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January 23, 2021
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Outrage Over Treatment of National Guard in DC
Trump Offers Hotel After Banishment to Garage

January 23, 2021
What You Need To Know

Following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead, a massive force of 25,600 National Guard soldiers flowed into Washington, D.C. to reinforce federal law enforcement for Wednesday's Inauguration. On Thursday, the National Guard Bureau announced that approximately 15,000 Air and Army National Guard troops would begin returning to their home states as early as this weekend.

The Governors of Texas, Florida and New Hampshire have nonetheless ordered the immediate return of their National Guard contingents from Washington, D.C. after they were instructed to vacate multiple federal buildings on Capitol Hill and move to a nearby parking garage to rest during duty shifts. This decision has caused widespread public outrage at the treatment of the service members.

According to the National Guard, the U.S. Capitol Police ordered the troops to move their rest area during their 12-hour shifts to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage.

Quoting one Guard member:

“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed."

Only after the public outrage began were the orders reversed. But the damage is done.

Trump Opens Hotel to Guard and Law Enforcement

On learning of the situation, President Trump gave thousands of National Guard troops and law enforcement permission to stay at his Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C..

200 National Guardsmen Contract COVID-19

At least 200 Guardsmen sent to Washington, DC, to protect the nation’s capital during the presidential inauguration have tested positive for COVID-19 after enduring cramped rest areas and close working quarters. Some Guardsmen were told to disregard their quarantine — or cut it short — leading up to the deployment.

These numbers are only the beginning. Hundreds more are expected to test positive in the coming days.

7,000 Troops to Remain in D.C

According to a Guard official, while the inauguration took place peacefully, the Guard is still supporting requests from the U.S. Secret Service and federal law enforcement. As of Friday, the plan is to have up to 7,000 troops remain in D.C. through March 12.

FBI / ATF Announce Reward

On Thursday of this week, the FBI and ATF announced they were now offering a $75,000 reward for information about the person or persons responsible for the January 6th placement of pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee on First Street and the Democratic National Committee on Capitol Street in Washington, D.C. The bombs caused the evacuation of multiple congressional office buildings. Both devices were disrupted by Metropolitan Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams. A suspect in a grey hoodie and sneakers was captured on surveillance video carrying a purple backpack near the Capitol and is believed to be the perpetrator.

The pipe bombs were not the only explosives found during the Capitol riot. A 70-year-old Alabama man, Lonnie Coffman, has been indicted on multiple charges for allegedly bringing Molotov cocktails and a list of “good guys” and “bad guys” to the Capitol.

FCC / ARRL Issue Warnings

On Sunday, January 17th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) issued warnings about the misuse of radios by amateur and personal radio users to commit crimes. Specifically, the FCC was notified of discussions on social media platforms suggesting some radio services could be used as “an alternative to social media platforms for groups to communicate and coordinate future activities”. The warnings also follows reports of Morse code being used to transmit two messages via HAM radio that allegedly translated to the “storm is coming" and "Patriots it’s time to take our country back."

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

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Coronavirus Update

January 23, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the COVID Tracking Project, weekly new cases for the seven-day period beginning Thursday, January 14 were down 20 percent, the lowest number of new cases seen for a non-holiday week since mid-November. As importantly, after 16 straight weeks of increases, average weekly hospitalizations dropped 4 percent this week—a modest improvement, but a good sign. Reported tests reached a new weekly high, edging out last week by one percent—though the high test numbers this week probably reflect the fact that the testing backlog is still catching up.

As of Friday at 6:00 PM ET, there were 3,980 deaths reported for the day. In total, more than 413,000 deaths in the U.S. have been attributed to the virus.

COVID-19 Restriction Maps can be found here and here.

Last week the Department of Homeland Security extended the restrictions on non-essential cross-border travel with Canada and Mexico through Feb. 21st.

Effective January 26, the CDC will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

New variant may be linked to higher mortality
New coronavirus mutations on the rise as experts fear 'likely more to come'
A Troubling New Pattern Among the Coronavirus Variants
Researchers succeed in taking first 3D photo of coronavirus
PCR Tests Are A Total Scam: World Health Organization Finally Admits It
Merkel warns of third Covid wave as EU considers bans on UK travelers
Angela Merkel calls for standard COVID measures across the EU
France aims to vaccinate entire population by end of August
Netherlands introduces curfew to halt spread of new variant
China is back in emergency mode, racing to contain COVID before holiday
Hungary first in EU to approve Russian vaccine


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1/18 - AlertsUSA monitoring multi-scene shooting in Coolbaugh Township, PA (E of Wilkes-Barre). Multiple victims. Shooter(s) at large. Add'l alerts as warranted.

