Peter Myers Digest: In just a few days, Jake Angelli has gained instant recognition - It's Theatre

(1) In just a few days, Jake Angelli has gained instant recognition. Not Insurrection - It's Theatre(2) Jake Angeli ID'd as Trump supporter, not Antifa(3) Jake Angeli, Capitol rioter in horned helmet, arrested by Feds(4) "I consider that a win" - Jake Angeli(5) 'Hold the line patriots! USA will prevail, we will stop the steal! Cuz as always God wins!' - Jake Angeli(6) Media & Democrats brand Patriots (but not BLM & Antifa) 'terrorists'(7) USA Today asks to ID rioters in Capitol invasion. Readers question why summer unrest was treated differently(8) Homeland Security Committee wants all 'domestic terrorists' who besieged US Capitol placed on FBI no-fly listVisit the links to see the photos of Jake Angeli. This is Theatre, not Insurrection.Save some of these webpages. These are historic events.(1) In just a few days, Jake Angelli has gained instant recognition. Not Insurrection - It's TheatreFrom: Lasse Karagiannis <>Subject: Re: Patriots stormed the Capitol, but did Antifa lead the way?Hi Peter, I saw a Greek youtuber Terry Hatziermas showing that the horned guy was registered at an actor page and that his entry was removed the day after. If it is correct then he was a CIA provocateur.<> you read the signs he was carrying they don't resonate and I am thinking on where he referred to God.I also saw on Greek news that the guy who sat in Nancy Pelocy's room was apprehended by the police but nothing on the horned man.Please investigate it./LasseReply (Peter M.):Lasse,At first, I thought the same as you about Jake Angelli.That's because he had been seen at a BLM protest.But this article says that the older BLM protest photo of Angeli circulating online was cropped to conceal a pro-QAnon sign he was carrying that day as a Trump counterprotester: just a few days, Jake Angelli has gained instant recognition.Unlike the Antifa protestors, these Patriot protestors show their faces; they have names. That guy sitting in Pelosi's chair is probably a hero to millions of people by now.And when they put him on trial, and punish him, he will become even more famous and popular.It's theatre!These guys were not brandishing weapons. They were not smashing the place up (unlike BLM & Antifa).We're used to street theatre by the Left; we did not realise that the Right can do it too. All those photos of the protestors in the Capitol are theatre!They'll end up in albums, magazines and books.The more the MSM castigates and persecutes these people, the more they'll become heroes.(2) Jake Angeli id'd as Trump supporter, not Antifa in Viking headdress ID’d as Trump supporter, not Antifa| Updated Jan 8, 2021By ArLuther Lee, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFalse claims on social media try to draw connection to leftist groupThe bare-chested protester who wore a Viking headdress and face paint during Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol did not belong to Antifa as President Donald Trump’s supporters are claiming on social media.Jake Angeli, who is widely known as the "QAnon Shaman," has been spotted in the same costume at other pro-Trump rallies and counterprotests throughout 2020, and likewise was photographed numerous times during Wednesday’s mayhem on Capitol Hill, according to the cultural news website Mashable and other sources.The 32-year-old Arizona man’s identity was previously confirmed in reports by the Arizona Republic and other news outlets.At one point during Wednesday’s siege, the man in the unusual get-up was shown standing triumphantly behind the speaker’s podium in the Senate chamber, where someone yelled, "Where’s Pence? Show yourself!"Angeli was also wielding a spear with a sharp tip that had an American flag attached.Photo of Senate right now. 'Where's Pence, show yourself!' protester shouts— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) January 6, 2021Angeli is described in the report as an avid Trump supporter and proponent of the QAnon conspiracy who has given speeches at numerous campaign rallies for the president. He appeared recently in a photograph smiling and shaking hands with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani during voter fraud proceedings in Arizona after the November election.An apparent right-wing attempt to muddy the man’s identity went viral after several lawmakers helped push the false notion that the Capitol uprising was being led by left-wing antifascists instead of the president’s supporters, the report said.It’s unclear whether right-wing operatives targeted a known Trump supporter like Angeli to prop up as an agent for Antifa, or if the man’s costume just made him an easy target for memes because he was one of the more prominent figures in photographs from the raucous scene.Later in the day, an older photograph of Angeli at a Black Lives Matter protest last year emerged online, which many voices said proved Angeli was an Antifa provocateur and not a real Trump supporter. Some social media users worked up a side-by-side comparison of Angeli with the old photo juxtaposed with a frame of him from Wednesday’s chaos, which was then offered as proof of a conspiracy or at least proof that Angeli was a BLM— CïT (@Citguero) January 6, 2021However, the older BLM protest photo of Angeli circulating online was cropped to conceal a pro-QAnon sign he was carrying that day as a Trump counterprotester, reports said.Fueling the conspiracy, Republican Congressmen Louie Gohmert and Mo Brooks went on Twitter to blame Antifa for the violent Capitol riot that left four dead and at least 60 jailed, reports said.More arrests were expected as investigators sort out the evidence of a chaotic day in the nation’s capital only two weeks before Joe Biden’s inauguration.Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz continued to push the false Antifa claims on the House floor late Wednesday before a joint session of Congress finally affirmed Biden’s Electoral College victory.Other prominent GOP voices also joined the misinformation campaign after a dubious but widely shared story by the right-leaning Washington Times that said two men in the Trump mob — including Angeli — were actually Antifa interlopers identified by facial recognition company XRVision, according to several sources.On a lighter note Thursday, the lead singer of the alternative band Jamiroquai Jay Kay was forced to go on social media to deny that he was the man seen wearing the buffalo-horned headdress at the U.S. Capitol a day earlier. Twitter sleuths were first to notice the 51-year-old’s apparent resemblance to Angeli, but the "Virtual Insanity" singer assured fans it wasn’t him.Good Morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that's my crowd. Stay safe everyone, J xxx— Jamiroquai (@JamiroquaiHQ) January 7, 2021"Good morning Washington, loving the headgear, but not sure that’s my crowd," the singer tweeted Thursday, referring to the Viking in the melee.(3) Jake Angeli, Capitol rioter in horned helmet, arrested by Feds Eileen AJ ConnellyJanuary 9, 2021 | 1:13pm | Updated January 9, 2021 | 1:20pmFederal agents have arrested the rioter seen wearing a horned-headress and holding a spear during Wednesday’s rampage through the Capitol.Arizona resident Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, also known as Jake Angeli, was busted Saturday, officials announced.Chansley — who looked like an extra from "Conan the Barbarian" — "was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants," Justice Department officials said in a statement."This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade," the feds added.Chansley — who appears in footage from Wednesday’s chaos standing on the dais in the Senate chamber — was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win," Chansley told NBC News after the riot.Chansley, who is known as the "QAnon Shaman" or "Q Shaman," is a diehard Trump supporter who has attended past far-right events, and is known for his support of the unfounded QAnon conspiracy theory according to MSN.The Justice Department also confirmed Saturday the Friday arrest of Adam Christian Johnson, who was seen in a viral photo carrying off Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern.Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.Also busted Friday was Derrick Evans, 35, of West Virginia, a freshman member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Evans streamed himself entering the Capitol with the mob on his Facebook page, shouting as he crossed the threshold, "We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!"The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is prosecuting the cases. Investigatins the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the ATF and the Capitol Police continue. ==(4) 'The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks
and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win' - Jake Angeli rioter in horned hat gloats as feds work to identify suspects"The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win," Jake Angeli said.Jan. 8, 2021, 1:11 AM UTCBy Rich Schapiro and Michael KosnarAs investigators were poring over surveillance footage and social media posts of the Capitol invasion Thursday afternoon, one of the most recognizable participants was in a car cruising out of Washington, D.C."The fact that we had a bunch of our traitors in office hunker down, put on their gas masks and retreat into their underground bunker, I consider that a win," Jake Angeli, 33, said in an interview with NBC News near the start of his cross-country journey to his native Arizona.Angeli, who stormed the Capitol bare chested and wearing a fur headdress with horns, is among hundreds of Trump supporters who are now in the crosshairs of local and federal law enforcement.Because the vast majority of the Capitol mob was allowed to leave the building free of arrest, investigators now face the massive undertaking of identifying and tracking down hundreds of people from all over the country.In a conference call with reporters, Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, acknowledged the challenges brought on by the U.S. Capitol Police’s failure to corral the demonstrators.Jake Angeli, 33, aka Yellowstone Wolf, from Phoenix, holds a QAnon sign as Trump supporters gathered in front of the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020.Olivier Touron / AFP via Getty Images"I’m not going to play Monday morning quarterback to see when or why they didn’t do it," Sherwin said. "But the scenario has made our job difficult because we now have to go through the process – cell site orders, video – to try to identify people and charge them and then try to execute their arrest.""That has made things challenging," Sherwin added. "But I can’t answer why or why not those people weren’t zip-tied as they were leaving the building."Calls to the Capitol Police were not returned but a spokesperson announced late Thursday that Chief Steven Sund was resigning amid growing criticism.The images of the Capitol incursion – broadcast on national television Wednesday afternoon – were jarring.Windows were smashed. Offices