Oath Keepers hack exposes law enforcement officers across the US

Law enforcement officers described what they could offer to the department’s guards:

“I have a variety of law enforcement experiences, including covert operations, surveillance, and SWAT,” one wrote in the membership application.

“Communications, weapons, K9 officer of the local sheriff’s office for 12 years now,” another wrote.

The third wrote: “I am currently serving as a deputy mayor in Texas.”

These men, sworn to uphold the law, were registering to join an extremist anti-government armed group.

Oath keepers trade conspiracy theories and wild interpretations of the United States Constitution. Its members participated in armed confrontations with the federal government. Some face charges in relation to their role in the January 6 rebellion.

The data is part of a huge data set that was hacked from the Oath Keepers website. The data, some of which was made available to the whistle-blower group “Secrets Distributed Denial” to journalists, includes a file that appears to provide the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of nearly 40,000 members.

A search of that list revealed more than 200 people who identified themselves as active or retired law enforcement officers upon registration. USA TODAY confirmed that 20 of them are still serving, from Alabama to California. Another 20 have retired since joining the department’s guards.

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