Wray's Wake-Up Call: FBI Urges Vigilance As U.S. Confronts Highest Terror Threat In Years After Hamas' Deadly Strike In Israel

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 07 December 2023 05:15
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The United States is currently grappling with its most severe terrorist threat in recent years, following the deadly invasion of Israel by Hamas on October 7, which resulted in over 1,200 Israeli fatalities, according to a warning issued by the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, on Tuesday.

Addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray expressed grave concern over the heightened threat levels, stating that they are triggering "blinking red lights everywhere." He further revealed that the FBI is tirelessly working to identify any potential Hamas-inspired attacks.

"The threat level has gone to a whole 'nother level since Oct. 7," Wray declared. "I have never seen a time where all the threats are all elevated, all at exactly the same time."

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Despite the absence of any evidence suggesting that Hamas possesses the intention or ability to carry out operations within the US, Wray cautioned that the terrorist group's supporters or sympathizers could potentially initiate attacks on its behalf.

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In the wake of the war's outbreak, US bases scattered across the Middle East have already been targeted, with the Pentagon confirming a minimum of 74 attacks on US bases and troops since October 17.

While the FBI is striving to prevent any domestic attacks, Wray highlighted that the war has also given rise to a "troubling trend" of escalating antisemitic and Islamophobic threats within the US.

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Between October 7 and October 23, the Anti-Defamation League documented at least 321 antisemitic incidents in the US, marking a nearly 400% increase. In October alone, New York City experienced a staggering 214% rise in anti-Jewish offenses compared to the previous year.

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This surge coincides with an already skyrocketing number of hate crimes against Jewish people, with a record 1,124 cases reported nationwide between 2021 and 2022, according to the FBI.

Wray had previously alerted Congress to the "historic levels" of antisemitism in America amidst the ongoing war. "In fact, our statistics would indicate that for a group that represents only about 2.4% of the American public, they account for something like 60% of all religious-based hate crimes," Wray stated.

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