The Committee investigating the assault on the US Capitol concluded that the FBI could have prevented the attack
Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy said there were errors in federal law enforcement, saying law enforcement should have acted on the documents intelligence collected
The Committee investigating the assault The US Capitol concluded that the FBI could have prevented the attack. (AP)
The US House of Representatives committee investigating the capitol storming concluded that the FBI and the country's security agencies could have repelled the riot on January 6, 2021.
Former US Attorney Tim Heaphy suggested that there were errors in the enforcement of federal law, noting that law enforcement agencies should have acted on the intelligence documents collected.
“( Trump) was the immediate cause: had it not been for his words and deeds, it would not have happened. That being said, what happened on Capitol Hill was also affected by failures by law enforcement to put to work the extensive intelligence that was in place before January 6 on threats of violence,” Heaphy explained.
The lead advisor to the investigation noted that “law enforcement had a very direct role in contributing to the security lapses that led to the violencea,” according to statements collected by the US network NBC.
He specified that the Capitol was inadequately defended on January 6, not because of an intelligence error, but because intelligence showing supporters of former President Donald Trump intended to go to Washington< was not acted upon. /b> and use violence to prevent the certification of the electoral victory of the current president, Joe Biden.
Former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy indicated that there were errors in the application of federal law, noting that security agencies should have acted on the intelligence documents collected. (AFP)
“There was a lot of advanced intelligence on law enforcement, on carrying weapons, on the vulnerability of the Capitol. The information beforehand was quite specific and, in our opinion, was enough for law enforcement to do a better job,” he said.
The researchers further concluded that the < b>Capitol Policeit did not deploy enough troops, as federal agencies failed to spread “alarm about the threat” and were “overly cautious.” In addition, there was confusion about which federal agency was in charge, hampering a response.
The committee noted that the agencies made “a crucial mistake” by not publishing a newsletter intelligence about the threats, while reiterating that the response would have been very different “if the protesters were black”.
The FBI He defended himself by assuring that he did everything he could in the incident.
“As of January 6, 2021, the FBI has continually reviewed our processes, procedures, and policies to assess lessons learned and to make improvements in communication and in the collection, analysis, and sharing of information,” the federal police explained.
On January 27, a 33-year-old man who attacked two police officers with pepper spray during the storming of the Capitol was sentenced to almost seven years in prison.
On January 27, A 33-year-old man who attacked two police officers with pepper spray during the Capitol storming has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison. (REUTERS)
Julian Khater,Originally from New Jersey, he was convicted by a federal court in the District of Columbia on two counts of assaulting a police officer.
One of the two officers who was attacked by Khater, police officer Brian Sicknick, died a day after the assault.
Khater traveled to Washington on January 6 DC with another arrested for those events. Among their belongings were two cans of bear repellent and two cans of pepper spray, according to the Department of Justice indictment.
After listening to the speech that former PresidentDonald Trump gave that day from the White House, the two men walked to the Capitol, where they confronted, along with a mob, the agents who were trying to stop their entrance to the building.
During this confrontation, Khater used pepper spray to attack Sicknick and another agent.
( With information from Europa Press and EFE)