Fortress D.C.

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A Marine stands guard at the door to the West Wing of the White House indicating the presence of the president in that area. Photo by David Butow/Redux

Late on a drizzly Friday night, just over a week following national insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol, I returned to the scene to observe that the safety blockades being set for Joe Biden’s inauguration. Days before, I had realised tens of thousands of National Guard troops bivouacked in the complicated and managed to operate unimpeded. Certainly, the police wish to send a message of powerful deterrence.

With magnificent efficiency, roadblocks are established about a half-mile off to all paths resulting in the Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Mall and the White House. Virtually everything a tourist could return to see from D.C. is currently behind cement barricades and large fences, and you need to park your vehicle and walk a number of ways for into a succession of perimeters.

The Secret Service is the lead agency, and it manages each entry stage, where you’re also very likely to experience D.C. Metropoitan Police, Capitol Police and the National Guard. I managed to get on the grounds simply by demonstrating my Senate media pass.

The Capitol is surrounded by numerous layers of fencing, a few topped with concertina wire, as you would see in a military installation. The scene proceeds west across Pennsylvania Avenue to the White Housethe identical path used for inaugural parades. This part of Washington is generally pretty quiet during the night, but with this particular midnight, there was practically no one to be seen for blocks, and automobiles were nearly nonexistent.

People have contrasted Washington right now to the Green Zone in Baghdad, and having been there several times I will let you know that the comparison is apt. But I am reminded no matter how the Green Zone felt weeks after it was established, but instead in the initial weeks following the invasion. There was an eerie desolation, the jolt of violence and transition was {} , and the future was unknowable.

A desolate view of Independence Ave. near the Capitol. Most parts of downtown Washington were closed to traffic on the Friday night five days before the inauguration of Joe Biden. A riot at the Capitol on January 6 sparked fears of further civil unrest and tens of thousands of National Guard troops have deployed to the city and fencing surrounds the Capitol and other areas of the city. Photo by David Butow/ReduxA crew installs cement barricades on a road near the Capitol building. Photo by David Butow/ReduxNational Guardsman stand watch on the Capitol grounds. Photo by David Butow/ReduxThe National Gallery of Art is now inside a security perimeter. Photo by David Butow/ReduxA National Guardsman stands watch on the north side of the Capitol grounds. Photo by David Butow/ReduxFlowers were placed on the fence on the west side of the Capitol grounds to commemorate the lives last there on January 6. Photo by David Butow/ReduxA group of National Guardsman stand watch on the northwest side of downtown Washington. Photo by David Butow/ReduxThe Trump International Hotel is surrounded by fencing. Most parts of downtown Washington were closed to traffic on the Friday night five days before the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo by David Butow/ReduxA National Guardsman stands watch on Independence Ave. last at night on January 15. Photo by David Butow/Redux

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