The FBI debates whether they should charge all of the Capitol insurrectionists

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We spent last spring and summer watching local authorities, National Guard and federal authorities clash with Black Lives Matter protesters across the country. The overwhelming majority of the BLM protesters were non-violent, but that didn’t stop cops from violently clashing with protesters repeatedly. There were also mass-arrests around the country, and we consistently saw police forces grossly overreact to protests. So it was startling, just months later, to see Capitol Police and DC Police completely abdicate their responsibility during the Capitol siege on January 6th. There were only a handful arrests on the day, and literally thousands of seditious a–holes got to throw a murderous coup and then they flew home the next day. There were no mass arrests on the day, something I still don’t understand. Of course the insurrection was an inside job, but even the “good cops,” the ones who weren’t part of the insurrection, they didn’t even bother arresting any of the people who violently sieged the Capitol.

In the weeks following the siege, the FBI has been crowd-sourcing information and identifying terrorists. As of this writing, less than 150 of the Capitol insurrectionists have been arrested. And now the FBI wonders if they should continue charging these terrorist f–kers. I cannot f–king believe it.

Federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should decline to charge some of the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol this month — a politically loaded proposition but one alert to the practical concern that hundreds of such cases could swamp the local courthouse. The internal discussions are in their early stages, and no decisions have been reached about whether to forgo charging some of those who illegally entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.

Justice Department officials have promised a relentless effort to identify and arrest those who stormed the Capitol that day, but internally there is robust back-and-forth about whether charging them all is the best course of action. That debate comes at a time when officials are keenly sensitive that the credibility of the Justice Department and the FBI are at stake in such decisions, given the apparent security and intelligence failures that preceded the riot, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss legal deliberations.

Federal officials estimate that roughly 800 people surged into the building, though they caution that such numbers are imprecise, and the real figure could be 100 people or more in either direction. Among those roughly 800 people, FBI agents and prosecutors have so far seen a broad mix of behavior — from people dressed for military battle, moving in formation, to wanton vandalism, to simply going with the crowd into the building.

Due to the wide variety of behavior, some federal officials have argued internally that those people who are known only to have committed unlawful entry — and were not engaged in violent, threatening or destructive behavior — should not be charged, according to people familiar with the discussions. Other agents and prosecutors have pushed back against that suggestion, arguing that it is important to send a forceful message that the kind of political violence and mayhem on display Jan. 6 needs to be punished to the full extent of the law, so as to discourage similar conduct in the future.

[From WaPo]

The fact that there is even a law enforcement debate about this is proof that white supremacists have infiltrated the highest rungs of federal agencies. Imagine if one thousand armed BLM protesters had laid siege to the Capitol, murdered a cop, erected gallows, smeared feces on the walls, hunted for elected officials and stolen property. The FBI would have arrested every single person ON THE DAY, and they would all be prosecuted using the maximum charges and there wouldn’t be any hand-wringing whatsoever about it. Nor should there be, honestly. A line was crossed and the fact that there are apparently a great number of FBI and DOJ officials who are wishy-washy about CHARGING TERRORISTS is terrifying to me.

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