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sures ahead of Saturday's rally in Washington to support the pro-Trump insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol earlier in the year.

Security officials and congressional leaders appeared to be blindsided by the riot of Jan. 6, when a violent mob of Trump supporters overwhelmed police officers and stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn President Biden Joe BidenSocial media making political polarization worse: report Biden and UK's Johnson to meet for talks this month: report Toyota, Honda knock union-made EV incentive in Dems' spending package MORE's election victory.

Eight months later, the Capitol's top security officers are long gone. But their replacements are scrambling to ensure that the tragic events of Jan. 6 don't recur on their watch.

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Capitol Police have installed temporary high-tech security cameras to allow them a vaster view of the Capitol complex. A Capitol security board on Monday approved a plan to reinstall a seven-foot fence around the main Capitol building, which had stood for months after January's deadly assault.

The board also said it has issued an emergency declaration, which will allow Capitol Police to deputize outside law enforcement as "special" Capitol Police officers on Saturday.

And unlike the lead up to Jan. 6, when a number of lawmakers were warning of rampant violence during Congress's vote to formalize the election results, Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiPelosi 'deeply concerned' about alleged Saudi torture of aid worker Man pleads guilty to threatening to shoot Pelosi If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? MORE (D-Calif.) and other Hill leaders have been requesting security briefings ahead of Sept. 18, including one held Monday, to ensure officials have a game plan if violence erupts this weekend.

"We are here to protect everyone's First Amendment right to peacefully protest," Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement after the briefing. "I…
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