'The intelligence was there': Law enforcement warnings abounded in the runup to Jan. 6

The analyst also noted that there was a call for violence in the comments section of a YouTube video about the closure of a local hotel that day.

“One comment was, ‘When do armed Americans take DC and start hanging politicians? It is an honest question that is not without justification or precedence. It received more than 1,100 ‘up votes’, ”added the bulletin.

Although the bulletin was written by individuals in the private sector, the materials reviewed by POLITICO indicate that it circulated among law enforcement agencies.

On the same day, an email sent between officers at the FBI’s Seattle Field Office noted that they may face requests for information on Jan. 6.

“WSFC-IAs” [Washington State Fusion Center intelligence analysts] have also noted comments from some Washington State residents planning to travel armed to Washington DC for tomorrow’s protests, ”the FBI official wrote. “So, a warning that there may be incoming control requests should one of them end up in the reporting.”

In other words, it was no secret to the FBI’s Seattle Field Office that people traveled long distances to Washington, DC with guns on Jan. 6 – an operation that would certainly have violated DC gun laws. An FBI spokesman told POLITICO that the email contained no specific threat or actionable information and did not go beyond that response.

Meanwhile, on January 5th, SITE sent out a flood of bulletins about right-wing extremists. One of those bulletins reported that a Proud Boys Telegram channel threatened government officials for the arrest of the group’s leader, Enrique Tarrio.

“’This is war,’ declared the broadcaster, stating that ‘the time to choose sides is over …” read the bulletin.

It added that a Proud Boys Telegram channel was repeating a neo-Nazi sentence when describing the group’s plans for Jan. 6.

“When our boys show up in DC by March, many of them are actually supporting President Trump, but many of them are marching for this nation, not Trump,” the Telegram Post said, as reported in the bulletin. “Many of them march to stand against Marxists and to inspire the right wing not to be afraid. Here’s the point: there is no political solution. “

SITE noted that this Telegram message “reflects the violent language of neo-Nazi and acceleration communities that have long promoted the well-known phrase ‘there is no political solution’ to pursue social collapse”.

Together, these documents show that law enforcement agencies had access to timely, detailed information about the threats lawmakers faced on Jan. 6.

Iman Boukadoum, director of human rights and extremism at Human Rights First, said there was no excuse for failing to protect the Capitol.

“There was no shortage of evidence,” she said. “When I hear law enforcement officers say we didn’t have enough to start an investigation, sometimes you hear this talk that just sounds hollow. You had the evidence in front of you. “

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