What the Jan 6 Committee Doesn’t Want You to Know, and More Importantly, Why

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I can distinctly remember where I was when the January 6th Capitol riot took place, perhaps because I was still in the military. I remember watching the Capitol building breached while wearing my uniform, wondering, how is this happening? Where are the National Guard and law enforcement?

Fast forward to the overhyped January 6th committee hearings, and the answers to the questions that mattered to most Americans went mostly unanswered. Instead of uncovering the truth, the hearing was merely political theater meant to be used for political gain versus serving the American people.

However, if you dig deep enough into the testimonies, you can find some interesting answers – but good luck trying to find much media coverage of these details.

You are in luck, though, dear reader, because we’ve taken the time to weed through the nitty details for you to bring to light what those we elected on the Hill don’t want you to see.

A Stalled Pentagon

Amazingly, after months and months of investigations and primetime TV theater from the committee, it’s a new book that gives some of the information we want.

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s new book Courage Under Fire hits mainly on the failure of the Pentagon to provide the assistance requested to help protect the Capitol and bolster the Capitol Police.

Mr. Sund explains that three days prior, he had asked the National Guard to be placed on standby, only to be rejected by the two Sergeants at Arms for the House and Senate.

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It wouldn’t be until after the riots that he discovered the two believed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would disapprove of his request. So the question is, why?

Good luck finding that answer.

On the day of the riots, Mr. Sund requested again National Guard assistance only to be told by Lieutenant General Walter Piatt that he didn’t like the “optics” of sending uniformed Guard members to the Capitol. It would take over three hours for the Guard to respond, well after the riot and the Capitol were cleared of protestors. 

The Washington D.C. National Guard Commander General William Walker testified that the reason it took three hours for him to receive permission from the Pentagon to deploy his troops was that:

“…someone or somebodies were willfully, deliberately denying making the decision.”

General Walker went further, stating that the Secretary of the Army who had the authority to make the decision was “inaccessible” in the days leading up to and the day of the riot, claiming “someone” was “running around the Pentagon looking for him.”

Gee, that seems odd, almost as if the Secretary knew to be out of pocket, but why… again good luck getting that answer.

Not-So-Intelligent Intelligence

Mr. Sund states in his new book that from December 21st to January 5th, the Capitol Police Intelligence Division received emails and various tips on plots to attack the Capitol. Yet, this information never made it to Mr. Sund or his other Commanders.

In his testimony, Mr. Sund states that analysts in the intelligence division didn’t emphasize messages they had received, such as:

“we will storm the government buildings, kill cops, kill security guards, kill federal employees and agents.”

Yikes, that seems like pretty alarming messaging that you’d think might’ve been worthwhile for the Chief of the Capitol Police to have before January 6th. Was this information willfully held back from Mr. Sund, or just plain negligence?

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On January 5th, an internal FBI situational report warned that individuals were planning to wage a “war” at the Capitol. However, the following morning Matt Blue, the acting chief of the DOJ’s Counterterrorism Section, wrote in an email to his superiors:

“No credible threats as of the 10:00 brief.”

Was Mr. Blue not aware of the internal report, and if so, why? Or was he aware and just decided on his own not to channel that information forward? And if so, why?

Don’t these seem like important questions for a committee that stood for months and months, allegedly “investigating” what happened?

The Unanswered Question

In Mr. Sund’s book, he correctly points out that the question that remains to be answered and is perhaps the most critical question Congress and the American people should be asking is:

“Why were we so unprepared?”

Unfortunately, the reality more than likely is that not only were the intelligence community, Pentagon, and members of Congress aware of the threat, but they deliberately chose not to take measures to mitigate and possibly even deter what happened on January 6th.

According to Mr. Sund, while the Pentagon didn’t like the optics of sending the National Guard to the Capitol, they had no problem beefing up security at the homes of top military officials leading up to and on the day of the riots.

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Why beef up the security at Pentagon brass’ homes if there wasn’t some knowledge of a threat? Mr. Sund claims in his book that D.C. Guard Commander General Walker told him after the riots:

“Steve, I felt so bad. I wanted to help you immediately…but they wouldn’t let me come.”

It’s always ‘they’; if only ‘they’ had names, and if only we had some apparatus to get to the truth about ‘their’ motives. 

Nothing Ever Changes

This has a similar stink to what we discovered after the September 11th attacks when yet another piss-poor, albeit slightly more comprehensive, committee investigation disclosed that numerous intelligence signs could’ve mitigated the attacks that rocked our nation.

Mr. Sund points out:

“The security and information-sharing policies and mandates put in place after September 11 failed miserably on January 6.”

But did they fail because they were flawed policies and mandates, or did they fail because they were disregarded? It’s important to note that the Chief of the Capitol Police position is subject to the whims of an inflated bureaucratic system.

Mr. Sund explains:

“The security apparatus that exists on Capitol Hill creates a no-win situation for whoever is Chief. You have the Capitol Police Board, four oversight committees, and 535 bosses plus their staffs telling you what to do.”

Yet it was Mr. Sund who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded resign after the riot, taking no responsibility herself for the lack of security response. And what about the intelligence agencies? What did the committee recommend after their ‘exhaustive’ investigation?

Buried in Appendix 1, the committee recommends:

“Federal agencies with intelligence and security missions should review their intelligence sharing protocols.”

And so the world continues to turn, and the federal government continues to fail either due to incompetence or corruption, probably both, with absolutely no real consequences. But thank goodness equally toothless criminal referrals for President Trump came out of the January 6th committee hearings. 

I feel so much better now, don’t you?

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