The FBI anticipates threats from inside for Biden-Harris inauguration day. The rehearsals for inauguration slated for Sunday are postponed as security concerns rise after the Capitol attack.
While Trump plans a military-style farewell, his supporters and a number of officials have been involved in violence to threaten the new government in power.
FBI warns about the anticipated protests in 50 states. From Homeland security to lawmakers, everyone is alarmed about threats around the inauguration. After the Capitol attack last week, the National Guard has tightened the security and locked down the complex in Washington.
The federal buildings and other public officials are the targets in the days leading to presidential Inauguration. The rising violence entailed the cancellation of the future president’s Amtrak trip to Washington, slated for Monday.
The National Guard has increased security around all federal buildings and expects to deploy 20,000 troops in the light of possible attacks on Jan 20, the Inauguration Day.
The President elect’s team has brought on a former Homeland security advisor, Lisa Monaco, to look after the security. She has been a security advisor in the Obama administration. The team requests her to become a temporary advisor on security surrounding the inauguration.
Joe Biden nominated Monaco to serve as deputy attorney general, but all nomination activities have been paused to pay attention to the matters at hand regarding the inauguration security measures. All modes of transportation from airport to car services will follow stringent security checks to prevent any terror attacks from extremists to come into effect.
The House Oversight Committee sent letters to 27 transportation and lodging companies on Friday. These companies include notable car rental services like Hertz and Avis to renowned hotel chains like Hyatt and Marriott. The Committee asked them to implement “screening measures” to ensure their services aren’t a part of domestic terrorist plots around the inauguration.
On Wednesday, Biden received a briefing from the Secret Service, FBI, and national security officials regarding the threats. The FBI is chasing thousands of leads to prosecute mobs and others involved in the US Capitol riot and to prevent future attacks.
Investigation about the involvement of current law enforcement officials in Capitol attacks continues. The number keeps growing as authorities suspect conspirators on the inside.
All 50 states and DC are on high alert and prepare for possible attacks while strengthening security ahead of the inaugural. All major government buildings have improved fencing and security deployed in large numbers blocked all important points of entries and exits.
A New York Times bulletin by the FBI warns about violence and criminal activities directed towards public property, law enforcement officials, and bystanders around the White House and the National Mall.
On Friday, The National Park Service announced The National Mall will be closed on Inauguration Day due to rising security threats. The temporary public closure started Friday morning and is expected to last till Thursday, January 21, post the inauguration day. In addition to this, the NPS said protests will be allowed in designated locations, but with those having permits.