Updated: March 5, 2021
After failing to protect the U.S. Capitol on January 6, paranoia is ruling in Washington D.C.
On Monday morning, the U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown due to an “external security threat.”
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But the Washington D.C. and EMS said there was simply a fire at a homeless camp at the 100 Block of H Street South East, which was extinguished. The U.S. secret service tweeted that there is “no threat to the public.”
But even without any threat, a loudspeaker announcement just after 11:20 a.m. said “external threat gas concluded – return to normal operations.”
Before the fire was extinguished, those inside the Capitol building were told to stay away from external windows and doors and shelter in place.
Fox News quoted an alert from the U.S. Capitol Police as saying: “Due to an external threat under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets SE, staff and other personnel are directed to avoid coming to the Capitol Complex area until further notice. All personnel currently on the Capitol Complex are advised to stay indoors and away from windows and doors.”
On Sunday, defense officials said 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.
“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. 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.”