MCCAUL’S STARK REMINDER
It is not easy task to make sense of ever-evolving terrorist threats. Nevertheless, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul faithfully offers a monthly snapshot of such activities. Here are just a few of the multiple items that he has flagged this time around.
In September, 43 people were injured in ISIS-linked attack in three states. This year, 36 plots against Americans have been uncovered, and 29 people arrested in 16 states for such activities. The FBI currently has “1,000 active homegrown terror investigations” underway.
“The alarming surge of ISIS and al Qaeda-linked violence across the West is, in large part, fueled by a jihadist movement that is deeply entrenched in critical regions across the globe. Not to be outdone, hostile state actors like Russia and Iran continue to exploit a power vacuum, extending their own influence at America’s expense while also stoking the very conflicts that help sustain terrorist groups,” notes the Texas Republican.