WASHINGTON — Although the House of Representatives committee on Jan. 6 presented evidence of the slaughter law enforcement faced that day in the Capitol, little time was devoted to it law enforcement agencies Failure to predict and prevent the attack – at least not publicly.
But behind the scenes, sources tell NBC News about those failures have not been from forgotten. As the committee prepares for an additional round of public hearings in September, it is expected to focus more on the intelligence and law enforcement blunders with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security This left the police ill-prepared for the mob that stormed the Capitol. These errors will also be a key component of the committee’s final report on January 6th.
One of the online detectives who has worked with both the January 6th Committee and the FBI has a little story that helps illustrate many of the challenges the FBI faced in the extended federal investigation into the Capitol attack and why the FBI didn’t do more Make sure law enforcement was prepared before the attack on the Capitol as alarm bells went off across the internet.
When they needed to send a large file to the January 6th committee, they put the files over on Dropbox.
When they had to give something to the FBI, a special agent drove to their home to manually transfer the files.
Due to late-breaking revelations, the committee’s public presentations in June and July leaned more towards Trump’s actions before and during the attack on the Capitol. But a lot has stayed grounded in the editing room, including new information collected from the “blue team,” which focuses on law enforcement failures leading up to the attack, as NBC News reported back in January.
A committee assistant told NBC News last week who are this team of investigators individually focused on law enforcement, intelligence and military readiness and response.
“The team has conducted more than 100 interviews and testimony on these security and intelligence issues with multiple federal and local agencies, including but not limited to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Fusion Centers, Office of Intelligence & Analysis,” said the adjutant. “The team examined what information these agencies had at their disposal; how this information was analyzed, compiled and distributed; and whether law enforcement operationalized that information.”
The “blue team,” a separate source told NBC News, is led by Soumya Dayananda, who served as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade – and worked the case against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – before he joined the committee.
Liz Cheney said in an interview on Fox News last week on Sunday that the Blue Team’s work will and would appear in the committee’s final report “probably” to be presented in forthcoming hearings.
“What we’re not going to do … is blame the Capitol police, blame the police for Donald Trump’s armed mob that he sent to the Capitol,” Cheney said. “There were clearly intelligence errors, the security clearly should have worked better than it did. But that was a mob that Donald Trump sent into the Capitol, and I think it’s important that we keep an eye on that.”
The FBI has been generally defensive about its pre-January 6 preparations, noting in the past that it took some measures to discourage extremists from traveling to DC ahead of the attack. But one new FBI statement to NBC News stated the bureau had “increased our focus on expeditious information sharing” and “enhanced automated systems to assist investigators and analysts” as of Jan. 6.
There is a limited time frame to draw attention to the need to fix the intelligence bugs. If the Republicans retake the House of Representatives in the interim period, as many analysts expect, oversight could quickly shift from investigating the FBI’s flaws to investigating alleged investigations Law enforcement agencies are overdoing those who stormed the Capitol on Trump’s behalf. Instead of trying to understand how the FBI can ensure it is prepared for domestic extremist violence in the future, some Republicans in Congress have to have downplayed the uprising, protested the Jan. 6 pre-trial detention of some rioters, who they reworded as “political prisoners,” and flirted with the “Fedsurrection” plot, which posits that the FBI engineered the attack to rally Trump supporters.
The potential for deadly violence stemming from Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election was no big secret. law enforcement agencies raised concerns about the deadly danger of Trump’s rhetoric both leading up to and immediately after the November 2020 election. NBC News ran a story on the night of January 5, 2021 about the violent threats spreading across Twitter, TikTok, Parler and TheDonald’s message board.
One of the people who raised concerns before the attack was Bill Fulton, a former FBI informant and expert on right-wing extremism, the sounded the alarm November 2020 that Trump is “driving” his supporters “to the margins” with his election rhetoric.
“You’ve got the President of the United States taking these people to the brink, and the second something happens, he’s going to turn around and say, ‘Well, I didn’t tell them to do that'” , Fulton said menacingly. back then.
In a recent interview, Fulton said the office faces a variety of challenges in trying to deter domestic extremist attacks, including outdated systems and processes that don’t function as smoothly as the communication and organizational technologies used in modern workplaces be used.
“You gotta remember, this is the federal government, dude. Bureaucracy is in the friggin’ name of the FBI,” Fulton told NBC News this month.
He also noted that even as the FBI takes overdue steps to improve open source information, it is critical that First Amendment rights are well protected.
“What we don’t want is for the FBI to become Hoover’s FBI again. We don’t want the FBI investigating people out there for no reason, right?” Fulton said. “And we don’t want this investigation to go on forever.”
In a statement to NBC News, the FBI said the FBI is “evolving to address persistent threats from domestic violent extremists” across the country.
“Since the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the FBI has increased our focus on expeditious information sharing with all of our state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners across the United States,” the statement said. “We also have enhanced automated systems in place to assist investigators and analysts throughout our 56 field offices throughout the investigative process. The FBI is committed to aggressively countering the threat posed by all domestic violent extremists, regardless of their motivation.”
The congressional investigation won’t be the final word on why law enforcement officials didn’t do more. In the weeks following the attack on the Capitol, the Justice Department’s inspector general announced a review examining “the role and activity of the Department of Justice and its components in preparing for and responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.” became.
The review, the inspector general of the DOJ said in an announcement dated January 15, 2021, “will include investigation of information relevant to the events of January 6 that was available to the DOJ and its components prior to January 6; the extent to which this information was shared by the DOJ and its components with the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local agencies; and the role of DOJ personnel in responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on March 6
The review would also “address any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies, or procedures that impair the ability of the DOJ or its components to effectively prepare for and respond to the January 6 events at the U.S. Capitol.” A spokesman for the DOJ inspector general said the review is “ongoing.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/fbi-failures-capitol-siege-avoided-jan-6-committees-scorn-not-long-rcna38615 FBI failures prior to the Capitol Siege prevented the January 6 committee contempt. Not for long.