Troops might never leave DC

| March 9, 2021

We’ve discussed recently the unprecedented continued deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to D.C., ostensibly for security (though zero actual threats have materialized). With no end in sight, the first after action reports are coming in. The task force charged with investigating the Jan 6 riots  is recommending a permanent deployment of troops to D.C. to act as a quick reaction force.

As I pointed out in other threads, D.C. is the single most policed part of the country, by far. Wikipedia’s article on the topic of law enforcement in D.C. probably isn’t even fully exhaustive. To say there are a lot of cops in D.C. is an understatement. Literally every federal property and organization in the Beltway area has its own police department. They even commission private police (here’s one example).

Jeff LPH 3 sends in this article from Military Times;

The task force charged with reviewing Capitol Hill security in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress has proposed among its reforms launching a permanent military police battalion staffed by rotating Guard and reserve troops to help provide “quick reaction” support in case of future violence.

“Our national capital is a prominent tourist destination, venue for many peaceful First Amendment activities, and a high-value target for foreign terrorists or domestic extremists,” the report states. “Yet it has no dedicated quick reaction force for response to crises.”

The security review — led by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, best known for directing military relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — also calls for allowing leaders from the District of Columbia National Guard to respond directly to requests for help from Capitol Hill police, rather than wait for Defense Department approval.

The report, compiled after six-weeks of investigation, found numerous shortcomings in the Capitol complex’s security situation, including insufficient law enforcement personnel to adequately protect the several hundred acres under their watch.

Editor’s note time. The Capitol complex is 270 acres (less than a third the size of New York City’s Central Park). The Capitol Police Department is roughly 2,300 officers. They could post eight and a half cops in every single acre.

The report recommends new “mobile fencing options” to help secure the site, additional security for members while traveling to and from Washington, D.C., and reinforcing a host of potential entry points into the Capitol building to prevent the crowd invasion seen earlier this year.

Authors noted that the mobilized National Guard forces that currently supplement Capitol Police efforts are “temporarily sufficient, but not a permanent solution” to the security challenges.

On the issue of a National Guard quick reaction force, the report suggests creating one by “mobilizing military police from Guard elements across the United States on rotations of three to six months” or staffing it with “active Guard/Reserve troops who live in or near the city year-round.”

More at the source. They are describing an occupation force.

Category: "The Floggings Will Continue Until Morale Improves", "Your Tax Dollars At Work", Big Pentagon, DC Government, National Guard

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  1. RangerDanger says:

    We need all those police and military there in case antifa stages another attempt to block the electoral votes to certify another Democratic President.

  2. USAFRetired says:

    How about we amend the Constitution to impose term limits on the Congress so they leave the area instead of fortifying it.

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    Two weeks in D.C vs two weeks at Fort Drum and you a ribbon.

    • Tallywhagger says:

      Don’t forget Archibald’s or similar “gentlemen’s” clubs.

    • MarineDad61 says:

      Sapper3307,
      Those oak leaf clusters on my Army Achievement ribbon
      have “2 weeks at Fort Drum in icy April” written all over them.
      Not.

      • Sapper3307 says:

        Icy July at Drum is a Gold cluster.

        • Hondo says:

          For those that think he’s kidding about July at Drum – he’s not.

          I spend part of a summer at Fort Drum in the late 1980s. One July morning at PT, my watch – a Coleman digital, which included a built-in digital thermometer that was reasonably accurate – registered 39 degrees F.

    • Berliner says:

      I spent 6 years at Drum… would the award be retroactive? Asking for a friend… 😉

  4. FuzeVT says:

    The continued deployments really bother me. There doesn’t seem to be any cause for it. There were riots in DC all last summer and it didn’t cause the same reaction. Yes, they didn’t penetrate the hallowed grounds of where all our money is wasted; I get it. That seems to have been an issue more of bad planning than of not enough humans with riot gear and guns. Having a military presence there constantly and claiming its because the Insurrection™ does say to people that “we need this because the Trumpers are so dangerous!” and that, I believe, is the whole point.

  5. borderbill says:

    Fix bayonets–face inboard–don’t let nobody out.

  6. Ret_25X says:

    Funny how the “muh russya” crowd gets the majority and immediately turn DC into Red Square.

    Thrilling to see such crass stupidity.

    I’m sure Dumkopf the retardissar will be along shortly to defend this BS.

  7. Wireman611 says:

    Build wall around Capitol complex, don’t put in doors.

  8. AW1 Rod says:

    The DemocRAT party now has its own military branch…..it’s own Waffen SS.

    • FuzeVT says:

      Nah, they’d rather have an Allgemeine SS. That way they’d have the secret police, security police, guards for progressive reeducation camps, etc.

      • rgr769 says:

        Let’s call them “The Praetorian Guard,” the permanent guard of the UniParty leaders in DC, including whomever is their puppet emperor.

        • rgr1480 says:

          Leibstandarte Donald Trump
          In silver script embroidered on a black band between silver borders and worn on the left sleeve about 6 inches above the cuff.

          That sounds cool. But wrong thinking; it would be

          Leibstandarte Safety Senate And House, or LSSAH for short.

          Its coat of arms could be a black shield with a silver “Key to the City”.

          (See what I did there, you historians?)

          Oops … can’t say “Leibstandarte” …. Change to “Lifeguard-regiment.”

          I’ll go hide now…….

        • Hondo says:

          So, the current DC Klown Krewe Administration wants a modern-day Praetorian Guard, eh? Those pushing for a US modern-day Praetorian Guard should remember just how well that worked out for the Roman Empire.

          In particular, they would be well advised to remember how many Emperors the Praetorian Guard deposed when the leadership of the Praetorian Guard no longer cared to follow them.

