Original title: 140 people face accusations of riots in the US Congress, one in five with military background
Protestors occupy the Capitol (photo source: Getty)
Overseas network, January 22 (Xinhua) according to the national public radio (NPR) reported that on January 6 occurred in the U.S. Capitol riots, nearly one fifth of the accused had a military background. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 7 percent of all U.S. adults are veterans. NPR found that so far, at least 27 of the more than 140 accused have served or are currently serving in the United States, accounting for nearly 20% of the total.
U.S. media pointed out that among them, Jacob flack, a retired police officer and a corporal of the Virginia National Guard, was one of the accused in the riot. His colleague, 47 year old veteran Thomas Robertson, also faces charges. Jacob Anthony shansley, who served in the Navy for two years, was photographed wearing a horned fur headdress with paint on his face inside the Capitol building. In addition, the woman shot and killed by a congressional officer was an air force veteran. Timothy cusanelli, 30, is a naval contractor who worked at a Naval Weapons Station and obtained a secret security clearance.
US media said that since being accused of being related to the riots, some people with military background have questioned the degree of extremism in the armed forces. The Pentagon’s internal oversight agency announced last week that it would investigate whether the Department of defense had sufficient procedures to prevent “white supremacists” and other extremists from joining and remaining in the military.
Before leaving office, Chris Miller, the former acting US Secretary of defense, ordered a separate review of the policy of extremist activities in the military. Biden’s new defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, also told Congress that if confirmed, he would try to curb extremism in the military and eliminate racists. (overseas / Zhang Qi / Yu Yu)