The head of security at Capitol Hill said that the current security situation needs to be maintained as extremists continue to pose a threat.
The deputy police chief in charge of security at Capitol Hill in Washington says that because of the dangers posed by right-wing extremists, additional security measures need to be put in place.
Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman made the remarks during a hearing before a congressional committee on Thursday, February 25, on the attack on Capitol Hill by supporters of President Trump.
The attack killed five people, including a police officer. The Capitol Hill building in the United States is the meeting place for members of Congress and the House of Representatives of the federal government.
Pittman told members of the House Appropriations Committee that the members of the militia group who were there on January 6 to express their desire to blow up Capitol Hill are the state of the union and they also intended to kill as many members as a possible indirect alliance with the Taliban.
She added: “We think that as a precautionary measure, it would be better for Capitol Hill police to maintain their current best and strongest security position until we have properly addressed the threats ahead.”
Unprecedented security has been in place around Capitol Hill since the January 6 attack. Under this, along with barbed wire fences, four walls have been raised in many places and National Guards have been deployed at checkpoints at various places.
It is expected that about 5,000 troops will be deployed to protect it by mid-March. The date of President Biden’s State of the Union address has not yet been announced. This ceremony usually takes place at the beginning of the year.
“Members of militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman told the committee.
“We think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward,” she added.
So far, more than 200 people have been charged in connection with the attack. Most of them belong to the right-wing extremist groups called ‘Oath Keepers’ and ‘Proud Boys’.