A leftist group apparently trying to push for a greater social-media crackdown of conservatives inadvertently conceded that President Donald Trump did not incite protesters to breach the US Capitol and suggested that there was abundant intelligence that extremist groups planned it in advance.
In fact, said the Tech Transparency Project, the raid was a long time in the making.
“For months, TTP has watched extremist groups use Facebook to organize and incite members,” it claimed in a newly released report.
TTP is an offshoot of the Campaign for Accountability, a progressive watchdog linked to the controversial opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and to Media Matters propagandist David Brock that. Despite claiming to promote corporate transparency, the purported nonprofit does not clearly list its own funding sources.
The report repeated frequently debunked claims suggesting that there was no evidence of vote fraud in the 2020 election, while also promoting a baseless conspiracy theory about a supposed right-wing militant group referred to as the “Boogaloo Boys.”
“For TTP, one of the first signs of mounting danger came from ‘boogaloo’ groups, which we reported in April were using Facebook to prepare for a second civil war, often citing conspiratorial fears about coronavirus lockdowns,” TTP claimed. “Members of private boogaloo groups flagged by TTP later engaged in real or attempted violence—an ominous warning of how online radicalization can spin out of control.”
In the wake of violent and destructive race riots last summer driven by leftist groups, mainstream media sought to promote the idea that extremists linked with so-called boogaloo movement were responsible for false flag attacks on government buildings and law enforcement.
However, some have noted that TTP and the CfA are largely behind the spread of this “boogaloo” disinformation, perhaps to counter the growing menace of Antifa, which the Left has repeatedly insisted is nothing more than an “ideology,” contrary to evidence.
Questions regarding the boogaloos have included whether the group is more of an online gag than an organized terrorism outfit; whether the anti-government group may actually be nonpartisan or left-wing in nature; and whether some of the acts allegedly linked with it are, in fact, provoked by federal intelligence officials working undercover to infiltrate the online discussions.
Yet, even as both the left-wing propagandists and the deep-state operatives sought to use it to smear and scapegoat the far-right, they somehow wound up discrediting each other—and taking down Big Tech in the process.
If its report is true, TTP’s claims—which provide scant direct evidence of any imminent threat and rely largely on abstract talk of resisting Democrat Joe Biden’s illegitimate administration—would contradict agencies like the FBI that denied knowing anything was afoot prior to the Jan. 6 incident.
It also would dispel the accusations of congressional Democrats, who passed an article of impeachment entirely on the basis that Trump’s words in his speech just before for siege constituted a call to action.
If the attack—be it from right-wing, left-wing or inside agitators—were pre-meditated then that would prove exculpatory for Trump in his already dubiously predicated impeachment trial, the first in history to occur after a president already has left office.
Most awkward of all, though, is that TTP directs most of the blame for the attack on Facebook, which, despite an unprecedented crackdown on conservative speech, somehow allowed it to be secretly planned out in plain sight
But even though the leftist watchdog group was able to decode countless dog-whistles that raised red flags, TTP inexplicably declined to warn authorities in advance, allowing Capitol Police to be caught off guard by the swell of mostly peaceful but subversive co-conspirators.
Ironically, there was no love lost for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in TTP’s report, even after the billionaire oligarch threw millions into successfully swaying the outcome of the election—in some cases potentially violating election law.
“Facebook suspended President Trump following the mob attack on Congress,” said the report’s executive summary. “But the platform allowed organizing for the pro-Trump rally, as well as the spread of conspiracy theories and militant extremism that drove the rioters.”
A previous TTP report, released last summer, complained that Zuckerberg was not moving fast enough to implement his election-rigging measures.