Travel Alert: FBI Memo Warns of Possible Armed Protests at all 50 State Capitals and D.C.

By Kurt Stolz on 13 January 2021
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If you’re planning a Covid-safe trip in the coming week, you might want to avoid the capital of any of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing warnings of plans for “armed protests” at all 50 state capitols as well as in Washington, D.C, according to an internal bulletin distributed to law enforcement officials across the country.

The Bureau sent a bulletin advising of plans for the protests to start later this week and continue through the January 20 inauguration of Joseph Biden as president.

Some of the protestors are believed to be members of extremist groups, it was reported.

The news comes as officials in Washington are increasing security measures ahead of Inauguration Day, with the help of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

The news was first reported by ABC News.

“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols” and will take place from January 16 through at least January 20, the bulletin said.  The protests at the U.S. Capitol would take place starting January 17.

The warning was prepared with information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Defense Department; the U.S. Park Police; and the U.S. Marshals Service, one official said.

Information about the protest came from social media, the web, and informants planted among the protestors.

While the memo addresses possible threats that were under discussion by various online actors, there won’t necessarily be violent protests in every state.  Officials in New England do not believe that there will be armed protests there.

“At this point in time, the FBI Boston Division is not in possession of any intelligence indicating any planned, armed protests at the four state capitals in our area of responsibility from January 17-20, 2021,” a spokesman for the FBI in Boston told reporters. The Boston Division is responsible for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

One armed group said that there would be a huge armed uprising in Washington were Congress to attempt to remove the president by invoking the 25th amendment.  The 25th amendment, however, can only be invoked by the vice president.

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