On 5 March, the Capitol Police requested that National Guard troops continue to provide protection for the next two month, The Associated Press reported, citing concerns over security and potential for violence at the Capitol. But is the threat real?
In the first week of March the US Capitol Police beefed up security at the congressional premises in Washington and informed US lawmakers that they had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday.”
“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,” the police said in a statement, stressing that “due to the sensitive nature of this information,” the police could not provide additional details. The worrying report prompted the House of Representatives to cancel its Thursday session as a precaution.
How Spectre of Right-Wing Extremism Repeatedly Failed to Materialise
Following the 6 January Capitol breach the US capital has been bracing for the uptick in right-wing violence for the last two months. On 10 January, an FBI bulletin warned that “armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January.” To tackle the threat the Capitol was encircled by a seven-foot-high fence and the general public was denied access to Joe Biden’s inauguration.
After Capitol Hill and the…