D.C. remains on edge as the day QAnon followers believe Trump will become president again arrives forcing the House to cancel Thursday’s vote after intelligence of a plot ‘to breach the Capitol’ was received
- Washington D.C. remains on high alert due to a ‘possible plot to breach the Capitol’ on Thursday
- Capitol police confirmed they received an intelligence report of a far-right militia plot
- Security has been beefed up around Capitol buildings as the National Guard patrol
- The Capitol is being guarded by almost 5,000 troops ahead of Thursday’s possible threat
- The House of Representatives canceled its scheduled votes for Thursday as a result of the report
- Senate is scheduled to remain in session as it looks at President Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill
- It comes following fears there could be a situation similar to January 6 when a MAGA mob stormed the US Capitol in a violent riot that resulted in five deaths, including that of a Capitol police officer
- March 4 as been branded by QAnon loyalists as ‘real Inauguration Day’ as it was the date formerly scheduled for the event until 1933
- The conspiracy theory has pushed the idea that Trump will return to power on Thursday
Law enforcement in Washington D.C remain on edge on Wednesday night as they bunker down in preparation for potential unrest from pro-Trump groups on March 4.
The House of Representatives canceled its scheduled votes for Thursday after U.S. Capitol Police revealed it has received intelligence reports that indicated ‘a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group’ on Thursday.
‘The decision was made that it was possible to finish all of the House’s legislative work for the week tonight,’ said the office of House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, on Wednesday. He sets the voting schedule.
The Senate is scheduled to be in session and expected to hold a vote-a-rama: a marathon voting session on a series of amendments to legislation, in this case to President Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill.
This Thursday is predicted by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory to be the day that Donald Trump will take power again, returning to D.C. to be inaugurated as president once more.
March 4 as been branded by QAnon loyalists as ‘real Inauguration Day’ as it was the date formerly scheduled for the event until 1933.
Security is being beefed up around the Capitol ahead of the date and out of fears there could be a situation similar to January 6 – when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, resulting in five dead and a wake of destruction in the building.
Members were forced to flee the House floor as rioters tried to break on to it. Staff hid in locked conference rooms and under desks as rioters rushed through the building.
A member of the National Guard stands at the East Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. on Thursday as the city’s law enforcement braces itself for potential unrest from followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory
Members of the National Guard are seen on duty Thursday ahead of March 4, which is predicted by followers of QAnon to be the day that Donald Trump will take power again, returning to D.C. to be inaugurated as president once more
Heightened security remains around the U.S. Capitol since the Jan. 6 attacks by a mob of supporters of then-President Trump
This Thursday is predicted by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory to be the day that former President Donald Trump (pictured on Sunday) will take power again and return to Washington D.C. for his inauguration
Military vehicles from the U.S. National Guard block an entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building amid heightened security
Members of the National Guard, some of whom have been stationed at the Capitol for two months already amid the threat of further unrest from pro-Trump, militia and right-wing group’s who believe the former president will be inaugurated again
The House had been scheduled to vote on a police reform bill on Thursday but it was pushed forward to Wednesday night as representatives confirmed they would not hold session the following day because of the threat.
Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday in her testimony to House lawmakers that the security posture at the Capitol right now ‘is enhanced’ as threats to members of Congress are ‘through the roof’, according to The Hill.
She said that threats have increased by 93.5 percent in the first two months of 2021 compared to the same period a year ago but that while the QAnon plot is ‘concerning … we are prepared to respond appropriately’.
Capitol Police did not name a specific group in its statement on Wednesday but there is chatter the militia group the Three Percenters is involved – the group were among the rioters accused of breaching the Capitol on January 6 as part of a Make America Great Again mob.
‘We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,’ USCP said in it statement, which came the same day that officials testified on Capitol Hill about security surrounding the complex.
‘We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,’ they noted.
‘Our Department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously. Due to the sensitive nature of this information we cannot provide additional details at this time.’
There have been no protest permits issued for Thursday, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said.