      • rgr769 says:

        The Fan Belt Inspectors have already become the Geheime StaatsPolitzei.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Didn’t the Soviets have something like this?

  10. SFC D says:

    So exactly what is the “security” these troops are providing? Are they armed? What are the rules of engagement, what’s the escalation of force SOP? For that matter, what security CAN they provide, constitutionally? It’s time for every Governor to say enough and bring their NG Soldiers home. Enough of this security charade. Just another political kabuki theater show, written and produced by Pelosi.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Just imagine a real group of armed citizens taking on that
      so called “perimeter”. They would be inside the wire without
      a shot being fired. Not to disparage the NG troops there but
      they are sitting ducks to a real attack and their mere presence
      is embarrasing to not only America but to themselves as well.

    • UpNorth says:

      Great idea, D. However, I don’t see governators like Whitmer, Cuomo, and the other dem governators, withdrawing their NG troops until Pedo Joe says they can.

  11. CDR D says:

    They know they are illegitimate, and they know we know they are illegitimate, and they are rightfully paranoid about it.

  12. 26Limabeans says:

    “wake of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on Congress”

    Pearl Harbor pales in comparison.

    • Mason says:

      I mentioned in an earlier topic, before the inauguration, that the NG response to Jan 6 is several orders of magnitude more than it was to 9/11.

    • Forest Bondurant says:

      One of the prominent radio stations in D.C. continues to use terms the terms “insurrection” and “rebellion” in their follow up stories about January 6th.

      Unbelievable.

  13. Green Thumb says:

    Rotating troops are loving the AD time.

    Just make DCNG permanent party.

    This will stop when a Republican takes the White House.

    All it is now is a “show” to create the idea that danger is imminent.

    • pookysgirl, WC wife says:

      Talked to one of my MMO friends last night. He’d just gotten back from doing NG duty in DC for two months, and was glad to be home. He mentioned briefly that he’d been given a hard time for his “non-Dem views” but didn’t elaborate.

  14. Ex-PH2 says:

    I look at that silly fencing around the capitol building, and wonder what would happen if I had a bulldozer and some rope….

    Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

  15. Poetrooper says:

    One thing ol’ Poe knows for certain:

    A government that has to be protected from the people is NOT “…a government of the people, by the people and for the people…”

    And it will most assuredly “…perish from this earth.”

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=a+government+of+the+people%2C+by+the+people+and+for+the+people&aqs=edge..69i57&FORM=ANCMS9&PC=U531

  16. Like I commented before about this, next thing you know an electrified fence will be put up and guard towers with no first named guards (neutral gender) so as to not ID themselves of their sex operating MG-42 machine guns.

  17. Graybeard says:

    As has been noted, this is strong evidence for the (D)ictators knowing they are illegitimate bastards, and knowing that they deserve to be forcibly removed.

  18. SgtBob says:

    “By the close of the Civil War, Washington, D.C. was the most heavily fortified city in North America, perhaps even in the world. According to the report of the army’s official engineer, her defenses boasted 68 enclosed forts with 807 mounted cannon and 93 mortars, 93 unarmed batteries with 401 emplacements for field guns and 20 miles of rifle trenches plus three blockhouses.”

    https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/washingtons-civil-war-defenses-and-battle-fort-stevens

    I am waiting to see emplacements of 200-pounder Parrot rifles and 15-inch Rodman guns, as in the Second American Revolution.

  19. JacktheJarhead says:

    Now someone correct me if I am wrong. There is the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Meyers, right across the Potomac from DC. There is a Marine Guard Battalion at the 8th and I St. Barracks. There is joint base Andrews and Langley AFB. MCB Quantico is a short chopper ride from DC. To top it off, one state away is 2nd Marine Division and the 18th Airborne Corps. What do you mean they don’t have a “Quick Reaction Force”? Why are the Guardsmen not being housed at Fort Meyers and trucked over when it is duty time? Why aren’t they using Fort Meyers Chow Hall instead of being fed sub-standard food? Sorry, none of this adds up. As someone else said, there are more police in DC than any place else in the country. Sorry, they got their Reichstag Fire, when is the Night of the Long Knives? Are the NG there for that?

    • rgr769 says:

      Fort Meyers only has facilities for permanent party, which consists primarily of the one reinforced battalion of the 3rd Inf. I doubt the DFac there has the capacity to feed the permanent party plus and extra 5,000 plus troops. But I agree there is more than enough rapid reaction capable troops in the vicinity to deal with a real “insurrection.” All these guard troops are nothing but a PR stunt to convince the gullible and clueless that there is a “domestic terrorist” threat coming from Trump supporters against the Capitol. The D-rats can’t have them camped or bivouacked somewhere out of sight nearby because they won’t be arrayed around the Capitol Building for photo ops.

  20. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist says:

    I ask before, & I’ll ask again…..when are the conservative Governators going to say, “screw this”, and call their NG troops home, federalized or not?

  21. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    What’s next, will they be ordered to refer to Joe and the Hoe as “Great Leader” and “Dear Leader”?

  22. Hate_me says:

    Honestly, let’s just rescind Posse Comitatus. Turn it into a real deployment. D.C. is Jody’s natural environment, and Jody is the army’s most primal enemy.

    I’m sure a 19yo guardsman’s 48-hr riot control training is equivalent to that defunded cop’s 8-wk academy…. at least, it will seem that way to the bean counters.

    Until the next Robert Ross shows up, that is.

  23. E4 Mafia '83-'87 says:

    Meanwhile, crime and violence runs rampant in the rest of the DC area. Not the politicians even care. Next step is the National Guarding certain elected officials **cough**cough Drunk-Ass Nancy and her cronies digs. Its coming…guaranteed.