Those who stormed the US Capitol back on January 6th did so with aplomb. Many looked at home in the people’s house, putting their feet up on the desks and leisurely traipsing about.
Heck, they even stayed within the stanchions, as if they were on a casual afternoon tour.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 6, 2021
But there is a price to pay for this nonchalance, and it comes as many were made easier for police to identify. Few were hiding their faces in one of the most surveilled cities in the world, let alone inside the Capitol itself.
Now the FBI is sitting on a mountain of evidence, and they’re getting help from all corners of the American political landscape, including possibly-defunct social media platform Parler.
Parler is sharing information with the FBI for the Department of Justice’s investigations into the riot at the US Capitol.
An affidavit from an FBI special agent filed in court Tuesday says Eduardo Florea stockpiled more than 1,000 rounds of ammo and threatened to kill Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia.
The affidavit says the FBI received records from Parler to identify the user behind the account “LoneWolfWar,” where the threats originated. Parler provided the phone number associated with the account, the affidavit says, and the FBI used it, and info from T-Mobile, to identify Florea.
Florea, a professed supporter of the Proud Boys, a neofascist pro-Trump group with chapters across the US, was denied bond and remains in jail while awaiting trial.
Florea was the subject of a brute show of force by police upon his arrest, as an enormous armored vehicle was used during the operation, spooking the neighbors.
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