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U.S. Senate Report Highlights Security Failures Ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

A bipartisan report from two United States Senate committees revealed “a number of intelligence and security failures” that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, including failing to act on threats weeks before the attack.

A joint report from the Senate Rules and Administration and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees revealed that poor planning, poor communication, faulty equipment, and a lack of leadership left law enforcement officers unprepared for the riot, despite prior warnings.

“A key contributing factor to the tragic events of January 6 was the failure of the Intelligence Community to properly analyze, assess, and disseminate information to law enforcement regarding the potential for violence and the known threats to the Capitol and the Members present that day,” the report stated.

The report revealed that the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) had information from social media posts dating since December 21 that called for violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, including a plot to breach the Capitol, but the intelligence division “did not convey the full scope of known information to USCP leadership, rank-and-file officers, or law enforcement partners.”

“Surround every building with a tunnel entrance/exit,” one online comment said, as quoted by the report.

“This is do or die. Bring your guns,” another comment said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security did not deem the online threats as credible enough to be considered as intelligence, according to the report.

The Senate committees also found that USCP “failed to submit a formal request for National Guard support” ahead of the Jan. 6 attack.

The report also said that USCP leadership “failed to prepare a department-wide operational plan” and “failed to provide front-line officers with effective protective equipment or training.”

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