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National Guardsmen are ‘forced to sleep in a parking lot after being told to leave Capitol’

Capitol police were on Thursday forced to apologize to thousands of National Guardsmen after troops were told to leave the building and sleep in a parking lot. 

Up to 5,000 soldiers had been kept without internet, with one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls just 24 hours after protecting the inauguration of Joe Biden, Politico said Thursday. 

One soldier told the outlet: ‘Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. 

‘Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.’

Following fierce reaction online from politicians on both sides of the aisle, Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted: ‘Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight. I’ll keep checking to make sure they are.’

She had earlier said: ‘Unreal. I can’t believe that the same brave servicemembers we’ve been asking to protect our Capitol and our Constitution these last two weeks would be unceremoniously ordered to vacate the building. 

‘I am demanding answers ASAP. They can use my office.’

One National Guardsman had told CNN: ‘After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.’ 

Another told Task & Purpose: ‘Leaving our families for the last two weeks to come down here … it’s certainly important and historic, but the day after inauguration you kick us literally to the curb? Come on, man.’

Pictures show Guardsmen sleeping on the floor of the packed parking lot Thursday. It is not known why the troops were moved from Capitol buildings.  

Thousands of National Guardsmen have been forced to sleep in a parking lot after being told to leave the Capitol they protected Wednesday, according to a report

Up to 5,000 troops have been kept without internet, with one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls, Politico said Thursday

Up to 5,000 troops have been kept without internet, with one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls, Politico said Thursday

One National Guardsman had told CNN : 'After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage'

One National Guardsman had told CNN : ‘After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage’

Pictures show Guardsmen sleeping on the floor of the packed parking lot Thursday. It is not known why the troops were moved from Capitol buildings

Pictures show Guardsmen sleeping on the floor of the packed parking lot Thursday. It is not known why the troops were moved from Capitol buildings

New Hampshire National Guard posted this image Wednesday with the caption: 'NH guardsmen slumber last night in a Washington, D.C. parking garage. Beginning a 36-hour security mission in support of the presidential inauguration, they staged in the garage overnight before standing security posts along the National Capital Region this morning'

New Hampshire National Guard posted this image Wednesday with the caption: ‘NH guardsmen slumber last night in a Washington, D.C. parking garage. Beginning a 36-hour security mission in support of the presidential inauguration, they staged in the garage overnight before standing security posts along the National Capital Region this morning’

Following fierce reaction online from politicians on both sides of the aisle Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted: 'Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight'

Following fierce reaction online from politicians on both sides of the aisle Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted: ‘Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight’

Biden is pictured being sworn in on a family bible held by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden

Biden is pictured being sworn in on a family bible held by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden  

The National Guard Bureau said Thursday that of the nearly 26,000 Guard troops deployed to D.C. for the inaugural, just 10,600 remain on duty. 

The bureau said the Guard is helping states with coordination and logistics so that troops can get home. 

Following reports of the guardsmen sleeping in parking lots House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted: ‘Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer—why are American troops who are tasked with keeping security at the Capitol being forced to sleep in a parking lot? 

‘They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers.’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said: ‘If this is true, it’s outrageous. I will get to the bottom of this.’   

Guard spokesperson Maj. Matt Murphy had said: ‘As Congress is in session and increased foot traffic and business is being conducted, Capitol Police asked the troops to move their rest area.

‘They were temporarily relocated to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage with heat and restroom facilities. We remain an agile and flexible force to provide for the safety and security of the Capitol and its surrounding areas.’   

Republican Sen. Mike Lee said: ‘Very upset by this story but I have been in touch with the Utah National Guard and they are taken care of. My staff and I are investigating what happened here and will continue working to fix this situation.’  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: ‘Yeah this is not okay.

‘My office is free this week to any service members who’d like to use it for a break or take nap on the couch. We’ll stock up on snacks for you all too.

‘(We’re in the middle of moving offices and it’s a bit messy so don’t judge, but make yourself at home!)’ 

Democrat Sen. Krysten Sinema tweeted: ‘This is outrageous, shameful, and incredibly disrespectful to the men and women keeping the U.S. Capitol safe and secure. We need it fixed and we need answers on how it happened.’ 

Thousands of Guard troops from all across the country poured into D.C. by the planeload and busload late last week, in response to escalating security threats and fears of more rioting. 

Military aircraft crowded the runways at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, carrying Guard members into the region in the wake of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Guard forces were scattered around the city, helping to secure the Capitol, monuments, Metro entrances and the perimeter of central D.C., which was largely locked down for several days leading up to Wednesday’s inaugural ceremony.

Members of the National Guard play cards in the Capitol Visitors Center at the US Capitol, the day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Washington, DC

Members of the National Guard play cards in the Capitol Visitors Center at the US Capitol, the day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Washington, DC

Members of the National Guard sleep in the Capitol Visitors Center Thursday

Members of the National Guard sleep in the Capitol Visitors Center Thursday 

Thousands of Guard troops from all across the country poured into D.C. by the planeload and busload late last week, in response to escalating security threats and fears of more rioting

Thousands of Guard troops from all across the country poured into D.C. by the planeload and busload late last week, in response to escalating security threats and fears of more rioting

The U.S. Secret Service announced that the special security event for the inauguration officially ended at noon Thursday.

The Guard said that it may take several days to make all the arrangements to return the 15,000 home, but it should be complete in five to 10 days. 

Guard members will have to turn in equipment, make travel plans and go through COVID-19 screening.

Some local law enforcement agencies have asked for continued assistance from the Guard, so roughly 7,000 troops are expected to stay in the region through the end of the month. 

National Guard troops continue to be deployed around the Capitol Thursday

National Guard troops continue to be deployed around the Capitol Thursday 

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Mansour bin Zayed: ‘UAE is gaining increased global attention; national media required to convey our fascinating story to the world’

The National Media team is a committee operating under the management of the UAE Media Office, and is comprised of key influential players in the national media scene.
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Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has stated that the UAE has become a global media magnet thanks to the strategic, landmark projects and initiatives adopted by the nation across 2020, primarily the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission ‘Hope Probe’, and Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, the signing of the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, and the successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic despite its repercussions on the global economy.

Sheikh Mansour made the statements during the first meeting held by the National Media Team following its formation under a cabinet decision recently.

