WASHINGTON Capitol aftermath still taking a toll
The OBSERVER's View
Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies.
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund claims he was never shown the FBI field office report that warned of potential violence. Above all, Sund says the failures that day were definitely not the fault of the Capitol Police.
Remember, we were told last month the U.S. Capitol Police refused help from the National Guard that day.
What we are being asked to believe, then, is that the massive, 20-year effort the federal government pretended was in place after Sept. 11, 2001, to ensure government agencies communicated well and quickly with one, another failed.
What have we been doing all this time, if missed intelligence, miscommunication and poor cooperation are enough of a problem that untrained zealots were able to overwhelm security measures in place at the U.S. Capitol?
As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., hear the rest of the testimony and continue the investigation into what went wrong Jan. 6, they should also be giving heavy scrutiny to Homeland Security, and the bureaucracy that appears to have spent two decades doing nothing but serving itself.