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Opinion: Nothing will be allowed to stop Joe Biden's inauguration

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Members of the National Guard are given weapons before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A necessary state of emergency declaration is the antithesis of that cherished hallmark of our democracy, the peaceful transition of power, says retired FBI agent James A. Gagliano. He argues that after the disgraceful and deadly attack on the Capitol, law enforcement will be prepared and resolute in the face of threats to the inauguration.

(CNN)Law enforcement authorities are bracing for violence and attempts at disrupting the inauguration of our nation's 46th president, Joe Biden, on January 20.

The FBI has issued a bulletin warning of "armed protests" at all state capitols and aimed at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

On Monday, President Trump declared a state of emergency in our nation's capital, and ordered federal assistance to bolster the beleaguered District -- additional security resources in advance of our nation's 59th inauguration.

The direct result of last Wednesday's Capitol riots, where some Trump supporters overwhelmed Capitol Police checkpoints and occupied and defiled our national seat of government, should distress us all.

A necessary state of emergency declaration is the antithesis of that cherished hallmark of our democracy, the peaceful transition of power.

There won't be as much concern for -- as the now-former chief of the Capitol Police put it to the Washington Post -- "optics. " A robust law enforcement presence -- local, state, and federal -- with out-of-town assets being pre-positioned, will serve as a deterrent to anyone considering disrupting the democratic process.

Nothing will impede the peaceful transition of American power that has been so central to our democracy since George Washington handed over the reins to John Adams in 1797 -- 223 years ago.

Title 18 U. S. Code ยง 2383 defines it this way: "Whoever incites, sets on foot, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof. . . " Storming the meeting place of our nation's legislature meets this definition.

A Capitol Police officer died as a result of his injuries in the melee.

Another Air Force veteran was killed during the assault on the Capitol.

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