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Text Messages Show CIA Deployed Personnel Domestically to D.C. on Jan. 6

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Text messages obtained via FOIA request by Judicial Watch revealed the CIA deployed personnel to assist at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, despite its prohibition on domestic spying.

The texts under a “January 7 Intel Chain” heading mentioned two CIA bomb technicians assisting with pipe bombs found near the RNC and DNC headquarters, as well as several CIA dog teams standing by.

“The CIA collects information only regarding foreign countries and their citizens. Unlike the FBI, it is prohibited from collecting information regarding ‘U.S. Persons,’ a term that includes U.S. citizens, resident aliens, legal immigrants, and U.S. corporations, regardless of where they are located,” the FBI’s website states.

As the CIA is only meant to collect foreign intelligence and not spy on US citizens, Judicial Watch questioned why a national intelligence agency was operating domestically with law enforcement at the Capitol that day.

“These striking records show that CIA resources were deployed in reaction to the January 6 disturbance,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

It is the first public documentation of the CIA’s involvement in responding to the January 6th events.

Judicial Watch argues this raises concerns about overreach of authority by intelligence agencies.

“We have the same questions you do. What is a national intelligence collection agency whose mission is overseas doing operating domestically with law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th?” Judicial Watch’s Director of Research and Investigations, Chris Farrell asked.

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