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HOMELAND SECURITY – Following the violent riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the National Guard from several states have been mobilized and deployed to Washington, D.C. However, unlike prior deployments where the Guard was unarmed and used mostly for presence and crowd and traffic control, some of these troops are now armed and ready.

They will also be providing site security for the Capitol and in some areas of downtown D.C.

Approximately 6,200 National Guard troops have been flown into the nation’s capital from several nearby states. The troops from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia joined those from D.C. to help avoid a repeat of last week’s deadly chaos.

Additionally, a metal fence similar to the one previously erected around the White House now surrounds the Capitol grounds. Both National Guard troops and law enforcement officers are guarding the perimeter behind the fence.

Two Air Force veterans were killed and three others, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the storming of the Capitol by hundreds of rioters.

Some have labeled the riot an ‘insurrection’ that is a legal stretch. While it was a horrible, unacceptable criminal event and I have strongly condemned it I called it a criminal mob and riot with terroristic aspects but not a coup or an insurrection.

I say ‘terroristic’ because some involved used physical violence for the express purpose of political intimidation, and that is part of the textbook definition of terrorism.

While all this can be debated, it is doubtful that the majority of this unarmed mob was intent on overthrowing the United States government.

But now things have heated up considerably. We have since seen many online calls for armed protesters going to D.C. in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and a huge pro-Trump ‘Million Militia March’ on Inauguration Day.

Military Times (MT) reported:

“REFUSE TO BE SILENCED,” said one online post cited by Alethea Group, calling for an “ARMED MARCH ON CAPITOL HILL & ALL STATE CAPITOLS” for Jan. 17, the last Sunday of Trump’s polarizing presidency. Another post called for action at “DC & All State Capitols” and was signed by “common folk who are tired of being tread upon” declares: “We were warned!”

Bringing illegal firearms into the district could significantly alter the dynamic from last week, where almost all the protestors were unarmed. Hence the Guard now being armed as well.

While some of the National Guard troops have now brought weapons and other tactical combat gear, they are mostly patrolling unarmed for now. That could quickly change.

A D.C. Guard spokesman said, according to MT, “The D.C. National Guard stands ready to support the incident command and is committed to supporting our local and federal agency partners.”

This appears to mean the troops are authorized to stand watch armed if needed. But that has not yet occurred, said the Guard spokesman. “We are not carrying weapons now, but any changes in posture will be determined by intel reports and risk assessment,” he said.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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de52
de52
6 days ago

Where was this protection this summer when BLM/Antifa thugs were burning a church, vandalizing streets and statues, rioting, looting and occupying public streets and parks? Makes this show of “moral outrage” a little hard to swallow!

Dan
Dan
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

The MSM & Democrats are all just Socialist Communism and hypocrites. There is video of Antifa thugs starting to break the windows of the Capitol Building while chanting Antifa, Antifa, Antifa. When a Trump supporter stops one Antifa thug from breaking a window, that is ignored. Also, in the past, how about Madonna at the Capital saying she thought many times about blowing up the White House??? Or Johnny Depp asking: When was the last time an actor assassinated a President???? The MSM, Big Tech, and the Democrats are dividing this nation further.

Jerry
Jerry
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan, that doesn’t fit the commie Left’s narrative. “None are so blind…..

Henry Peter
Henry Peter
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan

The billionaire class loves this divisiveness. The focus should be on the billionaires enslaving the Americsn people. Everything else is meaningless theatre.

David Foster
David Foster
6 days ago
Reply to  Henry Peter

Billionaires are not the problem, the problem is the thousandaires who come into office become Millionaires and never leave, they are the cancer to be removed

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago
Reply to  Henry Peter

Henry you have it wrong. The Government’s have us enslaved with all the taxes.

Brokengirl55
Brokengirl55
6 days ago

And there’s more on the way

Madeleine
Madeleine
6 days ago

No more Herbert. America is no longer a Corporation! That was dissolved long ago by President Trump, and the Feds have now moved into the treasury so the corrupt Rothschilds will no longer bleed humanity dry. They printed paper money then lent it at high interest. So they got very rich and humanity got poorer. No more! President Trump signed NESARA into being on the 2nd November and soon the entire World will come under GESARA. Thats what the Globalists are furious about, their benefactors (Rothchild’s, Rockefellers, Soros, Royal Family and the Italian Phoenician families as well as the Vatican are down) Jut stay safe in teh coming weeks, keep your families stocked up with supplies until all the rats are removed. (That includes MSM) They are all Pedophiles, and Luciferans They regard humanity as beneath them

Mac93
Mac93
3 days ago
Reply to  Henry Peter

It is entertainment for those that look upon the rest of us as peasants 😠🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

jerry hughes
jerry hughes
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan

There will be no liberals left after the civil war

Paul
Paul
6 days ago
Reply to  Dan

I worry about them having the power because they don’t care if they turn our own beloved troops and police on us. Being much more aggressive on us than the Protifa Blm commies. When I was in the military I would not of turned on my own good people because we are the ones that really love America. The commie only want to bring America down. Trump is the Man

Kitty Fletcher
Kitty Fletcher
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

The Democrat leaders didn’t want it for their “peaceful” protest where business and courthouses were burned down and people were killed. I’m tact Kamala Harris was paying to get these criminals out of jail.

