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Multiple State Capitols Evacuated Amid Threats

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  • State capitols in Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, and Montana were evacuated or went into lockdown due to bomb threats.
  • The threats were received via mass email by secretaries of state across the U.S. on Wednesday morning, but no explosives were found at any location.
  • The false alarms follow a series of “swatting” attempts against elected public officials, a tactic involving false emergency calls to provoke a law enforcement response.

This week state capitols across the country were evacuated due to a series of threats. The state capitols of Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, and Montana were affected, with officials either evacuated or put into lockdown following bomb threats, as reported by The Hill. Despite the threats, authorities did not find any explosives or other incendiary devices at any of the locations.

Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling took to Twitter to comment on the situation.

“There have been multiple bomb threats to state capitols around the nation,” he tweeted. “Do not jump to conclusions as to who is responsible. There will be chaos agents sowing discord for 2024. They want to increase tensions. Don’t let them.”

The threats were initially received by secretaries of state across the U.S. via a mass email sent on Wednesday morning. The sender of the emails and the connection between the threats remain unclear.

In Kentucky, the state capitol was evacuated after receiving the threat just as lawmakers were convening in the complex’s annex for a training seminar, according to The Associated Press. Similarly, the Mississippi state capitol went into lockdown after receiving threats until it was deemed safe to resume normal operations.

The state capitols of Georgia, Connecticut, and Montana were evacuated and reopened shortly after authorities investigated and gave the all-clear signal. Michigan’s state capitol was also evacuated and deemed safe after investigation, but the building will remain closed for the remainder of the day, as reported by NBC News.

In all cases, authorities did not find explosives and concluded there was no present threat, according to the AP. These false alarms follow a series of “swatting” attempts against elected public officials, including Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican New York Rep. Brandon Williams, and Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott.

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Swatting involves calling the authorities and falsely suggesting an emergency or crime is taking place in order to provoke an emergency response, which can sometimes lead to SWAT teams or other law enforcement showing up at an unsuspecting person’s home.

Clear Thoughts (op-ed)

The recent bomb threats that led to the evacuation and lockdown of state capitols across the nation are a disturbing sign of the times. The fact that these threats were false alarms does not diminish the fear they instilled in our elected officials and the public.

The use of “swatting” as a tactic to provoke law enforcement responses is a dangerous game that has serious consequences. It’s not just about the disruption of public order and safety – it’s about the erosion of trust in our institutions and the people who serve them.

We need to ensure that those responsible for these threats are held accountable. It’s not enough to dismiss these incidents as pranks or political theater. They are serious crimes that undermine the stability of our democracy.

Let’s not allow these chaos agents to succeed in their goal of sowing discord and tension. Instead, let’s reaffirm our commitment to the democratic values and principles that unite us as a nation.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. 1PatriotForever

    January 6, 2024 at 6:40 am

    The Obama Biden will go to any lengths to “TRY” and implicate Trump. Think about the FBI and Michigan’s Gov Wittier PFFT. Or how about Russia or dear GOD the Jan6 lies and debacle. Anyone who believes the government is your friend: Look at the Border, look at the fact they get paid to come here and get free medical and housing and what do you get? THE BILL

  2. joann clemens

    January 6, 2024 at 7:37 am

    you have Biden to thank for killing us American

  3. Joseph McCann

    January 6, 2024 at 9:25 am

    What would an election year be without a good virus or other critical incident to usher in more restrictions.

  4. Capn Jack

    January 6, 2024 at 12:24 pm

    I can’t believe that in this, “Brave New World” of modern electronis, various government agencies can’t take the time off from investigating school board meetings to track down, “SWATers” and “Bomb Threat” callers. These people should be prosacuted to the full extent of the law.

  5. Wilfred Eck

    January 6, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    It is hard to tell anymore, it could be citizens trying to stir up a warped minded fear for their own insecurity, and with all the illegals in the country, it could be terrorist, testing the system to get a reaction to establish a better plan, after seeing our response time, or if there is any plan at all. It is a fact,
    that there are sleepers in the country, by border videos, the stashes of weapons that have been discovered in the past, only and absolute fool would deny that.
    With such activity that is taking place in Europe, and with this Imam in Michigan, speaking openly of Gehade [MS] against America, it is bound to happen sooner or later.

  6. Robert J Zouse

    January 6, 2024 at 4:10 pm

    When they publicly hang Obama,the Clinton’s,Soros,Polosi, and other dem’s that are anti-American for treason or treasonous acts , then this country will be righted again. We have homeless veterans while this bs fake president gives away our money to terrorist countries and weakens our boarders. Elected officials swear an oath to protect our country from all enemies ” foreign & domestic ” , yet these elected officials spit on our rights and piss on our flag and call it their ” Freedom of Speech “. It is time to purge our country of this filth , bring back ” Tar & Feathering ” and rode out of town (Washington D.C.) on a rail and all there monies/properties forfeited and made public knowledge. Any refusal to do so – Firing Squad , No judge , no jury. Now watch me be investigated as a terrorist threat for speaking the truth that ” We the People ” are fed up. Signed – A American Veteran.

  7. John

    March 12, 2024 at 7:56 am

    We are in such a sad state of affairs that you can’t even trust our government. They had a couple hundred FBI agents i encouraging insurrection now you think I trust our government they showed there true colors. When you have someone like John Brennan head of the CIA a communist and got away with his dastardly deeds and still around you know you can’t trust your government .

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