Though the Senate's chances of passing legislation to establish a 9/11-style commission appear slim, the House may launch other investigations.
What should a probe look into if one were to be conducted?
To answer this question, we asked the American public in a TIPP Poll in late May, "What aspects of January 6th events should be investigated by the 9/11-style commission?"
We gave them a dozen options and the freedom to choose as many as they felt were applicable. The chart below shows the overall results.
Under The Hood
Again political affiliations were a deciding factor in the choices made by the survey participants. According to party lines, the following charts show the aspects that took the top five places.
Varying political ideology deems vastly different aspects of the Capitol attack as worthy of investigation. The top three according to the ideological groupings are:
- 32% - Role of Antifa
- 29% - Death of Ashli Babbit and the role of the Capitol Police officer who shot her
- 28% - Response by D.C. Police and U.S. Capitol Police
- 37% - Former President Trump's alleged incitement
- 30% - Lack of Capitol Hill police
- 29% - Role of Proud Boys
- 52% - Former President Trump's alleged incitement
- 31% - Lack of Capitol Hill police
- 31% - Role of Proud Boys
Where Do Things Stand?
The House approved legislation last month 252-175 to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of January 6. In the Senate, the bill received only 54 votes, falling short of the 60 required for cloture.
Some have proposed lowering the Senate's cloture rule threshold from 60 members to a simple majority of 51 votes.
In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her hope that the commission would be approved but added, "If not, we will be prepared to seek and find the truth of the assault on the Capitol."
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a second vote after releasing a Senate report on Tuesday. The bipartisan Senate committee investigation released its findings, but it is unlikely to be the last word on the issue.
Americans back the investigations not merely for the sake of one. It stems from a genuine desire to ensure that such events do not become the norm.
The concept of August American democracy has suffered a setback. A partisan witch hunt would exacerbate the situation and further polarize the country. Our elected representatives must make a concerted effort to unify the country.
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- He blamed the U.S. administrations that supported the Tigray People's Liberation Movement (TPLF) for the last 20 years for the current conflict in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region and that blaming Eritrea for the fighting was unfounded.
- The TPLF led the coalition that ruled Ethiopia for nearly 30 years until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rose to power in 2018. He alienated the TPLF by making peace with long-time foes Eritrea as soon as he took office.
- Last November, Abiy sent troops into the region to detain and disarm the TPLF leaders, saying it was in response to the group's attacks on federal army camps.
- Though he promised military operations would be brief, nearly seven months later, fighting continues, reports of atrocities are increasing, and world leaders warn of a humanitarian catastrophe.
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- In Egypt, rights groups have documented hundreds of detentions -- and at least 20 deportations -- of Uyghurs, in 2017, the majority of them students at the prestigious Islamic University of Al-Azhar.
- A Human Rights Watch report released in April said China had tracked down hundreds of Uyghurs across the globe, forcing them to return and face persecution. In many cases, "it is impossible to find out what has happened" to them, the report said.
- As Beijing's global influence expands, rights activists fear that countries in the Middle East and beyond will increasingly be willing to consent to its crackdown on members of the ethnic group at home and abroad.
- The families of the deported fear their loved ones have ended up among the estimated 2 million Uyghurs sent to internment camps in Xinjiang in recent years.
- For some Uyghurs, the extraditions from Muslim countries will be especially galling, shattering notions of Islamic solidarity and deepening feelings of isolation on a world stage where China's power has grown rapidly.
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- The UN court upheld the life sentence for his role in the killing of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
- The massacre, which occurred in an enclave supposed to be under UN protection, was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.
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- It is not yet clear where Mladic will serve the rest of his sentence.
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