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To AB editors, See link [redacted]. The Civil Air Patrol is primarily funded through Congress but two CAP cadet officers were actively engaged in the destruction of Capitol property and were a potential threat to lawmakers nearby. It is time for Congress to pass a legislation bill to defund this “Trump-like” organization and use the CAP taxpayer funds for social justice programs to better groom the youth.
Two men from North Carolina [Wing] who volunteer in the [Gastonia Composite Squadron] Civil Air Patrol were charged this week with unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, which led to the deaths of a Capitol Police officer and four other people.
The Post and Courier reported that [CAP Cadets] Elliot Bishai and Elias Irizarry appeared at a federal court in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday and were released on $25,000 bond. Irizarry is a student at The Citadel, according to the newspaper, and both men planned to enter the military.
Their identities were reportedly gleaned by FBI agents from a tip sent in by an unnamed person who knew the two from their membership in the Gastonia Civil Air Patrol. They are charged with illegal entry, disorderly conduct in a restricted area and violent entry into the U.S. Capitol, according to a local news affiliate.
The Hill has reached out to the national headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol for comment.
Family members told the newspaper that the two men were being unfairly lumped in with the worst elements of the Capitol siege. Dozens of police officers suffered grievous injuries during the riot, including one who lost an eye, while two other officers died by suicide in the days immediately following the attack.
According to ABC, [CAP Cadet] Irizarry was arrested by FBI agents on March 15, on charges of:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority,
- Knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted buildings or grounds,
- And violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
- A hearing in Washington D.C. is set for March 22.