There are more soldiers in downtown Washington, D.C. than at any other time in recent memory, with armed males and females in military uniforms securing streets, federal buildings and monoliths including the Lincoln Memorial.
Businesses boarded up their windows near the zone of closed-off streets where President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to be inaugurated on Wednesday.
Extra fencing, security checkpoints, blocked-off streets and closed Metro stations show how downtown D.C. is fortifying ahead of Inauguration Day– instead of preparing for a massive public ceremony.
Still, there are indications of event: Crews have actually unfurled substantial banners, including 2 neglecting Freedom Plaza that say, “Welcome Mr. President!” and “Welcome Madame Vice President”.
Heightened security steps were put into place after Jan. 6, when a mob of President Donald Trump's advocates overwhelmed U.S. Capitol Police and a crowd of rioters breached the building.
Five people passed away, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, and many more law enforcement officer were injured in the chaos. One described it as “brutal, medieval-style combat.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation alerts that more violence is possible.
Inauguration Rehearsal Rescheduled Over Security Concern
A rehearsal for the inauguration previously set up for Sunday, Jan 17., was held off due to security issues over talk of armed marches next week, NBC Washington reported.
State capital events on Jan. 17 seem promoted by supporters of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement. Boogaloo fans advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society, and they do not adhere to a coherent political approach.
The wedding rehearsal is now prepared for Monday.
FBI Monitoring Online Threats to Inauguration Events
With only 6 days until Joe Biden's inauguration, parts of D.C. around the National Mall remain in near overall lockdown. News4's Shomari Stone takes a look at the extraordinary security measures after the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Military and intelligence officials informed Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, detailing their coordinated security strategies.
“We are devoted to an orderly shift into a safe inauguration, and the American individuals deserve nothing less,” Pence said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray stated the FBI is dealing with partners to evaluate risks in D.C. and at state capitols across the country, including “substantial online chatter” about a number of inaugural events.
“We're keeping an eye on all incoming leads, whether they're calls for armed protests, prospective hazards that grow out of the January 6th breach of the Capitol, or other sort of prospective dangers leading up to inaugural events,” Wray stated, according to NBC News.
The number of National Guard soldiers coming to Washington to help with security has so far grown to about 21,000, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, stated at the briefing.
City Closes Stations Downtown
Metro is planning a huge station shutdown ahead of the inauguration. Starting Friday, over a lots stations will start to close downtown. Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has a message from Metro's leader about what you need to not be doing over the next week.
City is also taking safety measures and beginning Friday will start to close several stations, WMATA says.
Beginning Friday, these stations will be closed: Farragut North, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives, Arlington Cemetery, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, Smithsonian and Federal Triangle.
On Saturday, Metro Center and Gallery Place stations will close.
“Just provided all the unpredictabilities around these concerns, please stay away from downtown,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld stated.
The warnings and closures signal how the Biden inauguration will be significantly various than any other in living memory, as the city come to grips with a pandemic and this month's shocking collapse of security in the U.S. Capitol.
D.C. Police Officer Mike Fanone and Officer Christina Laury explain how they confronted pro-Trump rioters at the U.S. Capitol. Fanone is presently recuperating from a moderate cardiac arrest he suffered throughout the attack.
For contrast, more than a million people rode Metro during President Barack Obama's very first inauguration. That day– Jan. 20, 2009– remains the busiest day in Metro's history.
This year, officials disputed whether the National Mall should be closed to the public.
Motorists will see an impact, too, with various streets closed downtown and additional safety preventative measures are in place throughout the District.
The Majority Of Major US Airlines Ban Guns in Luggage for DC Flights
Airline companies and airports state they are stepping up security before next week's governmental inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines stating they will prohibit guests flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags, CNBC reports.
Delta Air Lines was the first to reveal Thursday that it will prohibit checking guns to Washington-area airports and was followed later on in the day by United, Alaska, American and Southwest. All stated their restrictions will begin Saturday and go through Inauguration Day up until Jan. 23.
“We are all on high alert based upon the occasions over the last couple weeks up in Washington, ″ CEO Ed Bastian stated Thursday on CNBC.Source: nbcwashington.com