Was The Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot A Reichstag Fire Event?


If you are not familiar with the history of the Reichstag Fire, it was an arson attack that took place the evening of February 27, 1933 and burned the building that housed the Reichstag (i.e. the parliament of the German Weimar Republic). The fire was blamed on a Communist insurrection and allowed Adolf Hilter and the Nazis to suspend constitutional rights and seize complete control of the German Reich.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum video giving a brief history of the Reichstag Fire

A few hours after the Reichstag Fire, Nazi propaganda spread fears of a Communist revolt, Hitler convinced Hindenburg to invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which gave the president dictatorial powers and allowed him to make laws for all of Germany’s territorial states.

Hitler and the cabinet quickly drew up a more permanent and expansive Decree for the Protection of the People and the State (known as the Reichstag Fire Decree), which suspended the right to assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and other constitutional protections within Germany.

From History.com article on The Reichstag Fire

The event gave Hitler the pretext he needed to invoke Article 48 emergency powers to round up and imprison political dissenters using brutal tactics under the guise of putting down a dangerous insurrection that had attacked Germany’s democracy.

The decree also removed all restraints on police investigations, allowing the Nazis to arrest and jail their political opponents indiscriminately. That night, the stormtroopers of the Sturmabteilung (SA) rounded up some 4,000 people, many of whom were tortured as well as imprisoned.

The swift and brutal response to the Reichstag Fire bolstered Hitler’s image as Germany’s strong-willed savior from the dreaded “Bolshevism”.

From History.com article on The Reichstag Fire

The powers were extended the next month due to the ongoing threat, and by the end of 1933, Hilter had eliminated all political opposition and taken control of nearly all major German institutions. When President Hindenburg died the next year in 1934, Hitler was able to install himself permanently as the Führer of the Third Reich until Germany’s defeat at the end of World War II.

On March 23, meeting at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, giving full powers to Hitler. The meeting, which supposedly marked the union of National Socialism with Hindenburg and the German establishment, essentially turned the country over to the Nazis.

By the end of the year, all non-Nazi political parties, labor unions and other organizations had ceased to exist. When Hindenburg died in 1934, the German Army sanctioned Hitler’s decision to combine the posts of president and chancellor, cementing his absolute power in Germany.

From History.com article on The Reichstag Fire

That sounds an awful lot like what we are seeing in the United States today in the aftermath of the Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot. The events of that day have been exaggerated and misreported at an astonishing level. Thanks to the great reporting by Julie Kelly at American Greatness, Darren Beattie at Revolver News, and other independent journalists, we now know the initial reports of a murderous mob of thousands of armed white nationalist insurrectionists storming the Capitol and killing five people including bludgeoning a Capitol Police officer to death with a fire extinguisher have proven to be false. This despite the Left and corporate media desperately attempting to cling to the original narrative President-select Joe Biden himself would still have us believe.

President-select Biden on June 16th repeating the myth Officer Sicknick was killed by Capitol Hill rioters months after it was revealed the D.C. medical examiner determined he died of natural causes the following day

The greatest attack on our democracy since the Civil War

President-select Joe Biden referncing the Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot in his first address to a largely empty joint session of Congress

There has been much debate among historians about who set the Reichstag Fire and for what reason. Five Communist sympathizers were arrested and tried for the arson, but only one was convicted and sentenced to death. Many now believe it was in fact a “false flag” event and the Nazi Party themselves were behind the plot in order to give them the pretext they needed to seize complete power.

The question of who really set the Reichstag Fire has remained a matter of enduring debate to the present day.

Many observers, even at the time, challenged the Nazi contention that the arson was a Communist plot. Meanwhile, some diplomats, foreign journalists and liberals within Germany suggested that the Nazis had started the fire themselves as a pretext for taking absolute power.

