In the days leading up to the Biden inaugural, the nation’s capital has been turned into an occupied military zone like Baghdad. Armed troops authorized to use lethal force are manning checkpoints to enter and leave downtown Washington, D.C. Green Zone and and Red Zone perimeters have been established. Several bridges into the city from neighboring Virginia are scheduled to be closed next week for the inaugural.
Sean Spicer, President Trump’s first press secretary and current Newsmax TV host, posted video apparently taken Friday night that shows a military checkpoint to leave D.C. near the Lincoln Memorial. The video also shows cars on 16th Street near K Street parked in rows blockading the roadway. But first, a scene-setter report by Spicer’s Newsmax co-host Lyndsay Keith from 16th and K in the daytime.
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Spicer’s nighttime video:
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Another report on checkpoints to leave D.C., “A friend just called me from his car in DC, he was dropping his wife off at her office in NW. They had to go through an Armed Checkpoint to enter the city! Leaving the city, he had to stop at another Armed Checkpoint.
He was required to show his ID. #UnlikeAnElection”
A friend just called me from his car in DC, he was dropping his wife off at her office in NW. They had to go through an Armed Checkpoint to enter the city! Leaving the city, he had to stop at another Armed Checkpoint.
He was required to show his ID. #UnlikeAnElection
— Chris Filby (@cefilby) January 15, 2021
Video clip from RSBN:
Here’s a look at DC right now. Massive street closures, barricades up at every block and what appears to be some type of security checkpoint. These are set up around the area. #DC #Trump #BREAKING #Security
— RSBN (@RSBNetwork) January 16, 2021
Video of driving through a checkpoint manned by Guard troops:
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Report by a construction early Friday morning:
DC update pic.twitter.com/hsTzUZFMwk
— ⓒⓞⓤⓡⓣⓝⓔⓨ (@t3xas1835) January 16, 2021
Four of the main bridges in and out of D.C. from Virginia will be closed for 48 hours around the inauguration. Two bridges from Virginia to D.C. are not set to be closed: Key Bridge from Rosslyn to Georgetown and Chain Bridge from McLean to Canal Rd. near the Palisades neighborhood.
Jaw-dropping — more bridges closing from VA to DC pic.twitter.com/pF0vdnS0dV
— davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) January 15, 2021
The Secret Service posted a detailed list on Thursday of the streets blockaded by military checkpoints and divided into a Green Zone and Red Zone.
“Green Zone – Vehicle Restricted Zone Vehicle traffic restricted to residents or businesses within the restricted area and National Guard Personnel will be assisting with verifying traffic entering into the Green Zone.”
“Red Zone – Street Closures Vehicle traffic restricted to authorized vehicles only with proper vehicle placard.”
Extra checks are in place for those flying to D.C., “Extra security for flights coming into DC: I boarded a flight from LGA to DC a moment ago. At the gate, a TSA agent checked (again) all passenger IDs against boarding passes. Homeland Security officer w/ a dog was standing beside the door and said, Yes, this is for inauguration.”
Extra security for flights coming into DC: I boarded a flight from LGA to DC a moment ago. At the gate, a TSA agent checked (again) all passenger IDs against boarding passes. Homeland Security officer w/ a dog was standing beside the door and said, Yes, this is for inauguration.
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 15, 2021
Also, airlines are banning guns in checked luggage on flights to D.C. area airports.
Major airlines temporarily ban guns in checked baggage for D.C. flights | Just The News https://t.co/ZfPawoT46z
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 16, 2021
These restrictions and security checkpoints are supposed to be temporary–just for the inauguration.
Bonus video of our new Biden martial law normal. Teacher now teaches children in his military uniform.
This National Guardsman is still teaching his Fairfax County students while protecting Washington DC. “Some kids are shocked at the uniform but we talk through it” pic.twitter.com/dxYCEnIJzM
— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) January 15, 2021