Blaming an “intelligence failure” on Jan 6 stretches the definition of intelligence. Much of the talk of storming the Capitol was in public social media posts, not to mention Trump’s own very public comments egging them on.
This 👇🏼 The pre-1/6 news coverage included all of this. I remember being on TV the Sunday before citing "fears of violence in DC on Wednesday." The memory-holing now is appalling...
@brianstelter My god, store owners boarded up bc of of fear this would happen!
@brianstelter I guess you all need better intelligence people in the US. They seem to be the only ones who didn’t know. The entire world knew what was going to happen, months before it happened.
@brianstelter Um...intelligence failure or a failure to be intellegent?
@brianstelter I knew. We all knew. Twitter absolutely carried the message. Do not believe any officer who says he was surprised. All white guys claiming they were surprised.
@brianstelter "Intelligence" includes both public and secret intelligence, but many people think only the secret stuff matters. In fact, much of the most important intelligence is public. When I was at Treasury, I found the best economic intelligence in the FT, not CIA reports.