“Thanks to the fast-paced and multi-faceted developments and achievements made across all fronts over the past 5-10 years, the UAE is now boasting a distinctive media status at a time the world is witnessing historic changes in the field of media and information exchange,” he said, noting the steady and confident steps taken by the UAE national media to deliver the future and develop its mechanisms and tools in order to keep pace with the current global changes.

“The significant achievements made by the UAE require multilingual media platforms that can reach out beyond cultural, language and geographical barriers and communicate our values and ideas. We have a lot of successful and fascinating stories we need to convey to the entire world through our national media. We need to reflect to the entire world the environment of peace, co-existence, tolerance and decent life we have in the UAE. Therefore, we need a different media perspective that serves the objectives of our national development drive and goes in line with the State Policy.”

Sheikh Manosur expressed full confidence in the national media team and in all the cadres working in the national media field in the UAE and in their ability to maintain the credibility UAE national media enjoys on the regional and global levels.

Addressing the team, Sheikh Mansour said, “Your role as a national media team is to develop a new vision and plans that reflects our national values of peace and human fraternity. It’s considerable responsibility and we are behind you and we fully support you.”

Attending the meeting were Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Youth; Mohamed Abdullah Al Junaibi, Head of Presidential Protocol; Saeed AlEter, Chairman of UAE Government Media Office, who is also Head of the National Media Team; Mohammed Jalal Alrayssi, Director-General of the Emirates News Agency; and Samira Murshid Saleh Al Rumaithi, Undersecretary for Presidential Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, along with the managers of media offices in the country’s emirates, heads of TV stations, the chief editors of local newspapers and representatives of federal departments concerned.

The National Media team is a committee operating under the management of the UAE Media Office, and is comprised of key influential players in the national media scene. They are tasked with developing a new strategic vision for the UAE media over the coming period in the light of the growing importance enjoyed by the nation on the regional and global scene.

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Lady Gaga Planning To Add Her Own ‘Flair’ To Inauguration National Anthem: She’s ‘Honored’ To Perform

Lady Gaga considers her upcoming performance of the national anthem at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ‘one of the most important moments of her career.’

Lady Gaga, 34, is gearing up for her performance of the national anthem at the inauguration of Joe Biden on Jan. 20 and she couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. “To say she’s honored is an understatement because Gaga considers this one of the most important moments of her career,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “She’s sung the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl which was an honor in and of itself but she wants to do it a bit different this time and not give fans and the world the same performance she did 5 years ago.”

“Of course, it’s going to have all the classic elements, but it wouldn’t be Gaga without featuring a touch of her flair,” the source said. “She’s an outspoken political activist and has used her platform to show support for the Biden-Harris campaign. So to have this opportunity means everything and she couldn’t be more excited.”

Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem at the inauguration of Joe Biden. (AP Images)

“The preparation for this moment is focus number one for Gaga. When she approaches any performance it is of the utmost importance. And this performance might even make her cry,” a second source EXCLUSIVELY said. “She is so beyond ecstatic that Joe Biden is going to be President that she wants to give the performance of a lifetime and when Gaga says that and feels that, it happens.”

Lady Gaga was first announced as the singer performing the national anthem at the swearing-in ceremony of the inauguration on Jan. 14. Jennifer Lopez is also performing at the event, which is set to take place around 11:30 a.m. EST, but it’s not confirmed what exactly she’ll be singing. A 90-minute special called Celebrating America is also set to air after the inauguration ceremony.

Lady Gaga at a previous event. (AP Images)

Before the exciting news about Lady Gaga’s appearance at the inauguration, she performed “Shallow” and “You and I” at Joe’s final campaign rally in Pennsylvania before the Nov. election. She has been very open about her support for the president-elect and her speech at the rally represented her feelings well.

“This is a big one, Pennsylvania. So if you’re here, you probably already believe in Joe Biden. I know I believe in Joe Biden,” she told the crowd. “You probably already believe he’s the right choice over Donald Trump,” Gaga told the crowd. “You don’t need me to tell you why. Because like me, you’ve experienced the last four years and have all the evidence you need to look at this choice and know in your heart without any doubt that Joe Biden is the right choice.”

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15,144 fresh COVID-19 cases push national tally to over 1.05 crore


New Delhi, January 17

India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,05,57,985 with 15,144 new cases in a day, while 1,01,96,885 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 96.58 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

There are 2,08,826 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 1.98 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 1,05,57,985 and the death toll climbed to 1,52,274 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 181 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.44 per cent. 

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 18,65,44,868 samples have been tested up to January 16 with 7,79,377 samples being tested on Saturday.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29 and 90 lakh on November 20 and one crore on December 19. 

The 181 latest fatalities include 52 from Maharashtra, 27 from Kerala, 15 from West Bengal, 12 from Uttar Pradesh, six each from Delhi, and Tamil Nadu.

The total 152274 deaths reported so far in the country include 50388 from Maharashtra followed by 12257 from Tamil Nadu, 12162 from Karnataka, 10738 from Delhi, 10041 from West Bengal, 8570 from Uttar Pradesh, 7139 from Andhra Pradesh, 5499 from Punjab and 4363 from Gujarat.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation. — PTI 





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National Covid recovery rate goes up to 96.51 per cent


New Delhi, January 13

India’s Covid caseload increased to 1,04,95,147 with 15,968 infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have surged to 1,01,29,111 pushing the national recovery rate to 96.51 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The death toll increased to 1,51,529 with 202 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,01,29,111 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.51 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent.

The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh.

There are 2,14,507 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.04 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.  India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past  60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the ICMR, 18,34,89,114 samples have been tested up to January 12 with 8,36,227 samples being tested on Tuesday. PTI





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Inauguration Day 2021: National Guard troops watch over Capitol

The FBI is warning of possible armed protests at capitols in all 50 states in the days leading to Inauguration Day as cities around the country brace for violence in the wake of last week’s deadly riots at the US Capitol.

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News on Monday raised alarm about a group calling for the ‘storming’ of state, local, and federal government administrative buildings and courthouses should President Donald Trump be removed from office prior to Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

The bulletin came to light just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of incitement to insurrection, five days after the mob of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol grounds in a futile bid to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory.

