BRUNSWICK, Ga. — For Wanda Cooper-Jones, the quest for justice after her son’s death was an arduous journey. When Ahmaud Arbery was killed in February of last year, local authorities looked the other way. Despite having the cellphone video of the 25-year-old being chased down by three white men and shot in the road, Glynn County police did not make any arrests. The night of the shooting, an investigator called Cooper-Jones and said her son was killed by a homeowner while he was committing a burglary. She immediately knew something was off. In the weeks that followed, the grieving mother demand...
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Donald Trump and the QAnon conspiracy theory allegedly motivated a Tennessee man charged with four federal counts for his alleged role on Jan. 6.
“What we were being told was that the FBI and the soldiers were standing behind Trump because it was a fraudulent election and arrests were going to be made,” Brooks said, referring to false claims that were spread by far-right media.
“President Trump asked that we march to the Capitol and so we did,” he said. “That could have got some extremists wound very tight. I can’t speak for them. I can only speak for myself.”
But even if he had known that Trump had decisively lost and that the world isn't run by a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, Brooks said he still would have traveled to DC for Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally.
“If had known then, what I know now, that all the QAnon, underground news stuff I was reading was false, I would’ve still went, but I would not have entered the Capitol building,” Brooks said.
Yet even after Jan. 6, Brooks was still spreading right-wing disinformation online.
"His Facebook page also-contained anti-Biden, anti-vaccine, anti-mask, anti–transgender, pro-Ashli Babbitt, and pro-Second Amendment material," Law & Crime reported on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack.
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Russia is planning a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine to set up a pretext for an invasion, according to U.S. intelligence.
A U.S. official told CNN that Russia has prepositioned operatives trained in urban warfare and explosives to sabotage their own proxy forces there, echoing claims made Friday by Ukraine's Ministry of Defense, which accused Russian special forces of preparing provocations intended to frame the nation.
"The Russian military plans to begin these activities several weeks before a military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February," the U.S. official said. "We saw this playbook in 2014 with Crimea."
National security adviser Jake Sullivan had said Thursday that U.S. intelligence had determined that Russia was planning to fabricate a pretext for an invasion, and the other U.S. official said social media accounts had been increasingly pushing a narrative about the deterioration of human rights in Ukraine and increasing militancy of its leaders.
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, national security expert Juliette Kayyem claimed the arrest and indictment of 11 members of the far-right anti-government militia Oath Keepers on Thursday could deal a death blow to the group as funding dries up and recruitment collapses.
Speaking to hosts Jim Sciutto and Bianna Golodryga, the international security expert who teaches at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, explained the group might not be in existence in 2024 when the next presidential election rolls around.
Asked, "What does this say about preventing any future domestic terrorism attacks? What message does this send?: Kayyem immediately replied, "It sends a very good message. it is something we have been waiting for, those of us who look at sort of radicalization or counterterrorism efforts."
"Domestic terrorist organizations like the Oath Keepers survive because they have leadership, they have money and they have bodies; people who will be willing to be violent and those were all undercut by the indictment yesterday," she elaborated. "They got their leadership now indicted, but they also have leadership turning on each other. It is clear many of the Oath Keepers have now begun to provide information."
Adding, "It is hard to recruit or get people to pay dues," she continued, " Remember, the Oath Keepers survive on dues. There might be outside money, we don't know. when you're a losing team. If you treat it like a terrorist organization, terrorist organizations recruit because they have an aura of victory. I think that's just an appropriate analogy for what's going on and helpful not to bridge the divide of this country. There is a lot of division, but at least to make violence and violent terrorism, to stop it from growing, I think that's really significant."
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