Devin Nunes, the House intel chair, in an appearance on Face the Nation, said the nation faces “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country” due to the flow of foreign fighters to and from Iraq and Syria and the radicalization of young people on the Internet.
There are a number of factors: FBI investigations in each of the 50 states. Youth are being seduced online. The FBI is having a tough time tracking terror cells in the United States.
He said radical jihadists have gotten better and have gone from al-Qaida to ISIS. They have gotten very good at communicating in English and on social media. They go to different avenues that are difficult to track. When you go into encrypted chat rooms, it’s very hard to track.
We are unprepared.
It’s going to be very tough to fight radical jihad spreading throughout the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.
On July 4th, it will be tough to secure all the areas that need to be secured. The government can’t track all the bad guys that are out there today.
We need a long term strategy.
In February, Rep. Nunes appeared on The Kelly File and said there is no plan to deal with ISIS or radical Islam. The president, he said, was “not even admitting who the enemy is or where the enemy is located.”
ISIS is continuing to grow in the region, he added. Fighters are coming from North Africa and Europe and transiting back, causing problems in Libya and Egypt. Both countries begged for Congress’s help but got nowhere. “If it wouldn’t have been for two reporters getting their heads cut off, this White House wouldn’t have ever engaged.” He said our closest allies in Iraq and the Kurds would have been “completely overrun”.
The Kurds are frustrated and are also begging for arms.
He suggested at the time that we should get arms to our allies, the Kurds. No one is calling for 200,000 soldiers on the ground. He said there is no strategy.
Al-Qaida has never stopped growing and ISIS is now called al-Qaida 6.0. The U.S. “is in a very vulnerable position moving forward.”