Not bad for a broke down old narc. I theorized that the situation leading up to the storming of the Capitol was designed so that the Capitol Police would fail. It appears that the Washington Post is confirming that theory. Of course the Post won’t place the blame where it needs to be.
I speculated that the Capitol police didn’t prepare adequately as a matter of policy. Keep in mind Pelosi and company had been predicting violence on the part of Trump supporters for weeks. Yet when it came time to prepare, they didn’t. At the link.
The Capitol Police Board oversees the Capitol Police. It is comprised of the Sergeant of Arms of the House, Sergeant of Arms of the Senate and the Architect of Congress. Chief Sund went to his bosses. According to him:
The Washington Post reports that on the Monday before the riot, Sund asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request the Guard be placed on standby in case he needed hasty backup.
But Sund told the newspaper that House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving rebuffed the idea, arguing he was uncomfortable with the “optics” that such a move would bring in advance of Wednesday’s protest. Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger told Sund that he should informally reach out to his contacts at the Guard and ask them to “lean forward” and be on alert, he added.
Understand that the Sergeant of Arms in either body is an elected position but beholden to the majority party. There is no surprise that House Sergeant of Arms Paul Irving rejected an increased security stance. Sergeant at Arms of the Senate Michael Stenger tried to back door an increased security stance.
Karl Ernst was a member of the Nazi Party. He was suspected of setting the Reichstag in 1933. The Reichstag fire was a classic “false flag” operation. The blame fell on the communists.
Congress and congressional leadership were responsible of the security of the Capitol. They failed in their responsibility. Individual members, with security clearances, are responsible for the security of classified materials. Why would anybody residing in a building under siege have classified material unsecured? How long does it take to secure classified material. (In my experience less than a minute.) How long does it take to breach perimeter security and make entry to offices that contain classified material?
I find it ironic that democrats accuse Conservatives of being fascists. Yet it is the democrats who embrace fascist tactics. That being the case, Pelosi’s tactics failed. The Capitol still stands unlike the Reichstag.