WASHINGTON, DC – According to a recent report coming from FOX 5 in Washington, D.C., National Guard troops could remain within the nation’s capital until Fall of 2021.
However, the rationale for said endeavor isn’t exactly clear.
Apparently, the National Security Council is requesting that the Department of Defense work with the Capitol Police to begin planning for some sort of support after March 12th.
— angie goff (@OhMyGOFF) February 12, 2021
Some reports related to the National Guard presence in the area proclaimed that troops would remain deployed in D.C. until mid-March, while other reports proclaimed that the presence would be until the end of March.
Despite previous reports having discrepancies ranging roughly two-weeks, most reports had been consistently mentioning the month of March as being when the presence of the National Guard would eventually be lifted from within the nation’s capital.
Yet in an internal email obtained by FOX 5 DC, Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Salesses for Homeland Defense and Global Security had written the following about potential National Guard personnel remaining in the nation’s capital for several months after March:
“If it’s not possible to sustain at the current level with NG personnel, we need to establish the number of NG personnel (DCNG and out-of-state) we can sustain for an extended period – at least through Fall 2021 – and understand additional options for providing DoD support, to include use of reserve personnel, as well as active component.”
During a virtual town hall meeting that occurred on February 11th, local residents within D.C. had asked Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton how much longer the National Guard will be remaining in the nation’s capital, as well as the erected fencing post-January 6th, but no clear answers were reportedly provided.
When the D.C. National Guard was reached out to directly for comment, the following was relayed:
“The National Guard is conducting prudent planning for the eventual end of the security mission and the return of its Soldiers and Airmen to their home stations.”
Capitol Police have reportedly yet to comment on the matter.
But the existence of this email does beg the question of what officials are trying to get ahead of in particular. If there’s some sort of specific threat that officials are concerned about, it has yet to have been publicly detailed in any explicit terms.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing matter.
Questions related to the ongoing presence of the National Guard in the nation’s capital have been swirling as of late all over the country.
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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on how the state of Illinois had recently sent over 500 of their National Guard members to D.C. due to a request from the Pentagon.
Here’s that previous report.
CHICAGO, IL – While people are being killed in the streets of Chicago at a staggering rate, over 500 Illinois National Guard members are being deployed to Washington DC through March. Since Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the deployment, 288 people have been shot in Chicago and 58 of those have died.
Chicago Tribune: Illinois National Guard heads to DC to help with potential armed riots: ‘It’s surreal, but it’s also not unplanned for’.https://t.co/hofPFi0oKd
— RUTH ELLA OWENS (@ruthellaowens) January 14, 2021
Governor Pritzker deployed 500 National Guard members and airmen to Washington at the request of the Pentagon on January 28. At the time, the governor said it was necessary to fight “racism” and “disinformation.” In his comments, he did not explain how the National Guard would fight disinformation:
“We must root out the dark forces of racism, white supremacy, and disinformation that have created this moment, but until we do that, our extraordinary Illinois National Guard troops will deploy with honor. Thank you for defending our democracy.”
We must root out the dark forces of racism, white supremacy and disinformation that have created this moment, but until we do that, our extraordinary @IL_Natl_Guard troops will deploy with honor. Thank you for defending our democracy.https://t.co/DCrrDA8VaH
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) January 28, 2021
Daniel Greenfield, a Fellow at the Freedom Center, commented about the Governor’s words in an article written for Frontpage:
“Soldiers don’t root out ‘disinformation.’ Except maybe in China, Cuba, and apparently, Chicago.”
As of this writing, 288 people have been shot since the Governor ordered the deployment. 81% of the shooting victims were black. 44 shooting victims were black, 7 Hispanic, and 2 were white or other race, according to Chicago violence tracking website heyjackass.com.
Explain this to me:
Why are there still more national guard troops in Washington DC, when they could be needed elsewhere such as Portland to control ANTIFA members and in Chicago to protect citizens from gangs causing crime and violence? #DemocratsAreDestroyingAmerica #democracy
— Alex Dewey (@benrocks_7) February 3, 2021
In Chicago, a person is wounded in a shooting about every three hours, and a person is murdered around every 14 and a half hours.
Greenfield argued that Governor Pritzker could have used National Guard troops to quell the violence at home:
“After the billionaire governor took a break from working on his Wisconsin mansion to dispatch 200 National Guard troops to protect Joe Biden from being attacked during the inauguration, 29 murders were perpetrated in Chicago.
“There was nothing for the Illinois National Guard to do in D.C. where the biggest threat to Joe Biden’s safety remains pulling a dog’s tail in the shower but deploying those troops could have been used to save lives back home in Chicago.”
— Patriot (@Patriot38881458) February 2, 2021
Greenfield pointed out that 18 people were shot in Chicago just last weekend:
“Instead of fighting Republican political opponents in D.C., the National Guard could actually stop real violence in Chiraq.”
On December 3, then-President-elect Joe Biden revealed that he broke his foot tripping on a rug after a shower as he chased one of his dogs and grabbed its tail. The injury was a hairline fracture, and he had to wear a boot for several weeks.
