The Post reported that last Tuesday the FBI office in Norfolk, Virginia, issued an “explicit internal warning that the extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and” war. “The report paints a gruesome portrait of dangerous plans, including individuals who share a map of the complex ‘s tunnels and possible gathering points for potential conspirators to meet “in several states before heading to Washington, DC.
The report cites an online stream in which conspirators discuss their plans, quoting people who say, “Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass being broken, doors being kicked and blood being shed by their slave soldiers BLM and Pantifa.”
The information was “reported to FBI agents in the field office of the Washington office the day before the attack,” the Post reported. However, the paper said the document was clear that the information provided was not “definitively assessed intelligence” and that the agencies receiving it were “invited not to act on this harsh report without prior consultation with the FBI.”
The newspaper also reported that the FBI was careful to describe the individuals and organizations listed in the report, with the bureau saying that the activities they were engaged in were protected by the First Amendment and that although they were mentioned in the report, “Inclusion their purpose here is not to link the protected activity to crime or a threat to national security or to conclude that such protected activity in itself violates federal law. “
However, the report also warns that “based on certain intelligence and / or specific historical observations, the protected activity may provoke a violent reaction against the subject or other persons in retaliation or in order to prevent the emergence of the protected activity in the first instance,” according to the Post Office.
Former Virginia Republican Denver Riggleman, who is working with several former national security officials to analyze information about the open source attack, has also called for an investigation.
“There is a clear breakdown of communications and the operational chain of command. It would be interesting to see what the internal intelligence notes are for the Capitol police and support elements. I suspect intelligence reports could invade the Capitol,” he told CNN.
This story is breaking and will be updated.
CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.