The far-right militia of oath-watchers did everything they could before the Capitol riot

On a flyer of FBI suspects in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building is a photo of a man shouting in a cap with a yellow badge. Although the FBI does not name him, his identity is no mystery: He is Jon Schaffer, guitarist of Ice Earth, according to the metal group, who condemned his alleged actions on Capitol Hill.

But more striking than the appearance of a semi-famous musician at the Capitol Putsch was the hat he wore. The baseball cap bore the logo of the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary group that hides in patriotic rhetoric and openly recruits law enforcement. In connection with politicians and police, the Oath Keepers spent the months leading up to the January 6 riot promoting civil war.

And unlike other far-right groups like the Proud Boys, they often manage to avoid outright condemnation from the authorities.

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