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Date: Mar 11, 2021

The founder of the Oath Keepers was giving directions before and during the US Capitol riot to alleged extremist conspirators among the right-wing paramilitary group, the Justice Department said in court filings Monday and Tuesday.

The new details begin to capture more about the leadership and network within the Oath Keepers around the insurrection, as prosecutors fight to keep defendants in jail and charge additional members of the group.

Monday night's filing highlighted newly disclosed communications over the messaging app Signal that investigators have found from Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers' founder, and regional Oath Keepers leaders.

The Justice Department describes Rhodes as a central presence among the Oath Keepers during the siege, telling some where to go and gathering with them in person at the Capitol.

Read more: CNN

A French schoolgirl has admitted to lying about a teacher before he was beheaded in an Islamist terror attack last year.

Samuel Paty, 47, was killed after showing images of the Prophet Muhammad to his class during a lesson on free speech last October.

On Sunday, French newspaper Le Parisien revealed that the girl, known only as Z, had admitted wrongly accusing Mr Paty of asking Muslim students to leave the room before showing the images.

She admitted she was not in class that day and did not see the cartoons.

Read more: Sky News

Investigators arrested a man Monday who is suspected of causing an explosion that tore through a recreational vehicle in Northeast Portland, police said.

Jake Swingle, 26, was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and unlawful use of a weapon, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to scene about 8:41 a.m. Saturday on reports of a trailer on fire. Firefighters found smoke coming from inside the RV but no flames.

Read more: AP

The defense secretary has extended the National Guard's security mission at the U.S. Capitol through May 23.

The mission to help secure the Capitol was supposed to end on Friday.

Now, 2,300 Guardsmen will continue to work with the Capitol Police and during this extended period will work to reduce the National Guard footprint at the Capitol, according to a statement from the Department of Defense. This represents a reduction of nearly 50% of the current support force.

Capitol Police requested a 60-day extension last week, as the Capitol was on high alert after threats of another possible attack plot tied to March 4.

Read more: ABC News

Frank William Robertson Perry, age 39, of Dundalk, Maryland, pleaded guilty on March 9, 2021, to illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.  Perry admitted that he is an adherent of the Boogaloo Movement.  “Boogaloo” is a term referencing a violent uprising or impending civil war and is sometimes used by militia extremists and others.  Militia extremists have adopted it to reference an impending politically-motivated civil war or uprising against the government following perceived incursions on Constitutional rights—including the Second Amendment—or other perceived government overreach.  The Boogaloo is not a single cohesive group, but rather a loose concept arising from internet platforms which has become a rallying point for some extremists.

The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Timothy Jones of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division.

Read more: Department of Justice