Fencing around U.S. Capitol to be scaled back as security threat diminishes – National

Amid strong bipartisan pushback, security officials say they will soon scale back fencing that has circled the U.S. Capitol and cut off the entire area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic since a mob attacked the building on Jan. 6. Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, said Monday in a memo to members of Congress […]

Photos of U.S. National Guards sleeping in garage sparks outcry – National

WASHINGTON — Images of National Guard soldiers camped in a cold parking garage after being sent to protect Washington sparked new calls Friday for investigations of the U.S. Capitol Police, now facing allegations that the agency evicted troops sent to help after its failure to stop rioting mobs two weeks ago. U.S. President Joe […]

No sign of ‘insider threat’ among troops protecting Biden inauguration: Penatgon chief – National

The acting Pentagon chief said on Monday the FBI is assisting the U.S. military in vetting more than 25,000 National Guard troops being deployed to assist in protecting the U.S. Capitol around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration for potential security concerns. After the Jan. 6 Capitol assault by supporters of President Donald Trump that resulted […]

Biden inauguration: FBI vetting national guard members amid fears of inside attack – National

WASHINGTON — U.S. defence 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 […]

National Guard on 24-hour watch in U.S. Capitol after deadly riot – National

The National Guard were on a 24-hour watch in the U.S. Capitol after last week’s violence, with off-duty members left to catch naps in hallways and below the bust of General George Washington, who led the United States to victory in its battle for independence against Britain more than two centuries ago. A large […]

Some of the 10K National Guard troops at Biden’s inauguration will be armed: officials – National

Some of the 10,000 National Guard troops streaming into Washington, D.C., to help secure the area ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be armed, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The decision by U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy comes as the FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington in the […]