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US Heightened alert: US authorities expect another attack on the Capitol

22:09  03 march  2021
22:09  03 march  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

'They were terrorists': Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack

  'They were terrorists': Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack "Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags." Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn exclusively told ABC News. “The rotunda … you just look up and it just goes up forever -- it's just an amazing architectural building,” Officer Dunn told ABC News’ Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas. “It's hard to not be in awe of it when you see it.

On January 6, radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. There are now indications of a second attack on Thursday.

Im Januar hatten Trump-Anhänger das US-Kapitol gestürmt. © Photo: dpa / Essdras M. Suarez Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in January.

US authorities have uncovered possible plans by extremists for a new attack on the US Capitol this Thursday. " We have received intelligence showing possible plans by an identified militia to break into the Capitol on Thursday, March 4th," Capitol Police said in Washington on Wednesday. The police are prepared for possible threats " against members of Congress or against the Capitol Complex version " .

The night before, the Capitol Police had announced that they had tightened security precautions and increased the number of officers deployed around Thursday. The reason is " worrying information and intelligence " .

FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions

  FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions A joint hearing by two Senate committees spotlighted the stark warnings issued before the Jan. 6 riot. But the alert was not flagged for top officials at either agency, according to congressional testimony Tuesday — deepening questions about the breakdowns that contributed to massive security failures on Jan. 6.

Fears of new violence on March 4th have been around for weeks, but it was unclear how specific the threat is. Supporters of the right-wing extremist conspiracy movement QAnon assume that the elected President Donald Trump will be sworn in for a second term on Thursday. March 4th was the day US presidents took their oath of office until 1933. The date was then set for January 20th.

Radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6th. On that day, Parliament should finally confirm the election victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election on November 3rd. Members of several right-wing extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were involved in the attack, which left five dead.

The Capitol was massively secured in preparation for Biden's inauguration on January 20th. The parliament complex was cordoned off with a high fence, thousands of national guards were dispatched.

Security officials say Capitol attack was premeditated and blame poor preparation on lack of intelligence

  Security officials say Capitol attack was premeditated and blame poor preparation on lack of intelligence All four security officials responsible for the response to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 testified that they believed the attack was premeditated, but two blamed not receiving intelligence for delayed and unorganized responses. © Provided by Washington Examiner Acting Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, former House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving, former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, and former Senate sergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper Michael Stenger all told Senate Rules Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar that they believed the attack was planned and coordinated before Jan. 6.

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Last week, the incumbent boss warned Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, at a congressional hearing about to lower security. Extremists would have the desire " to blow up the Capitol and kill as many parliamentarians as possible " . Biden's first State of the Union address was cited as a possible reason for an attack. A date for this so-called State of the Union Address has not yet been set. (AFP)

Two months and nearly 300 Capitol riot arrests later, the FBI is hunting hundreds more .
Most of the accused face charges from the Jan. 6 riot that could send them to prison for anywhere from 1-20 years.Investigators who typically work cases involving the trafficking of drugs, child pornography and sex have taken calls from rioter’s angry ex-wives and former girlfriends and employers turned tipsters.

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