The Guardian can discover that a national online network of thousands of right-wing self-proclaimed “vow executors” is threatening to harass elected officials and government workers across the country.
Although the network’s founder insisted that the organization was neither a violent organization nor a militia organization, internal chats indicated that some members were planning to confront law enforcement agencies and their perceived political enemies.
The chat also revealed that white supremacists and others associated with the militia movement aimed to use the success of the organization to recruit disillusioned supporters of Donald Trump and the “QAnon”
The founder of the organization organized the video in the name of videotape and Edwards (Vince Edwards) and lived off the grid in a remote corner of Costilla County in Colorado’s high desert region. The 2016 arrest record indicated that he also used the name Christian Picolo, and other public records also linked him to the name Vincent Edward Deluca.
Experts say that Edwards’ personal history reflects the potential dangers of the spread of “sovereign citizen” ideology-along with a large amount of online propaganda, this history includes an armed confrontation with a representative of the Costilla County Sheriff in 2016.
Edwards initially released videotapes and printable flyers to promote the establishment of at least 30 people in every county across the country to form a “sworn execution group” in late January 2021, just after he personally participated in the U.S. Capitol A few weeks after a rally was held on January 6.
His initial video clearly attracted QAnon supporters, and pointed out that “Q” is an aide of the Trump administration. Its genome forum published a social movement that incited conspiracy, and has not communicated with the movement since December. It’s a “trust plan”, and when practitioners are forced to do this, they should start to take action.
After the Capitol attack, his efforts seemed to resonate with more and more grassroots right-wingers. The Guardian found more than 3,100 members in 50 state-based Telegram chats and national chats. Some state groups in Texas, Washington and Alabama are very active, with hundreds of members.
The group’s stated goals include posting leaflets designed by Edwards, forming a “constitutional enforcement group”, each distributing 1,000 Edwards leaflets, and creating a local hotline to help “execute the contract with the public.” The contract solves these problems by interacting with them or making false legal claims against them.
In an introductory video titled “OE Training”, Edwards encourages recruits on the network to follow the so-called “First Audit Auditor” (FAA).
Professor Brian Levine, director of the Center for the Study of Hatred and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, said in a phone conversation that the FAA is a social media-driven movement of liberal provocateurs who “go to sensitive areas.” It is annoying to see if law enforcement personnel, security personnel or property owners will interfere with their activities, but it is usually not illegal. “
At the same time, some local groups indicated that well-known extremists are seeing opportunities in the rapid development of the group.
For example, the Oregon Enforcement Group was joined on February 5 by Chester Doles of Dahlonega, Georgia. Doles is a long-time member of the Ku Klux family and the Neo-Nazi National League. He was imprisoned for beating blacks in 1993 and later in Charlottesville in 2017. Parade in the United Right wing parade.
Dolce received media attention recently because he and other members of the organization he currently leads, American Patriots America, were among the armed groups protesting outside the Georgia State Capitol on January 6. The move led the Georgia Secretary of State to announce Rad Ravensperger was driven away from the building by the far-right ghost for his role in the election in Georgia.
According to reports, in recent months, Doles has been seeking alliances with Georgia’s Three Percenters and other militia organizations.
Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a former member of the far-right Patriots’ Prayer Group, joined the Oregon Oath Enforcer’s chat room on February 9. Toese is a proud boy. He is a prominent figure in a series of quarrels and controversial street protests in Portland throughout the Trump era, and is often attacked by violence. In October last year, he was convicted of assaulting a Portland man for no reason. In October last year, he violated the conditions of probation and was sentenced to prison in Clark County, Washington.
In a video message sent to the sworn organization, Toese said: “Are you organizing? My people and I will stand with you there.”
Edwards and others shared documents from a series of organizations across the country in other places on the Oath Taker’s Guidance Telegram channel that promoted false laws and constitutional doctrines related to the so-called sovereign citizenship movement.
A self-styled human rights court presented the document in the form of a verdict and ordered the arrest of a series of officials and philanthropists for genocide, including Anthony Fauci, Bill and Melinda Gates.
The Sovereign Citizens Movement does not have a universally consistent set of beliefs, but most of its supporters believe in the alternative history of the United States, and now, especially the law, reflects the conspiracy established by esoteric rules. Many people regard all laws and government authority as illegal.
In the chat of the oath-takers, the doctrine of sovereignty and false beliefs about vaccines and masks, the assertion that Trump was stolen by Trump in the 2020 election, and the anti-fascist activist and billionaire George Soros and other powerful figures Conspiracy theories of connections are presented side by side.
Vince Edwards and Chester Doles did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In intelligence assessments and public statements, federal agencies have recommended that sovereign citizens pose a continuous and specific threat to law enforcement officials.
Levine, an extremism researcher, said that the obvious synergy between sovereign citizens and white supremacists is that “the fringe of extreme right-wing extremism has been reorganized,” in which “enforcement is largely tied to tyrannical governments. Sovereign citizens are almost always The way they looked at them ten years ago.”
Levine added: “Not only has the ideology been reshaped, but many far-right figures are like the former Crane leader Chester Doles.”
In a post on the Oregon Enforcer page on March 28, a user reposted the white nationalist broadcaster, Vincent James, to the anti-French faction held in Salem the day before. Comments on the conflict with the far-right demonstrators.
Part of the post read: “The police have never and will never be your friends. They are also the US regime. They are not allies.”