(GoRealNewsNow.com) – BREAKING NEWS NOW: FBI Director Chris Wray informed Congress on Tuesday about potential threats to the U.S. due to the recent actions of Hamas against Israel. He mentioned that these events could inspire threats similar to those caused by ISIS some years ago.
During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on global threats, Wray stated, “We assess that 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. In just the past few weeks, multiple foreign terrorist organizations have called for attacks against Americans and the West.”
Highlighting the increased risk of terrorism in 2023, Wray added, “The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole ‘nother level.”
Discussing the current state of threats in the U.S., Wray advised that while there’s no need for panic, it’s crucial for Americans to remain vigilant: “This is not a time for panic,” he said. “But it is a time for vigilance.”
Following the events in the Middle East, including Hamas’ attack on Israel and Israel’s counterattacks, Wray highlighted the biggest concern: the likelihood of lone attackers or small groups being inspired by these events to target the West.
During his presentation to Congress, Wray specifically mentioned, “Here in the United States, our most immediate concern is that violent extremists — individuals or small groups — will draw inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks against Americans going about their daily lives.” He added in a written statement, “we have no information to indicate that Hamas has the intent or capability to conduct operations inside the U.S., though we cannot, and do not, discount that possibility.”
Shortly after the events in Israel, Wray spoke to the media, emphasizing the continuously changing nature of threats and the potential for groups like Hamas and its allies to use the conflict to spark attacks in the U.S.
Wray also pointed out that the potential threat doesn’t solely come from groups inspired by Hamas. He noted that Iran and Hezbollah might also target the U.S. through cyberattacks or physical attacks. He further mentioned that ISIS and al Qaeda have been actively calling for action.
Closing his statement, Wray said, “We’re keeping a close eye on what impact recent events may have on those groups’ intentions here in the United States, and how those intentions might evolve.”