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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/19/2021 10:08:47

Good Morning.

It is, at long last, inauguration eve.

More than 25,000 National Guard troops have turned Washington, DC into an armed camp. That's more people than the population of some towns throughout the United States.

One of our National Icons, perhaps our 'front porch' is closed to the public, being the National Mall. It was twelve years ago now when some of us were standing out there with two million of our closest friends to see the end of another dark era - but no such exuberant transition will be happening this year.

To my way of thinking - it should perhaps be regular Army troops providing the common defence, but thanks to the Posse Comitatus act, that's not actually possible. Although - given that our enemies have been stating all along that there are going to be armed demonstrations across the country, shouldn't that be considered a declaration of war, thus abrogating the act?

In any case, it is the National Guard shouldering the burden. With close proximity to our national capitol, many thousands of troops have come from the nearby states. I've heard that some governors actually refused the request (states unknown), so aren't they now part of the seditious conspiracy?

Massachusetts sent the 101st Field Artillery Regiment and the 182nd Infantry Regiment. These are the two oldest units in the entire National Guard, and they can trace their lineage all the way back to the Old North Bridge. Sending these particular units was intentional and highly symbolic, IMO.

But in reading through all the preparations - one thing gave me pause, and it should be concerning to us all. Even those that are tasked with defending the Constitution are now suspect.

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 of any threats, and officials said the vetting hadn't flagged any issues that they were aware of.

”We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” McCarthy said in an interview after he and other military leaders went through an exhaustive, three-hour security drill in preparation for Wednesday’s inauguration. He said Guard members are also getting training on how to identify potential insider threats.

About 25,000 members of the National Guard are streaming into Washington from across the country — at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. And while the military routinely reviews service members for extremist connections, the FBI screening is in addition to any previous monitoring.

Insider Attacks. Nice. We have strayed far from the light, haven't we?


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