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Tight security at capitols across the country as Joe Biden prepares for his inauguration

January 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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With the U.S. Capitol in the background, a member of the Virginia National Guard stands at the ready inside the secured Capitol complex, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington, as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, and state capitols across the country are under tight security on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be inaugurated.

(CNN)The US Capitol in Washington, DC, and state capitols across the country are under tight security on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be inaugurated.

After a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol two weeks ago, the FBI warned of possible armed protests at the Capitol and all 50 state capitols in the days leading up to and including inauguration.

So far, the large security efforts have dwarfed the protests that materialized.

On Sunday, small gatherings of protesters, some of whom were armed, stood outside capitols in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and several others states, but many other state capitols that had prepared for the worst encountered just a handful of people.

The security efforts have even extended to vetting National Guard members arriving in Washington for the inauguration in case of an "insider threat. "

Twelve Army National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty as part of the security vetting to ensure none of the troops have ties to extremist groups, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said Tuesday.

Right now we're tracking calls for potential armed protest," he said.

Since then, there have been a few armed protesters at state capitols, but those that occurred have been relatively small and with varying political views.

Outside Oregon's capitol in Salem, five armed people dressed in camouflage said they were anti-government libertarians who supported neither Trump nor Biden.

The heavy security and ongoing arrests of people who participated in the storming of the US Capitol may be playing a role in discouraging the protests.

Anti-government groups that vowed to show up in the days before the inauguration appear to have been spooked in part by their own conspiracies that the government was behind some of the nationwide protests that have so far fizzled.

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