Pentagon authorizes 25k National Guard members for Biden’s inauguration turning Washington DC into Baghdad’s green zone Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

The Pentagon has authorized 25,000 National Guard members for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr and Kamala D. Harris next Wednesday January 20, 2021, effectively turning Washington D.C. into a fortress, the National Guard Bureau said in a press release.

Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits National Guard servicemembers on duty near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12th, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The National Guard continues to support our local community and is proud, proven and prepared to assist local and federal partners in the District of Columbia. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Enriquez)
Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits National Guard servicemembers on duty near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12th, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Enriquez)

“Every state, territory and the District of Columbia will have National men and women supporting the inauguration,” the statement said.

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The development follows an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by Pro-Trump supporters and continued threats online by white supremacist and extreme groups.

U.S. Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard take the oath of office to serve with Capitol Police in the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard take the oath of office to serve with Capitol Police in the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Law enforcement in the nation’s capital and around the country brace for more extremist violence with the FBI saying in an internal bulletin this week it has received information indicating “armed protests” were being planned at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration.

Maryland Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the 581st Troop Command files into the District of Columbia Armory in preparation to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 13, 2021. The National Guard is working closely with several state governments, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, and multiple federal agencies to identify needs and provide assistance. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Chazz Kibler)
Maryland Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the 581st Troop Command files into the District of Columbia Armory in preparation to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 13, 2021. The National Guard is working closely with several state governments, the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, and multiple federal agencies to identify needs and provide assistance. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Chazz Kibler)

The rioters were incited by President Donald Trump who has refused to concede defeat after clearly losing the election to Biden.

Vice President Mike Pence has called Harris to congratulate her, two months after he was expected to do so.

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, stand in formation before beginning their guard shift near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 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. Devlin Drew)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, stand in formation before beginning their guard shift near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 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. Devlin Drew)

With baseless election fraud claims that have been rejected by all courts, Trump supporters have continued to believe that the president won. They have been threatening to disrupt the inauguration of what they claim is a stolen election.

59th Presidential Inauguration support U.S. Soldiers stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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 Sgt. Andrew Walker)
59th Presidential Inauguration support U.S. Soldiers stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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 Sgt. Andrew Walker)

Virtually all election officials, Republicans and Democrats have debunked all the conspiracy theories by Trump and his enablers. Still, insecurity has continued to increase.

U.S. National Guard Soldiers rest between shifts in the Visitor Center in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. National Guard Soldiers rest between shifts in the Visitor Center in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Washington D.C., a city of about 700k people, now looks like a fortress with fences, road closures and roadblocks.

59th Presidential Inauguration support The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 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 Sgt. Andrew Walker)
59th Presidential Inauguration support The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 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 Sgt. Andrew Walker)

The National Mall has been closed and the area around the White House now looks like ‘the green zone’ in Iraq.

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard turn in weapons in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard turn in weapons in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 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. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

Earlier on Friday, the Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced that the Department of Defense’s Inspector General is investigating the January 6 attacks.

Soldiers with Michigan National Guard's (MING) Task Force Spartan, administer COVID-19 vaccines for the elderly population, Grand Valley Frederik Meijer Campus, Holland, Michigan, Jan. 12, 2021. The state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) requested support for the COVID-19 vaccine inoculations statewide. The MDHHS and MING have been working together throughout the pandemic and have augmented with local health departments as requested in the delivery of the vaccination to Michiganders. As of Jan 10, the MING has administered more than 12,000 vaccinations. (U.S. Air National Guard photograph by Master Sgt. David Eichaker)
Soldiers with Michigan National Guard’s (MING) Task Force Spartan, administer COVID-19 vaccines for the elderly population, Grand Valley Frederik Meijer Campus, Holland, Michigan, Jan. 12, 2021. The state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) requested support for the COVID-19 vaccine inoculations statewide. The MDHHS and MING have been working together throughout the pandemic and have augmented with local health departments as requested in the delivery of the vaccination to Michiganders. As of Jan 10, the MING has administered more than 12,000 vaccinations. (U.S. Air National Guard photograph by Master Sgt. David Eichaker)

“The American people deserve transparency about the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2020,” Miller said in a statement. “The DoD IG Report will be but one of many efforts to provide that transparency and the Department will do everything it can to ensure that review is fulsome, thorough, and holds parties to account.  We are proud of the efforts of DoD personnel to secure the Capitol on January 6th when called upon on and throughout the Presidential Inaugural events next week.”

A Soldier with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 508th Military Police Company stands at a security post near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 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 Master Sgt. Andrew Walker)
A Soldier with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 508th Military Police Company stands at a security post near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 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 Master Sgt. Andrew Walker)

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to the National Capital Region to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead; Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Sampa, command sergeant major of the Army National Guard; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, visited troops on duty on Capitol Hill and staged at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 8, 2021. (Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to the National Capital Region to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead; Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Sampa, command sergeant major of the Army National Guard; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, visited troops on duty on Capitol Hill and staged at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 8, 2021. (Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)

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U.S. Soldiers with Echo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade refuels a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a forward arming and refueling point in the 28th ECAB's area of operations in the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rob Donovic)
U.S. Soldiers with Echo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade refuels a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a forward arming and refueling point in the 28th ECAB’s area of operations in the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rob Donovic)
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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