Of more than 140 indicted so far in the January 6 incident, a review of military records, social media accounts, court documents and news reports indicate that at least 27 of those charged, or nearly 20percent, “have served or are currently serving in the US military,” government-funded National Public Radio (NPR) reported Friday.
The report is based on a compiled list of individuals facing federal or District of Columbia charges in connection with the attack that followed a massive protest rally in Washington by supporters of last US President Donald Trump.
“To put that number in perspective, only about seven percent of all American adults are military veterans,” noted the report, citing the US Census Bureau.
Among those charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the congressional compound was identified as US Air Force veteran Larry Rendall Brock, who was photographed in a military-style helmet and tactical vest carrying flex cuffs inside the Capitol.
Brock posted on his Facebook page that he was preparing for a "Second Civil War," according to documents filed in a federal court, as cited in the NPR report, which further noted that in the weeks following Biden’s presidential victory, he also posted that "we are now under occupation by a hostile governing force."
"I see no distinction between a group of Americans seizing power and governing with complete disregard to the Constitution and an invading force of Chinese communists accomplishing the same objective," Brock wrote at the time.