Monday, January 18, 2021

Two Theories About What Happened

The people who were supposed to be in charge of security at the Capitol on January 6th all said nearly the same thing: "We had no idea this group would be a problem." They said this even after weeks of social media postings and rally promotions declaring the intention of storming the Capitol and starting a civil war, among other things. They said this even though their own field offices had sent memos and notices warning of violence. The security people said they were caught totally by surprise.

So it seems like you have a choice of two theories. One, the heads of the Pentagon, the Capitol Police, Metro Police, House and Senate Sergeants at Arms, and every other police and security force were in on it. They may have been part of the planning process, with Trump and his entourage telling them to stand down and stay away and let the rightwing revolutionaries do their thing busting up the Capitol. Once the election was disrupted and the Vice President and a few Congresspeople had been executed, then they could send some cops and soldiers in to chase everybody out. Oh, and no arrests, please. We'll blame antifa afterwards, no problem.

This theory is entirely plausible. If you live around here you know how the government buildings are, you don't just stroll into them. Once you get through the lines, after the barricades, there are metal detectors, x-ray machines, pat-downs and wanding. And whenever there is a protest or parade the whole mall and surrounding area is flooded with cops. January Sixth there was none of that. All of Congress -- both chambers -- were meeting together, along with the Vice President, in one room, and there were a handful of Capitol Cops stationed outside, about the same as any pandemic Wednesday with tours canceled.

There are reasons to believe the theory that this attempted coup was a setup from top to bottom. We can be sure that Trump himself was in on it, refusing to authorize National Guard help from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and we can be sure his idiotic Acting Secretary of Defense was in on it, and probably some generals who denied requests for support and made sure the military was not ready. There were plenty of mid-level officials who could have assigned security to the occasion, and all they had to do to make the plan a success was nuthin. Just sit there and let the crowd have its way. Memos sat on desks, requests and pleas went unanswered.

The second theory is that they really did not expect violence. Sometimes they express this by saying that they viewed it is a smallish political rally on the mall, happens every day. Some of them said they did not have any reason to believe that Trump followers would have bad intentions. The most-repeated reason was that they didn't like "the optics" of a bunch of uniformed troops outside the Capitol.

This is worse.

I can see if two political factions organize to oppose one another. One side wants democracy and the kind of government we have had for a couple hundred years with constant improvement and expansion of individual rights, and the other side wants to overthrow the US government and install their God-sent dictator to rule us in glory for life. We understand what is going on there. Antifa, and fa. Democrats and Republicans.

Remember when Trump wanted to hold up a Bible in front of a church? They loved the optics of a bunch of uniformed troops shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in a public place. It was Trump's greatest moment, optically, you can still see the dramatic, photogenic clouds of gas, the scrambling, choking crowd, the cops in riot gear with their weapons out, beating citizens. Later one general apologized for stepping out of his role (the optics there were not so good); otherwise everyone understood, that is what this government does. Portland, Seattle, Kenosha, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Miami, Detroit, Port Huron, St. Louis, Buffalo, New York City, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Pearland Texas, Tacoma ... the federal government sent extra uniformed officers into American cities with military-grade technology to make sure the FOX-watching public could enjoy "the optics" of a repressive police state putting down an uppity minority.

"The optics" is Washington talk for how a show looks to a white audience, and armed-to-the-teeth police cracking down on Black people and hippie socialists is great optics. Those militarized police are rarely enforcing any law, the protesters have a right to be there, but if anybody breaks a window or starts at fire the networks play it over and over again and the optics are great when the cops show up at a protest, an army attacking its own citizens.

But January Sixth, this was white people, Republicans, and the optics of police actively controlling a crowd of insurgents would not look good to white people who normally sit at home and watch TV and the announcer tells them that "BLM and antifa" are looting and rioting and the police had to be called in, and they're dumb enough to believe it. Honey, aren't the police supposed to be on our side?

Two theories, both correct. This was a plot by the fascist right, from the President all the way down to the local police chiefs, to overthrow the federal government, and it was racist security professionals believing their own propaganda. Could it be that any police authority actually believes that "BLM and antifa" are a danger and white supremacists are not? Well, yes, that is exactly what they say. The police departments are infiltrated with white supremacists, including their leadership, definitely their unions. Local police and federal officers have been violently and increasingly suppressing Black people throughout this administration. It makes sense to them to gas and beat groups protesting for rights for Black people, and it just doesn't compute that their own side would cause any trouble beyond a little, y'know, boys-will-be-boys rowdiness, driving around shooting off guns and cracking skulls for fun.

