June 30, 2021 Editor

Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation

The Times analyzed thousands of videos from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building to understand how it happened — and why. Here are some of the key findings.

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By The New York Times

June 30, 2021

WN: While video images can be selectively strung together, they are real images just the same. And this was anything but the proverbial walk in the park–or a tourist visit to the Capitol.

Søren Kierkegaard wrote: The crowd is untruth. Anthropologist René Girard spent a career explicating the above and so much more about the fundamental building block of civilization: scapegoating violence. Watch the video, then see highlights from the accompanying article, and take heed . . .

You may also see, by Max Boot, Columnist, July 1, 2021 Opinion: Two House votes show the GOP is an authoritarian, white-power party. We read:

Most Republicans object to any investigation of Jan. 6, no matter the particulars, because they still support the former president who instigated the riot and continues to spread the “big lie” about the election. Twenty-one House Republicans even opposed a resolution to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police officers who defended them on Jan. 6. Some Republican members of Congress have suggested that the attack was a “normal tourist visit” or the work of FBI operatives. D.C. police officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten unconscious by the Capitol “tourists,” asked McCarthy to publicly denounce such conspiracy theories; the Republican leader refused. Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), one of the chief conspiracy-mongers, refused to even shake Fanone’s hand.

“Law & Order Party” indeed . . .


In the six months since an angry pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, immense efforts have been made not only to find the rioters and hold them accountable, but also — and perhaps more important — to dig into the details of Jan. 6 and slowly piece together what actually happened that day.

Congressional committees have looked into police and intelligence failures. The Justice Department has launched a nationwide investigation that has now resulted in more than 500 arrests. And while Republicans in Congress blocked the formation of a blue-ribbon bipartisan committee, House Democrats are poised to appoint a smaller select committee.

Even now, however, Republican politicians and their allies in the media are still playing down the most brazen attack on a seat of power in modern American history. Some have sought to paint the assault as the work of mere tourists. Others, going further, have accused the F.B.I. of planning the attack in what they have described — wildly — as a false-flag operation.

The work of understanding Jan. 6 has been hard enough without this barrage of disinformation and, hoping to get to the bottom of the riot, The Times’s Visual Investigations team spent several months reviewing thousands of videos, many filmed by the rioters themselves and since deleted from social media. We filed motions to unseal police body-camera footage, scoured law enforcement radio communications, and synchronized and mapped the visual evidence.

What we have come up with is a 40-minute panoramic take on Jan. 6, the most complete visual depiction of the Capitol riot to date. In putting it together, we gained critical insights into the character and motivation of rioters by experiencing the events of the day often through their own words and video recordings. We found evidence of members of extremist groups inciting others to riot and assault police officers. And we learned how Donald J. Trump’s own words resonated with the mob in real time as they staged the attack.

Here are some of the major revelations.

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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