Former FBI agent discusses Capitol siege investigation


…from ABC News

[ Editor’s Note: Ex-FBI officer Brad Garrett gives the best concise overview of the January 6th Capitol attack I have heard so far, and definitely worth the seven minutes.

He is a good contrast to what came out today in some of the first Senate hearings, where Capitol officials claimed they were given no hard intelligence, just an unverified FBI warning.

They presented an echo chamber consensus that everyone agreed that the worst case scenario would be similar to the Black Lives matters DC protest during the summer, where throngs would be battling each other on the streets and not attacking the government directly.

But this does not jive with the reality of Trump’s The Steal being on the line that day. During the summer riots, he had not lost an election where he was soon to become raw meat for hungry criminal prosecutors.

Mr. Garrett, who oozes professionalism, makes a good case that a blind man could have seen that a major effort was needed to defend the Capitol, when Trump’s political and financial life could be over if he did not quash the election certification.

Garrett is also a realist, knowing that the main goal for many testifying is survival, like the 9-11 commissioners who admitted they knew their main job would be to protect their respective parties from taking a big political hit on that event.

As Gordon does so love to say, the world can be a nasty placeJim W. Dean ]

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Merrick Garland, Attorney General

First aired … February 22, 2021

Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland says he will establish an independent outside panel to investigate the Capitol siege.


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  1. The short version of this is one set of rule for them, and another for this. A grunt in the military misplaces some equipment, or heaven forbid a weapon, or someone stole it fro him, and it is courtmarial time…not if, ands of buts…to make an example of them to ‘maintain discipline and good order’. As we move up the line, that harshness hits a downward curve, but not entirely. Mid level officers have to take the hit to protect higher ups, refered to as “making it go away”. With the sexual abuse issue, for example, that means an VT, or a captain making the offended withdraw charges, and typically taking a transfer to tidy things up.

  2. Donald Trump, Trump Jr, and Rudy Ghoulianni , are the top three, and certainly the preacher dude. The chronology of various deadlines starting with the mail in ballots was being discussed and watched in real time leading up to the last stand. There is zero excuse. Top commanders in all associated security agencies have to go for either complicity or dereliction of duty. Those are the only two vectors I see. ‘We didn’t see it coming” is dereliction of duty. It was their job to see it coming, and it wasn’t a difficult job. Perhaps on par with predicting the sun will rise tomorrow. The peoples investment in security is not being honored at all in the very slightest.
    Under normal conditions, the people would have a case to sue for the entire investment amount to be returned and the contract terminated, and the contractors license revoked globally.

    • We went to North Korea and bombed those people beyond any bombing of any people anywhere, (the democracy crusade) and South Korea arrested their president and threw her in jail for a far less crime recently.
      Are we now going to tell all the dead,…. do as we say and not as we do ?

      The presidency and the office are not sacred, positions and titles are not sacred, the majority vote of the people is sacred. The elected would be well advised to keep that in mind. Best get to returning war powers to congress, and law enforcement to the people.

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