WASHINGTON, DC – A former high-ranking Capitol Police officer familiar with the department’s reaction to the January 6th attack on the Capitol has sent a damning letter to congressional leaders accusing two of the department’s top officials of mishandling information and failing to respond appropriately during the incident.
A Capitol Police whistleblower has sent congressional leaders a scathing letter accusing 2 of its senior leaders of mishandling evidence and failing to respond properly during the Jan. 6 riot https://t.co/p9Q0LzbP2q
— POLITICO (@politico) October 8, 2021
The whistleblower, who asked to remain anonymous for confidentiality reasons and left the department months after the assault, submitted the 16-page letter to the House and Senate’s senior members in late September.
Sean Gallagher, the Capitol Police’s acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, the Capitol Police’s assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations and who previously served as the prior acting chief are heavily criticized in the letter.
Gallagher and Pittman are accused by the whistleblower of intentionally neglecting to assist police under assault on January 6th, and Pittman of lying to Congress about an intelligence report Capitol Police received before the incident.
On January 6th, the whistleblower in question was a senior officer on duty after a long career in the department.
The letter also went on to be critical of congressional leaders, without naming anyone specific, as they allegedly “purposefully failed” to convey the truth about the Capitol Police’s failures during the January 6th riot:
“The truth may be valued less than politics by many members of the congressional community to include those that have made decisions about the leadership of the USCP post January 6th, but I believe the truth still matters to real people and certainly the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police.”
According to the whistleblower’s letter, Pittman allegedly lied to Congress about an intelligence report the Capitol Police attained back in December – one containing a blog post from “thedonald.win” that had a map of the Capitol campus and commenters suggesting that demonstrators show up armed.
Back in April, Pittman told congressional investigators that numerous senior officials within the department were made aware of the aforementioned report. However, the whistleblower claims that the document (known as 21-TD-159) was only known to Pittman and Gallagher:
“The ‘TD’ report was never heard of by any member of the executive management team other than Pittman and Gallagher. They were the ones that implemented this numbering system to track internal documents for their command unbeknownst to other commanders.”
According to the whistleblower, the report in question wasn’t the only important piece of intel that didn’t make it to the appropriate individuals in the department. Gallagher and Pittman also have evidence that entities granted permits to stage rallies near the Capitol on January 6th were all fronts for Stop the Steal, according to the whistleblower.
From the way the whistleblower frames the allegations, Gallagher and Pittman possessed more than enough intel prior to the January 6th riot to justify the presence of the National Guard, outfitting officers with more adequate less-than-lethal weapons, and closing the doors to the Capitol on the morning of the riots.
The whistleblower said two of the Capitol Police’s leaders sat “with their hands in their laps” as officers fought for their lives https://t.co/V4TRMeToeO
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 9, 2021
Yet, the whistleblower claims that Gallagher and Pittman opted to instead implement what many now see is a dismal security effort during the day of the riot.
The whistleblower also claimed that he spent hours with Pittman and Gallagher in the Capitol Police Command Center throughout the assault, which three sources confirmed the whistleblower was present, and that they did nothing to halt the carnage:
“What I observed was them mostly sitting there, blankly looking at the TV screens showing real time footage of officers and officials fighting for the Congress and their lives.”
It’s the viewpoint of the whistleblower that Gallagher and Pittman opted to not respond properly to the January 6th riot so that the two could pull off an ‘I told you so’ move to advance their careers:
“It is my allegation that these two with intent and malice opted to not try and assist the officers and officials, blame others for the failures, and chose to try and use this event for their own personal promotions. This was done not after the even[t] but while officers and officials were still fighting the demonstrators.
I clearly heard one comment being made on the phone to the extent of: We told him this was going to happen, and he did nothing. (I believe they were referencing Chief Sund).”
"It is my allegation that these two with intent and malice opted to not try and assist the officers and officials, blame others for the failures, and chose to try and use this event for their own personal promotions," wrote a Capitol Police whistleblower. https://t.co/6EhS4mw9S1
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 11, 2021
The whistleblower called it “repulsive” that there was a “concerted effort” to protect Gallagher and Pittman, despite them – in the whistleblower’s mind – being largely responsible for how out of control the January 6th riot became:
“[I]t is immensely embarrassing to the congressional leadership and staff that they selected the two individuals most responsible for the 6th to lead the Department after the 6th. Especially since some entity selected them without any investigation. To hold them accountable would require this same group to admit they were wrong.”
