While there is yet much to learn about what happened at the Capitol on January 6, some important facts are known beyond a reasonable doubt:
- Most protesters who entered the Capitol encountered no resistance, and some were directed by police on where to go.
- Some protesters who led the storming of the Capitol were leftist agitators.
- The riot was planned, and foreknowledge of this event was reported to the FBI, Capitol police, NYPD, and even the Joint Terrorism Taskforce.
This raises the following questions:
- If the police allowed protesters into the Capitol because they were overwhelmed, why did reinforcements fail to arrive? Did officers direct protesters to the hallway where Asley Babbit was later shot? Based on the 19:40 time mark on this video it sure seems this way.
- Why did CNN broadcast the account of John Sullivan? Did they already know he was a BLM agitator who encouraged protesters to “burn down” the Capitol?
- It is almost certain that Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell knew about plans to storm the Capitol because failure to notify them would have been an egregious failure of intelligence. If they did not know it then they certainly know by now that the riot was planned, and the media cannot hide this information forever from the American people. Could this explain Pelosi’s frantic request to move the Senate impeachment trial to January 25?
All participants in the vandalism or assaults on police officers are responsible for their own behavior regardless of political affiliation. Having said that, we must take into account whether or not their crimes were premeditated and prosecute more harshly those who were in on the plan. Most importantly, we need to know how much help (if any) these riot organizers received from the inside. The officers directed protestors to sensitive portions of the building may have been blindly following orders, but two incidents caught on video implicate at least two people who may have knowingly provided inside help:
First, in this poorly-staged video, a police officer is “chased” by a protester who looks more like the reluctant participant of a high school skit.