US Capitol Police on Wednesday said they gathered intelligence that an “identified militia group” has possible plans to breach the seat of government on March 4 and hence increased security measures in response.
“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” the Capitol Police, a law enforcement agency tasked with protecting Capitol grounds, said in a release.
“We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4. We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers.”
The possible plot appears to be connected to a theory related to the far-right QAnon conspiracy movement. QAnon conspiracists believe Trump was chosen to combat a cabal of global liberal elites who are either inter dimensional demons or aliens that harvest children’s blood to remain young.
The theory proposes that March 4 is the true inauguration date for former President Donald Trump, whom they believe won in November polls and would remain in office to continue battling “globalists”.
The movement is based on “drops”, or forum posts, from an anonymous figure known as Q. However, QAnon is largely decentralised but features cooperation among adherents and has subsumed various aspects of numerous other conspiracies.
While authorities warn of potential violence, purported QAnon adherents in chat groups are already saying nothing will occur on March 4, calling it a “false flag”.
Some have said the “true inauguration” could occur in April, while others say it may not happen at all.