Twelve members of the United States National Guard are not allowed to act as guard at tomorrows inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., the head of the guard has announced. Some of them have been found to have ties to right-wing radical militants. Furthermore, one gardist was picked out because of his radical messages on the internet, another was dealt with after a tip.
Since last week, the FBI has been checking the backgrounds of all members of the National Guard deployed in the security of the US capital to determine whether they have ties to extremist organizations and pose a potential threat. A total of 25,000 members of the National Guard, made up of reservists, will be ready to prevent disorderly events.
The security of the ceremony has been considerably increased after the storm of the Capitol on January 6 by Trump supporters. In addition, five people were killed. Among the stormers were also two police officers from Seattle.
After the attack on the parliament building, it was feared for more violent confrontations with the radical part of the Trump constituency.