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    Michael Ellis, the recently installed general counsel at the National Security Agency, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday because his appointment is now the subject of an investigation by the Defense Department Inspector General, according to two sources familiar with the matter. There is also a separate allegation that he mishandled classified information. Last week, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller directed that the position be filled by Ellis, a last-minute move that quickly sparked criticism from Democrats.  "I think it's very clear this is part of the administration's effort to embed people in the civil service who are political and partisan actors who don't belong there," said Representative Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, on "Face the Nation" on Sunday.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday denounced the hire in a letter to Christopher Miller, the acting Defense Secretary under former President Trump. Pelosi cited reports...
    Security fencing placed around the U.S. Capitol in the wake of a riotous breach earlier this month began to slowly come down Wednesday evening. The unclimbable, barbed wire barricades, along with tens of thousands of National Guard troops stationed in Washington, D.C., have made the nation's capital city look more like a warzone than the seat of democracy in recent days.  The fencing and troops were added ahead of President Biden’s inauguration Wednesday – a day that always has heightened security every four years – to stave off the possibility of further violence following the Jan. 6 insurrection. HOW LONG WILL DC REMAIN LOCKED DOWN, NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS STAY AFTER BIDEN INAUGURATION? Riot fencing and razor wire reinforce the security zone on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday. (Associated Press) Once the inauguration celebration at the Lincoln...
    WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS/WJZ) — The Senate voted to confirm Avril Haines to be the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday evening, making her the first of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees to be confirmed. Haines was approved by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 84 to 10. The Senate adjourned for the night after confirming Haines and will reconvene at noon on Thursday. Haines has a long career in government service and ties to Baltimore City. Avril Haines, Former Baltimore Bookstore Owner, Among President-Elect Biden’s Cabinet Position Picks Before studying law, Haines came to Baltimore to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Johns Hopkins University. While in Baltimore, Haines and her now-husband bought a vacant bar on South Broadway in Fells Point and turned it into a bookstore and cafe called Adrian’s Book Cafe. They sold interesting and unusual books, some by local authors, and held readings and events. Haines was...
    (CNN)As crews in Washington, DC, started dismantling some security fencing within hours of President Joe Biden's inauguration, it remained clear that security in the nation's capital will likely never return to its pre-insurrection form. It's unclear what security changes, if any, made across Washington in preparation for the inauguration will remain permanent, or to what degree President Joe Biden's upcoming address to a joint session of Congress and potential impeachment proceedings will be considered in security planning.   Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, has said the US Capitol complex "will never be the same." Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday that there would be a "new posture" in the district, but also noted she didn't want "fences and armed troops in our city any longer than they need to be." In a tweet Wednesday, the mayor's chief of staff said crews will begin breaking down fencing on major...
    An Obama-era deputy national security adviser painted Trump supporters as an "issue of Homeland Security" and called for government and Big Tech to regulate information on social media in a televised interview Wednesday afternoon. "It’s going to take many years to detox the disinformation, the lies, the hate that has been spread," Ben Rhodes told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. "A whole segment of the American population has been radicalized over what’s happened the last four years, and by the fact that Donald Trump is no longer there – they can no longer see Donald Trump representing their grievances in the highest office." He said the result would be "a lot of work" for national security officials. "I think from a policy perspective, Nicolle, there are big questions about the future of social media in this country, whether or not someone has to step in and regulate these platforms so that...
    Now that the President Joe Bidens inauguration has come and gone without incident in a peaceful transition of power, the status of the ongoing National Special Security Event now becomes a question mark, Fox News reported. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Peter Gaynor oversaw the NSSE event, teaming with Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske, who Gaynor said in a statement, per Fox News, "are committed to ensuring the departments focus remains on securing the homeland while overseeing an orderly transition to the new administration." "It has been my honor to lead the men & women safeguarding our country as the acting Secretary of DHS," Gaynor said in a statement. The uptick in security was requested by Congress and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania departed the White House peacefully Wednesday morning and President Biden and...
    The White House named nearly two-dozen interim agency heads on Wednesday who will be charged with running the government until President Joe Biden’s cabinet designees are confirmed by the United States Senate. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Joe Biden waves after being sworn in during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) The leadership team will “assist in the next phase of the transition of government,” a senior White House official said in a statement. “These individuals, nearly all of whom are career civil servants, will temporarily lead federal agencies while Cabinet nominees continue moving through the confirmation process.” (RELATED: Here’s The Moment President Biden Took The Oath Of Office) See the full list of interim agency leads below: ...
    Neither Homeland Security nor the FBI, both agencies in charge of spearheading the special security event in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, immediately made announcements Wednesday after Biden was sworn in outside the U.S. Capitol regarding how long a heightened militarized presence would remain in the downtown area now that the ceremony has ended. An official with the Department of Defense declined to comment on the matter, referring Fox News to Homeland Security or the FBI to disclose information about lowering the security presence.   DC INAUGURATION SECURITY AT CAPITOL INCLUDES NATIONAL GUARD MEDICS TRAINED IN 'BATTLEFIELD TRAUMA,' EXPLOSIVES  More than 25,000 National Guard members from all 50 states, three territories, and Washington, D.C., were supporting federal and district authorities at the 59th presidential inauguration Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the National Guard Bureau.  Homeland Security was working with all of its 200 partners, including National Guard...
