Will ‘Fedsurrection’ be used as an excuse to bar US Republicans from seeking office?

Will ‘Fedsurrection’ be used as an excuse to bar US Republicans from seeking office? First, Roger Kimball:

Ray Epps, a Phoenix-based professional provocateur and, apparently, FBI asset … was originally near the top of the FBIs list of “most wanted” figures from the Jan. 6 protest-cum-riot at the Capitol.

Then a funny thing happened. Epps’s name was purged from the FBI files.

Some 700 people have been arrested for their part in the Jan. 6 demonstration. But Epps and a handful of other major players in that drama remain unindicted. Indeed, although the FBI surely knows their identity, they remain nameless to the public, known only through amateur video footage of the event. Hence their colorful soubriquets: “ScaffoldCommander,” “FenceCutterBulwark,” “BlackSkiMask,” etc.

Beattie shows that what the media label an “insurrection” is almost certainly better described as a “Fedsurrection.”

And when I say “shows,” I mean shows. His long essay doesn’t just describe what happened. It is punctuated by scores of photos and video clips that prove the accuracy of what he describes.

We do not know with 100 percent certainty that the figures who organized and orchestrated the breach of the Capitol did so at the instigation of federal authorities. But it sure looks that way.

Beattie takes us step by step from the moment on Jan. 5 when Epps whipped up a crowd and told them, over vocal objections from various demonstrators, that they were going to the Capitol the next day.

Beattie shows how other actors calmly removed fences and signage on Jan. 6, clearing a path for the protestors, who were carefully funneled through that one walkway up to the Capitol.

“Okay we’re in!” shouted the man known as “Scaffold Commander,” so called because he was perched, magaphone in hand, atop a tall tower overlooking the Capitol complex.

“We’re in!” he shouted. “Come on! We gotta fill up the Capitol! Come on! Come now! We need help. We gotta fill up the Capitol! They got in.”

Will coincidences never end? The blue and white megaphone he was using was identical to blue and white megaphones used by other people directing the crowd. …

FBI arrested trespassing grandmas, but not the ringleaders:

A review of the video footage shows a handful of main players that day. None have been indicted. Why?

The simplest explanation is that the people who took down the fences and the “restricted area” signs, who loudly directed crowd into the Capitol, were federal assets.

Beattie is right. “If Ray Epps was acting on instructions from a government handler from any federal agency (FBI, ATF, Pentagon, DHS, DEA, anything), we now are talking about perhaps the single most egregious caught-on-camera intelligence operation in our lifetimes.

So what will they do next?

Maybe they will prevent Republicans from being candidates, because they are associated with the “insurrection”. The modern toxic left know they can’t win fairly at the ballot box, so the US is going kind of third world. It’s always bad when the secret police get involved in politics.

From Glenn Reynolds: