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Security forces guard against inauguration threats

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/12/21, 05:41 pm

A 12-day state of emergency begins in Washington on Wednesday as rumors and threats of insurrection swirl around President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in. U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Penn., told CNN on Tuesday he had heard in an official briefing of one plot by 4,000 people to surround the Capitol and not let Democrats through on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day. The FBI says it is running down such threats across the country. On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said it charged a 45-year-old Trump supporter with making a criminal threat. Prosecutors said the man, Louis Capriotti, left a voicemail for a member of Congress on Dec. 29 that said, “We will surround the [obscenity] White House and we will kill any [obscenity] Democrat that steps on the [obscenity] lawn.”

How is the capital beefing up security? At least 10,000 National Guard troops in uniform or plainclothes will be in place by Saturday. Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said the grounds of the Capitol will be closed to anyone who doesn’t have a ticket. Michael Plati, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service, said the presidential inauguration and its security procedures are coordinated between multiple agencies and planned for more than a year in advance.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report on the role of fringe groups such as antifa and Q-Anon in last week’s Capitol riots.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Posted: Fri, 01/15/2021 09:46 am

    Have you ever noticed fencing with a slanted top? The fencing around an electric substation, for example, is slanted out to keep people secure outside a dangerous area. The fencing around a prison is slanted in to keep dangerous people inside a secure area. The fencing in our nation’s capital doesn’t appear to be slanted, but I’m encouraged by Psalm 7:15-16, Proverbs 26:24-27, and Matthew 15:13-14.