Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray told the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that he sees “blinking red lights everywhere” regarding the unprecedented threat of terrorist attacks since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists in October.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked the FBI director to provide his analysis on the “threat matrix” currently facing the United States, according to Fox News.
Wray testified, “What I would say that is unique about the environment that we’re in right now in my career is that while there may have been times over the years where individual threats could have been higher here or there than where they may be right now, I’ve never seen a time where all the threats or so many of the threats are all elevated, all at exactly the same time.”
In response to Wray’s assessment, the South Carolina senator referenced the “red lights analogy” regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “All the lights were blinking red before 9/11, apparently,” Graham said. “Obviously, all of us missed it.”
Asked if the FBI saw “multiple blinking red lights” in the current situation, Wray answered, “I see blinking red lights everywhere.”
Last month, Wray warned the Senate that the United States was facing an elevated risk of potential terrorist attacks following the October terrorist attacks against Israel that were conducted by Hamas terrorists.
“The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole nother level,” the FBI director testified at the time.
Wray explained the FBI’s assessment was that the terrorist attacks initiated by Hamas and its allies could act as “inspiration” for other terrorist attacks at a level that the United States has not experienced since ISIS.