As they worried about another possible wave of violence, officials said they wouldn’t be caught flat-footed this time: More than 6,000 members of the National Guard were deployed to Washington, DC, over with weekend, with dozens of them standing guard over the Capitol during Monday’s proceedings.

The National Park Service said Monday it would close the Washington Monument and other area facilities beginning today and lasting through January 24.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is reportedly considering sending as many as 13,000 guardsmen to secure the area on Inauguration Day. Prior to last week’s breach, officials had planned to deploy roughly 7,000 guardsmen. 

With Joe Biden’s inauguration fast approaching in nine days, Washington, DC, and cities around the US are bracing for violent protests similar to that which left five people dead at the Capitol last week. Pictured: Members of the New York National Guard line up on the East Front of the Capitol on Monday morning 

More than 6,000 members of the National Guard have already been deployed to DC in the days after a mob of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol grounds

More than 6,000 members of the National Guard have already been deployed to DC in the days after a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol grounds

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News on Monday raised alarm about a group which is calling for the 'storming' of state, local, and federal government administrative buildings and courthouses should President Donald Trump be removed from office prior to Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20. Pictured: US National Guard members walk among the columns of the crypt beneath the Capitol rotunda on Monday morning

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News on Monday raised alarm about a group which is calling for the ‘storming’ of state, local, and federal government administrative buildings and courthouses should President Donald Trump be removed from office prior to Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Pictured: US National Guard members walk among the columns of the crypt beneath the Capitol rotunda on Monday morning 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of incitement to insurrection on Monday, five days after a mob of the president's supporters stormed the Capitol grounds last Wednesday in a futile bid to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory. Pictured: Security officials survey the Capitol on Monday

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced articles of impeachment accusing Trump of incitement to insurrection on Monday, five days after a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol grounds last Wednesday in a futile bid to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. Pictured: Security officials survey the Capitol on Monday 

The flash of a police munition lights up the steps of the Capitol during the invasion by a Trump-incited mob on Wednesday

The flash of a police munition lights up the steps of the Capitol during the invasion by a Trump-incited mob on Wednesday 

The hardened-up security plans come after the Department of Defense said it was aware of ‘further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days up to and including Inauguration Day’, Congressman Jason Crow (D – Colorado) said in a statement Sunday after speaking with Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy about security preparations. 

The Department of Homeland Security is working with the Defense Department, local DC authorities and inauguration officials to sharpen the law enforcement response in the coming days, including by erecting non-scalable fencing and security checkpoints around Capitol Hill. 

‘Now that it happened people will take it much more seriously,’ a senior DHS official told CNN in reference to last week’s violence. ‘Now, the planners, they are all going to take it much more seriously.’  

Federal and local authorities have faced fierce criticism for their perceived failure to crack down on Wednesday’s insurrection despite evidence that they knew it was coming. 

Hundreds of people might now face federal charges in the wake of last week’s Capitol breach, DC’s acting US attorney said in an interview with NPR over the weekend, saying a massive, 24-hour-a-day hunt was on to identify suspects and bring charges against them.

In the meantime,  DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said she is ‘extremely concerned’ about security on Inauguration Day in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf over the weekend. She wrote that the event ‘will require a very different approach to previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury and death experienced at the US Capitol during the insurrection’.   

On Monday the National Park Service announced that the National Mall and Memorial Parks will be shuttered until January 24 ‘in response to credible threats’ after last week’s riots.  

The Pentagon is now considering sending as many as 13,000 guardsmen to secure the nation's capital on Inauguration Day, January 20. Prior to the Capitol breach, officials had planned to deploy roughly 7,000 guardsmen

The Pentagon is now considering sending as many as 13,000 guardsmen to secure the nation’s capital on Inauguration Day, January 20. Prior to the Capitol breach, officials had planned to deploy roughly 7,000 guardsmen

The Department of Homeland Security is working with the DoD, local DC authorities and inauguration officials to sharpen the law enforcement response in the coming days, including by erecting non-scalable fencing (pictured on Sunday) and security checkpoints around Capitol Hill

The Department of Homeland Security is working with the DoD, local DC authorities and inauguration officials to sharpen the law enforcement response in the coming days, including by erecting non-scalable fencing (pictured on Sunday) and security checkpoints around Capitol Hill

A protective fence is seen outside the US Supreme Court on Sunday as officials prepare for violence around Inauguration Day

A protective fence is seen outside the US Supreme Court on Sunday as officials prepare for violence around Inauguration Day

Images of Trump supporters clambering up the walls of the Capitol - supposedly one of the most secure buildings in the United States - and smashing their way in with little resistance shocked the world on Wednesday

Images of Trump supporters clambering up the walls of the Capitol – supposedly one of the most secure buildings in the United States – and smashing their way in with little resistance shocked the world on Wednesday

Monday’s FBI bulletin said the bureau is aware of plans for armed protests in every single state between January 16 and 20 – with one major demonstration slated to take place in Washington, DC, on January 17.

It said an ‘identified armed group’, which was not named directly, intends to travel to the nation’s capital ahead of the protest on January 16. ‘They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment a huge uprising will occur,’ the bulletin stated, according to ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky. 

Twitter cited online chatter about a ‘proposed secondary attack’ on the US Capitol and its counterparts in all 50 states when it moved to suspend Trump’s account on Friday.  

‘Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021,’ the company wrote in a blog post, without offering further detail.

Twitter was believed to be referring to the same chatter cited in the FBI bulletin.  

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to be sworn in on the west front of the US Capitol on January 20 before participating in a Pass in Review on the east front and then receiving a traditional escort to the White House by representatives from every branch of the military. 

Biden’s team has remained adamant that the inaugural events, which were paired down prior to the MAGA riots to avoid drawing large crowds rife for transmission of coronavirus, should go forward despite last Wednesday’s events.  

‘We are confident in our security partners who have spent months planning and preparing for the inauguration, and we are continuing to work with them to ensure the utmost safety and security of the president-elect,’ a senior Biden inauguration official said last week.

‘This will mark a new day for the American people focused on healing our nation, bringing our country together and building it back better.’ 

Trump on Saturday said he would not attend the inauguration, becoming the first president since 1869 to skip his successor’s swearing in. Vice President Mike Pence is still expected to be there. 

The inaugural committee has been making last-minute changes to security plans in light of what occurred last week. 

