6 thoughts on “41 minutes of fear

  1. 4therecord says:

    “After nearly a decade working for the House of Representatives, the chamber’s top security official thought he knew how its political leadership would react if asked to station troops at the Capitol during a major rally supporting President Trump.
    That’s why House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving balked when the chief of the Capitol Police suggested activating the National Guard two days before the Jan. 6 event, he later told a friend.
    “There’s a reality there — the leaders of the House and the Senate don’t want the military up there. They don’t want to show they can’t control their own turf,” said Bill Pickle, who served as the Senate sergeant-at-arms from 2003 to 2007 and spoke to The Washington Post at Irving’s request.” (Washington Post 1/18/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paul-irving-capitol-attack/2021/01/18/59fb4aae-567d-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html
    “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage : The death of the officer, Brian D. Sicknick, appeared likely to lead to calls for profound changes to the Capitol Police, a centuries-old force.” (New York Times 1/8/21) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/us/brian-sicknick-police-capitol-dies.html

  2. 5th column says:

    “Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks : The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them.” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/18/us/politics/military-capitol-riot-inauguration.html
    “The military has a hate group problem. But it doesn’t know how bad it’s gotten.
    The rise of extremism in the ranks is seen as a “crisis issue” but the military’s efforts to weed out radicals are “haphazard” at best.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/11/military-right-wing-extremism-457861
    “Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.” https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2021/01/19/two-army-national-guard-members-are-being-removed-from-security-mission-to-secure-biden-inauguration/
    “Feds: U.S. Soldier Conspired to Plot Attacks on 9/11 Memorial, Maximize Lethality on Troops
    Authorities allege Cole James Bridges was communicating online with someone he thought was in ISIS; he allegedly provided that agent with tips on how to hit potential targets in the U.S. and fend off a retaliation attack” https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/u-s-soldier-allegedly-conspired-to-plot-attacks-on-9-11-memorial-sources-say/2837595/

  3. 'Phrenologist says:

    “What psychology of mass mobilization can tell us about the Capitol riot : Research suggests disinfo and demagogues coordinate, not manipulate, the masses.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/what-psychology-of-mass-mobilization-can-tell-us-about-the-capitol-riot/
    “The evolutionary psychology of mass mobilization: how disinformation and demagogues coordinate rather than manipulate” (Oct 2020) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352250X20300208
    “Mob psychology is a theoretical approach attempting to explain collective behavior solely on the basis of the psychological states of people who participate. Mob Psychology is similar to terms such as: crowd psychology and group mentality.” https://psychology.wikia.org/wiki/Mob_psychology

  4. 4therecord says:

    The Army falsely denied for days that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, the brother of disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was involved in a key meeting during its heavily scrutinized response to the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.
    Charles Flynn confirmed in a statement issued to The Washington Post on Wednesday that he was in the room for a tense Jan. 6 phone call during which the Capitol Police and D.C. officials pleaded with the Pentagon to dispatch the National Guard urgently, but top Army officials expressed concern about having the Guard at the Capitol.
    Flynn left the room before the meeting was over, anticipating that then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was in another meeting, would soon take action to deploy more guard members, he said.
    The episode highlights the challenge for the Army in having an influential senior officer whose brother has become a central figure in QAnon, the extreme ideology that alleges Trump was waging a battle with Satan-worshiping Democrats who traffic children. Michael Flynn, who previously ran the Defense Intelligence Agency and left the Army as a three-star general, has espoused QAnon messages, and QAnon adherents are among those who have been charged in connection with the attempted insurrection. In November, Trump announced he had pardoned Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/flynn-national-guard-call-riot/2021/01/20/7f4f41ba-5b4c-11eb-aaad-93988621dd28_story.html

  5. "Alternative facts" says:

    Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed Thursday that his supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 posed “zero threat” — despite the fact that five people died as a result of the violent insurrection, including a Capitol Police officer.
    “It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in, and they walked out.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/26/trump-rioter-insurrection-zero-threat-478147
    New Videos Show How Deceased Capitol Police Officer Was Attacked During Insurrection https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/new-videos-show-how-deceased-capitol-police-officer-was-attacked-during-insurrection

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