1/18 - Fire at Navy Yard DC. Inauguration rehearsal evacuated from U.S. Capitol. AlertsUSA monitoring..

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January 23, 2021

Biden Freezes ICE; Suspends 85% of Criminal Alien Deportations

One of President Biden's first acts on immigration is to suspend investigations, arrests, and deportations of most criminal aliens for the next 100 days. In a memo titled "Review of and Interim Revision to Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Procedures", sent on Wednesday to all immigration agency heads, Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske announced new enforcement priorities that go into effect on February 1, 2021. The memo imposes restrictions on immigration enforcement actions that are even tighter than those adopted (with disastrous results) by the Obama administration, and make the country a sanctuary not only for criminal aliens, but all who are here in defiance of our laws.


How Iran Could Get Nuclear Weapons On Biden’s Watch

While Democrats might blame President Donald Trump’s abrogation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for recent Iranian nuclear violations, they should not: The 2015 Iran deal reversed decades of non-proliferation precedent which demanded a complete accounting and dismantlement of nuclear infrastructure. Exculpating Iran due to hatred of Trump also ignores that Iran is treaty-bound to uphold its Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement commitments.


The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
January 23, 2021

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan 21, 2021 based on Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

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World News Roundup
January 23, 2021


US military moves to Try Bali bomb suspects at Guantanamo
White House launches sweeping review of domestic terror threats
Biden ends border wall construction and “Remain in Mexico” policy
Were Pelosi, McConnell warned of potential violence before Capitol riot?
'They thanked us for protecting them - then threw us out'
Industrial-Scale Election Fraud – Did It Happen?
White House to begin policy review on North Korea
Mexico calls for DEA internal probe of 'fabricated' case against minister
Army Looking to Base More Operational Forces in Arctic Region
Army repainting its military vehicles with green paint for camouflage
New SecDef To Scrub US Pacific Posture; More Bases, Troops Likely
Next-Generation Interceptor: How America Will Kill Nuclear Missiles


Biden seeks five more years for last Russia nuclear pact but no 'reset'
European Parliament calls for halt on Nord Stream 2 construction
European Court rules Russia violated human rights in 2008 Georgia war
Nord Stream 2: MEPs call for halt to Russian gas pipeline
EU’s Michel phones Putin to demand Navalny’s 'immediate release'
Moscow police vow to 'suppress' pro-Navalny rallies
Russia detains Navalny aides as protests go viral
Former Bosnian general given 10-year sentence for war crimes
Former Vatican bank chief sentenced to 9 years for embezzlement
British court sends 4 to prison for 2019 lorry deaths of 39 migrants


Why Iran’s nuclear facilities are still vulnerable to attack
What might Biden's US-Africa policy look like
Team Biden assures Japan that Senkakus fall under security treaty
Iraq attack: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 32
ISIS claims credit for Baghdad twin bombing that killed 32, wounded 110
Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq
UN says 12 murdered in Syria camp in two weeks
Lebanon extends lockdown until February 8 as COVID deaths soar
EU, Turkey to work on improving relations after tumultuous 2020
Bahraini minister criticises Qatar despite accord to end rift
Africa's Covid death rate 'now above global average'
CAR declares state of emergency as rebels surround capital
U.N. sets dates for Libyan transitional government selection
Ten more bodies discovered in Libya mass grave
Tunisia: Rights groups say 1,000 arrested in protests


Beijing launches mass testing to stem virus outbreak
Thousands in Nepal protest against dissolution of Parliament
U.N. report: More than 45% of North Koreans undernourished
Indonesia probing whether faulty system contributed to Sriwijaya Air crash
Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content
China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed
Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Involvement In US Power Grid
US charges Indonesian extremist in 2002 Bali bombings.
China at the heart of rising Nile River conflict
China boosting naval footprint at its southern tip, new satellite images suggest
Could Tony Blinken Start a Crisis with North Korea?
For Pakistan, India's Nukes Aren't the Problem. Its Everything Else
IOC president says there's no 'plan B' for Tokyo Olympics this summer
Pakistan urges Biden to ‘push forward’ Afghan peace talks
Fire at COVID-19 vaccine facility in India kills five
Mongolian prime minister submits resignation after COVID-19 protests
South Korea remains on guard for provocations from North

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