A guard spokesman declined to say whether law enforcement officers introduced the threat of improvised explosive devices to units in the Capitol.
Spokesperson Tracy O’Grady Walsh (Tracy O’Grady Walsh) said: “Our main goal is to provide support to local authorities.” He pointed out that during the inauguration, the task of the guard is to provide local The authorities provide crowd management, traffic control, parking coordination, and medical and logistical support. “The safety of the public is our top priority.”
At the request of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department and other civil affairs departments, as many as 20,000 guards will be deployed near Washington, DC in the next few days. On Tuesday night, hundreds of armed guards deployed to the Capitol in front of members of Congress to begin the second round of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
People familiar with the matter said that it is not yet clear whether the National Guard is prepared to respond to a potential improvised explosive device, and that some people are disturbed by the information about the potential improvised explosive device.
“The most important factor in defeating IEDs is knowing what to look for, knowing where to look and knowing how to quickly dissolve them or mark them as ultimate destruction,” said retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, noting that IED training mainly involves “The early reconnaissance of expected routes by drones, engineers and scouts, the use of intelligence to map and predict the placement of IEDs that may cause the greatest damage or destruction, and network interference.”
An unclassified intelligence bulletin collected by the United States Secret Service (POLITICO) warned that at least one right-wing extremist organization, Patriot Actions for America, will “organize and encourage violent demonstrations” in the Capitol on January 16. .
The announcement mainly relied on open source information from social media and was originally reported by The Daily Beast. According to the announcement, the law enforcement agency also tracked the “million militia marches” planned by two other groups for the inauguration day itself, and warned that although civil disobedience has not yet been confirmed, the organizers still encourage participants to use publicity materials on the event. Use weapon images to carry weapons. The organization claims that they will not attack, but will defend. ”
President-elect Biden introduced on Wednesday by senior FBI and Secret Service officials about the threats surrounding the inauguration, and will continue to receive daily briefings on “security and operational preparations to ensure a smooth transition,” Biden’s transition team said A statement said:.
The statement said that Biden’s national security team “is working with the current government to obtain as much information as possible about the threat landscape and preparations to prevent and defend against violent sabotage or attacks.”