Lock Them Up

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, Putin critic Alexei Navalny returned to Russia yesterday about five months after Putin tried to have him killed. Navalny was immediately arrested.

I can't claim that I fully understand Russia's domestic politics, but it took a lot of courage to go back.

Meanwhile, the incoming Biden administration says they will consult the intelligence community before they decide if it's safe to give Trump intelligence briefings that are ordinarily offered to former presidents. Seems like a bad idea!

Finally, Capitol Police officers who spoke to the Associated Press say they received literally no direction from their leaders during the attack on the capitol building.

Interviews with four members of the U.S. Capitol Police who were overrun by rioters on Jan. 6 show just how quickly the command structure collapsed as throngs of people, egged on by President Donald Trump, set upon the Capitol. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because the department has threatened to suspend anyone who speaks to the media.

“We were on our own,” one of the officers told The Associated Press. “Totally on our own.”

The officers who spoke to the AP said they were given next to no warning by leadership on the morning of Jan. 6 about what would become a growing force of thousands of rioters, many better armed than the officers themselves were. And once the riot began, they were given no instructions by the department’s leaders on how to stop the mob or rescue lawmakers who had barricaded themselves inside. There were only enough officers for a routine day.