    The Chinese foreign ministry said 'some anti-China politicians in the United States' had disrupted the countries' relations. China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Donald Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo; national security adviser, Robert O'Brien; and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. Others covered by the sanctions include Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top diplomat for Asia, David Stilwell; health and human services secretary, Alex Azar; along with former national security adviser John Bolton and strategist Stephen Bannon. The sanctions are largely symbolic but underscore Beijing's antipathy toward a U.S. administration it regarded as hostile.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troops in riot gear lined the streets of the nation’s capitol, but there were no crowds. Armored vehicles and concrete barriers blocked the empty streets around the U.S. Capitol. From behind miles of fencing, Joe Biden was safely sworn in as president in a Washington on edge, two weeks after pro-Trump rioters besieged the U.S. Capitol. Law enforcement officials contended not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack. Officials were monitoring members of far-right extremist and militia groups, increasingly concerned about the possibility such groups could stream into Washington and spark violent confrontations, a law enforcement official said. There were a few scattered arrests, but no serious disruptions in the city during Biden’s inauguration ceremony. As Biden put it in his address: “Just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of...
    Two protests scheduled to take place inside the security perimeter near the National Mall were nixed ahead of Inauguration Day, and instead, one demonstration was granted permission to go forth in front of Union Station.  Working Families Party/DC Action Lab held a small protest Wednesday to "call on President Biden to hold more progressive policies."  CAPITOL POLICE OFFICER EUGENE GOODMAN, HERO DURING RIOTS, ESCORTS KAMALA HARRIS DURING INAUGURATION Instead of speeches and a large gathering, the organization was allowed to erect an LED screen showing a 24-hour video on loop with accompanying sound featuring a message bearing images and speeches. Only five participants would actually be on-site and an unarmed security guard was assigned to provide overnight security prior to the event, according to the public gathering permit issued by the National Park Service and obtained by Fox News.  The protest near Columbus Circle, in front of Union Station, was not in the secure...
    U.S. National Guard troops, many wearing combat fatigues and some carrying weapons, are lining the streets of Washington as the United States prepares to swear in the country’s 46th president.     In all, about 25,000 of the part-time troops from all 50 states, backed by a heavy police presence, have been called to duty in what has become an unprecedented show of force, meant to bolster security and repel possible violence by extremists unhappy with the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.   “This is a deterrent,” one official told VOA early Wednesday, hours before President-elect Joe Biden was set to take the oath of office.   For days, security officials have been warning of what they described as “concerning chatter” on social media, with suspected domestic extremists threatening members of Congress, or even calling for a repeat of the January 6 riot and siege of the U.S. Capitol...
    More than 25,000 National Guard members from all 50 states, three territories and Washington, D.C., are supporting federal and district authorities at the 59th presidential inauguration Wednesday, according to the latest figures from the National Guard Bureau. As the nation prepares to inaugurate a new president, combat medic specialists within the Pennsylvania National Guard have been working to ensure the well-being of soldiers providing support for the event, the Department of Defense said. Medic specialists "focus on morale and are trained and capable of responding to major battlefield trauma to include mass casualty incidents, gunshot wounds and improvised explosive devices," according to the Pentagon. INAUGURATION SECURITY AROUND US CAPITOL TIGHTENS AS HUNT FOR DC PIPE BOMB SUSPECT CONTINUES The threat of explosives in the downtown region of the city remains high, as officials continue to search for the suspect who left pipe bombs at both the Republican and...
    Reuters January 20, 2021 0 Comments Washington braced for a tense inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, amid overwhelming security measures including over 25,000 National Guard troops and a shuttered National Mall devoid of spectators to the quadrennial ritual. Security analysts said the unprecedented precautions would protect Biden’s 12:00 noon EST (1700 GMT) oath of office from a major planned assault, like the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, leaving five people dead. Few signs of an organized plot to disrupt the inauguration have emerged, security experts say, but the threat of “lone wolf” attacks, or violence carried out by radicalized individuals, was still still a concern, particularly at state capitals. Dennis Pluchinsky, a former State Department terrorism analyst, said some right wing protesters may rally outside Washington’s fenced-off central security zone or cause violence there, in a bid to tarnish Biden’s message of reuniting...
    Washington braced for a tense inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, amid overwhelming security measures including over 25,000 National Guard troops and a shuttered National Mall devoid of spectators to the quadrennial ritual. Security analysts said the unprecedented precautions would protect Bidens 12:00 noon EST oath of office from a major planned assault, like the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, leaving five people dead. Few signs of an organized plot to disrupt the inauguration have emerged, security experts say, but the threat of "lone wolf" attacks, or violence carried out by radicalized individuals, was still still a concern, particularly at state capitals. Dennis Pluchinsky, a former State Department terrorism analyst, said some right wing protesters may rally outside Washingtons fenced-off central security zone or cause violence there, in a bid to tarnish Bidens message of reuniting the nation. But their disruption shouldnt mar the ceremony....
    (CNN)The US Capitol in Washington, DC, and state capitols across the country are under tight security on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be inaugurated.After a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol two weeks ago, the FBI warned of possible armed protests at the Capitol and all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to and including inauguration.The warning has led to a massive security presence in DC. About 25,000 National Guard members are present and much of the area around the National Mall and Capitol are inaccessible to the public. States, too, have bolstered their defenses by setting up fences and barriers, boarding up windows, and calling in the National Guard.Armed demonstrators gather at Virginia state Capitol as states stay tight on security ahead of inaugurationSo far, the large security efforts have dwarfed the protests that materialized. But the tensions remain high.On Sunday, small gatherings of protesters,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Washington, D.C. remains under tight security after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Defense officials are reassuring the nation that the forces providing security for the inauguration are vetted to ensure they don’t have ties to extremist groups. The National Guard is facing increased scrutiny this week ahead of the most protected inauguration in U.S. history. And now, we’re getting more information about the National Guards members removed for security reasons. At least 12 army National Guard members are no longer part of Wednesday’s inauguration security detail in Washington, D.C. The moves coming less than 24 hours before Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States. “We’re out of an abundance of caution taking action and immediately removing them from the line of duty at the Capitol and the events taking place,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve U.S. National Guard members have been removed from securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after vetting by the FBI, including two who made extremist statements in posts or texts about the Wednesday event, Pentagon officials said. There were no specific threats to Biden. Two other U.S. officials told The Associated Press that all 12 were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online. The officials, a senior intelligence official and an Army official briefed on the matter, did not say which fringe groups the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity. The officials told the AP they had all been removed because of “security liabilities.” Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard, confirmed that Guard members had been removed and sent...
