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US Storming of the US Capitol: Ex-Police Chief complains of a lack of information from the FBI

00:50  24 february  2021
00:50  24 february  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions

  FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions A joint hearing by two Senate committees spotlighted the stark warnings issued before the Jan. 6 riot. But the alert was not flagged for top officials at either agency, according to congressional testimony Tuesday — deepening questions about the breakdowns that contributed to massive security failures on Jan. 6.

One was prepared for a demonstration with the potential for violence, but not for a "militarily coordinated attack": After the storming of the Capitol, a former chief of police sees failures in the Federal Police.

  Sturm auf US-Kapitol: Ex-Polizeichef beklagt mangelnde Informationen vom FBI © Julio Cortez / AP

The storm on the Capitol in Washington keeps the USA busy for weeks after January 6th. While the US Department of Justice recently brought further charges against suspects , the Senate is trying to find out with hearings how the security disaster came about.

The ex-chief of the police of the US Capitol, Steven Sund, has now made serious allegations against the federal police FBI . A lack of information was partly responsible for the attack on the Congress headquarters, Sund said at the hearing. The authorities did not in any way predict what would happen on January 6th.

Top officials testify they never saw FBI warning of possible Jan. 6 “war” against Congress

  Top officials testify they never saw FBI warning of possible Jan. 6 “war” against Congress Security officials who resigned in the wake of the Capitol riot blamed intelligence failures — and each other Former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund appears before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, February 23, 2021, to examine the January 6th attack on the Capitol.

His team had prepared for a large demonstration with the potential for violence. Instead, they had to do with a "military coordinated attack" and "violent takeover of the Capitol building." Sund emphasized that the police are dependent on information from the secret service apparatus. "We rely on this information to be absolutely correct."

As the " New York Times " reports, there were apparently serious errors in communication with the FBI. The day before the storm on the US Capitol, the Capitol Police were informed in a report about posts in the social media that an attack on the Capitol was imminent. However, this report never reached him personally, said Sund.

Criticism also from the House of Representatives

Other high-ranking security officials from the Congress also complained at the hearing in the Senate of failings by the secret service authorities. Former House Chief Security Officer Paul Irving said the events had been predicted to resemble previous marches by supporters of then-US President Donald Trump . He relied on that.

FBI Director Shoots Back, Insisting Bureau Shared Intel Ahead of Capitol Insurrection

  FBI Director Shoots Back, Insisting Bureau Shared Intel Ahead of Capitol Insurrection FBI Director Christopher Wray, pushing back against the Capitol and D.C. police, insisted on Tuesday that his agents shared intelligence with them “in three ways” ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection. Making his first substantial public comments on the FBI’s performance since an attack he called “domestic terrorism,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI had provided a now-infamous “situational information report” from its Norfolk bureau to D.C.

During the storming of the Capitol, supporters of the elected and now out of office President Trump stormed the Capitol during a session of Congress and wreaked havoc and havoc there. Parliament's security forces were not up to the onslaught. At least five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer.

Sund, Irving and the then senior Senate security officer, Michael Stenger, had resigned from their posts after the attack - in the face of fierce criticism that the US parliamentary seat could be so overrun.

Washington Police Chief sees Defense Department to blame

Police in the US capital Washington rushed to the aid of Congress security that day. Their boss Robert Contee stated according to "NYT" at the Senate hearing that the Ministry of Defense was responsible for the failure of the security forces.

He was surprised at how reluctantly the military reacted to urgent calls for help from the Capitol Police when they shared the telephone, and in view of the escalation, they also sent members of the National Guard to help. There was no immediate answer.

Acting US Capitol police chief says the force is maintaining 'enhanced' presence for possible threats during the State of the Union address .
Acting chief Yogananda Pittman said the Capitol police will "maintain its enhanced and robust security posture" for the still-to-be-scheduled event.Acting chief Yogananda Pittman and House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett testified in a hearing, held by the Legislative Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, to answer questions about law enforcement's handling of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol and plans for the future.

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