WASHINGTON—The nation’s capitol is preparing for a Presidential inauguration like no other in U.S. history, marked by extensive security measures, a sizably voluminous military presence, and pandemic restrictions. President-elect Joe Biden is set to be sworn in on Jan. 20.
The capital was reminiscent of a forsook ghost town in the days leading up to the inauguration as roads were barricaded, stores were boarded up, and military troops were visually perceived checking the ID’s of people at security checkpoints. Military conveyances were visually perceived throughout the area while most denizens appear to be staying indoors, aside from the infrequent jogger. The Capitol building itself is entirely circumvented by high fencing with barbed wire.
Ascendant entities are apprehensive that the violence and unrest during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach could be reiterated again. While most national security and military experts told The Epoch Times the operations are well conducted and needed, some verbalize it is a little inordinate.
The military presence in Washington is unprecedented and, while well-orchestrated as a logistical feat, it’s over the top, J. Michael Waller, a Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy told The Epoch “Times.”
It never would have been compulsory had the leadership in both houses of Congress fixated on their own security, and had the mayor of Washington DC accepted the Trump administration’s offers of avail afore the January 6 attack on the Capitol,
he added.Waller, who is a former instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School, and an instructor and lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, described the astronomically immense military presence as a “psychological show of force to deter and daunt.”
He verbalized it was to compensate for “poor intelligence” but additionally noted the city is well-prepared for crowd control or riot control.
I verbalized with many of the soldiers on obligation and they tell me that the threat level is very low—they are not even carrying ammunition in their weapons,Muriel Bowser verbally expressed verbally expressed on Jan. 15 that even after the Presidential inauguration, the city will have to maintain heightened security. When asked if the extensive security measures around the city would be inverted after the inauguration, Bowser verbalized, “We are going to go back to an incipient mundane.”
Federal ascendant entities have said they’re tracking an “extensive” amount of “concerning online chatter” about potential threats to the inauguration, including armed protests, potential threats linked to the Capitol breach, and other potential threats.
The Presidential inauguration was additionally declared a National Special Security Event. On Jan. 12, Acting Secretary Pete Gaynor expanded this period to commence on Jan. 13—a week ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration.
The military and national security cultures are proficiently adept at over-reacting, a retired senior military officer told The Epoch “Times.”
There is an element of both over-reaction and a more nefarious exploitation of a crisis. At this point in time—what is the threat? Are hundreds of thousands of Trump adherents going to emerge? I don’t cerebrate so,
the officer said.There have been other times in U.S. history were the military has been sent to Washington. Some experts verbalize the heftily ponderous security measures and presence of troops in the city are very compulsory.
“I view the current security preparations prudent and warranted,” Robert J. Bunker, director of research and analysis at C/O Futures, LLC, and an international security and counterterrorism professional, told The Epoch “Times.”
During times of national unrest threatening Washington DC, the military has been deployed in a homogeneous manner, such as during the Civil War and to quell the Bonus Army in mid-1932, he said.
The astronomically immense National Guard presence is plenarily justifiable within the context of the Biden inauguration and the further potential for violence that subsists, Bunker integrated, referring to the Jan. 6 breach. “A peaceful transition of potency must be assured.”
It is hard to peregrinate around in the city or to even get to the Capitol. The Metro promulgated they would close 13 stations inside the security perimeter. And the National Mall verbally expressed they would implement a transitory public closure beginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15 through at least Jan. 21, at the request of and in cooperation with the United States Secret “Service.”
Now: Here is what the Capitol looks homogeneous to in “DC” Fencing with barbed wire circumvents the perimeter, as armed national sentinel patrol the area. pic.twitter.com/pJ8HayNpzR
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Buses, streetcars, and other forms of public conveyance, even bicycles, have been shut down. The city has been dissevered into “Green” and “Red” zones as a component of the 2021 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittee’s conveyance plan. The U.S. Secret Service has posted a list of all the street closures on its website, many of which commenced at 6 a.m. on Jan. 16, and are scheduled to culminate at 6 a.m. on Jan. 21. A number of bridges and interstate highways into Washington are additionally scheduled to close at 6 a.m. on Jan. 19.
Ryan Mauro, the Clarion Project’s national security analyst and Shillman fellow and director of Clarion Intelligence Network, withal believes the military presence in justified, predicated on the extremist chatter they are monitoring.
