First, I want to thank all of the Oath Keepers and Patriots that responded to our Call to Action and came to Washington DC to participate in Operation DefendJ20. We were not there to impede peaceful protesters. We were there to assist and protect innocent citizens trying to attend the inauguration events from dangerous anarchists, ANTIFA and black-bloc rioters. I am sorry that I did not get to meet everyone. This was the best SHTF orientation training program you could ever hope for, because S did HTF yesterday afternoon.
I know there has been some criticism of the operation from members who do not see a role for Oath Keepers during events like this. To the naysayers, had we not been there, many more innocent citizens would have been harassed or injured. You see, there were hundreds of thousands of people in town to participate in various inauguration activities. To make it easy, the city posted signs last Wednesday all over the city to help those from out-of-town navigate to these events. The problem with this is that before the sun came up, the protesters were already in motion.
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The protesters successfully blocked 10 of the 12 security zone entry points before 9AM. They were able to hold 6 of these on the North side of the Washington Mall all day. For a visitor trying to follow the signs to an event, this became a nightmare. They could not proceed as directed and the DC Police were stretched far beyond their ability to even consider providing these people any assistance. This became one of our first objectives of the day. We did a full recon of the situation, found which security portals were likely permanently blocked and then communicated with the officers on the ground what they should tell visitors regarding getting to their assigned area for each blocked portal. Not a big deal, but it needed to be done.
“For the record, Oath Keepers from Operation HYPO attended and videotaped the meetings of the organizations responsible for disrupting the inauguration events and instigating this violence. We provided that information and the raw video to the DC Metropolitan Police on January 11th, 2017. Project Veritas and Oath Keepers cooperated on these activities.” – NavyJack
Oath Keepers informed the organizers of the Inauguration DeploraBall and the DC Metropolitan Police of the planned DisruptJ20/ANTIFA chemical gas/smoke bomb attack INSIDE of the National Press Club ballroom on January 9th. We also provided photographs of the individuals most likely to carry out the attack so that they could be stopped from entering by the National Press Club security team.
— Deplorable Vet 🇺🇸 (@KGBVeteran) January 20, 2017
During the entire day, agitators from the ANTIFA and Black-bloc harassed visitors to the city. Usually a simple “knock-it-off”, or “that’s going too far” statement in a stern voice from an Oath Keeper would suffice in curbing their actions. In a few instances, the agitators briefly challenged the request and then moved on. I know of only one instance where an Oath Keeper was forced to defend himself. It was brief and nobody was injured.
This is an example of their tactics:
— nellalou (@NellaLou) January 20, 2017
I was present when this attack occurred. I had just taken this picture when the attack started:
It happened so fast, there really was no opportunity to intervene. The ANTIFA attackers ran away without further incident. For the record, I am a vocal critic of Mr. Spencer and NPI. His provocative actions were certain to generate this attack. He intentionally put himself in this dangerous situation right in the middle of the ANTIFA stronghold. While I may completely disagree with the positions of Mr. Spencer and the NPI, I would have intervened to protect him from the assault had I been in a position to do so. I did not leave until I was confident that he was not seriously injured. If asked, I would also suggest that in the future, Mr. Spencer bring security personnel with him if he is going to discuss the advantages of White Nationalism and racial segregation in the middle of a riot at the camp of the Anti-Fascist Coalition.
At about 11AM, a large group of ANTIFA and Black-bloc anarchists assembled at Logan Circle. I felt that something bad was about to happen and alerted police. Based on their actions and discussions, I believed that they intended to occupy Freedom Plaza, directly on the parade route. I stayed with this group until the group reached 12th and L Street.
— sam jessup (@shamdressup) January 20, 2017
Police were ready and had quickly established a line of riot control police. The advance of this group to the parade route was halted. I unfortunately was not able to escape fast enough and got caught up in the melee. My primary cell phone got dislodged from its’ case and the SIM card failed. I had a backup phone and sent a message out on our Signal channel detailing the activity, but that phone ended up being lost when I was struggling to escape.