The event will undoubtedly look far different from previous years, when hundreds of thousands of people – and in some cases, millions of people – took to the streets to celebrate the start of a new administration. 

A police officer passes signs of support for Biden and Harris near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sunday

A police officer passes signs of support for Biden and Harris near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sunday

A protester carries a sign calling for Congress to impeach President Donald Trump near the Capitol on Sunday

A protester carries a sign calling for Congress to impeach President Donald Trump near the Capitol on Sunday

A Capitol Police officer stands alongside members of the New York National Guard on Monday morning

A Capitol Police officer stands alongside members of the New York National Guard on Monday morning 

The National Guard deployed in force on Monday as House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump

The National Guard deployed in force on Monday as House Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump

In a letter sent Sunday, Mayor Bowser asked the Trump administration to issue an emergency declaration for DC, citing intelligence suggesting that more violence is likely in the lead-up to the inauguration. 

In another letter to acting DHS Secretary Wolf on Saturday, Bowser called for the ‘National Special Security Event’ period – a designation which allows for greater law enforcement resources and cooperation – to be extended from January 11 to 24. The period was originally slated for January 19 to 21.    

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) said she is 'extremely concerned' about security on Inauguration Day in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf over the weekend

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) said she is ‘extremely concerned’ about security on Inauguration Day in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf over the weekend 

Bowser also asked Wolf for the DHS to cooperate with other federal entities – including the Defense Department, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice – to form a security perimeter fortified by troops around federal property. 

She said doing so would allow DC’s Metropolitan Police Department to focus on its normal civic duties. 

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, echoed Bowser’s concerns in a statement following his conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Saturday.

‘The threat of violent extremist groups remains high and the next few weeks are critical in our democratic process with the upcoming inauguration at the U.S. Capitol to swear in President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,’ said Schumer, a New York Democrat.

‘Given that the same incendiary, dangerous rhetoric online that occurred before Jan. 6, which proved to be a warning of the insurrectionist attack, has only escalated since, I impressed upon Director Wray the vitalness of the FBI to work with other federal and state agencies to remain highly proactive and extremely vigilant to defend our democracy.’

Adam Schiff, chairman of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, on Monday said he expected law enforcement to ensure a safe event.

‘I think that there certainly may be violence, but I have to imagine, hope and pray, that this time the Capitol Police, the National Guard, will be prepared, will understand the risks,’ Schiff, a California Democrat, told CBS This Morning. 

Schiff said the threat of more violence in the last nine days of Trump’s term was a reason to swiftly remove the incumbent, who fired up thousands of loyalists in a speech before Wednesday’s rampage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced articles of impeachment on Monday morning. 

‘There’s certainly a danger that the president will continue to incite his followers to further violent activity, aimed at stopping the peaceful transition of power,’ Schiff said.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf is shown in full above

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf is shown in full above

Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday insisted that the previous day's Capitol breach would be a 'one time event' and assured that Inauguration Day will be kept under control. Pictured: National Guardsmen gather on Monday

Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday insisted that the previous day’s Capitol breach would be a ‘one time event’ and assured that Inauguration Day will be kept under control. Pictured: National Guardsmen gather on Monday 

Members of the New York National Guard organize on the East Front of the US Capitol on Monday morning

Members of the New York National Guard organize on the East Front of the US Capitol on Monday morning

The National Guardsmen added masks to their usual uniforms in light of the coronavirus pandemic

The National Guardsmen added masks to their usual uniforms in light of the coronavirus pandemic

Cops promise hundreds more MAGA riot arrests in ‘unprecedented’ manhunt  – but only 80 have been caught so far 

Fewer than 100 people are believed to have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s MAGA riot and police are now scrambling to catch up with the many who got away thanks to the outnumbered Capitol Police let them all walk free from the scene.

Some 85 people have been arrested and 55 have been charged in total across different jurisdictions but many of the indictments have not been made public. There are ongoing investigations by the Capitol Police, FBI, DC Metropolitan Police and the Department of Justice is assisting them all. The Secretary of the Army also revealed on Sunday that 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened. 

Because of the scale of the operation, hundreds of agents and cops are being deployed to track down the rioters who got away. 

It is being described as an ‘unprecedented’ effort that was hindered from the start because the vast majority of the rioters were able to leave Washington DC last week without being arrested and have now scattered back to their various home states across the country.

On Friday, the Department of Justice released information on 13 of the people they had charged to date. 

Since then, some of the more prolific culprits – like QAnon Shaman Jake Angeli, who stormed the Capitol wearing a horned furry hat – and stay-at-home father Adam Johnson, 36, who stole Nancy Pelosi’s lectern – have also been taken into custody.

Multiple others have been named as persons of interest but they haven’t yet been tracked down, including one man who is reportedly in hiding after being linked to the riots. At least two cops are also under suspicion of having some role in the riots, including an NYPD officer.  It’s almost an impossibility that the many thousands who stormed the Capitol will all be caught. 

Those who have been arrested and charged face will be prosecuted for an array of offences including unlawful entry, firearms possession, assault and making threats. 

No one has been charged with murder. Four rioters died in the chaos, as did one cop who collapsed after allegedly being hit over the head with a fire extinguisher. A second cop killed himself days later. 

See a list of those who have already been arrested here. 

Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday insisted that the previous day’s Capitol breach would be a ‘one-time event’ and assured that Inauguration Day will be kept under control.  

‘You’re going to see immediate improvement, fully aggressive posture by the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice as well, because we accept violence from no one,’ Cuccinelli told Fox News.   

The DHS has faced criticism for failing to step in when Capitol Police requested back-up during last week’s insurrection. 

Cuccinelli suggested the agency didn’t get enough notice, saying that by the time the request came in, ‘it was just too close to when everything began to heat up’. 

But a former top DHS official dismissed that assertion, arguing that authorities were aware of the possibility of violence well in advance.  

‘Law enforcement was ill-prepared for an event the entire country knew was coming, and one that POTUS had been signaling for weeks,’ Brian Harrell, former DHS assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, told CNN, referencing the president. 

‘The normal “layers of security”, with each inner layer being tougher to breach, was nearly non-existent. It’s shocking, that in a post 9/11 world, we witnessed the “people’s house” be breached and ransacked with ease’, Harrell said.

