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Massachusetts fascists who went to Washington are coming back to unwelcome news

Update: One UMass employee no longer has a job.

UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester tweeted this morning:

We have been made aware that one or more of our employees may have been involved in the violence that took place at our Nation's Capitol. We strongly condemn such behavior, if true, and have initiated an investigation.

Meanwhile, in Malden, a group of residents have stepped up the fight to keep resident Mark Sahady out.

Sahady, one of the organizers of those periodic events in Boston where white supremacists waltz around pretending to be in favor of straight people, went to Washington for what might be our loser president's last rally, although unlike so many other attendees, has yet to say if he then stormed the Capitol. He's only repoted that he organized a bus down there for fellow rightwingers.

Not that Sahady has anything against violence per se. On Jan. 3, he responded to a tweet by Joe Biden that if Biden tries anything Sahady doesn't like - including Covid-19 lockdowns - Biden should be ready to be met with force: "Get your guns ready people."

Sahady seems more put out that in a report this week, Malden Patch linked him with Chris Hood, a former Malden resident who organized a local neo-Nazi group that Sahady says he has nothing to do with.

Patch reports that after news broke of the fatal riot in Washington, Malden Police sent an officer to Hood's last known Malden address to see if he still lived in town, but found he did not. Police declined to say where Hood lives now.

Earlier:
Local white supremacists joined the seditious mob in Washington today.

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I’d also like to point out that one of the organizers of Super Happy Fun America (who planned the Straight Pride Parade last year) Samson Racioppi, attends New England Law Boston. We (the student body) have been trying to make the administration aware that they not only harbor, but also enable, a notorious local white supremacist. It’s completely lost on law students how he passed the Character & Fitness admissions standards. He’s been endorsing hate speech and violence for years, and the clown coup this week only adds to his disgusting repertoire. We’ve gone as far as filing a complaint with the ABA to get our administration’s attention.

Scott Brown (yes, that Scott Brown) is now our President & Dean here, and his first communication responded to this with vague platitudes. The students aren’t having it. White supremacists should not be tolerated — especially in legal academia!

This might seem off-topic, but I’ve been trying to reach any media who will listen. This just happens to be the only time we might have their attention.

Adam, if you’re interested in investigating this, there are plenty of students who want to come forward and be heard.

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Have you reached out to ProPublica? They have a tips/suggestions inbox: [email protected].

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try reaching out to Elizabeth Warren, a former law professor

I would also encourage you very strongly to reach out to Naura Healy. She is also nobody’s fool. There are all sorts of laws that regulate what nonprofits can and cannot do.

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However, it's not evident that the school is violating any state law by admitting this student.

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she’s got lots of ways and skills to get things done - I see no harm in reaching out to her

No offense, truly, but I would rather hear her legal opinion than that of an anonymous poster on a news blog

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You can pass the Bar Exam and not be admitted to the bar.

A Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar by Examination or by Motion must be filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk. Completed Petitions including all filing requirements will be referred to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) to determine whether you have the qualifications and acquirements required for admission, and whether you embody "...that degree of honesty, integrity, and discretion that the public and members of the bench and bar have the right to demand of a lawyer."