Over 100 protesters were arrested. I am sure that my inability to let everyone know I was alright caused some concern. I quickly got underground and jumped on a Green Line Metro train heading east to get out of the area. That was a mistake. The train was stopped by protesters that had gotten onto the tracks. Police immediately responded, but I was stuck without communications underground for over an hour. I missed the swearing in ceremony and speech. I resurfaced at Gallery Place near the US Navy Memorial, was able to repair the SIM card in my primary phone and get a message out on Signal.
The DisruptJ20 organization held a very large permitted parade that started at Union Station and ended at McPherson Square Park starting about Noon. The parade provided cover for ANTIFA and Black bloc to take and hold numerous key intersections along I Street and K Street from 10th Street to 14th Street. I believe their intent was to stop visitors from reaching the parade viewing area. The police attempted numerous times to push thru and clear their blockades.
Without any verbal warning that I could hear, the police launched a full-on assault using smoke grenades, flash-bangs and concussion grenades. Again, I found myself in the middle of a very bad situation. A concussion grenade exploded near me and I was thrown to the ground. It was at this point that I summoned the Calvary. Stewart Rhodes and his Washington Mall security detail came to the sound of gunfire (it wasn’t really gunfire, it was just concussion grenades, but they are are REALLY loud and there were at least a 40 used).
Over the next hour, the blockades turned into a full-fledged riot. I am sure whatever you heard on the news did not even scratch the surface on how much damage was done. It was violent. All of the newspaper and vending machines along I Street and K Street were broken free and thrown thru windows. Protesters took bricks from walls and the street planters and started throwing them at police. Six officers were injurred seriously enough to be taken from the scene. There were dozens of scrapes, bruises and cuts on all sides, including people caught in the middle. Thousands of innocent citizens were in the area and had to be directed or escorted to safety. Oath Keepers rose to this challenge. We escorted and directed dozens if not hundreds of people away from the conflict area. The police absolutely appreciated our assistance as did the National Guard. We did the right thing by going.
I am sure that every one of our Oath Keepers has a story of their own to tell and I encourage them to tell their story in the comments section below. For security purposes, do not include the names of any individuals assigned to a covert operations team. Also, refrain from providing details regarding the number of personnel assigned to your groups area. We may have to do this again someday and we do not want to tip our hat on our deployment strategies.
We will provide an after-action-report via Web-Conference in the coming days and post the details on the Members-Only forum. We have some great pictures and personal stories to share with you.
In conclusion, I would like to say a special thanks to Stewart Rhodes. He dropped everything to head out here early to assist me with the escort of citizens attending the Inauguration DeploraBall. His dedication enabled me to ensure the safety of those I was responsible for protecting. Thank you.
Disruptj20 leader charged with conspiracy to commit assault in failed DeploraBall attack.
CBS News compiled a photo album of some of the events here
Infowars provides an accurate summary of the violence against Trump supporters yesterday here
CBS News – Most protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face felony rioting charges here
I have added an update section to my previous article titled “The Presidential Inauguration (or not) of Donald J. Trump” to provide a comparison of forecast activities to the actual events.
STATEMENT BY STEWART RHODES, FOUNDER OF OATH KEEPERS:
Hat’s off to the Oath Keepers members who stepped up in DC. I met some awesome patriots, both military and police veterans, and it made me proud and thankful to know we have such men in this organization. And a special hat’s off to Navy Jack and his team of “infiltrators” who did an amazing job infiltrating the various leftist organizations plotting illegal activity on the 18th, 19th, and 20th in DC (and elsewhere in the nation too). As always, our intent was to do what we felt was our duty under our oaths to keep people as safe as we could in the face of clear official failure to prevent a dangerous situation. Yes, it was a short notice call to action, but so was our first Ferguson, Missouri operation (we had men on the rooftops in two days), and for the same reason – it became clear, just days in advance, that the official “authorities” were not going to take the needed steps to keep bad things from happening to good people.