    National security, department attached to the Cabinet of the Presidency, promptly notified the Government of Pedro Sanchez of the risks of the new strains, identified in Brazil and South Africa, and before in UK, and also reported that other countries were moving to avoid its effects, for example, with the cancellation of flights. The Executive refuses to suspend the arrival of travelers, as requested by the Community of Madrid. The new strains worry researchers because of doubts about their possible greater contagion capacity or even neutralize antibodies, which would pose problems with immunity. Although the works are preliminary, and there are contradictory versions, the risk is a possibility, experts have argued. The appearance of these strains – together with other factors – is also linked to the runaway infections in some countries, registered in recent weeks. National Security prepares its daily summary reports of the coronavirus situation. In addition to...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester on the safety of the inaugural events One of the co-chairs of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which has been planning since Election Day for Wednesday’s historic occasion in D.C., is assuring Americans that the events will proceed in a safe manner. “We are very, very confident about the security measures,” Delaware Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester told WTOP. Some 25,000 members of the National Guard are in D.C. as part of security measures following the Capitol riot earlier this month. And while the military routinely reviews service members for extremist connections, the FBI is doing additional screening on top of any previous monitoring, The Associated Press reported. Twelve Army National Guard members have been removed from inauguration duty, as part of the security vetting process initiated. The Washington Post also reported that members of the conspiracy...
    VIDEO3:4403:44Former DHS Sec. Napolitano on the rise of right-wing extremism in the U.S.The News with Shepard Smith Former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was "incited" by President Donald Trump, and criticized him for fueling the "Big Lie" that the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him. "He hasn't said what would be the most helpful, which is, that he lost the election fair and square, and that  it is time for the peaceful transition of power as is the great tradition of our country," said Yellen, who was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.  "...He hasn't recognized that some of this violence is fueled by what is known as the 'Big Lie' and he is the chief proponent of that." An internal Homeland Security report leaked in 2009 warned that right-wing extremism...
    At least two members of the U.S. Army National Guard have been removed after the FBI’s vetting of the estimated 25,000 troops deployed in Washington, DC, to secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The members are alleged to have ties to “right-wing militia groups,” unnamed U.S. Army officials told the Associated Press (AP). The massive law enforcement deployment in the nation’s capital, which includes thousands more personnel with the D.C. Metropolitan Police, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the U.S. Park Police, comes after the January 6 incursion in the U.S. Capitol after Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters at the White House. The AP also reported no credible threat has been identified: Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in a statement Monday that vetting of National Guard troops continues and that the Pentagon has found no intelligence so far that would indicate an insider...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Guard, the part-time military service providing security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, has removed 12 members from security duty for the event, military officials announced Tuesday. The move underscored authorities’ resolve to secure the quadrennial ceremony amid concern over violence following the deadly January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by militant supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump. Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters that 10 of the 12 Guardsmen were removed for “questionable behavior” unrelated to extremism that was uncovered by the FBI during its vetting of all 25,000 Guardsmen deployed in the Washington area for Wednesday’s inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The two others were pulled off duty after making “inappropriate” comments or texts, Hoffman said, without specifying their nature. National Guard troops reinforce the security zone on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2021, before President-elect...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is less than 24 hours away. Minnesotans are playing a key role in the ceremony and keeping everyone safe. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of two senators in charge of planning the inauguration, and 850 Minnesota National Guard troops are on duty right now in the nation’s capitol. As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, Klobuchar is one of two senators along with Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in charge of organizing the inauguration. She says the Secret Service is in charge of security. “We are allowing the Secret Service to make the decisions about security right now. Everything is on schedule,” she said. Klobuchar will speak briefly at the ceremony and will also introduce Supreme Court Justices and the newly inaugurated president. The ceremony will take place exactly two weeks after and in one of the...
    Twelve members of the United States Army National Guard were removed from the contingent that will be in charge of security during Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony as president, due to ties with far-right militias, official sources reported. They clarified that there is no threat against Biden. The information was supplied by an Army source and an intelligence official, who asked not to be identified due to the Department of Defense regulations on statements to the press. The sources did not detail in which unit the individuals are serving, or what far-right militia they belonged to. The decision comes as the FBI is vetting all 25,000 National Guard personnel who will protect Wednesday’s ceremony. The US authorities have mentioned the possibility of an internal threat, following the assault on the Capitol launched on January 6 by fanatical supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in...
