A Year After the Capitol Insurrection, the Threat is Coming from Inside the Building | Michael C. Dorf | Verdict


The one-year anniversary of the January 6 Capitol Insurrection understandably has inspired numerous reflections on the meaning and consequences of that fateful day. But neither can be fully known yet. Everything depends on what comes next. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC) killed six people and injured over a thousand, but on its one-year anniversary the event was mostly regarded as a one-off. Only after the attacks of September 11, 2001, did the 1993 explosion come to be understood as a deadly and unheeded warning.

Will history likewise repeat and intensify with respect to the assault on American democracy? The WTC attacks are instructive. Even knowing that jihadists were targeting the WTC, U.S. counter-terrorism officials missed the signs that the next attack would use hijacked airplanes rather than a truck bomb. So too, the next assault on…

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