THE NEUTRAL ZONE
On Inauguration Day, the Capitol will be locked down in preparation for potential unrest, with the National Mall closed and police screening everyone coming downtown.
The National Mall will be closed and only accessible by media and security personnel on Inauguration Day. Officials had already established a downtown security zone and called in more than 20,000 National Guard troops leading up to Jan. 20. Concrete barriers block many of the cross streets along K Street Northwest, police officers are screening people coming downtown and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is closing 13 of its stations through Jan. 21.
Airbnb and HotelTonight canceled and refunded reservations in the Washington, D.C., area during inauguration week. The District’s hotel workers union is calling on hoteliers to shut down temporarily unless they’re hosting security personnel. If hotels continue to operate, they ask that staff be allowed to opt out of working during inauguration week.
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration signed a “zero-tolerance” policy against passengers who engage in threatening or disruptive behavior on commercial flights. The Transportation Security Administration is adding a second screening for passengers, Delta Airlines is banning guns in checked baggage and American Airlines is suspending alcohol sales on flights to and from D.C. area airports.
President Donald Trump in a press release asked for there to be no violence, lawbreaking or vandalism. He called on Americans to help each other ease tensions and calm tempers. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team is working with the Trump administration to deter and defend against potential unrest. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made changes to their schedule that day but will still take their oaths of office on the West Front of the Capitol. Biden said he was “not afraid of taking the oath outside.”
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QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start. – Washington Post – 1/13/2021
QAnon’s prominence at the Capitol raid shows how powerful the conspiracy theory has become, and how quickly it has established a life of its own. On fringe right-wing platforms and encrypted messaging apps, believers are offering increasingly outlandish theories and sharing ideas for how they can further work to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 contest — with violence, if necessary. The fervent online organizing seen ahead of last week’s assault has begun building again.
Security Officials Face the Possibility of a Threat from the Inside on Inauguration Day – Time – 1/13/2021
Current and former security officials say they are concerned that serving U.S. troops or law enforcement officers could pose a clear and present danger to the President- and Vice President-elect and other senior U.S. lawmakers on Inauguration Day. Federal investigators are also trying to track down military and law enforcement members or veterans who took part on Jan. 6, and trace their wider network of associates who may be plotting to turn next week into the mayhem being called for on far-right forums.
Poll: 74 percent of Americans expect more attempted violence during week of inauguration – The Hill – 1/13/2021
Seventy-four percent of Americans think it’s either somewhat or very likely there will be more attempts at violence in Washington, D.C., next week as the city prepares for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a CBS News-YouGov poll released Wednesday. An overwhelming amount of Biden voters, 92 percent, say violence in D.C. is least somewhat likely, along with 49 percent of supporters of President Trump and 72 percent of independents.
In wake of Capitol riot, feds warn that violent extremists likely pose ‘greatest domestic terrorism threats’ – Fox News – 1/14/2021
Violent extremist activity will likely surge in the United States and pose “the greatest domestic terrorism threat in 2021,” a trio of federal law enforcement agencies warned in a recently released bulletin.
The Capitol, Fortified – The Nation – 1/14/2021
Blocks away from the Capitol itself, seven-foot-tall panels of black, steel-mesh fencing form a long, zig-zagging barrier; where there are breaks in the fence line, semitrucks and hulking military transports are parked in the way. Beyond the initial perimeter are even more barricades: more steel panels, chain link fencing, and likely miles of concrete jersey barriers. Then there are the police and National Guard soldiers.
D.C. National Guard authorized to employ lethal force for inaugural security – Disrn – 1/14/2021
The D.C. National Guard, which will assist local law enforcement agencies in securing the upcoming presidential inauguration, is now authorized to be armed and to use lethal force in doing so.
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