Unprecedented Militarized Inauguration Security – Most Fortified in History – Surpassing Even Trump’s in 2017


HOMELAND SECURITY — Whether the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6 justifies the massive, militarized security lockdown for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is yet to be seen, but the optics don’t look good.

I have been on the streets of Washington, D.C. since Saturday supporting several foreign TV news crews, and these precautions far surpass even those for the heavily fortified Trump Inauguration in 2017. Militarized security is an understatement.

Most Democrat partisans and D.C. residents likely didn’t attend the 2017 Trump inaugural and don’t know how challenging that event’s security was. Their closest memory of an inaugural is Obama’s in 2013. And the Obama ‘love fests’ were far different events.

I heard several obvious partisans walking the streets say how they had never seen anything like this. And it is true. Trump’s was similar in some ways and worse in others. But nothing in terms of security like this.

Many of the current precautions such as high, unscalable metal fencing, sand-laden dump trucks and buses as vehicle barriers, and numerous fortified checkpoints — perhaps not as prevalent for Obama’s inaugural — were seen at the 2017 Trump event.

Recall that in 2017 Trump was being called a Russian agent, his election was being delegitimized as having been won by Russia and he was receiving a heightened number of death threats after his election. Mobs of angry protesters swarmed to downtown D.C. to condemn Trump’s inauguration and security was expanded beyond that for Obama.

I was present at the 2017 event and at the time I likened the scene in D.C. to East Berlin during the Cold War. It was unreal. 

The barriers were everywhere near the White House and Capitol in 2017, and entry to Pennsylvania Avenue was highly controlled via checkpoints.

However, the anti-Trump mobs basically owned the streets directly outside the limited secured perimeter — and roamed at will.

Trump supporters were assaulted and bullied leaving their hotels. Harassed and attacked as they tried to go through security checkpoints. Restaurants and other shops were closed out of fear of rioting and violence by anti-Trump protesters. 

What is different now is a significant expansion of the security perimeter North and South of the National Mall, Capitol and White House. Fortifications, fencing and restricted ‘no-go’ areas extend many blocks further in most directions. 

Several blocks around the White House are totally locked down. The area is bordered by K Street NW, 14th Street NW, Constitution Avenue NW and 19th Street NW. Entering this area requires security screening. D.C. Metro is also shuttering stations in the city’s core and near the Mall. 

Many streets downtown have been closed and these closures will continue through Thursday and are subject to change at the discretion of the Secret Service.

 

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It is highly doubtful any anti-Biden protests similar to the anti-Trump protests during the 2017 Trump inaugural will be seen this week. For that matter, it is doubtful any pro-Biden supporters will be seen much either.

But the most significant difference is the massive National Guard presence. Previously used in the hundreds in an unarmed role mostly to man intersections, and patrol Metro stations, they are now out in force. Upwards of 20,000, mostly armed, National Guard troops have set up a solid perimeter inside the fence line at the Capitol.

Armed Guard troops are also manning checkpoints on the outer security perimeter many blocks away from the core security zone around Pennsylvania Avenue. This is something not seen in recent memory.

Of course, just six months ago the limited use of unarmed National Guard troops by President Trump to quell the violent rioting, looting and burning around the White House I described here was widely condemned. And concerns were raised everywhere about Trump “militarizing” the response to the riots. 

With 20,000 armed troops now in DC — it appears that this issue is no longer a concern.


Paul Crespo

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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Major Havoc
Major Havoc
3 months ago

Yeah the reason they need more military is because more than half of America knows that scumbag Biden and the garbage Democrats cheated, they hate that pedophile Biden, and they’re scared to death that somebody is going to try and put a bullet through his ancient head

William L Emery Sr.
William L Emery Sr.
3 months ago
Reply to  Major Havoc

I fear for Biden maybe. being hit by a man in false military uniform all troops should be doubled or tripled up. NO armed Singles at anytime.

