Testimony: Capitol police looking to “root out” those “insider threats” who “lose their compass”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger and House Sergeant at Arms William Walker testified before a House subcommittee that they are working on identifying Capitol Police officers who could pose “insider threats.”

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022, just over one year after the January 6 protests at the Capitol, Manger and Walker spoke before a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the “Security of the Capitol Campus Since the Attack of January 6, 2021.”

 

During the hearing, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) asked Chief Manger:

“For the protection of our force and those they serve, can you tell me what systems you have put in place to try and root out any dangerous or extremist groups that may have infiltrated our force.”

Clark did not clarify further the words “dangerous” and “extremist,” as to the possible groups that might have “infiltrated” the Capitol Police.

Chief Manger responded by referring to the hiring of prospective candidates, saying:

“So, I think that it all begins with the hiring process, and you’ve got to make sure that the background investigations that we do, the polygraph tests that we give, the deep dive into an individual’s social media, …is also tremendously important to really, to determine, is this person suitable to be a police officer.

“And then, so, that’s where it starts.”

Manger continued by asserting that it was necessary to keep checking up on hired officers.

He said:

“But I think that after you hire someone, you do need to ensure that you have the kind of checks that are necessary to make sure that there is not something that has changed in terms of their background.  

“And, with, right after January 6, as I’m sure you are aware, there were probably at least 30 cases where there were complaints against officers that questioned their actions during January 6, and were they somehow assisting the folks that had, that had broken into the Capitol… and most of those cases were handled before I got here, but I actually have handled I think three of them since I’ve been here.”

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Manger continued by discussing those three cases and the importance of investigating so-called “extremist” influences:

“And there’s one officer who we determined in fact had, his actions were not consistent with the Department’s mission and that officer is no longer here. 

Another officer, you know, made a mistake but he was not in cahoots, so to speak, with the protesters, with the rioters.  The third case, the officer was exonerated.”

Manger concluded:

“So … having really good in-depth investigations to determine if an officer is involved or engaged in some kind of activity that would lead to a question about their loyalty to our mission, that’s important as well, to make sure that those investigations are done thoroughly and decisive action is taken on those cases.”

House Sergeant at Arms Walker interjected after Manger’s statement, saying:

“Chairman, and Ms. Clark, can I just add to that?

“So the House Sergeant at Arms is, has developed an ‘Insider Threat Awareness Program’ to uncover insider threats and employees who do lose their compass.

Walker continued by stating plans to brief the Capitol Police Board in the near future on this program.  He added:

“The goal, the strategic objective, is to have… police officers trained as ‘Insider Threat Specialists.’

“So we’d recognize the signs, the symptoms, the indicators of someone whose allegiance has changed.”

Walker went on to discuss adding additional security clearances, saying:

“Part Two of that is to, is … try to introduce some kind of security clearance for U.S. Capitol Police Officers.

“The thing with a security clearance, as you all well know, they expire, so you have to have this periodic reinvestigation.”

Walker continued with examples of potential investigative inquiries, asking:

“Has your allegiance changed?

“Do you have close and continuous contact with groups that are nefarious?

“Your foreign travel, on duty or off, that needs to be reported.

“Who are you associating with?”

The Sergeant-at-Arms concluded:

“So I’ll leave it there… I just wanted you to know, Representative Clark and others, that the Sergeant-at-Arms has partnered with the intelligence community and the Homeland Security agencies… and the FBI, to create this robust insider threat program.”

According to CNN, six Capitol Police officers were suspended without pay shortly following the January 6 Capitol breach, and 29 officers were placed under investigation.

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‘Just plain embarrassing’: Harris criticized for comparing January 6 to Pearl Harbor, September 11

Originally published January 7, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol, Vice President Kamala Harris asserted that the events of January 6, 2021 were comparable to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

At the very beginning of a speech at the Capitol on January 6, 2022, Harris compared those two horrific events to the events of January 6, 2021, saying:

“Certain dates echo throughout history, including certain dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault.

“Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

 

Naturally, many individuals took exception to the egregious comparison.

TV personality John Cardillo pointed out the obvious differences in devastating loss of life, tweeting:

“9/11: 2977 innocents dead

“Pearl Harbor: 2403 Americans dead

“Jan 6th: One death. Unarmed #AshliBabbitt killed by an inept Capitol cop, 

@KamalaHarris’s comparison is disgraceful and insults the memories of those we lost.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out that the attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11 also both led to war, noting:

“Kamala Harris comparison ofJanuary 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 was just plain embarrassing. 

“Even with the decay of California schools she should have known that thousands died at both and both led to wars. Embarrassingly ignorant.”

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Former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was at the helm during the response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, pulled no punches when he tweeted that Harris is an “incompetent fool” and a “disgrace”:

“VP @KamalaHarris’ comparison to the out of control protest and trespassing on 1/6, to the attacks on America on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 where 5,380 Americans died, is nothing more than political theater by an incompetent fool. 

“She is a disgrace to the office she holds.”

Judge Jeanine Pirro referred to Harris’s comparisons as “outright fantasy,” tweeting:

“At a time of great consequence in history, Kamala Harris engages not in hyperbole, but outright fantasy. 

“She is a joke, and not the funny kind.”

Others took to social media to point out Harris’ obvious hypocrisy of condemning the actions on January 6 while ignoring, if not enabling, the criminal activities involved in the widespread BLM/Antifa riots throughout the United States.

Twitter user Greg Price wrote:

“When a two-hour riot happened at the Capitol, Kamala Harris compared it to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.

“When neighborhoods in Minneapolis were burned to the ground, Kamala Harris helped raise bail money for the people who did it.”

Author, conservative pundit, and BLEXIT founder Candace Owens noted additional hypocrisy on the part of Harris, asserting that Harris and Joe Biden made themselves available to talk freely about the events of January 6, but had relatively little to say after the Biden administration’s disastrous and deadly pullout from Afghanistan:

“Biden and Harris were unavailable to address the nation after they abandoned American citizens and troops to die in Afghanistan. 

“But they are fully available to play-pretend about ‘January 6th’. 

“The Democrats continue to be a national disgrace.”

Harris also came under criticism for playing fast and loose with history.

She intoned later in her speech:

“You know, I wonder how will January 6 come to be remembered in the years ahead.

“Will it be remembered as a moment that accelerated the unraveling of the oldest, greatest democracy in the world?”

Setting aside for a moment the fact that the United States is actually a Constitutional republic, Harris apparently ignored centuries of history, which Twitter users were only to happy to point out.

One wrote:

“The oldest and greatest democracy in the world”….. eh??? where did she go to school?”

Another threw in a bit of historical perspective, tweeting:

“Kamala Harris on Capital hill ‘we are preserving the greatest and oldest democracy in the world’

“Oh dear.  

“The concepts (and name) of democracy and constitution as a form of government originated in ancient Athens circa 508 B.C.”

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