Congressman: U.S. unprepared for ‘imminent’ ISIS threat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

Homeland seen as ‘target-rich environment’

F. MICHAEL MALOOF
WND.com
4/28/2015

WASHINGTON – Current and former members of Congress charge that amid ISIS threats to the U.S. homeland, the Obama administration is failing to counter “domestic radicalization” of Muslims and the potential for terrorists to infiltrate the border.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement to WND the Obama administration “is far behind the curve in scaling up programs to counter domestic radicalization, and it has struggled to explain to Congress whether it has a strategy to combat terrorist travel.”

The potential for ISIS infiltration into the U.S. is great, the congressman said, especially from Europe, which U.S. extremists are using as a transit hub to join ISIS and al-Qaida.

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007, affirmed to WND in an interview that a “real ISIS threat to the United States exists.”

“There’s going to be an attack. And there will be handwringing after the attack, and there will always be the accusation that we could have done more,” Hoekstra said. “The United States is such a target-rich environment.”

He noted ISIS is a “very brutal enemy,” as has been seen in the Middle East, Africa and France.

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