Yes, of course this was planned. Trump has been firing and replacing people in his Cabinet Departments on the basis of loyalty alone for a couple of years. He knew that someday he would need them for this. He and his staff met with police and military leaders and made sure nobody would be around when his people decided to attack. Trump and his family and associates had been talking with violent rightwing groups, planning how they would pull it off, and were actively coordinating with them on the phone while the attack was underway. At the same time, profoundly biased police simply could not imagine any threat from racist Trump supporters. Simply. could. not. imagine. They favor white conservatives so much that they didn't think action was necessary when the mob started marching against our democratic government, breaking windows, smashing in the doors, when they set up a gallows and chanted "Hang Mike Pence" and "Where's Nancy Pelosi" and swarmed through the Capitol building. Their racism is so baked-in that they could not imagine any problem with a white, conservative crowd.

Joe Biden will be inaugurated the day after tomorrow and now the District of Columbia is wall-to-wall soldiers. Citizens will not be able to come into the city for the event, the bridges are blocked, roads are blocked, there are fences and barricades everywhere. There will be no celebration, no inaugural balls, no parade, no cheering crowds. It is a weird transition in a country under attack from within (and there is concern about traitors among the troops). At least these four years of overt, government-sanctioned fascism will be coming to an end.


Anonymous Snoopy said...

Happiness is a new president

January 18, 2021 5:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A perfect summary of the state and threat of where the Republican party has been going.

9 minute video.

Republicans in particular need to see this.

January 18, 2021 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Reservist, with Navy base clearance, charged in connection to deadly Capitol riot said...

An Army reservist, who has "secret" clearance to a cache of military supplies, was criminally charged for his role in this month's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, officials said.

The charges filed against Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, of Colts Neck, New Jersey, come as the FBI, fearing insider threats, seeks to vet service members who will be working at Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Hale-Cusanelli, 30, is facing five federal charges: Entering a restricted government building, engaging in disorderly conduct to interrupt government business, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, illegal demonstration in a Capitol building and obstructing law enforcement.

The defendant is a U.S. Army reservist who works as a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle "where he maintains a 'Secret' security clearance and has access to a variety of munitions," according to the criminal complaint written by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent Daniel J. Meyers.

The complaint did not detail what kind of Navy munitions Hale-Cusanelli could accessed or further explain the nature of his "secret" security clearance.

Before he was arrested by FBI agents in New Jersey on Friday, Hale-Cusanelli showed an informant cell phone video that showed him at the riot and inside the building, according to the criminal complaint.

The informant claims that Hale-Cusanelli "is an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints," Meyers wrote.

The informant wore a wire last Tuesday when Hale-Cusanelli "admitted to entering the Capitol and encouraging other members of the mob to 'advance' – giving directions via both voice and hand signals."

Hale-Cusanelli said that "if they’d had more men they could have taken over the entire building."

Far-right mobs, egged on by President Donald Trump's ongoing lies that fraudulent votes cost him November's election, stormed the Capitol in hopes of disrupting Congress from formally accepting Electoral College results of Biden's clear victory.

It wasn't clear if Hale-Cusanelli had hired an attorney by Monday morning. His parents could not be immediately reached for comment at publicly listed New Jersey phone numbers.

January 19, 2021 9:51 AM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

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January 19, 2021 10:58 AM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...


trim the facts

January 19, 2021 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Enjoy being in the minority said...

Sorry troll, but you wouldn't know a fact if you saw one.

For example

"warning label on human body: This organism is not designed for homosexual use. Doing so risks disease and dementia. "

"homosexuality is inherently promiscuous and super-spreading "

"homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage "

are not facts. They are simply your hateful opinions.

January 20, 2021 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Today the swamp king and his pardoned posse of criminals leave DC said...

Hours before leaving office, Trump undoes one of the only measures he took to ‘drain the swamp’

President Trump rescinded an executive order early Wednesday morning that had limited federal administration officials from lobbying the government or working for foreign countries after they leave their posts, undoing one of the few measures he had instituted to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise to “drain the swamp.”

