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January 6 @ 12:00 pm
Julie Farnam in conversation with Robin Peguero
discussing the newly published book
Domestic Darkness: An Insider’s Account of the January 6th Insurrection, and the Future of Right-Wing Extremism
By Julie Farnam
Published by IG Publishing
After being named Assistant Director of Intelligence for the Capitol Police just days before the 2020 election, Julie Farnam warned its leadership of the upcoming insurrection, sharing that “Congress itself is the target on the 6th.” Tragically, her warnings were ignored.
Domestic Darkness takes us inside the explosive events of January 6, 2021, revealing how the Capitol Police disregarded intelligence about the right-wing extremists who would seize the Capitol on that fateful day.
In addition to offering a harrowing view of what it was like on the ground, watching the violence unfold and knowing it could have been prevented, Domestic Darkness also examines the specific groups and ideologies, such as the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, QAnon, and white supremacists, who were central to the events of January 6th and who, emboldened by Trump and other right-wing leaders, continue to be a threat to our democracy. The book will also explore what happened within the Capitol Police in the wake of the insurrection, and how to address the dangers to upcoming elections from domestic terrorism.
With the 2024 presidential election just around the corner, we need to look at the lessons January 6th taught us to ensure something like that never happens again.
“Domestic Darkness is an alarming and thoroughly captivating explanation of how and why the January 6, 2001, breach of the U.S. Capitol materialized. As Assistant Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Capitol Police on that fateful day, Julie Farnam watched in horror as the tragic events unfolded at the Capitol in spite of her analysis and warnings of impending disaster. Ms. Farnam has performed an important public service with her first-hand account of what is at stake when strategic warning, the process of alerting senior leaders to the emergence of real and serious threats requiring a decision, are not made and acted upon in time. Domestic Darkness is a book that belongs in the library of serious homeland security practitioners.”—William J. Walker, Sergeant at Arms, U.S. House of Representatives, on January 6, 2021
Julie Farnam served as the Assistant Director of Intelligence for the United States Capitol Police during one of the most tumultuous periods in this country’s history. During her time there, she oversaw the identification and vetting of nearly 20,000 threats against members of Congress, most of which were made by U.S. citizens who adhered to extremist ideologies. She also warned of the potential for violence on January 6, 2021. Prior to joining the Capitol Police, Farnam served with the Department of Homeland Security for over fifteen years. She holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She is the author of the book, U.S. Immigration Laws Under the Threat of Terrorism. She makes her home in Arlington, Virginia, with her family
Robin Peguero joined the historic Select Committee Investigating the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol as an investigative counsel, leading interviews of witnesses, from former Cabinet secretaries to leadership within Secret Service; co-leading on of the blockbuster summer hearings on President Trump’s attempts at corrupting the Department of Justice; and, for the final report, writing the chapter on President Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction during the attack and appendices on the day’s intelligence failures and delayed response by the National Guard. He now serves as Chief of Staff to a member of Congress, Hon. Glenn Ivey.
This event made possible by support from the City Lights Foundation. To learn more visit: https://citylights.com/foundation/