(CNN) — A scathing report from the United States Capitol Police (USCP) watchdog obtained by CNN reveals that there were even more failures than previously known by security officials. A new report details expired ammunition, ineffective shields and a previously unreported warning – more than two weeks before the assault – on a map of the Capitol underground tunnels, which was posted on a pro-Donald Trump website.
These findings from the USCP Inspector General are included in the second preliminary report on the events surrounding the assault on the Capitol and suggest that there were several long-standing issues that the Department “knew about and did not address in a timely manner or did not routinely address to. prevent, “according to the summary obtained by CNN.
Specifically, the summary highlights significant issues with the Department’s oversight in regards to equipment maintenance, policies for the Civil Unrest Unit, and handling of intelligence prior to the attack.
Capitol Tunnel Maps
The broader intelligence-related deficiencies described in the report are evidenced in a warning that the Capitol Police received from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on December 21, 2020, but did not appear to take into account. completely.
On that day, ‘the Department of Homeland Security notified the Department of a blog referring to tunnels on the grounds of the United States Capitol used by members of Congress and the investigation of the website identified four’ threads / blog topics containing comments. of concern, ‘”reads the summary.
“The report identifies the website as https://thedonald.win and includes several pages of comments posted on the website,” he adds.
The report goes on to expose, for the first time, a surprising degree of indifference on the part of the Capitol Police leadership when it came to routine clean-up matters, such as failing to maintain an accurate list of officers assigned to the Civil Unrest Unit (CDU by its acronym in English).
The summary notes that the “CDU” list numbered 187 agents, two of whom were no longer working for the Capitol Police on the day of the insurrection. The 187 officers listed is a much lower number than the 276 officers Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told Congress were active on January 6.
Furthermore, the report notes that the leadership of the Capitol Police knew as of July 2020 that the Department needed to make significant changes, but inexplicably did not.
The summary lists several examples, including the fact that the Department did not establish standard operating procedures for the Civil Unrest Unit, highlighting a casual attitude toward the unit ultimately tasked with stopping the insurrection.
Expired ammunition and ineffective shields
Even the maintenance of the equipment seemed to have a low priority. The summary shows that the CDU shields were not stored at the correct temperature, rendering them ineffective, while some ammunition in the armory was expired.
In another example, the inspector general wrote that a Department official told investigators that officers receive training every three years, as required by the manufacturer of a weapon they carry, yet the Department did not have any formal directives to them. order to carry out the training.
On the day of the insurrection, the CDU did not use all its less lethal options, such as a 40mm grenade launcher, 37mm grenade launcher and Sting Ball grenades due to “leadership orders.”
In the end, the unit was “operating at a diminished readiness level” due to numerous failures, the report states.
The summary describes the lack of standards for the critically important intelligence gathering and evaluation arm of the Capitol Police and that the Department did not follow what few procedures it had. For example, not all members of the intelligence division had top-secret security clearances on their roles, “which could have caused the Department to mishandle classified information,” and they did not have a training program for all employees. of the division.
The summary says that in the fall of 2020, the intelligence arm of the Capitol Police adjusted after it became clear that the unit was “not complying with the demands of the Department.”
As the department prepared for what it believed would be a January 6 rally, conflicting intelligence proved problematic, according to the report.
“The explanation the OIG provides for this is astonishing,” reads the summary. «The ‘Bottom Line Up Front’ (BLUF) says they are tracking protests that may include some armed protesters and white supremacists, and the assessment 30 pages later is much more alarming, even that conditions on the ground could ‘lead to a situation dangerous to law enforcement and the general public alike. ‘ CNN previously reported that the department’s intelligence division concluded that the threats of violence were “unlikely.”
The summary lists 27 recommendations for corrections, including changing procedures to “refine document reporting that better captures operational impact to include unlikely results based on intelligence, trending data, threats to members, and information analysis.”
The USCP Inspector General is expected to testify in Congress next week on the report and its findings.