Board of Bar Examiners
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 5-140, Boston, MA 02108
Main: Call Board of Bar Examiners, Main: at(617) 482-4466
Office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm M-F.
Email [email protected]
~~~~~~~
V.1 Report on character & fitness
Pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 the Board of Bar Examiners shall report to the Court as to the character, acquirements and qualifications of each candidate for admission who has passed the written bar examination in Massachusetts, or a concurrent written exam in another Uniform Bar Examination jurisdiction, or has transferred a qualifying Uniform Bar Examination score earned previously in another jurisdiction, or who has filed a petition for admission by motion.

The Board of Bar Examiners considers good character to embody that degree of honesty, integrity and discretion that the public and members of the bench and the bar have the right to demand of a lawyer. The Board of Bar Examiners considers sufficient acquirements and qualifications to be those that are necessary to demonstrate a lawyer's fitness to practice law. In evaluating character and fitness, the Board of Bar Examiners takes into consideration all available pertinent information as to past conduct of the candidate. A record manifesting a significant deficiency in the honesty, trustworthiness, diligence or reliability of a candidate may constitute a basis for denial of a recommendation for admission. Engaging in any conduct which would have subjected the candidate to discipline if he/she had already been a member of the bar will weigh strongly against a determination of good character and fitness. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that nondisclosure of a material fact on the candidate's application(s) to the bar, law school or undergraduate school is prima facie evidence of the lack of good character.

https://www.mass.gov/professional-conduct-rules/board-of-bar-examiners-r...

Examples:
Corliss v. Board, Bar Exam
https://casetext.com/case/corliss-v-board-bar-exam

DESY vs. BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS
https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ma-supreme-judicial-court/1270190.html

WILLIAM LOUIS STRIGLER v. BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS
https://casetext.com/case/strigler-v-bd-of-bar-exam

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I'm a graduate of New England Law myself, but honestly, people are entitled to their opinions, even fascist white supremest ones.

I'm a little sad that a law student doesn't understand this.

If his conduct or his speech crosses the line and becomes illegal, then the ABA can certainly not admit him to the bar. In this day and age, you can't run from your social media posts and employers certainly do check on you. The truth about strongly ideological white supremest is, they are hard to get along with and often dont thrive in anything other than aggressive or criminal contexts.

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If he has espoused racist beliefs it is well within the boundary to decide that those are points of character that disqualify him from being accepted by the ABA. In essence they could say that since he doesn't view people as being equal based on race that he does not have the ability to pursue the law as applying equally to all people.

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Note that you’re a graduate, and not a current student. Context is everything, which is something we’re struggling to provide.

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and get back into the library. If you read Constitutional Law you will discover that even the biggest assholes you can imagine are entitle to free speech, within certain limits. As bad as it may be to be forced to listen to them, isn't it better to know who they are? There's no better way to hone your advocacy skills than debating someone with whom you honestly disagree, based on your knowledge of the law.

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You'd realize that the ABA is not a government agency and they are well within the right to have standards of character for admission that can punish the speech of applicants to the bar.

From Wiki:

The American Bar Association (ABA), founded August 21, 1878, is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which is not specific to any jurisdiction in the United States. The ABA's most important stated activities are the setting of academic standards for law schools, and the formulation of model ethical codes related to the legal profession.

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Violent overthrow of the US government is well over the line.

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Thank you for speaking up.

For the past year and a half, I have been harassed by my law school peers due to my activism. The culture among students is that if you do not go along with the left's agenda, you are to be ostracized and removed from the community. I've been called a nazi by a student in the hallway. A Lexis-Nexis student representative told my fellow law school peers that they have a white supremacist in their class, that it was me, and that the students need to spread word about who I am.

As you can see, there's a significant online campaign to get rid of me from the school, and to prevent me from taking the bar.

Students repeat that I'm a 'known' white supremacist and that my posts support their claims, but they fail to ever produce evidence supporting their claims. They also claim to know I went to DC with the intent to engage in violence. As law students, they should know how nearly impossible it is to prove intent -- yet here we are.

I've said it numerous times both on social media and to the news: I am not a white supremacist, fascist, nazi, or any of the names those on the left call people like me on the right. These allegations are false and damaging, and I will do everything legally possible to hold them to account for their actions.

