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Did Trump Indeed Go “Coup Coup”?

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COMMENT: In a pre­vi­ous post [5], we chron­i­cled the abrupt changes Trump made in the Defense Depart­ment fol­low­ing his defeat.

Unnamed offi­cials in NATO coun­tries have opined [6] that the events of 1/6/2021 were a coup attempt by Trump’s forces.

In addi­tion, there is an ongo­ing [7] inves­ti­ga­tion of an active duty PSYOP offi­cer who oper­at­ed under the Spe­cial Forces com­mand struc­ture for lead­ing a con­tin­gent of 100 strong to the “ral­ly” on 1/6/2021 [8].

As vet­er­an listeners/readers will no doubt real­ize, these events are to be seen against the back­ground of numer­ous pro­grams and posts high­light­ing Spe­cial­ized Knowl­edge and Abil­i­ties [9] and Ser­pen­t’s Walk [10]

1. “Some among America’s mil­i­tary allies believe Trump delib­er­ate­ly attempt­ed a coup and may have had help from fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials” by Mitch Prothero; Busi­ness Insid­er; 01/07/2021 [6]

* Mul­ti­ple Euro­pean secu­ri­ty offi­cials told Insid­er that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump appeared to have tac­it sup­port among US fed­er­al agen­cies respon­si­ble for secur­ing the Capi­tol com­plex in Wednesday’s coup attempt.
* Insid­er is report­ing this infor­ma­tion because it illus­trates the seri­ous reper­cus­sions of Wednesday’s events: Even if they are mis­tak­en, some among America’s inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary allies are now will­ing to give cre­dence to the idea that Trump delib­er­ate­ly tried to vio­lent­ly over­turn an elec­tion and had help from some fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agents.
* “We train along­side the US fed­er­al law enforce­ment to han­dle these very mat­ters, and it’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored,” one source told us.

The sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who stormed the Capi­tol on Wednes­day [11] to stop the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Biden’s elec­tion vic­to­ry [12] were attempt­ing a vio­lent coup that mul­ti­ple Euro­pean secu­ri­ty offi­cials said appeared to have at least tac­it sup­port from aspects of the US fed­er­al agen­cies respon­si­ble for secur­ing the Capi­tol com­plex.

Insid­er spoke with three offi­cials on Thurs­day morn­ing: a French police offi­cial respon­si­ble for pub­lic secu­ri­ty in a key sec­tion of cen­tral Paris, and two intel­li­gence offi­cials from NATO coun­tries who direct­ly work in coun­tert­er­ror­ism and coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence oper­a­tions involv­ing the US, ter­ror­ism, and Rus­sia.

They said the cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence avail­able point­ed to what would be open­ly called a coup attempt in any oth­er nation. None were will­ing to speak on the record because of the dire nature of the sub­ject.

While they did not fur­nish evi­dence that fed­er­al agency offi­cials facil­i­tat­ed the chaos, Insid­er is report­ing this infor­ma­tion because it illus­trates the scale and seri­ous­ness of Wednesday’s events: America’s inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary and secu­ri­ty allies are now will­ing to give seri­ous cre­dence to the idea that Trump delib­er­ate­ly tried to vio­lent­ly over­turn an elec­tion and that some fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agents — by omis­sion or oth­er­wise — facil­i­tat­ed the attempt.

‘Today I am brief­ing my gov­ern­ment that we believe with a rea­son­able lev­el of cer­tain­ty that Don­ald Trump attempt­ed a coup’

One NATO source set the stage, using terms more com­mon­ly used to describe unrest in devel­op­ing coun­tries.

“The defeat­ed pres­i­dent gives a speech to a group of sup­port­ers where he tells them he was robbed of the elec­tion, denounces his own administration’s mem­bers and par­ty as trai­tors, and tells his sup­port­ers to storm the build­ing where the vot­ing is being held,” the NATO intel­li­gence offi­cial said.

