Alex Jones Faces a Reckoning

Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes turned their Infowars-skewering podcast into a business. In the post-Trump era, they’re documenting Mr. Jones’s reckoning.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the Capitol Riot Suspects Are Challenging the Charges

Defense lawyers have complained that some charges do not apply to what unfolded on Jan. 6, and one argues it will be impossible to get a fair trial in Washington.

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Pentagon Announces New Steps to Weed out Extremism in Troops

Defense Department officials acknowledge that rooting out far-right extremist thinking from a military of 1.3 million active-duty troops will be an uphill slog.

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Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters’ Towns, Study Finds

Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic white population were the most likely to produce insurrectionists.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #minorities, #oath-keepers, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts to Combat Domestic Extremism

The administration has taken a series of steps to prioritize dealing with white supremacists and militias, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

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One Republican’s Lonely Fight Against a Flood of Disinformation

After losing an ugly congressional race last year, Denver Riggleman is leading a charge against the conspiracy-mongering coursing through his party. He doesn’t have many allies.

#conspiracy-theories, #content-type-personal-profile, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #riggleman-denver, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sasquatch-bigfoot, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

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London Police Officer Convicted of Membership in Neo-Nazi Group

Benjamin Hannam, 22, is the first British police officer to be convicted of a terrorism offense, according to the local news media. He joined the neo-Nazi group National Action in 2016 and became a police officer in 2018.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #great-britain, #neo-nazi-groups, #police, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism

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Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine

Extremist organizations are now bashing the safety and efficacy of coronavirus vaccines in an effort to try to undermine the government.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why QAnon Flopped in Japan

It failed the test for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the public.

#4chan, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #japan, #qanon, #religious-cults, #tokyo-japan

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Justice Dept. Links Oath Keepers and Proud Boys Ahead of Capitol Riot

A member of the Oath Keepers militia said he was communicating with the far-right Proud Boys, prosecutors said, making their first link between the groups.

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Justice Dept. Said to Be Weighing Sedition Charges Against Oath Keepers

Investigators have for weeks focused on the role of the militia in the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

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How Anti-Asian Activity Online Set the Stage for Real-World Violence

On platforms such as Telegram and 4chan, racist memes and posts about Asian-Americans have created fear and dehumanization.

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For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony

As Facebook has become more active at moderating political speech, it has had trouble dealing with satire.

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New Report Warns of Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism

President Biden requested the intelligence community complete the assessment shortly after taking office, and his administration has made fighting domestic terrorism a priority.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol

Two Proud Boys accused of leading a mob to Congress followed a bloody path to get there. Law enforcement did little to stop them.

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Can France’s Far Right Win Over the ‘Beavers’? One Mayor Shows How

In the southern city of Perpignan, voters who had long built a dam against the far right turned in the last election. Some wonder whether it’s a harbinger of things to come.

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Oath Keepers Founder Is Said to Be Investigated in Capitol Riot

The inquiry is in its early stages, an official cautioned, but prosecutors have begun laying out evidence in court papers.

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F.B.I. Finds Contact Between Proud Boys Member and Trump Associate Before Riot

A leader of the far-right group separately said he had been in touch with Roger Stone, but an official said it was not the same contact investigators found through electronic communications records.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #stone-roger-j-jr, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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FBI Finds Contact Between Proud Boys Member and Trump Associate Before Capitol Riot

A leader of the far-right group separately said he had been in touch with Roger Stone, but an official said it was not the same contact investigators found through electronic communications records.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #stone-roger-j-jr, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Capitol Police Warn of March 4 Threat Amid New QAnon Conspiracy Theories

The agency, responding to what the force called “a possible plot to breach the Capitol,” again sounded the alarm that pro-Trump conspirators may be planning an attack.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Prosecutors Call Him a Murderer. To Ukraine He’s an Asylum Seeker.

A complex legal battle in Kyiv is shedding light on the Americans who seek battle experience with far-right paramilitary units in Ukraine — and on the F.B.I.’s efforts to monitor them.

#defense-and-military-forces, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #kyiv-ukraine, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #right-sector-ukraine, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #ukraine

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Domestic Terrorism Threat Is ‘Metastasizing’ in U.S., F.B.I. Director Says

Christopher A. Wray condemned the Capitol riot and told the Senate Judiciary Committee that agents had opened 2,000 domestic terrorism inquiries in recent years.

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A Better Way to Think About Conspiracies

People will always be interested in conspiracy theories. They need a tool kit for discriminating among different fringe ideas.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Far-Right Groups Are Splintering in Wake of the Capitol Riot

The breakdown of larger organizations sets the stage for small groups or lone offenders, who are more difficult to track.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #three-percenters, #united-states

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More Oath Keeper Suspects Charged in Capitol Riot Plot

Prosecutors say they were part of a military-style “stack” that stormed the Capitol.

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Justice Dept. Confronts Increasingly Complex Capitol Riot Inquiry

Additional prosecutors and agents around the country have been assigned to the investigation as officials try to manage it and stave off a backlog in the courts.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #justice-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Germany Is Treating a Major Party as a Threat to Its Democracy

Alternative for Germany may be deemed a “suspected case” of extremist activity. The United States should take note.

#alternative-for-germany, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Using an Anti-Klan Law Against Trump’s Clan

The recent federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is forcing us into a much-needed history lesson.

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For Black Aides on Capitol Hill, Jan. 6 Brought Particular Trauma

Black congressional staff members said the attack brought back memories of how they had tried to avoid people they felt could be prone to racist violence — only to find them at their place of work.

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Police Forces Have Long Tried to Weed Out Extremists in the Ranks. Then Came the Capitol Riot.

At least 30 law enforcement officers from around the country took part in the rally on Jan. 6 that preceded the riot. Many are now being investigated.

#attacks-on-police, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #police, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #west-chris

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

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Oath Keepers Plotting Before Capitol Riot Awaited ‘Direction’ From Trump, Prosecutors Say

The suspects discussed conveying “heavy weapons” into Washington and began to train for “urban warfare” even before Election Day, court papers said.

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

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‘Its Own Domestic Army’: How the G.O.P. Allied Itself With Militants

Actions taken by paramilitary groups in Michigan last year, emboldened by President Donald J. Trump, signaled a profound shift in Republican politics and a national crisis in the making.

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At the Capitol on Jan. 6, Veterans Fought on Both Sides of an American Battle

Military veterans trying to defend the Capitol were taunted by veterans in the pro-Trump mob who were storming it. Both felt they were doing their patriotic duty in a fractured country.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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Big Publishing Pushes Out Trump’s Last Fan

Top editors at Hachette have told employees that they’ve learned the lessons of the Capitol siege of Jan. 6: no hate speech, no incitement to violence, no false narratives.

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A Century Ago, White Protestant Extremism Marched on Washington

Kelly J. Baker is a writer and scholar of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. She sees frightening similarities between that culture and the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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U.S. Will Examine Giving F.B.I. More Resources to Counter Domestic Extremism

The issue of violent extremist groups in the United States has come to the top of the agenda since a mob of far-right groups stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #presidential-election-of-2020, #terrorism

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Muddled Intelligence Hampered Response to Capitol Riot

New details about what authorities anticipated on Jan. 6 highlight failures to grasp the degree of the threat from pro-Trump right-wing extremists.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Knows Exactly What She’s Doing

The once-porous border between the right and the far right has dissolved.

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Did the Proud Boys Help Coordinate the Capitol Riot? Yes, U.S. Suggests

In court papers, prosecutors have painted a picture that indicates planning among members of the extremist group on Jan. 6.

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Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists

Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Apologized and Got a Standing Ovation. Seriously.

Does the G.O.P. have the spine to rein in Marjorie Taylor Greene?

#cheney-liz, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McCarthy Condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments, but Stands by Her

In a statement, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said he “unequivocally” condemned the Georgia freshman’s violent and conspiracy-laden remarks, but declined to revoke her committee posts.

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The QAnon Delusion Has Not Loosened Its Grip

Millions of Americans continue to actively participate in multiple conspiracy theories. Why?

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #mcconnell-mitch, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Are Private Messaging Apps the Next Misinformation Hot Spot?

Telegram and Signal, the encrypted services that keep conversations confidential, are increasingly popular. Our tech columnists discuss whether this could get ugly.

#chen-brian-x, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

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New Democratic Ad Campaign Ties G.O.P. to QAnon

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has started a $500,000 effort on television and online portraying House Republicans as aligned with Marjorie Taylor Greene and QAnon conspiracy theories.

#conspiracy-theories, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #mitch-mcconnell, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #qanon, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis

These steps, experts say, could prod more people to abandon the scourge of hoaxes and lies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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He Threatened Pelosi. Agents Didn’t Wait to See if He Really Meant It.

After a “9/11 moment,” federal authorities have begun arresting people for domestic threats they might have just monitored in the past.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #three-percenters, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Trump’s Focus on Antifa Distracted Attention From the Far-Right Threat

Federal law enforcement shifted resources last year in response to Donald Trump’s insistence that the radical left endangered the country. Meanwhile, right-wing extremism was building ominously.

#antifa-movement-us, #barr-william-p, #boogaloo-movement, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #horowitz-michael-e, #justice-department, #murphy-brian-j, #oath-keepers, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tarrio-enrique, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wolf-chad-f, #wolverine-watchmen, #wray-christopher-a

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