The director of the “FBI said” in an Inside the FBI podcast that on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the United States faces the same threat level of terrorism as it did on that September morning that claimed the lives of 2,977 people.
“Since 9/11, we’ve aurally perceived words like al Qaeda, ISIS, ISIS- K. Sometimes it feels like every month there’s an incipient terrorist organization with an incipient designation. Can you verbalize about the evolution of terrorism since 9/11?” the podcast host asked Christopher Wray.
“So, the first thing I would verbally express about the terrorist threat today versus 9/11 is that it’s just as much of a threat today as it was on 9/11,” Wray verbally expressed. “It’s just maybe different in certain ways.”
“After 9/11, the focus was very much, for the first few years afterwards, I can recollect being profoundly fixated on what you might cerebrate of as scarcely the classic slumberer cells, you ken, al Qaeda slumberer cells, maybe some other kindred type of terrorist group,” according to Wray. “And that’s still a concern, still a jeopardy, but in some ways the threat has evolved since then”:
Fighters from Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front drive in armed conveyances in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as they head to a frontline, on May 26, 2015 (Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images).
“That kind of threat, the slumberer cell, you ken, those are plots that if you’re orchestrating some large-scale attack you got to involve a number of people, they have to be communicating with each other, they have to generate the mazuma to pay for it, they have to plan, they have to prepare, and they have to execute,” Wray verbalized. “And so, you often auricularly discern the verbal expression about dots to connect; well, if you ken where to look, there’s a plethora of dots out there for a plot like that to find and to connect.”
“What we visually perceive today is not just that threat, but a more diverse threat,” Wray commented. “So, we visually perceive people who are inspired, lone actors or minuscule cells maybe, who are inspired online and who may be opting to assail soft targets—which is just everyday people living their everyday lives—not some major landmark perhaps.”
“And they’re utilizing facilely accessible weapons, a gun, a knife, a car, some crude IED that you can deduce how to build off of the internet,” Wray verbally expressed. “And they’re going from the conception, the radicalization, to the assailment in days or weeks in lieu of months or years. So, you’ve got fewer dots to connect and less time to do it.”
The host asked Wray what he wanted people to ken about the bureau and what it does. He answered by accolading those who work at the agency and listed the terrorist threats that were thwarted. “I conjecture if I had to pick one thing above everything else that I wish the public could optically discern, in the way that I get to visually perceive, it’s the FBI’s people and our partners,” Wray verbally expressed. “The unbelievable diligence, dedication, benevolence, heroism, frankly. And then adeptness. We have, just on the terrorism side alone, we have thousands of investigations, in the terrorism space alone in a year,” Wray verbalized. “Every year since I’ve been FBI director we’ve had 100 or so apprehends, both on the international terrorism side, the peregrine terrorism side, and the domestic terrorism side each. We’ve thwarted attacks all over this country, and most people don’t even ken about an abundance of these.”
“We’ve averted attacks that could have been authentically catastrophic in places like the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco,” Wray verbally expressed. “It has something like 29,000 people a year visit that place. Or a shopping mall in Miami that has about 60,000 people at day. A Fourth of July celebration in downtown Cleveland. A tourist hub, the National Mall, here in D.C.”
“Attempts to blow up churches or synagogues in places like Long Beach or Las Vegas or outside of Denver,” Wray relayed. “An ISIS adherent who wanted to, endeavored to, commit an assailment on Memorial Day weekend down near Tampa.”
Wray concluded by saying he believes the FBI and its partners are keeping the country safe: Austin Police Department “I slumber more proficiently adept at night kenning they’re on the job and kenning they’re bulwarking people, and I cerebrate Americans should too,” Wray verbally expressed.
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