Far-right radicals were planning to infiltrate President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, which will take place on January 20, disguised as National Guardsmen.
According to the publication, the FBI learned that a number of extremists discussed the possibility of entering the protected area by pretending to be members of the National Guard. “Members of QAnon (conspiracy community – note “Lenta.ru”) discussed how they could impersonate National Guard soldiers, believing it would be easy for them to enter protected areas,” reads one of the bureau documents.
In addition, U.S. intelligence agencies have learned that some members of the National Guard have recently noticed that they are being photographed and videotaped by unknown assailants. In addition, there have been recorded cases where unknown persons have viewed the records from surveillance cameras installed in protected areas.
According to The Washington Post, the FBI documents do not mention specific plans to disrupt inaugural events, but note that “numerous” extremists were involved in discussing possible violence against the transfer of power to the president-elect.
In turn, the spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Defense told the newspaper that the National Guard soldiers were instructed to watch out for anyone who is dressed in special outfit, but behaves suspiciously. This is due to the fact that those interested in provocation may try to pass themselves off as members of the military, getting a uniform in various ways.
Earlier in January, it was reported that the FBI would check all 25,000 members of the National Guard who will be guarding Washington during Biden’s inauguration. The vetting is due to authorities’ concerns that some of those tasked with protecting the U.S. capital over the next few days before the festivities may themselves pose a threat to the future president and other high-profile participants in the event.
On January 7, the U.S. Congress approved Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. This was preceded by riots and a storming of the Capitol by supporters of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, in which five people were killed. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20.