were ransacked. Members of the mob manhandled Capitol police officers.That the vast majority were allowed to leave the building and carry on demonstrating marked a stark contrast to the massive law enforcement response that greeted Black Lives Matter protesters during the summer.District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine lamented what he described as the disparate deployment of assets "the federal government put forward with overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters versus that which we saw yesterday."A total of 41 people were arrested on the Capitol grounds late Wednesday and early Thursday, according to Washington D.C. police chief Robert Contee. Some 27 others were arrested for offenses not linked to the Capitol breach, Contee said.Sherwin’s office has charged a total of 55 people following the riot. One of them was arrested near the building with a semi automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails, according to prosecutors.One demonstrator, an Air Force veteran from California named Ashlii Babbit, was shot dead by Capitol police. Three other people died of medical issues amid the violent protests, authorities said.In his press briefing, Sherwin emphasized that prosecutors have moved at a rapid clip to bring charges and more are on the way.But questions still lingered as to why authorities weren’t better prepared to seal off the Capitol – and why more wasn’t done to arrest members of the pro-Trump mob as they left the building."Clearly there's failures," former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said on NBC's "Today" show Thursday. "There has to be a lot of questions asked and answers given. What is very clear is the police underestimated the violent crowd and the size of it, and they overestimated their ability to control it."In a statement released prior to word of his resignation, Capitol Police Chief Sund praised his officers for their "heroic" actions but did not address why his department wasn’t better prepared."United States Capitol Police officers and our law enforcement partners responded valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions as they stormed the United States Capitol Building," he said. "The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C."The FBI said Thursday that its Washington Field Office has received more than 4,000 online tips, including photos and videos of suspects rioting at the Capitol.Intelligence analysts were sorting through the information and forwarding credible leads to teams of agents working the case, the FBI said. Investigators were also employing facial recognition software to identify suspects.E.J. Hilbert, a former FBI agent who focused on cybercrime and terrorism, said the approach is likely similar to that used in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombers."They’re going to look at every piece of footage that’s out there," he said.Hilbert said he would expect that the investigation will also lead to a flood of subpoenas to social media companies like Facebook and Twitter as authorities work to track down the people who posted online footage inside the Capitol."It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but over the next week, internet service providers are going to be overworked responding to these requests," he said.Angeli, meanwhile, said he was unconcerned with the investigation. A QAnon conspiracy theorist who posts regularly on YouTube, he compared himself to Gandhi and Martin Luther King."What I was doing was civil disobedience," he said."I didn’t do anything wrong," Angeli added. "I walked through an open door, dude."Rich Schapiro is a reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit.(5) 'Hold the line patriots! USA will prevail, we will stop the steal! Cuz as always God wins!' - Jake Angeli is the horned man who stormed the Capitol?The horned man dressed in furs and face paint who stormed the Capitol has been revealed as actor and hardcore Trump supporter Jake Angeli.Candace SuttonJANUARY 8, 2021 7:06AMWho is the horned man who stormed the Capitol?The horned man dressed in furs and face paint who stormed the Capitol has been revealed as actor and hardcore Trump supporter Jake Angeli.The standout figure among the protesters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday was the shirtless tattooed man wearing a horned furry hat, face paint and carrying a megaphone.Looking like Davy Crockett but wearing a Native American-style headdress, the 32-year-old is a hardcore Trump supporter from Arizona and a familiar face at rallies and protests.He is Jake Angeli, a sometime actor and voiceover artist who also goes by the name of QAnon Shaman.QAnon conspiracy theorists believe Donald Trump is in a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media who will one day be arrested and executed.Angeli and others dressed variously as frontiersmen, bandits, soldiers or just wearing MAGA hats overwhelmed police and forced their way into the Capitol on Wednesday.It was a deliberate breach to interrupt Congress while it was in the process of counting state electoral votes to officially ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.Some Republicans have erroneously claimed the protesters, and Angeli in particular, are members of the far left group Antifa.Angeli, a regular protester outside his home state capitol in Phoenix, gave an interview to Arizona Central last year blaming the media for criticising Mr Trump and inflating the dangers of coronavirus.Here’s part of my interview with Jake Angeli, the 32-year old man I previously posted about, who thanked the president @realDonaldTrump and Q.He applauded the work of the president and criticized that of the press. @azcentral— BrieAnna J. Frank ?? (@brieannafrank) May 5, 2020Small crowd gathered right outside Capitol doors calling for Gov. Ducey to come out calling him shameful and a traitor. A few began to bang on the windows but another protester with a megaphone told them to stop.