The authorities are preparing to increase personnel to help ensure the safety of the country’s capital in the coming days. An official from the Department of Homeland Security told CNN that violations of the Capitol will exacerbate the inauguration response and plans.
Speaking of the violence last week, the official said: “Now that something has happened, people will take it more seriously.” “Now, planners will take it more seriously.”
At the request of the Capitol Police, the Department of Homeland Security helped install the fence, and the fence was seen rising around Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Officials at the Pentagon are assessing whether it is necessary to strengthen the number of National Guard troops as many as 1
After the pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol, more than 6,000 members have been mobilized, working in shifts every 12 hours on the grounds of the Capitol and working at traffic control points throughout the city.
At the state level, security officials have been working closely with federal partners to prepare to increase online chat, calling for protests in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. A state law enforcement official who has direct knowledge of the dialogue between federal and state partners said.
“Trump will be sworn in for a second term on January 20!” said a commentator on thedonald.win, the pro-Trump online forum on Thursday, the second day of the siege. “We must not let the Communist Party win. Even if we must burn the direct current.”
District Council seeks additional assistance
In response to the security breach in the Capitol on Wednesday, the authorities arrested dozens of people related to the unrest after arresting pro-Trump mobs through roadblocks, beating police officers and smashing windows.
Supporters of the president protested Trump’s election defeat in Washington, DC, in response to Trump and his agents urging his supporters to fight the ceremonial election vote that confirmed Biden’s victory.
Brian Harrell, the former Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Protection of the Department of Homeland Security, said: “Law enforcement has made insufficient preparations for the entire country to know about the upcoming event, and this event is a signal that POTUS has been sending for weeks. “There is almost no ordinary’safety layer’, and each inner layer is difficult to destroy. What is shocking is that in the world after 9/11, we have witnessed the’people’s house’ being easily destroyed and Looted.”
He said that the security layer, standoff distance and stand-by tactical teams will be used to minimize violence near the inauguration, adding that the biggest concern should be active shooting scenarios, vehicle collisions and deliberate targeting of critical infrastructure.
In light of the events this week, Bowser asked the Trump administration to issue an emergency statement for Washington, DC, and called on the Department of Homeland Security to expand preparations. She wrote in a letter to Trump on Sunday that intelligence suggests that further violence may occur during her inauguration.
Bowser said in an interview with CBS “Face the Country” on Sunday: “I will tell you that given the events of last week, the inauguration must be different from other inauguration ceremonies.”
In a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolfe, the Mayor requested the Department of Homeland Security to extend the period of “Special National Security Incidents” from January 11 to 24-extending the original plan from January 19 Until the 21st.
The opening ceremony was designated as a “special national security incident”, which can provide more federal security cooperation and law enforcement resources.
In addition, Bowser also asked Wolfe to ask the Department of Homeland Security to cooperate with the Department of Defense, Congress and the Supreme Court to establish a safe zone around federal property with federal forces to release the energy of the local Metropolitan Police Department and focus on its normal city duties. .
Bowser added that DC will regularly collaborate with federal partners for intelligence sharing, but will work to improve this relationship before the inauguration.
The second chief of the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, said Wednesday’s violence would be “an incident” and assured Americans that the inauguration day would be safe.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, he said: “You will see that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice will also take immediate improvement actions and take a completely radical stance because we do not accept violence from anyone. .”
On Wednesday, the Capitol Police asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional law enforcement assistance, but by the time the request was made, “it was too close when everything started to heat up,” Cuccinelli said.
More threats of violence
Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks and fights back against hatred, said white supremacists and far-right extremists are timid at this moment. “We fully hope that this violent behavior may worsen before it gets better.”
A former Department of Homeland Security official told CNN that from an extremist perspective, the purpose of an attack like last week does not necessarily have to destroy the Capitol. “This shows that relatively few people can actually take over the system. This should cause a rally call-‘Join us, otherwise you are now the enemy.'”
The former official pointed to images of members of the white power movement in the crowd during the onslaught of the Capitol and added that they used election protests for their own purposes.
The former official said: “Because of the moment that happened on Wednesday, we may start to see a lot of people die, so we are very, very worried about the cascade effect.” “This is a very worrying moment.”
Protests across the country
Outside of Washington, DC, local authorities must also respond to threats and growing security needs.
According to CNN subsidiary KGTV, about an hour and a half after pro-Trump and opposition protesters gathered near the beach, an illegal rally was announced.
A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety said that on the same day the Washington DC was besieged, the buildings and grounds of the Texas State Capitol were closed to the public “out of caution.” After creating the “Occupy Texas State Capitol” campaign on Facebook, protesters entered the Capitol.
Washington State Democratic Governor Jay Insley announced on Friday that he will mobilize up to 750 National Guards to provide security for the state legislative session that begins on Monday.
Insley said in a written statement: “The actions we saw earlier this week in Washington, DC and Olympia are completely unacceptable and will not happen again in our state.”
Protesters occupied the steps of the state capitol building on Wednesday. Dozens of people broke into the periphery of the governor’s residence and were then retreated peacefully by the state police.
Insley said Friday night: “In light of the recent insurgency, the state cannot tolerate any behavior that may cause damage, confusion or interruption of the functioning of democratic institutions.” In addition to the guards, the governor said: “There will be a large number of Washington State patrols. The police officer is there.”
New Jersey law enforcement officials said that in New Jersey, state homeland security officials are tracking the activities planned for January 17 and January 20, as well as “a few one-off protests, and we are still determining credibility.” Safety efforts.
The official said: “Some online comments call for protests in all 50 capitols plus Washington, DC.” “Especially the FBI has been continuing to conduct threat assessments, and we are also at the state level.”
The official said: “I think the District of Columbia is preparing for large-scale protests and potential violence.” He added that the briefing received by state officials outlines a wider range of prevention and response measures to try Decrease happened again last Wednesday.
CNN’s Pervaiz Shallwani, Patricia DiCarlo, Mark Morales, Nicky Robertson, Barbara Starr, Curt Devine, Kay Jones and Andy Rose contributed to this report.