On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that the terror threat facing the United States has reached unprecedented threat levels since the October 7 on Israel. GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina asked Wray to describe the current “threat matrix” that faces the U.S. at a Senate Judiciary Committee.
“What I would say that is unique about the environment that we’re in right now in my career is that while there may have been times over the years where individual threats could have been higher here or there than where they may be right now, I’ve never seen a time where all the threats or so many of the threats are all elevated, all at exactly the same time,” replied the FBI director.
“So, blinking red lights analogy about 9/11 — all the lights were blinking red before 9/11, apparently,” continued Graham. “Obviously, all of us missed it. Would you say there’s multiple blinking red lights out there?” he inquired.
“I see blinking red lights everywhere,” answered Wray.
The director later told Graham that since the Israel massacre on October 7, when Hamas terrorists brutally murdered at least 1,200 Israelis, a “veritable rogue’s gallery of foreign terrorists” has called for attacks against America.
“The threat level has gone to a whole other level since October 7,” emphasized Wray.
The director’s Tuesday comments echo what he said in October, when he issued a warning to legislators in the Senate, “The actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration the likes of which we haven’t seen since ISIS launched its so-called caliphate several years ago.”
AG Garland said threats against Muslim, Jewish, and Arab communities in the U.S. spiked after the war began
In October, Attorney General Merrick Garland said reported threats against Muslim, Jewish, and Arab communities in the United States spiked in the days and weeks following the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war.
The number of attacks against U.S. military bases overseas by proxy groups backed by Iran rose in November also, with the Pentagon confirming at least 74 attacks on American troops stationed in the Middle East since October 17.
The U.S. troops’ 74 attacks have taken place in Syria and Iraq and began on October 17 by Iraqi militia groups. The attacks are allegedly linked to the U.S.’s support for Israel in response to the Palestinian militant group Hamas after the attack on October 7.
The attacks don’t include ballistic missiles being aimed in the direction of U.S. military vessels. Commanding officers on those ships ordered those to be shot down.
This week, at home, the Las Vegas police and FBI foiled an alleged “lone wolf” terror plot by a teenager who pledged support for ISIS.
Friday, a 16-year-old suspect was arrested. Federal agents found components to create terrorist propaganda and an explosive device, said officials.
The arrest was made after the suspect allegedly made social media posts that announced his plan for “lone wolf operations in Las Vegas against the enemies of Allah.”