• U.S. Home Security Chief Warn Americans of July 4 Terror Threats

    House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on Sunday that the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has greater influence worldwide than President Obama admits.

    “This is a global threat,” McCaul said. “This is a new generation of terrorists.”

    His remarks follow a trio of vicious terror attacks on three continents last week. Nearly 40 people were killed at a seaside resort in Tunisia, a man was decapitated at a chemical plant in France, and a bomb blast killed at least two dozen people in Kuwait on Friday, after Islamic State leaders called for attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.

    McCaul said that any debate over whether ISIS inspired or managed the violent acts is mere “semantics.”

    “I think in all three instances that ISIS was the driving force, they were very significant attacks,” he said. “Three attacks, in three hours in three continents overseas show us that ISIS is not just regionalized like the administration says, only in Iraq and Syria, but rather demonstrates a global threat, that they can conduct external operations and they’re very savvy doing that via the internet.”

    McCaul said he is working on legislation that would prioritize the de-radicalization of people who already live in the U.S.“We have rolled out more ISIS followers in the US just this year than we have in the government trying to counter radicalization in the United States,” he said. “It’s not the priority now. We want it to be in the future.”

    He warned Americans  to “remain vigilant” to homegrown terror threats as the July Fourth holiday approaches.

    “We have stopped 50 of these error attacks in the last 12 months, it’s gone up exponentially. I am extremely concerned about the way these recruiters for ISIS can use the internet at lightning speed to recruit followers in the United States, with thousands of followers in the United States, and activate them to do whatever they want them to do,” McCaul said. “WhetherWhether it’s military instillations, law enforcement or possibly a fourth of July parade.”

    The FBI has issued a warning to local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened risk of terror attacks targeting the Independence Day celebrations.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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