House Homeland Security Committee Chair: U.S. in Highest Terror Threat Environment Since 9/11

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) was very critical of President Obama’s address to the nation and said the U.S. is at war against Islamic terror.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made it very clear in his “State of Homeland Security address” on Monday: The United States is at war against Islamic terror.

In light of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., McCaul said the United States homeland “is in the highest threat environment since 9/11.” He also went on to say the Islamic State is “more dangerous than al-Qaeda ever was under Osama bin Laden.”

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According to The Washington Post, McCaul’s committee and six subcommittees have held multiple hearings since he became chair in 2013. On Monday, McCaul heavily criticized President Obama’s handling of the threat of the Islamic State, including the president’s Oval Office address on Sunday in regards to terrorism. McCaul said Obama merely “doubled down on a strategy of hesitancy and half-measures” instead of laying out any new steps to combat the Islamic State.

“Fourteen years after 9/11, the fights against Islamic terror rages on, and our adversaries have opened up new battlegrounds across the world,” McCaul said. “Our own city streets are now the front lines.”

McCaul said his committee will introduce a new slate of bills in the coming weeks as it looks for solutions combat the growing threat of terror.

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