Senate report details broad failures around January 6 attack – News Vibe24

    Senate report details broad failures around January 6 attack - Times of India
    WASHINGTON: A Senate inquiry into the Jan. 6 uprising in the U.S. Capitol found a wide distribution of information across multiple services, along with extensive law enforcement and military failures that led to the violent attack.
    There were clear warnings and advice that supporters of former President Donald Trump, including right-wing extremist groups, were planning to “invade the Capitol” with weapons and possibly break into the tunnel system under the building. But this intelligence never reached the top leadership.
    The result was chaos. A Senate report released Tuesday describes in detail how front-line officers suffered chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones, including injuries, after a battle with the attackers, who quickly overwhelmed them and stormed the building. Officers told Senate investigators that they were left without leadership or direction when administration systems collapsed.
    The Senate report is the first – and could be the last – bilateral criticism of how hundreds of Trump supporters were able to violently cross the security lines and enter the Capitol that day, interrupting the certification of victory. of the presidential election of Joe Biden. The failures detailed in the report highlighted how, almost 20 years after the 9/11 attacks, US intelligence services are still plagued by a fundamental issue: a fantasy failure.
    The report proposes immediate changes to give the Capitol Police Chief more power, to provide better law enforcement planning and equipment, and to streamline intelligence gathering between federal agencies.
    But as a bilateral effort, the report does not investigate the root causes of the attack, including Trump’s role as he urged his supporters to “fight like hell” to reverse his election defeat that day. He does not call the attack a revolt, even though it was. And it comes two weeks after Republicans blocked a bilateral, independent commission that will investigate the uprising more broadly.
    “This report is important in enabling us to make some immediate improvements to the security situation here in the Capitol,” said Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which conducted an investigation with the committee. Senate regulations. “But it does not answer some of the biggest questions we have to face, honestly, as a country and as a democracy.”
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Sumer said Tuesday that the findings show an even greater need for a bilateral commission to investigate the root causes of the attack, citing Trump’s baseless allegations about the 2020 election.
    “As the ‘big lie’ continues to spread as faith in our elections continues to decline, it is crucial – crucial – to create a credible, independent record of what happened,” said Schumer, DN.Y.
    However, Republican Sen. Mitt McConnell, who led the blockade against such a committee, said he was confident that continued criticism from lawmakers and law enforcement would be sufficient.
    The House passed legislation in May to set up a commission to be set up after a commission investigating the 9/11 attacks.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Told her colleagues in a letter Tuesday that if the Senate does not approve the committee, its department will begin its own investigations.
    The top Republican in the House of Commons, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, opposed the committee, arguing that the investigation would take a long time. He said the Senate recommendations could be implemented more quickly, such as legislation that he and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, chairman of the Rules Committee, intend to introduce soon that will give Capitol Police Chief more power to ask for help. by the National Guard.
    The Senate report states that the Guard was delayed for hours on January 6, as officials in several departments took bureaucratic measures to free the troops. He details detailed hours of calls between officials at the Capitol and the Pentagon and as the then head of the Capitol police, Steven Sud, begged for help.
    He notes that the Pentagon spent many hours “planning a mission” and seeking multiple levels of approvals, as Capitol Police were overwhelmed and raped by the attackers. He also says the Department of Defense’s hesitant response was influenced by criticism of its heavy-handed response to protests in the summer of 2020 following the assassination of George Floyd in police custody.
    The senators strongly criticize the Capitol Police Council, a three-member panel consisting of the House and Senate security chiefs and the Capitol architect. The council must now approve the chief of police’s requests, even in emergencies. The report urges its members to “regularly review policies and procedures” after senators found that the three board members on January 6 had not exercised their authority and could not elaborate on the legal requirements for requesting assistance. National Guard.
    Two of the three members of the board, the sergeants of the Parliament and the Senate, were expelled in the days after the attack. Sud, the Capitol police chief, resigned under pressure.
    The report proposes a unified intelligence unit within the Capitol Police after extensive failures by many services that did not anticipate the attack even though the insurgents openly planned it on the Internet.
    The police intelligence unit “was aware of reports on social media calling for violence in the Capitol on January 6, including a conspiracy to break into the Capitol, the online exchange of maps of the Capitol tunnel systems and other specific threats of violence,” the report said. he says, but the agents did not properly inform the leaders of everything they had found.
    On December 28, for example, the report notes that someone emailed a public account to Capitol Police and warned of “countless tweets from Trump supporters saying they would be armed on Jan. 6” and “tweets from people organizing There were also internal warnings of an increase in posts on various sites showing maps of the Capitol, including its tunnels, but these features were never widely disseminated.
    In response to the report, Capitol Police acknowledged the need for improvements and said some had already been made. “Law enforcement agencies across the country are based on information and the quality of this information can mean the difference between life and death,” the statement said.
    During the attack, according to the report, Capitol Police were at risk of poor intelligence, poor design, defective equipment and lack of leadership. The force incident management system “broke during the attack”, leaving officers on the front lines without orders. There were no operational incident commanders, and some senior officers fought instead of giving orders. “The leadership of the Capitol Police never took control of the radio system to communicate orders to front-line officers,” according to the investigation.
    “I was terrified that NO deputy leader or above was on the radio or helped us,” an official told the commission in an anonymous statement. “For hours the screams on the radio were horrible (,) the sights were unthinkable and there was a complete loss of control. … For hours NO the Commander or above took command and control. The officers begged and asked for help for a medical examination.”
    Chief Yogananda Pitman, who replaced Sud after his resignation, told the committees that the lack of communication stemmed from the fact that “incident managers have been inundated and involved in riots, rather than issuing orders over the radio.”
    The commission’s interviews with police describe in detail the “utterly brutal” abuse by Trump supporters as they ran and entered the building. Officers described hearing racial mockery and seeing Nazi salutes. An officer trying to evacuate the Senate said he had stopped several men with full tactics, one of whom said, “You better get out of our way, boy, or we’ll go through you to get (the senators).” ”
    The insurgents told police they would kill them, then members of Congress.
    At the same time, the senators acknowledged the bravery of the officers, noting that one officer told them: “The officers inside all behaved wonderfully and heroically and, even in numbers, went on the attack and took back the Capitol.”


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