Harrell said he expects much more substantial security will be implemented prior to the inauguration. He said the biggest threats to the event will be an active shooter scenario, vehicle ramming and the deliberate targeting of critical infrastructure. 

Images of Trump supporters clambering up the walls of the Capitol – supposedly one of the most secure buildings in the United States – and smashing their way in with little resistance shocked the world on Wednesday. 

Five people, including one Capitol Police officer and four protesters, died as a result of the chaos. A Capitol Police officer also reportedly killed himself three days after the melee. More than 80 insurgents have already been arrested and at least 25 are facing domestic terrorism charges as the FBI continues searching for others. 

DC Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said in the Sunday interview with NPR that potentially ‘thousands’ of people could have information on alleged crimes committed during the Capitol break-in.  

‘I don’t think there’s any similar case in DOJ history that compares to that’, he said.

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and the Sergeants-at-Arms of both the House and Senate, announced their resignations on Thursday, at the request of congressional leaders.  

Meanwhile, as Inauguration Day approaches, fears are mounting that the attack may have emboldened extremists to continue their campaign to block Biden’s path to the White House, despite the fact that he won the election.

In the days since the Capitol riots, calls for future armed protests have only grown among far-right circles, according to Twitter, which has monitored the chatter on its service. 

A former DHS official warned that the Capitol siege could serve as a ‘rallying cry’ for Trump supporters.   

‘We could start to see a lot of lives lost because of the moment that occurred on Wednesday, so very, very concerned about the cascading effects,’ the official told CNN. ‘It’s a very concerning moment.’

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed similar concerns, saying that far-right extremists and white supremacists were emboldened by their perceived success last week. 

 ‘We fully expect that this violence could actually get worse before it gets better,’ Greenblatt said. 

A number of extremist groups were spotted among the sea of rioters at the Capitol last week, including the Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, NSC131, New Jersey European Heritage Association, far-right podcaster Nick Fuentes’ Groypers, American Nationalist Party and American Guard, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute. 

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory

The protesters used flag poles and other objects to break doors and windows around the Capitol building

The protesters used flag poles and other objects to break doors and windows around the Capitol building  

Members of Congress are seen running for cover as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber

Members of Congress are seen running for cover as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber

Shortly before 2pm, the rioters descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers were inside certifying the vote. Over the next two hours, the violence escalated. Some broke into politicians’ offices, tauntingly sat at their desks and left threatening notes. One of the protesters was shot dead by cops (bottom right) 

Wednesday’s unrest reverberated around the US as smaller protests were staged outside several state capitols. Local officials across the US fear that Inauguration Day could bring further violence to their communities as well.  

Washington State Gov Jay Inslee on Friday announced that he was mobilizing up to 750 National Guardsmen to secure the state’s capitol in Olympia at the start of the new legislative session on Monday.  

‘The actions we saw in both Washington, DC, and Olympia earlier this week were completely unacceptable and will not be repeated in our state again,’ Inslee, a Democrat, said in a statement, referring to the dozens of people who occupied the state Capitol and breached the grounds of the governor’s mansion last Wednesday. 

‘In light of the most recent insurrection activity, the state cannot tolerate any actions that could result in harm, mayhem or interruption of function of democratic institutions,’ he said. 

In New Jersey, state homeland security officials are monitoring plans for protests on January 12 and 20, an official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.  

‘Some of the online rhetoric has called for protests at all 50 capitals plus DC,’ the official said. ‘FBI in particular has been continuing to put our threat assessments and we are at the state level as well.’ 

In New York, which sent about 1,000 members of its National Guard to assist at the US Capitol, state police have also been put on high alert. 

‘Given recent events in Washington and across the country, the New York State Police has, out of an abundance of caution, taken steps to harden security in and around the State Capitol in Albany,’ spokesman Beau Duffy told Law & Order. ‘These restrictions are in place until further notice.’

Unrest is also anticipated in Georgia, which was a key target of Trump’s campaign to overturn the election results. In a now-infamous call on January 2, Trump pressured Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to ‘find’ enough votes to erase Biden’s victory in the Peach State, but Raffensberger refused. 

Asked what officials are doing to prepare for protests in the coming days, a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety declined to offer details.  

‘We are aware of potential protests on Jan. 17,’ Franka Young, the public affairs program coordinator, wrote in an email to Law & Order. ‘However, we do not share our operational plans. We are prepared to respond in the appropriate manner as we have always done in the past. Our primary concern will always be the safety of everyone who works at or visits the Capitol grounds.’

In Michigan, the State Capitol Commission unanimously passed a ban on the open carry of guns in the building on Monday in reaction to the siege in DC last week.  

‘We continually monitor for security threats and maintain situational awareness of what is happening in Michigan and across the country,’ Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shanon Banner said. ‘Our security planning is fluid and adjustments are made as needed, from day-to-day.’ 

REVEALED: Capitol cops didn’t bring in reinforcements and were overrun by the MAGA mob despite multiple warnings 

Capitol Police failed to bring in reinforcements the day the US Capitol was overrun by MAGA mob rioters despite the FBI warning of potential violence, federal agents visiting right-wing extremists and a slew of social media posts planning the anarchy. 

Missed warnings and details of botched security efforts continue to emerge in the aftermath of last week’s chaos at the Capitol that left five dead in what law enforcement officials have already slammed as a catastrophic failure to prepare. 

Local and federal law enforcement officials have spent the last few days shifting the blame after the riots were described as one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history. 

Evidence has also emerged of glaring warnings from some hardline Trump supporters who vowed on social media to inflict violence and storm the Capitol.  

Capitol Police have faced the brunt of the scrutiny for misjudging the security threat given they are in charge of defending the federal building that was overrun. The agency had only prepared for a free speech demonstration and no contingency plans were prepared in case the situation escalated. 

It has since emerged that the FBI had warned Capitol Police of potential violence in the days prior and federal agents even visited some extremists to tell them not to travel to Washington DC for Trump’s rally. 

Yet in the aftermath, federal officials publicly said there was no intelligence that suggested Trump supporters were preparing to attack the Capitol. It has prompted questions as to whether the FBI and others actually took the threats seriously and why they didn’t step in until after the Capitol was already under attack.

