Who could have ever predicted this? I mean, who other than anyone who glimpsed at Parler for five minutes or saw Donald Trump speak before his horde of whiny orcs?
You’ll never believe this, but apparently there was every indication that violence was brewing prior to the actual violence that erupted last Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol. In fact, the FBI was all over it.
A day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit internal warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war,” according to an internal document reviewed by The Washington Post that contradicts a senior official’s declaration the bureau had no intelligence indicating anyone at last week’s pro-Trump protest planned to do harm.A situational information report approved for release the day before the U.S. Capitol riot painted a dire portrait of dangerous plans, including individuals sharing a map of the complex’s tunnels, and possible rally points for would-be conspirators to meet up in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and South Carolina and head in groups to Washington.“As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington. D.C.,” the document says. “An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”
(“Pantifa” is a derogatory term for “Antifa.”)
So, yeah, that’s pretty damning.
Then again, Trump claims everything he said prior to the siege was “totally appropriate”—and he’s the pr*sident, so he must be telling the truth.
Oh, and just to underline this in red … and set it in 60-point type … and bedazzle it with glitter, this …
The warning is the most stark evidence yet of the sizable intelligence failure that preceded the mayhem, during which five people died, although one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid disciplinary action, said the failure was not one of intelligence, but of acting on the intelligence.
Do you think a president more concerned with his duties than a quixotic bid to overturn the election and, perhaps, kill that treacherous Mike Pence in the process might have listened to intelligence briefings and prepared for this in some way? Maybe summon a phalanx of mall cops like Aquaman summons clownfish? Anything would have been better than what he actually did, which was incite rioters, stay glued to the teevee, wait forever to send help, and then send mixed messages while his frothing supporters were still looking to garrote Nancy Pelosi.
But then you’d have to be marginally human to take any of those steps, and we know that’s a really big ask when it comes to L’il Donnie.
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