Charlotte, North Carolina (AP)—The Army is investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of people from North Carolina to a rally in Washington that caused President Donald Trump’s supporters to cause fatalities in the U.S. Capitol riot.
The commander of Fort Bragg is reviewing Captain Emily Rennie’s participation in last week’s event In the country’s capital, she said she was acting within military regulations and no one in her team violated the law.
“I am a private citizen and do all the right things within my authority,”
Rainey said she led 100 members of the Moore County Liberal Party to a rally in Washington to “oppose election fraud” and support Trump. The Civil Liberties Network in Moore County describes itself as a nonpartisan network that advocates conservative values. She said she did not know anyone who entered the Capitol, and they returned to the bus a few hours before the emergency curfew took effect.
According to Major Daniel Lessard, a spokesperson for the First Special Forces Command, the 30-year-old Renee was assigned to the Fourth Psychological Action Team in Fort Bragg. The organization is called PSYOPS and uses information and misinformation to shape the emotions, decisions, and actions of American opponents.
This is not the first time Renee’s behavior has been reviewed. In May, the captain posted a video on the Internet of her putting down the warning tape on a playground closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina, which has since made headlines.
Police in Southern Pines, a community about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Fort Bragg, accused her of personal property damage. The police told WRAL-TV They warned her twice before she tore off the tape closing the playground.
Leatherd said that the US Army took “appropriate administrative action” in response to the incident and resigned in September. He said the officer’s resignation process may take six months or more, and Rennie is scheduled to leave the Army in April.
In Washington on Wednesday, insurgents took over the chambers of the House of Representatives and Senate, smashed windows, and waved the flags of Trump, the United States and the Confederacy. Five people, including the congressional police, died.riot At the rally, Trump again falsely claimed that the election had rigged him and urged his supporters to “fight like hell.”
So far, at least 90 people have been arrested The charges include misdemeanor curfews, felony crimes against police, possession of illegal weapons, and death threats to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Daniel D-Calif).
Rainey said that her group and most people who travel to Washington are “peace-loving and law-abiding people who do nothing but prove our First Amendment rights.”
American soldiers are allowed to participate in unconventional political organizations and activities. However, there are some caveats. The Ministry of National Defense has banned active military personnel from sponsoring guerrilla organizations. It is unclear whether Rennie’s involvement with her team on Wednesday violated Department of Defense policy.
Rainey said that she attended Trump’s rally on vacation, did not promote herself as an Army officer, and told her boss that she was going. She told the Associated Press: “We believe that justice will prove our innocence.”
In June, Rennie wrote an article SOFREP, an online military publication, deals with regulations surrounding political activities. She wrote: “The more you understand the rules, the more free you are.”
Bleiberg reported from Dallas and LaPorta in Darley Beach, Florida.