Suspect in leading 1-6 riot has top-security clearance, worked for the FBI


The FBI says the man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol. He has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday.

Thomas Caldwell worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009-2010 after retiring from the Navy.

He said he wasn’t even in the Capitol.

Holding top secret security clearance requires strict and expansive background checks. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S. government.

“He has been vetted and found numerous times as a person worthy of the trust and confidence of the United States government, as indicated by granting him Top Secret clearances,” his lawyer Thomas Plofchan wrote.

Caldwell’s lawyer said he denies ever going into the Capitol and has “physical limitations” that would prevent the 66-year-old from forcing his way into any building.

Plofchan said his client retired as a lieutenant commander with the Navy and that he was a “100% disabled veteran.”

The FBI says he was in the hotel with Oathkeepers and communicated with the during the siege.

One message he received read, “Will probably call you tomorrow … mainly because … I like to know wtf plan is. You are the man COMMANDER.”

At one point during the siege, Caldwell received a message that said “all members are in the tunnels under the capital,” according to court documents. “Seal them in turn on gas,” it said.

Other messages read: “Tom all legislators are down in the Tunnels 3floors down” and “go through back house chamber doors facing N left down hallway down steps,” according to court documents.

He is still locked up. The articles don’t say what the charges are.



  1. I offer a pimento (memento) to those who think that there any alphabet soup agencies that aren’t totally corrupted and weaponized. A Bozo clown horn with rainbow colors.
    Fear dullards so clueless that they think a return to Stalinism is a great leap forward?
    Not really.

  2. Sorry, but I’m not buying this. People with his background would know how to run a Black Op that the FBI wouldn’t be able to track. He should have the Military and FBI experience to do this. The first thing that would happen would be Cell phones would be left at home and Military Grade comms would be acquired for the Op. The operators wouldn’t have stayed in Hotel rooms. They wouldn’t have used credit cards for anything, not even to buy gas at a pump. They all would have a solid alibi placing them well outside of the area. Only call signs would used; no names

    Come on, a message like “turn on gas”. This is theater. The Capitol siege was a photo op. It was probably cover for something much bigger. If it was a cover, the Team (no more than 6) was in and out without so much as a finger print. Republicans should be looking for things missing from Republican offices. Nancy’s laptop was just a diversion. If you’ve stepped through the looking glass you see how these things are done. I seriously doubt “high level” Oath Keeper involvement, but truth doesn’t seem to matter anymore. The Obama Administration had been trying to “infiltrate” the Oath Keepers for years. It was real opposition. This guy was a FBI operative, what did he know? Did they find a group of BOTS willing to do a false flag? The Deep State is fighting for its survival. This sounds more like throwing the BOTS and people who wouldn’t play along under the bus to hide the real OP. After what came out during the last Impeachment Trial, you can’t trust anything related to the FBI and CIA. I’m just waiting for the new version of the Warren Commission and a new Arlen Specter magic bullet theory to explain everything. What we are watching now is all window dressing for the big cover up.

  3. The Washington Swamp includes members (present and former) of the FBI, the CIA, the DoJ, CONGRESS, Antifa, BLM, ACLU, and others.

    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer likely had a hand in assuring that the Capitol Police was understaffed on Jan 6th and that the National Guard was NOT deployed until after the invasion of the Capitol Building.

    All of the bullsqueeze following the riots was PLANNED by the ranking members of the Swamp.

    The insurrection was planned WEEKS before Jan 6th and had nothing to do with President Trump’s rally speech, with exception of the timing.

    It is just so easy to blame him for it, though it was planned, orchestrated and carried out by the Swamp bastards.

    Anyone with an IQ above that of a moron knows this.

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