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Individuals on FBI’s Terrorist Watch List Were in D.C. During Capitol Riot

Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo via Shutterstock.

By Steve Neavling

Dozens of Trump supporters who were in Washington D.C. on the day of the Capitol siege were on the FBI’s terrorist watch list, The Washington Post reports

They were on the Terrorist Screening Database, which lists people flagged as potential security threats. 

A majority of those on the watch list who were in Washington D.C. are suspected white supremacists. 

Their presence raises more questions about the bureau’s response to a protest that led to a violent mob storming the U.S. Capitol. Five deaths have been linked to the insurrection. 

The terrorist watch list includes hundreds of thousands of names. The idea behind the list is to alert law enforcement agencies to suspicious individuals. 

It’s not yet clear whether any of the watch-listed individuals were among the dozens of people arrested so far. 

“The U.S. Government is committed to protecting the United States from terrorist threats and attacks and seeks to do this in a manner that protects the freedoms, privacy and civil rights and liberties of U.S. persons and other individuals with rights under U.S. law,” a U.S. official told The Washington Post

The FBI did not comment for the report. 

Jason A. Forget Takes Over As Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division

DEA Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget.

By Steve Neavling

Jarod A. Forget, a 17-year veteran of the DEA, has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Washington Division. 

Forget was promoted from his role as assistant special agent of the Washington Division, where he oversaw groups across Norther Virginia, Maryland and D.C. and established the new D.C. Heroin-Violent Crime Task Force.   

“SAC Forget brings with him a depth of experience, knowledge, and ability that will greatly benefit the Washington Division and the local community,” DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea said in a statement. “I’m confident SAC Forget will embody the highest standards of DEA excellence in his new role as he has throughout his career.”

In 2004, Forget joined the DEA, serving as a special agent assigned to the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. He went on to work at the Guadalajara, Mexico Office, where he directed enforcement operations against Mexico’s most notorious and ruthless drug cartels, such as the Sinaloa Cartel and the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

Forget has also held leadership positions in the Miami Division, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Washington Division. 

“He has led many global enforcement operations, worked to disrupt violent, large-scale, international drug trafficking organizations, shut down illicit opioid dealers from China and Mexico, and established collaborative strike forces to combat local community issues like violent crime and opioids,” the DEA said.

“Forget has a passion for the value of community-oriented policing, helping families affected by overdose, and keeping our neighborhoods safe from the scourge of violence drug trafficking can bring. In addition, Forget is keenly interested in local youth development through outreach and engagement organizations, and plans to continue and develop community outreach programs throughout the region.”

A Massachusetts native, Forget received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international affairs from Northeastern University. He also a fluent Spanish speaker.

D.C. Mayor Urges Homeland Security to Take Extra Measures Ahead of Inauguration

By Steve Neavling

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging the Department of Homeland Security to take extra measures to protect the capital ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

In a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, Bowser called last week’s insurrection an “unprecedented terrorist attack” and outlined additional steps to secure the area between Jan. 11-24.

“While I will be reaching out to a broad range of local, regional and federal partners to enhance cooperation among our bodies, I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific ways”, Bowser wrote in the letter.

The mayor is calling for steps beyond the ones taken during previous inaugurations. 

“We believe strongly that the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20 will require a very different approach than previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection,” Bowser wrote.

She also urged the acting attorney general to direct the FBI to “provide an intelligence and threat briefing on a daily basis” during the extended period.

In addition, Bowser is requesting coordination between federal law law enforcement agencies to protect federal buildings so that D.C. police can respond to issues throughout the city that are unrelated to the inauguration. 

The violence led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer. 

FBI Seeks Information Related to Storming of U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating President Trump supporters who incited violence and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, causing federal lawmakers and employees to flee.  

The bureau is asking for images, videos and other multimedia files that show possible violations of federal law. Anyone with evidence is asked to send it using an electronic form at fbi.gov/USCapitol

“The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C.,” the FBI said in a news release. “The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.”

One woman was fatally shot by police, and about 30 people were arrested for violating a curfew.