In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray provided some concerning answers to questions from U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) regarding current terrorist threats against the homeland.
Wray emphasized the growing possibility of foreign terrorist organizations directing attacks within the United States. While there is no concrete evidence of such attacks happening yet, there is a worrying trend of multiple terrorist organizations calling for attacks. This shift raises legitimate concerns, and Wray urged vigilance, stating that we are currently in a dangerous period.
In his opening statement, Wray highlighted the FBI’s assessment that the actions of Hamas and its allies could serve as an inspiration for potential attacks, similar to the rise of ISIS’s so-called caliphate several years ago.
Senator Scott pressed Wray on the FBI’s ability to track threats and prevent terrorist attacks within the United States. Wray admitted that the FBI couldn’t guarantee the detection of all individuals, particularly the “unknown unknowns.” This uncertainty is a cause for concern, given the evolving terrorist landscape.
When asked about terrorist organizations currently operating within the United States, Wray’s response was less than reassuring. He stated that the FBI is not actively tracking such organizations and expressed concerns about gaps in intelligence.
Despite these unsettling revelations, Wray advised against panic. Instead, he stressed the importance of vigilance while continuing with daily activities like going to school or places of worship. He reminded Americans of the “see something, say something” motto, encouraging citizens to report any suspicious activities. The FBI has seen an increase in tips and leads from the public, and they are diligently pursuing these potential threats to ensure national security.