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Charles Cook (“January 6 Was at Least a Riot”) and Noah Rothman (“Tucker Carlson’s January 6 Revisionist History) writing in March 7th’s National Review Online take Tucker Carlson to task for showing newly released video of the January 6 riot and daring to disagree with the official conclusion. I’ve read both pieces and if they accuse Carlson of being disingenuous, they’re not far behind. I have seen the tapes, new and old. I don’t recall Carlson denying rioting but even the FBI denied it fit the definition of an insurrection, a fact Congressional Democrats disdain. Neither writer shows much concern for evidence that contradicts the approved history. Nor do Cook and Rothman question why the Congressional establishment worked to stop the release of the tapes the only answer to which is the governing class didn’t want their narrative questioned, they wanted exculpatory evidence suppressed. Schumer has gone hysterical over the tapes, McConnell wants Carlson silenced; so much for free speech and the first amendment.
The new tapes raise even more questions about the events of that day. With the Capitol’s heavy doors secured the crowd could not have gotten into the building. Police could have dispersed to cover choke points. If rioters, then tried to enter by breaking through windows they could have been beaten back with truncheons or shot. Instead, the cops took down barriers and opened doors. The Q Anon Shaman (who is clearly unbalanced) strolls through the Capitol with about nine armed cops with him. They had the manpower and equipment to subdue him but didn’t. “Deescalate”? That doesn’t wash. To let people in, who walk peacefully around like tourists, as the new tapes show, and then arrest them for trespassing then charge them with offenses they could not possibly have committed is prosecutorial abuse, a behavior far too common (see Duke Lacrosse and Norfolk Nine cases). One man, who asked a cop where the men’s room was has since been arrested.
It was proven fairly quickly that no cops were killed, and that Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick was not hit with a fire extinguisher. He suffered a stroke later, but cause was never determined. Roth is speculating on the cause, but correlation is not causation. Other questions never have been answered, the presence of agents provocateur has been ignored. Ray Epps was seen instigating trouble by saying they should march into the capitol, yet he is absolved. There are other bits of evidence. One clip shows two men in complete black, the anti-fa uniform, breaking windows from the inside, why, they were already in the building. In the area Ashley Babbitt was shot video tape shows a fellow breaking the glass with a helmet, an agent provocateur? Once done he puts the helmet in his back pack and steals very deliberately down the stairs as the crowd surges forward. His face is clearly visible, yet he has not been arrested. As for Babbitt being shot, why didn’t the plainclothes cop use a taser, cops are taught that shooting someone is the last resort. The broken window was a choke point only one person at a time could get through, why didn’t the cops form a defensive line? I’ll answer my own question — poor training. The Capitol Police have been a joke. When Maj. General William Walker, the former commander of the DC National Guard, who has extensive law enforcement experience, was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms to the House he tried to overhaul the department to turn it into a trained and capable force. It was resented. He has since been fired by McCarthy; I think for spurious reasons.
Days before the riot intelligence reports warned of a possible disturbance. They were ignored, bad optics said the head of the Capitol police to bring in the DC National Guard. Bad optics? The Guard could have been sequestered in the garages or in the House and Senate office buildings and moved into position through the tunnel system. If that wasn’t suitable, they could have reached the Capitol in minutes from the armory. The DC Guard is under the authority of the president who has delegated it to the Secretary of the Army, but the Guard wasn’t deployed. It is my suspicion that forces in the Congress, the bureaucracy, and in the Pentagon wanted a riot to happen. That Walker was directly ordered to not mobilize a force (he defied the order) is to me an indicator of collusion among anti-Trump partisans to create chaos and blame it on the president. There is too much that just doesn’t ring true.
As the released tapes continue to unroll the truth will slowly emerge. That certain members of Congress have wanted them sequestered “to preserve democracy” proves they care little for democracy and have little respect for the judgment of American citizens. What else are they hiding?
The author’s earlier observations on the January 6 riot, “Capitol chaos, capital confusion” can be found at Capitol chaos, capital confusion
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