Scotty
Scotty
6 days ago
Reply to  Kitty Fletcher

And got elected! I don’t get it.

James Richards
James Richards
6 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

Well when You are the Vote Counters You Get Whatever Result You Want. The Dastardly Democrats Made sure They had People in the Right Places at the Right Times. Only the Blind, Complicit, Indoctrinated, or just Plain Stupid Believe the Election was Legit!

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago
Reply to  James Richards

Not me! I learned alongtime ago that no election is legit or honest. I have watched them change the ballots and our state governments knew about it.

Hiram B Cooper Jr
Hiram B Cooper Jr
6 days ago
Reply to  Scotty

Rigged election.

Robert
Robert
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

de52
Now could that be because it was not BLM persons causing the problem, as Barr and the State Law Enforcement said it was outsiders who hijacked the BLM protests to try to start a Civil Race War, mainly Whitew Supremists and Radical Militias.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-evidence-shows-extremist-groups-foreign-actors-hijack-george-floyd-protests

Barbie
Barbie
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

Agree with you 100%! Most intelligent people see they the hypocrisy

David Foster
David Foster
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

Yes that is the big question, I guess you can take over a police station, kill innocent civilians, maim and intimidate people and nothing happens but walk into the Capitol with security opening gates and all the sudden the military shows with weapons, bullshit.

Sam
Sam
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

The MSM makes and Democrats makes me SICK. They are a bunch of GREEDY COMMUNISTS , all they care about is themselves. They will rot in Hell

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

That is because the dems did it and now they blame the Republican’s for the riot and now they are protecting the OBiden. I was thinking the same as you.

Harley08
Harley08
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

No where. They could care less about that. They just don’t want the world to know all of the illegal dealings and Trump is ready to bring light yo them.

Flabbergasted
Flabbergasted
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

It’s difficult to see apparently when the democrats send their terrorist organization BLM and antifa to terrorize the citizens burn cities and loot destroying businesses it is registered as “mostly peaceful “ because democrats pay them with taxpayers money. Our politicians never thought that the people would see through their bullshit and hold them accountable and demand to be heard. Not one was brave enough to stand up to this mob. So how can they be dependable on taking care of our country?

jay
jay
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

But look who was paying for that to happen not republicans wonder who?

marina
marina
6 days ago
Reply to  de52

Remember the tech bubble, close tweeter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any, Twiter down 12% today, before they are worthless, stop buying from Amazon, buy direct from the seller/merchant don’t wait DO IT NOW URGENT******* this is how is done, protest from your wallet and win

Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
6 days ago

The best thing to do, would be to just hold the Presidential swearing in , in Biden’s Basement in Delaware..no reason to risk our Brave National Guardsmen being exposed to Covid’19 or anything else just to satisfy Biden’s and the Democrats Egos. Have a small ceremony, reported by CNN and MSNBC ONLY, and a limited invitation list, Pelosi, Swalwell,Schumer, Mad Maxine Water, Durbin, AOC, the gigantic Stacy Abrams, ..in other words just the Stars of the Democrat Party..”DOCTOR” Jill can serve some imported Chinese Wine, and Hunter can serve egg rolls.

AML
AML
6 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

I LOVE your idea, a basement inauguration for creepy Joe. Just make sure the teleprompters are working.

Doug T
Doug T
6 days ago
Reply to  AML

And he stays awake for the whole thing.

Tine
Tine
6 days ago
Reply to  AML

Teleprompters don’t help dementia patients. There is proof of that in many of his appearances.

od39@outlook.com
6 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

Stacy Abrams could not get Down the Stairs with all her weight and HUGE mouth

Tine
Tine
6 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

You have some great ideas Stephen.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

His basement will be his office.

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
6 days ago

So, I guess they are getting ready to murder conservatives!

judy
judy
6 days ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

I do not think there will be any there they are not that stupid

MustangUSNO4
MustangUSNO4
6 days ago
Reply to  judy

Quid pro joe could not get an outhouse filled with supporters. The old supporters will be congress.

Scotty
Scotty
6 days ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

Bring it

KDS
KDS
6 days ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

If the military had any GONADS they would tell JOKING JOE to go F-ck himself and give him a squirt gun.

paul st
paul st
6 days ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

They already are . And the 2 Fema camps in every state Obama had built and people asked , why ? Now you know why .