We adequately planned the response for a mass demonstration with possible violence, as the available reports of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other entities envisioned, but what we witnessed was a coordinated military-style assault on my officers and a violent takeover of the building of the Congress, Sund added.
The former official insisted that the force under his command could not adequately prepare for the attack by followers of former President Donald Trump, because the spy agencies did not fully convey the extent to which the violent action was previously planned and with a high level of coordination.
There is a lot of conflicting information regarding the actions carried out on Capitol Hill that day, but no intelligence entity, including the FBI, predicted what actually happened, Sund said at the joint session of the Rules and Homeland Security and Government Affairs committees. Senate.
“Although it appears that there were numerous participants from various states who planned this attack, the entire intelligence community seems to have overlooked that,” he said.
Placing the blame solely on the Capitol Police Headquarters is not only misplaced, it also minimizes what actually happened that day and this shows that future intelligence efforts and coordination must be improved. of security measures between all the agencies involved, Sund told lawmakers.
The US Senate began a group of hearings on Tuesday on the attack on the headquarters of the Legislative Power, to hear the testimonies of the main officials who responded to this violent action.
Today’s meeting is the first in a series of sessions hosted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota and Chair of the Steering Committee; and Senator Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan, who heads the Committee on Homeland Security.