Authorities are aware of online conversations about “an identified militia group” potentially planning to enter the Capitol on Thursday.
The United States Capitol Police Department (USCP) said in a statement Wednesday that it “obtained intelligence information showing a possible plot to violate the Capitol.”
“We have already made significant security improvements to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” he added.
March 4 has been circled on law enforcement calendars for months because some QAnon supporters believe that ex President TrumpDonald Trump South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternate method of execution Former Trump aide Pierson will not run for the Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel returns to issue subpoena for Trump’s accounting firm MORE It will be reopened that day. That was the date for the presidential inauguration until 1933.
USCP had previously said that there was little indication that any group was planning to travel to Washington, DC, to protest or participate in acts of violence.
Researchers into far-right extremism have also noted that the March 4 date has lost importance and that there appears to be little or no planning for a physical presence.
CNN reported Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter, that some of the talk about the Capitol rape came from Three Percenters.
The militia movement, which takes its name from the belief that only 3 percent of American settlers fought the British during the War of Independence, is fragmented with many different groups related to the three percent in the United States. and Canada.
Three percent have been charged with criminal activity in the past, and some rioters charged in connection with the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6 sported paraphernalia associated with the concept of porcentrism.