Doug Bedell — January 24, 2022, 12:14 pm

Learning from the Jan. 6 Capitol Security Failings

Using “20/20 hindsight”, Brian Gant on reflects on whether the attack on the capitol have been prevented.

I think so,” he concludes. “If it had been treated as a true national security event should, I do think it would have been prevented. While hindsight is always 20/20, here are a couple of things that jump immediately to mind:

“*Insufficient manpower. What we saw were the Capitol Police being overwhelmed – not by weapons or machines, but by sheer numbers. If the Capitol Police, along with state and local resources, could have joined forces with the police, they could have turned back the attack.

“*Proper physical barriers. The bike rack barriers were too close to the steps. Even something as simple as moving barriers back from the actual steps of the Capitol would have been effective in slowing or stopping the perpetrators.

“*Electronic security. If electronic building security – card readers, electronic access, surveillance cameras, and more – had been reinforced, it could have prevented individuals from entering the building, or from moving freely throughout the halls and offices.

“Since the attack, the changes put in place take into account the events of Jan. 6. They have closed the vulnerabilities and are aimed at preventing another attack. These new protocols are not static – they will have to be constantly monitored, tested, and upgraded to meet new threats.”

Hopefully, we won’t have to learn whether he’s right.

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