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Police uncover 'possible plot' by militia to breach Capitol

Police officers stand guard in front of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20 2021 for U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. ==Kyodo Police officers stand guard in front of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20 2021 for U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. ==Kyodo
Conrad Doyle | 04 March, 2021, 04:40

National Guard troops that were activated across the country for the inauguration of President Joe Biden in response to the Jan 6 riot at the US Capitol, are being served low-quality meals which resulted in the hospitalization of Guardsmen.

The revelation was detailed in a statement from the Capitol Police.

"Over the weekend of January 2-3, 2021, Office of the Secretary of Defense staff, contacted the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Capitol Police to determine if they planned to request assistance", Salesses said.

In her testimony to the House panel, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said her investigators had collected "concerning intelligence" but declined to provide any details publicly, saying that it was "law enforcement sensitive" and that she would provide a private briefing for the subcommittee members.

Police announced Wednesday increased security at the Capitol amid new potential threats to lawmakers and the Capitol complex. 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 4.

Meanwhile, the Capitol Police disclosed the existence of intelligence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

Some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe Trump was cheated out of a second term and that Thursday will mark his victorious return to power to confront a secret global cabal of satanist liberals. Capitol security officials have indicated that they plan to beef up security for lawmakers in transit, recognizing that many have been targeted in recent months when they're away from the building.

Capitol building following the January 6 riot, 7 Action News reported.

The U.S. House is abruptly finishing its work for the week given the threat of violence at the Capitol by a militia group seeking to storm the building, as happened in a deadly siege January 6.

The U.S. Justice Department has charged more than 300 people with taking part in the Capitol siege in which five people including a police officer were killed.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from NY, said he was "very concerned" about potential threats Thursday and wasn't sure whether the Capitol Police were adequately prepared to respond.

Thousands of accounts that promoted the January 6 event that led to a violent storming of the US Capitol have since been suspended by major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, making it far more hard for QAnon and far-right groups to organize a repeat of the mass gathering on Thursday. After receiving "concerning intelligence" related to a viral far-right conspiracy theory, Capitol police are boosting security at the Capitol in anticipation of any potential attacks on the building. Followers of the fringe movement believe that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen from Trump, who has pushed baseless claims of voter fraud along with his allies.

"In addition, the Secretary of the Army's memorandum to me required that a "concept of operation" (CONOP) be submitted to him before any employment of the [Quick Reaction Force]", Walker's written testimony says. "And I don't know to what degree that's being done right now".

Chris Rodriguez, director of D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told the D.C. Council on Wednesday afternoon that Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), acting police chief Robert J. Contee III and acting fire chief John Donnelly had been discussing what to expect.

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