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For several days in a row, there was tension in Washington, the capital of the United States. In the core area of the District of Columbia, wire fences, concrete roadblocks and security checkpoints can be seen everywhere, forming a blockade area with a length of nearly 5 kilometers from east to west and nearly 3 kilometers from north to south. National Guard soldiers equipped with M4 rifles patrol day and night to check in and out of vehicles.
The purpose of such a wide range of security is to ensure the smooth progress of the 59th presidential inauguration. The U.S. Department of homeland security has designated the presidential inauguration as “national special security event (NSSE)”;. According to the requirements of the state of emergency in Washington, D.C., the U.S. secret service updated its joint transportation plan around the inauguration ceremony on the 17th, including road closures, pedestrian and parking restrictions.
Now, for the inauguration of the president, Washington, D.C. has adopted more stringent blockade measures than epidemic prevention and control. According to the analysis, the US capital’s defensive setup, like a great enemy, reflects that the degree of social tearing in the country has further deepened, even to the point where fire and water can not tolerate.
&”Washington looks like an armed camp.”;
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Living in the U.S. capital, many Washington people are used to the security measures taken to welcome the new president. But Washington, which is now in a semi military control state, still makes them feel very strange.
&”We seem to be taken hostage. &”The Washington Post interviewed charlyce Wilson, a 62 year old Washington resident. According to reports, Charles has attended almost all presidential inauguration ceremonies since he was 11 years old. This time, she’s going to board a train to Florida, because it’s safer there;.
Armed soldiers, roaring military vehicles, hovering helicopters… The tense situation reminds Julie Dana of the “darkest hour” on September 11, 2001;. &The only difference is that twenty years ago the country came together and now it’s falling apart. ”
In the modern history of the United States, no new president’s inauguration was held in such a fierce civil unrest. “We’re in a state of war,” says former U.S. Secret Service Director Mark. Every angle is under consideration. The fighter will be ready on the runway. ”
Since Washington, D.C., declared a state of emergency on January 11, National Guard soldiers have been stationed in Washington in several batches. Matthew Miller, head of the U.S. secret service in Washington, D.C., said that chaos and illegal activities similar to the attacks on the Capitol building would not be allowed to happen again.
&”In the eyes of some American tourists, this kind of safety is both reassuring and creepy. &”With the presidential inauguration approaching, the center of Washington is packed with military and law enforcement personnel,” the US reported today.
&Washington entered the wartime system. &”Washington today looks like an armed camp,” the US Capitol Hill reporter described;.
25000 national guards deployed
It is clear that Washington’s nervousness is a legacy of the Capitol building incident.
On the afternoon of January 15 local time, U.S. congressional police arrested a man who tried to use forged documents to pass through the center of Washington, D.C. Police found a pistol and more than 500 bullets on him. At that time, 17 bullets had been pressed in the clip.
In an internal announcement, the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) said that from January 16 until the inauguration day of the U.S. president, armed protests may break out in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
In response to possible riots, the U.S. government has increased security at the top. On January 11, the U.S. government sent 15000 National Guard soldiers to Washington. Two days later, another 5000 troops were deployed. By the time of the inauguration, about 25000 national guards are expected to have been deployed to Washington.
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The U.S. said today that the number of national guards currently stationed in Washington is four times the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. By contrast, the total number of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq is only about 5000.
The U.S. National Guard is a reserve force, and it is rare to mobilize on a large scale in such a short period of time in peacetime. Commander Alysia Benson, an air force National Guard officer in Washington, D.C., said that the speed of recruitment and deployment this time may set a record for the National Guard. It usually takes months to coordinate the air transportation to deploy a force of this size.
The tree wants to be quiet, but the wind doesn’t stop. Fox News reported that Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, issued a “ominous hint” on Monday local time that there may be trump supporters in the National Guard to protect President elect Biden and that they “want to do something about Biden.”;.
In the interview, Cohen told CNN that he was reminded that Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by his bodyguards, and that anyone in the national guard who supports trump is suspicious.
Although there is no real evidence, Cohen’s words still attract attention in the American public opinion. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon had previously conducted strict background checks on the National Guard soldiers deployed in the capital to exclude their links with extremists and other violent groups.
Investigators found that some of the protestors were associated with law enforcement and the military, including at least two U.S. military servicemen, adding to the U.S. government’s concerns about potential internal threats.
Politics may no longer exist
The tense situation has also exacerbated Americans’ concern that the presidential handover ceremony will not go smoothly.
Before that, trump had made it clear that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration, which would make trump the fourth outgoing president in American history to miss his successor’s inauguration and the first time in more than 150 years.
In American political life, the inauguration ceremony of the new president is very symbolic. In order to give the public the impression of a brief confrontation and reunion at the end of the election campaign, the two presidents often appear in public. In addition, since Reagan, the outgoing president will leave a handwritten note to his successor in the Oval Office.
So far, however, trump has not called to congratulate Biden or admit defeat. Biden denounced trump for “embarrassing the United States and embarrassing us around the world.”;. At a gathering to raise political funds, President-elect Robert Bay said his inauguration ceremony must be “the most distinctive” in American history.
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It is worth noting that just as Biden held his inauguration ceremony, trump also intended to hold a “departure ceremony.”;. British “Guardian” 18 reported that he plans to leave the white house before the inauguration ceremony on the morning of the 20th and hold a grand farewell ceremony at Andrews joint base in Maryland, where the & quot; Air Force One & quot; presidential plane is parked.
It is reported that at the farewell ceremony, trump will sound 21 gun salutes, play military music and walk on the red carpet, and then leave Washington for the sea lake manor in Florida on air force one.
Some analysts believe that the & quot; two presidents holding ceremonies & quot; symbolizes a rift that cannot be bridged in American society. CNN pointed out in an article on the 19th that with the increasing political confrontation in the United States, the ideological separation between the two parties has become increasingly serious. &Political confrontation undoubtedly makes it more difficult for Washington to make progress in solving major issues. ”
According to the latest Pew Center survey, 53% of Americans plan to watch Biden’s inauguration, while only 25% of Republican voters say they will.
Seeing that the United States no longer has political decency, time asked in its article, “in today’s world, which developed industrialized democratic country is more politically divided or politically ineffective than the United States today?”? (Wen / Lao DU)