There are 25,000 members of the US Army National Guard surrounding Capitol Hill and other treasured structures after Donald Trump invited White Nationalists and other hate groups to Washington DC. He fed their anger at 45’s supposed loss and sent them to invade the Capitol Building. There is just one problem.
Pentagon and FBI officials have been concerned about the enemy within and took on the herculean task of vetting all of them. A number of police, National Guard members, and active military troops have been discovered in previous homegrown terrorist actions.
As a result of the vetting, two members of the National Guard were removed from the inauguration security mission. Investigators discovered they had ties to “fringe, right-wing militias.” At this time, no plots against President-elect Joe Biden have been discovered.
Both a senior US intelligence official and a US Army official spoke about the issue on the condition of anonymity. The Secret Service also released a statement that read, according to The USA Today newspaper, the “operational security” prevented it from disclosing more information:
‘Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.’
The Department of Justice (DOJ) reported the arrest of the two Guard members coincided with its report that, thus far, over 100 people have been arrested for the January 6 insurrection against the US Capitol Building. Hundreds of more cases are being pursued at this time. Fortunately, the rebellion members took selfies and videos as if they were doing something good. One member shouted that Donald Trump told him to come and do this.
Six people have died as a direct result of the assault. The mob’s calls to “Hang (Vice President) Mike Pence” and “assassinate (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were chilling.
The assault and Donald Trump’s edgy mental state were the reasons for the tight security around the troops’ perimeter:
‘[The troops have been] posted on corners and blocking streets with military vehicles. With so little traffic and people in the area, many of the troops are eating breakfast or smoking as they watch passers-by.’
10WAVY reported on the vetting process. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said officials are aware of a potential threat. He said that he had instructed his commanders to watch for disparities within their ranks:
‘We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation.’
McCarthy and other military leaders went through a three-hour practice security drill. It appeared that Guard members were also being trained on how to identify “potential insider threats.”
Tom Lien’s Capitol Grounds Cafe was still open and doing a healthy business with police officers and soldiers. Lien, 49, said:
‘I feel like I’m in a movie with all the military guys. I’m sad we can’t celebrate the inauguration normally but it’s something to be able to say I was here where it all happened.’
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