Why are there 25,000 soldiers in DC then?
The U.S. House of Representatives canceled its planned Thursday session after the Capitol Police warned on Wednesday of a possible plot by a militia group to breach the building, a threat that echoed the deadly Jan. 6 attack.
This 'sudden' warning is just more kabuki since Trump supporters have been long told that on March 4, 2021 he will be sworn in as president. It was a way to keep the Q believers still believing just awhile longer.
The House had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill on Thursday. But a House Democratic aide said that the police warning, based on intelligence that "an identified militia group" could present a security threat, contributed to the change in plans.
So what else was threatening congress that they can't do their job even thought DC has 25,000 US troops guarding it and with the razor wire topped fences it looks more like a defensive area in a country that we are not wanted in.
"The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex," it said in its statement.
It said it is working with local, state and federal agencies "to stop any threats to the Capitol," adding, "We are taking the intelligence seriously." It did not disclose the nature of the intelligence.
Apparently not if congress is not safe enough to do its business then huh?
But on top of all of that we found out that the pentagon didn't like the optics of sending troops against a bunch of white people whilst knowing damn well that if they had been made up of poor and minority peoples that thought might not have crossed their minds. Or was it a setup so we can play kabuki state theater every so often as needed for more kabuki?
Some good comments:
Hard to find any weapons on them when they hardly arrested anyone. They just peacefully escorted everyone out like an elementary school fire drill.
All of these alleged threats are fabrications Of the government to justify continued military/national guard in Washington DC and continued manipulation of how things used to be done...like President Biden not doing a State of the Union.
No, they are Domestic Terrorists. Treat them as any other Terrorists Group.
A cynical person might not think it a coincidence that the announcement of this threat comes the day after the capitol police chief has asked Congress for a very significant increase to their funding.
The individual members of Congress are no more important to me than an average store owner. If Congress was as concerned with protecting average Americans (in their minds), as they are themselves, we would be in a much better place.
Okay raise your hand if you think the pentagon would have paused sending troops into the capital to PROTECT congress if it were actually foreign terrorists that had been the ones that did it? How would things have been handled differently if anyone at the capital thought congress's lives were at risk? People were banging on doors, windows and making lots of noise, but we are too believe that the secret service waited till the last minute to remove Pence and Pelosi? If so, well they aren't too smart.
Why do the members of Congress not continue with their work online? The mandated shutdown due to the pandemic forced many, many people across this country to continue their work online. If students and workers in all types of employment were expected to keep working via online when they weren't allowed to gather in person why can't our taxpayer paid members of Congress continue working?....
I'm wondering if this supposed attack on the Capitol Building could be a red herring? Is there a target elsewhere the attackers could storm while so much focus is being trained on the Capitol Building? I sure hope not.
The house is set up for online work. They used it thru the early days of the pandemic when Pelosi was cutting them out of the debates on bills and only working with Mnuchin, Schumer and LOTS of republicans who could suggest things in or out, but not house dems for some reason according to Thomas Massie who I believe is a R house member who likes to spill the beans on congress.
Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.
Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, told senators that the then-chief of the Capitol Police requested military support in a "voice cracking with emotion" in a 1:49 p.m. call as rioters began pushing toward the Capitol. Walker said he immediately relayed the request to the Army but did not learn until after 5 p.m. that the Defense Department had approved it. Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. (so the troops just sat on the bus for 3 hours without anyone asking why they were or no one noticing that they were NOT sent to the captital immediately to help save congress from the mob of furry vikings? -sd)
The hours long delay cost the National Guard precious
hoursminutes in the early hours of the Jan. 6 rioting, with Walker saying he could have gotten personnel into the building within 20 minutes of getting approval. As it stood, the support did not happen until the evening. The delay also stood in contrast to the swift authorization for National Guard support that Walker said was granted in response to the civil unrest that roiled Washington last June as an outgrowth of racial justice protests.
A senior Pentagon official who testified, Robert Salesses, said it took time for the Army to sort out what the National Guard was being asked to do and what its support might look like, especially since the Capitol Police days earlier had not asked for any help. Mindful of criticism that the response to the demonstrations last spring was heavy-handed, military officials were also concerned about the optics of a substantial National Guard presence at the Capitol, and that such visuals could inflame the rioters, Walker said.
Seriously? We have spent trillions on building up the security state after 9/11, but the guard wasn't sure what it should do if sent to save congress? Seriously we are supposed to believe that there wasn't a plan planned out to the T on how to protect the capital from attack? Sure. Kinda like there was no national security plan for an epidemic that had been long know to be coming and they even ran drills on it months before. Sure. No plan to get food to people or any of anything that has gone on. Millions will probably end up homeless after all is said and done because the government owned corporations want less of us. How else can you let a deserted mall be turned into a casino instead of some type of housing for people?
"The Army senior leadership" expressed "that it would not be their best military advice to have uniformed Guardsmen on the Capitol," Walker said.
Give me an effing break! I am going to watch what Lee does with the patriot act 2.0. He says that he is a strict constitutionalist so let's see if that is true.
Were any heads shaken when they heard this?
"The response to the request took too long, so I think there needs to be a study done to make sure that never happens again," Walker said. "It shouldn't take three hours to get a yes or no answer."
I wonder what the pentagon would gain from standing down in the face of predicted violence. I bet we will see soon enough.