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What We Learned About Law Enforcement Preparedness, Communication From Senate Hearing On Capitol Insurrection




Former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration committees joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, February 23, 2021.
Former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration committees joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, February 23, 2021.
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Security officials testifying at Congress’ first hearing on the deadly siege of the Capitol cast blame and pointed fingers on Tuesday but also acknowledged they were woefully unprepared for the violence.

Senators drilled down on the stunning security failure and missed warning signs as rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, in a misguided attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s election.

Five people died in the attack, including a Capitol Police officer. The security officials lost their jobs, and Trump was impeached by the House on a charge of inciting the insurrection, the deadliest attack on Congress in 200 years. Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Senate. Today on AirTalk, we get to the nuts and bolts of what planning went into the attack and where security intelligence went awry. Do you have questions? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press 

Guests:

Matt Zapotosky, national security reporter for the Washington Post, he tweets @mattzap

Hal Kempfer, CEO of GRIP (Global Risk Intelligence and Planning), a management consulting firm based in Long Beach; former Marine intelligence officer who’s conducted baseline training for major military commands and Southern California school systems on pandemic preparedness, he tweets @kippinc