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Inside Edition 7 Jan 2021

Who Is the Man Who Put His Feet Up on Nancy Pelosi's Desk?

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Authorities are trying to identify and locate the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Who was the rioter sitting in Nancy Pelosi's office? After being photographed with his feet on the House Speaker's desk during the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Richard "Bigo" Barnett took to the streets bragging about his exploits. He showed no remorse, and no apparent fear of retribution or prosecution, belligerently speaking to cameras about his felonious activity.


The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during Wednesday's riots in the US Capitol has been arrested and charged with three federal counts, including theft of public property, federal officials said.
Federal officials said Richard Barnett of Arkansas was taken into custody Barnett was charged with knowingly entering and remaining in restricted building grounds without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds as well as the theft of public property, officials said.
A resident of Alabama was also charged in connection with the pipe bomb found on the south side of the Capitol building. Eleven Molotov cocktails and military-style weapon were found in his pickup truck, officials said.
"Just because you've left the DC region you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol," said Steven D'Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office.
"The FBI is not sparing any resources in this investigation," he said.
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Conspiracy Theories are a global phenomenon. Some make people deny the existence of the new coronavirus, while believing that vaccination is about the implantation of brain chips! Others incite voters who just lost an election to assault democratic institutions, like those Trump supporters storming the US Capitol to stop Congress clear the way for a Joe Biden presidency.
Are people who believe in conspiracy theories just gullible? Or is there more to it? And how worried should we be?
There is growing concern in Germany about the scale of demonstrations against the measures introduced to cope with the coronavirus. And the spread of conspiracy theories to justify the protests. It's not just about flat-earthers and reptiloids - yes, some people believe that Angela Merkel is a space alien - The real problem arises when adherents to these theories become a threat to democracy and freedom. Then it becomes the job of Germany's domestic intelligence agency to keep an eye on them. The question is whether that is necessary yet. That's now up to the interior ministers of Germany's federal states to decide.
Some of them wear foil hats to protect themselves against radiation or ward off other evil spirits. Often considered harmless conspiracy theorists, they have now come to the notice of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The crisis around the coronavirus is a perfect fit. Some argue that it does not exist at all; others, that it was invented by politicians to control us. Some even speak of a coronavirus dictatorship.
Right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists point to perceived similarities with 1933, when Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany and the fascist dictatorship began. Some people demonstrating against the coronavirus measures have compared themselves to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
One challenge facing investigators is the lack of organized structures among conspiracy theorists. There are branches of the American Q-Anon movement in Germany but there is no reliable information about how many people belong to the hard core of conspiracy theorists here. However, surveys suggest that one in three people believes that there is a grain of truth in their elaborate stories.
The rioter, who was seen with his feet up on a desk in Nancy Pelosi's office, has officially been arrested. Richard Barnett of Arkansas was arrested on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property. Aired on 01/08/2021.

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