The FBI announced they were opening investigations into Islamic terrorist activities in all 50 states, warning that the threat of terrorism in the US has reached an “all time high with radical Islamic terrorists plotting to strike the country “each and every single day.”
How bad is it? Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that there have been at least 37 ISIS-linked plots to attack our country since 2013, and the number shows no signs of going down.
In his first wide-ranging public comments on terrorism, Kelly warned that America’s borders are still not secure, and that there is evidence that terror-minded individuals are trying to exploit these weaknesses to gain entry into the United States.
“We don’t know their intentions,” Kelly said during an address at George Washington University, The Washington Free Beacon reported. “We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.”
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How frequent are the attempts? In just the last year, there have been “36 homegrown terrorist cases in 18 states,” he said as terrorism continues to sprout inside America’s communities.
“We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism,” he said.. “These are the cases we know about—homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control.”
Terrorists in the United States are plotting attacks “every single day,” according to Kelly.
“I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it. No one,” he said.
Who are the enemy? The US is under attack from a variety of enemies, including “failed states, cyber-terrorists, vicious smugglers, and sadistic radicals.”
“And we are under attack every single day,” he said. “The threats are relentless.”
Those who slip over the border undetected, including criminals and potential radicalized terrorists, pose an unparalleled threat to the country.
“We don’t get to vet them,” Kelly said. “We don’t know their intentions. We don’t know they’re here. They slip into our country unnoticed, living among us, and we are completely blind as to what they are capable of.”
This is just the surface. These threats are just the surface of the danger posed to America by terrorists inside and outside of the country, Kelly said.
“This is all bad news, but it gets much worse,” he explained. “Experts estimate that perhaps 10,000 citizens of Europe have joined the caliphate in Syria and Iraq. Thousands more are from nations in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere. They have learned how to make IEDs, employ drones to drop ordnance, and acquired experience on the battlefield that by all reports they are bringing back home.”