DHS Secretary: ‘The threat landscape has changed dramatically’ since 9/11


Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that the threats facing the United States in the 21 years since the 9/11 attacks have shifted from worries about foreign terrorists to growing concerns regarding domestic extremism.

“The threat landscape has evolved significantly over the past 20 years,” Mayorkas said. during an appearance on MSNBC “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart”.

“At the time 9/11 happened, at the time, we were very focused on the foreign terrorist, the individual who was looking to do serious harm to come into the United States and harm us” , Mayorkas continued, speaking on the World Trade Center website.

But now Mayorkas said officials were becoming “increasingly” concerned about American residents being radicalized by foreign terrorist ideologies.

“We are seeing an emerging threat, of course, over the past few years from domestic violent extremist,” Mayorkas said. “The individual here in the United States radicalized to violence by foreign terrorist ideology, but also hate ideology, anti-government sentiment, false narratives propagated on online platforms, even personal grievances.”

Mayorkas has previously called domestic extremism is the nation’s biggest terror threat, comments that came less than three months after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.

Mayorkas is one of many Democrats who have sounded the alarm over threats from domestic extremists.

Vice President Harris in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” also airing Sunday, called domestic terrorism “very dangerous” say that it makes the country “weaker”.

When asked if domestic threats were equal to or greater than those the United States faced after 9/11 from foreign terrorists, Harris replied, “we don’t compare the two in the oath.” to protect the country.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said sunday that he is worried about domestic threats while the terrorist threat, according to him, has “decreased”.

“What is amazing to me is that 20 years later, the attack on the symbol of our democracy did not come from terrorists, but from insurgents who literally attacked the Capitol on January 6th,” he said. he said on CBS’ “Face” show. the nation.”

The house in May passed a bill almost along party lines that would create national counterterrorism offices across the federal government. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) was the only Republican in the House to vote in favor of the legislation, while other members of his conference argued the bill would unfairly target Americans.


Comments are closed.