US CAPITOL ATTACK

Sturgeon underestimated Kenyan security system

In Summary

• Isaac Sturgeon was wanted by the FBI for participating in the attack on the Capitol building on January 6

• He arrived in Kenya on January 24 and was apparently arrested from a Nairobi hotel by Kenyan security

A security officer helps evacuate survivors from Dusit Hotel after a terrorist bomb attack on January 15, 2019.
A security officer helps evacuate survivors from Dusit Hotel after a terrorist bomb attack on January 15, 2019.
Image: FILE

An American who allegedly participated in the storming of the Capitol building in Washington on January 6 was deported from Kenya last week.

Isaac Sturgeon, 32 years old from Montana, posed with assault rifles and body armour on Facebook. His appearance was consistent with support for the militias behind the attack on Capitol. He flew to Kenya on January 24 when the FBI was in hot pursuit of the Capitol attackers.

The Capitol attackers were mostly white males holding reactionary beliefs about immigrants, white supremacy, and American exceptionalism. They wanted to block the Electoral College from electing President Joe Biden.

Ironically Sturgeon fled to what his idol President Donald Trump described as a 'shithole' country. He made a big mistake if he thought he would be safe in Kenya.

East Africa faces multiple security problems yet in general Kenya is remarkably safe and peaceful, even though there are occasional serious incidents such as Dusit or Westgate.

Moreover Kenya closely operates with international security agencies such as the FBI. There is a two-way exchange of information and assistance. Sturgeon was deluded if he thought he was vanishing into a dark place.

White supremacists should not under-estimate Kenya.

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Mahatma Gandhi
The British arrested and imprisoned the Indian activist on March 10, 1922