Headline RoundupOctober 31st, 2023

FBI Director Wray Warns Senate of Increased Terror Threat on US Soil

Summary from the AllSides News Team

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Tuesday of an increased risk of terror attacks and hate crimes on U.S. soil in the wake of continued unrest in the Middle East.

Details: Wray testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday alongside other U.S. officials. During his testimony, Wray cited multiple recent instances of targeted violence and harassment toward Jewish and Muslim Americans, attributing the increase to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Key Quotes: Wray stated, “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 other level.” Wray said the FBI currently has “multiple ongoing investigations into individuals affiliated with [Hamas],” emphasizing that the agency “cannot and do not discount the possibility that Hamas or another foreign terrorist organization may exploit the current conflict to conduct attacks here on our own soil.” Additionally, Wray voiced fear that “violent extremists, individuals or small groups, will draw inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks against Americans.” Wray added, “That includes not just homegrown violent extremists inspired by a foreign terrorist organization, but also domestic violent extremists targeting Jewish or Muslim communities.”

How the Media Covered It: The Senate hearing was covered moderately across the spectrum, with Wray’s warnings receiving the most attention across all outlets.

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