Capitol Police (pictured above) have faced the brunt of the scrutiny for misjudging the security threat given they are in charge of defending the federal building that was overrun. Law enforcement officials have spent the last few days shifting the blame after the chaotic Capitol scenes were described as one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history

Capitol Police (pictured above) have faced the brunt of the scrutiny for misjudging the security threat given they are in charge of defending the federal building that was overrun. Law enforcement officials have spent the last few days shifting the blame after the chaotic Capitol scenes were described as one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history

Capitol Police under fire for not bolstering number of officers, misjudging security threats and declining offers for federal help 

Outgoing Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned a day after the siege, has since claimed his request to have the National Guard on standby was declined two days before the ordeal by House and Senate security officials.

It contradicts earlier statements from senior defense officials who claim Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help prior to the riots and also on the day it unfolded.  

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned a day after the siege, has claimed his request to have the National Guard on standby was declined two days before the ordeal by House and Senate security officials. It contradicts earlier statements from senior defense officials who claim Capitol Police rejected offers of federal

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned a day after the siege, has claimed his request to have the National Guard on standby was declined two days before the ordeal by House and Senate security officials. It contradicts earlier statements from senior defense officials who claim Capitol Police rejected offers of federal 

Sources have previously said the Pentagon asked Capitol Police three days before the riots if it needed National Guard manpower. As the mob descended on the Capitol, Justice Department leaders also reached out to offer up FBI agents. The officials say the police turned down help from the federal agencies on both occasions.

Sund told the Washington Post that his supervisors were reluctant to take steps to put the Guard on call, saying that House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving said he wasn’t comfortable with the ‘optics’ of formally declaring an emergency before the rally.

Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger reportedly suggested Sund informally seek out Guard contacts and ask them to ‘lean forward’ and be on alert in case Capitol Police needed their help, without officially calling upon them ahead of time.

Sund claims he tried five more times to request help but was rejected or delayed. He said he ended up calling Major General William J Walker, the head of the 1,000-member DC National Guard, to ask for help. He said he spoke to DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III who also offered to help if trouble stirred.

Despite Sund’s recent statements, Capitol Police have come under fire for not bolstering the number of officers on the day of the protest and making no preparations for the possibility that it could escalate into violent riots. 

The department had the same number of officers in place as on a routine day. While some of those officers were outfitted with equipment for a protest, they were not staffed or equipped for a riot.  

Capitol Police have come under fire for not bolstering the number of officers on the day of the protest and making no preparations for the possibility that it could escalate into violent riots. The department had the same number of officers in place as on a routine day

Capitol Police have come under fire for not bolstering the number of officers on the day of the protest and making no preparations for the possibility that it could escalate into violent riots. The department had the same number of officers in place as on a routine day

It also emerged that once the mob began to move on the Capitol, a police lieutenant issued an order not to use deadly force, which explains why officers outside the building did not draw their weapons as the crowd closed in. Officers are sometimes ordered against escalating a situation by drawing their weapons if superiors believe doing so could lead to a stampede or a shootout. In this instance, it also left officers with little ability to resist the mob.   

Sund still maintains that he had no evidence that a large mob was planning to seize the Capitol. 

‘We knew it would be bigger. We looked at the intelligence. We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations,’ he told the Washington Post. 

‘I had nothing indicating we would have a large mob seize the Capitol.’ 

FBI and NYPD warned Capitol Police of potential violence and federal agents visited some extremists in lead up to riots 

The FBI and New York Police Department were among those agencies who warned Capitol Police of potential violence, law enforcement officials told NBC News. 

Federal agents also reportedly visited more than a dozen extremists in the days prior and warned them not to travel to Washington DC.  

‘Prior to this event, the FBI obtained credible and actionable information about individuals who were planning on traveling to the protests who expressed a desire to engage in violence,’ an FBI official told the outlet.  

‘The FBI was able to discourage those individuals from traveling to DC.’ 

It is not clear exactly who, or how many people, the FBI visited prior to the riots. It also isn’t clear if any of those the FBI warned still attended the rally. 

The source said the FBI and Capitol Police had shared intelligence ahead of the protests.  

Justice officials, FBI and other agencies were monitoring flights and social media for weeks and were expecting massive crowds given Trump had been urging his supporters to come to DC. 

He said in a December 20 tweet: ‘Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!’ 

Some hotels had been booked to 100 percent capacity – setting off alarm bells because tourism in Washington has cratered amid the pandemic. 

Sources say the NYPD had also sent Capitol Police intelligence information of violent threats posted on social media in the weeks prior that were specifically related to the rally. 

It contradicts public comments made by the head of the FBI’s Washington field office, Steven D’Antuono, who said last week there was no prior indication of the Capitol siege. 

DC Police Chief Robert Contee had also said publicly there was no intelligence of a Capitol breach.   

Despite officials saying they had no knowledge of attacks on the US Capitol, far-right social media users had been openly hinting for weeks that chaos would erupt and protests could descend into violence. One flyer that emerged on Facebook and Instagram last month was titled: 'Operation Occupy the Capitol'

Despite officials saying they had no knowledge of attacks on the US Capitol, far-right social media users had been openly hinting for weeks that chaos would erupt and protests could descend into violence. One flyer that emerged on Facebook and Instagram last month was titled: ‘Operation Occupy the Capitol’

Some users openly discussed on Reddit the need to 'overwhelm those barricades and cops' in a bid to storm the Capitol

Some users openly discussed on Reddit the need to ‘overwhelm those barricades and cops’ in a bid to storm the Capitol 

Some users posted images on Reddit of supposed underground entrances and exits to the Capitol building

Some users posted images on Reddit of supposed underground entrances and exits to the Capitol building

‘Operation Occupy the Capitol’: Social media users had openly hinted for weeks that chaos would erupt at the Capitol 

Despite officials saying they had no knowledge of attacks on the US Capitol, far-right social media users had been openly hinting for weeks that chaos would erupt and protests could descend into violence. 

One flyer that emerged on Facebook and Instagram last month was titled: ‘Operation Occupy the Capitol’.

It directly referenced the January 6 protest that Trump had encouraged his supporters to attend. 

Some users posted images on Reddit of supposed underground entrances and exits to the Capitol building, while others openly discussed the need to ‘overwhelm those barricades and cops’. 

Many claimed that occupying the Capitol meant there would be no vote to certify Biden’s election win.   

