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19 January 2021 Security News

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  • Washington on High Alert on Eve of Biden Inauguration VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. National Guard, the part-time military service providing security for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, has removed 12 members from security duty for the event, military officials announced Tuesday.
  • Senate Republican Leader: Trump 'Provoked' US Capitol Rampage VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell contended Tuesday that outgoing President Donald Trump "provoked" thousands of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in a futile effort to block Congress from certifying that Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump in the November election.
  • Despite COVID-19 Restrictions, Service Members Play Important Role in Inauguration DoD News 19 Jan 2021 -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed much of the military-influenced pomp and circumstance that typically surrounds a presidential inauguration, service members will still play an important role during the event, said the commander of Joint Task Force — National Capital Region, which orchestrates the military's involvement.
  • Statement of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Regarding Nationwide Safety and Security for Inauguration Day US Dept. of Justice 19 Jan 2021 -- Tomorrow, the Nation and the world will witness an orderly and peaceful transfer of power in the United States, as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court swears in President-Elect Biden. Throughout our Nation's proud history, this ceremony has served as a beacon of democracy and a testament to the enduring strength of our Constitution.
  • US National Guard Pulls 12 Troops From Biden Inauguration Duty, Including 2 Over Extremist Ties Sputnik 19 Jan 2021 -- The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place on January 20 and will make the start of the four-year term of Biden as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris as vice president.
  • 12 Guardsmen Relieved of Duty for Inauguration, Officials Say DoD News 19 Jan 2021 -- With 25,000 National Guard troops in Washington to protect the U.S. Capitol and tomorrow's presidential inauguration of the U.S. 46th president, law enforcement officials have identified and removed 12 people in the Guard's ranks because of security precautions, officials told Pentagon reporters today.
  • U.S. Army Soldier Arrested for Attempting to Assist ISIS to Conduct Deadly Ambush on U.S. Troops US Dept. of Justice 19 Jan 2021 -- The Justice Department, along with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Army Counterintelligence, announced today the arrest of a private first class in the U.S. Army, on federal terrorism charges based on Bridges' alleged efforts to assist ISIS to attack and kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.
  • US Soldier Arrested in Plot to Blow Up 9/11 Memorial VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- A U.S. Army soldier has been arrested and charged with plotting to blow up New York City's 9/11 Memorial, and plotting to kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.
  • Violent German Far-Right Groups' Recruitment Aided By Lockdown Frustrations VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- Violent far-right groups are using rising frustration with pandemic lockdowns in their recruitment efforts, German officials fear.
  • Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien The White House 19 Jan 2021 -- "Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that closes a longstanding, critical, security loophole for United States Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products, one abused by those seeking to harm our country."
  • Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 19 Jan 2021 -- "Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order declaring additional steps to be taken concerning the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber enabled activities declared in Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015 (Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-enabled activities), as amended, to address the use of United States Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products by foreign malicious cyber actors."
  • Controversial Parler Network Gets Support From Russia, Reports Say RFE/RL 19 Jan 2021 -- Parler, a social-media website popular with U.S. right-wing groups, has partially returned online with the apparent help of a Russian-based technology company, according to reports on January 18.

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