As we begin to examine the glut of evidence that exists from January 6th, there are a few insidious details that many of us are noticing for the first time.
Earlier this week, members of Congress called attention to the fact that the panic buttons in some of their offices had been mysteriously removed, for instance.
During the storming of the Capitol itself, photographs showed a number of individuals carrying what looked to be police-grade zip-tie restraints, leaving some to believe that there were plans to take hostages.
A prosecutor working one of the cases now also believes that to be true.
A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because he intended “to take hostages,” a prosecutor said in a Texas court on Thursday.
“He means to take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer said of retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr. without providing specifics.
The prosecutor had argued that Brock should be detained, but Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton said he would release Brock to home confinement. Cureton ordered Brock to surrender any firearms and said he could have only limited internet access as conditions of that release.
The judge had some stark warnings for Brock.
“I need to put you on a very short rope,” Cureton said. “These are strange times for our country and the concerns raised by the government do not fall on deaf ears.”
The FBI continues to warn that further violence could erupt in the coming days, specifically targeting state Capitols and the inauguration of Joe Biden.
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