A US Army officer in North Carolina is under investigation for merely going to the protest at Capitol Hill earlier this month- one that led to a small group breaching the Capitol Building and resulted in several fatalities.
Capt. Emily Rainey, a Psyological Operations Officer under the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg, reportedly assisted in transporting like-minded individuals to the event, but denied partaking in any violent activity.
“I was a private citizen and doing everything right and within my rights,” she said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I told my bosses before I went that I was going, and I told them when I got back.”
Rainey was on scheduled leave at the time of the incident.
The young captain, who is the outspoken head of a North Carolina protest group called the Moore County Citizens for Freedom, stated that she is not totally convinced that all those who breached the Capitol were there for the same reasons she was.
“I don’t know any violent Patriots,” she said in a video on Facebook. “I don’t know any Patriots who would smash the windows of a National jewel like the [Capitol].”
While Soldiers are allowed to take part in political organizations and events, they must be out out of uniform.
The Department of Defense will conduct an investigation, though it is unknown if the investigation will end before the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden.
According to the New York Post, Captain Rainey’s role in the Army is to conduct -and be aware of- both information and disinformation operations used to shape the emotions, decision-making, and actions of individuals.
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