FBI screens U.S. troops for possible insider threats ahead of inauguration

FBI screens U.S. troops for possible insider threats ahead of inauguration
Image: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy/LU Staff

[Ed. – This is a gross affront to our men and women in uniform, but the more pressing question, in light of the FBI’s past behavior, is who is going to vet them?]

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches.

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