    On the eve of their inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris honored the lives of the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with an event Tuesday in Washington.  "To heal, we must remember. It's hard sometimes to remember, but that's how we heal," Biden said, speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial after sunset, as 400 lights were illuminated along the Reflecting Pool. The memorial is located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol building where Biden and Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday.  "It's important to do that as a nation — that's why we're here today. From sunset until dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all who we lost," he said.  President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said. The officials, a senior intelligence official and an Army official briefed on the matter, did not say which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Their removal from the massive security presence at the nation’s capital comes as the FBI worked to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops headed to the area for Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. U.S. defense officials have been worried about a potential insider attack or other threat from service members following the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet says he is confident the inauguration will proceed without incident. Bennet says one of his daughters will join him at the swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS) “The United State Capitol has become an armed camp. We have 25,000 National Guard (members). If you look out my window, they’re streaming up and down streets here. A lot people say looks like Baghdad. I have no doubt that we’ll get through the ceremony well. I know Joe Biden is going to give a speech that seeks to unify the country and that’s work need start doing right now,” he said. WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 19: National Guard troops block traffic near the U.S. Capitol on January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of National Guard troops were deployed as additional security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration following the January 6...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — More than 20,000 National Guard troops are helping to secure the U.S. Capitol ahead of the presidential inauguration. The Maryland National Guard is among those who have a crucial component in ensuring the peaceful transfer of power. “Things will be secure tomorrow,” Maryland National Guard Cpt. Brandon Cassidy said. “I’m very confident. I don’t know the future, but what I can tell you is a whole lot of planning has gone into this.” With just hours until the presidential inauguration, Washington D.C. is on high alert. The entire capitol complex is blocked off behind barbed wire and armed members of the military. “Just making sure nothing too crazy happens in case Capitol Police or any law enforcement needs our help we are here,” Maryland National Guard Spc. Matthew Angell said. PHOTOS: Security Heightened In Washington, DC Ahead Of Inauguration Inauguration Security Setup 1 1.19.21Security is heightened in...
    Of the 12 soldiers removed, two were for “inappropriate comments or texts”, the commander of the National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson told reporters, refusing to specify the nature of these comments. The checks were decided after police and plainclothes military participated in the violent assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump on January 6. The authorities fear an infiltration of extremists within the forces responsible for securing the swearing-in of the new president of the United States on Wednesday. The two soldiers whose comments were deemed “inappropriate” were already in Washington when they were reported to National Guard Command, one by a superior and the other by an anonymous source, General Hokanson said. . They were sent home. In the case of the 10 other soldiers removed from the security apparatus, the decision “has nothing to do with the events taking place on the Capitol...
    Chief of the National Guard Bureau announced Tuesday that 12 Guardsmen have been removed from the U.S. capital ahead of the presidential inauguration, in part because of suspected far-right extremist ties.  Gen. Daniel Hokanson told reporters that at least two of the security officials deployed to protect the presidential inauguration were removed from duty because of "inappropriate comments or texts." One of the Guardsman was reportedly flagged through the chain of command, while another individual was identified through an anonymous tip on a law enforcement tip-line. PELOSI URGES PENTAGON TO BLOCK 'TRUMP LOYALIST' FROM NATIONAL SECURITY ROLE BEFORE BIDEN'S INAUGURATION Hokanson did not explain what constituted "inappropriate" language, but said the removal of 12 Guardsmen was "out of an abundance of caution."   "We've had 12 identified and some of those, they're just looking into,"Hokanson said Tuesday, adding that their questionable behavior could be completely unrelated to extremist connections.  "But we want...
    Republicans were adamant in 2017 that Trump's national security team be ready to go on 'day one.' For Biden? Not so much. President-elect Joe Biden's national security team will not be fully assembled by the time he's officially sworn in on Wednesday, with confirmation hearings for his nominees only beginning on Tuesday. The contrast is stark, given the previous push by Republicans, who currently control the Senate, to ensure Donald Trump's national security team was ready to go on "day one." According to a report from the anti-corruption watchdog group Accountable.US, numerous Republicans who are current members of the Senate pressed hard for Trump's nominees to be confirmed quickly back in 2017, yet have been relatively silent as Biden prepares to take office with a pending Cabinet and national security team.
    Bradley Cortright January 19, 2021 0 Comments Amid reports that there are concerns of an insider attack on President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, twelve members of the National Guard have been removed from inaugural security duties. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said two Guard members were removed over concerns that they may be linked to extremist groups. The other ten were removed due to questionable behavior that was uncovered during a vetting process. During a press conference on Tuesday, Hokanson said, “All I would say with those two individuals… is inappropriate comments or texts that were put out there. And as we stated, just out of an abundance of caution, we want to make sure that there’s no issues at all and that those properly get looked into.” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman was asked if the two Guard members threatened Biden or Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. He said, “We have...
    WASHINGTON -- Twelve U.S. National Guard members have been removed from securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration after vetting by the FBI, including two who made extremist statements in posts or texts about the Wednesday event, Pentagon officials said. There were no specific threats to Biden.Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard confirmed that Guard members had been removed and sent home but he said only two were for inappropriate comments or texts related to the inauguration. The other 10 were for other potential issues that may involve previous criminal activity or activities, but not directly related to the inaugural event.Their removal from the massive security presence at the nation's capital comes as U.S. defense officials have been worried about a potential insider attack or other threat from service members following the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 by Trump supporters. The FBI has been working to vet...
    As President-elect Joe Biden makes his way to heavily fortified Washington, D.C., the Defense Department confirmed 12 National Guard members have been deemed possible threats and removed from the force of more than 25,000 National Guard members now providing security in the capital city. “If there's any identification or anything whatsoever that that needs to be looked into out of an abundance of caution, we automatically pull those personnel off the line and make sure that they're not part of the mission set,” the Guard bureau chief, Gen. Dan Hokanson, told reporters on Tuesday. Hokanson declined to confirm if the 12 individuals were specifically linked to extremism. Federal officials have said there is evidence that right-wing extremist group leaders and members were among those who rioted inside and outside the legislative hall earlier this month. Following riots that rocked the Capitol on Jan. 6, the inauguration was declared a "national...
