Anxiety over Joe Biden’s safety at inauguration as defense officials say they fear “an inside attack” Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

Defense officials have told The Associated Press that they fear a “possible inside attack” at Joseph R. Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

The AP quoted them as saying that they are now having National Guard troops vetted over those fears.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., greets a New Mexico Air National Guard Airman Jan. 16, 2021, near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lucretia Cunningham)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., greets a New Mexico Air National Guard Airman Jan. 16, 2021, near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lucretia Cunningham)

“We’re continually going through the process, and taking a second and third looks at everyone of the individuals assigned to this operation,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday.

He said Guard members are also getting training on how to identify potential insider threats.

U.S. Soldiers with the 206th Military Police Battalion, New York National Guard, begin to move out, near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Jan 16, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni)
U.S. Soldiers with the 206th Military Police Battalion, New York National Guard, begin to move out, near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Jan 16, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni)

“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 AP reported.

The medium added: “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.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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