PIERS MORGAN: The cowards of the Senate should be ashamed

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Imagine we are back in the year 2001, and the US Senate just released a report on 9/11 neglecting to say it was an act of terrorism or to name Osama bin Laden as the man responsible for inspiring it?

We’d think they’d all gone mad, right?

This was my train of thought as I studied the Senate’s 127-page findings on the Jan. 6 riots in Capitol Hill and could find few references to the two huge elephants in the accountability room: Donald Trump and the word Insurrection.

The report makes for startling, horrific reading, not least because it exposes the disastrous failure of intelligence agencies, including the FBI, to identify the deadly threat they read about throughout cyberspace leading up to one of the darkest days in the world. history of America.

Weeks before the attacks, Donald Trump supporters made highly visible threats online to storm the Capitol and attack lawmakers, even sharing maps of the building’s tunnel system.

A comment seen by intelligence agencies on a pro-Trump website read: ‘Like a million patriots’ [show] full of ARs, how brave do you think they will be when it comes to enforcing their unconstitutional laws? This is do or die. Bring your weapons.”

When I studied the Senate's 127-page findings on the January 6 riots (pictured), I could find little reference to the two huge elephants in the accountability room: Donald Trump and the word Insurrection

When I studied the Senate’s 127-page findings on the January 6 riots (pictured), I could find little reference to the two huge elephants in the accountability room: Donald Trump and the word Insurrection

Not exactly ambiguous, right?

Another online post that agencies read before Jan. 6 said, “If they… [cops] If you don’t show up, we’ll enter the Capitol as the Third Continental Congress and certify the Trump voters.”

A third message urged, “Go to the Capitol, stand outside of Congress. Be in the room next to them. They won’t have time [to] run when they play dumb.’

Other than going on national TV and declaring “we’re going to attack the Capitol and take control,” it’s hard to know what else the thugs who did just that could have done to warn the world of what they were about to do. .

An FBI memo on Jan. 5 even warned people traveling to Washington about “war” at the Capitol, but it’s astonishing that this warning never made its way to senior law enforcement officers.

“The inability to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day was a major contributor to the Capitol’s breakthrough,” Senator Gary Peters said. “The attack, frankly, was planned in plain sight.”

It was, and those charged with preventing it knew it.

A January 3 report from one of the three Capitol Police intelligence agencies warned that “Congress itself is being targeted on the 6th” and could create a “significantly dangerous situation for both law enforcement and the general public.”

The report makes for startling, horrific reading, not least because it exposes the disastrous failure of intelligence agencies, including the FBI, to identify the deadly threat they read about throughout cyberspace leading up to one of the darkest days in the world. history of America.  Protesters try to force their way through a police barricade in front of the Capitol on Jan. 6

The report makes for startling, horrific reading, not least because it exposes the disastrous failure of intelligence agencies, including the FBI, to identify the deadly threat they read about throughout cyberspace leading up to one of the darkest days in the world. history of America. Protesters try to force their way through a police barricade in front of the Capitol on Jan. 6

Capitol police, many of whom were astonishingly brave during the riot, are slammed throughout the report.  Riot Police Clear Corridor in the Capitol on January 6

Capitol police, many of whom were astonishingly brave during the riot, are slammed throughout the report. Riot Police Clear Corridor in the Capitol on January 6

But this information, which was clearly very accurate, was not included in the subsequent reports leading up to the attack.

Alarmingly, the Senate report states that “FBI and DHS officials emphasized the difficulty of distinguishing constitutionally protected freedom of speech from enforceable, credible threats of violence.”

Really?

Surely anyone with half a brain could see that those messages were executable threats?

The Capitol Police Department, many of whom were astonishingly brave during the riots, are being gutted throughout the report for appalling planning, lack of training, faulty equipment, including a shortage of helmets and riot gear, and a dismal loss of leadership until senior officers became involved in the fighting, communications faltered and regular officers felt “betrayed” and “defenceless.”

Incredibly, it also took three hours for the National Guard to be called in, once the worst of the carnage was over.

“The failures are obvious,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar, “To me it was all summed up by one of the officers who was heard on the radio that day with a tragically simple question, ‘Does anyone have a plan?’ Unfortunately no one did.’

What a disgraceful verdict.

How could one of America’s most respected buildings, filled with its most powerful people, be left so shockingly unprotected?

Enemies of the United States must have licked their lips with joy when they saw how pathetically easy it is to attack the political headquarters of the world’s greatest superpower.

But as horrifying as these findings are, it’s what’s in it that’s even more shocking.

Donald Trump was the man whose ugly, violent rhetoric led directly to what happened on January 6.  He is pictured at the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday, June 5

Donald Trump was the man whose ugly, violent rhetoric led directly to what happened on January 6. He is pictured at the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday, June 5

Nowhere in the report is the word ‘revolt’ used to describe unequivocally what was an insurrection, which is defined as ‘a violent revolt against an authority or government’.

I don’t know what it formally takes to be considered an insurrection, but since 465 people have been arrested in connection with the violent uprising against their government, while the federal government will indict a total of 550 people, I would say this one is probably coming just over the qualifying line.

Nor does the report address the root cause of the riots, which is Donald Trump’s continued furious refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election and the rallying cry for his supporters to go to the Capitol and see that day “like hell.” fighting for his presidency supposedly “stolen” from him.

These omissions are downright ridiculous.

CNN reported today that Democratic Senate investigators “has taken careful steps not to alienate their Republican counterparts in the process of the investigation, which has involved assessing Trump’s role in promoting the Jan. 6 meeting and the months-long rally.” attempt to pressure local officials, unexamined, “legislators in Congress and then Vice President Mike Pence to undermine the will of the electorate.”

They also apparently “stayed away from language that might deter some Republicans, including not referring to the attack as an ‘insurgency’.”

To which I say, why?

How can you ever file a comprehensive report on such an outrageous atrocity and not name it what it was, or who inspired it?

This was not just irresponsible on the part of the Democrats – it was downright cowardly.

Donald Trump was the man whose ugly, violent rhetoric led directly to what happened on January 6.

He took the world’s most powerful megaphone, and he yelled at his furious, unhinged fan base to go to the Capitol that day and “fight” for his presidency that he lied about being stolen from him.

So that’s exactly what thousands of them did.

Many of the rioters have said in their own words that it was Trump’s order that led them to attack Congress.

But if you’re reading this Senate report, you’d think this was a minor irrelevance and that the real scandal was the failure of intelligence and law enforcement to deal with the murderous frenzy that ensued, which left six people dead.

Those shortcomings were undeniably terrible and lessons must now be learned very quickly to prevent something like this from happening again.

But the real scandal is that the president of the United States has instigated an uprising and has still not been made remotely responsible for it, other than being banned from various social media platforms.

And worse, he’s still yelling every day that the election was rigged and stolen from him, which is a massive demonstrable lie, and many senior Republicans still support him in these dangerous, delusional delusions.

It’s unbelievable that Trump thinks he could run again in 2024 after inspiring such a horrific attack on American democracy, but if the Senate doesn’t have the collective cojones to condemn his guilt for what happened on Jan. happened, then he can be forgiven because he believes he got away with it and can win the White House again.

Shame on the Senate for their moral cowardice, and shame on the intelligence agencies and law enforcement who dropped the ball so badly.

But above all, and this should have been the main finding of this whitewashed report, shame on Donald Trump for continuing to perpetuate a grotesque inflammatory lie that threatens to endanger the very foundation of American democracy.

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