House GOP report faults Nancy Pelosi for Jan. 6 security failures

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  52 comments

By:   Miranda Devine (New York Post)

House GOP report faults Nancy Pelosi for Jan. 6 security failures
House Republicans issued a scathing report Wednesday exposing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's key role in the catastrophic security and intelligence failures that left the U.S. Capitol vulnerable to a violent attack on January 6, 2021.

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House Republicans issued a scathing report Wednesday exposing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's key role in the catastrophic security and intelligence failures that left the US Capitol vulnerable to a violent attack on January 6, 2021.

Days after Pelosi's Jan. 6 select committee recommended insurrection charges against former president Donald Trump over the Capitol riot, Republicans have hit back with a counter-investigation apportioning blame for the internal security breakdown on Jan. 6 to Pelosi and a dysfunctional Capitol Police intelligence division.

"Leadership and law enforcement failures within the U.S. Capitol left the complex vulnerable on January 6, 2021," says the report, which is based on a trove of texts and email messages, and testimony from Capitol Police leaders and rank-and-file officers.

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, "succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership," was "compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol."

Pelosi and her staff "coordinated closely" with Irving on security plans for the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, but Republicans were deliberately left out of "important discussions related to security."

And, in an apparent attempt to hide from Republicans the fact that they were being excluded from discussions, Irving asked a senior Democratic staffer to "act surprised" when he sent "key information about plans for the Joint Session on Jan. 6, 2021, to him and his Republican counterpart."

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving was reportedly pressured by Pelosi for less security. James Keivom

The staffer replied sardonically: "I'm startled!"

The report also claims that "staff within the House Sergeant at Arms office emailed Paul Irving that January 6th was Pelosi's fault," although it provides no evidence for the assertion.

When Irving was forced to resign after the riot, an email from an unnamed staffer in his office criticized Pelosi's "knee-jerk reaction to yesterday's unprecedented event" and described his resignation as "spectacularly unjust, unfair, and unwarranted. This is not your fault. Or [Capitol Police chief Steven] Sund's fault."

The Republicans responsible for the withering report — Jim Banks (R-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Troy Nehls (R-TX) — are the five congressmen originally nominated to sit on the Jan. 6 committee, until Pelosi vetoed Banks and Jordan. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled the rest of his nominees in protest. Pelosi then installed two Never Trump Republican outcasts, Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger.

Given Pelosi's assiduous grooming of Cheney, no doubt it suited both their interests to focus the final Jan.6 committee report on Trump — and not on Pelosi's culpability.

House Republicans released a report which blamed Nancy Pelosi for the lack of security on Jan. 6. Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

But now the Republicans Pelosi rejected have skewered her in their rival report, dredging up some of what she tried to hide, despite complaining of obstruction from the personnel she controls.

The report insinuates that the Speaker left the Capitol Police without backup on Jan. 6 because "widespread concern from Democratic leadership over 'optics' in the aftermath of the Summer 2020 'Black Lives Matter' protests prevented early deployment of the National Guard."

Irving was forced to resign following the riot. James Keivom

Chief Sund begged repeatedly for troops but has testified that Irving rebuffed him over concern about "optics." During the violence on Jan. 6, Sund repeated his request, but help was delayed until after the riot ended, because Irving needed to run it up the chain of command, a.k.a. Pelosi.

"The Speaker's office was heavily involved in planning and decision-making before and during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and micromanaged the Sergeant at Arms."

From early December 2020, Pelosi aides attended regular meetings with Irving and Sund to discuss the security plan. So hands-on was Pelosi's chief of staff Terri McCullough that, at one point, she was editing details of parking, event timing and "language regarding official business visitors" for the Joint Session.

To illustrate the intense involvement of Pelosi's office, on Jan. 6 alone, the report records 36 communications between Irving and Pelosi staffers, including 11 with McCullough, and 20 with Jamie Fleet, a Pelosi aide who doubled as a Democratic staff director.

Pelosi's repeated assertions that she has "no power over the Capitol Police" are rejected.

"This is false," says the report. "Documents provided by [current] House Sergeant at Arms show how then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving carried out his duties in clear deference to the Speaker, her staff, and other Democratic staff . . .

"House Rules dictate . . . that the Sergeant at Arms is to report directly to the Speaker of the House."

Pelosi has repeatedly said she has no control over the Capitol Police. James Keivom

Indeed, the report says that Pelosi regularly exercised her authority over security matters, "when she directed the use of magnetometers outside the House chamber in the name of safety . . . Similarly, she required masks in the House chamber [and] exerted influence on security protocols at the Capitol related to the perimeter fence . . . She also oversaw the fencing that was erected for a purported rally on September 18, 2021, that never materialized."

The report of the Republican refuseniks is an appetizer to potential future investigations next year when they regain subpoena power. It makes sensible recommendations to prevent another disaster, including reform and oversight of the Capitol Police Board.

Far from being a revenge ploy, it identifies security flaws it claims have not been remedied, including the breakdown of intelligence that had the Capitol Police (USCP) flying blind and hopelessly outnumbered when "criminal rioters assaulted police officers, broke into the U.S. Capitol, damaged property, and temporarily interfered with … the Joint Session of Congress."