From History.com article on The Reichstag Fire

The term “Reichstag Fire” today has become a metaphor for a staged event meant to manufacture a crisis and justify emergency actions. The Nazis likely used the event as part of a larger disinformation campaign to crush all political opposition on their way to achieving absolute power. Whether or not Jan 6th was staged, the Biden administration is certainly using the Capitol Hill Riot to launch a campaign to combat the largely imagined “domestic terrorist” threat made up of “white supremacists”, eg. their name for 75 million people who had the gall to vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.

Attorney General and partisan hack Merrick Garland announcing a national DOJ “strategy to counter domestic terrorism” (i.e. Trump supporters)

So it begs the question, was the Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot the same kind of false flag event, and if so, was it part of a larger disinformation campaign? How deep would it have to go?

TWP has laid out in our prior reporting, the Left and Deep State actors will often begin planting the seeds for a hoax or a disinformation campaign in the media and elsewhere months or even years in advance. Here Lee Smith describes how different elements were planted in the media to provide the predicate for the Russia Collusion Hoax, the disinformation campaign the FBI and Dept. of Justice (DOJ) would use to put the Trump campaign and administration under investigation for well over three years.

Lee Smith on American Thought Leaders describing buildup to the 2016 Clinton Campaign/FusionGPS “October Surprise”

The narrative the corporate media and Washington D.C. Establishment has created around Jan. 6th is largely a work of fiction. As more information continues to dribble out from independent media, it is becoming clear it was not the “armed insurrection” intended to topple the United States government they would have us believe, but rather a truly “mostly peaceful protest”.

Something odd happened however in the lead up to the Capitol Hill Riot. Throughout 2020 and the presidential campaign, the media, FBI, and even Congress became obsessed with a dopey online conspiracy theory called “QAnon”. This online movement would largely get blamed for inspiring, planning, inciting, and spearheading the attack in the Capitol in an attempt to somehow overthrow the United States government.

Examples of the media, the FBI, and Congress bizarrely focused on “QAnon” throughout 2020

The obsession with QAnon seemed bizarre at time as the media and a variety of officials across government built it up as some kind of dangerous, white supremacist cult prone to violent extremism. Yet curiously the FBI still to this day apparently has not lifted a finger to investigate who or what is behind QAnon despite the danger Director Wray himself repeatedly warned about as far back as March 2020. It appears this was done to give a name or face like “al-Qaeda” or “ISIS” to slap on the institutional narrative about some mythical “white nationalist domestic terrorist” threat.

As reported by Jack Posobiec on One America News back in September 2018, QAnon was started by a couple of online trolls on the anonymous social network 4Chan. The originators used the Socratic method and other techniques to convince followers they were in fact an individual source inside the Deep State named “Q” with a high-level security clearance. After their “goof” began to go viral and build a large underground following, it seemingly got co-opted by online grifters or someone or something else and spiraled out of their control. The online conspiracy theory would go on to grow exponentially among certain segments of the Trump base and would receive the lion’s share of the blame for sparking the Jan 6th riot.

Jack Posobiec’s Sep 2018 OAN story about the origins of QAnon

Whether inspired by QAnon or not, when Jan 6th finally did arrive, there was a shocking lack of security in place in and around the Capitol as laid out in these video segments of Congressman Devin Nunes and podcaster by Nate “The Lawyer” Broady.

Congressman Devin Nunes and podcaster Nate “The Lawyer” Broady talking about the suspicious lack of security present on Jan 6th at the Capitol Hill Complex and Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to answer any questions related to it.

In preparation for the Congressional Certification of the Electoral Count and the Inauguration of the President, the Capitol Hill Complex is normally secured with multiple layers of fencing that starts being installed in November soon after election day. For some unknown reason, that did not happen after this most recent election.

During Trump’s second sham impeachment after he had already left office, the Senate almost in the blink of an eye went from a stunning announcement they were going to call witnesses to just as suddenly taking a vote to acquit the former President. The sudden about-face was a result of Trump’s legal team moving to call Speaker Nancy Pelosi to testify under oath about what she knew in the lead up to Jan 6th.

