‘We lost our sense of security today’: Security expert weighs in on Capitol attack

NBC12 security expert weighs in on Capitol attack

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The attack by hundreds of pro-Trump rioters at the nation’s Capitol building is one security expert Mike Jones says rivals the attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11 terrorist attacks in terms of the impact on the way the nation secures its buildings.

“We lost our sense of security today at the seat of not only the U.S. government but the most powerful seat of government in the world,” Jones said.

Jones says the work now will be gaining that sense of security back after rioters stormed the nation’s Capitol building just as Congress was set to officially certify Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

“When you attack the fabric of our democracy, that’s a dark time,” Jones said. “Our Capitol has never been attacked like this, and when you see these visions - that’s conjuring up images of a third world country.”

Though the Capitol has since been secured, Jones says the fear for law enforcement now is copycat attacks.

“Is this going to happen again? That’s part of the awareness that we need to let people know that there might be someone again that does this,” Jones said. “It is prudent to raise your level of protection until such time until you can be a little more certain about the atmosphere.”

Jones says multiple law enforcement agencies are doing just that - bolstering up security measures both visibly and covertly.

“They need to have a visible presence a little bit more, not just to deter the offender but also to assure the public,” Jones said.

Jones says that one thing is for certain, security protocols at the national Capitol will never be the same.

“Security at any type of facility is always evolving,” Jones said. “You look for traditional threats, as well as asymmetric threats...all the while that you’re playing catch up, you’re trying to get ahead of the game to figure out what’s next.”

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