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FBI warns of planned un­rest at state­houses

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Af­ter the deadly riot at the U. S. Capi­tol on Wed­nes­day, law en­force­ment and elected officials are brac­ing for the pos­si­bil­ity of more vi­o­lence across the United States.

Groups track­ing right- wing ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions have said prepa­ra­tions for more vi­o­lence are un­der­way, and the FBI was warn­ing of pos­si­ble armed protests at state capi­tol build­ings be­gin­ning Jan. 17 and through the in­au­gu­ra­tion, an official with knowl­edge of a bul­letin told USA TO­DAY.

The official, who was not au­tho­rized to com­ment pub­licly, said au­thor­i­ties also have been cir­cu­lat­ing a poster pub­li­ciz­ing the events with the words “When democ­racy is de­stroyed, refuse to be si­lenced.” The poster for Jan. 17 calls for “armed march on Capi­tol Hill & all state capi­tols.”

At least five peo­ple, in­clud­ing a Capi­tol Po­lice officer and a woman who was shot by po­lice, died Wed­nes­day af­ter a mob of sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at­tacked the Capi­tol while Congress was meet­ing to cer­tify the elec­tion re­sults for Pres­i­dent- elect Joe Bi­den.

Democrats have called for Trump’s re­moval in the wake of the vi­o­lence, push­ing Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence to trig­ger the 25th Amend­ment and in­tro­duc­ing a new im­peach­ment ar­ti­cle

against the pres­i­dent.

While it re­mains un­clear how many peo­ple will show up for fur­ther protests, “peo­ple don’t have the lux­ury to down­play it,” said Oren Se­gal, vice pres­i­dent of the ADL Cen­ter on Ex­trem­ism. “Peo­ple don’t have the lux­ury to ig­nore it.

“The pres­i­dent hasn’t backed down on the con­cept that this a stolen elec­tion. Nar­ra­tives like that, of some­thing be­ing taken away from you, are so pow­er­ful.”

Capi­tol Po­lice have faced sharp crit­i­cism for its re­sponse to the ri­ots, prompt­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Chief Steven Sund. He told The Wash­ing­ton Post that he re­quested the Na­tional Guard be placed on standby in the days be­fore the riot, but House and Se­nate se­cu­rity officials turned him down. Rep. Tim Ryan, D- Ohio, on Mon­day said two Capi­tol Po­lice officers have been sus­pended. One re­port­edly put on a Make Amer­ica Great hat and started “di­rect­ing some peo­ple around,” Ryan said; the other took a selfie with one of the peo­ple who had stormed into the Capi­tol.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked Amer­i­cans not to come to Wash­ing­ton for Bi­den’s in­au­gu­ra­tion. “Our goals right now are to en­cour­age Amer­i­cans to par­tic­i­pate vir­tu­ally and to pro­tect the District to Columbia from a re­peat of the vi­o­lent in­sur­rec­tion ex­pe­ri­enced at the Capi­tol and its grounds on Jan. 6,” Bowser said at a news con­fer­ence.

Bowser said her ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quested the fed­eral gov­ern­ment de­clare a pre- emer­gency dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion. In a let­ter to act­ing Sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity Chad Wolf, the mayor also asked that the de­part­ment ex­tend the pe­riod for spe­cial se­cu­rity for the in­au­gu­ra­tion to in­clude Mon­day through Jan. 24.

Wolf said in a state­ment that he in­structed the Se­cret Ser­vice to be­gin the spe­cial se­cu­rity event pe­riod on Wed­nes­day in­stead of Jan. 19, cit­ing “events of the past week and the evolv­ing se­cu­rity land­scape.”

Later Mon­day, Wolf an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion. “I am sad­dened to take this step, as it was my in­ten­tion to serve the De­part­ment un­til the end of this Ad­min­is­tra­tion,” a state­ment said. “Un­for­tu­nately, this ac­tion is war­ranted by re­cent events, in­clud­ing the on­go­ing and mer­it­less court rul­ings re­gard­ing the va­lid­ity of my au­thor­ity as Act­ing Sec­re­tary.” Pete Gaynor, Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency ad­min­is­tra­tor, will be the new act­ing sec­re­tary.

Bowser said she en­cour­aged the de­part­ment to co­or­di­nate with the Jus­tice and De­fense de­part­ments, Congress and the Supreme Court on a plan to pro­tect fed­eral prop­erty. District po­lice would fo­cus on ar­eas over which they have ju­ris­dic­tion in the city, she said.

Gen. Daniel Hokan­son, chief of the na­tional Guard Bureau, said Mon­day that 10,000 Na­tional Guard troops would be in Wash­ing­ton on Jan. 20 for the in­au­gu­ra­tion. An ad­di­tional 5,000 troops could be called up if needed, he said.

