Biden inauguration: National Guard man areas in Washington
The Pentagon has advised sending 25,000 National Guard troops to Washington to maintain order. This is at least two and a half times the number of National Guardsmen at previous inaugurations. Worries over an insider attack have increased after an Army reservist was arrested during the Capitol siege.
The Army reservist had been given “secret” security clearance.
The Army reservist was 30-year-old Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, he was believed to be a “white supremacist”.
Court papers stated that he was an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathiser”.
The statement added that he allegedly “encouraged” violent rioters during the storming of the Capitol.
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Now the FBI has decided to vet all 25,000 National Guard troops to be stationed in Washington for Wednesday’s inauguration.
Associated Press reviewed the public records, social media posts and videos and concluded that 22 current or former members of the US military or law enforcement were in the crowd that surrounded the Capitol.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, speaking on Sunday to Associated Press, said US officials are wary of a potential inauguration attack.
Army commanders are being warned to lookout for any problems within their ranks.
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No evidence of insider threats has so far been found, according to Mr McCarthy.
He said: “We´re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation.”
Speaking of vetting his own troops he added: “We need to be conscious of it and we need to put all of the mechanisms in place to thoroughly vet these men and women who would support any operations like this.”
Mr McCarthy told how National Guard personnel were being trained in how to spot potential insider threats.
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The US was shocked to learn the extent of the military and law enforcement personnel involved in the storming of the Capitol.
A retired Navy SEAL from Ohio travelled to the protest.
On Facebook he approved of the storming of the Capitol saying it was, “our building, our house”.
Also, two police officers from a small Virginia town posted a selfie of themselves inside the Capitol building.
Later they were both arrested by the FBI.
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