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Early January Capitol Police Internal Memo Anticipated Violence

Jan. 16, 2021 (EIRNS)—A Capitol Police internal memo from three days before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol warned that “Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members and others who actively promote violence, may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.” It also states that the targets will “not necessarily [be] the counter-protesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself.”

This is yet another indication that multiple sources were aware of the pending danger, and yet no special effort was undertaken to protect the Joint Session of the Congress taking place the entire day of the mass rally. “Two people familiar with the Capitol Police intelligence memo, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe security preparations, said the report was conveyed to all Capitol Police command staff by the intelligence unit’s director, Jack Donohue,” wrote the Washington Post in an exclusive yesterday. “Another law enforcement official said the report prompted the Capitol Police chief to seek the emergency activation of the National Guard and led the department to place its perimeter barricades farther from the Capitol than during past events.” Yet nothing of the sort was done.

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