By Leada Gore
An email warning of violence from rallies like the one that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots originated from an FBI facility in Huntsville, new reports show.
An FBI intelligence analyst at the Hazardous Devices School at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal sent the email warning on Nov. 9, 2020, just after the presidential election was called for Democrat Joe Biden over incumbent president Donald Trump, Politico reported. The message, circulated through the FBI and some of its state and local partners, warned that “chatter from the far-right indicates the belief the election was stolen from President Trump,” adding recipients should “keep your head on a swivel.”
“On a popular militia forum, users called to execute Biden, Democrats, tech company employees, journalists, and other ‘rats’,” the FBI analyst said in the email. “QAnon and Neo-Nazi groups are using the election results to issue additional calls for action aligned with their specific ideologies.
“Nationwide rallies: Waves of ‘#StopTheSteal’ and similar hash-tag events are being organized across the country as various voter fraud theories gain momentum among Trump supporters. As these materialize, counter-protests and violence will likely ensue.”
The email was obtained by watchdog group Property of the People and comes as investigations into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 riots continue. Four riot participants died in the Capitol and two police officers who responded have since died. More than 150 officers were injured.