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“A single determined shooter could have turned the attack on the Capitol into a massacre”

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The Rand corporation think-tank reports that there are bipartisan efforts to set up a 1/6 commission, but the reality is that there’s still so much fact-finding and discovery ahead. Trump mob actions go back far but gained importance in events like Trump’s trips to Arizona and Oklahoma, where armed elements chose to display their firearms and confront counter-protesters. After 140 cops were injured and two related suicides, there’s plenty to investigate. The lack of a fire being set in the Capitol is more about dumb luck rather than proof of civil disobedience.

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— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) January 27, 2021

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— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 27, 2021

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— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 27, 2021

No commission can be expected to heal the deep divisions in American society and politics. But it could address a fundamental question: How do we maintain the reality and appearance of open government that guarantees the public access to their officials while protecting those officials—physically and psychologically—from intimidation and terror?

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— RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation) January 27, 2021

The history of politically charged violence in and against the United States can be read in the reports of its national commissions. The Warren Commission investigated the Kennedy assassination. The Kerner Commission looked at the causes of urban uprisings in the 1960s. Terrorist attacks from the 1983 Beirut bombings to 9/11 prompted the creation of commissions aimed at coming to grips with the growing threat.

The takeover of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 demands such an inquiry. Last week, a bill to establish a national commission to investigate the attack was introduced in the House.

A single determined shooter could have turned the attack on the Capitol into a massacre. Hostages could have been taken. Bombs could have been planted. Fires set. A branch of the federal government has not been so seriously threatened since 9/11. Already inspectors general of four federal agencies have begun investigations of security and intelligence.

A January 6 Commission would be different. Accountability needs to be addressed, but it would do more than affix blame.

Security failed spectacularly—perhaps the one point Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Insulated from the partisan passions that sunder our politics and our society, a January 6 Commission created by Congress or the Biden administration could analyze whether this was an isolated uprising or the harbinger of more to come. It could make recommendations to prevent such attacks in the future in Washington or at statehouses throughout the country.

Commissions conduct impartial inquiries, assemble experts, level hard criticism when warranted, and express opinions that others (including members of Congress) may want to make but cannot state publicly. They are temporary and have no authority beyond the persuasiveness of their findings. Required to produce a public report, commissions come to see the American people as their primary constituency, the national interest as their sole guide.

www.rand.org/…

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— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 27, 2021

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

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— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 27, 2021

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— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) January 27, 2021

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— Ray Jadwick's USA (@RJadwick) January 27, 2021

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