US counter-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a case with two suspects, who were photographed with plastic ties, tools often used during abductions.
The counterterrorism unit of the Department of Justice’s National Security Directorate took part in an investigation involving Larry Brock of Texas and Eric Munchell of Tennessee. They were charged with trespassing, forced entry and hooliganism after being photographed in the Capitol in tactical suits. This is stated in court documents published on Sunday and Monday. Who represents the interests of the suspects is still unknown.
Counterterrorism officials have joined the investigation as there is growing evidence that some of the rioters openly conspired to kidnap or harm lawmakers to prevent them from certifying the electoral college vote confirming Joe Biden’s victory.
The charges include trespassing, offenses with firearms, assault on the police and others. Federal prosecutors said they are considering other charges, from conspiracy to incite a riot to murder after Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknik passed away.
Intelligence reports from independent groups that monitored social media suggest that some of the protestors had previously conspired to commit violent actions in the Capitol.
Democratic Congressman Jason Crowe said on Sunday, citing information from US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, that at least 25 domestic terrorism investigations were initiated into the incident.
A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to questions about how many of the investigations were anti-terrorist.
In recent years, there has been serious debate over whether the Ministry of Justice has sufficient legal instruments to combat domestic terrorism, which is defined by law as “actions that threaten human life” that threaten civilians, influence government policy through intimidation, or affect government decisions through mass murder or kidnapping.
Tom O’Connor, a retired FBI agent who worked for the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force, told Reuters that a separate law should be passed with more severe penalties for those found guilty of terrorist attacks in the United States.
“Congress needs to change the punishment for domestic terrorism,” he said.
Michael Herman, a former FBI agent who now works at the Brennan Center for Justice, disagreed, stating that there are already 51 crimes that are considered domestic terrorism, in addition to many other laws that can be used to prosecute violent acts. sides of right-wing extremists.
He believes that the FBI has not previously made enough efforts to fight right-wing extremists, and that some of the rioters were likely repeat offenders who felt exhilarated as they got away with it.
“I am sure that when they investigate, they will find that this is not the first time that these people have committed acts of violence, and some of the accused have a criminal record,” he said.