“The sup­port­ers, many dressed in mil­i­tary attire and wav­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary-style flags, then storm the build­ing where the fed­er­al law-enforce­ment agen­cies con­trolled by the cur­rent pres­i­dent do not estab­lish a secu­ri­ty cor­don, and the pro­test­ers quick­ly over­whelm the last line of police.

“The pres­i­dent then makes a pub­lic state­ment to the sup­port­ers attack­ing the Capi­tol that he loves them but doesn’t real­ly tell them to stop,” the offi­cial said. “Today I am brief­ing my gov­ern­ment that we believe with a rea­son­able lev­el of cer­tain­ty that Don­ald Trump attempt­ed a coup that failed when the sys­tem did not buck­le.

“I can’t believe this hap­pened.”

A law-enforce­ment offi­cial who trains with US forces believes some­one inter­fered with the prop­er deploy­ment of offi­cers around Con­gress

The French police offi­cial said they believed that an inves­ti­ga­tion would find that some­one inter­fered with the deploy­ment of addi­tion­al fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cials on the perime­ter of the Capi­tol com­plex; the offi­cial has direct knowl­edge of the prop­er pro­ce­dures for secu­ri­ty of the facil­i­ty.

The secu­ri­ty of Con­gress is entrust­ed to the US Capi­tol Police, a fed­er­al agency that answers to Con­gress.

It is rou­tine for the Capi­tol Police to coor­di­nate with the fed­er­al Secret Ser­vice and the Park Police and local police in Wash­ing­ton, DC, before large demon­stra­tions. The Nation­al Guard, com­mand­ed by the Depart­ment of Defense, is often on stand­by too.

On Wednes­day, how­ev­er, that coor­di­na­tion was late or absent.

‘It’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored’

“You can­not tell me I don’t know what they should have done. I can fly to Wash­ing­ton tomor­row and do that job, just as any police offi­cial in Wash­ing­ton can fly to Paris and do mine,” the offi­cial said. The offi­cial directs pub­lic secu­ri­ty in a cen­tral Paris police dis­trict filled with gov­ern­ment build­ings and tourist sites.

“These are not sub­tle prin­ci­ples” for man­ag­ing demon­stra­tions, “and they trans­fer to every sit­u­a­tion,” the offi­cial said. “This is why we train along­side the US fed­er­al law enforce­ment to han­dle these very mat­ters, and it’s obvi­ous that large parts of any suc­cess­ful plan were just ignored.”

The Nation­al Guard, which was deployed heav­i­ly to quell the Black Lives Mat­ter protests [13] in 2020, did not show up to assist the police until two hours [14] after the action start­ed on Wednes­day, accord­ing to The Asso­ci­at­ed Press [15].

Video shows police doing noth­ing as riot­ers access the build­ing

One video appeared to show some police offi­cers open­ing a bar­ri­er [16] to allow a group of pro­test­ers to get clos­er to the Capi­tol dome. Anoth­er video showed a police offi­cer allow­ing a riot­er to take a self­ie with him [17] inside the Capi­tol while pro­test­ers milled around the build­ing unchecked.

Kim Dine, who was the chief of the Capi­tol Police from 2012 to 2016, told The Wash­ing­ton Post [16] that he was sur­prised that the Capi­tol Police allowed demon­stra­tors on the steps of the Capi­tol. He said he was also mys­ti­fied that few riot­ers were arrest­ed on the spot.

Lar­ry Schae­fer, who worked for the Capi­tol Police for more than 30 years, told ProP­ub­li­ca some­thing sim­i­lar [18]: “We have a planned, known demon­stra­tion that has a propen­si­ty for vio­lence in the past and threats to car­ry weapons — why would you not pre­pare your­self as we have done in the past?”

