Author: Marshall Cohen | CNN
During the U.S. Capitol Rebellion, the QAnon supporter who pursued Police Officer Eugene Goodman near the Senate was sent back to prison on Thursday, partly because he violated the release rules and accessed conspiracy theories about the 2020 election online.
The unusual change means that Doug Jensen of Iowa will return to prison only seven weeks after his release. He was arrested shortly after the uprising on January 6 and held until July, when a federal judge released him home under strict conditions.
These conditions include prohibiting the use of the Internet-to keep Jensen away from the QAnon conspiracy, which he previously admitted to investigators was the reason he broke into the Capitol. However, when court officials visited Jensen’s home for the first time last month, they found him in his garage, playing right-wing news media on his cell phone.
According to court documents, Jensen admitted to court officials that he also used his mobile phone to broadcast a conspiracy seminar hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Mike Lindell was a stubborn supporter of former President Donald Trump. Repeatedly push for debunked accusations and disorganized theories about foreign countries. Some countries exchange millions of votes in order to steal Trump’s election.
District Judge Timothy Kelly stated in a court hearing on Thursday that he released Jason in July because Jason claimed that he had “turned things around” and denied the conspiracy theory.
“But it is now clear that he did not go through the transformation his lawyer previously described, and he continues to look for the conspiracy theories that led to his dangerous behavior on January 6,” Kelly continued, who was appointed by Trump as DC in 2017 District court. “I don’t see any reason to believe that he has received the wake-up call he needs.”
This case raises questions about the continuing danger of Capitol thugs and right-wing extremists. The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly warned that these Americans are still being radicalized by conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Lindel and Trump themselves are still peddling these lies, which are prevalent in online conservative circles.
“I think this may be a logical inference,” Kelly said. “There is no guarantee that Mr. Jensen will not pose a threat to the safety of the community.”
The case against Jensen involved one of the most viral scenes of the attack-U.S. Capitol Police Officer Goodman shrewdly led Jensen and other mobs out of the unguarded Senate chamber. Goodman won the Congressional Gold Medal for saving lives and keeping calm, and Jason and others chased him in the winding Capitol.
Prosecutors charged Jensen with seven federal crimes, including felony charges of bringing a knife into the Capitol. He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer insisted that he had never personally attacked Goodman. He was accused of assaulting or obstructing police officers.
At the hearing on Thursday, Jensen’s lawyer asked the judge to impose a brief punishment on the prison, but not to revoke his bail indefinitely. The lawyer also said that Jensen’s attachment to conspiracy theories was like “addiction” or “compulsion,” and the prosecutor rejected this comparison.
“At first glance, it sounds a bit Orwellian. A man is sitting in his garage broadcasting news through the Internet… Now the government wants to put him in jail,” said Christopher Davis, Jensen’s attorney.
“Leave Orwellianism aside,” Davis continued. “He was wrong. He didn’t deny it.”