I am always willing to have a discussion with those willing to listen. Unfortunately we no longer exist in a society where "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." No one wants to understand the other side. It is all cancel culture.

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Samson, are you one of the founders and/or are you a current member of Super Happy Fun America, a/k/a the pro-Trump straight pride parade people?

- Are you a member of, affiliated with, or a collaborator of Resist Marxism? Can you clear up for us if Super Happy Fun America is just Resist Marxism rebranded or not?

- Do you consider yourself alt-right or western chauvinist?

- Did you, or any of your partners at Super Happy Fun America, help plan and organize Boston’s Free Speech Rally?

- Were you listed as a “headline speaker” for Boston’s Free Speech Rally that included such luminaries as:

- Gavin McInnes, the publicly-admitted white nationalist founder of the white supremacist Proud Boys.

- Augustus Sol Invictus who, according to SPLC “slaughtered a goat and drank its blood as part of a pagan ritual”, and denies the Holocaust saying “[d]o I believe that 6 million Jews were killed by evil Hitler? Is that what you're asking?...Okay, then I am still waiting to see those facts." [He sounds nice.]

- Kyle Chapman, another self-proclaimed white supremacist who plead to a felony for violently attacking anti-fascist protesters with a baton in San Francisco, who also made news recently for trying to brand the Proud Boys as explicitly and overtly white supremacist.

- Joe Biggs, a Proud Boys national leader filmed directing insurrectionists in DC this week. And..

- Cassandra Fairbanks, an alt-right journalist who, along with male-supremacist Mike Cernovich, flashed a white power hand gesture at a White House photo op.

- Why did you (and/or organizations you belong to) choose these speakers?

- Why, if you don’t consider yourself a white supremacist, fascist, or nazi, would you ever agree to be a speaker at the same event as self-admitted white supremacists and fascists?

- Do you endorse or align yourself with the above people? Or do you unequivocally denounce each and everyone of the speakers?

- Furthermore, did you attend the “Stop the Steal” rally this week in DC? If you did, did you ride down on Mark Sahady’s bus? If you were in DC January 6, will you state clearly and definitively for the record whether or not you entered United States Capitol grounds and if you entered the building?

- Do you endorse Sahady’s threat to oppose any attempt by Joe Biden to implement Covid restrictions by telling followers "Get your guns ready people"?

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*crickets*

Samson, did an attorney advise you not to answer these questions as to not to incriminate yourself as a white supremacist?

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Yet you did make a social media post calling for all your "DOG FACED PONY SOLDIERS" to "REPORT" to D.C. with a picture of a minute man with a rifle in his hand.

You then posted up-front photos of the barriers with police pepper spraying. How long before the riots were this? Moments?

You surely turned around and went home after going all the way there, right?

https://imgur.com/a/oEP6ekU

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Sorry, you said you’d defend to the death the right of speech for others, but then you also said you’d like to hold peers legally accountable for their speech on you because it’s damaging.

2 possible thought patterns to clear this dissonance:

1. People have a right to speech, but certainly they still be punished for it when it crosses certain boundaries. Your example is when they cause material harm.

2. There are some obvious curtailments to free speech, insults to you being one of them. But apparently hate speech and inciting violence not among them?

I tend to agree more with the first option. Your participation and defense of certain speech/action has caused material harm so it appears you’re helping to build a case against yourself. I appreciate that!

Hope January has treated you well Samson.

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One of the things I thought of with regard to the Capitol rampage was all that "people's seat" business. Maybe he really is a progenitor.

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have a substack website/newsletter and submit to DigBoston as well. We know Sam covered and part of removing him from masscann. Send a message over. [email protected]

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Mark Sahady is actually an Arab white supremacist type, which boggles the mind

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Does it bogle tbe mind? Many people from foreign countries are not automatically liberals when they immigrated and many who come from oppressive, authoritarian countries maintain those attitudes.

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Expectation of privacy is forfeited when you illegally and violently breach the center of the United States government for the purposes of disrupting Congress’s constitutionally-directed duty and to physically intimidate (or worse) the #2 & #3 in line of presidential succession and every duly-elected member of congress.

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Not sure where to find feather pillows. (I can go to hardware store for the tar and lumber yard for some rails).

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You are actually advocating tarring and feathering people? Not to mention people who have not yet even been convicted of a criminal act by due process?

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Ikea has them.

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and should stick well to tar. You might also consider Styrofoam peanuts. Also Ikea, apparently. Go with the classic, if you can.