    Republicans claim it's offensive to vet National Guard troops for potential security threats following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Republicans are becoming increasingly upset over reports this week that federal authorities are vetting military members tasked with securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, to screen for any security threats amid fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller stated Monday that officials were "leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital" and that "this type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events." According to the Associated Press, 12 members of the U.S. Army National Guard in total have already been taken off security detail for the inauguration due to their connections to fringe far-right extremist militia groups. Several other service members were also allegedly involved in the attack...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said. The officials, a senior intelligence official and an Army official briefed on the matter, did not say which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Their removal from the massive security presence at the nation’s capital comes as the FBI worked to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops headed to the area for Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. U.S. defense officials have been worried about a potential insider attack or other threat from service members following the...
    WASHINGTON -- Multiple U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.The officials, a senior intelligence official and an Army official briefed on the matter, did not say which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Their removal from the massive security presence at the nation's capital comes as the FBI worked to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops headed to the area for Biden's inauguration Wednesday. U.S. defense officials have been worried about a potential insider attack or other threat from service members following the deadly riot at...
    WASHINGTON -- Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.The officials, a senior intelligence official and an Army official briefed on the matter, did not say which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Their removal from the massive security presence at the nation's capital comes as the FBI worked to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops headed to the area for Biden's inauguration Wednesday. U.S. defense officials have been worried about a potential insider attack or other threat from service members following the deadly riot at...
    WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.The officials did not say which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The removal comes as the FBI has warned law enforcement officials about the possibility that right-wing fringe groups could pose as members of the National Guard called in to help secure the city after a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters shocked the nation, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the matter.Washington has been on edge since the deadly insurrection at the Capitol, which has prompted...
    WASHINGTON -- It's hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The president-elect is arriving in the nation's capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.Biden, an avid fan of Amtrak, had planned to take a train into Washington ahead of Inauguration Day, but scratched that plan in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.He'll instead fly into a military airbase just outside the capital and motorcade into fortress D.C. - a city that's been flooded by some 25,000 National Guard troops guarding a Capitol, White House and National Mall that are wrapped in a maze of barricades and tall fencing.Biden, who ran for the presidency as a cool head who could get things done, plans to issue a series of...
    New York : There is extreme surveillance in Washington, DC Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . Although the issue of security is a priority in the planning of the inauguration ceremony of the government of the president-elect Joe biden and the vice president-elect Kamala harris, the concern of a possible attack remains. In fact, it is feared that some aggression is direct to the elected president, for which the FBI has increased the scrutiny even of the National Guard military. This Tuesday, for example, two members of the Army National Guard were withdrawn from their surveillance functions at the inauguration, due to this security investigation, in order to guarantee that the troops do not have links with extremist groups. With information from a defense official, CNN confirmed the removal of the officials, but the reasons were not given. “Due to operational security, we do not discuss...
    Two U.S. Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. A U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official say the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias. No plot against Biden was found. The Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. Contacted by the AP on Tuesday, the National Guard Bureau referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service and said, “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.” The Secret Service told the AP on Monday it would not comment on if any...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images. Two members of the National Guard have been pulled off of their assignment to protect the inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden. This comes as U.S. intelligence remains concerned that right-wing extremists might be planning to disrupt the ceremonial transfer of power to the new president. The Associated Press reports that a U.S. Army official and a source from the intelligence community confirmed the removal of two National Guardsmen from the inauguration security detail. This development occurred after it was found that the two members “have ties to fringe right group militias.” It isn’t clear which fringe group the Guard members were connected to, and the National Guard Bureau declined to elaborate on the matter. “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” they said. While the AP reports that there...
    (CNN)Two Army National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty as part of the security vetting process to ensure none of the troops have ties to extremist groups, a defense official confirmed to CNN.It is not clear at this time if the two are connected or what incident triggered their removal. When asked to comment on the decision, the National Guard responded: "Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration," and referred future questions to the Secret Service. The Associated Press was the first to report the guards had been removed.This story is breaking and will be updated.Read More
    Two National Guard members tasked with keeping President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration safe and secure have reportedly been removed from their posts after they were found to have ties to fringe, right-wing militia groups. The Associated Press, which broke the news on Tuesday, stressed that investigators did not find any plot against Biden. The report also did not specify to which groups the two are believed to be linked. "Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” the Secret Service said. The Secret Service, which is the lead agency in charge of the inauguration's security, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner. Law enforcement officials are on high alert for Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday following the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. President Trump, who urged supporters to march...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. A U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official say the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias. No plot against Biden was found. The Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. Contacted by the AP on Tuesday, the National Guard Bureau referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service and said, “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.” The Secret Service told the AP on Monday it would not comment...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden's national security Cabinet may be bare on Day One of his presidency, but an inauguration eve spurt of Senate confirmation hearings suggests that won't be the case for long.While the nominees to head the State Department, the Pentagon, Homeland Security and the intelligence community are unlikely to be confirmed by the time Biden takes the oath of office at noon Wednesday, some could be in place within days.The Senate typically confirms some nominees, particularly the secretaries of defense, on Inauguration Day, though raw feelings about President Donald Trump four years ago led to Democratic-caused delays, except for James Mattis at the Pentagon. This year, the tension is heightened by Trump's impeachment and an extraordinary military presence in Washington because of fears of extremist violence.Putting his national security team in place quickly is a high priority for Biden, not only because of his hopes for reversing...