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
3 months ago

Why? Don’t you want the ‘whole country’ to feel &👀, like Commie-fornia under President Kum’all’ovah…❓😆

kappelvo
kappelvo
3 months ago
Reply to  Major Havoc

I love to see how scared to death are the demoRATS . I wonder how comes that XIbiden didn’t call yet for Chinese PLA to come to the rescue ?

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
3 months ago

Appropriate for a banana-republic, and, O’biden dog should get a better reception❓Ya think…

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
3 months ago

How many national guards are protecting Trump?

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 months ago

25,000, about the same as 2.5 infantry divisions.

Sandy
3 months ago

Surprising the Democrats would arm Washington with more soldiers that fought the Civil War. Amazingly it just proves how unpopular Biden and the Democratic agenda has become. They will use brute force and censorship the New Democratic way.

Amazed
Amazed
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

Democrats are afraid, very afraid! Yet they keep making threats towards Pres.Trump and his followers. This may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Democrats say they want to unify the country. Go figure😂

True American
True American
3 months ago

Have you thought that the military buildup in DC is for another reason.? HUMM !

AmFer
3 months ago
Reply to  True American

It did cross my mind……

TomB
TomB
3 months ago
Reply to  True American

I’ve heard a few things that make your comment interesting… a simple question: why are they checking IDs “leaving” the area?

ray
ray
3 months ago

This will prove to the socialist that the American people have no stomach for a fight to save their freedom and liberty.

Fran Schroeder
Fran Schroeder
2 months ago
Reply to  ray

With this administration, the rich will get richer and poor will get poorer especially with small businesses being destroyed.

Marina
Marina
3 months ago

This is how an illegitimate candidate is inaugurated.
We need to sign petitions to get ALL dem of Congress out where do I signed up.
“But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration. We have to expect that, and we have to be ready for that.” Jack Dorsey Twit
Twitter and Facebook ARE NOT Private companies they have gone PUBLIC as they are publicly traded.
Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, is also mounting an International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans. All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative. Twitter down 15% from $52 to $45, from last week to today, make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting.. This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook. Use Ramble, GaB instead. Tech bubble is imminent, close twitter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any from your IRA, 401K check your mutual funds that have Twitter or FB included, Twitter down again, dump before they go to zero, stop buying from Amazon, NO more made in the CCP purchases, buy direct from the mom’s and pop’s stores near you, made in America only, don’t wait DO IT TODAY.

marina
3 months ago

This is how an illegitimate candidate is inaugurated.
We need to sign petitions to get ALL dem of Congress out where do I signed up.
“But this is going to be much bigger than just one account and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, and this week, and the next few weeks and go beyond the inauguration. We have to expect that, and we have to be ready for that.” Jack Dorsey Twit
Twitter and Facebook ARE NOT Private companies they have gone PUBLIC as they are publicly traded.
Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, is also mounting an International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans. All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative. Twitter down 15% from $52 to $45, from last week to today, make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting.. This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook. Use Ramble, GaB instead. Tech bubble is imminent, close twitter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any from your IRA, 401K check your mutual funds that have Twitter or FB included, Twitter down again, dump before they go to zero, stop buying from Amazon, NO more made in the CCP purchases, buy direct from the mom’s and pop’s stores near you, made in America only, don’t wait DO IT TODAY.

Major Havoc
Major Havoc
 4 hours ago

kappelvo
kappelvo
3 months ago

Welcome to the distinguished 3-rd world socialist community.

Knight
Knight
3 months ago

Are they going to protect him for four years?

Sandy
3 months ago

Guess it shows the world we have a weak unpopular President taking control of this country.

deedee
deedee
3 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

The world is very aware and are extremely excited by it!!!
China bring number one!!

Fran Schroeder
Fran Schroeder
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

Biden isn’t in control. The CCP is. How is this going to go down in America. The CCP is already here waiting to invade. They own a great deal of American land all over the country.

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