Desperately Seeking Sedition


American Greatness: Twitter account called #SeditionHunters has nearly 49,000 enthusiastic followers. The group describes itself loftily as a “global community of open-source intelligence investigators (OSINT)”—nice haughty touch with the acronym—“working together to assist the U.S. FBI and Washington D.C. Capitol Police in finding people who allegedly committed crimes in the January 6 capitol riots.” Its website includes a list of “#SeditionInsiders,” with images of 1,889 people observed inside the Capitol building on January 6, several hundred of whom have been arrested and charged, but not yet tried.

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1 ESV

The trouble is, not one of those people has been charged with actual sedition, a major felony that carries up to 20 years in federal prison—which is what #SeditionHunters ostensibly is hunting.

Although several Capitol rioters have been indicted for assault and a handful face conspiracy charges (though, notably, not seditious conspiracy), the vast majority of the people arrested in the aftermath of the Capitol breach face misdemeanor counts such as trespassing, “entering and remaining in a restricted building,” and disorderly conduct. Should any be convicted, many (if Politico is to be believed) are unlikely to receive jail time.

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