    TWO US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden's presidential inauguration. A US Army official and a senior US intelligence official said the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias. ⚠️ Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in 1Two soldiers were removed No plot against Biden was found. The Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in. Contacted by the AP on Tuesday, the National Guard Bureau referred questions to the US Secret Service and said, Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on the acting defense secretary to "immediately cease" plans to install so-called "Trump loyalist" Michael Ellis as the new general counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA) just days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, describing the decision as "highly suspect" and a threat to the national security of the country.  In a letter Sunday addressed to acting Department of Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller, Pelosi also called for an investigation into alleged "irregularities" in the NSA General Counsel selection process, arguing that Ellis, "a relatively recent law school graduate with a limited resume, was selected due to interference by the White House, and was chosen over much more qualified candidates." ACTING DEFENSE SECRETARY SAYS NO INTEL OF INSIDER THREAT TO INAUGURATION  "The circumstances and timing – immediately after President Trump’s defeat in the election – of the selection of Mr. Ellis, and this eleventh-hour...
    U.S. Capitol Police reportedly told reporters that they cannot go through security with bullet-proof vests, gas masks or helmets as Inauguration Day draws near. Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and rioted Jan. 6 as lawmakers were attempting to certify the electoral college votes. As a result, fencing and security screenings have been put around the Capitol and 25,000 National Guardsmen have been sent to Washington, D.C., to secure the inauguration. Amid the extra security, Capitol Police reportedly said that members of the press will be denied entry if they have protective equipment like a helmet, The Hill’s Alex Bolton tweeted. “Capitol Police is informing reporters that any member of the press trying to go through security screening with a bullet-proof vest will be denied entry. Reporters told they cannot wear vests, gas masks, or helmets,” according to Bolton. Capitol Police is informing reporters that any member of...
    On the eve of their inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are honoring the lives of the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with an event Tuesday in Washington.  They will be joined by their spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, to illuminate 400 lights at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol building where Biden and Harris will take the oath of office on Wednesday.  Other landmarks across the United States, including the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle, are being illuminated at the same time. Biden’s inaugural committee said hundreds of towns, tribes and communities would also join “in a national moment of unity.”  Biden and Harris have made addressing COVID-19 a major focus of the early part of their administration with a goal of getting 100 million vaccinations...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take the oath of office at noon ET on Jan. 20, as stipulated by the Constitution, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building.  Coverage of Inauguration Day will begin at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday on Fox News Channel. "America’s Newsroom" co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino will lead coverage, along with other Fox News contributors.  Fox News Digital will stream inaugural proceedings live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on the website. Digital will also offer an up-to-the-minute live blog with all the latest updates.  "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier along with Martha MacCallum, anchor and executive editor of "The Story," will helm coverage through the ceremony,  from 11 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. They'll also offer extended coverage from 3 to 5 p.m. ET.  THESE PRESIDENTS DIDN'T ATTEND THE INAUGURATIONS OF THEIR SUCCESSORS During the course of Inauguration Day, FNC anchors and correspondents...
    (CNN)The FBI on Monday alerted other law enforcement agencies that QAnon adherents discussed acting as National Guard soldiers in Washington to try and infiltrate President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to The Washington Post. The FBI, in an intelligence report obtained by the Post, said it monitored individuals downloading maps of sensitive areas around Washington and talking about how those locations could be utilized to penetrate security, the Post reported.The intelligence report warned that QAnon members and "lone wolves" indicated they plan to travel to Washington for Biden's swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, the Post said. "But the intelligence briefing did not identify any specific plots to attack the inaugural events" that would be similar to the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol, which some QAnon members participated in, the Post said.The FBI noted that it detected "suspicious traffic" on the communication systems used by some participants in the January 6...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 6 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director is planning to tell Senate lawmakers that intelligence and national security issues will not be politicized under her watch. Avril Haines faces a confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee. Haines will also tell lawmakers that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence must not shy away from “speaking truth to power” even if inconvenient or difficult. That’s according to excerpts of her prepared remarks released ahead of the hearing. Haines served in the Obama administration as deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser. If confirmed, Haines would be tasked with restoring stability to an intelligence community that has been repeatedly denigrated by President Donald Trump. She would also be the first woman to hold...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s national security Cabinet may be bare on Day One of his presidency, but an inauguration-eve spurt of Senate confirmation hearings suggests that won’t be the case for long. While the nominees to head the State Department, the Pentagon, Homeland Security and the intelligence community are unlikely to be confirmed by the time Biden takes the oath of office at noon Wednesday, some could be in place within days. The Senate typically confirms some nominees, particularly the secretaries of defense, on Inauguration Day, though raw feelings about President Donald Trump four years ago led to Democratic-caused delays, except for James Mattis at the Pentagon. This year, the tension is heightened by Trump’s impeachment and an extraordinary military presence in Washington because of fears of extremist violence. Putting his national security team in place quickly is a high priority for Biden, not only because of his...
    (CNN)Five of President-elect Joe Biden's national security Cabinet nominees will face Senate panels on Tuesday in the first step of the confirmation process. The day before Biden takes office, his nominees for secretary of state, secretary of the treasury, director of national intelligence, defense secretary and secretary of Homeland Security will appear before Senate committees to be considered for their respective roles. Biden is set to take office on Wednesday without key members of his Cabinet in place, as the Republican-controlled Senate has moved more slowly to schedule confirmation hearings for his nominees than it has for previous presidents. But the timeline for confirming Biden's nominees could accelerate in the coming days, when Democrats take control of the Senate. Biden's Cabinet confirmation hearings could run up against the Senate's impeachment trial of outgoing President Donald Trump -- timing for which has not yet been scheduled -- and as Biden attempts to...