The White House, the Supreme Court Building, and other Washington D.C. government buildings were secured and had the normal, adequate security precautions in place. Yet despite members of Congress getting intelligence briefings warning of possible plans to storm the Capitol Hill Complex, not even the most basic security precautions seemed to be present. The U.S. Capitol Police had even responded publicly the day before on Jan 5th to a local left-leaning publication about their security precautions in response to online posts by pro-Trump groups discussing ways they might “occupy” or “storm” the U.S. Capitol.

So U.S. Capitol Police were aware. Yet despite the threats, Jan 6th protesters were greeted with fencing more suitable for crowds at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, not the larger fixed in place fencing typically seen near Inauguration Day. Capitol Police officers were in their normal uniform fatigues or bicycle unit uniforms and helmets, not in heavier tactical or riot gear with riot helmets and shields that had been present throughout D.C. when other recent protests were expected.

The DOJ is in possession of over 14,000 hours of video of the Capitol Hill Riot that they are refusing to release to the public, or even to defendants being charged for offenses related to the riot. What little video has surfaced shows unusual and unexplained scenes of Capitol Hill Police removing those same barricades, opening doors, and waving protesters in.

Capitol Hill Police removing barricades, opening doors, and waving in protesters on Jan 6th

One of the things that always struck me from looking at video and pictures of the Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot was just the amount of black clothing in the crowd and in particular worn by those who initially breached the Capitol and were the most confrontational with police.

Rioters inside the Capitol clashing with police

Just from my own personal experience around Trump supporters and watching Trump rallies, you might see a smattering of black, but the crowd is normally decked out in very vibrant red, white, and blue. Nothing like what was seen on Jan 6th in and around the Capitol.

“Fight For Trump” chant from the Trump Valdosta, GA rally December 5th

Another thing that always struck me is the number of rioters wearing goggles, face coverings (but not Covid-style masks), and black helmets like the type skateboarders would wear. I have never seen a Trump supporter before or after wearing these types of helmets, yet on Jan 6th they seemed to be all over the place.

You do see them frequently being used by Antifa though. They are almost like a calling card at their “mostly peaceful protests” along with goggles and face coverings. And of course they are known for their Black bloc tactic that has been used by violent Leftist groups for decades, covering themselves head-to-toe in all-black attire making them difficult to individually identify in order to hinder prosecution.

Longtime war correspondent Michael Yon who has infiltrated and studied Antifa and their tactics for years and was outside the Capitol in the crowd on Jan 6th and gave a very insightful interview to Epoch Times just days after the riot. In the interview he talks about his own observations of individuals who appeared to be Antifa “agent provocateurs” using the same tactics he had seen used before to incite the crowd, whip them into a mob mentality, and urge them on to enter the Capitol. He also talks about video footage he had seen of the rioters who first breached the Capitol and clashed with the Capitol Hill Police inside. He describes them as Antifa’s special forces or their “A-Team”. Here are some segments from his interview, but the full 19 minute interview is well worth the watch.

Michael Yon about his observations outside the Capitol on Jan 6th witnessing Antifa agent provocateurs who incited the riot and led the breach into the Capitol Hill Complex

Footage from inside the Capitol has since surfaced showing one of the initial breaches that seems to add credence to Yon’s assessment. This video shows a well-organized team of black clad operatives, some wearing body armor, entering unopposed through a broken window. This does not appear to be Trump supporters or one of the pro-Trump militia groups the FBI and DOJ investigation are focused on, but likely members of the Antifa “A-Team” Yon describes in his Epoch Times interview.

Footage of what appears to be a well-organized team, some in full body armor, breaking into the Capitol Hill Complex on Jan 6th

Antifa’s agent provocateurs did not just wait outside the Capitol urging Trump supporters on. Many mixed in and continued to urge the crowd to penetrate deeper into the complex, and create as much havoc as they could as they went. Epoch Times conducted another insightful interview in the days immediately after Jan 6th with Japanese independent journalist Masako Ganaha. She was able to obtain different videos of the same event, namely the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol Hill Police officer. Her examination reveals what Antifa agent provocateurs such as CNN paid contributor John Sullivan and others were doing in the area to incite the rioters and help facilitate Babbitt’s execution. Again, here are segments, but the full interview is worth the time.

