative of January 6th as a dangerous insurrection was on full display in the judicial system, thus proving that the protesters have become political prisoners and cannot receive fair trials due to judges being partial against them and believing that their actions were a threat to democracy.
Judge Timothy Kelly echoed the same sentiments as Judge Mehta when he handed down the twenty-two-year sentence against Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio and said, “Our country was founded as an experiment in self-government by the people, but it cannot long endure if the way we elect our leaders is threatened with force and violence.” Again, clearly these judges had preconceived biases that led to the handling of the cases. Just like in the Rhodes case, Tarrio was not present at the Capitol, but unlike Rhodes, Tarrio was not even in Washington, D.C. and still got the longest sentence of anyone (at the time of this writing). His sentence stems from him allegedly having been in contact with his “co-conspirators,” Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean.
Biggs received a seventeen-year sentence, and Nordean got eighteen years in prison (for “planning” the group’s march, and this is same length as Rhodes’ sentence). Tarrio, Biggs, Nordean, and others have argued that they were not attempting to overthrow the government (they would have brought heavy weapons, ammunition, tanks, and fighter jets if that were the plan), and Tarrio specifically argued that he was “not a political zealot.” However, since the justice system was biased against them, and the individuals in the jury could not have reasonably been objective since the insurrection narrative was blasted everywhere and on every channel and major news site, these men and women were charged with the harshest sentences possible. To be fair, those who broke windows or knocked down barricades or wrestled with police should be charged accordingly, but they should not be charged for causing a minor delay of a congressional ceremony or face punishment for “seditious conspiracy” (absolutely ridiculous).
Proud Boys member Zachary Rehl, who encouraged people to push past police and enter the Capitol, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison, while another protester, Ray Epps, was on video footage encouraging (and even organizing) people to “go into the Capitol” on January 5 and 6 (he bragged to his nephew that he had “orchestrated” the entire Capitol storming). Instantly, people in the crowd yelled that Epps was a federal agent (it must have seemed pretty obvious), and the fact that he was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list and then was mysteriously taken off right before January 6th has also raised suspicion that he was an informant (the FBI denies this, but the bureau lies constantly, so this should not be believed at face value).
Not surprisingly, every corporate news source has been parroting the “targeted by a Jan. 6 conspiracy theory” in the headlines to manipulate people away from questioning Epps’ role, and not only is this suspicious, but this just shows that there is propaganda being spewed out instead of journalism. Genuine journalists would ask questions and try to get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding Epps, not simply go along with the narrative. There should be at least some curiosity on the part of a few reporters, but they all echo the same lines. I wonder why.
If Tarrio and Rhodes were not at the Capitol and were still charged with “seditious conspiracy” and inciting an insurrection, surely Epps’ actions warranted the same multiple-decade prison sentence. Yet, he was not even arrested until recently and was charged last week with a misdemeanor for “disorderly or disruptive conduct” (no jail time). This is either a huge miscarriage of justice and the man got lucky (and the federal government was willing to look past his role in inciting the event), or there is something suspicious going on that would lead many to believe that Epps was indeed an informant. Prosecutors and judges threw the book at the other January 6th protesters, but Epps receives a slap on the wrist for doing the exact same thing as they did. Additionally, Epps lied under oath when he said that he had left the Capitol grounds for a hotel, but time stamps from cameras show that he remained on site.
We know that January 6th was not a well-organized and pre-planned event and that the Proud Boys were not intending to storm the Capitol that day, from an FBI informant (and by what we can see and read with our own eyes). We also are now aware that the FBI conducted unwarranted and illegal searches (using foreign intelligence sources) on those participating or associated with January 6th, potentially asked informants to gather information on the defendants and the lawyers representing them, and has been unconstitutionally targeting people who hold conservative and libertarian views. January 6th gave the Democratic Party its “day of infamy” event that can used to engage in a war on domestic terrorism and imprison political opponents. Just ask Kamala Harris how she thinks the day compares to September 11, 2001 and December 7, 1941. January 6th has now been ingrained in our society and history as a symbol of insurrection, even though it clearly did not happen the way that it was portrayed. As a result, many people who simply trespassed in the Sacred Cathedral of Democracy have had their lives ruined, and the rest of us who do not comply with the narrative are next.
For additional content on January 6th, please check out the below:
Part 1 – “The Second Anniversary of January 6th: Will We Ever Know the Full Truth of the Federal Government’s Involvement?”
Part 2 – “Militarization on January 6th: An Account of Police Brutality and Excessive Force”
Part 3 – “Keep Your Eyes Closed to the Truth of January 6th: The Mainstream Push to Ignore New Evidence that Contradicts the Narrative of That Day”
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