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Heavy Military Presence as Capitol Prepares for Inauguration Like No Other

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Heavy Military Presence as Capitol Prepares for Inauguration Like No Other

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WASHINGTON—The nation’s capitol is preparing for a presidential inauguration like no other in U.S. history, marked by extensive security measures, a large military presence, and pandemic restrictions. President-elect Joe Biden is set to be sworn in on Jan. 20. Up to 25,000 members of the National Guard coming from all 50 states will be stationed at the Capitol. The number of guardsmen sent to Washington far exceeds the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, which has been reduced to 2,500. National guardsmen have been permitted to use lethal force in order to support law enforcement in the Capitol and city. The capital was reminiscent of an abandoned ghost town in the days leading up to the inauguration as roads were barricaded, stores were boarded up, and military troops were seen checking the ID’s of people at security checkpoints. Military vehicles were seen throughout the area while most residents appear to be staying indoors, aside from the …

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