The Secret Service, the FBI and the National Guard are among 50 agencies and private companies that have formed a ‘Multi-Agency Command Center’ (MACC) to fortify Washington, D.C. ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The task force will meet for the first time on Wednesday at the Secret Service’s Washington field office where hundreds of people will work in 12-hour shifts to protect the city amid three new violent threats against the Capitol, which was attacked by a mob of MAGA supporters last week.
Private companies that have joined the task force include Amtrak, whose fleet of trains frequently travel through the nation’s capitol.
‘Everyone can just rest assured they are throwing the kitchen sink at this event,’ one Secret Service official involved in the planning told The Washington Post.
Another former Secret Service agent told the publication that the establishment of the MACC ensures proactive security measures are being taken, and help will be on hand in the event a volatile situation erupts.
‘Unlike January 6 [when the Capitol came under siege], nobody has to ask for the National Guard anymore,’ they stated.
‘Nobody has to send out an emergency call for the FBI SWAT team. They’re all there, pre-positioned and ready. Radiation protection. Bomb detectors. Amtrak sweeps. All the security personnel – they’re all now in place.’
Up to 15,000 National Guard members will also be on hand to protect D.C.
The Secret Service, FBI and the National Guard are among 50 agencies and private companies that have formed a ‘Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC)’ to fortify Washington, D.C. ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Thousands of National Guard troops have already arrived in the city. Some are pictured outside the Capitol on Tuesday
At least 10,000 National Guard troops will be in place by Saturday with a remaining 5,000 on standby in the event of an uprising. Pictured: thousands of troops arriving in D.C. on Tuesday
Stores have boarded up their windows amid fear of further violence in D.C. in the lead up to Inauguration Day
Members of the National Guard have been deployed to D.C. They are pictured arriving late Tuesday night
Members of the National Guard are seen armed and protecting the US Capitol Building following the violent siege which took place there last week
A map of Washington, D.C. showing security measures and road closures that are in effect ahead of Inauguration Day next Wednesday
Fences have been erected outside the Capitol Building, The White House and the Supreme Court, while road closures in the are have now gone into effect. The Supreme Court is seen closed off on Tuesday
A protester holds signs near the fenced-off Capitol Building at sundown on Tuesday evening
At least 10,000 of those troops will be in place by Saturday with the remaining 5,000 on standby.
Fences have been erected outside the Capitol Building, The White House and the Supreme Court, while road closures in the are have now gone into effect.
The beefed-up security measures come as authorities revealed three separate plots to attack the Capitol ahead of the inauguration, including one described as the ‘largest armed protest in American history.’
The most concerning is said to involve armed rioters encircling the Capitol and blocking Democrats from entering – killing them if necessary – so that Republicans can take command of government.
Another protest is being planned in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the USAF veteran who was shot at point blank range by a police officer as she tried to clamber into the Speaker’s Lobby during the Trump mob’s siege.
An FBI internal memo warned of a group that was calling for the ‘storming’ of state, local and federal government buildings, as well as court houses if Trump is removed from office.
That has prompted all 50 states to go on alert, increasing security around their own capitol buildings.
HARRISBURG, PA: A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Special Response Team stands outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Tuesday following the release of the FBI memo
HARRISBURG, PA: A heavily armed officer is seen standing outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building
AUSTIN, TX: Texas State Troopers stand alert for protesters outside of the Texas State Capitol in Austin
An FBI bulletin published on Tuesday stated: ‘Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January.
‘On 8 January, the FBI received information on an identified group calling for others to join them in ‘storming’ state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event POTUS is removed as President prior to Inauguration Day,’ the bulletin continued.
‘This identified group is also planning to ‘storm’ government offices including in the District of Columbia and in every state, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump, on 20 January.’
Officials across the country are taking the threat extremely seriously, as evidenced by increased security at government buildings across the country on Tuesday.
AUSTIN, TX: Dozens of Texas State Troopers were seen with tactical gear as they stood guard outside the Capitol on Tuesday
AUSTIN, TX: State Troopers protect the north entrance of the Texas State Capitol
AUSTIN, TX: Texas Dept. of Public Safety riot police stand guard at the Texas Capitol in Austin Tuesday. The heavy police presence was prompted by rumors of armed Texans plans to take over the building
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania members of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Special Response Team were seen patrolling the exterior of the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in Texas, dozens of state troopers in tactical gear formed a protective barrier at the outside of their Capitol Building in the city of Austin.
Members of the Texas Dept. of Public Safety riot police were also on hand and standing guard.
In Washington state, there was also additional security.
Members of the Washington National Guard were deployed to Olympia to protect that state Capitol Building, as snipers stood on the roof.
And in Madison, Wisconsin, the windows of the historic state Capitol were boarded up amid fears of violence in the days ahead.
OLYMPIA, WA: Members of the Washington National Guard surround the Washington State Capitol Tuesday
OLYMPIA, WA: Members of the Washington State Patrol stand guard as security is beefed up amid rising political tensions
OLYMPIA, WA: A member of the Washington State National Guard stands behind security fence erected outside the Capitol
MADISON, WI: Workers begin boarding up the Wisconsin state Capitol building in Madison on Monday. State officials are concerned about the prospects of state-centered violence in the wake of last week’s security breaches at the US Capitol