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The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read

The National Security Archive – “The January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol is now the subject of systematic National Security Archive Freedom of Information Act campaign. The First installment and The Second Installment of new Document Sourcebook features a Pentagon timeline, State Department dissent, Homeland Security warning, FBI alert, and first court indictment… The January 6 Sourcebook publication marks the continuation of a systematic campaign by the Archive, a champion of the Freedom of Information Act, to use the FOIA to open the documentary record of what the government knew and when, and what the government did and didn’t do and when, about the mob attack on the Capitol. Archive staff have already drafted more than 100 specific, targeted FOIA requests to multiple federal agencies.

…The video evidence and official testimony will likely continue to focus the spotlight on the Pentagon’s timeline and the unexplained two-hour gap between calls for help defending the Capitol to the belated decision to deploy National Guard troops. As former House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving testified on February 23, 2021, “I have no personal knowledge of the information in DOD’s timeline, but I am aware that it reports the Secretary of the Army received a request from Mayor Bowser at 1:34 p.m., and that the National Guard received a request from Chief Sund at 1:49 p.m. Regardless of whether the National Guard was requested at 1:34 p.m. and 1:49 p.m. according to the DOD’s own timeline, or shortly after 2:00 p.m., it is clear that the National Guard was not quick to respond—as we 4 had planned—and it was several hours before they were onsite.”

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