For weeks on end, there have been thousands of National Guard troops amassed in the streets and buildings of Washington DC, waiting for some domestic terror threat that has yet to manifest.
They arrived in The Beltway following the violent events of January 6th, and there have been a number of prominent political voices expressing concern over the prolonged deployment.
This includes some of the Senate’s most powerful members.
Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said in a statement he is “outraged” they are being asked to stay without clear and specific information about why.
“I’m outraged that U.S. Capitol Police have requested to keep the nearly 5,000 National Guardsmen at the Capitol Complex for another two months without presenting clear and specific information. I haven’t been satisfied with any explanation Congress has received at numerous briefings that all these personnel, resources and barbed wire are needed,” he said.
“The Capitol Police have clearly stated that no specific credible threat exists — and what’s more, they haven’t provided the Department of Defense with any of the information needed to justify this request,” he added.
Inhofe noted that keeping the Capitol Complex safe has always been a federal civilian law enforcement responsibility.
“We can and should make improvements to how the Capitol Police protect the building, and there are plenty of options available to us, such as changes to the U.S. Capitol Police force structure, availability of a non-military quick reaction force and mobile fencing,” he said.
To make matters worse, a number of Michigan Guardsmen were sickened by food served to them in DC, with complaints of rotten and undercooked meat coming to light just this week.
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