Honoré said in his piece that the Capitol fencing “provides a false sense of security” and compares it to the southern border wall, which he describes as an “expensive failure.”
“The complete breakdown in law enforcement was preventable,” he wrote. “We have been slow to accept the reality that a danger to our democracy also lies within our borders. We have been unwilling to invest in the personnel and resources to address those dangers.”
He argued that what Capitol Hill needs instead of the fencing is “more personnel, more intelligence-gathering capabilities, better coordination with other federal law enforcement agencies, stronger internal lines of authority, and clearer command focus on threats to public property and public officials.”
Honoré also suggested replacing the fencing with retractable barriers and an updated video surveillance system.
“The Capitol security apparatus is long past due for an overhaul,” he added.
Democratic aides told CNN that many of the report’s recommendations are likely to be taken up in a security supplemental funding bill from the House Appropriations Committee.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.
Source: CNNPolitics – Breaking News