Army investigates the role of psychological operations officer in rallying ahead of Capitol riot
The Army is investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of North Carolina individuals to the Washington rally that culminated in the deadly U.S. riot. Capitol by President Trump's supporters.
Commanders at Fort Bragg are investigating the role of Captain Emily Rainey in the events last week in the capital of the country, but she said she operated under military rules and that no one in her party breached the law.
"On Sunday, Rainey told The Associated Press, "I was a private citizen and doing all right and within my rights.
Rainey said she led 100 members of Moore County People for Freedom to Washington to "stand against election fraud" and support Trump, which identifies itself online as a non-partisan network supporting conservative values. She said the group was attending the protest, but she did not know of anyone entering the Capitol and that hours before an emergency curfew took effect, they were going back to their buses.
According to Maj. Daniel Lessard, a spokesman for 1st Special Forces Command, Rainey, 30, is assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg. Known as PSYOPS, in order to influence the thoughts, decision-making and behavior of American enemies, the organization uses knowledge and disinformation.
After she shared a video online of her tearing down caution tape at a playground that was closed under COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina, Rainey made headlines back in May.
Police in Southern Pines, a town about 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of Fort Bragg, charged her with personal property injury because of the incident. The police told WRAL-TV that after she ripped down the tape closing off the playground, they let her off twice before with warnings.