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ND Senators react to report showing miscommunication leading up to Capitol Insurrection

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:13 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The U.S. Senate committee report on the Capitol Insurrection on January 6th focuses on communication breakdowns between security agencies and social media monitoring. The questions now are: what lessons will be learned and what’s next?

In the committee report, it says the investigation found a series of intelligence and security failures, including federal agencies not warning law enforcement about the potential risks that day’s rally would pose, which made it difficult for Capitol Police to prepare for many scenarios.

Including the one which became reality.

The rally was heavily organized on social media, and intelligence agencies were monitoring the posts.

Some posts were more aggressive and had threats of violence, but federal agencies said that content fell under freedom of speech.

Those threats weren’t forwarded to the people in charge of securing the Capitol.

The report said, “Despite online calls for violence at the Capitol, neither the FBI nor DHS issued a threat assessment or intelligence bulleting warning law enforcement entities in the National Capital Region of the potential for violence,” adding that the federal intelligence failed to convey the full scope of the threat.

This meant local police and the National Guard weren’t warned about what could happen.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said the report outlined “serious security lapses.”

“These issues need to be addressed. We are continuing to review the report and these committees, which have jurisdiction in the Senate, are not done,” Hoeven said.

But still, many thought the nearly 130-page report was thorough.

“Every member of Congress was also an eyewitness to this event. So, there were a lot of members that were also able to contribute their first-person account of what happened that night,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said.

In all, the report offered 65 recommendations to improve threat-reporting efforts and help law enforcement prepare for the next threatening situations.

This report had a self-described limited scope to investigate. There were other efforts to widen the inquiry or create another commission to investigate the events, but those attempts were blocked.

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