2 National Guard members removed from inauguration detail for militia ties

Two U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the security detail for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after the troops deployed to Washington D.C. were vetted for extremist ideologies.

The Associated Press reports that the two National Guard members were found to have ties to “fringe right-group militias,” according to U.S. Army and intelligence officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

There is no plot against Biden or members of Congress reported.

Reached for comment by the AP, the National Guard Bureau referred reporters to the U.S. Secret Service, which said, “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.”

After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, law enforcement at the local and federal levels was put on high alert to ensure that President-elect Biden is inaugurated peacefully. Approximately 25,000 U.S. National Guard troops will be deployed in the nation’s capital Wednesday for the inauguration. However, some lawmakers have raised concerns that among these Guard members may be supporters of President Trump who might, in the words of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), “want to do something.”

Last week, a senior defense official speaking anonymously briefed reporters on law enforcement efforts to identify potential risks among the guardsmen stationed in D.C.

“We know that some groups actively attempt to recruit our personnel into their cause or actually encourage their members to join the military for the purpose of acquiring skills and experience in our military force,” the official reportedly said.

“We recognize that those skills are prized by some of these groups, not only for the capability it offers them, but it also brings legitimacy in their mind to their cause. The fact that they can say they have former military personnel that align with their extremist and violent extremist views. So this clearly is of great concern to us.”

The National Guard, Army, Secret Service, and FBI jointly coordinated to vet the 25,000 National Guard members from 44 states for extremist ideologies or ties to radical militia groups.

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said Monday that there is no evidence of an insider plot to disrupt the inauguration or attack Biden or members of Congress.

“While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital,” Miller said in a statement.

Some critics have spoken out against the vetting, which they see as disrespectful to service members.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott on Tuesday tweeted, “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard.”

“No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard,” he added. “I authorized more than 1,000 to go to DC. I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.”

Miller said Monday that the vetting taking place is typical for “significant security events.”

“This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military participation is unique.”

14 thoughts on “2 National Guard members removed from inauguration detail for militia ties

  1. Protecting the inauguation? Sounds more like the beginning of direct attack on free spech and thought. Afraid that someone doesn’t like creepy joe? I disliked a few officers and fellow Marines when I served but always followed my oath to protect all.

  2. All this nonsense as to vetting the National Guard or any other Military personnel is pure Nonsense. The Government is Over-reacting as well as trying to make a Mountain our of a Mole Hill. What happened at the Capitol was deeply unfortunate but it was not President Trump’s doing, but the actions of all groups who were Far Left and Far Right in Nature….and those Republicans/Conservatives who got caught up with the Rush, in my opinion are blameless as they had No Idea what was going on. And at the Same Time thousands upon thousands of Trump Supporters did Nothing illegal. But the Government of Pelosi and even McConnell are wrong in what they are doing as they ignored previous Months of Unjust behavior from Antifa, BLM and other Far Left groups, but now think it just to vet for Far Right Groups…something is not correct in actions and their acts toward 2 seems to me they Needed to Find Something to justify their Actions, period.

  3. The cream of the crap in the demoncrat party, nutzy paloooozi, chump scummer, adumb schitt, nutless noodler, and the rest of the crooks in their party will have a lot to be fearful of for the next four years. They have 75 million Americans after them for their fraud and stealing the election – they know what the did and the scum will stink in their cesspool that they created for themselves. THEY WILL SEE THE HATE THAT THE DESERVE biden will never be president to any of us. And we will give who ever is in that office the same respect and cooperation that was given to PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. They will pay for their crime. Just think , they can’t even trust the people that are suppose to protect them… They will have sleepless night and every time they go out the door they’ll be looking over their shoulders. You set the pace but you’re not going to outrun your own fear.

    1. I said a long time ago the same you’re saying here………
      These communists don’t realize they are in AMERICA and there are a lot of 45’s and 38’s floating around waiting for their chance…..
      like you said……CONSTANTLY LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS…..

  4. Shall we tell him the Service Members take an OATH, that they hold DEARLY to the CONSTITUTIONS and NOT to useless weasels that got elected by morons?

    IF we did tell him, COULD he understand the concept?

  5. Read your history! We are at the same place Pre-Nazi germany was at. Communists fighting anarcists fighting nationalists same chirch different pew! All the while the media’s propraganda spews out the racist nonsense keeping people confused about any truth. It is going to get bloody as soon as the economy falls and bread costs $10.00 a loaf or more. Someone will emerge the strongman pick up the pieces and put it back together in one form or another. History taught us that lesson before and we learned nothing. Yep! Right at the same place!

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