Capitol Police whistleblower memo lays out Jan. 6 'intelligence failure
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Sep 14 07:15:28 2022
By John Solomon
Updated: September 14, 2022
Just three days after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, one of the Capitol
Police's top intelligence analysts sent a blistering email to
supervisors, blowing the whistle on what he said was a failure to heed
clear intelligence warning that right-wing rioters planned to storm the Capitol.
"We analysts have been reporting for weeks that Patriot groups are
commenting on social media their intentions to storm the U.S. Capitol
with overwhelming numbers," Eric Hoar wrote in the Jan. 9, 2021 email
to his bosses. "I don't know what was occurring behind the scenes, but
I hope that information was briefed with the veracity it deserved, and
not just a one-time Event Assessment."
Hoar wrote he feared political considerations had overtaken security
needs in the lead-up to the riot.
"The notion that valid intelligence is trumped by optics or political
decisions is unacceptable and puts lives in danger," he said. "This is
a concept I've understood for a long time, and I know you are aware of
this as well, and I hope its meaning is now OBVIOUS to ALL Officials, Commanders, and Stakeholders."
The mention of "optics" appears to be a reference to the language used
when House Democratic leadership rejected an offer days before Jan. 6
from the Trump Pentagon to send National Guard troops to assist Capitol
As Democrats wrap up their Jan. 6 probe, House Republicans are planning
to soon release a wealth of evidence they have gathered showing
intelligence and planning failures by the police and the first evidence
of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's contacts with the security apparatus
leading up to the riots.