Capitol Insurrection Report

By Scott Koon

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A podcast about the events of the Capitol Insurrection of January 6th, 2021, with updates on official hearings and cases developed by the Justice Department.

Episode Date
Episode 14: Three Percenters Gang
Following a recap of the events in the ongoing investigations and criminal cases in the Capitol Insurrection, the episode proceeds to the main subject, the activities and ideology of one of the largest extremist gangs that took part in the Capitol Insurrection, the Three Percenters, with special attention to the indictment of the "DC Brigade" of paramilitary terrorists from California, and a summary of the ideas of the folk ideology of Mike Vanderboegh, a self-described former leftist who founded the Three Percenter gang in 2008.
Sep 15, 2021
Episode 13: The Panglossian Fallacy
Topics include the strange story of John Pierce, the Capitol Insurrection attorney representing 17 defendants who appears to be missing court dates because he is an anti-vaxer who is on a ventilator, the arrest of several violent offenders in the Capitol Insurrection, including #flaggaitercophater, a California Proud Boy identified by volunteer internet sleuths working to protect electoral democracy in the US from the threat of political violence, an analysis of a controversial Reuters article that relied on anonymous sources to suggest that the FBI has rejected the possibility that more high profile defendants involved in planning "stop the steal" protests would be charged in the Insurrection, a description of the latest developments in the investigation by the House Select Committee to investigate January sixth, and my critique of the failure of political science to adequately address the danger of authoritarian populism in the United States.
Sep 01, 2021
Episode 12: The New Normal
Topics include the Jeffrey Rosen testimony, the MyPillow cyberfraud telethon, the role of online volunteer activists in the January 6th investigations, and the latest example of far right political violence in DC, this time in the form of a bomb threat at the Library of Congress by an apparent neoconfederate from North Carolina. I'll also use Vilfredo Pareto's theory of circulation of elites to examine the Trumpist attempt to build a successful electoral coalition to elect "America First" seditionists to office across the US.
Aug 20, 2021
Episode 11: Truth and Competency
Addressing ongoing disinformation by unindicted co-conspirators in the Capitol Insurrection and also the process at least five Insurrection defendants will undergo to assess their competency to assist counsel in preparing their cases.
Aug 05, 2021
Episode 10: Ceilings and Floors
Examining the Munchel decision by the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and how the standard of dangerousness established may not be adequate in the face of the threat of far right political violence. We'll also explore the 8 month sentence awarded to Paul Hodgkins, the first felony defendant to be sentenced for his crimes committed during the Capitol Insurrection.
Jul 21, 2021
Episode 9: The Politics of Acclamation
Outlining what the theory of the public sphere presented by Habermas has to tell us about our current political predicament.
Jul 15, 2021
Episode 8: The Worst
This week's episode examines some of the worst allegations of violence against defendants in the Capitol Insurrection. For comments, feedback or suggestions, follow the show on Twitter @capinsurrep
Jul 08, 2021
Episode 7: 500+ Defendants
This week, the Justice Department announced that a Florida man had been arrested, becoming the 500th individual charged federally in the Capitol Insurrection. We'll step back to assess what is known about these defendants to date, and also assess what information revealed in the latest sets of charging documents tells us about what we can expect in what are likely to be hundreds of cases yet to come. Also, the show is now on Twitter, so you can address questions, comments and suggestions @capinsurrep Update: 12 more defendants charged on June 30, the day after this was uploaded. Many more in the pipeline.
Jun 30, 2021
Episode 6: The Impunity of White Mobs
In this episode, I examine the Capitol Insurrection in the context of the long history of civil disturbances perpetrated by white mobs in the United States, with special consideration for why these mobs are so often allowed to operate with the expectation of complete impunity.
Jun 20, 2021
Episode 5: Grand Old Party Animals
Exploring the danger that the Republican Party is in the process of becoming an insurrectional Party that will take part in electoral politics, but also use political violence when it is unsuccessful in elections. I'll review 18 defendants who have established ties to the Republican Party and its affiliated institutions.
Jun 11, 2021
Episode 4: Misguided Tourists
Exploring the legislative history of the laws under which over half of the Capitol Insurrection defendants have been charged, debunking claims such as those of Representative Clyde of Georgia who minimized the severity of the 1/6 Attack by describing it as tourism, and also an analysis of how it was that laws inspired by Congressional fear of the militant left ultimately are being applied with urgency against the far right.
Jun 04, 2021
Episode 3: Monkey see, Monkey do: The Proud Boys
Consisting of a description of the chauvinistic group "Proud Boys," and their alleged role in the Capitol Insurrection on January 6th, 2021, drawn from the charging documents and published media accounts. Is this the last hurrah of the most important alt-right extremist group in America, or will the Proud Boys somehow continue, despite the fact that most of its leadership is in federal custody?
May 27, 2021
Episode 2: Shane Leedon Jenkins
This episode serves as a case study of one of the more allegedly violent mob members, reconstructing the radicalization of an ex-convict who was at the Capitol on January 6th, and detailing the allegations against him in his indictment. His increasing frustration at the loss of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election is evident in his Twitter feed, which provides a record of the process whereby he was incited to come to the Capitol, allegedly prepared to commit political violence. I'll also ask what it means for our political system that one of the two major political parties is willing to resort to violence in the face of an election loss.
May 19, 2021
An introduction to the themes we will be exploring as we investigate the Capitol insurrection
1. An updated account of the Capitol insurrection 2. Case studies of participants 3. Development of cases 4. Conspiracy theories 5. Relationships between elites and mass public 6. Myths and lies 7. Massive failures 8. Reason and reasonableness 9. Impunity of white mobs 10. Visibility and recognition in the digital age 11. Political violence in a state founded by revolution 12. Predictions regarding findings.
May 12, 2021
Capitol Insurrection Report (Trailer)
May 11, 2021