US Capitol Security Fence to be Scaled Down

The security officials announced their intention to reduce the security measures and perimeter fencing around the Capitol after receiving word from the U.S. Capitol Police that “there does not exist a known, credible threat” that would require the barrier to remain in place.

In a memo sent to members of the Congress and their staff, acting Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives Timothy Blodgett said that the fencing that surrounds the Capitol would be scaled back in two phases over the next two weeks.

In a statement, the Capitol Police claimed that the security officers are still operating in an increasingly dangerous environment because of the political climate and escalating cases of domestic violent extremism in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Blodgett said the plan would “move the fence closer to the Capitol building and will provide access to the avenues and some of the sidewalks. The [Architect of the Capitol] will also remove the razor wire on the inner perimeter fence.”

Despite saying that there is no imminent and credible threat to the Congress or the Capitol, the police still said that plans could be changed if security officials learn of new threats.

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