The circumstances surrounding the attack on Paul Pelosi, as they become known, seem weirder and more suspicious each day. Wednesday’s revelation puts the U.S. Capitol Police in the spotlight.
That agency is about to investigate itself after admitting that officers were not monitoring the video feed coming from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home when her husband was attacked.
In an epic failure redolent of the prison surveillance collapse when Jeffrey Epstein “killed himself,” nobody was watching when the attack occurred. Or so we’re told. They claim they were only alerted to the situation when they noticed local police activity at the Speaker’s home.
Everything seems suspicious these days. Many wonder what are the odds this actually happened in the way it’s being reported. It is no small scandal.
Paul Pelosi (82) needed surgery to repair damage to his skull after 42-year-old alleged intruder David Wayne DePape caused his injuries with a hammer.
“The department has begun an internal security review and will be gathering input and questions from our Congressional stakeholders,” said the U.S. Capitol Police in a statement, adding that the agency had access to about 1,800 cameras. Some of those cameras are used to monitor the speaker’s residence.
The implication given by providing the number 1,800 is that it is just too many cameras to monitor actively. Of course, it all depends on how many people are assigned to monitor the feeds from those cameras.
Whatever the size of the monitoring team, questions will naturally arise when a polarizing, high-ranking politician with a generous history of death threats against her is not prioritized.
Apparently, Capitol Police don’t prioritize the feed from the Pelosi residence when the speaker is in Washington, D.C. with her security detail. Sources familiar with the agency’s practices say this is common when a protectee is away.
“The Command Center personnel noticed the police activity on the screen and used the feeds to monitor the response and assist investigators,” said the statement.
Charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse, false imprisonment, and threatening a public official, DePape pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, even though he was reportedly carrying a list of names of prominent state and federal politicians, along with family members.
In court this week, prosecutors claimed that DePape had been on a “suicide mission” to attack Nancy Pelosi but was aggravated to find her not at home. So, they contend that he took it out on her husband. With a hammer. And he waited to do so until he was in front of witnesses. Bizarre.
SF Police say Paul Pelosi and the attacker were both holding hammers
The man waited until police arrived to attack, and he did it using Paul Pelosi’s hammer
This is strange AF pic.twitter.com/axYlOKxDP4
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 28, 2022
Don’t most security cameras keep the last 24 hours of footage stored on a server somewhere? Did nobody think to check for that in the first 24 hours following the incident? What is this, Cuba?
The Capitol Police is well-funded ($515 million budget) and well-staffed (over 2000 officers and civilian personnel), especially considering its comparatively tight boundaries – they guard just two square miles. The force has faced a tenfold increase in threats to members of Congress, so it is on high alert. And Nancy Pelosi naturally leads the pack of potential targets.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement on Tuesday that the department plans to hire 280 more officers this year. He added that the “political climate” of the day will require more than that. The force needs “additional layers of physical security” and “redundancies” to measures already in place to protect members of Congress, he said.
Meanwhile, the hunt for January 6 protestors gets high priority at the FBI. Agents in all 50 states have contributed to amassing over 700 arrests. In that case, there was video footage that was preserved – thousands of hours of video, which is being reviewed second by second. Amazing.
But in the case of Paul Pelosi and David DePape, the investigation is into what went wrong with the investigation rather than what happened at the Pelosi house. Don’t expect answers anytime soon. We seem to be getting the run-around.
The response from some on the right features at least a heavy dose of skepticism and at least a little bit of cynicism.
I just heard that over 50 former intelligence officers signed a letter saying the Pelosi gay hammer attack rumors have all the hallmarks of a Russian gay hammer attack disinformation campaign.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) November 1, 2022
A liberal hippie drug addict assaulting Paul Pelosi with a hammer is a right-wing attack on democracy, but swatting Republican congresspeople, firebombing pregnancy centers, burning down cities, & shooting an 82-yr-old pro-lifer are just local news stories.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) November 3, 2022
So, I missed Biden’s angry pre-election speech, but let me guess: He latched onto a hammer-wielding Berkeley nudist druggie’s bizarre attack on Paul Pelosi to accuse 74 million peace-loving, law-abiding Americans of being a ‘threat to democracy.” That about sum it up?
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 3, 2022
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