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Multiple U.S. agencies question Capitol riot response

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/18/21, 10:29 am

The departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and the Interior have launched official inquiries about law enforcement’s preparedness for and response to last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol. Inspectors general for those agencies said they plan to investigate whether the FBI adequately shared warnings about the violence ahead of time and if Capitol Police turned down an offer of help from the Pentagon in the days before the riots.

What have investigators learned about the perpetrators? In court filings in the case against Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” photographed rioting in a horned headdress, prosecutors said evidence “supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials.” At least one other man charged in the incident, retired Air Force officer Larry Rendell Brock Jr., intended to take hostages and possibly execute them, federal prosecutors said. Pictures show Brock carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs through the U.S. Senate chamber. (Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin later walked back some of the claims: “There is no direct evidence at this point of kill-capture teams.”)

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s feature report on how the Capitol riots went down, including what she saw inside the building.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Sun, 01/17/2021 04:12 am

    Really strikes me as odd, seeing that various members of the US govt have declared their certainty that the rioters broke into the Capitol with the intent to overthrow the govt and take hostages and kill Members of Congress, that those rioters seem to have forgotten to bring the items that might be essential to such an endeavor. Where were their guns, ammo, grenades, etc? Left behind on the buses in their rush to head to the Capitol, I guess, and no doubt Federal law enforcement has already found and seized the arms, and will enter them into evidence in the rioters' trials. 

    Possibly the most inept coup attempt in the history of the world. 

    Posted: Mon, 01/18/2021 12:06 pm


    We'll see if they arrest any Antifa.

    Meanwhile 5000 people, now confident Biden is Pres., are marching toward our southern border. There are photos. (Not like the child photos taken during Obama's reign and shown as Trump's problem.) 

    I'm sure the mainstream media has covered it. I wouldn't know, because it pains me to see BIASED & FAKE NEWS.