The US is deploying twice as many troops to Washington, DC, for the Inauguration as it currently has stationed in all of Iraq and Afghanistan… COMBINED
Downtown Washington DC is on one of its strictest lockdowns yet, with streets blocked off by concrete barriers and businesses boarded up all around. The usual tourists have been placed by a heavy police presence, and an even greatest presence from the National Guard.
In fact, with around 20,000 troops expected by Inauguration Day, the US is set to have twice as many troops deployed to its capital city as it currently has stationed in all of Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only will those troops be armed, but the Army Secretary has confirmed that they will be authorized to use lethal force against any the public, saying the move was requested by federal authorities.
But despite all of the precautions that are now being taken, the director of the FBI says his agency remains concerned that there are still planned attacks, based on comments they have seen online.
There are also concerns about whether the US Military is doing enough to root out extremism and activism within its own organization. The Pentagon has confirmed that it is set to launch an investigation into just that, and in a statement, it said the goal is “To determine the extent to which the [Department of Defense] and the Military Services have implemented policy and procedures that prohibit active advocacy and active participation related to supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or causes by active duty military personnel.”
There are still endless questions surrounding exactly what happened at the US Capitol last week — and prosecutors are now claiming that the actual goal of the rioters was “to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.” Lawyers for the infamous “QANON Shaman” or the guy with the horns who led the riots, are now calling on President Trump to pardon him, claiming he was simply “answering the call of the president.”
While the president has yet to answer that call — he has said he will consent to a peaceful transition of power — as the nation’s capital is flooded with troops to ensure it will happen by force.