Trump had signed the now-reversed executive order with much fanfare in an Oval Office ceremony in January 2017.

“Most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work” after they leave government, Trump said at the time, flanked by senior aides.

The order required executive branch appointees to sign a pledge that they would never work as registered foreign lobbyists, and it banned them from lobbying the federal agencies where they worked for five years after leaving the government.

He promised he would push Congress to pass a five-year lobbying ban into law so it could not be lifted by a future president. But he never proposed such legislation. Nor did he ask Congress to impose a similar five-year lobbying ban on its members, as he had promised he would do in the speech.

Instead, the White House released the directive to rescind the order at 1:08 a.m. on the day he will leave office. It had been signed Tuesday.

Goodbye and good riddance!

January 20, 2021 7:01 AM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

"Enjoy being in the minority"

I'm neither Dem nor GOP, so I've always been in the minority but our ranks are growing

as for GOP and Dems, America is a never-ending ping-pong game

let's start at Eisenhower: 8 years Ike, 8 years Kennedy/Johnson, 8 Nixon/Ford, 4 Carter, 12 Reagan/Bush, 8 Clinton, 8 Bush, 8 Obama, 4 Trump

score since 1952: GOP 40, Dems 28

of course, if you're TTF, it gets worse

of those above, only Obama is a progressive with TTF-compatible views

and the historic nature of his candidacy gave a huge boost

truth is this is a center-right country

Trump is gone because of his personal failings, not because Americans embraced Dem policies

Dems always make that mistake

Americans don't want to defund the police or install Bernie/Warren socialism

"Sorry troll, but you wouldn't know a fact if you saw one."

I do

problem is TTF only like facts that further their agenda

to them "troll" is someone who expresses opinions that are contrary to most of the other people on a given blog


because the idea that someone disagrees with them is SHOCKING to those people who hate to have their day disturbed by having to consider any opinion that doesn't reinforce their preconceived ignorance

being outnumbered by a bunch of imbeciles doesn't make one a "troll"

"For example

"warning label on human body: This organism is not designed for homosexual use. Doing so risks disease and dementia. "

"homosexuality is inherently promiscuous and super-spreading "

"homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage "

are not facts. They are simply your hateful opinions."

all those statements have factual basis

assuming statistics and English language definitions are considered facts by you

January 20, 2021 7:36 AM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

this morning, listening to CSPAN's call-in show, every caller who said they expect Biden to be a great President said it was because he was so religious

don't know how factual that is

although, Biden does seem more "religious" than Trump

but it's an interesting and significant perception among Dem voters

at the very moment Trump got on Air Force One, Biden left Blair House for a prayer service with Mitch McConnell

January 20, 2021 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Allelulia!!! said...

Yes, and unlike the racist pussy grabber in chief, Biden is not only religious but he respects women and minorities.

Also unlike rump, Biden didn't have his storm troopers clear peaceful people away so he could pose -- awkwardly -- holding a bible. He actually went inside the church and is praying for all of us, even you.

January 20, 2021 9:13 AM  
Anonymous the king of 2021 said...

"Yes, and unlike the racist pussy grabber in chief, Biden is not only religious but he respects women and minorities."

actually, he's not that religious but what's significant is that people perceive that he is and credit him for it

no one ever thought Trump was religious in any sense

he got votes from religious people because he made promises to protect religious freedom and kept those promises

it won't be an issue with Biden because Trump left us with a court that will protect the constitutional right to freedom of religion

Biden will be irrelevant

as for racism and "pussy-grabbing", Biden has his own history of scoring political points at the expense of racial minorities and putting his hands all over women

"Also unlike rump, Biden didn't have his storm troopers clear peaceful people away so he could pose -- awkwardly -- holding a bible."

actually, this morning, and for the next four years, everywhere Biden goes, security will clear out a path for him, especially moving 0ut people who display hostility toward him and refuse to move to a safe distance upon request

as anyone who lives in Washington knows, it's business as usual for the President

"He actually went inside the church and is praying for all of us, even you."

well, you don't know that

but I hope so

churches will be praying for him every Sunday while he's President, following scriptural directive

January 20, 2021 10:27 AM  

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