Bowser also said she re­quested that the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior, which over­sees the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, can­cel and deny any pub­lic gath­er­ing per­mits through Jan. 24.

Per­mits un­der re­view

Ni­cholas Good­win, a spokesman for the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior, told USA TO­DAY that the de­part­ment was in touch with the mayor’s office.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s list of First Amend­ment, Spe­cial Event and in­au­gu­ra­tion per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions it has re­ceived through the end of Jan­uary, only one per­mit, still be­ing pro­cessed, was ex­plic­itly pro- Trump. The ap­pli­cant, “Let Amer­ica Hear Us, Roar For Trump,” re­quested space around the White House for an ex­pected 300 par­tic­i­pants, ar­riv­ing Jan. 18 and leav­ing Jan 20. Un­der the head­ing “pur­pose,” the group listed “In­au­gu­ra­tion Day, to sup­port our Pres­i­dent. 1st Amend­ment Rights Gath­er­ing.”

Else­where, state cap­i­tals were beef­ing up se­cu­rity amid fear of vi­o­lence.

Wash­ing­ton Gov. Jay Inslee ac­ti­vated hun­dreds of Na­tional Guard troops to help state po­lice near its Capi­tol. State pa­trol SWAT officers were at Ge­or­gia’s Capi­tol on Mon­day. Idaho locked doors to its House and Se­nate chambers as state troop­ers sat at the en­trances. In Michi­gan, a state com­mis­sion voted Mon­day to ban the open car­ry­ing of weapons in the Capi­tol build­ing.

In its warn­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the FBI de­scribed ev­i­dence of cred­i­ble threats re­lated to events planned for Jan. 17 at the state Capi­tols in Michi­gan and Min­nesota, Ya­hoo News re­ported.

Ya­hoo News re­ported it had ob­tained an FBI doc­u­ment pro­duced by the Min­neapo­lis field office based on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by “col­lab­o­ra­tive sources” a week be­fore mobs stormed the Capi­tol. The doc­u­ment fo­cused on ral­lies planned by the far- right “booga­loo move­ment.” The re­port warned that “some fol­low­ers in­di­cated will­ing­ness to com­mit vi­o­lence in sup­port of their ide­ol­ogy, cre­ated con­tin­gency plans in the event vi­o­lence oc­curred at the events, and iden­tified law en­force­ment se­cu­rity mea­sures and pos­si­ble coun­ter­mea­sures.”

“They have warned that if Congress at­tempts to re­move POTUS via the 25th Amend­ment a huge up­ris­ing will oc­cur,” ABC News re­ported the FBI bul­letin as say­ing. Court­houses and ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ings also were po­ten­tial tar­gets, ABC News re­ported.

ADL, for­merly known as the An­tiDefama­tion League, said last Thurs­day that ex­trem­ists’ prepa­ra­tions were tak­ing place on so­cial me­dia fo­rums, in­clud­ing Twit­ter and YouTube, and on fringe fo­rums pop­u­lar with ex­trem­ists.

“Re­minder that the U. S. Pres­i­den­tial In­au­gu­ra­tion day is on Jan­uary 20th. That is the next date on the cal­en­dar that the Pro- Trump and other na­tion­al­ist crowds will po­ten­tially con­verge on the Capi­tol again,” a white su­prem­a­cist Tele­gram chan­nel posted.

“The pres­i­dent hasn’t backed down on the con­cept that this a stolen elec­tion. Nar­ra­tives like that, of some­thing be­ing taken away from you, are so pow­er­ful.” Oren Se­gal ADL Cen­ter on Ex­trem­ism

‘ Pre­dictable’ ter­ror­ism

On Wimkin, an­other plat­form, a group call­ing it­self “Mil­lion Mili­tia March” is­sued this call: “IF OUR COUN­TRY DIES on 1/ 20, it won’t be the only thing that dies. Pres­i­dent Trump will die, they will hang him, if not by a rope they will end him in some way. ... THEY FOUGHT FOR US. What are WE go­ing to DO?”

The ADL’s Se­gal said many plans for the Jan. 6 mob were sim­i­larly hap­pen­ing in plain sight. But, Se­gal said, many av­er­age Amer­i­cans who be­lieve the elec­tion was stolen took part, too.

“Even if we have rel­a­tive quiet” in com­ing weeks, Se­gal said, “this is some­thing that this coun­try is go­ing to be deal­ing with for a long time.”

 ?? JACK GRU­BER/ USA TO­DAY ?? This sign was left along the grounds of the Na­tional Mall in Wash­ing­ton the day af­ter ri­ots at the U. S. Capi­tol last week.
JACK GRU­BER/ USA TO­DAY This sign was left along the grounds of the Na­tional Mall in Wash­ing­ton the day af­ter ri­ots at the U. S. Capi­tol last week.

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