US DEFENSE OFFICIALS WORRY ABOUT INSIDER ATTACK FROM SERVICE MEMBERS AT BIDEN INAUGURATION
US Defense officials have expressed worry over possibilities of an insider attack from service members deployed to secure President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
This concern has prompted the FBI to vet all 25,000 national guards deployed in Washington against Wednesday’s presidential inauguration.
“We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday following a three-hour security drill in preparation for the inauguration scheduled for January 20.
The January 6 deadly insurrection at the US capitol by a pro-Trump mob has heightened security concerns that some of the security details assigned to protect the city might be a threat to Joe Biden or other VIPs in attendance.
“The question is, is that all of them? Are there others?” said McCarthy. “We need to be conscious of it and we need to put all of the mechanisms in place to thoroughly vet these men and women who would support any operations like this (insurrection).”
The outgoing US president Donald Trump has been impeached for inciting the mob to attack the capitol. He may face criminal and civil charges at both the federal and state levels for actions before and during his tenure as president.