I read with disgust the column by Brian Howey concerning the events at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2021. I read distortion, fiction, and omission of key information.
Let’s start at the top. The Democrats are calling what happened at the Capitol an “insurrection”. There were literally tens of thousands of folks in Washington to support President Trump over a stolen, fraudulent election. If those folks wanted to institute an “insurrection”, there was grossly inadequate security at the Capitol to stop them. Speaker Nancy Pelosi saw to that. She stopped any proper security preparation fully knowing ahead there were some to be there to cause trouble.
President Trump admonished the tens of thousands of supporters to go to the Capitol and peacefully protest any acceptance of the Electoral College results given the wide spread indication of fraud in state after state. Vice President Mike Pence had the opportunity to delay any acceptance by the Congress for a couple of weeks. There was precedent. He cowardly chose not to do that.
Then we have Officer Daniel Hodges calling those who “breached” the US Capitol “terrorists”. If there were terrorists, it will come out they were not Trump supporters but likely rather of ANTIFA or Black Lives Matter or other fascist supporting group. When he was asked why police didn’t use guns, he said there were, “thousands of terrorists…. Only hundreds of us”. What he did not say was that there were never any….. repeat, any….. guns found on anyone at the Capitol. The only gun used was to kill unarmed Ashli Babbit by a Capitol policeman.
There are reports that the Capitol police escorted some into the buildings; invited them in. What was that all about….. “Insurrection”. I don’t think so. At this point we do not know many details because the hundreds of hours of surveillance video tapes have not been released to the public. I wonder why.
And then we have Representative Jim Banks and Representative Jim Jordan thrown off of the Congressional Committee by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Committee is supposed to find answers about January 6th. The motive to dump Banks and Jordan is blatantly obvious. She does not want any on the Committee that will ask tough questions. The Republicans that remain are RINOs Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Who would guess?
Finally and most egregiously, we have hundreds of political prisoners being held without bail in Washington jails. They are there for now over 6 months without court appearances, adequate access to attorneys, or visitors. Even members of Congress have been barred from seeing into these prisons to check on conditions or talk with any who are being held. This is itself Constitutional violation and the work of the Biden administration.
It is time to release all video tapes of events of January 6th. It is time to hear the stories of those being held as political prisoners. It is time to know all of the truth about both events on November 3rd and on January 6th….. that is unless we are now under a dictatorship.