Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Thirteen Security Questions

 From Fox News:

Livid about what she called the "failure at the top" in the wake of the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insisted that the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Representatives be fired. He subsequently resigned and Pelosi appointed an interim sergeant-at-arms. The Senate made a similar move. Pelosi also moved to fire the chief of the Capitol Police. The Mercury News’ headline bellowed, "Pelosi Calls for Resignation of Capitol Police. Speaker of the House says either he resigns or she will fire him." At a press conference on Jan. 7, Pelosi said, "There was a failure at the top of the Capitol Police, and I think Mr. (Steven) Sund – he hasn’t even called us."

 Who is ultimately "at the top of the Capitol Police?" Pelosi knows she is. She and the Senate leader, though they don't manage day-to-day operations, have ultimate authority over Capitol security. They failed. She quickly vowed to fire the sergeant-at-arms and the chief of Capitol Police. But what about her own responsibilities and culpability in what all agree was an inadequate response, intelligence failure, and shameful preparation for such an event? (Read more.)


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