Capitol Hill riot was an intelligence failure: US officials

Washington: The Capitol Hill riot on January 6 was an intelligence failure, according to US officials. The authorities responded to the calls too slowly.

The officials told Congress that the National Guard backup against an overwhelming mob was too poor.

They acknowledged they were blindsided by lack of intelligence and response coordination to the worst domestic insurrection since the Civil War.

“These criminals came prepared for war,” said the US Capitol Police’s then-chief Steven Sund. Sund resigned his post in the wake of the riot, which left five people dead including one police officer and four others. Two other police officers died by suicide shortly afterwards.

House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael Stenger also stepped down.