Senate Report Describes Main Failures Surrounding January sixth Assault – WISH-TV | TV Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate investigation into the January 6th uprising in the U.S. Capitol has revealed widespread missteps by the government, military and law enforcement agencies prior to the violent attack, including a breakdown by several intelligence agencies and a lack of training and preparation for the Capitol Police officers who were quickly overwhelmed by the rioters.
The Senate report, released on Tuesday, is the first – and could be the last – bipartisan report on how hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump forcibly breached the security lines and broke into the Capitol that day, confirming President Joe Biden’s victory interrupts.
It includes new details about the frontline police officers who suffered chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones, and told the senators that they had no direction when the command systems collapsed. It recommends immediate changes to give the Capitol Police Chief more powers, better planning and equipment for law enforcement, and streamlining intelligence gathering between federal agencies.
As a bipartisan attempt, the report fails to address the root causes of the attack, including Trump’s role in calling on his supporters to “fight like hell” to reverse his election defeat that day. It doesn’t call the attack a riot, even though it was. And it comes two weeks after the Republicans blocked a bipartisan, independent commission that would investigate the insurrection more fully.
“This report is important in that it enables us to immediately improve security here at the Capitol,” said Michigan Senator Gary Peters, chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, who conducted the investigation with the Senate Order Committee. “But it doesn’t answer some of the bigger questions we frankly have to face as a country and as a democracy.”
The House of Representatives passed a law in May to set up a commission modeled on a body that investigated the September 11 terrorist attack two decades ago. But the Senate failed to get the 60 votes it needed for promotion, and many Republicans pointed to the Senate report as sufficient.
Top Republican rulers, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, has defied the commission, arguing that the investigation would take too long. He said the Senate’s recommendations could be implemented more quickly, including bills he and Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, chair of the rules committee, are planning to put in place soon that would give the head of the Capitol Police more powers, the national Request help guarding.
The Senate report reports how the Guard was held up for hours on Jan. 6 as officials from several agencies took bureaucratic steps to release the troops. It describes hours of calls between Capitol and Pentagon officials and when then Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund desperately asked for help.
It turns out that the Pentagon spent hours “planning missions” and obtaining multiple levels of permits when the Capitol Police were overwhelmed and brutally beaten by the rioters. It also stated that the Department of Defense’s response was “critical”, its crude response to protests in the summer of 2020 following the police death of George Floyd.
The senators criticize the Capitol Police Board, a three-person body that includes the security chiefs of the House and Senate and the architect of the Capitol. The board of directors now also has to approve requests from the police chief in urgent situations. The report recommends that members “periodically review policies and procedures” after the Senators determined on Jan. 6 that none of the board members understood their own powers or could detail the legal requirements for seeking National Guard assistance.
Two of the three board members, the House and Senate NCOs, were evicted in the days following the attack. Sund also resigned under pressure.
Congress needs to change the law and give the police chief more powers “immediately”, Klobuchar said.
The report recommends a consolidated intelligence unit within the Capitol Police after widespread errors by several agencies in not predicting the attack even though insurgents openly planned it on the Internet. The police intelligence unit “knew of social media posts calling for violence in the Capitol on January 6, including a plot to breach the Capitol, the online disclosure of maps of the Capitol complex’s tunnel systems, and other specific threats of violence,” said it says in the report, but agents did not properly inform the leadership of everything they found.
The Senators also criticize the FBI and Homeland Security Department for downplaying online threats and not issuing formal intelligence bulletins that support law enforcement plans.
In a response to the report, the Capitol Police acknowledged the need for improvements, some of which they say are already being made. “Law enforcement agencies across the country rely on information, and the quality of that information can mean the difference between life and death,” the statement said.
During the attack, the report said, the Capitol Police were severely compromised by several flaws – poor intelligence, poor planning, faulty equipment and poor leadership. The force’s operational command system “collapsed during the attack, leaving the officers at the front without orders. There were no functional task force commanders, and some senior officers fought instead of giving orders. “The USCP leadership never took control of the radio system to send orders to the officers at the front,” the investigation found.
“I was appalled that NO deputy boss or higher was on the radio or helping us,” one officer told the committee in an anonymous statement. “For hours the screams on the radio were horrific (,) the sight was unimaginable and there was a complete loss of control. … NO Chief or higher took command and control for hours. The officers begged and pleaded for help with the medical triage. “
Acting police chief Yogananda Pittman, who replaced Sund after his resignation, told committees that the lack of communication was due to “incident commanders being overwhelmed and dealing with rioters rather than giving orders over the radio”.
The committee’s interviews with police officers describe what an officer told them as “absolutely brutal” abuse by Trump’s supporters when they ran over them and broke into the building. They described hearing racial slurs and seeing Nazi greetings. An official trying to evacuate the Senate said he stopped several men in full tactical gear who said, “You better get out of the way, boy, or we’ll go through you to get (the senators) “.
The insurgents told the police officers they would kill them, and then the congressmen. One officer said he had a “palpable fear” that he would not make it home alive.
At the same time, the senators acknowledge the officers’ bravery and find an officer telling them, “The officers inside all behaved admirably and heroically, and even outnumbered them went on the offensive and retook the Capitol.”