How the Capitol Protests Became a Security Breach
Security and intelligence views of the January 2021 riots on the US Capitol.
Written by Claire Zulkey. 5-minute read
- Leadership and Strategy
- Public Policy
- In January of 2021, the US Capitol experienced its worst breach in over 100 years by domestic terrorists and rioters.
- Despite security measures surrounding the building, Capitol police were largely unprepared to protect the building and members of Congress and the Senate inside, resulting in scrutiny and backlash from politicians, the public, and members of law enforcement across the country.
- Former government and intelligence officials examine the security repercussions of the immediate aftermath and discuss future implications for the intelligence and security community.
On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol experienced its worst breach since the War of 1812.