Capitol Unrest: An Analysis of January 6th, 2021


Julien Rocher (Author)

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL004000

In the months leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, there were reported efforts to organize large groups of protestors to travel to Washington, D.C. to dispute the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Over the course of about 7 hours on January 6, the attack on the U.S. Capitol resulted in assaults on approximately 140 police officers. In addition, the events of the day led to at least seven deaths. Questions have been raised about the extent to which necessary steps were taken to adequately secure the Capitol Complex and share intelligence information.

The Federal Government was unprepared for this insurrection, even though it was planned in plain sight on social media for the world to see. And despite all the military and law enforcement resources our Government can call upon in a crisis, security collapsed in the face of the mob, and reinforcements were delayed for hours as the Capitol was overrun. This book tries to understand what went wrong that day to prevent this from ever happening again.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions
(Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Chapter 2. The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions (Part II)
(Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Chapter 3. Oversight of the United States Capitol Police Following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol
(Committee on Rules and Administration)

Chapter 4. The U.S. Capitol Police: Brief Background
(Ida A. Brudnick)

Chapter 5. Capitol Attack: Special Event Designations Could Have Been Requested For January 6, 2021, but Not All DHS Guidance Is Clear
(Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 6. Executive Privilege and the January 6 Investigations: The Presidential Records Act and Relevant Judicial Considerations
(Todd Garvey)

Chapter 7. Capitol Unrest, Legislative Response, and the Bill of Attainder Clause
(Joanna R. Lampe)

Chapter 8. Federal Criminal Law: January 6, 2021, Unrest at the Capitol
(Michael A. Foster and Peter G. Berris)

Chapter 9. H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act
(Jacob R. Straus)

Chapter 10. Law Enforcement’s Response to the January 6th Events at the Capitol
(Nathan James)

Chapter 11. Veteran Involvement in the U.S. Capitol Breach: Possible Effects on VA Benefits
(Heather M. Salazar, Jonathan M. Gaffney and Kristy N. Kamarck)

Chapter 12. Unrest at the Capitol: Potential Violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
(Jonathan M. Gaffney)

Chapter 13. Cybersecurity Concerns Related to the Recent Breach of U.S. Capitol Security
(Chris Jaikaran)

Chapter 14. U.S. Capitol Attack and Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition Technology
(Kristin Finklea and Kelsey Y. Santamaria)


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