A ‘black eye on security’: Why didn’t the Capitol Police stop the rioters?

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The law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol building were completely overrun by a mob, raising questions about the security of Congress. When a pro-Trump mob pushed past security and barricades and descended on the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, many watching the news wondered where the security and law enforcement officials, who had been strongly deployed ahead of Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, were this time. So did Brian Gant , a veteran of both the FBI, where he worked on domestic and international terrorism along with cybercrime for five years, and the Secret Service, where he did protection assignments and electronic crime work for a decade. Read Full Story

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Here’s what the U.S. Capitol looked like when protestors wanted healthcare and equality

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The Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors. What can one say, really, in the wake of the unprecedented insurrection taking place in Washington, D.C., as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol? Well, one thing that did not elude the notice of many , many people was that the Capitol Police had a decidedly different approach to previous protestors in and outside the home of the U.S. Congress—as recently as last summer during Black Lives Matter protests for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and too many other Black people around the country. Read Full Story

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Designers reimagine the U.S. Capitol as a brutalist fortress

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This dystopian vision illustrates what’s so precious about our federal buildings. Washington, D.C., was always built to be open to the public, which is part of the reason why the Capitol was so easily breached last week. But what if the Capitol weren’t designed with large green space and welcoming stairs? What if the Capitol were designed to frighten you and keep you away? Read Full Story

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Congress goes on lockdown as Trump supporters storm the Capitol building

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Trump supporters have gathered en masse in the nation’s capital to protest the counting of the electoral votes that were already certified by the states. In the midst of discussions leading up to the counting of the electoral votes on Wednesday, pro-Trump demonstrators broke through four layers of security fencing and entered the Capitol building in a stunning escalation of aggression. Read Full Story

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How years of online misinformation erupted into real-world insurrection

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On social networks, a toxic stew of lies simmered for years—until the president’s supporters responded with violent action at the U.S. Capitol. “This is an absolutely disgraceful moment in America history and there are specific villains who are responsible for it,” says CNN host Jake Tapper as a video of a crowd of people waving American flags and storming the U.S. Capitol building rolls on screen. Read Full Story

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Washington D.C. wasn’t designed for an insurrection

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How did armed rioters storm the Capitol Building this week? We talked to experts to learn what went wrong. The scene is still almost impossible to believe. Thousands of protesters, incited by the words of Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol Building this week to protest the ratification of presidential incumbent Joe Biden. They climbed walls and knocked out windows before treating the most important law making building in the United States as a playground. Read Full Story

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4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6

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Many employees are still struggling in the wake of the violent Capitol riot. Employers have a responsibility to support these workers. On January 6, the world watched as a group of mostly white men and women stormed the U.S. Capitol building. They were armed with weapons, including machete knives, guns, and pipe bombs. A gallows with a noose was built and it was later revealed the group intended to hang the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read Full Story

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Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out how to rein in social media platforms

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To grow the internet economy, regulators let it flourish. In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, legislators like Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Jan Schakowsky are thinking about how to put up guardrails. In the days after the insurrection at the Capitol building, security was tighter than usual. On the phone with Senator Mark Warner, I could hear his driver trying to explain to a guard that he had the senator with him. Yeah, tell him he’s good, the guard told the driver as he pointed him to another entrance. Read Full Story

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The attack on the Capitol has damaged democracy worldwide for a generation

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It’s hard to overstate how extraordinarily dangerous the next several years will be to democracy across the world. This week the world watched as a MAGA-clad mob stormed through the most sacred symbol of American democracy. They did not just breach a building. Donald Trump and his most radical supporters trampled recklessly and repeatedly over our ideals. For many, including those in his party, he had finally gone too far. Read Full Story

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