The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
WASHINGTON, DC- For some reason, there are still thousands of National Guard troops in Washington, DC, with estimates saying more military assets are in Washington, DC than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
What exactly are they doing there? The only violence that’s taken place in our nation’s Capital happened last weekend, when Black Lives Matter and Antifa randomly attacked people and harassed diners in restaurants.
Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on. That has freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wondering the same thing.
In a tweet earlier this week, Boebert questioned not only the presence of the troops but also the fact that, despite outrage several weeks ago, troops were still being forced to take breaks and sleep in cold parking garages.
“Why is it that nearly 3 weeks after the initial outrage, Nancy Pelosi is still having our National Guard troops take their breaks & sleeping in freezing cold garages?
“These photos were taken last night!
This needs to stop NOW!”
Why is it that nearly 3 weeks after the initial outrage, Nancy Pelosi is still having our National Guard troops take their breaks & sleeping in freezing cold garages?
These photos were taken last night!
This needs to stop NOW! pic.twitter.com/twaFG7vQuR
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 9, 2021
Included in the tweet were two photos of National Guard soldiers sitting in a parking garage. In one photo, troops are relaxing on some cots which were placed in the garage, while another photo shows about a half-dozen troops sitting on cots and chairs. Others are standing or walking around.
Breitbart News reported that Boebert’s office told them the photos were taken in the House underground garage Monday night.
In a statement, Boebert complained that the troops were running out of food and being forced to rest in cold garages.
“The disrespect that Speaker Pelosi has shown to our National Guard is sickening. With the background checks, running out of food and making them rest in cold garages, Speaker Pelosi has continued to show total disrespect for our men and women in uniform,” she said.
Breitbart notes that there are a number of cafeterias and cafes inside the Capitol complex, however they close when the ruling class, aka Congress finish their business at the end of the day.
According to a National Guard spokesperson, troops are not being required to sleep in the garages overnight, and claim that the Guard members Boebert saw were taking breaks during “quick reaction force” exercises and drills in order to maintain readiness.
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A few weeks back, some members of Congress as well as the American people were outraged when Guard members were forced to take breaks in parking garages after a complaint from a Massachusetts Congressman, Rep. William Keating (D) allegedly complaining about members not wearing a mask.
However, a spokesman for the Massachusetts National Guard, Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe denied Keating had complained.
“The relocation of National Guardsmen within the U.S. Capitol building grounds had nothing to do with Congressman Keating reminding a soldier of the requirement to wear their mask,” Keefe wrote.
The statement said that Capitol building officials had asked the guardsmen to move to the garage ostensibly because the Senate was in session.
After a number of complaints, however the guard members were allowed back into the Capitol. It is unknown why they are currently still taking their breaks inside the parking garage.
Authorization for troops in the city was given after the January 6 siege at the US Capitol building, when the Pentagon authorized 7,000 National Guard troops.
Federal and local authorities requested an additional 19,000 more troops for Biden’s inauguration, which was three weeks ago. Currently, there are about 7,000 troops still there for unknown reasons.
The number is supposed to go down to 5,000 by mid-March, however between the military and the barricades and razor wire, the Nation’s Capital looks more like an armed camp.
That move however has a number of officials, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), an Army veteran, and a Green Beret and National Guard colonel respectively, demanding to know why troops are still needed in the city.
While the mainstream media is reporting that “seven people died” in the Capitol “siege,” many have questioned that narrative. For example, the only person 100% confirmed to have been killed at the Capitol was Ashli Babbitt, one of the so-called “insurrectionists” and a Trump supporter, who was shot by a police officer.
Two people died of apparent natural causes, one from a heart attack (Trump supporter) and another had a stroke (Trump supporter). One woman was alleged to have been trampled, however her cause of death has not been released.
That leaves Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick. In fact, CNN has reported that “investigators are struggling to build a federal murder case,” claiming that they have been unable to “prove someone caused his death.”
According to CNN, investigators have reviewed video and photographs which show Off. Sicknick engaging with protesters, however have been unable to identify when he would have specifically suffered his fatal injuries.
Thus far, authorities have not released any findings from an autopsy conducted. Sicknick’s body was cremated immediately after the autopsy, it has been reported.
However sources have said that the claim he was struck in the head by a fire extinguisher appears to be erroneous.
One law enforcement official told CNN that there was no evidence that Off. Sicknick had sustained a blunt trauma injury, as has been widely reported by the mainstream media and Democrats.
In fact, despite CNN’s report last week, Democrats in the impeachment sham still make the claim:
“Trump supporters murdered a police officer.”
Two police officers committed suicide after the incident, however it is unknown if it was related to the Capitol incident, despite the fact that Congressional Democrats are alleging it was, without a basis for that reasoning.
What all of this means is that we have thousands of troops in Washington, DC, allegedly there to prevent an “insurrection” while the only ones who have engaged in violence since January 6 are Biden voters, aka Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon confirmed last week that the cost for National Guard support through mid-March will cost the American taxpayers an estimated $483 million, while not committing to removing the troops by that date.
That’s a lot of money to try to convince the American people that wingnuts such as the “Viking hat guy” were trying to commit an insurrection. Any right-thinking person knows that’s a load of horse manure.
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