Whatever scared Congress into turning Capitol Hill into a fortress has apparently gone away.
Even as a panic-signaling Nancy Pelosi referred to the Jan. 6 demonstration at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism,” the Capitol Police are set to begin reducing and removing fencing erected around the building, officials announced on March 15.
There is no “known, credible threat against Congress” that justifies the current defensive network, authorities said, according to the Huffington Post.
Acting House sergeant-at-arms Timothy Blodgett said in a memo that authorities would work to reposition an inner ring of fencing closer to the building this week and remove barbed wire on top. He said that the outer perimeter of fencing would be taken down later this month.
The Capitol complex was immediately ringed with 7-foot fences after supporters of President Donald Trump incensed at open corruption in the presidential election surrounded and went inside the building. An unarmed female Trump supporter was shot dead in the Jan. 6 incident and four others died of various medical conditions.
Lawmakers from both parties have said the imposing fortifications were antithetical to the idea of the Capitol as a symbol of democracy, though Democrats have been trying to maximize fears that their political opponents are terrorists.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to colleagues on March 15 saying Capitol Police would continue to monitor threats, noting plans “will be adjusted if and as needed.” The inflammatory Pelosi added that she still intends to move forward with an “outside 9/11-type Commission” to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6 domestic terrorist attack upon the Capitol Complex.’”
“We must get to the truth of how the January 6 assault happened, and we must ensure that it cannot happen again,” Pelosi said. “It is essential that we proceed in a bipartisan way in order to have a respected outcome.”