On the 8kun message board, users spoke for weeks about storming the Capitol. They even argued whether Trump supporters should target police.

‘You can go to Washington on Jan 6 and help storm the Capital. As many Patriots as can be. We will storm the government buildings, kill cops, kill security guards, kill federal employees and agents, and demand a recount,’ one user said.  

Others said: ‘Why kill cops and security guards? I was under the impression the enemies were the high government officials and the rest are uninformed masses?’ 

As the attack on the Capitol actually unfolded, social media users urged followers to ‘trust the plan’ and ‘hold the line.’ 

Just what the plan might have been is central to the investigation into the violent siege.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the US Capitol. The FBI is now investigating whether some of the attackers intended to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the US Capitol. The FBI is now investigating whether some of the attackers intended to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage

The FBI is now investigating whether some of the attackers intended to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage. 

Authorities are particularly focused on why some in the mob were seen carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs and had apparently accessed areas of the Capitol generally difficult for the public to locate.

Under battle flags bearing Trump’s name, the Capitol’s attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd.  

‘Hang Mike Pence!’ they chanted as they pressed inside, beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts, too. They hunted any and all lawmakers: ‘Where are they?’ Outside, makeshift gallows stood, complete with sturdy wooden steps and the noose. Guns and pipe bombs had been stashed in the vicinity.

Only days later is the extent of the danger from one of the darkest episodes in American democracy coming into focus. The sinister nature of the assault has become evident, betraying the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctums of Congress and run down leaders – Trump´s vice president and the Democratic House speaker among them.

Pelosi said on Sunday ‘the evidence is that it was a well-planned, organized group with leadership and guidance and direction. And the direction was to go get people.’ She did not elaborate on that point in a 60 Minutes interview. 

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Twitter bans QAnon supporters, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn

Twitter has suspended prominent backers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, citing a potential for “offline harm.” NBC News reporter Ben Collins reported the ban of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins. Other major QAnon accounts have apparently been banned as well.

Twitter told NBC News that the accounts were suspended under Twitter’s “coordinated harmful activity” ban. “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a spokesperson said.

Flynn and Powell have both promoted theories linked to QAnon, a sprawling conspiracy movement united against a nonexistent cabal of devil-worshipping pedophiles. Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI, but he was pardoned by President Donald Trump and has become a QAnon evangelist. Powell has been instrumental in promoting false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, leading Dominion Voting Systems to file a defamation suit against her earlier today. Watkins formerly helped run 8kun (formerly 8chan), the anonymous message board where QAnon head Q posts cryptic messages to followers. Researchers speculate Q may be multiple people, and both Ron and his father Jim Watkins have been named as potential Q authors.

Twitter is late in taking action against the group. Facebook banned QAnon content in 2020, calling the group a “militarized social movement.” TikTok likewise banned QAnon content for violating its disinformation policy. Until recently, however, Twitter hosted some of QAnon’s most high-profile figures. That included the names above, as well as David Hayes (known as “Praying Medic”), a major QAnon theory interpreter and part of a group that sued YouTube for its own QAnon crackdown last fall.

QAnon supporters were among the Trump backers who mobbed the US Capitol earlier this week, attempting to overturn the results of the US presidential election. Trump himself has also expressed support for QAnon, calling its supporters “people that love our country.”

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Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure goes viral after users compare it to the Capitol Hill insurrection

Wednesday was marked by a mob of pro-Trump supporters breaking through a police barricade to storm the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

But Twitter users trying to make sense of the Capitol’s lax security were reminded of Nicolas Cage’s 2004 film National Treasure.

The action–adventure movie and its 2007 sequel became fodder for memes and jokes about how easy it would be to break into the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.

Cinematic parallels: Twitter users were out in force with jokes about the insurrection by a pro-Trump mob at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on Wednesday as they compared it to Nicolas Cage’s 2004 action–adventure film National Treasure

National Treasure features a plot line in which Cage’s character is determined to steal the Declaration Of Independence, as it has a treasure map hidden on the back (though not in real life).

Social media users started pointing out how difficult it was to steal the document in the film, compared to how easy it was for armed rioters to breach the Capitol Building’s defenses. 

One Twitter user joked that the riots could provide the ‘Best premise for National Treasure 3.’ 

They also shared a meme with a still of Cage from the first film saying, ‘I’m going to steal the Declaration Of Independence.’

The meme added the text: ‘When you notice that all the cops in Washington DC are distracted by rioters.’  

Now's the their chance: One person shared a National Treasure meme and joked that the best time to steal the Declaration of Independence was while police were occupied

Now’s the their chance: One person shared a National Treasure meme and joked that the best time to steal the Declaration of Independence was while police were occupied

Movie magic: National Treasure features a plot line in which Cage's character tries to steal the Declaration of Independence, as it has a (fictional) treasure map hidden on the back

Movie magic: National Treasure features a plot line in which Cage’s character tries to steal the Declaration of Independence, as it has a (fictional) treasure map hidden on the back

Others joked that the lengths Cage’s character went to steal the document from the National Archives weren’t believable anymore.

‘I am no longer impressed that Nicholas Cage managed to steal the Declaration of Independence,’ joked Adam Herman on Twitter.

Another user wrote that, ‘Now is the perfect time to steal the declaration of independence [sic].’

‘STEAL THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IT HAS A MAP,’ wrote another user.

‘Starting to think it’d actually be incredibly easy to steal the declaration of independence,’ chimed in another person. 

Not buying it: Others joked that the lengths Cage's character went to steal the document from the National Archives weren't believable anymore

Not buying it: Others joked that the lengths Cage’s character went to steal the document from the National Archives weren’t believable anymore

'Perfect time': Another user wrote that, 'now is the perfect time to steal the declaration of independence [sic]'

‘Perfect time’: Another user wrote that, ‘now is the perfect time to steal the declaration of independence [sic]’

Having a laugh: Another person referenced the fictional map from the movie

Having a laugh: Another person referenced the fictional map from the movie

Walking right in: Other joked about the ease of stealing major historical artifacts

Walking right in: Other joked about the ease of stealing major historical artifacts

One person enthused about a third film in the series.

‘Oh Sweet, they finally starting filming National Treasure 3!!’ they wrote to caption a photo of the pro-Trump mob while adding the hashtag, ‘#AssaultOnDemocracy.’

