Colonel Earl Matthews, a top Army attorney stands shoulder to shoulder with National Guard General Walker on Capital Riot
[ Editor’s Note: This story only lasted a day in the news, due to no fault of its own because we are in a heavy news cycle. Colonel Matthews’ 36 report literally charges the Army high command with perjury over its Jan 6 “official history” that it created, attempting to have the final word on the Pentagon’s conduct on January 6th in defending the Capitol.
VT Cold War veterans know more than a little bit about coups, as that period was an anything goes one for replacing any government perceived as not being sensitive enough to US interests, let alone those clearly aligned as Soviet Union allies.
Rule number on for all coups, before they can begin, is any opposition military or police intervention has to be completely neutralized as one of the most critical parts of the plan.
In Colonel Matthew’s report you see this happening during the first phone conference where he and the DC National Guard commander, retired Major General Walker, and the Pentagon Army command discuss how best to react to the Capitol perimeter breach.
The quick story is that instead of moving all available National Guard anti-riot resources to the Capitol as fast as possible, the Army command recommended a complicated, multi-stage operation, with further coordinating conference calls required to clear all movement permission.
VT veterans spotted immediately that this smelled like a pre planned purposeful delaying strategy to slow National Guard forces from reaching the Capitol quickly to give the rioters more time to effect the Trump plan of stopping the Biden certification.
And this is exactly what happened. The Army command attempted to have the last word on the event by issuing its own Inspector General’s report, apparently tidying up some loose ends on the real time notetaking of who said what to whom and when.
It also avoided interviewing those witnesses that had conflicting information and witnesses that could challenge the large number of “anonymous witnesses” that keep popping up in the Army command IG report, to a degree that Sherlock Holmes would not be needed to see that an independent reinvestigation is needed to address serious questions of perjured testimony in the IG report, as charged in Colonel Matthew’s report.
But the big hurdle there is that the Jan 6 commission staff has its hands full. And the DoJ is in a similar situation, and might have lines of authority conflicts.
All I can think of is a special prosecutor at this point, but I would bet the Army command is hoping that the current continuing chaos will contribute to letting its already tarnished IG report remain as the last word.
This would be grossly unfair to MG Walker and the DC National Guard, who would have loved to face off with the Trump mob on Jan. 6 to prevent a breach of the Capitol. This is a big deal that should not be swept under the rug… Jim W. Dean ]
First aired December 06, 2021
A former D.C. guard official accused top generals of lying to Congress about Jan. 6 and criticized the Pentagon’s IG for whitewashing the army’s actions. Specifically, he called General Charles Flynn’s answer “outright perjury.”