In Ferguson, it had become clear that the Governor was not going to use the National Guard in an effective manner to actually protect the local residents and shop-owners, with the National Guard instead deployed to protect only government buildings and/or the wealthier residential areas, leaving all others to fend for themselves. We had advocated for the use of the National Guard in a dispersed fashion, posted on the rooftops and inside the shops, where they could actually defend the buildings against the deadly threat of arson. And we also recommended that the cops use dispersed teams of undercover officers to go out in the crowds of protesters and hunt for the relatively few bad guys committing illegal acts. But that was not done. So, we did it ourselves, posting volunteer military and police veterans on the rooftops and inside the shops (protecting apartments too) on an entire city block, to show by example the right way to go. And some of the local took our advice and also posted themselves outside shops, with rifles and shotguns in hand. Way to go!
In DC, as Navy Jack said, we had infiltrated DisruptJ20, the Anti-Fascist Coalition (aka Anti-Fa), and Refuse Fascism, and beginning on November 9, we had provided the DC Metro Police with steady flow of ample evidence of conspiracy to commit numerous illegal acts. All that happened on January 20, with the blockades of access points, violating the free speech and assembly rights of thousands of Americans, the property damage, and some assaults, could have been prevented or severely curtailed by arresting the leadership we had already caught on tape and video plotting illegal acts. As the Inauguration events got closer, and even after the weapons caches were discovered near the American University, and even after the public was made aware by the excellent work of Project Veritas, there was still no move by the DC Police leadership to put a stop to the now abundantly documented and clear plans of DisruptJ20, Anti-Fa, and their allies, to commit illegal acts that would endanger the public. And that is when we felt compelled to act.
And our chosen strategy was much the same as what we had recommended in Ferguson – dispersed teams. When the bad guys are using small, dispersed teams who blend in with a larger crowd as cover, to jump out and sucker punch people and then blend back in with the crowd, the proper response is for the good guys to also use small, dispersed and low-profile teams to blend in with the crowd and hunt for the bad guys. I’m not much of a fan of the whole “sheepdog” meme, because American was never meant to be a nation of sheep, but in this case, it fits. The “sheepdogs” need to blend in with the sheep, and they need to be dispersed in the “herd” so they can catch the wolf. Having all your “sheepdogs” standing up in one big, overt group is a nice show of force, and it has its time and place (such as a great mass of bikers roaring into town, as Bikers for Trump is famous for doing – to great effect), but it really doesn’t get the job done of making the little roving packs of “wolves” worry about where the Sheepdogs are, since they know where they are – they’re all over there in one big group. It is sometimes better to be dispersed (frankly, a blend of the two methods is best, if you can do it).
Yes, it is more dangerous for your dispersed teams, but it is also more dangerous for the bad guys, and more effective at protecting people in the great mass coming and going. And having those dispersed, concealed teams out there, and publicly announcing that they are out there, will make the bad guys worry and watch over their shoulder. They don’t know where you are, or how many of you there are. That is the same strategy we used with our Operation Sabot, where we put incognito dispersed teams out to watch for election fraud on election day.
To All Involved in Operation Hypo -Especially Navy Jack,
News like this gives us even more reason to have faith in our Oath Keepers organization. You’ve brought great credit to not only humanity itself, but to America AND to Oath Keepers by voluntarily holding yourself to such high standards, uncompromising levels of professionalism and dedication to duty -again, all of your own volition. It’s reassuring to all Oath Keepers, especially in our efforts to adopt and hold ourselves to high standards; in so continually improving the credibility of Oath Keepers and ourselves -whom help represent “the good People of these (former) Colonies”.
You’ve solidly set the standard for others to follow. Thank you for your continued sacrifices and contributions in the defense of Liberty, as your actions have exemplified the Oath Keepers motto, “Not on our watch!” You certainly are a credit to not just Oath Keepers, but to the spirit of the American fighting man himself.
From all of us in Oath Keepers, thank you for inspiring us to fight on. Well done.