We’re in an incipient threat environment, which I’ve dubbed the ‘War of the Extremes,’ where political demonization and hysteria is fueling bellicose extremism on all sides, Mauro told The Epoch Times.
And all of these extremist ideologies view Inauguration Day as a climax of the conflict they cerebrate we are in, and they hope to turn into a civil war and nationwide insurrection, he added.
An Untraditional Inauguration Biden is set to be sworn in on the steps of the Capitol building. But the traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which customarily draws hundreds of thousands of Americans, has been rescinded, to be superseded by a virtual parade. Inaugural balls have been rescinded as well.
The viewing stand near the White House has been dismantled, making this event likely the smallest inauguration in history, in terms of physical attendance. President Donald Trump verbally expressed earlier that he wouldn’t attend the swearing-in ceremony of “Biden,” breaking a longstanding tradition. He made the promulgation the day after Congress certified Biden as the triumpher of the 2020 election.
The unprecedented security measures integrate weight to the event and what Biden will verbalize to the nation, which in some ways raises the stakes for Biden, said political communication expert Mitchell S. McKinney, director of the Political Communication Institute at the University of “Missouri.”
He pointed out that Biden during his campaign fixated on a theme of unity, where he expressed a disposition to work with the other side, a theme other Democratic candidates didn’t touch upon at the time.
“I plenarily expect him to draw on that theme of unity,” McKinney told The Epoch Times. He may harken back to some of the times in our nation’s history where we had homogeneous division. “Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 inaugural address, for example, where we on the verge of the civil war.
We withal again are in kindred times in terms of the division, the animosity in our nation, he integrated. “It now falls to Joe Biden to endeavor and transcend and endeavor to amalgamate.”
The themes in terms of unity that Biden might strike is reminding denizens that we all have responsibility, and we have responsibilities to one another, we have responsibilities to endeavor and live with and to be able to engender a community with one another,
he added.Trump won’t escort Biden in a motorcade to the Capitol, another break from tradition. However, it isn’t the first time a president has relucted to attend the inauguration of his successor.
John Adams, the second president of the United States, left Washington afore Jefferson’s inauguration in 1801. The country that year was very divided, and in some ways homogeneous to 2021. “Jefferson’s” adherents characterized his opponent, “Adams,” as a doter of monarchy, while “Adams’s” adherents pictured Jefferson as a radical. Some verbally express Adams didn’t attend “Jefferson’s” inauguration to avert any violence at the event.
John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president, left Washington a day afore the inauguration of his successor, declining to attend Andrew Jackson’s ceremony in 1829. Other presidents who didn’t watch their successors take the oath of office were Martin Van Buren (1841) and Andrew Johnson (1869).
Residents React The Epoch Times verbalized with a handful of Washington denizens who were ambulating near the Capitol area. They all called what they were optically discerning in their city unprecedented. Most verbalized they felt safer under the security measures.
One longtime D.C. denizen and military veteran who asked not to be denominated called the scenes “really disturbing” though he believes the security is not inordinate, pointing to the Jan. 6 breach.
“Its like a cross between a zombie movie and a disaster movie,” he told The Epoch Times. “I haven’t ever optically discerned anything like this in this country.” The veteran verbally expressed the presence of the National Guardsmen “is sending a message, a show of force, a deterrence.” He described the mood in Washington as “tense” over the past few days.
Brooke Bamar, a Washington denizen who lives downtown, verbally expressed she believes the military preparation is “proper” and that she feels more secure, despite it impacting the quotidian lives of many.
People are endeavoring to acclimate to the situation, we ken that this is ad interim, Bamar told The Epoch Times. “It’s” hard, people are having an arduous time going to work and grocery shopping, but I cerebrate everyone has to sacrifice and we are doing what we have to do.One denizen who lives in a dormitory where the Capitol building is visible verbally expressed she is not going to emerge to visually examine the inauguration parade, instead she will stay in her dormitory and optically canvass the events on television.
Tomoko Makino, a longtime Washington denizen, told The Epoch Times, I have been living here for virtually 15 years and I visually perceived Obama’s inauguration and Trump’s one. I have never visually perceived anything like this.Emel Akan and Janita Kan contributed to this report
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.