House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) revealed that the threat of terrorism facing the United States is at the highest it has been in over 10 years.
In a recent appearance before the House Committee on Homeland Security, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Israel’s ongoing war with Hamas has raised the threat of possible attacks on Americans in the U.S.
FBI Director Wray says they're investigating multiple individuals affiliated with Hamas since the October terror attacks in Israel and warns of potential threats for attacks in the U.S. He also stressed now is not the time to panic but instead to be vigilant. pic.twitter.com/gw2LSYttwP
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“The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole other level,”
Turner, during a Sunday CBS News interview with Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” said it was unusual for Wray to make those revelations publicly. The GOP lawmaker maintains that Wray’s comments show the extent to which the potential terror attacks trouble him.
“This is very, very unusual for the FBI director to so publicly make these statements,” Turner said. “And, certainly, in his conversations with the Intelligence Committee, they’ve been on an unclassified basis. So we have the ability to talk about it. It certainly shows the extent to which these threats are troubling the director. And what he’s indicated specifically is that, more than a decade, the increase in terrorist threats to the United States inside the United States is at its highest ever,” he continued. “And he cites the – the chaotic withdrawal of Afghanistan and our loss of intelligence gathering there. He cites the Southern border and individuals who are allied with international terrorist organizations that have crossed the border.”
President Joe Biden’s weak border has allowed multiple terror suspects to slip into the country through the southern border. Wray, during an appearance before lawmakers last week, said that the number of people who enter the U.S. illegally is a major source of concern for his agency.
FBI Director Chris Wray admits they have no idea the whereabouts of some of the individuals on the terror watchlist who have illegally crossed into the United States pic.twitter.com/fKmk9QJVvb
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“Any time you have a group of people in the United States that we don’t know nearly enough about, that is a source of concern for us from a perspective in our lane of protecting Americans,” Wray said.