    On the eve of their inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are honoring the lives of the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with an event Tuesday in Washington.  They will be joined by their spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, to illuminate 400 lights at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol building where Biden and Harris will take the oath of office on Wednesday.  Other landmarks across the United States, including the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle, are being illuminated at the same time. Biden’s inaugural committee said hundreds of towns, tribes and communities would also join “in a national moment of unity.”  Biden and Harris have made addressing COVID-19 a major focus of the early part of their administration with a goal of getting 100 million vaccinations...
    QAnon adherents are reportedly discussing the possibility of "posing" as members of the National Guard in order to infiltrate the inauguration this week. Others have been downloading and sharing maps of sensitive locations and discussing how those facilities could be used to interfere with security operations in Washington, D.C., the Washington Post reported, citing a document summarizing threats that the FBI identified in a Monday intelligence briefing. The document warned that both "lone wolves" and supporters of the QAnon conspiracy have expressed intentions to come to the nation's capital for the inauguration. No specific plots to attack the city were identified in the briefing. The FBI declined to address the credibility or gravity of the threats when contacted by the Washington Post. In the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot and the lead-up to President-elect Joe Biden's swearing-in, the Secret Service, the lead agency in charge of inauguration security,...
    This is a newly created position from which he will coordinate issues related to national security in Mexico and Central America. | 01/18/2021 | ionicons-v5-c20: 50 | . | USA- The American diplomat Roberta Jacobson will be in charge of managing the border relationship with Mexico by the Administration of the future president Joe biden, confirmed this Monday his main adviser for Latin America, Juan Sebastián González. « I have always admired Roberta Jacobson. Respected, experienced, and capable, few care so much or have worked so hard to advance US-Mexico relations to reach their full potential, » said González, who has been appointed to lead the Latin American issues within Biden’s White House National Security Council, in a message on Twitter. Jacobson, who was the United States Ambassador to Mexico Between 2016 and 2018, she will be coordinator of the southwest border in the National Security Council. It is a...
    Democratic congressman Steve Cohen suggested on Monday that Trump supporters within the National Guard and who have been designated with protecting Joe Biden 'might want to do something' to the new president. Cohen said that he remembered former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards and suggested that any Trump supporters within National Guard units would automatically come under suspicion.  'The National Guard is 90 some-odd percent male, and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden,' he said. 'You've got to figure that in the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative … they're probably not more than 25 percent of the people there protecting us that voted for Biden. The other 75 percent are in the large class of folks that might want to do something,' Cohen said, speaking to CNN.  Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen expressed concern National Guard troops responsible for...
    Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Monday that U.S. authorities have “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The FBI is vetting every National Guard member deployed to the nation’s capital due to Pentagon officials worrying about a possible insider attack, according to the Associated Press. The National Guard  was called to the nation’s capital after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop the joint session of Congress from certifying Biden’s electoral victory in the 2020 presidential election. “As is normal for military support to large security events, the Department will vet National Guardsmen who are in Washington, D.C.,” Miller said in a statement, according to The Hill. “While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital.” “This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement...
    By Bill Barrow, Ashraf Khalil and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden and his wife, Jill, joined an assembly line in the parking lot of Philabundance, an organization that distributes food to people in need, and helped fill about 150 boxes with fresh fruit and nonperishables. As Biden and Harris took breaks from their inaugural preparations to honor the civil rights hero Monday, outgoing President Donald Trump remained out of public view at the White House for the sixth straight day. In past years, Trump has marked the holiday with unannounced visits to the King memorial in Washington, but no such outing was expected this year. Such a...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Parking lot at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is packed with military trucks and police cruisers. “It makes you nervous that our democracy is coming to this point,” said Boston resident Alex Roshi. State Police said they have no new intelligence suggesting a specific threat, but at the State House Monday, every corner was under police guard Monday. It was surrounded by metal barricades and men and women in reflective yellow vests. “I’m glad that we had the resources to be able to provide this kind of safety,” said Alex Godfrey from across the street. Governor Charlie Baker activated 500 National Guard members to protect Massachusetts specifically through the inauguration. “All of our military police officers are trained at federal law enforcement standards, and hold a military occupational specialty in law enforcement,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Pillai, with the Massachusetts National Guard Police....
    The enormous task reflects the extraordinary security concerns that reign in Washington after the assault on the Capitol | 01/18/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 27 | AP | Washington.- Defense Officials of U.S they said concerned about the possibility of an attack by service members involved in security for the President-elect inauguration ceremony Joe biden, which led to FBI to investigate all 25,000 elements of the National Guard that come to Washington for the event. The huge task reflects the extraordinary security concerns that reign in Washington after the assault on Capitol on January 6 by a mob of supporters of the president Donald trump. And it reveals fears that the same people assigned to protect the city for the next few days could represent a threat for the incoming president and other important figures at the ceremony. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that...
    The U.S. Army and Air Force, along with the FBI, are conducting "multilayered" background checks on all members of the National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to help provide security for President-elect Joe Bidens Wednesday inauguration, but such checks are routine every four years, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard said Monday. "If after that, the guardsmen are confirmed to be available, the U.S. Secret Service will issue credentials," Maj. Gen. William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, which is overseeing the military mobilization in the wake of the Capitol siege, commented on Fox News "Americas Newsroom." "Its a multilayered scrub, based on an abundance of caution," he added. "We want to make sure that everybody in this bubble of security that we are providing has the privilege to be there." However, the general, also appearing on ABCs "Good Morning America" Monday, said such screenings...
