According to a leaked list of names, the leftist media are reporting an alarming number of “domestic terrorists” at a government agency, while independent-conservative media are using a whole different term.
One independent journalist, who has extensively covered the political theater of several events such as Jan. 6, 2021, and the subsequent arrests and prosecutions of conservative-populists, refers to the same leaked list as Feds in the Shadows, NOT a list of domestic terrorists.
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit uncovered the strange leaked list of Oath Keepers members that was released on Tuesday on the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) website.
They also issueda news statement, here is how the left is characterizing the situation:
“Hundreds of Oath Keepers Have Worked for DHS, Leaked List Shows. Homeland Security Secretary Says Violent Extremists Should Have “No Place” in Department”
This investigation was produced in partnership with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
More than 300 individuals on a leaked membership list of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers described themselves as current or former employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Members were employed at DHS components such as the Border Patrol, Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Secret Service, according to a review by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).
POGO’s review appears to be the first significant public examination using the leaked records to focus on employees in DHS — an agency with the mission of countering domestic violent extremism — and it comes only months after the March 2022 publication of a DHS study which found that “the Department has significant gaps that have impeded its ability to comprehensively prevent, detect, and respond to potential threats related to domestic violent extremism within DHS.”
“One active law enforcement official joining a militia group is one too many,” Mike German, a former undercover FBI agent who has infiltrated white supremacist and far-right extremist groups, told POGO. “This probably represents the tip of the iceberg as far as federal law enforcement officers that have been involved in or supported the activities of far-right, militant groups like the Oath Keepers.”
Lawmakers told POGO and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), POGO’s reporting partner on this investigation, that these findings are troubling.
“Extremism within our government is always alarming, but even more so in a Department with a law enforcement and national security nexus like DHS,” said Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, in an emailed statement.
“One active law enforcement official joining a militia group is one too many.”
“Given what we’ve learned since January 6th about the extent of extremist beliefs and membership among elected officials and other government employees, these numbers are deeply troubling, yet not surprising,” Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) told the OCCRP. “What’s equally disturbing is the lack of transparency from the Department of Homeland Security on its methods for identifying, tracking, and eradicating this very real threat to our democracy and the rule of law.”
It is unclear if DHS has analyzed or even obtained the leaked records of Oath Keepers members. A department spokesperson did not answer POGO’s questions but pointed to remarks last week by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. During an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mayorkas cited the March 2022 study. He said the department’s work to address the study’s recommendations is “ongoing,” but he did not elaborate. Last year, Mayorkas issued a statement that “violent extremism has no place at DHS and we will work with urgency and focus to address it.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
But there is another way to look at this list that makes a lot more sense.
“It is not clear how POGO got this list,” Jim Hoft reported for The Gateway Pundit, adding: CONTINUE READING…