Yon, a former member of U.S. special forces who were at the Capitol protests himself, said that in the areas he was in near the Capitol, there was no actual security on Jan. 6.
“There was no real security at all, really. It was like a straight shot, like Atlanta airport, with lights telling you where to land,” Yon said. “It was a clear shot to the Capitol. Where was the security on a day like this? It was unbelievable.”
Yon said that loss of security looked like an offer to proceed to charge the Capitol.
“They had taken down the barriers, which were nothing, they were like the snow fence—you know, the plastic ones that you can unfurl—so those were nothing. I mean, literally, a child can take them down,” he said during an interview with Jan Jekielek’s “American Thought Leaders.”
He said he believes the invasion of the Capitol was inspired by some typical crowd control techniques, though he didn’t say if the tactics were purposely used or not.
He recounted that some people started the 15-20 minute walk towards the Capitol building before President Donald Trump had ended his speech.
At that point, Yon decided to take an Uber to a place 400 meters away from the Capitol.
Right after he got out of the ride, “one guy’s already gassed. And he’s, you know, he said that he had just been tear-gassed.” He added that, according to an image from before, somebody had been shot in the cheek “maybe with a pepper ball.”
“But then I saw people directing traffic,” he recounted. “‘Follow me, we’re going this way, we’re going to take our house back,’ that sort of thing.”
Yon saw a lot of people, some with megaphones, supporting the crowds to move forward. He said that some of these people directing traffic were likely to have been agent provocateurs, explaining that it’s an old method.
“Basically, you can take somebody else’s crowd and make it do what you want it to do. Or you can take your own crowd and make it do what you want it to do,” he explained.
A small group of rioters and protesters swarmed the Capitol on Jan. 6—the same day Congress was counting the electoral votes and certifying former Vice President Joe Biden as the president-elect—while tens of thousands of Trump advocates were assembling in Washington to call for election integrity.
Trump had asked supporters assembled next to the White House for his speech to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the planned gathering at the Capitol.