The Capitol Police Intelligence Division "failed to warn USCP leadership and line officers about the threat of violence," despite having "obtained sufficient information from an array of channels to anticipate and prepare for the violence."

In fact, the final intelligence threat assessment three days before the riot did warn of a violent scenario in which "Congress itself" could be attacked by armed Trump supporters. But the warning was buried towards the end of the 15-page document and was not included in the up-front summary, so was overlooked. Nor was the warning mentioned in three subsequent daily intelligence reports.

Pelosi reportedly wanted less police to preserve the optics following Black Lives Matter protests. James Keivom

The Republicans blame much of the intelligence failure on the assistant director of the USCP intelligence division, Julie Farnam, who had joined the Capitol Police from the Department of Homeland Security only 10 weeks before the riot.

Analysts testified that "the section became 'nonfunctional' immediately upon Farnam's arrival as she tried to "consolidate power for herself to the detriment of the safety and security of the Capitol."

"Documents and testimony show that, immediately upon joining the USCP, and without time to acclimate, Farnam began to dismantle the systems that had kept the Capitol safe for so long," the report alleges.

"Information about planned protests and threats of violence were siloed and not properly analyzed and disseminated during this key period because of Farnam's misplaced priorities."

One analyst testified: "at the time of January 6, we were not doing proactive searches of social media like we had been before. We were strictly reactive."

As a result, USCP leadership "were not fully informed about the severity of the threats against the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021".

However, Farnam told CBS this year that her team does not bear any responsibility for the attack on the Capitol and provided adequate threat assessments to police leadership before the riot.

"I think we did an excellent job . . . I am the one who has worked tirelessly . . . to right this ship."

After cataloguing so many tragic failures, the report concludes on a poignant note with messages to Irving from friends in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol.

"You're quite something to take this one for the team, Paul, as they say. I know how these things work and you know I do, too."


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

I think a criminal referral is in order.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, "succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership," was "compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol."

Pelosi and her staff "coordinated closely" with Irving on security plans for the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, but Republicans were deliberately left out of "important discussions related to security."

And, in an apparent attempt to hide from Republicans the fact that they were being excluded from discussions, Irving asked a senior Democratic staffer to "act surprised" when he sent "key information about plans for the Joint Session on Jan. 6, 2021, to him and his Republican counterpart."

House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving was reportedly pressured by Pelosi for less security. James Keivom

The staffer replied sardonically: "I'm startled!"

The report also claims that "staff within the House Sergeant at Arms office emailed Paul Irving that January 6th was Pelosi's fault," although it provides no evidence for the assertion.

When Irving was forced to resign after the riot, an email from an unnamed staffer in his office criticized Pelosi's "knee-jerk reaction to yesterday's unprecedented event" and described his resignation as "spectacularly unjust, unfair, and unwarranted. This is not your fault. Or [Capitol Police chief Steven] Sund's fault."

No wonder Pelosi didn't want the Jan 6th committee to question her, Schumer, or Bowser. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1    one month ago

They are fairly obvious to everyone except the indocrinated morons that follow them in lock-step.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    one month ago

You mean the #45 enablers/supporters and their usual projection, deflection, and denial

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.2    one month ago

Like you denied that there was no collusion?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.3    one month ago

That's a lie.  All you have.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1.5  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago

So you didn't think there was collusion. Hmmm.

May want to read what Vic posted again and think about how it was said.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago

What's a lie?

That there was no collusion or that you still think there was?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.7  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.5    one month ago
May want to read what Vic posted

You asking for a Christmas miracle?  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago
That's a lie.

So you are saying you can link proof that it's a lie.  Would be interesting to see.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.9  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago

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Snuffy
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1.1.10  Snuffy  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.8    one month ago

Carnac the Magnificent predicts you will have a very long wait for any such proof.  Carnac also predicts that such proof will never be offered as it doesn't exist except in the mind of the requested.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.11  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.9    one month ago

I take orders from no one

Now you and your buddies on the other hand

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.12  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.5    one month ago

[deleted] Certain posters lie in every statement like their hero #45

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.13  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.11    one month ago

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Vic Eldred
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1.1.14  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.12    one month ago
Get it right little buddy.

Wait a minute...call him by his name!

Remember the rule they created just for you!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.15  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.10    one month ago

I already knew I wouldn't see anything.  The left never produces anything except flapping lips.  

But it's on record that the opportunity was there and, as usual, they failed to step up.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.16  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago
That's a lie.

Are you now claiming that there was collusion then?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.1.17  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.5    one month ago

I have told you and vic not to speak for me or advise me, you are clueless

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.18  Texan1211  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.8    one month ago
Would be interesting to see.

Interesting?

Hell, it would be a freaking MIRACLE!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.19  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.18    one month ago

I think if ONE of them provided any kind of real backing they all would have a stroke.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago

If the committee was as bipartisan as the left claims, this referral should be with Trumps.  But we know how that turned out.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.2    one month ago

I just hope the Committee kept all their records as requested for the next congress to examine.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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1.2.2  afrayedknot  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    one month ago

“…kept all their records…”

And keep them out of the hands of the subject at hand, lest they somehow find their way to some closet, desk, or storage unit. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  afrayedknot @1.2.2    one month ago

It must be 11 AM EST.

