The analyst also noted that people called for violence in the comment section of a YouTube video about the closure of a local hotel that day.
“A comment that says, ‘When will armed Americans intervene in DC and start hanging politicians? It’s a fair question and not without merit or precedence,” it received more than 1,100 “up-votes,” the bulletin added.
Although the bulletin was written by people in the private sector, material reviewed by Mediafrolic shows it was circulating among law enforcement officers.
That same day, an email between officials at the FBI’s Seattle Field Office noted that they might receive requests for information on Jan. 6.
“WSFC IAs” [Washington State Fusion Center intelligence analysts] also noted comments from some Washington state residents who plan to travel armed to Washington DC for tomorrow’s protests there,” the FBI official wrote. “So it’s clear there might be incoming requests for audits if any of them make it into the reporting.”
In other words, it was no mystery to the FBI’s Seattle Field Office that people traveled long distances with guns to Washington DC on Jan. 6—an action that would almost certainly have violated DC’s gun laws. An FBI spokesperson told Mediafrolic that the email contained no specific threat or useful information, and provided no broader comment than that response.
Meanwhile, on January 5, SITE sent out a torrent of bulletins about far-right extremists. One such bulletin reported that a Proud Boys Telegram station threatened government officials over the arrest of the group’s leader, Enrique Tarrio.
“This is war,” the station declared, stating that the “time to take sides is over…it’s time to remove them,” with the intended “them” most likely referring to left-wing activists as well as government officials,” it said. there in the bulletin.
It added that a Proud Boys Telegram channel echoed a neo-Nazi expression when describing the group’s plans for January 6.
“If our guys show up in DC until March, many of them will indeed support President Trump, but many of them will be marching for this nation, not for Trump,” Telegram’s message read in the bulletin. “Many of them march to revolt against Marxists and inspire the right wing not to be afraid. Here’s the point: there is no political solution.”
SITE noted that Telegram’s message echoed “the violent language of neo-Nazi and gear communities that have long propagated the well-known ‘There is no political solution’ phrase in their pursuit of societal collapse.”
Together, these documents show that law enforcement officers had access to timely, detailed information about the threats lawmakers would face on Jan. 6.
Iman Boukadoum, director of Human Rights and Extremism at Human Rights First, said there is no excuse for not protecting the Capitol.
“There was no lack of evidence for them,” she said. “When I hear the police say, ‘We didn’t have enough to open an investigation,’ you sometimes hear that topic of conversation that sounds hollow. You had the proof in front of you.”