Five members of what the government describes as a "militia-style" group were arrested in relation to Jan. 6, 2021. Two other members fear being arrested next.
The ArrestsAccording to the press release, Benjamin Cole, 38, of Leesburg, John Edward Crowley, 50, of Windermere, Brian Preller, 33, of Mount Dora, and Jonathan Rockholt, 38, of Palm Coast, Florida, were "charged with the felony offense of interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder." A fifth defendant, 20-year-old Tyler Bensch of Casselberry, was charged with the others "with the misdemeanor offenses of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds."
According to the DOD, all five men "self-identified" as "members of the 'B Squad,' a subgroup of a militia-style, Florida based organization known as the 'Guardians of Freedom,' which adheres to the ideology of the 'Three Percenters.'”
What the Government and Media Aren't SayingWhat frustrates and frightens Leandra and Mark Clarke is what the government and the media are not telling people about GOF and the events leading up to the arrests.
As Leandra Clark explained, GOF was formed about nine years ago by a group of people who didn't like where society was going. The objective was to bring like-minded people together to learn basic survival and self-defense skills, which people could use in situations where they found themselves in danger or without shelter and food. They would gather at campgrounds and teach self-defense and how to grow and gather food.
During the lockdowns brought on by the outbreak of the COVID-19, GOF, like many other organizations and groups, went dormant.
The New GOFLeandra spoke with some of the original GOF founders about a month after Jan. 6, to express concerns about Liggett.
"All of the original founders basically stepped back from the group because they didn't like where Liggett had taken it," she explained. "He wanted everyone to do tactical training. That wasn't their goal. We wanted to teach people survival skills and to help out in the community. So I made the executive decision in my own head that I was going to take the company away from him because it wasn't his to begin with."
When GOF first started, the logo referenced the three percenters. After Liggett's coup, the founders wanted to refresh their identity.
"Once they decided to get rid of the three percenters part, we had a few variations of the logo because they didn't want to be known as just 'three percent' anymore," Leandra explained. "The reason for going with the phoenix was all about rising from the ashes."
The Jan. 6 ConnectionThe unfortunate connection of the new GOF to Liggett is Jan. 6.
At 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2021, an email was sent to GOF members from Tarra Hernandez. Hernandez, the Clarkes explained, was "Liggett's assistant."
The email announced to "ALL PATRIOTS" that they were "OFFICIALLY ON STANDBY FOR JANUARY 6th, 2021."
The message also admonished that the email was for "FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - DO NOT SHARE THIS EMAIL CONTENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO OUTWARD SOURCES AS WE HAVE PERSONAL INFORMATION OF OUR LODGING, PLANS, etc."
'B SQUAD' and 'B Leader'According to the Aug. 25 headline from a local report: "Former Congressional Candidate Jeremy Liggett was arrested by Feds." He was not.
Liggett's name is not even among the five listed in the DOD's press release. Liggett's name is also never mentioned in the complaint. There are only references to "another individual who acts as one of the leaders of B SQUAD—subsequently referred to herein as B Leader."
The complaint also states that "B Leader" is the one who "coordinated the group's travel from Florida to Washington, D.C.," and "reserved a block of rooms at a hotel that is near the U.S. Capitol" where he, the five men who were arrested, and "approximately forty other members of B SQUAD" stayed "on January 5, 2021."
According to the Clarkes, that was Liggett.
On page 7 of the complaint, there are three screenshots of "B Leader" from his Jan. 3 tutorial. He is wearing tactical gear. His eyes are obscured with a black triangle to hide his identity. He is "displaying some of the 'defensive tools' he suggested others bring to Washington, D.C., including an expandable metal baton, a walking cane, and a folding knife."
The Clarkes insist this is Liggett.
The complaint also shows multiple photos and screenshots from video footage showing members of B SQUAD "on restricted Capitol grounds" and four "B SQUAD members" entering The Tunnel on the Lower West Terrace. Despite Liggett's role in organizing the group, coordinating the travel, booking the hotel rooms, and posting training videos suggesting what weapons to bring, his name is never mentioned.
The SetupFollowing the "STANDBY" notice, the Clarkes say another email went out with more instructions.
"All of the people who went were required to provide their name, birthday, and social security number so a background check could be done," Mark recalled. Mark had answered the call. Leandra did not.
"Mind you, that list of names with social security numbers went to the Secret Service and Secret Service allowed all of the Guardians who were there on January 6 to go in there and help them with crowd control," Mark added. "Someone very high up had to sign off for all of us to be allowed in there. We were at the ellipse where Trump spoke. We left the hotel roughly at 3 a.m. We met with Secret Service. We stayed outside several areas waiting to be ushered into the area. We were all given yellow vests."
"It was our understanding that it was the Secret Service asking us for help," Mark explained. "At that time, the only information we were given was provided by Mr. Liggett as to things we were asked to do with security on different events. But Jeremy Liggett was the one directing everyone where to go and what to do."
As Mark explained, GOF was there helping Secret Service maintain crowd control. They had provided assistance before with Crowd control during a D.C. gathering of Women for Trump.
"That's the point where that whole 'B Squad' thing came in," he said, explaining that the "A Team" was Secret Service. While proud to be providing assistance, calling themselves "B Squad" was still somewhat of an inside joke. Liggett took it a bit more seriously.
"When the event ended around 2:30 we tried to round everyone back up but about half the group was no longer there," Mark recalled, saying Liggett was among those who did not meet back up with the group.
"We were told by the people who went to the Capitol that they somehow got separated and Jeremy Liggett was no longer with them," Mark said. "They have no idea where he went."
'It all Looks Fishy to Me'"At this point, the government has filed charges against several people, apparently not including Jeremy Liggett, who claimed to be the leader of the B Squad and the government is now claiming B Squad was there to do something on January 6 if the election didn't go our way," Mark asserted. "That was never anything that was discussed or talked about. There was never any plan."
"The only person who had the information [the feds] are asking about is the only person we know of that spoke to the FBI, and that's Jeremy Liggett," Leandra insisted.
"He gave them everything from day one about Guardians of Freedom," Leandra asserted. "Now that this has broken out, the FBI is calling this person and that person and some have been arrested. But the one who convinced some of our people to separate from the group on January 6 to go to the Capitol is not being charged but all of these other people are."
"No charges have been brought against him and he was the leader of the 'B Squad' that convinced everyone to go to the Capitol," Mark added. "But he's not getting charged with anything? He's the only one who could have given them that information because none of the original founders had been talked to until yesterday. None of them."
'We're Afraid We're Next'"We are afraid we're next," Mark The Epoch Times. "The FBI and federal law enforcement from offices in Miami, D.C., and Orlando are asking for our names and all about us. At this point, it's just a matter of when are they going to come bang on my door?"
"And they don't like doing that at normal hours," Leandra added. "They like to do it at five or six in the morning."
"The original founders have nothing to do with the group now," Leandra said. "But they started getting knocks on their doors yesterday [Aug. 26]. So it's just a matter of time before they come here."
"I am at the point now where I am not going to have all of these media people—who don't know me or about my integrity, or about my husband, who don't know any of the people in Guardians for Freedom and what we are actually about—connecting us to Jeremy Liggett," she added.
"Our fear is we're being slandered by somebody else's actions," Mark said, adding that The Epoch Times is the only news outlet they trust to tell the truth about their story.