US Law Enforcement on High Alert for Donald Trump’s Inaugural
US law enforcement agencies are deploying unprecedented countermeasures in an effort to prevent a large truck attack at Donald Trump’s Inauguration on Friday.
Truck attacks killed dozens in Nice, France and Berlin last year.
Now Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said the threat environment for this inauguration is “different” from previous ones.
“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Director Clancy is quoted as saying.
“Every night I wake up and I wonder do we have some issue covered.”
The FBI is very concerned too.
“We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It’s been attacked in the past, historically,” said Paul Abbate, the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.
Secret Service agents have conducted nonstop training exercises designed to counter any attacks during the inaugural, according to reports
This year, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said, “The hard vehicle perimeter will be heavily fortified by trucks, dumpsters, buses and the like, given the current threat environment.”
Meanwhile, a group of protesters are reportedly plotting to “take down” the White House website Friday, Heat Street reports.
The plan was announced through PR Newswire, an international wire service.
“On Jan. 20, hundreds of thousands of Americans are going to Washington, DC to march in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump,” the statement read.
“Millions more around the country will be joining the cause from home. If you can’t make it to Washington DC on Inauguration Day, you can still participate by occupying whitehouse.gov online,” the statement read.
The group released its plan on how it intends to “occupy” the White House website during the Inauguration.
Amid the swearing in ceremony and the Inaugural Parade, police and military will be on high alert for potential terror attacks.
Officials say that 3,200 police officers, 8,000 national guardsmen and 5,000 active duty military members are heading to Washington, DC to secure the event.
This comes after reports surfaced in November saying that the Islamic State (IS) is planning an attack on Inauguration Day.
Policy Analyst, David Inserra researches Homeland Security at the Heritage Foundation and says the diverse group of military, law enforcement and intelligence officials, will allow for the most secure Inauguration possible.
“Each of them will bring their own sort of technical expertise that they can contribute to each of these sort of different areas, things that need to be accomplished in order for this inauguration to go off without a hitch,” Mr. Inserra said.
According to the Secret Service more than $100-M has been spent so far to ensure that the law enforcement and military agencies coming to the Inauguration are able to provide adequate security for the our President, and The American People.