Segments of Epoch Times interview with independent Japanese journalist Masako Ganaha about analysis of footage of the Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot showing Antifa instigators embedded into the crowd

I questioned the day of the event the other images and narratives being put out on social media and in the press. The moment I saw the infamous “QAnon Viking” photo my initial thought was it was staged. I have seen a lot of QAnon followers, and I’ve never seen any that look anything like this. This is more like the mainstream media caricature of a QAnon follower. Most of the people around the ‘Viking’ look nothing like any QAnon or Trump supporter I’ve ever seen either. Take the shorter guy to right for instance. Decked out head-to-toe in nearly all black with a crude Trump flag and hat perched awkwardly on top of his hoodie? Both the hat and flag look like they were quickly ordered online just for the purpose of this photo op. This is not QAnon, this is Antifa.

Now I do not mean to imply all of the Capitol Hill rioters were Antifa and not Trump supporters. Most Trump supporters were still listening to President Trump’s speech at The Ellipse at the time of the initial breach. Many came wandering in well after the riot was underway and the Capitol Police had basically thrown all the entrances open. However there were a significant number of Trump supporters present and joined in with the mob that initially breached the Capitol, egged on by agent provocateurs.

QAnon either directly or indirectly played a role. If you are unfamiliar with the details of the conspiracy theory, the gist is there was a secret struggle going on inside the U.S. government between the “white hat” good guys aligned with President Trump and the “black hat” bad guys supporting the Clintons, Obamas, and Bidens. The conflict was supposed to culminate in a dramatic final event when military special forces would carry out an operation to round up all the bad actors opposing President Trump and whisk them away for trial.

Ashli Babbit, as the corporate media never fails to remind everyone, was a follower of the theory along with a lot of other people in the crowd that day. There were still others who had been influenced by figures like Lin Wood promoting elements of the conspiracy theory such as a military uprising or declaring martial law. So when the riot broke out and people, some in military helmets and paramilitary uniforms, began rushing into the Capitol, some true believers or those conditioned by elements of the theory may have thought, “This is it!” It probably greatly increased the number of genuine Trump supporters inclined to join in with the mob.

The media continues to push QAnon as an “evolving security threat” and blames it for any issue they are trying to discredit as some “wild conspiracy theory” like the need for an independent, full forensic audit of the vote in disputed states like Arizona with widespread reports of election irregularities.

Russian collusion pee-pee hoax truther Rachel Maddow blames questions about 2020 election results and demands for full forensic audits on “QAnon”. Wait until the end and see if you can spot the contradiction … it’s tricky.

So the Democrats now have their “Bogeyman“. Just like the Reichstag Fire fabricated an insurrection the Nazis needed to justify emergency actions to combat, QAnon is now the Cobra to the Establishment’s G.I. Joe. A faceless domestic terrorist organization hiding in the shadows that requires the full focus and resources of the federal government to combat in order to save democracy. You’ll never see them, but trust us … they’re there ready to rise up and overthrow the U.S. government at any moment.

Throughout the first half of 2021 and as recently as last week, corporate media and members of Congress have breathlessly warned about the threat of QAnon once again turning violent and attempting to overthrow the U.S. government. Thankfully, they already had their Domestic Terrorism Patriot Act, along with its reported 20,000 to 40,000 pages of associated regulations, written and ready to rock ‘n roll even before Jan 6th. How’s that for some good foresight and proactive planning?

The DOJ is now using quote, “shock and awe” tactics to target political dissidents as seen in this chilling interview on 60 Minutes with interim US Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin where he openly states he expects to be able to charge Jan 6th Capitol Hill protesters with sedition, a 20 year felony as Scott Pelley and other corporate media hacks cheerlead for the DOJ.

