* People in charge of things can be so stupid sometimes. Fortunately, it appears to have ended well and no Illinois National Guard members were treated this shabbily…
I meant ASAP when I said it. Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.
My office has been in touch with our Senators and our @IL_Natl_Guard leadership regarding this issue. I’ve been assured our soldiers are being appropriately housed but share Senator Duckworth’s anger on this matter. https://t.co/ZWDjpk7iAn
Big applause for Sen. Duckworth. She stepped up and took care of the Guard troops when no one else would or could. Not the GOP posers like Cotton and Cruz. Not the Capitol Police who never should have kicked them out in the first place. No one.
Over the years I have occasionally needed to interact with Senator Duckworth and her office going back to when she was a Representative. She and her office have always been easily accessible and responsive. Before reading about what’s going on in DC this morning I had just referred a vet to her office to get help resolving a VA issue because I’ve had good experiences with them in the past.
“It would appear the Capitol Police need a top to bottom house cleaning.”
As important as that may be, what the Capitol Police needs is for people to pay attention to it. [Sarcasm font on] But, then again, as it was once “supervised” by Terry Gainer, perhaps it needs an exorcism. [Sarcasm font off]
The worst part was the statement from the National Guard spokesperson in Politico touting how agile they are and that their forces are ready to set up anywhere when ordered…just because they can move at a drop of a hat, doesn’t mean you have to order that.
No tents? Nothing? Not really confidence inspiring that our military can’t (or won’t?) provide some basic amenities within DC. I was stationed in DC while in the Army, Ft. McNair, Washington Navy Yard, 8th and I Marine Barracks are all close to the Capitol, i.e. walking distance. Boling Air Force Base, Ft. Myer, and the Pentagon itself are across the river, short drive away. All of these posts or bases have housing, or at a bare minimum open space to get some tents set up.
This was terrible for the troops’ well being and terrible for the image of the Capitol Police who were already under considerable public scrutiny for their apparent lack of prep and performance on the 6th. The Capitol Police are (like many other critical government agencies) supposed to be on the job and professional through thick or thin no matter who is in charge or what the party make-up of Congress is. They failed. Heads should definitely roll over this. If the Capitol Police were not informed or not involved with the planning/logistics/call-up of all these NG from across the country for the inauguration then Tammy, and the states, and the public deserve answers about this aspect, too.
A great thanks to the National Guard and Sen. Duckworth, who not only served and sacrificed but is a strong advocate.
Are we now going to be at a chronic risk for more insurrections and right wing domestic terrorism? We have to be at heightened alert, especially at the impeachment trial. We’re going to need law and order to protect us from “law and order” and “back the blue” fanatics.
A shocking lack of respect. Couldn’t agree more about the Capitol Police. Honestly, I’m stunned by everything about the leadership of that force. Watched the interview with the former Chief and was aghast. “Who could’ve known this could happen?” Well, anyone paying attention. And this incident just proves the leadership cancer has metastasized way beyond the top leader.
The investigation of their failures now has another line of questioning.
As JSS said there are plenty of close military places the Guard could have gone to in shifts. At least get these people mats to lie on instead of concrete or marble. Cap Police keep making poor choices with no fore thought. Nice work by Duckworth.
=== Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that there will be long-term additional security measures in place at the state Capitol in Olympia, even as the Washington National Guard begins to drawdown its presence that followed increased threats leading up to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. The continued actions will include increased Washington State Patrol presence and the restricted area on West Campus. People will be able to exercise their free speech outside the fence in non-restricted areas.
“I am pleased that the Washington National Guard in support of the Washington State Patrol successfully protected the Capitol Campus from potential civil unrest,” Inslee said. “While this current mission will be demobilized over the weekend, we are taking steps to ensure the long-term safety and security of the people who work doing the people’s business in Olympia.===
Now you know.
To the post,
So much that has transpired in DC, it’s important that Illinois’ senator takes a very keen interests in our guard troops and how they are treated, I’m proud of those serving, thank them, and to Sen. Duckworth and her being a voice to them during these times.
Officially a super spreader event. Over 200 have tested positive. Glad we could spend billions on billions out of the trillions passed in the CARES act on corporate bailouts and special interests but can’t find the money to house the guard. Way to go….