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Well, not feathers, but they fall apart and leave junky piles of foam pieces.

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Which would support the My Pillow dickhead, and thus Trump.

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and when it arrived my brother demanded to know why she bought a "Nazi pillow", leaving her genuinely confused.

Not everyone knows about Lindell...yet.

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They were sort of comfortable for a couple of months, but were not terribly durable.

I encased them in IKEA pillow covers for the cat to lounge on. Former ferals like lumpy stuff.

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Ugh I made this mistake a couple of years ago. I bought them for my husband so he’d stop stealing my pillows lol. Not only do the pillows suck, but when I realized what Lindell was all about I was seriously horrified. I had to get rid of them - it really bothered me I’d supported this moron - and buy the hubby two new pillows like mine.

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What good will come of such an action? The information of many perpetrators is already known, has been known, and they still chose to storm the capital.

Why not focus on getting better leaders elected to office. We're being whiplashed from one extreme to the other as far as the presidency goes. Under each mindset of governing, we're not advancing for the better. A refusal from each side to listen, and talk to the other, is going to lead to further division within our countries political spectrum.

This former white supremacist talks about how he was changed. Extreme hate by both sides is pointless.

So again, doxx with what goal in mind?

https://youtu.be/VM6HZqQKhok

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A refusal from each side to listen, and talk to the other, is going to lead to further division

I’m all set listening and talking to white supremacists, nazis, fascists, MAGAs, and insurgents who invade the halls of our government. I feel I get the gist of their message and do not need to further engage any of them.

Name and shame.

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Name and shame.

Naming in shaming is all well and good, but IMO you missed another important goal: prosecution.

DC and Federal law enforcement agencies have already requested the public's help with identifying those involved. In this instance, doxxing is the patriotic thing to do.

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When your Facebook video of you committing felonies in the Capitol goes viral and ends up on the nightly talk shows, it accelerates the process of justice.

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Do not doxx people!

These people have family members and neighbors who don't have a choice but to live with/near them.

Not to mention unless you're fact-checking addresses/phone/etc., you may end up doxxing the wrong person, which is horrible.

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I am not encouraging people to show up their houses, but every employer who runs a cursory Google search or background check should know about

And family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses should have the right to know they have a white supremacist terrorist in their neighborhood and community.

Name and shame.

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Do you REALLY think that these assholes confine their fascism to rhetoric on the internet?

Seriously - this could very well be liberating to terrorized family members.

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Expectation of privacy is forfeited when you illegally and violently breach the center of the United States government for the purposes of disrupting Congress’s constitutionally-directed duty and to physically intimidate (or worse) the #2 & #3 in line of presidential succession and every duly-elected member of congress.

I think you meant to say, "when you are duly convicted of illegally and violently....."

Vigilante justice makes us no better than the bad guys.

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Again, I am not advocating showing up at the person’s home and doling out justice.

But it’s not a bad thing if you Google the name of white supremacist, neo nazi, or invader of the Capitol and the first items that appear in the search are the bad actor’s extremist views and pro-fascist actions. Especially if you are an employer. Especially if you are a co-worker or neighbor who may be the target of the bad actor’s white-nationalist vitriol.

If one wants to keep his fascist leanings private, then keep them private. As soon as you inject your fascism
into the public sphere, especially using a white power rally that coincided with the violent, armed breach of the United States Capitol, then your views are fair game for the rest of us to examine, judge, and share.
And if your age, town of residence, and employer are public record or reported in the news media, then that is fair game as well.

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Again, I am not advocating showing up at the person’s home and doling out justice.

You keep using the word "doxxing," but I don't think it means what you think it means.

By all means name and shame, but publishing people's home addresses, or pictures of their kids along with information about where they go to school, is "doxxing".

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I am using the Wikipedia definition:

Doxing, or doxxing (from "dox", abbreviation of documents), is the Internet-based practice of researching and publicly broadcasting private or identifying information (especially personally identifying information) about an individual or organization.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering.

Kids are off limits, but if you participate in an insurrection or white power activities in public, your name, resume, residence, social media, professional/civic organizations, and hobbies are all fair game.

