Americans are right to be concerned about a rally that’s been planned for Saturday near the U.S. Capitol by former Trump campaign official Matt Braynard. As the founder of the nonprofit group Look Ahead America, Braynard has called the 600 people charged for participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol “political prisoners.”

Braynard’s organization is aptly named because looking ahead is precisely what we should be doing, not only to Saturday’s rally in Washington, but also to the deeper significance behind the rally and the challenges such events pose to the future of our security and our democracy.

Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd targeted by hypocritical far-right backlash
Racist rants expose not only the violent mindset that has been growing over the past few years, but also a hateful hypocrisy.

On Thursday, Lt. Michael Byrd disclosed to NBC News’ Lester Holt that he was the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6. Byrd, who is Black, immediately became the target of racism and death threats from the right-wing extremists who thrive in fact-free social media echo chambers. Those racist rants exposed not only the violent mindset that has been growing over the past few years, but also a hateful hypocrisy.


President Joe Biden told the nation on Monday that his decision to pull out of Afghanistan was, in part, predicated on the war’s original counterterrorism mission ending. But the fall of the country to the Taliban means that the FBI’s counterterrorism mission just got more challenging.

At present, the bureau is battling the rapidly growing scourge of domestic terrorism and hate-based violence across thousands of investigations, and an on-going inquiry into the violence of Jan. 6 that has so far yielded at least 600 arrests.


Friday the 13th, already a day associated with bad luck, brought more misfortune than normal for believers in conspiracy theories. That’s because, contrary to what some delusional diehards thought, former President Donald Trump wasn’t reinstated as chief executive. (Unless he did so secretly and just hasn’t gotten around to telling us yet, but that doesn’t seem like his style.)

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The police who defended the Capitol had America’s back. America doesn’t have theirs.
If we can investigate the root causes of Jan. 6, we can also analyze the deaths by suicide that resulted from it.

On Monday, we learned of the third, and then the fourth, death by suicide of a police officer who answered the call of duty in response to the violent attempts to overthrow our democracy on Jan. 6.

Last Thursday, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead at his home, according to a spokeswoman for his department. Hashida, who was 43, spent almost 20 years on the force and left behind a wife and three children. He had been assigned to the emergency response team of his department’s Special Operations Division, a team that found itself in the thick of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Hours after news of Hashida’s death, MPD said the death of 26-year-old officer Kyle DeFreytag, reported July 10, was also ruled a suicide.


On Monday, federal Judge Randolph Moss handed down the first felony sentence against a defendant convicted for their role in the Jan. 6 riot. In cases involving multiple defendants, and multiple judges, Solomonic wisdom is often required to arrive at a sentence that sets an appropriate bar for all future related cases. With almost 600 rioters facing charges and currently awaiting their fates, the various defendants each present distinct variables that will impact their potential sentencing.


Two people appeared in court in Malden, Massachusetts, on Wednesday in connection with a nine-hour standoff between members of an armed militia and state police over the weekend. Although the events that led to nearly all of the 11 men involved being charged seem bizarre, armed extremism is becoming all too common in the country.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, a Massachusetts state trooper noticed two cars stopped on the shoulder of I-95, 15 miles north of Boston. It looked like someone was trying to refuel at least one of the cars, and troopers stopped to assist.


Why Tucker Carlson is blaming the FBI for the Capitol riot
No, the “unindicted conspirators” in charging documents aren’t secret FBI agents.

The story from right-wing media and politicians about what happened on Jan. 6 has shifted over the months. First, it was leftists in antifa who rioted inside the Capitol and assaulted police officers. Then it was just a peaceful protest. Next, it was a typical group of tourists making their way through the halls of the Capitol.

But now, former President Donald Trump’s supporters have finally figured out who’s behind the events of Jan. 6 — the FBI. Tucker Carlson claimed as much on his Fox News disinformation platform on June 15, specifically that the FBI deployed operatives to orchestrate the whole thing in a false flag operation. Before we dismiss this as just another lunatic conspiracy theory (which it is) or condemn it as yet another damaging right-wing attack on our nation’s law enforcement (which it also is), let’s understand that there’s more here than meets the eye. There may be some method to this madness of make-believe.


Biden’s new domestic terrorism strategy is missing a big piece
At times it’s less of a blueprint and more of a composite sketch.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s National Security Council released a “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.” While Attorney General Merrick Garland introduced the strategy, the fact that this document was issued out of the White House, under the president’s signature, and not delegated to the departments of Justice or Homeland Security sends the right message.

Namely that this threat, as the report states, “poses a danger to Americans, our democratic society, and our national security that we must counter aggressively.” In all, I think the 30-page, far-reaching plan is worth a read — both for what it says and for what it doesn’t.

How the FBI’s most wanted Capitol rioters are being hunted online
It’s the latest version of the wanted posted of the Wild West — and it’s working.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a New York advertising executive conceived of a slogan that was eventually adopted by the newly formed Department of Homeland Security: “See something, say something.” It was a plea for hypervigilance against another terrorist attack, asking the public to report anything — or anyone — suspicious. The slogan’s creator, Allen Kay, told The New York Times that he based the phrase on the World War II mantra “loose lips sink ships,” used as a reminder to everyone that speaking about troop or ship movements could have deadly consequences.