— Madeline Ackley (@Mkayackley) January 6, 2021"I think it’s important that the president of the United States knows … that there’s good patriotic Americans who see things he’s going through," Angeli told the newspaper."And are willing to stand up and say ‘Hey man, I see what you’re going through and I salute you, thank you for doing your job’."Angeli said there had been "a lot of hysteria … that was completely unnecessary" about the world-beating number of US coronavirus cases.Angeli turns up regularly in costume at pro-Trump events, baring his tattoos and sometimes carrying a sign saying "Q Sent Me".His tattoos include depictions of the president’s Mexico border wall, and a set of three nested triangles, an ancient Viking symbol known as a valknut which has been appropriated by far right or neo-Nazi groups.He has shouted at passers-by "You all know who Q is?" and explained Q "was a government agent who wanted to ‘take the country back’ from paedophiles and globalists."On a since deleted performance profile of Angeli on, he is described as skilled in singing, screenwriting, public speaking and accents.Balding and bearded, he was photographed against a backdrop of First Nations objects such as a dreamcatcher, hatchet and a drum.Angeli’s appearance in his horned hat on Wednesday had people dubbing him Jamiroquai, for the English funk band lead singer Jay Kay whose array of elaborate hats include one of a similar shape.On one of Angeli’s Facebook pages, he is pictured shaking hands with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, during a visit by the President’s personal lawyer to Arizona.Angeli has captioned the image. "Got to shake Rudy’s hand … what an honour it is to be present."Hold the line patriots! USA will prevail, we will stop the steal! Cuz as always God wins!"Hours before the violence at the Capitol in which a pro-Trump supporter was fatally shot, Giuliani encouraged supporters to pursue a "trial by combat" Media & Democrats brand Patriots (but not BLM & Antifa) 'terrorists' & Democrats are launching second 'war on terror' – against Americans – Glenn Greenwald warns8 Jan, 2021 20:40Some of the very same people behind the original 'War on Terror' are now helping start a new one against Americans, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned amid a rising crackdown on free speech following the chaos at the US Capitol.Greenwald is a lawyer who turned to journalism in 2005 to protest the suppression of Americans' civil liberties under the Bush-Cheney 'war on terror'. He ended up playing a key role in publishing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the illegal mass spying on Americans. On Friday, however, he sounded alarm over what he saw as history repeating."There's absolutely a new War on Terror being initiated," he tweeted. "This new one is aimed inward, domestically."There's absolutely a new War on Terror being initiated -- it'd been lurking for awhile, but it's accelerating now for obvious reasons. This new one is aimed inward, domestically. It entails many of the same frameworks. They're saying it explicitly:— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021"I spent the first decade of my journalism career devoted to exposing and denouncing the excesses of the first War on Terror, and I see exactly the same tactics forming," he wrote.The Democrats behind it won't even need to study the tactics of neoconservatives from the original WoT – as "Neocons are their full allies in all of this," Greenwald noted. Anyone who has questions or concerns about it will be demonized as a "terrorist" sympathizer.As an example, he offered up tweets by former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum – of "axis of evil" infamy – now posing as a "liberal thought leader."Amazing - yesterday I wrote: the same tactic used against critics of the first War on Terror would be used for the new one: demonizing those who question its excesses as "pro-terrorist." Today, up pops neocon @DavidFrum to reprise his role, this time as a liberal thought leader— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021A key ally in this will be "the same media outlets who have acted as their spokespeople since 2016," Greenwald argued, again citing an example: CNN's Oliver Darcy, a "former conservative… whose main function in life is to demand censorship on behalf of [Democrats]."Now CNN's @oliverdarcy is going after cable companies for carrying Fox News— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 8, 2021USA Today has sent out a call to readers to report and identify people involved in Wednesday's storming of the US Capitol, which Democrats and the media have increasingly painted as an "insurrection" and called for a harsh crackdown on "domestic terrorists."Several hundred supporters of President Donald Trump first breached the police barriers to enter the Capitol grounds, then broke into the building itself, but eventually dispersed after Trump called for peace and order.Greenwald has condemned the riot at the Capitol, but warned that if there is a lesson of the past 20 years, it's that "making weighty decisions at times of high and intense emotions, closely following