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ASenate investigation report into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot released Tuesday has found sweeping intelligence and communications failures by law enforcement ahead of the riot.

The 127-page report, a bipartisan review of events, pieces together multiple warnings of violence from protesters ahead of the riot. The report shows Capitol security officials were aware of threats from protesters as early as late December, according to Politico.

Security officials had access to social media posts by protesters, complete with calls to “Surround every building with a tunnel entrance/exit” and to “Bring guns. It’s now or never.”

The joint report came from the Senate Rules and Homeland Security committees.

“There were significant, widespread and unacceptable breakdowns in the intelligence gathering,” Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the homeland security panel, said Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. “The failure to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day contributed significantly to the breach of the Capitol,” “The attack was, quite frankly, planned in plain sight.”

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Six Capitol Police Face Disciplinary Charges After Internal Investigation About January 6

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While the killer of Ashli Babbitt was completely exonerated for shooting the unarmed Trump supporter, six Capitol Police are facing charges over things like letting Trump supporters into the Capitol.

There are reports of officers pulling down barricades outside the Capitol building as the crowd approached, and others taking selfies with members of the crowd.

The United States Capitol Police reviewed footage from Jan 6 and determined six officers violated department protocols.

Yogananda Pittman, Assistant Chief of the United States Capitol Police (USCP) and former acting Chief of the USCP in the aftermath of Jan 6, said the following in a statement on January 11: “Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including termination.”

In the USCP’s update on their internal investigations, they stated that no wrongdoing was found in 20 0f the 26 complaints. However, in the other six, violations did occur, and therefore disciplinary action is recommended.

These violations include unbecoming conduct, failure to comply with directives, improper remarks, and “improper dissemination of information.”

“The Department is committed to accountability when officers fail to meet the standards governed by USCP policies and the Congressional Community’s expectations,” the statement continued.

In typical elitist, bureaucratic, and anti-Trump fashion, the statement ended by saying, “the bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring.”

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Warrant: Nashville man arrested after telling MNPD he entered U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

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A Nashville man this week was charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot after admitting to the Metro Nashville Police Department he entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, an FBI warrant shows.

Christopher Michael Cunningham faces charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in capitol building or grounds; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.

Investigators sifted through Cunningham’s social media after witnesses alerted the FBI to posts by an account in his name made on Jan. 6, U.S. District Court documents show. 

Footage taken inside the Capitol on the day shows an individual later identified as Cunningham traveling through the building holding up a cell phone, court documents indicate. 

The criminal complaint includes screenshots of the individual apparently taking a selfie inside the building.

In addition, court documents continue, on Feb. 23, Cunningham called the Metro Nashville Police Department to report that a pressure washer was stolen from his front porch.

The interaction between Cunningham and the police officer was audio and video recorded on the officer’s body-worn camera, which the FBI reviewed.

“During the interaction with the MNPD officer, Cunningham identified himself and stated that he entered the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021,” the complaint continues.

Court records show Cunningham was free on bond Thursday.

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US Air Force Vet and Vietnam Prisoner of War Writes Powerful Letter of Encouragement To Jan 6th Political Prisoners

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Very few lawmakers have had the courage to stand up and call out the treatment of the political prisoners that are being held in various facilities since the January 6th incident at our nation’s Capitol. One brave Vietnam Veteran and former Prisoner of War, however, is speaking out on their behalf, and he’s pleading with lawmakers to stop allowing these men and women to be treated as though they are prisoners in a communist country.

Captain Wayne Smith, a United States Air Force Veteran and Vietnam POW, wrote a letter to Members of Congress on August 4, 2021, about the political prisoners that are being detained for their alleged “crimes” on January 6th.

Dear Members of Congress,

I am writing to you with a heavy heart regarding the “political prisoners” held at the DC Detention Facility.

As a former Vietnam Prisoner of War, who spent 5 yrs./2mos. at the Hanoi Hilton, I can possibly understand some of the treatments we endured on foreign soil; yet under no circumstances can I understand the alleged treatment our American citizens are enduring on American soil in the very heart of our country’s Republic.

After our Representatives and Senators were tricked into leaving the prison facility under the guise of meeting with the Superintendent, why is every Republican Representative and Senator not denouncing this on the steps of Congress? While there are two specifically who want to make Jan. 6 about Trump, those who have kept up know this is about another agenda, not so much unlike Governor Whitmer’s alleged kidnapping.

Below is a note I wrote to one of the prisoners after my wife received an email requesting a favor for her significant other, who is in dire need of medical treatment and ready to give up. We’ve heard this story many times over: unhealthy food, no exercise options, medical treatment denied, regular beatings, and the worst kind of torture, solitary confinement.

I can understand if we were in Cuba or another Communist country-but in Washington, DC? So how bad are prisoners treated in Communist countries? Just ask Cuban Political Prisoner and Broward County resident, Frank de Varona, who at age 17 fought in the Bay of Pigs, was captured, and then escaped to the USA where he went on to become a successful author, speaker, and educator.

I do wonder who these guards at this DC facility are, as I find it hard to think that an American-trained law enforcement officer could be so cruel toward another American or disrespectful to our elected officials.

Here’s the note I wrote to one of the political prisoners who is ready to give up. I’m not sure what good it will do but I hope it gives him some comfort. I implore you to investigate this sooner rather than later to ensure these American citizens that hope is not lost, that they are not forgotten and that our Constitutional Republic is still intact. They deserve nothing less. GBU and GBA

August 3, 2021

Never in a million years did I think I’d be writing this type of letter in the United States of America. I know a little about how you must be feeling and now I understand the hopelessness of those back home not being able to help their loved ones.

The only way my cellmates and I made it out of Hanoi Hilton was due to our faith in God and each other. We were determined to “Return with Honor” because of our love for our country and our flag. While we were on foreign soil and you all are on American soil, the sentiment still holds true.

As a Veteran, you know what it is like to fight – only now this fight is for your spirit – your sanity – your dignity.

I heard that at 9 pm each night, the “DC Political Prisoners” would begin singing the National Anthem. Oh, how I hope this is true.
There is finally a push to wake people up to the horrendous treatment you all are going through. I am at a loss for words to think that this is going on in my homeland – my country.

Keep the faith and don’t let them rob you of your spirit. A lot of people are pulling for you and working to right this wrong. GBU

Wayne O. Smith, USAF Veteran
Vietnam Prisoner of War – 5 years/2 months

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