The Illinois National Guard was deployed to DC because of intelligence chatter indicating a high risk of political violence since Biden’s inauguration on January 20. DC is on edge since the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Chicago's Black Criminals Whose Lives Matter put up some impressive homicide numbers. They continue to commit over 80% of the shootings and murders. Their carjacking stats are through the roof! 2021 is going to be horrible for law abiding citizens of all races. pic.twitter.com/ErOIoL5U1E
— Jimmy Lincoln (@Jimmy5XXX) February 2, 2021
In November, Gov. Pritzker mobilized the National Guard into Chicago to prepare for unrest associated with the 2020 general election. However, the guard members were staged at the McCormick Center and were not deployed into the city.
The Chicago Emergency Management office said at the time:
“The City has not made any calls to deploy the National Guard in Chicago. Similar to past emergency preparedness plans, the State has stationed personnel at McCormick Place to be ready to respond if needed, however, there are currently no plans for them to be deployed.”
The City has not made any calls to deploy the National Guard in Chicago. Similar to past emergency preparedness plans, the State has stationed personnel at McCormick Place to be ready to respond if needed, however, there are currently no plans for them to be deployed. https://t.co/EoxZiw90Rs
— Chicago OEMC (@ChicagoOEMC) November 2, 2020
Greenfield argues that the National Guard of all states could be better served by quelling the rising tide of violence striking metropolitan areas across the country, rather than waiting in DC for a threat that may never materialize:
“The Biden banana republic theater in D.C. of soldiers, walls, and razor wire is sending a troubling message to Americans and to the rest of the world. But it’s also costing lives in Chicago and in urban areas that could actually use some National Guard support.
“Murder rates have shot up by 50% in major American cities. Police departments are outmanned, outgunned, and are bleeding personnel at record rates as officers head for the exit.”
Michigan National Guard remains on duty in DChttps://t.co/1HrZPWOUWq
— Audrone (@audronebkd) February 2, 2021
Greenfield pointed to Michigan as another example of where the guard could be of use. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer deployed 1,000 guard members to DC to join 7,000 from across the nation after an intelligence alert from Homeland Security said the January 6 attack could embolden further violence.
At the time of the deployment, all six of Michigan’s Republican members of Congress sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting to be briefed on the reasons for the National Guard activation:
“It is critical that there remains due justification to send members of Michigan’s National Guard back to Washington, D.C.”
A shooting in Flint yesterday evening leaves 5 people shot. 1 person is dead, and 2 are in critical condition, including an 11-month-old baby girl.
#Flint Police Chief Terence Green and others in the community have reaction.
— Remi Murrey (@rmurreytv) January 29, 2021
Citing one particularly heinous crime in Flint, Michigan, Greenfield questioned the governor’s motivation for deploying guard members to DC:
“In one recent Flint shooting spree, a 57-year-old woman was killed, and four others, including an 11-month-old baby, were wounded. If only Governor Whitmer had cared as much about that baby as she does about bolstering the Democrat military occupation of Washington D.C.”
He then went on to point out crime waves in Philadelphia and New York City. Both cities sent guard members to DC. Greenfield wrote:
“The only federal legislators to be physically assaulted by political extremists have been Republicans who were attacked by Democrats: Including at the infamous baseball charity shooting spree. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who claimed that she was nearly murdered, is perfectly safe. So is the rest of New York’s delegation of grifters, radicals, and crooks.
“The same can’t be said for New Yorkers who are under assault by the criminals set loose by Cuomo, De Blasio, and other Democrats who prioritized thugs over law-abiding citizens. The federal government is safe. New Yorkers aren’t.”
The biggest story in New York City today is public safety. Murders were up 40 percent in 2020. Shootings doubled. Pushing people in front of trains seems to be the new diversion for the deranged class, and random street violence has become the norm. One would think that at … https://t.co/MDl6V6peVM
— Gregory W. Chupa (@gregory_chupa) February 6, 2021
Greenfield went on to declare that the National Guard deployment to Washington DC needed to end. He said Democrats are using the guard to intimidate Americans rather than protect them:
“While their own people, men, women, and children, continue to die in Chicago, Philly, Detroit, and New York City, the only thing they care about is a military show of force in D.C. Their banana republic occupation persists in D.C. while the dying continues in their own cities.”
📸: Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia National Guard stand watch on the National Mall in Washington, DC. https://t.co/evGwZpMd6g pic.twitter.com/fHvcmlD8fM
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2021
While the National Guard from around the nation surrounds the National Mall and United States Capitol, people living in the city have not been protected by the National Guard. Greenfield wrote:
“Sadly, even the deployment of the National Guard to D.C. hasn’t made the city any safer.
“While thousands of soldiers were deployed to protect Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, an 85-year-old man was violently beaten on the train, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed, and a mass shooting killed 1 man and wounded 4 others.”
Making a comment about National Guard members having to sleep in parking garages at one point, Greenfield summed up his point by saying that they could have been used to save lives throughout the country, but instead stand between the governed and the governing:
“The National Guard could have been used to actually save lives in D.C. Instead, Democrats used those soldiers to threaten Americans while making them sleep in cold parking garages.
“That’s another reason why the D.C. occupation needs to end.”
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