(WASHINGTON) — No credible threats have been identified ahead of Monday’s presidential inauguration. But authorities say they are mindful of what happened in Algeria and the desires of al Qaeda, its sympathizers and lone-wolves.
To protect President Obama and the public, thousands of military and law enforcement personnel will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Monday. SWAT teams, biochemical response units and snipers will also be on hand.
Portions of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers have been shut down and the Coast Guard will patrol the waterways from air and by boat. A no-fly zone will also be enforced by U.S. military fighter jets and an array of other aircraft.
Authorities will be using surveillance cameras throughout the city to monitor the crowd, which will include undercover police and federal agents .
The 57th Presidential Inauguration is a National Special Security Event, meaning the Secret Service will be overseeing all efforts to keep the president and audience safe.
The goal is to maintain situational awareness — at all cost.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire