October 31, 2023 – FBI Director Christopher Wray tells senators there is an “elevated” terrorism risk in the US; Mayorkas protects pro-Hamas DHS employee

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators Tuesday there is an “elevated” terrorism risk in the US following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel — including a possibility of homegrown supporters of the jihadist group engaging in violence.

“We assess that the actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration the likes of which we haven’t seen since ISIS launched its so-called ‘caliphate’ several years ago,” Wray told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The FBI chief added that while “the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023 … 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 since the horrific terrorist attacks committed by Hamas against innocent people in Israel a few weeks ago.”

(…) Wray further cited recent failed attempts by Tehran-sponsored terrorist groups to carry out assassinations of “high-ranking current and former US government officials.”

Christine Abizaid
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The “Threats to the Homeland Hearing” hearing also featured Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and National Counterterrorism Center Director Christine Abizaid.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took Mayorkas to task for having employed a former spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization at his agency, who shared images of Hamas terrorists using paragliders and called for the “downfall” of Israel in personal social media posts.

“This is an asylum and immigration officer who is posting these, frankly, pro-genocidal slogans and images on the day that Israelis are being slaughtered in their beds,” Hawley told Mayorkas, referring to Nejwa Ali, an officer with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“This person works for the Department of Homeland Security. Have you fired her?” Hawley asked.

“To suggest that that is emblematic of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security is despicable,” Mayorkas began to respond before being cut off.

(Read more: New York Post, 10/31/2023)  (Archive)