Report: FBI warned of ‘violence,’ ‘war’ ahead of riots that killed 5 at Capitol

World Leaders React to Siege at U.S. Capitol by Pro-Trump Extremists . On Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a desperate attempt to overthrow the results of the presidential election. . The attempted coup transfixed people across the globe, with multiple world leaders weighing in on the “disgraceful” antics. . "Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress … The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, via Twitter. "Violence is incompatible with the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms.", Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, via NPR. "The enemies of democracy will be delighted at these terrible images from Washington DC … Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, via Twitter. "The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act that must be vigorously condemned. I have no doubt that American democracy will prevail — it always has.", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, via NPR. "Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closet ally and neighbor. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be.", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, via Twitter. "What we saw in the United States last night showed annihilation of Western democracy in the world … Everyone saw what a populist did to his country and damaged his country's reputation in the international arena.", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, via NPR. "While people in Palestine & in many other places in the world are struggling to achieve democracy, there are those in the US who are actively sabotaging theirs … Despots everywhere thrive on repression, oppression, & violence.", Palestinian Official Hanan Ashrawi, via Twitter

Agency had been monitoring social media activity that indicated ‘war’ was planned on the Hill

An internal document has revealed some of what the FBI knew before riots erupted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including that officials expected and warned of “violence” and had seen reports from online users that a “war” was to take place on that day.

The Washington Post has obtained the FBI documents, which includes a situational report approved for release a day before the rally supporting President Donald Trump. The rally led to a calamitous siege of the U.S. Capitol, which left five people, including a Capitol police officer, dead.

A day before rioters stormed Congress, an FBI office in Virginia issued a clear-cut warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war,” according to the internal document reviewed by the Post. The new findings contradict those of a senior official’s recent comments explaining that the bureau had no information to indicate the imminence of damage, injuries and death at a pro-Trump protest near the White House.

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The report explains that dangerous plans were in place from individuals planning to meet up in places including Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and South Carolina and head in groups to Washington. Despite monitoring the online conversations of the potential anarchists, the report did not have specific identities of the would-be assailants. There was also concern, by the unidentified author of the document, that the FBI could be revoking free speech rights by breaking up the protests in advance.

“As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington. D.C.,” the document reveals. “An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”

The “BLM” in the note refers to the Black Lives Matter movement, while the mention of “Pantifa” likely speaks to the derogatory term for Antifa, an anti-fascist movement whose followers at times engage in violent clashes with right-wing zealots.

The warning is the most telling yet that possibly a sizable intelligence failure occurred before the pandemonium at the Capitol. The official who revealed the document, under the terms of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, added the report was raw intelligence and that at the time it was written the FBI did not know the identities of those making the online statements.

Dozens of people have faced federal charges since the riots last week. On Monday, it was announced that two Capitol police officers were suspended and one security official was arrested as a result of their participation in the deadly insurrection. Multiple Capitol officers, as many as 15, are still under investigation for their failed response or involvement with the siege of the Capitol.

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