A Capitol Police spokesperson claimed that “many of the problems described in the letter have been addressed”, alluding to the recommendations outlined in a July press release that the spokesperson claimed much of which has been fulfilled or is in the process of being implemented:
“The letter from the former employee echoes the thoughtful recommendations in those reports. USCP leaders, under new Chief Tom Manger, are committed to learning from prior mistakes and protecting our brave officers, who fought valiantly on January 6, so we can continue to carry out the Department’s critical mission.”
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Revealed: Chair of Jan. 6 commission at one time advocated for insurrection, supported group that got cop killed
(Originally published October 6th, 2021)
WASHINGTON, DC- Democrats are nothing else if not flaming frauds. For evidence of that, look no further than the clown show taking place in Congress, otherwise known as the “January 6 commission.”
The chairman of that committee, which is looking into the alleged “insurrection” which took place on that date, himself has a history of supporting insurrections.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) chairs the committee.
Thompson has been a vocal critic of the January 6 siege at the US Capitol which he has referred to as an “insurrection,” has offered support for the police officers who were injured on that day, and has taken to suing former President Donald Trump whom he accuses of being responsible for that incident, Georgia Star News reports.
All of this flies in the face of Thompson’s own history however, when as an alderman in a small Mississippi town in the early 1970s, he openly supported a secessionist group called the Republic of New Africa (RNA), going as far as to slam law enforcement for prompting conflicts with the group which resulted in the death of a police officer, as well as injuries to an FBI agent.
Quite conveniently, Thompson left that portion of his history out of his official biography, which makes no reference to the group.
Counterintelligence memos from the FBI during that period warned that the RNA was openly advocating for “guerilla warfare” against the United States.
In fact, as recently as only eight years ago, Thompson campaigned on behalf of the RNA’s former vice president when he was running to be mayor of Jackson, Mississippi’s largest city.
Thompson’s open advocacy of the RNA was found in documents, newspaper clippings and video footage sourced from state, FBI, and local law enforcement agencies, and traces the history of today’s Democratic Party leadership back to the days when they served as far-left, anti-government radicals. That is who serves as the current Democratic leadership in Congress.
Thompson is hardly the only Democratic member of Congress with a sordid, radical past. For example, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), who joins Thompson as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus actually co-founded the radical extremist Black Panthers Illinois chapter back in 1968 prior to entering politics.
The Black Panthers famously advocated for insurrection, along with the RNA, so much so in fact that in 1967, armed Black Panthers invaded the state capitol building in Sacramento, California.
Meanwhile Thompson is one of Mississippi’s longest serving members of Congress and currently serves as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. The lawsuit he filed (sponsored by the NAACP) was dropped when he was appointed as chair of the Jan. 6 commission.
It’s been quite a rags to riches story for Thompson, who back in 1971 was a lowly alderman in the small community of Bolton, Mississippi, where he first became affiliated with the RNA.
While Thompson was never charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the RNA, he publicly supported the radical group and did so even after the group engaged in violence while training for possible armed combat.
Thompson’s affiliation with the RNA was confirmed by former federal law enforcement officials and Mississippi state officials who recalled his support for the group. The sources were verified via video footage, newspaper clippings and law enforcement documents obtained from historical archives and the FBI, Georgia Star News reported.
The radical RNA was founded in 1968 in Detroit and the first major incident involving the group resulted in the fatal shooting of a police officer in 1969. RNQA members, charged in the killing ended up being acquitted. It should be noted that Thompson himself was never implicated in the incident.
According to an FBI teletype obtained by media sources, two Detroit police officers came upon a group of black males armed with rifles adjacent to an area where the RNA was holding its annual meeting.
“Officers stopped and alit from scout car, and as they approached the group, they were fired upon,” the teletype said. “Officer Czapski was killed and [redacted] was seriously wounded.”
Just two years later, the RNA came under constant surveillance by the FBI as it sought to move it’s base of operations, which they referred to as their “capital” to 20 acres of farmland in Thompson’s hometown, Bolton, Mississippi, with adjunct headquarters located in the capital city of Jackson, where members of the group sought to renounce their U.S. citizenship and create a separate “New Africa” country in the southeastern United States.
That same year, police received information that a member of the RNA who was wanted on an outstanding warrant was in the city traveling in a stolen vehicle.
Subsequently a number of RNA members were arrested although the subject of the warrant was not found. Members were charged with hindering police and were held on bond.
Thompson and a Mississippi state lawmaker sprang into action, holding a news conference in which they bashed law enforcement for pursuing the RNA members and alleged officers were “often times beating and kicking those who emphasized their constitutional rights.”