Members of the National Guard as D.C. locks down ahead of Thursday due to the risk of unrest from Trump loyalists
Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing there is a ‘possible plot’ by a militia group to breach the Capitol Thursday
The ‘possible threat’ of a further attack has meant that the House decided to cancel its vote on Thursday
Security vehicles are pictured around the US Capitol on Wednesday and law enforcement prepares for Thursday
Members of the Michigan National Guard and the U.S. Capitol Police keep watch on Wednesday
Capitol police walking up the building steps as law enforcement continue to be on the watch ahead of March 4
Members of the National Guard patrol Wednesday due to the potential threat from followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory
And acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett sent a memo to lawmakers and staff asking them to ‘remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity’ headed into Thursday.
Police sources told Fox 5 that they have now had vacation and days off canceled for the coming week as D.C. prepares to combat the threat posed by the new theory.
Capitol police had announced earlier on Tuesday that they had been made aware of ‘concerning information and intelligence pertaining to March 4th’ and were increasing security as a result.
The statement added that ‘based on the intelligence that we have, the Department has taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture and staffing for a number of days, to include March 4th’.
The Capitol is being guarded by almost 5,000 troops ahead of Thursday and US Capitol Police requested 4,900 National Guard troops remain in the nation’s capital until at least March 12.
For some soldiers, this means it is almost two months since they were first drafted in to the city following the MAGA mob riot on January 6 where Trump supporters broke into the Capitol in a violent riot that left five dead.
The increased presence from law enforcement comes as questions have lingered about the inadequate security preparations ahead of the MAGA mob riot earlier this year.
Members of the Michigan National Guard and the U.S. Capitol Police keep watch as heightened security remains in effect around the Capitol grounds since the Jan. 6 attacks by a pro-Donald Trump mob that resulted in five deaths
The House of Representatives canceled its scheduled votes for Thursday after U.S. Capitol Police revealed it has received intelligence reports that indicated ‘a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group’ on Thursday
What is the Three Percenters movement?
The Three Percenters are a loosely organized movement that formed in 2008, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights organization that tracks extremist groups.
On its website, the right-wing group says it isn´t an anti-government militia but ‘we will defend ourselves when necessary.’
The Three Percenters derives its name from the belief that just 3% of the colonists rose up to fight the British. They have vowed to resist any government that infringes on the U.S. Constitution.
The Oregon Three Percenters joined an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016. Dozens of people occupied the remote refuge for more than a month to protest federal control of Western lands. The group also took part in a violent right-wing rally in Portland last year.
March 4 emerged as a new source of hope for QAnon loyalists after the original theory that Trump would win the 2020 election fell apart.
It is a special date as it was the former inauguration date of the country before the 20th Amendment moved it up to its current date in January.
It was moved to lessen the time of a ‘lame duck’ presidency.
QAnon followers believe that Trump will rally and return to the Capitol on Thursday, where he will be sworn in again.
According to Fox, there is speculation that March 20 – the day the Republican party came to life in 1834 – and April 15 – federal income tax day – may also pose a threat.
A memo from acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett claims that some of the threat for March 4 has diminished.
It said that Capitol Police ‘has no indication that groups will travel to Washington D.C. to protest or commit acts of violence’.
It comes as influential figures on the QAnon movement backed away from March 4. Their change of heart is important as they have gained more sway since the shadowy ‘Q’ figure who sparked the whole movement stopped posting on image boards in December.
‘Some believe any public gatherings on the 4th to be a trap set for MAGA folk by the MSM/Deep State to draw them out,’ Brian Friedberg, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, told The Hill.
‘We haven’t seen anything to suggest that there’s any physical, real world mobilization behind that chatter,’ Jared Holt, a visiting research fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, added of Thursday’s threat.
QAnon beliefs have rarely been validated by the realities that have unfolded around the conspiracy’s followers.
As well as believing Trump will return as president this Thursday, they think the former president is working against Satanic members of Hollywood and the Democratic Party who are running a pedophile ring, which led to the infamous Pizzagate incident.
