'Department of Justice' deploys rogue force of unidentified armed militia to patrol DC
On the heels of law enforcement gassing peaceful protesters at the White House Monday, a rogue force of armed unmarked militia has been patrolling Washington, D.C. for days.
The militia members, likely numbering in the hundreds if not thousands, have been photographed guarding the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and on Wednesday were seen forming a perimeter outside the White House, as if it were under siege. Apparently, Donald Trump's bunker "inspection" didn't bring him the requisite level of safety he desired.
UPDATE: AP: Defense Sec. Esper has “reversed decision to return active-duty troops deployed near DC to home bases, Army secretary tells AP"
Members of the unmarked force usually won't identify themselves at all, but on one occasion claimed they were working on behalf of the "Department of Justice." It seems only fitting that the nation's top law enforcement official, Attorney General William Barr, would deploy an unidentified armed force to do his bidding, though it remains unclear exactly who these forces are answering to. What we do know is that Defense officials have told the AP that active-duty troops brought to the district in response to protests are returning to their home bases.
But the anonymity is what makes their presence so distressing in a moment where the nation is still trying to determine exactly which forces from what agency participated in perpetrating the attack on peaceful civilians outside the White House Monday night. If the militia carried out any similar actions, we wouldn't even know on whose authority they were acting.
Not to mention the fact that the only things truly under siege in Washington are U.S. citizens and the First Amendment. Trump is merely being held hostage by his own brain.
Remarkable photo via @MarthaRaddatz, where protestors are being blocked from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial https://t.co/d7givADFQH— Vera Bergengruen (@Vera Bergengruen) 1591141655.0
Back outside the White House. Today the perimeter has been pushed back another half block. Federal law enforcement… https://t.co/2mfMCos5ol— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake) 1591205466.0
Hundreds, if not thousands, of armed soldiers and paramilitaries are establishing an ever widening perimeter around… https://t.co/XZpy41Ek6c— Edward Luce (@Edward Luce) 1591200621.0
Asked who they’re with, these guys say only that they’re with “The Department of Justice.” https://t.co/ciVDtP8ndk— Dan Friedman (@Dan Friedman) 1591134522.0