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No Credible Threats Identified Against Monday's Inauguration

Hemera/Thinkstock(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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Did Someone Steal the President’s Teleprompter?

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(RICHMOND) -- The White House is refusing to comment on the reported theft of a truck full of presidential equipment bound for the final stop of the current bus tour.

The military, which handles the bulletproof podium and safeguards the presidential seal placed on the front, will only tell ABC News that no classified or sensitive material is involved in this mysterious episode.

The unmarked white truck reportedly went missing from the parking lot of a Marriott hotel in Richmond, Virginia, but apparently turned up later at a Holiday Inn Express near the airport, as first reported by WWBT News in Richmond.  The TV station reports the parking lot there was roped off with police tape.

What is not clear from the cryptic comments on the record from the military spokesperson who refused to give her name, or from the White House press office, is whether a truck was actually stolen and what was really inside.

The White House Communications Agency, a military operation, is in charge of the audio equipment for every presidential event, the heavy lectern, and the omnipresent teleprompters which President Obama relies on for almost all of his public remarks.

But something happened and the Defense Information Systems Agency spokesperson tells ABC News “We take incidents such as this very seriously and a formal investigation is continuing.”

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