Have a good one.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.2.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  afrayedknot @1.2.2    one month ago

Do you not know who the "subject at hand" is?  

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.2.5  Ronin2  replied to  afrayedknot @1.2.2    one month ago

You do realize that if the DOJ decides to press charges against Trump they must present the defense with all of the evidence- including that which doesn't fit the Democrat TDS get Trump at all costs narrative?

I am sure Pelosi and her hand picked TDS driven mighty mental midgets are hoping that they can hide all of the evidence they refused to reveal. Unfortunately for them McCarthy already demanded they keep all records and information intact. I hope they damn well resist- would love to see Pelosi and co perp walked. Hopefully McCarthy will release everything, for good or bad. 

Wonder how bad Garland will fight it? As some of it will make him look like a bigger partisan jackass than the majority of Americans think he is. "Parading" first rioters that stayed in between the tether lines- walked around the main gallery and right back out the exit. Hopefully Garland will be paraded out of his office in between two US Marshalls. That video would break the internet.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.2.6  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ronin2 @1.2.5    one month ago
You do realize that if the DOJ decides to press charges against Trump they must present the defense with all of the evidence- including that which doesn't fit the Democrat TDS get Trump at all costs narrative?

You know they haven't thought that far ahead.  They just found out today is Thursday.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago

Of course, according to the gqp, nothing is their fault, nothing.

This was all thanks to #45 and his enablers/supporters as you are well aware 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.3    one month ago

We are going to find out, starting next month

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.1    one month ago

Ya with all of the criminal referrals of #45!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.2    one month ago

And you think Garland will act on those?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.3.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @1.3.2    one month ago
Ya with all of the criminal referrals of #45

All?  The only referral come from the Democrats.  And that may not stand up to cross examination.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.3.5  Snuffy  replied to  Tessylo @1.3    one month ago

Still just as objective and open-minded as  you claim to be I see....   

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3.6  Tessylo  replied to  Snuffy @1.3.5    one month ago

Says Mr. Objective

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago
The report also claims that "staff within the House Sergeant at Arms office emailed Paul Irving that January 6th was Pelosi's fault," although it provides no evidence for the assertion.

I'm pretty sure that going to the email server will produce the evidence.  

The Republicans responsible for the withering report — Jim Banks (R-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Troy Nehls (R-TX) — are the five congressmen originally nominated to sit on the Jan. 6 committee, until Pelosi vetoed Banks and Jordan. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled the rest of his nominees in protest. Pelosi then installed two Never Trump Republican outcasts, Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger.

Making the "Committee" the partisan joke that we've all come to know.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3  Sean Treacy    one month ago
The report insinuates that the Speaker left the Capitol Police without backup on Jan. 6 because "widespread concern from Democratic leadership over 'optics' in the aftermath of the Summer 2020 'Black Lives Matter' protests prevented early deployment of the National Guard."

given their embrace of rioting and the Assault on the White House in 2020 (including mocking trump for following the advice of secret service and moving to a bunker) it’s no surprise.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    one month ago

What rioting and assault at the WH?

Your usual projection, deflection and denial.  I know it's all the gqp has

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    one month ago

This is like blaming the leader of the Polish Parliament for the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. 

This train of thought is going nowhere, although MAGA morons will eat it up. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one month ago
The report also claims that "staff within the House Sergeant at Arms office emailed Paul Irving that January 6th was Pelosi's fault," although it provides no evidence for the assertion.

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Vic Eldred
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4.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one month ago

How about turning over a private citizen's tax returns for public viewing?

Where do you think that is going to lead?

Do you really think that Trump is the ultimate one-off and we can take away his rights without impacting anyone else?

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.3    one month ago

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Vic Eldred
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4.3.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @4.3.1    one month ago

Giggles!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

"After Pelosi refused to allow Reps. Banks or Jordan to sit on the J6 Committee, lawmakers decided to do an investigation of their own. Now, their report debunks key Pelosi claims and tells the real story of why the Capitol was not properly secured on 1/6."

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Tessylo
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5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    one month ago

Some of Those who were complicit in 1/6, THEIR REPORT?

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Vic Eldred
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5.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    one month ago

Is my name on that list?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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5.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    one month ago

So link the PDF of the report.  And FYI,  here is the link to the report related to this article:

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
House Republicans issued a scathing report Wednesday exposing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's key role in the catastrophic security and intelligence failures that left the US Capitol vulnerable to a violent attack on January 6, 2021.

Wasn't 6 Jan at the Capitol just a “normal tourist visit”?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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6.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6    one month ago

If you were over at the Pentagon, you have no complaints!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

As you may have noticed, my comment count has recently dropped.  When I'm in the Pentagon I don't have as much opportunity, I'm in here today, cleaning up some final actions before the holidays.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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8  Tacos!    one month ago

This feels a lot like blaming the victim.

Actually, it's a little worse than that. The people who motivated the attacker to commit the assault are blaming the victim.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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8.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Tacos! @8    one month ago

Agree.

 
 

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