Senate report on January 6 riot finds Capitol Police, intel agencies failed to relay threat

A Senate report released on Tuesday states that both DHS and the FBI failed to warn law enforcement about the potential for violence at the Capitol on January 6th.

That faulty assessment was among a number of massive intelligence, security and communication failures that contributed to what they described in the report as “a violent and unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Vice President, Members of Congress, and the democratic process.” In the Senate Report lead by Senator Gary Peters (D) of Michigan stated “Despite online calls for violence at the Capitol, neither the FBI nor DHS issued a threat assessment or intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement entities in the National Capital Region of the potential for violence.”

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The report found that the Capitol Police’s internal intelligence components “failed to convey the full scope of threat information they possessed” to Capitol Police leadership, rank-and-file officers or law enforcement partners. As a result, the Capitol Police were “not adequately prepared to prevent or respond to the January 6th security threats, which contributed to the breach of the Capitol.”

Not only did Capitol Hill Police not received proper guidance on the potential threats of unrest for Jan. 6th but its own members were not trained on protocols related to calling for security backup especially from National Guard. “The members of the Capitol Police Board who were in charge on January 6 did not appear to be fully familiar with the statutory and regulatory requirements for requesting National Guard support.”

The two Senate committees that authored the report also offered 20 recommended changes, including the creation of a single internal intelligence bureau within the Capitol Police to streamline their information-sharing process, and that the Capitol Police Board empower the Capitol Police chief to request assistance from the D.C. National Guard in emergency situations.


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