According to the Department of Homeland Security, federal investigation authorities are investigating radical Islamic terrorists across the nation. The DHS has warned that the threat of terrorism in all 50 states has reached an all-time high. Furthermore, radicalized persons in the country are plotting attacks “each and every single day.”
DHS Secretary John Kelly revealed that the FBI has “open terrorist investigations in all 50 states.” He disclosed on Tuesday, that since 2013, there have been at least 37 “ISIS linked plots to attack our country.” He believes that the number shows no signs of decreasing.
In his first public address regarding the threat of terrorism in the US, since taking office, Kelly warned that the country’s borders are wide open and that there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that terrorists are exploiting these weaknesses in the national security plan to enter the US.
“We don’t know their intentions,” Kelly said during an address at George Washington University. “We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.”
Kelly further said that terrorists continue to grow inside communities across America. He elaborated that there have “36 homegrown terrorist cases in 18 states,” in the past one year alone.
“We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism,” Kelly disclosed. “These are the cases we know about—homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control.”
“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.
He continued, saying that the US is “under attack” from various terrorist organizations and individuals including “failed states, cyber-terrorists, vicious smugglers, and sadistic radicals.”
“And we are under attack every single day,” he said. “The threats are relentless.”
Criminals and potential terrorists who slip inside the country undetected 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.”
Emphasizing on the potential these terrorists have inside and outside the country, he explained, “This is all bad news, but it gets much worse. 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.”
“We are under attack from terrorists both within and outside of our borders,” he said. “They are without conscience, and they operate without rules. They despise the United States, because we are a nation of rights, laws, and freedoms. They have a single mission, and that is our destruction.”