A bipartisan report released by the Senate on Tuesday details the failures of the US government, military and law enforcement agencies to properly plan and respond to the deadly January killing. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The report, which was compiled by members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Commission on Rules and Administration, uncovered a series of missteps that allowed the United States Capitol to be hacked. by a violent pro-Trump crowd on the day Congress gathered to count the votes that certify President Joe Biden’s election victory.
It includes new details on the damage inflicted on law enforcement members who responded to the attack, finding more than 140 sustained injuries including brain trauma and broken ribs, as well as burns and lung complications.
Among the main findings of the report are the following:
- Although calls were made online for acts of violence against the Capitol, federal intelligence agencies led by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security did not issue a formal threat assessment to law enforcement before January 11. 6 attack.
- The US Capitol Police Intelligence Division did not relay the full extent of information received on threats of violence before January 11. 6, not widely sharing, for example, a December report showing complex building maps had been posted on a pro-Trump blog. As a result, the report reads, “critical information regarding threats of violence was not shared with USCP officers and other law enforcement partners.”
- The Capitol police leadership failed to prepare effectively for the joint session on January 5. 6. In particular, they did not develop a personnel plan showing where agents would be located and did not provide agents with effective protective equipment or training.
- The report also found that National Guard assistance was delayed due to intelligence failures, “opaque trials” required by the Capitol Police Council and a lack of emergency authority to quickly activate the Guard.
The report details how Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund did not submit a formal request to the Capitol Police Council for National Guard support prior to the events of January 11. 6. As a result, there were significant delays when Sund tried to obtain the necessary clearances to activate the DC National Guard when the violence erupted that day.
While a “workable” request was received by the Defense Department at 2:30 pm, the DC National Guard did not actually arrive until 5:20 pm, more than four hours after the insurgents stormed the Capitol. During this time, multiple agencies were working through a series of bureaucratic hurdles to actually release the troops.
Senate committees made a number of recommendations in the report for law enforcement and government agencies involved in the January 21 ruling. 6 attacks to avoid such security errors in the future. Recommendations include giving the Capitol Police Chief more authority to request assistance from the National Guard in emergency situations, providing the Capitol Police with more personnel, training and equipment to do their job, and having intelligence agencies review and streamline the ways they assess and communicate threats.
Republicans blocked an effort to set up a bipartisan commission to investigate the January murder. 6 attack, and the sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the principal leader of the GOP on the rules committee, said he believed the recommended changes presented in the report could be implemented more quickly.
“These recommendations are based on an extensive fact-finding effort that included interviews with key decision makers, first-hand reports from law enforcement personnel and the review of thousands of documents,” Blunt said in a statement. issued by the bipartisan committee. “Our focus now should be on the immediate implementation of these recommendations.”
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