MCCAUL’S STARK RE­MINDER

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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