Sys­tem­at­ic fail­ures

The French police offi­cial detailed mul­ti­ple laps­es they believe were sys­tem­at­ic:

1. Large crowds of pro­test­ers need­ed to be man­aged far ear­li­er by the police, who instead con­trolled a scene at the first demon­stra­tion Trump addressed, then ignored the crowd as it streamed toward the Capi­tol.
2. “It should have been sur­round­ed, man­aged, and direct­ed imme­di­ate­ly, and that pres­sure nev­er released.”
3. Because the crowd was not man­aged and direct­ed, the offi­cial said, the pro­test­ers were able to con­gre­gate unim­ped­ed around the Capi­tol, where the next major fail­ure took place.
4. “It is unthink­able there was not a strong police cor­don on the out­skirts of the com­plex. Fences and bar­ri­cades are use­less with­out strong police enforce­ment. This is when you start mak­ing arrests, tar­get­ing key peo­ple that appear vio­lent, any­one who attacks an offi­cer, any­one who breach­es the bar­ri­cade. You have to show that cross­ing the line will fail and end in arrest.”
5. “I can­not believe the fail­ure to estab­lish a prop­er cor­don was a mis­take. These are very skilled police offi­cials, but they are fed­er­al, and that means they ulti­mate­ly report to the pres­i­dent. This needs to be inves­ti­gat­ed.”
6. “When the crowd reached the steps of the build­ing, the sit­u­a­tion was over. The police are there to pro­tect the build­ing from ter­ror­ist attacks and crime, not a bat­tal­ion of infantry. That had to be man­aged from hun­dreds of meters away unless the police were will­ing to com­plete­ly open fire, and I can respect why they were not.”

‘Thank God it didn’t work, because I can’t imag­ine how hard it would be to sanc­tion the US finan­cial sys­tem’

The third offi­cial, who works in coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence for a NATO mem­ber, agreed that the sit­u­a­tion could only be seen as a coup attempt, no mat­ter how poor­ly con­sid­ered and like­ly to fail, and said its impli­ca­tions might be too huge to imme­di­ate­ly fath­om.

“Thank God it didn’t work, because I can’t imag­ine how hard it would be to sanc­tion the US finan­cial sys­tem,” the offi­cial said. By sanc­tions, he means the impo­si­tion of the diplo­mat­ic, mil­i­tary, and trade block­ages that demo­c­ra­t­ic nations usu­al­ly reserve for dic­ta­tor­ships. . . .

2. “Army PSYOP Offi­cer Resigned Com­mis­sion Pri­or to Lead­ing Group to DC Protests” by Kyle Rempfer; Army Times; 1/11/2021. [7]

An Army psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions [19] offi­cer who led a group dur­ing the Jan. 6 ral­ly in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., that cul­mi­nat­ed in a dead­ly mob breach­ing the U.S. Capi­tol had resigned her com­mis­sion sev­er­al months pri­or to the event, accord­ing to a defense offi­cial famil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion.

Capt. Emi­ly Rainey, 30, was still on active duty dur­ing last week’s protests. How­ev­er, she had already been hand­ed down an adverse admin­is­tra­tive action for a sep­a­rate inci­dent and resigned her com­mis­sion, the offi­cial told Army Times.

Rainey’s involve­ment in the ral­ly is cur­rent­ly under inves­ti­ga­tion by 1st Spe­cial Forces Com­mand [20], which over­sees her PSYOP unit . . . .

. . . . Dur­ing last week’s events in D.C., Rainey led rough­ly 100 mem­bers of a group called Moore Coun­ty Cit­i­zens for Free­dom to the region. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump spoke at the ral­ly there and repeat­ed false claims that the 2020 elec­tion had been rigged against him.

Moore Coun­ty Cit­i­zens for Free­dom describes itself on its Face­book page [21]as a non­par­ti­san net­work pro­mot­ing con­ser­v­a­tive val­ues through edu­ca­tion and activism.

Rainey told the Asso­ci­at­ed Press that her group and most peo­ple who trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton “are peace-lov­ing, law-abid­ing peo­ple who were doing noth­ing but demon­strat­ing our First Amend­ment rights.” . . . .