an event that unifies most everyone to the point that any deviations or questioning are treated like treason or heresy, is extremely unwise."Several other independent journalists have also raised alarm about the mounting crackdown on speech that has followed the events at the Capitol.The state crackdown on those deemed to be complicit this "attack on democracy" or whatever you want to call it -- "fascists," "MAGA terrorists," "white nationalists," "insurrectionists" -- is going to make the Clinton/Reno stuff in the 90s look like, as Trump would say, "peanuts"— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 8, 2021(7) USA Today asks to ID rioters in Capitol invasion. Readers question why summer unrest was treated differently RT8 JANUARY 2021USA Today newspaper has published 29 photos from the Capitol building takeover and asked readers to ID Trump supporters shown in them, leaving a few people puzzled and getting a sharp response from many others.The paper said knowing the identities of those who stormed the US legislature on Wednesday will help them "report this important story."Considering the amount of anger that the Capitol invasion provoked, it's no surprise that USA Today's call was answered by many people. Some readily provided names and other details about the rioters, while others pointed to people they suspected of being involved.Quite a few of the tips were just links to reports by other major media outlets, while some replies seemed to gloat about the repercussions that the Trump supporters will now presumably face.Others came up with suggestions how one could identify the suspects – that is if they had privileged access to protected information like hotel reservations.A handful of commenters seemed really troubled by USA Today's inquiry. "Since when do journalists conduct police work?" one wondered. Another said it showed the "merger between press and state" in the US.Plenty questioned why the newspaper was so eager to learn the identities of the people who broke into the Capitol building, as they point out, it's hardly the only property damaged during mass protests lately.And some tips will probably not help any investigation, since they focused on individuals that are long dead and only appeared in images picked by USA Today courtesy of their historic significance.Also on Homeland Security Committee wants all 'domestic terrorists' who besieged US Capitol placed on FBI no-fly list(8) Homeland Security Committee wants all 'domestic terrorists' who besieged US Capitol placed on FBI no-fly list Jan, 2021 03:55 / Updated 1 day agoThe chair of the House Homeland Security panel has called on the FBI and TSA to expand a federal no-fly list to include all who took part in unrest at the US Capitol this week, calling the incident a "domestic terrorist attack."Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House committee, said national law enforcement must stop anyone present at the Capitol riot from flying "unfettered," after supporters of President Donald Trump forced their way into the building during a rally on Wednesday, prompting an evacuation of officials and staff."Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the US Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes," Thompson said in a statement on Thursday.This is an action that TSA and the FBI, by law, are able to take but, to my knowledge, have not yet taken. Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable.Chairman @BennieGThompson released a statement urging @TSA and the @FBI to use their authorities to add the violent perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday to the No-Fly List and keep them off planes.— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) January 7, 2021Thompson added that the disturbance in DC "threatened the safety" of lawmakers and their aides and "served as an attack on our nation."The statement came hours after the FBI put out its own missive earlier on Thursday requesting help from the public in identifying rioters, saying it was "accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting or violence" on Capitol Hill, though it has offered no public response to Thompson.The FBI is seeking to identify individuals instigating violence in Washington, D.C. We are accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and around the U.S. Capitol on January 6. If you have information, visit— FBI (@FBI) January 7, 2021The Justice Department has also signaled that it will seek to punish those involved in the upheaval, saying that indictments would be brought in over 50 related cases by Thursday's end and that some may face charges for rioting, insurrection and sedition.Secret, due-process-free no-fly lists were one of the worst post-9/11 civil liberties abuses -- I reported on them often. Stunning to see calls from Congress for people to be put on them revived in this climate. I hope people realize what's happening:— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021Democrats have been near-unanimous in condemning the protest-turned-riot, many laying blame at Trump's feet, arguing he didn't do enough to reel in his supporters, despite issuing a video message calling on the demonstrators to "go home."The unrest erupted during a rally to protest the 2020 election result in the nation's capital, triggering panic in the halls of Congress as law enforcement struggled for hours to clear the occupiers from the building. At least four people were killed during the row, including one woman who was fatally shot by police when protesters attempted to storm the Senate chamber.