Secret Service preparing for wide range of inauguration threats

Secret Service preparing for wide range of inauguration threats
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Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy and his agents are preparing for a side range of threats to the public during the presidential inauguration, he told a Washington, D.C. radio station  

“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy told WTOP-FM, saying threats today are different from past inaugurations.

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In preparation for the inaugural parade, agents went door-to-door along the route, “knocking on the doors to each building and office," according to Clancy.

“Are you having any activity on Inauguration Day? And if you are, who is coming?” were asked, Clancy said.

Friday’s inauguration comes after two terror attacks in Europe last year, one in France and another in Germany, in which the suspects drove trucks into crowds of people.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is working to thwart such an attack by implementing “soft and hard” perimeters for motor vehicles.

While Johnson said the department knows “of no specific credible threat directed toward the inauguration,” Clancy emphasized the importance of what is unknown in his interview with WTOP.

“Every night I wake up and I wonder do we have some issue covered,” he said.