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Senate Report on Capitol Storming Details Lack of Intel Sharing, Broken Command

Sputnik News

11:05 GMT 08.06.2021

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A new Senate report, published on Tuesday, has uncovered a string of intelligence and security failures leading up to and on January 6 that allowed Donald Trump's supporters to breach the Capitol building.

"The events of January 6th were horrific, and our bipartisan investigation identified many unacceptable, widespread breakdowns in security preparations and emergency response related to this attack," Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat, said.

The storming interrupted a session that was about to certify Joe Biden's presidential win, sending lawmakers scurrying for shelter as rioters entered the hallways and offices of Congress people.

In their 128-page joint report, the Senate Rules and Homeland Security committees established that the FBI, DHS and the US Capitol Police (USCP)'s intelligence office knew about preparations for violence weeks ahead of the attack — including the sharing of Capitol tunnel plans online — but they failed to convey the full scope of threat information they possessed to the USCP leadership.

As a result, the USCP did not have an operational plan for the storming. The USCP leadership also failed to provide front-line officers with protective equipment or training in basic civil disturbance tactics, while "opaque" processes at the USCP board slowed requests for the National Guard support. It began arriving more than four hours after barriers at the Capitol were breached.

As the attack unfolded, the USCP command system broke down spectacularly, leaving front-line officers without information or instructions, while senior officers were directly engaged with rioters and USCP leadership never took control of the radio system.

As one officer noted, "For hours the screams on the radio were horrific[,] the sights were unimaginable[,] and there was a complete loss of control… For hours NO Chief or above took command and control. Officers were begging and pleading for help for medical triage."

Officers said they did not recall hearing USCP chief Steven Sund on the radio at any point during the attack and only heard his deputy, Yogananda Pittman, once — when she ordered a lockdown of the Capitol building.

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