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Two retired Indiana police officers have been named in a leak connected to the Oath Keepers militia group, WLFI reports.
The group Distributed Denial of Open Secrets leaked about 5 gigabytes of data from the servers of the far-right group. As WLFI points out, the unidentified former officers haven't been arrested or charged.
"Greetings: I am a retired police Sergeant, Lafayette Police Department, 27 years. I want to become a member [of the Oath Keepers]. Checking to see if there is a chapter in Indiana," read a 2021 email from one of the retired Lafayette Police Department officers. The email was sent less than four months after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Another retired LPD officer is listed as an Oath Keepers member in a leaked membership log, where he says in his bio, "I gave an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America in the Unites States Army and the Lafayette Police Dept., I will defend that oath with my very last breath. I'm a Christian man with an allegiance to GOD and Country."
After being contacted by WLFI, he called the Capitol riots "a big, phony fiasco by the communist left."
"Anyone who doesn't believe the leftist government is trying to destroy our country has got their head in the sand," the retired officer said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Oath Keepers leak shows 696 sign-ups for the militia group across Indiana within the timeframe of several months from 2020-2021. "Among those sign-ups are six elected officials and 17 current and former members of law enforcement, military and first responder agencies," WLFI's report stated.
Read more at WLFI.
GOP candidate tells story about confronting Black family at restaurant -- and prefaces it by saying 'my wife is Mexican'
Jason Woolford, a Republican Michigan state representative candidate, recently told a story about confronting a Black family in a Cracker Barrel about why they're wearing face masks during a deadly pandemic when Democrats are purportedly killing Black babies by supporting abortion rights.
In a video flagged by WCPT 820's Heartland Signal, Woolford recently told The Gray Area Podcast that he was baffled to see a Black family wearing masks when they were sitting down at a restaurant, and he decided to ask them about it.
But before that, he threw in a disclaimer to seemingly establish his anti-racist credentials.
"I want people to listen very carefully here so this isn't taken the wrong way," he said. "Let me preface the story to this -- my wife is Mexican."
Woolford then went on to say that he doesn't like designating people by their skin color, which he finds divisive. He then nonetheless said that it was a Black family who was wearing masks at the restaurant, and he took the opportunity to question them about why they might vote for Democrats.
"I told them. I said, 'Don't you find it ironic that the people that are telling you to wear this mask are the same people who go into your inner cities and slaughter the babies of Blacks and Hispanics?" he asked them, despite the fact that he did not know if this particular family actually live in an "inner city."
"Those are the same people who are telling you they care about you and are telling you to wear that mask!" he said.
Watch the video below or at this link.
\u201cGOP MI state Rep. nom Jason Woolford recalls ranting at a Black family in Cracker Barrell about masks, prefacing with "my wife is Mexican, ok?":\n\n"The people who tell you to wear mask[s] are the same people who go into your inner cities and slaughter [Black and Hispanic babies]."\u201d— Heartland Signal (@Heartland Signal) 1664559952
Mike Flynn and allies 'have interviewed nearly 200 election officials' to identify weaknesses in the system: report
A new report from VoteBeat claims that former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn and his allies have interviewed more than 200 election officials across the United States to identify weaknesses in the system.
According to the report, Flynn and Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne have been conducting the interviews as part of a project called "Operation Eagles Wings," and the questions they're asking officials "reflect the same debunked conspiracies and misleading information about elections that Flynn and Byrne have been propagating for years."
Elections experts who spoke with VoteBeat claim that the responses to Flynn and Byrne's questions could be used to further fuel false conspiracy theories about voting in the United States.
“It seems consistent with their efforts to really understand how to manipulate the machinery of election administration in this country,” Ben Berwick, counsel at national nonprofit Protect Democracy, tells the publication.
Transcripts of interviews found by VoteBeat show that many elections officials were friendly in their interactions with representatives of Project Eagles Wings, but they also pushed back on false claims made by interviewers, such as when one interviewer insisted to election officials that dead people had voted in Harris County, Georgia.
Barry Burden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin, tells VoteBeat that he is not surprised that officials are being asked loaded questions about letting dead people vote, as both Byrne and Flynn "don’t have a good record of being fact-based and practical."