‘Suddenly the security violations in National Treasure seem less like a Disney movie and more like a Wednesday,’ mused one user.

Closer look: One person enthused about a third film in the series by photoshopping Cage in with the rioters

Closer look: One person enthused about a third film in the series by photoshopping Cage in with the rioters

Life imitates art: Another person wrote the 'security violations' in the film no longer seemed outrageous in view of Wednesday's news

Life imitates art: Another person wrote the ‘security violations’ in the film no longer seemed outrageous in view of Wednesday’s news

Others joked about Cage as if he was his film character.

‘this is probably the best time for Nicolas cage to steal the Declaration of Independence [sic],’ one person joked.

Actor Devon Sawa wrote: ‘Nicolas Cage spent an entire hundred million dollar movie trying to steal the declaration of independence and yet a bunch of mega a**holes were able to walk right in that place. This is why I have trust issues with Hollywood.’

‘Thinking about how much Nicolas Cage had to go through in National Treasure to break into the federal buildings and then how easy it was today,’ one Tweet read. 

Another user poked fun at some attempts to downplay the potential crimes the insurrectionists might have committed.

‘It’s a big misunderstanding. They were all just doing National Treasure.’ 

Leading man: Others joked about Cage as if he was his film character. 'this is probably the best time for Nicolas cage to steal the Declaration of Independence [sic],' one person tweeted

Leading man: Others joked about Cage as if he was his film character. ‘this is probably the best time for Nicolas cage to steal the Declaration of Independence [sic],’ one person tweeted

Too much work: One user wrote that Cage had a much harder time trying to break into the National Archive

Too much work: One user wrote that Cage had a much harder time trying to break into the National Archive

Nothing to see here: Others joked that the rioters were 'all just doing National Treasure'

Nothing to see here: Others joked that the rioters were ‘all just doing National Treasure’

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National Express will suspend all long-distance flights until March 2021

The number of passengers dropped sharply due to quarantine

National Express, one of the largest intercity bus operators operating in England, Wales and Scotland, will suspend all flights from January 11 to March 1, 2021… The reason for this is the introduction of a nationwide quarantine and a decrease in the number of passengers, according to The Guardian.

Flights will be operated as usual from 8 to 10 January. Passengers who bought tickets for the period of suspension of the bus service will be able to rebook the trip for another date or get money back; company representatives will contact them.

National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy warned that the flight resumption date could change as coronavirus restrictions tighten or relax. “We will be monitoring the vaccination process and are ready to get back behind the wheel as soon as the UK residents need it again.”– added Hardy.

In April 2020, National Express also suspended operations for nearly three months. Intercity public transport receives financial assistance from the government during the quarantine period, but intercity bus operators cannot boast of this. In addition, the UK Department of Transport is currently developing options to reduce the number of trains.

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Walter Sinche seeks to represent Ecuadorian immigrants in the National Assembly | The State

NY.- Community activist Walther Sinche, supported by a broad coalition of organizations, was nominated as a candidate for the Ecuadorian National Assembly on behalf of the Ecuadorian immigrant community in the United States and Canada.

The announcement of the candidacy was made last Sunday in Queens, an enclave of the Ecuadorian community in New York. Sinche is the main candidate for Assemblyman by Ecuadorians abroad for the period 2021 – 2025, for the Juntos Podemos – Lista 33 movement, headed by Paúl Carrasco, as presidential candidate.

“Because of the support received from the community during 25 years of activism in New York, I have the conviction that I am the best option to represent my migrant brothers from the United States and Canada, community activism that I have seen in the other candidates, only in time campaign, ”said Walther Sinche, who was accompanied by the candidates for Assemblymen Néstor Sanango, first alternate; Gloria Rodríguez, second main; and Valeria Rojas, second alternate.

Your community leadership

As a defender and promoter of Andean cultural identity in New York, Sinche has generated various events such as the Andean Fashion Show, the “El Chasqui” Run and Walk and La Noche Cuencana, to highlight and maintain not only the Ecuadorian but also Latin American culture.

Sinche also has a long history as a defender in notorious cases of racial hatred and police brutality against Ecuadorian immigrants and Hispanics in general.

“Thanks to the approval of the Hispanic media in the Big Apple such as Univision-Channel 41, El Diario La Prensa and other important institutions, for which I am the benchmark of community activism in this city, my Ecuadorian community has always been valued and highlighted” added Sinche, who not only enjoys the support of the Ecuadorian immigrant community, but also of Latin Americans in New York.

Proposals in favor of migrants

The action plan of Walter Sinche together with the presidential duo made up of Paúl Carrasco and Frank Vargas Anda, from Juntos Podemos — Lista 33, includes strengthening democracy and social participation. Ensure compliance with the rights and freedoms of citizens, ensure security, justice and unrestricted respect for human rights, and in particular of migrants in the United States and Canada.

Sinche announced that it will promote the elimination by legal means of the decree of remittances by creating control mechanisms to avoid abuses, combat corruption and strengthen supervision through citizen oversight of Ecuadorian consulates, consular agencies and government entities that provide public services in this country.

The candidate proposes the revision of the Organic Law of Human Mobility, particularly in the articles that concern migrants and returnees. Similarly, it proposes the reopening of the Legislative House in New York, so that citizens are in continuous communication with the assembly members and receive their concerns and projects.

Finally, Sinche said that he has committed to continue the social struggle in favor of migrants, the least privileged and unprotected of our society in this great nation that welcomes them.

‘Together we can achieve change’

Walther Sinche, president and founder of Alianza Ecuatoriana Internacional and the Andean Community Center, together with his “chasquis soldiers” as he calls his volunteers, in this time of pandemic, has provided more than 300,000 lunches to the unprotected in the Corona sector Queens, thanks to organizations that support and recognize your altruism and work.

“Together we can generate change. We have a program for a diverse, plural and multiform society, but united by love for the Homeland and its well-being, that is what the action plan of the Carrasco-Vargas presidential binomial sums up ”, Sinche stressed.

The general elections in Ecuador, in which the Executive Power, president and vice president, will be renewed to the Legislative Power, that is, the members of the National Assembly, are scheduled for Sunday, February 7, in which the first round will take place. and, if necessary, voters would return to the polls on Sunday, April 11, to choose the country’s president and vice president in a second round.

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