Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked leader for the Capitol riot task force, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, is now recommending a 24/7 ‘quick reaction force’ of federal law enforcement officers or members of the National Guard.
Honore has just completed a six-week security review concerning the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and he’s ready to give recommendations to the Speaker of the House. Fox News received a “draft copy of the task force’s recommendations.”
Included in the recommendations is a mandate for Capitol police reforms, increased National Guard troops deployed to the Capitol, and mobile fencing that could be erected immediately in case of an emergency and then taken down and removed.
Pelosi has tapped Honore to lead what has been dubbed Task Force 1-6. The ‘quick reaction force’ would be in place 24/7, 365 days a year. It would sport a hefty price tag of somewhere between $40 and $130 million annually.
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“[W]e recommend establishment of a robust, dedicated QRF, not only for the USCP, but to serve the nation’s capital writ large,” the task force report states.
This appears to indicate a permanent military presence in D.C. The force will take its members from existing law enforcement, from D.C.’s National Guard troops, or from Guard units across the nation. They will serve three to six-month tours. They could also reestablish a military police battalion from Guardsmen “who live in or near the city year-round, perpetually on active duty.”
The task force also recommends hiring approximately 900 more USCP officers. That is a 40% increase in the size of the force. “Not only is this model unsustainable, it leaves the force with no ability to pull officers from the line to train,” the report complains.
If the task force gets its way, they will have far more leeway when answering emergency calls. What that entails is unclear. The report accuses the Capitol Police of being “understaffed, insufficiently equipped, and inadequately trained” to address violent situations such as the protesters that stormed the Capitol.
Interestingly, the report also states that only a “handful” of Capitol Police officers “have significant intelligence training.”
“The [Capitol Police Board’s] deliberate decision-making process proved too slow and cumbersome to respond to the crisis in January, delaying requests for critical supplemental resources,” the task force stated. “Specifically, the USCP Chief should not require CPB approval to request assistance from external agencies or the National Guard in an emergency.”
They are advising the USCP to invest more funds in intelligence capabilities. They also seek to improve internal communications and outfit police officers with earpiece radio receivers. “Without earpieces, many officers were also unable to hear or understand radio communications due to overwhelming noise from the crowd,” the task force noted.
There is also a request for younger K-9 police dogs. Honore also wants mounted police back in the Capitol calling it a “force multiplier.” The task force is also recommending upgraded security systems be installed at all Congressmembers’ homes because the threat has allegedly increased four-fold to their safety.
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) told Fox News: “Speaker Pelosi continues to play politics behind closed doors regarding our security on Capitol Hill and lawmakers have been left in the dark for too long. Before any extension for National Guard presence is finalized, lawmakers should be briefed on the latest intelligence threat assessments to determine the necessity of keeping our service members away from their families and full-time jobs. If more security is needed, it should be by our Capitol Police with better planning and intelligence, not drawing from National Guardsmen and women that are needed for other missions such as vaccine distribution, natural disaster, and overseas deployments.”
Honore, who came to fame in his response to Hurricane Katrina, has referred to USCP officers as “a–hats” for daring to ask him to follow security protocols while visiting the Capitol. He also claimed that officers “allowed their buddies in” the building and he outrageously insinuated that rioters had help from within the police force. He also flatly stated that 30 to 40% of officers in the USCP are “Trumpsters.”
And continuing in the same vein last month, Honore stated that the “USCP and the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms were ‘complicit’ in the Capitol riot.”
“It’s disrespectful to myself and the members of the Capitol Police department,” stated former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund. He resigned after the Capitol riot.
Tucker Carlson weighed in on the task force: “Honore is an unhinged partisan extremist, nuttier than anyone affiliated with QAnon,” he stated. “He was chosen by Nancy Pelosi precisely because of this. She knew that Honore would justify a military takeover of Washington, and she was right,” Carlson declared.
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