Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray have raised concerns about a heightened terrorism threat in the United States, citing a convergence of elevated threats from various sources.
Wray highlighted the vulnerability of the U.S.-Mexico border and the increase in Known or Suspected Terrorists attempting to cross.
He also mentioned Iran’s attempts at assassinations and cyberattacks, China’s role in the fentanyl epidemic, and Russia’s aggressive cyberattacks. (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)
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Both officials emphasized the need for vigilance and collaboration between federal agencies and faith communities to mitigate these threats.
“We are definitely in a heightened threat environment, and we are proceeding with vigilance,” Mayorkas said.
“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,” Wray said.
“That’s what makes this environment that we’re in now so fraught.”
“There’s a lot of discussion about numbers — and numbers are important — but let’s not forget that it didn’t take a big number of people on 9/11 to kill 3,000 people,” Wray added.
“So while numbers are important, numbers don’t tell the whole story. And we have seen an increase in so-called KSTs, Known or Suspected Terrorists, attempting to cross over the last five years.”
“We have seen episodes of violence in this country that speak tragically to that reality,” Mayorkas pressed.
“We are also doing something about it.”
Security guidance measures have been issued to Jewish and Islamic communities, emphasizing the development of security plans and risk assessments.
Attorney General Merrick Garland also addressed the palpable fear facing many communities.
“We are meeting today at a time when the fear so many communities are facing is palpable,” Garland said.