The presence of individuals on numerous watchlists in one place without stricter security measures to protect the public is another example of an intelligence failure that preceded a devastating attack. Last week, which sent lawmakers out on the run to take their lives, current and former law enforcement officials argued the revelation, according to a Washington Post report earlier this week, detailing the resolution. The FBI’s failure to act aggressively in an internal intelligence report of the Internet debate about plans to attack Congress, smash windows, break doors, and “go violent. Go there, ready for war.”;
Other current and former officials said their presence was an unsurprising consequence of thousands of Trump supporters gathered for what the bill was the last chance to protest. Joe Biden’s endorsement as the next president However, the disclosure also highlights the limitations of the watchlist. Although it is intended to improve information collection and sharing among investigative entities But they are far from an advance detection method.
Since the creation of the terrorist watchlist maintained by the FBI has grown to hundreds of thousands of listings. Putting someone’s name on a watchlist does not mean that they will be watched all the time or most of the time for both practical and fair reasons. But they can alert parts of the government, such as border or state agents. Police to closely examine some of the people they meet.
It is not clear if dozens of people arrested for crimes at the Capitol are on the terrorist list.
“The US government is committed to protecting the United States from threats and terrorist attacks, and it endeavors to do so in a way that protects the freedoms, privacy and rights and freedoms of the United States and others with US legal rights. The official added that due to security concerns, the government has a policy of not confirming or denying the status of any individual watchlist.
The FBI declined to comment.
After the political shock of the uprising prompted the House of Representatives on Wednesday to sue President Trump for allegedly inciting violence – his second impeachment in four years alone, and possibly pass. Significant impact on law enforcement and national security agencies.
Within the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, officials are grappling with thorny questions about race, terrorism and free speech, as some investigators question whether more can be done to Prevent violence in the last week
While some federal officials think the government should investigate terrorism in the country and more extremist groups, others worry the FBI, DHS and other agencies may interact with past violence. Too much by exploring too many first-edit activities, such as online discussions.
Several law enforcement officials said they were shocked by the background of some individuals being investigated over the Capitol riots, a group of suspects including current and former law enforcement and military personnel. As well as senior management and middle-aged business owners
“I couldn’t believe some of the people I saw,” said one official.
The TSDB, often referred to within the government as a mere “watch list,” is overseen by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center built after the 9/11 attacks carried out by Al Qaeda. Watchlists can be used as both an investigation tool and an early warning. But its primary purpose is to help government agencies keep track of what individuals view as potential risks and where they travel, according to people familiar with the job. Like everyone else, it talks about the condition of anonymity because the work is sensitive.
It is often possible as This means that if someone on the watchlist stops working to speed it up, that information is often entered into the database without the knowledge of the person or even the staff who wrote the ticket.
For example, after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI quickly searched a similar database to see who had traveled to that city recently or raised other doubts about their potential relevance.
Ahead of the January 6 pro-Trump protestors’ gathering, FBI officials visited a number of extremist suspects and advised them not to travel to the nation’s capital. Many people follow But, according to people familiar with the sprawling investigation, dozens of others whose names have appeared on terrorist surveillance lists are participating, according to data reviewed by the FBI.
As the FBI hunts hundreds of riot suspects who have dispersed back to their hometowns, federal agents focus on alleged leaders, members and supporters of the Proud Boys group, a man who is vulnerable. More and more in relation to white nationalism, these people said.
The Proud Boys joined in the protests last week and FBI officials are examining closely what role their followers may have in organizing, directing, or taking action on violence, according to people familiar with. This matter
Group chairman Enrique Tarrio plans to attend Trump’s Jan. 6 rally. But was arrested on his arrival in DC and charged with vandalizing criminal property in connection with the earlier burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from the Black Church. Protest in washington He was also feloniously charged with possession of two gun magazines.
Tarrio told The Post on Wednesday that his group had not organized a siege to City Hall.
“If they think we are organizing into government agencies, they are sadly misunderstood,” he said. “Our plan is to be together as a group and enjoy the day. We won’t march at night like that. This is just our day. “
Tarrio said he was actively discouraging members from participating in the planned armed march, scheduled for Sunday and Million Militia next week when Biden launched. Any event in the next month “
It is unclear how many Proud Boys enthusiasts will be under the peg or if such a shutdown might lessen the FBI’s interest in the group. Even before the January 6 riots, federal and local investigators are working to understand the group’s plans, goals and activities. Personally, some federal law enforcement officials described the group as similar to a nascent street gang that has received an unusual level of national attention, in part because Trump said. Reach them, especially during a televised debate with Biden during the campaign. Other officials expressed concern that the group could rapidly grow into something dangerous and directed.
The FBI has already arrested dozens of rioters, and officials have pledged that in the worst-case scenario, they will try to bring up difficult and rarely used charges, such as an inciting conspiracy. Imprisonment for 20 years
The bureau continues to face damage to its handling of reports by Jan. 5, warning a debate of violence at Congress the next day. Steven M. D’Antuono, head of the Washington Field Office of the FBI, claimed that in the days following the birth, the bureau was still in danger. The riot said the office had no advance intelligence, saying the rally would be anything other than a peaceful demonstration.
The FBI report on Jan. 5, written by the Norfolk office’s office and reviewed by The Post, shows that is not, and the Justice Department has taken other steps. It said officials were somewhat concerned about the possible violence the next day. The prison office sent 100 officers to DC to strengthen security at the Department of Justice building, an unusual move similar to what the department did in June in response to civil unrest stemming from violent protests. Racial justice
Recalling criticism that law enforcement took a one-handed, rooftop approach to protests against Black Lives Matters in D.C. in the spring and summer, Justice Department officials shifted to Capitol Police to protect the building and their lawmakers. He there Some former officials have questioned whether the FBI and the Justice Department should do more.
“It would not be enough for the bureau to share information with state and local law enforcement or federal partners,” said David Laufman, a former Justice Department national security officer. Arrange the defenders for a coordinated federal response as the crisis struck and in the days after. And it is not currently clear to what extent the FBI asserted itself in that manner during the January 6 immigration and immediate consequences. ”
Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.