In fact, during the news conference Thompson referred to the “Republic of New Africa,” and accused law enforcement officers of attempting “to stop the Republic from building its community.” Sounds kind of like an insurrection to us.
While Thompson suggested the group be left alone, the FBI had determined the group was in fact a national security threat and stated plans to take over the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia with the goal of creating a secessionist new country for blacks.
Months after the incident involving the arrest warrant, FBI agents and Jackson police conducted a raid at a home where RNA members were hiding out in August 1971. During that incident police were met with a hail of gunfire which resulted in one officer being killed and an FBI agent being wounded, along with a second officer.
According to Jackson PD records, an FBI agent at the scene reported that when officials arrived at the scene, they announced they had a warrant, gave the occupants 75 seconds to peacefully surrender, and then shot tear gas into the home to “flush out” the RNA radicals.
“Firing immediately started coming from inside the house,” the police report said. “Crumley [the FBI agent] heard someone scream that he was hit.”
When the shootout made national headlines, Thompson once again intervened on their behalf, joining community leaders in Jackson where they announced the formation of a “justice group” to support the RNA in the aftermath of the shooting.
Some leaders in the black community called for the easing of tensions, however Thompson and his group were having none of it, blaming law enforcement for the RNA’s problems. One speaker at the news conference claimed the police were “out to kill some n*ggers,” the AP reported at the time.
A newspaper article in the Times-Picayune expanded on the quote:
“This kill some n*ggers attitude more than anything else is responsible for the policeman’s death,” a speaker said at the event, which featured Thompson as a speaker.
A 2013 book “We Will Shoot Back” addressed the rise of armed black resistance in Mississippi as embodied by the RNA, which noted that while Thompson never “actively participated” in the RNA, he openly advocated for it.
Declassified FBI documents outline the concerns over the RNA, with a March 1969 FBI memo calling the RNA “a black extremist, separatist organization whose purpose is the formation of a black nation within the United States and a black army to defend and attack its enemies.”
Moreover, FBI informants who attended the Detroit RNA organizational meeting said the group was an offshoot of Malcolm X’s black nationalism movement which sought “to form a ‘Black Government or Black Nation’ that would negotiate with the United States for several southern states in return for domestic tranquility.” Sounds a bit like a threat, no?
“The delegates to this conference signed a Declaration of Independence disavowing their United States citizenship and they chose as the name of the new black nation, ‘The Republic of New Africa,’” the memo added.
The memo continued that the FBI was concerned after delegates of the group called for “guerilla warfare against the United States and indicate that plans were being formulated to send Negroes out of the United States to be trained and equipped with the latest weapons.”
So great were the FBIs concerns that President Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell was briefed along with members of the intelligence community, the memo read.
The group was deemed responsible for a number of violent crimes, including a deadly bank robbery in Manhattan and the fatal shooting of a New Mexico police officer who stopped a car full of RNA members. Some of the perpetrators were arrested and convicted, while others fled to Cuba to escape prosecution, news stories at the time said.
The FBI declined to comment on the RNA group and referred to the documents released on its FOIA website. In asking how the group is currently classified, spokesman Paul Bresson said:
“The FBI does not designate domestic terrorist organizations. When it comes to domestic terrorism, our investigations focus solely on the criminal activity of individuals—regardless of group membership—that appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce the civilian population or influence the policy of the government by intimidation or coercion. It’s important to note that membership in groups that espouse domestic extremist ideology is not illegal in and of itself—no matter how offensive their views might be to the majority of society.”
In a 2001 US Department of Energy report on extreme leftist groups, they noted that “RNA members participated in a number of criminal activities including murder, assaults and robberies.”
“The nationalist movement of the 1970s, which initially had the same agenda, resulted in extremists within the movement forming several terrorist groups including the Black Liberation Army and the Republic of New Africa,” the report said.
While the RNA has virtually vanished from news headlines, the group still has a presence on social media, having had no major counties with law enforcement since 2001. Thompson however still has allegiance to the radical separatist movement’s members.
Thompson supported the campaign of former RNA vice president Chokwe Lumumba in his campaign for mayor of Jackson, MS in 2013, airing a campaign ad supporting his candidacy. He officiated at Lumumba’s installation ceremony when he was elected as mayor.
When Lumumba suddenly passed away, Thompson addressed his passing:
“I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba,” he said in 2014. “I have known Mayor Lumumba since 1974. One of the reasons I was so public about my support for the Mayor was that I believed once people got to know the real Chokwe Lumumba, they would find him to be an extremely bright, caring, and humble individual. His election as Mayor and very short term in office demonstrated exactly that.”
Democrats fraudulent hypocrites? You decide.
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