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Archive for August 10th, 2021

GAO: DHS Dropped Ball on Security During Jan. 6 Riot at U.S. Capitol

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By Steve Neavling

The Department of Homeland Security mishandled the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and should have anticipated the violence and increased security ahead of the event, according to the Government Accountability Office. 

The report, titled “Capitol Attack: Special Event Designations Could Have Been Request for January 6, 2021, but Not All DHS Guidance Is Clear,” was issued Monday.

The GAO suggested Homeland Security failed to ensure there was adequate security at the Capitol, despite plenty of evidence of possible violence, including threats on social media. 

“There were indications, such as social media posts, that additional security may have been needed at the Capitol Complex on January 6,” the GAO report states.

According to the report, DHS could have coordinated security or asked Secret Service to handle it. 

“A designation would likely have assured additional security to help respond to the January 6 attack on the Capitol,” the GAO said.

So far, the FBI has arrested about 535 people for participating in the insurrection, which led to the deaths of five people either during or immediately after the riot. About 140 officers also were injured. 

Border Patrol Agents Shot at for Second Time in 4 Days Along Mexican Border

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating after Border Patrol agents appear to have come under fire early Monday for the second time in four days along the Juárez-El Paso border. 

An agent was patrolling the border when about five shots rang out from Juárez shortly after midnight, El Paso Times reports.

The agent wasn’t struck. 

Mexican authorities were searching for two suspects. 

Early Friday, about 20 gunshots were fired at a Border Patrol agent who was patrolling in El Paso’s Lower Valley. The agent took cover and wasn’t injured. 

“Approximately 20 rounds were fired towards the agent from approximately 150 yards away. Fortunately, none of the rounds struck the agent,” Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

The FBI said it was investigating that shooting. 

Three weeks earlier, a narco-banner in Juárez warned Mexican police and Border Patrol to stop messing with human smugglers. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shootings are related to the banner’s threat.