Joan Donovan, Megan Squire, Kyle Rittenhouse discussed on On the Media


Wing forums and Facebook group. Where militia guys shared passwords for their selo channels with step by step instructions about how to join And so you joined the group. And then the officers will invite you for an interview. Ask you some questions about what area you're in Whatever sort of ideological requirements there are for joining. Said Militia. What interested you in the 3% movement where you heard about the 3%. I was actually approached and conversation during a anti protests of Antifa and BLM and Brandon, Mississippi. Do all of you have the backing of your family? Do they know that you're on an interview tonight? I'm the man of the house. So You know if I need to go somewhere or do something that's going to happen to be clear. Neither Hampton nor I ever pretended to be a militia member or a new recruit. We merely lurked in the background. So what do you got kind of experience? You got military law enforcement medical 31 Bravo military police. I know a lot about weapons, munitions and a fair amount of gear. It's like a second job. It's us a tyranny. It's us or failure. It's us or Post American world Don't give to their flag about anybody. That's less than 100%. All the Yeah. And are you all the and over? I ain't got nothing holding me back trip. It kills me. It kills me and the ways in which those groups come together and do recruitment through platforms really has to do with them. Unapologetically, believing that they can actually become a proxy for law enforcement. Joan Donovan directs research at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The continuous engagements with one another through social media. Has really normalized. The notion of the vigilante vigilantes, of course, are not law enforcement. They're not accountable to the public or trained to de escalate violence, and that's why some observers shuddered at the thought of armed militias say Standing guard at polling stations last November. Monitoring Zella. We did hear references to violence surrounding the election, but it wasn't about how to start it. It was about how to react to it. We have to stay vigilant, Stay well trained. And maintain our composure so that we don't ever fired that first shot that would kill us. Yeah, Roger that Serve, we fire the first shot. We're done. I mean, the public view is turning around about us, and that's the way we need to keep it. We don't need to do anything to tarnish that. They're fantasizing. I got an O. There's going to be all this, You know, riots in the streets. We've got to be ready guys with everyone, but they're not talking about themselves going out there and doing it. Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at you. On university had been tracking discussions of the election from far right groups online. The whole vigilante ism is couched in this language of protection. And that started in earnest with the reopen protests. I'm going to protect your business from the police who are trying to shut you down, and then I went to George Floyd. Oh, I'm going to protect you from the looters. I'm going to protect Trump from election meddling. The idea that this vigilante ism is justified from a protection standpoint. Ouch. That's terrifying because now they have a reason right? And it's the reason that makes them look like a hero. And then there's a growing body of evidence that some local police departments are enabling it. Look what happened last summer during the protests that erupted after police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who had traveled to Kenosha from his home in Illinois, shot three protesters, killing two in an alleged act of self defense hours before that, though, He and the Kenosha guard, a local militia were thanked by law enforcement. They even offered the vigilantes bottles of water. We appreciate you guys, I really do. Thank you. Written.

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