They also believe John F. Kennedy Jr. is still alive and that COVID-19 is a conspiracy that was invented to hurt Trump’s reelection chances.
However, it is thought that with the goalposts being changed yet again from March 4 that more may become convinced that the theory is not accurate.
Inauguration Day on January 20 ha been heralded by QAnon as the day of the ‘Great Awakening’
It had claimed that Trump would remain in office and arrest top Democrats for their alleged complicity in child sex trafficking rings.
Yet Biden became president and Trump was forced to leaving the White House, leaving for his Florida home Mar-a-Lago.
Followers moved on to March 4 but will now be pushed along again.
Even after leaving the White House, and his suspension from favorite social media platform Twitter, Trump has continued to push unfounded allegations that he won the 2020 election.
During his remarks at CPAC on Sunday, he mentioned the possibility of winning for ‘a third time’ if he chooses to run for president again. It suggested that he had won in 2020 and could run again in 2024.
Members of the Three Percenters have been among those charged with involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot.
Members of the Three Percenters have been among those charged with involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot, pictured
Security was upped around the Capitol after a MAGA mob stormed the building on January 6, pictured
According to a George Washington University study published on Tuesday, rioters included members of military networks, military ‘clusters,’ and ‘inspired believers’. Pictured, tear gas is released into a crowd of rioters on January 6
According to a George Washington University study published on Tuesday, rioters included members of military networks, military ‘clusters,’ and ‘inspired believers’.
Of the later group, they ‘arranged their own travel, accommodations, and other logistics to join the crowds in Washington from areas throughout the United States,’ according to the report.
‘Charging documents claim that many of the more-organized individuals that participated in the siege were affiliated with nationwide anti-government militia movements, specifically the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. Both groups operate as umbrella organizations for dozens of militias throughout the country,’ according to the group.
They ‘arranged their own travel, accommodations, and other logistics to join the crowds in Washington from areas throughout the United States,’ the report added.
Raw chicken, moldy bread and metal shavings: Poor food has hospitalized Michigan National Guard troops on patrol in DC causing state lawmakers to demand a new food vendor be brought in
Members of the Michigan National Guard have been forced to eat raw chicken, moldy bread and meals containing metal shavings while they remain on guard in Washington DC protecting the US Capitol from attack.
More than a dozen soldiers on deployment have become ill – with some serious enough to be hospitalized – after reportedly being given undercooked and contaminated food being supplied by a contractor to all troops stationed in DC.
Soldiers have blown the whistle on the sub-par food by sharing photos of pink chicken, uncooked beef and moldy food with lawmakers and online while one staff sergeant revealed dozens of meals had to be thrown out when metal shavings were found inside dishes.
The shocking conditions have sparked a group of bipartisan lawmakers to demand a new food vendor be brought in or for troops to be given a daily allowance to buy their own food, while some are calling for guard members to be sent home altogether.
During their time protecting the seat of American democracy, National Guard members have endured substandard conditions, including being forced to sleep outside, as well as COVID-19 safety risks.
Uncooked meat. Members of the Michigan National Guard have been forced to eat raw chicken, moldy bread and meals containing metal shavings while they remain on guard in Washington DC protecting the US Capitol from attack
Raw chicken. More than a dozen soldiers on deployment have become ill – with some serious enough to be hospitalized – after reportedly being given undercooked and contaminated food being supplied by a contractor to all troops stationed in DC
Moldy bread. Soldiers have blown the whistle on the sub-par food by sharing photos of pink chicken, uncooked beef and moldy food with lawmakers and online
Thousands of Guardsmen were forced to sleep on the floor of a packed parking garage back in January when they were told to stop taking their rest breaks inside the Capitol by a Capitol officer.
Meanwhile, hundreds of guard members tested positive for COVID-19 with insiders describing a failure by the National Guard to implement coronavirus testing and social distancing protocols evenly across the board.