    Officials in charge of securing the District of Columbia and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are vetting National Guard troops because of fears some could be supportive of protests against the results of the 2020 election. That is a considerable task considering an estimated 25,000 National Guard will be stationed in the District for days before and after the event. The Associated Press interviewed Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy about the development: The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance. In a situation like this one, FBI vetting would involve running peoples’ names through databases...
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    New York : A migration crisis awaits the start of the president-elect’s government Joe biden with a caravan of at least 9,000 Hondurans divided into two groups that go to the States. At least 6,000 Hondurans were detained by the Guatemalan army, after a confrontation that was recorded in an impressive video. Hondurans remain stranded on a highway in eastern Guatemala, where security forces have blocked their path. This video shows a confrontation between the Guatemalan army, using sticks and shooting teargas, and a group of Hondurans from the caravan who are trying to pass.#CaravanMigrante # CaravanaMigrante2021 # Caravana2021 pic.twitter.com/SA6qTGJj7A – John Holman (@ johnholman100) January 17, 2021 Tension in Central America increases, while in Mexico civil organizations are on alert, since some 3,000 Hondurans managed to advance through Guatemala, but it is feared that the president’s government Andrés Manuel López Obrador I ordered the deployment of the...
    Traffic restrictions, installation of concrete blocks, barriers and barbed wire around the White House and Congress or even the deployment of thousands of National Guard soldiers, Washington barricaded itself a few days before the inauguration of Joe Biden. Washington barricaded There are only two days left before Joe Biden’s nomination and the situation is very tense for United States. Faced with fear of violence from supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, massive security measures were put in place in Washington on Sunday, January 17. Authorities have barricaded the US capital between installing concrete blocks, fences and barbed wire around the White House and Congress. Serious traffic restrictions have also been imposed in the city center, where thousands of National Guard soldiers provide security, reports Franceinfo. A first since September 11 The Capitol police have been equipped with assault rifles and are supported by military reinforcements. The...
    Washington — U.S. defense officials say they're worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the vetting of all 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CBS News national security correspondent David Martin the Guard has been meeting with its troops as they arrive in D.C. "In coordination with the Secret Service and the FBI, they're...
    The guest list for the presidential inauguration scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday will be scaled back amid both the coronavirus pandemic, as well as beefed-up security measures put in place two weeks after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Like in past ceremonies, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to be sworn in on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, where they will both take their oaths of office. This year, members of the 117th Congress will be given only a plus-one. GOP SENATORS TO ATTEND BIDEN INAUGURATION WEDNESDAY AFTER OBJECTING TO HIS ELECTORAL COLLEGE WIN "I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside," Biden told reporters on Jan. 11, speaking from a hospital in Newark, Del., where he received his second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. President Trump will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson not to attend his...
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches. So far, however, he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence...
    When Joe Biden becomes president of the United States at noon Wednesday he will need bipartisan cooperation to launch his national security policies and get members of his national security team confirmed by the Senate. So far, he hasn’t received it.  But despite the bitterly divisive 2020 election campaign and its aftermath – culminating in the horrific Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead and many law enforcement officers injured – Republicans and Democrats need to work together to protect our national security. There is no other option.   The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists didn’t single out Democrats or Republicans to murder when they succeeded in killing nearly 3,000 people in our country. Our troops who are killed and wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries are targeted because they are Americans, not because of their political affiliation. VAN HIPP: RETIRED GEN. LLOYD AUSTIN WOULD BE AN OUTSTANDING DEFENSE SECRETARY IN BIDEN ADMINISTRATION And foreign adversaries plotting future attacks on our country...
    (CNN)Demonstrations in state capitols across the United States were muted this weekend after warnings of armed protests, but officials have indicated they'll remain vigilant in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. "We are concerned about the entire week, not just today," Lansing, Michigan, Police Chief Daryl Green said Sunday, after a crowd of protesters and counterprotesters gathered on the grounds of the state Capitol. Protests at state capitols remain small and under heavy police presence after warnings of unrestFew if any protesters were seen in other state capitals, including in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.. Whatever crowds were present were just a fraction of the pro-Trump crowds that converged on Washington, DC, earlier this month, when a protest descended into a deadly riot at the US Capitol. And many of Sunday's demonstrations were dwarfed by the ranks of police who stood guard to...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — For 20 years, Dennis Lejeck trained American soldiers on how to face the enemy in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. But what the National Guard is being asked to do in our nation’s capital is something Guard troops haven’t faced in modern history. While the guard has been on the front line against protestors, this potential foe is different. “In this case you have a group of people that believes in something so passionately that, you know, in some cases of extreme terrorists are willing to die for that belief,” says the owner of Black Knight Security, a Pittsburgh based security firm that secures large facilities and special events. Lejeck says the preparations since the January 6th attack on the Capitol have overcome the numbers issue that occurred that day when police were simply outnumbered. The influx of more than 20,000 National Guard members has...
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches. So far, however, he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An Associated Press alert late Sunday said defense officials fear an inside attack might be possible at the inauguration this week and will be vetting all National Guard troops. Such reports are why security is sky-high in Washington – and in state capitals such as Springfield, where the National Guard is helping state Capitol Police. As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, a countdown to Inauguration Day was under way Sunday as cities and state capitals were on alert. The FBI has warned of the prospect of more violent protesters. In Chicago, officials say there are no known threats. The same is true in Springfield, where the presence of the Illinois National Guard seemed to keep things peaceful. To ensure that, Illinois State Capitol grounds were on lockdown this weekend. Streets were closed and armored trucks were out. A total of 250 National Guardsmen stood by in support...
    WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. There will be 1,000 Maryland National Guard troops in the Capitol as the state offers its help for the inaugural activities to run smoothly and safely. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned...