WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week's deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.

“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. On Dec. 29, it warned of the potential for armed demonstrators targeting legislatures, the second official said.

“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve," the bureau said in a statement. “Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity.”

The FBI said it wasn't focused on peaceful protests but "on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”

Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country,

“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said.

The riots followed weeks of online calls for violence in the nation's capital in the waning days of Donald Trump's presidency. There have been several arrests, and at least two Capitol police officers, one who took a selfie with rioters, and another who put on a Make America Great Again hat, were suspended. At least a dozen more are under investigation, according to lawmakers.

A tweet in which Trump promised that last Wednesday's event in Washington, D.C., “will be wild” fueled a “month-long frenzy of incitements, strategizing, and embrace of violence against lawmakers,” according to a research group that tracks online extremism activity, In a report issued Saturday, the SITE Intelligence Group also warned that the Capitol attack has emboldened Trump-supporting extremists.

“No matter how all this plays out, its only the beginning,” posted a user on TheDonald message board, according to the report.

Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said authorities in state capitals and other major cities besides Washington should prepare for the possibility of violent protests next week.

“A lot of people were energized by what happened last week,” he said. “State capitals are a natural place where people might want to show up, especially assuming that they think there might be a huge presence of police and military in D.C. because of what happened last week.”

Pitcavage tracks militia, white supremacists and other far-right extremists, but he said the Capitol siege demonstrated the emergence of a new movement of ”Trumpist extremists, so caught up in the cult of personality around Trump that they may be willing to break the law or engage in violence purely in support of Trump and whatever he wants."

The talk of armed marches next week isn't limited to “radicalized” Trump supporters. State capital events on Jan. 17 appear to be promoted by supporters of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement. Boogaloo followers advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society, and they don't adhere to a coherent political philosophy.

Posts on social media sites also have promoted a “Million Militia March” on the day of Biden's inauguration. Pitcavage said the event, apparently organized by a promoter of the pro-Trump "QAnon" conspiracy theory, appears unlikely to draw a massive crowd.

Javed Ali, a former FBI senior intelligence officer who teaches courses in counterterrorism at the University of Michigan, said it can be challenging for law enforcement to identify the line between people exercising their constitutionally protected rights to bear arms and free speech and those who pose "a real operational threat."

“The FBI just can't passively sit in websites and forums and social media platforms, waiting to see who's going to present a direct threat versus just someone who is being highly radicalized,” he said. “There has to be an investigative predicate for the FBI to then start even the lowest form of an investigation."

David Deitch, an attorney who was a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s counterterrorism section from 2003 to 2007, said law enforcement must recognize a “tenuous balance” between protected free speech and speech that intends to incites violence.

“It's a very fact-based, case-by-case determination,” he said. “There's no one factor that's going to determine all of it. It's certainly going to be a judgment call on the part of law enforcement about whether and when to intervene.”

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Kunzelman reported from College Park, Maryland. Associated Press writer Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

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phydeaux994

“None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for the President”.....Liz Chaney, Conservative Republican. Read the entire statement she made today. She will vote for Impeachment. No COWARD she.👍What about the other 74,999,999? COWARDS all.

MRS M

phy, Maybe the tide IS turning, what with Moscow Mitch and Liz Chaney both speaking in support of impeachment this evening. The overwhelming tragedy of this remains, though. And that is that these very same people could have stopped the progession of the Trump malignancy at any time in the past, by casting aside their power-grabbing and instead convicted Trump during his LAST impeachment , for coercing a foreign nation to aid him in his re-election bid. BUT....cowardly Republicans looked the other way. Who knows/ McConnell might have helped to save 375,000 + lives in due to the fiasco of the Covid lie/mismanagement.....only IF he had acted a year ago. OR, he might have saved the lives of the 6 lost last Wednesday, if they had stepped up one year ago..

No wonder people hate politicians..........cowardly, pitiful low-lifes that most of them are

Dwasserba

"cowardly, pitiful low-lifes" YEAH [thumbup]Mrs. M

Dwasserba

[thumbup]Cheney

phydeaux994

I’m beginning to think that DM (not CD), bosco, piddle and other members of the BTT(BullyTagTeam) were among the ~150 RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) that rode those 3 busloads of folks that went to D.C. last Wednesday to try to overthrow the result of the most secure Presidential Election in U.S. History with blood in their eyes, by any means necessary. And rode home on those busses with the blood of the Thin Blue Line on their hands. I did not see one BLUE LIVES MATTER sign or an American Flag with one blue stripe among those Terrorists. I guess they lied about supporting Law Enforcement too. They murdered one Policeman and maimed over 50 with baseball bats and flag poles filled with lead and chemical sprays. Real American Heroes those homegrown Terrorists. All in the name of Donald John Trump. To keep him as their POTUS. Can you believe that 💩?

matts853

A second capitol police officer has died. This is disgusting. DISGUSTING.

The FBI is conducting a nation wide manhunt to identify and bring these animals to justice. Over 170 active cases with hundreds more expected. Some people will be charged with murder fir the death of these 2 officers.

Dwasserba

Anyone who participated at the Capitol needs to just come forward. Cameras are everywhere and the ID'ing methods are sophisticated and relentless. Don't wait for an employer/neighbor/ex-wife to turn you in.

threecents

We may literally have dozens of attacks on the federal government in the next couple of weeks, yet all some of you can focus on are some bad actors in the civil rights movement. They will turn any legitimate criticism of Trump into a perverse chant of hypocrisy on the left. Let's focus on what we agree on - that criminals should be prosecuted whether fighting for civil rights or to overthrow the government. And that includes Trump, who now appears to be taking some blame for the attack on the Capitol. He needs to state in no uncertain terms that the election was legitimate and he lost and that violence against state or federal governments will be prosecuted as treason, sedition, or terrorism.

matts853

18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy

This is what many of Trump’s “very special” supporters who attacked America on 6 January are staring at, with up to 20 years in federal prison.

I imagine Trump will get applications from some of these people that have already been arrested. Let’s see if he “loves” them enough to pardon them. Of curse if he does, that opens the gate for similar charges under similar statutes under DC law. What to do, what to do?

The wheels of justice are moving fast on these traitors and they are in serious legal jeopardy. The government is coming for them all and if they were there, they should be very nervous. And the clock is ticking down fast for Trump to save them. Eight days and counting until mercy is off the table. Tick tock.

God willing, I hope every single person that can be identified who trespassed on capitol grounds, or who is currently involved in the planning of future attacks, is charged with this. Not all of them deserve 20 years, but each should do at least 1. They should also build a separate jail for these seditionists to be a shining light of justice; attack America again and this is your destiny - kind of like a stateside Gitmo. Best of all, as convicted felons they lose their right to vote.

Swift and systematic justice must be carried out. What happened is intolerable.

MD1756

Not only that, but as I pointed out yesterday 18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection should apply (especially to any politicians that were with the insurrectionists) "Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." This would apply to Trump and prevent him from any thought of holding another federal position.

This is also the perfect opportunity to likely close the racial gap where the death penalty is handed down. At the very least, those found to be responsible for the Capitol officers' deaths should be given the death penalty and possibly more people should be included (like the person who declared from the VP's seat (as President of the Senate) the elections void).

Dwasserba

"not all of them deserve 20 years" - I'm quite sure some got swept up and then backed away, likely after being photographed. I'm not sure they deserve any time, if all they are guilty of is attending a rally and walking a mile and a half. Some have better selves. I am not a "there are good people on both sides" person. I just wonder that there aren't people who basically did nothing now living in fear and regret. I know I'd like to hear some regret stories. Let the madness STOP

MD1756

If you stayed outside of the Capitol building (and otherwise did nothing illegal) you should have nothing to fear. However simply entering the capitol building when it was closed to the public for security reasons, you have violated then law. Not everyone of the protesters who entered the capitol building may deserve twenty years but they all deserve some form of punishment. Hit them with heavy fines to help pay for the costs they imposed on us law abiding tax payers.

C.D.Reid

The last line in this article is the best line. There's a lot of truth in it.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-officer-on-leave-after-capitol-riot-says-he-did-nothing-wrong/2537899/

matts853

Let’s see how tough he talks in federal prison.

No only is he lying about his involvement, he’s in serious legal jeopardy.

At a minimum he could face charges for:

knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.

violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

And If he carried his service weapon with him, well that doesn’t help ether.

And the granddaddy charge of them all would be: 18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy. That’s worth up to 20 years.

I have a question for you CD: why do you hate America so much?

He’s looking at being charged with this as well as:

C.D.Reid

Unlike you and the rest of the radical Left, Matts, I do not hate America. Trump stands for America First, why do you have a problem with that? Why do you want the radical Left to tear this country apart, like they did for the best part of last year and will continue to do this year?

DickD

Anyone supporting Trump is not a true American.

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

America first should be all Americans First, but in your coded language, you mean White America First. The gas lighting shtick is over. You have shown your hand and offered no contrition.

You do not love America, because you don't love the people of America.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP.

There are bad people on one side who think that Trump loves America? Yeah I can’t wrap my head around that one either?

They can’t see how abused they have been by his “love” ? I feel a tad sorry for them? To be that blind, to die for him, to commit heinous crimes for him? Astounds me.... that they are that weak minded, that they are unable to think for themselves and are unable to see how abused they have been?

threecents

CD, Trump does not stand for America first. He stands for Trump first, and he stands for all that is ugly about America. We are against Trump because we love America.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Change weak minded to brain washed, I forget it’s a cult but brainwashing does create a weak mind so

matts853

CD, the seriousness of what’s happening is completely lost on you. You need help.

bosco

Question for you Matt. "Why do you want the radical Left to tear this country apart, like they did for the best part of last year and will continue to do this year?"

Inquiring minds want to know.

DickD

The radical left? Sure and who is going around with weapons and storing molotov cocktails.

shiftless88

bosco, why do you want the radical Right to tear this country apart?

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Inquiring minds want to know why you would fight to overthrow the democratically elected US Government?

threecents

At least the "radical left" is trying to fix what is wrong with the country, while the "radical right" is trying to overthrow the government. If Ted Cruz's numbers are correct, than more than half of Republicans are radicalized.

threecents

NMP[thumbup]

matts853

They haven’t Bosco, but Trump has.

Thewheelone

"The right IN ONE DAY took the f------ U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us.” Is this the one, CD? The truth is a bunch of dressed up miscreants defaced and stained our most precious symbol of freedom for a couple of hours. 5 or 6 people are dead as a result. The truth is that they were unprepared for this incursion and it will not happen again.

sevenstones1000

There has never before been warnings of armed uprisings in all 50 states.

You can clutch your pearls all you want about BLM and antifa - but these are Trump’s people.

MRS M

There is a report this morning that Kevin McCarthy had a call with Trump in the last 24 hours, with the topic being reported that McCarthy attempted to show and convince Trump that the attack on the Capitol was conducted by Trump's own "MAGA" followers, not Antifa as the insane and incompetent Trump is still claiming. Poor Kevin McCarthy allowed that to be leaked....hoping to get the stench of Trump off his marching boots. What ugly, cowardly men.....now with blood on their hands.

C.D.Reid

Yep, and Trump's people are fed up with the BS bias they've had to endure for the last five years. You can push a man only so far before he starts to push back. Last Wednesday was only a wake up call.

MRS M

thanks, cd, for letting us all know how it REALLY feels to be a sad old disenfranchised white guy, with the white-power dream dyin', Trump gone to Mar-A-Lago in 6 days,and his stench still stuck to your marchin' boots. I'm sure we'd all be uber-interested to hear 'bout the bias you've had to endure for the last 5 years. Sorry for you. Was you SS check late one day?

Perhaps try yoga, meditation or a call to jesus to get beyond your deep-seated anger, disappointment, and soul-sapping support and desire for violence.

matts853

The only BS that’s been spread for 5 years is that from Trump’s mouth. These idiots (yourself included?) fell for this grandest lie of any president in history. There was no election fraud. Every person that illegally crossed onto capitol grounds that day who can be identified is in trouble and they should be nervous.

And everyone that rode on those buses from Frederick County should be questioned.

You’re no patriot, CD, and neither are they.

DickD

CD claims to be patriotic, did he serve in the military? I bet he didn't. If he had he never would have stood for Trump call military service members as losers.

NewMarketParent

@CDeez

I hope you one day read your own words with shame one day. You support a violent uprising against the democratically elected US Government.

C.D.Reid

So Dick, one has to serve in the military to be patriotic? Is that what you're saying?

Dwasserba

They are misinformed and misused for his own purposes. He cannot care about their welfare. It's irrelevant. He was fine with putting Pence and his family at risk - and who has been more loyal. Wednesday was a wake up call. Do that. Please.

MRS M

I recall Donald Trump threatening that "when the lootin' starts...............the shootin' starts".

This has me wondering why the enforcement of security at the Capitol was left lacking, despite warnings of violence for many days and weeks before; and the National Guard appears to have been held back while this insurrection took place? Why were the looting Trump supporters invading the Capitol not shot as the lootin' started, just as Trump threatened, destroying Federal property, the looting of the Capitol, and the beating to death of a Cpitol policeman?

AND, now that America and the world has seen the riot Trump incited and his family of miscreants delighted in, causing the death of 6 people and the foul desecration of the Capitol , I also wonder how the ongoing threats of violence by this group of sick criminals will be managed this week. Will the shootin' start?..... when they again threaten violence, destruction, looting?

Why would MAGA people who profess to love their country and their God try to make excuses for this heinous rise of fascist ugliness against their own countrymen?

I guess it takes constant work and deep devotion to Trump to keep the lie(s) alive.

Thewheelone

You pose a good question, MrsM; and to add to it, why would a president who promised to MAGA, not get in front of a press conference microphone and tell them to STOP? And why would our posters CD and Bosco, simply deflect and not comment on their thoughts about this article instead of repeating the same old blather?

Dwasserba

And not a word about the Capitol policeman who died, or a call to his family.

matts853

Trump doesn’t give a rat’s behind about that cop. He’s just collateral damage. A man that stood in the way of his coup. He’s not “special” like his band of insurrectionists. He didn’t even have the decency to lower the WH flag to half staff until 4 days after he died. And I bet he didn’t make the call to do so. The man is a total disgrace.

MRS M

wheelone...... I have to conclude that in the end, these Trump supporters agree with and approve of Trump's incitement of tough-talkin' violence as a means of "leadship". After all, how else will our nation restore the due power to the angry, disenfranchised white folk of America? Their silence here is deafening, and a revelation. But not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that these Trump supporters are dedicated to following a bully and a coward, who, after inciting the violent walk towards the Capitol, ran to take shelter indoors to watch on his TV, rather than joining "his people" to attack the Capitol and threaten and kill American citizens. Imagine the intelligence and patriotism of people supporting a coward like that......

Thewheelone

I believe you are correct, MrsM. As for their intelligence and patriotism, there is neither.

threecents

I don't think CD is against attacks on the government.

newspostreader

Remember all those people who said Trump would end up causing a civil war? We tried to tell you.

C.D.Reid

Remember all those people who said Trump would end up starting WW III? Well, when is it going to start?

threecents

Probably he would have it he won a second term. He was getting more and more yes men around him. The generals in his inner circle who kept things straight are all gone.

DickD

I am wondering if CD and Bosco are the same person. And just what do they know. Maybe the FBI should ask them.

C.D.Reid

No Dick, bosco and I are not the same person. We're just two people with like minded opinions. You know, like you and the rest of fido's LLBTT have. And as far as your FBI comment, send them on over, I'd be more than happy to talk with them anytime. [thumbup]

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C.D.Reid

In the first place, fido, I wasn't addressing you when I replied to Dick, I was addressing him. Now, when are you going to address the questions I inquired of you? I asked you repeatedly why this obsession that you obviously have with me, why did you look up to see who my father was and post my address here online, why do you insist on referring to me as "DM (not CD)", why do you insist on calling me "Dave" when my username is C.D. Reid. In other words, what the hell is it to you who I, my father, or any other members of my family are? You admitted that you use a false name for your username because you're too afraid to use your real name, then you go and research me and post all my personal information here. That, and the fact that you will not account for your own actions, are why you're a coward, plain and simple, and be advised that I will address you directly only when I see fit to. Now, go crawl back under your rock, it ain't springtime yet.

Thewheelone

You are trolling Phydeaux again, CD. Does he live in your head space?

C.D.Reid

"Trolling" fido, wheelone? I hardly think so. And see my 9:29 reply to him, does he live in my head or do I live in his?