In the latest saga over the treatment of the men and women deployed to the Capitol, National Guard members are complaining the food they are being given is inedible and unsafe, reported TV6.
Undercooked food left more than a dozen soldiers unwell including an unknown number who were taken to hospital as a result, one staff sergeant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told 7 Action News.
The guard member said the issue is not isolated, citing multiple occasions where dozens of meals were tossed due to the discovery of raw meat or other contamination.
Almost 75 meals were thrown out Sunday after metal shavings were found inside them while another 74 meals had raw beef in them, they said.
Aside from the poor – and sometimes dangerous – quality, the sergeant said troops are not being given enough food, with breakfast some days consisting of just a dinner roll and Sunny D ahead of a 12-hour shift.
Metal shavings. One staff sergeant revealed dozens of meals had to be thrown out when metal shavings were found inside dishes
The shocking conditions have sparked a group of bipartisan lawmakers to demand a new food vendor be brought in or for troops to be given a daily allowance to buy their own food
Raw beef (left) and a bad orange (right). Just some of the food the troops are fed while protecting the Capitol
Many guard members are said to be resorting to buying their own food because they don’t trust the food being provided to them.
Reports of the poor food has caused an uproar among lawmakers from both parties, with all 14 members of the Michigan Delegation in the House of Representatives sending a letter to Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel R. Hokanson Tuesday.
The letter, led by Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District, demanded the National Guard void its contract with the current food supplier and either find another or for a per diem to be provided to troops.
It was signed by Debbie Dingell, Tim Walberg, Brenda Lawrence, Jack Bergman, Haley Stevens, Fred Upton, Elissa Slotkin, John Moolenaar, Dan Kildee, Peter Meijer, Andy Levin, Lisa McClain and Rashida Tlaib.
The bipartisan group hit out at the ‘unacceptable and inadequate quality of food’ that had ‘hospitalized’ some troops.
‘We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol,’ the letter read.
‘However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers. It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C. are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided.
‘As Representatives of these service members, we request that either the current contract be voided and a new food provider be brought in or that the service members be provided with a per diem throughout their remaining time in Washington, D.C.’
The Michigan National Guard released a statement saying reports of undercooked and inadequate food was ‘very concerning’ and ‘unacceptable’
Issues with the quality of food comes after a backlash in January when shocking photos showed thousands of Guardsmen forced to sleep on the floor of the packed Thurgood Marshall Building parking garage and in a park outside (above)
Insiders described a failure by the National Guard to implement coronavirus testing and social distancing protocols evenly across the board. Pictured up to 5,000 troops in the garage
Rep. Bergman said troops don’t expect a ‘5-star resort’ but what they have been served with is ‘an embarrassment’.
‘After visiting with our Michigan Guard troops in DC, I have heard from many over the past 48 hours regarding additional issues of contaminated and undercooked food being served,’ he said, per TV6.
‘This is unacceptable. Our troops don’t demand a 5-star resort or expensive food, but at a minimum, they deserve meals that are safe to consume.
‘This is an embarrassment for all those responsible for the care of our troops, and must be met with full accountability.’
Bergman called for the guard members to leave DC altogether saying t is ‘time to get our troops home to their families.’
The Michigan National Guard released a statement saying reports of undercooked and inadequate food was ‘very concerning’ and ‘unacceptable.’
‘The Michigan National Guard finds the reports of undercooked and poorly prepared food provided to our service members in Washington, D.C. very concerning. The firsthand accounts and pictures of undercooked food being served clearly shows that what is being given to Michigan’s service members is unacceptable,’ it read.
The guard said the issue was escalated to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer who called Acting Secretary of the Army John E. Whitley ‘to communicate Michigan’s concerns’.
‘Other Michigan senior leaders also engaged at the highest levels of the federal government to inform those in charge and to ensure that they knew of our displeasure with the conditions. Every assurance was given that the issue would be addressed and corrected,’ the statement said.
DailyMail.com has contacted the DC National Guard for comment about how the issue is being resolved.
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