28 July 2021
Cogito Ergo Non Serviam
Four police officers who defended the Capitol from terrorists on January 6, 2020, testified before the House Select Committee investigating the attack. Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell along with D.C. police officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges gave lie to the Republican Party's claim that there was hugging and kissing and that the terrorists were no different than tourists. They spoke of the physical, emotional and spiritual pain the thousands of terrorists inflicted. But as Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said they held, they won.
Officer Gonell, a naturalized American and Veteran of the Iraq War, required surgery to repair the injuries he sustained in the fighting he likened to "a medieval battlefield." He told the committee "To be honest, I did not recognize my fellow citizens who stormed the Capitol on January 6, or the United States they represent. Nothing in my experience in the Army, or as a law enforcement officer, prepared me for what we confronted."
Officer Fanone testified "I was dragged from the line of officers and into the crowd. I was electrocuted again and again and again." The mob of terrorists had taken his Taser and repeatedly used it on him. He suffered a heart attack and a brain injury that afternoon. Only when he cried out that he had kids did the attackers relent. He passed out and was carried from the battlefield by his fellow officers.
Officer Dunn, a black American patriot, said, "There's people freaking everywhere. They saw I came from an area that wasn't occupied by terrorists. So they tried to go down the steps. I said, 'No, you're not going down there.' And I'm exhausted. They're saying, 'Trump is our rightful president. Nobody voted for Joe Biden.' I needed to catch my breath. So I said, 'I voted for Joe Biden. What? My vote doesn't matter?' A woman responded, 'This [racial slur] voted for Joe Biden!' Everybody that was there started joining in. 'Hey, [racial slur]!' It was over 20 people who said it."
Officer Hodges was wedged between a door frame and the mob, being slowly crushed. It was he who called the attackers terrorists, never using another term for them. He demanded that the committee find out if anyone in power was complicit, had advance knowledge, aided or abetted any of the terrorists.
J. Thomas Manger, the new chief of the Capitol Police, who came out of retirement to lead the organization, said "I am proud of the officers who had the courage to share their stories in front of the House Select Committee and our entire country to describe the horrors and heroism on January 6. I am equally proud of everyone in this Department and our partner agencies who fought like hell to preserve our democracy."
This journal believes that those words are inadequate. Outgunned and outmanned, they fought off the worst assault on the US Capitol since the War of 1812. Were it not for them, there might not be an American democracy today.
The Republican Party leadership wanted to avoid this testimony at all costs. They shot down a bipartisan commission, they voted against creating this committee, and they appointed ass-hats to the committee whom Speaker Pelosi vetoed. They have no input about the narrative now, and things will get worse for them.
If they are not terrorists, they are terrorist-sympathizers. There can be no compromise with them, no negotiation with them. They must be denied office, and if the facts support it, they must be imprisoned.
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