Segment of interim US Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin’s chilling 60 Minutes interview with corporate media shill Scott Pelley

There are many individuals who entered the Capitol on Jan 6th still being held indefinitely and unconstitutionally without bail in solitary confinement on nonviolent and misdemeanor charges such as trespassing in one of the most abhorrent mass violation of civil rights in recent American history.

Attorney Robert Barnes calling out the politicalized investigations of some Jan 6th Capitol Hill protesters. Sadly, the clip is from mid-March which makes the constitutional abuses now that much more egregious.

Unless you are a committed CNN or MSNBC viewer, you probably realize the entire QAnon threat is utter gibberish. It begs the question however, how did the media, the FBI, and members of Congress know to incessantly warn about the QAnon threat publicly for over a year?

There are really only two possibilities:

A. They are correct and QAnon really is this massive online cult of white ultranationalists who are becoming radicalized. They were prophetic enough to warn us about the coming danger, but yet so incompetent they were unable to determine who or what is behind QAnon and shut it down in the nearly two years leading up to Jan 6th or the six months since.


B. They knew it was coming. There was a coordinated effort between government and private actors to carry out a Psychological Operation or “PsyOp” meant to misdirect Trump’s base of support, get them to work against their own interests and potentially radicalize them. If true, the fact the FBI and Director Wray himself were so public in their warnings would seem to indicate the U.S. Intelligence Community played at least a significant role if not outright ran the PsyOp entirely themselves.

Robert Barnes on Alison Morrow’s podcast answering why he believes “QAnon” was a government PsyOp and how he identified it was happening

If QAnon in fact was part of a government PsyOp, think about the degree of planning and coordination that would have had to go into it. They would have been laying the groundwork years in advance and coordinated across numerous government, media, and private organizations. The size and scope of it would have to be massive.

It probably would have not been done with Jan 6th specifically in mind, but rather to undermine Trump’s base of support throughout the 2020 election cycle. It was also meant to potentially spark an incident like the Capitol Hill Riot to provide the justification needed for their domestic terrorism bill that is nothing but a Nazi-style power grab just like The Enabling Act of 1933 passed in response to the Reichstag Fire.

Just as TWP was going to publish this story, Darren Beattie and Revolver News broke their own story that seems to lend even more credibility to the theory. Revolver reports the FBI had operatives infiltrate and organize many of the same groups that are now blamed for planning and executing the Jan 6th breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Revolver News is willing to address the matter directly in the following three questions:

– In the year leading up to 1/6 and during 1/6 itself, to what extent were the three primary militia groups (the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters) that the FBI, DOJ, Pentagon and network news have labeled most responsible for planning and executing a Capitol attack on 1/6 infiltrated by agencies of the federal government, or informants of said agencies?

– Exactly how many federal undercover agents or confidential informants were present at the Capitol or in the Capitol during the infamous “siege” and what roles did they play (merely passive informants or active instigators)?

– Finally, of all of the unindicted co-conspirators referenced in the charging documents of those indicted for crimes on 1/6, how many worked as a confidential informant or as an undercover operative for the federal government (FBI, Army Counterintelligence, etc.)?

From the Revolver News article ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge’
Tucker Carlson interviews Darren Beattie about a Revolver News story exposing the FBI’s role in the Jan 6th attack on the Capitol

The Jan 6th Capitol Hill Riot appears to be a largely planned false flag event, but was it part of a larger disinformation campaign? It is shocking to grasp the amount of planning that must have gone into staging such an event and degree of coordination that would have been necessary before, during, and after across government agencies, the media, and other non-governmental organizations such a Big Tech and Leftist groups like Antifa.

We are beginning to see something similar in the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response. What other disinformation campaigns of this size and scope might be out there? TWP will look into another possible one in our next exposé. Here’s a hint, but it might not be the angle of the story you think and almost certainly not one you have heard before.

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