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You're playing with actual fire here. Mess up an ID, publish the wrong name, and you're putting the safety -- even the life -- of a completely innocent person on the line.

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News media publishes the names of people arrested all the time, many of whom are not convicted and/or innocent. I know from first-hand experience.

I also have a friend who was arrested in the 90s as a college freshman for graffiti and if an employer Googles his first name+last name+town he attended college guess what? There’s an news article about his alleged crime that does not later talk about charges being dropped.

I am 100% unsympathetic to those who commit violent white supremacist, fascist, or seditious acts and then have their personal and professional reputations scrutinized and ruined via exposure on the internet.

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The United States Capitol is a public space. There is zero expectation of privacy whatsoever in the building or its grounds (or really any public space or way anywhere in the United States for that matter), whether you're ransacking the place or merely strolling through. You act like an idiot in public, you reap the consequences of acting like an idiot in public. You don't have to be convicted of anything for people to think you're a moron for acting like a moron in public.

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The issue is that mistakenly labeling one of the photos of the rioters with the name of an unrelated, innocent person who wasn't within 500 miles of DC that day, which is an inevitable consequence of everybody deciding to become an amateur detective, and which apparently has already happened in at least one case, sets in motion a sequence of events that is very, very hard to stuff back into the bottle once the mistake is discovered.

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But the early matchups have been 1) sent to the FBI and 2) supported by boatloads of pics at rallies, with members of the Trump Crime Family, etc.

The most important thing is that all tips be sent to the FBI for further investigation. Unless you know for sure that it is your mom, aunt, and uncle, that is.

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You love the words 'Fascist' and 'Nazi'; are you a secret Antifa member?

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And were I such a member, believe me, I wouldn't be hiding it.

But no, it isn't, and no, I'm not.

What's it like being a Nazi?

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I know it's useless to reply to trolls, but still, in case you're wondering:

Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

There's no question, those people were fascist. The real question is why anyone would be FOR fascism? Antifa isn't a real group, but yeah... I'm 100% "anti" fascism.

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The definition of fascism is kind of hazy (as it is with most political ideologies), but at the bare minimum it involves the use of violence to subvert democracy and install a right wing authoritarian regime. To my eyes, what happened at the Capitol on Wednesday appears to fall under that umbrella.

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Dudes inside the capitol were literally photographed wearing "Camp Auschwitz" and "6 million was not enough" t-shirts, and waving fascist and confederate flags.

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Is the proper punishment for these Fascists.

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Sue Ianni said she doesn’t understand why those who attended Wednesday’s protest in Washington, D.C., that resulted in violent clashes inside the U.S. Capitol are being called “domestic terrorists.”

Ianni, of Natick, attended the protest, having organized busloads of supporters of President Donald Trump through an organization called Super Happy Fun America. Ianni said she is one of the organization’s directors, and described Super Happy Fun America as “a civil-rights organization that peacefully protests the leftist cabal taking over this country.”

Ianni said she was the lead organizer of 11 buses that left Massachusetts on Tuesday for the ride to Washington. About 300 members of Super Happy Fun America filled six of the buses. The remaining five included members from various Massachusetts groups, Ianna said, including Vietnam Americans for Trump and Bay State Chinese-American Patriots. Both groups were major financial donors that paid for the bus trips, according to Ianni.

All buses made it back safely to Massachusetts. However, Ianni said she heard one man did not return, and doesn’t know what happened to him.

https://www.milforddailynews.com/story/news/2021/01/08/trump-supporter-n...

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that was credibly reported on Twitter?

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since that is probably not what you mean, what does NEC mean in your post?

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Likely plenty of Amtrak Police on the train between DC and Boston.

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through the window of a Federal building with a cello bow. Not recommended.

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There is an old rule: Violins break windows. Cellos break hearts.

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still has a Twitter account. :-)

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Sahady [...] unlike so many other attendees, has yet to say if he then stormed the Capitol.

Just to follow up on this, and to the surprise of nobody, he did. Here's a photo of him inside, along with SHFA board member Suzanne Ianni who also got suddenly very shy when asked by local media if she went inside the Capitol:

https://twitter.com/GreggHoush/status/1348047042782900227

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