DickD

I don't care what CD says, I don't believe him.

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phydeaux994

It’s my name that keeps appearing in your comments when I’m not in the conversation Dave, not the other way around. Are you going to tell us what the Terrorists want or not? I didn’t post your address online, you told me who you are, I didn’t make that up. You got your licks in for 5 years, now it’s my turn. You log in every day by choice, you don’t have to be here but as long as you keep defending Donald John Trump...Peace DM (notCD), may the Bluebird of Happiness fly your way.

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C.D.Reid

Oh, and by the way fido, you have mentioned my name when I wasn't involved in conversations, many times, or has your senility caused you to forget that? And I did not tell you my name, you discovered it after I mentioned that my dad had been a radiologist and you then went to great efforts to research who I am. And you're so obsessed with me that you even went so far as to research where I live, and you did post all but one digit of my address online here. I don't know what you mean by I "got [my] licks in for 5 years, now it’s [your] turn," but I was posting comments way before you abandoned that cess pit of P.G. County and moved here in 2008. So, just what is it that's "your turn" to do? Is the reason why you're too cowardly to tell us what the point to your actions is simply because you have no point? Oh, and speaking of my dad, after all that he did why did you only mention that he had been on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association? I'm proud of what he had accomplished and here's the condensed summary which was in his obit when he passed away, it's just not the full page article about him that was published upon his retirement. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fredericknewspost/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-reid&pid=168464386. So, if you're trying to shame me for being the son of a successful physician, fido, it just ain't working. [lol]

C.D.Reid

Out of the thousands and thousands of protesters who attended Trump's rally last Wednesday, only a very, very small percentage of them actually went into the Capitol. By the liberal media's definitions, it was only a "mostly peaceful demonstration." We're now in our Winter Of Love.

bosco

Oh, my, CD. Using the lefts' own rationale to poke them with a stick is sure to get the cult out in full force. They can't erase that MSNBC reporter standing in front of burning stores calling the Burn Loot and Mayhem protests and riots "mostly. peaceful"

"People do what they do".......Nancy Pelosi.

C.D.Reid

Yeah, and that reporter reminds me of Achmed's setting while he was doing the "presidential debate" last year. Oh, and I love the shock collar on Creepy Uncle Joe. This has to be one of Jeff Dunham's best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idPv9zAkL48

And yep, "People do what they do." [lol]

Dwasserba

Get a room

matts853

Yep, Dwas, the dyspeptic duo of CD and Bosco should self administer some Valium to each other in a private setting.

sevenstones1000

Neither BLM nor antifa did anything remotely like this. They were not armed, they did not terrorize. Stop pretending.

C.D.Reid

Neither blm no Antifa were armed and did did not terrorize? Are you serious, seven? Boy, you REALLY need to get your head out of the sand.

bosco

The MSM, CNN and MSNBC won't play the footage from the Summer of Love of the looters killing an off-duty cop trying to protect a store. They won't play the footage of the guy shot by the BLMers. They won't play the footage of the guy the BLMers chased down, beat down, and finished with a kick to the head. They won't play the footage of Black store owners looted and burned. They won't play the month-long footage of the BLMers trying to burn down the federal courthouse in Portland.

They did, however, play the footage of Chris Cuomo stating that nobody expects protests to be peaceful.

By failing to condemn all Burning, Looting, and Mayhem and choosing to selectively show indignation only when it is politically expedient, the Dems are now, as Chuck Schumer said at the steps of the Supreme Court, reaping the whirlwind.

Burning, Looting, and Mayhem should have consequences, but the message from the Dems via CommaLa is "we'll bail you out".

Since ol' Fido has declared that anyone who voted for Trump is not an American nor a Patriot, what's good for the goose is good for the gander and the people who voted for Biden are not Americans or patriots, but anarchists and socialists - not Americans and patriots.

How do you like that broad brush when it is used on you, Fido?

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] bosco!!!

phydeaux994

You’re just like DM (not CD) bosco, the 2 top BULLIES leading the BTT(BullyTagTeam) turning into the 2 top CRYBABIES on the FNP Opinion Forum when you got a little heat. Pathetic losers. Peace.✌️😷

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