'America is in trouble': U.S. officials sound alarm on rising threats from terrorists and foreign adversaries

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a series of recent statements, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have raised significant concerns over escalating threats to national security posed by terrorist groups and foreign adversaries.

Officials are urging heightened vigilance, robust countermeasures, and increased funding to safeguard the United States and its allies. FBI Director Christopher Wray has highlighted the renewed efforts of terrorist groups, such as ISIS-K, to target the U.S. and Jewish communities in Western countries.

Wray emphasized the potential for coordinated attacks, citing recent incidents, including a deadly attack in Russia, as indicators of the growing danger.

Retired Gen. Frank McKenzie, former head of U.S. Central Command, echoed these concerns, stating that ISIS maintains a strong desire to attack the U.S. McKenzie emphasized the group's resilience and growth, particularly following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has allowed ISIS to regroup and plan further attacks.

According to data from the Global Terrorism Index, there were over 8,400 terrorist attacks worldwide in 2021, resulting in nearly 15,500 fatalities. The report also noted the increasing threat from ISIS affiliates and other extremist groups, with a significant rise in attacks in regions where these groups operate.

Beyond terrorist threats, U.S. officials are also focusing on the increasing cyber capabilities of foreign adversaries, including Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran.

Wray pointed out that Russia is targeting critical infrastructure, such as underwater cables vital for global communications. He also noted Russia's aggressive cyber operations aimed at the U.S. energy sector and other critical systems.

According to a report by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), there were over 65,000 reported cyber incidents targeting U.S. critical infrastructure in 2021, a 35% increase from the previous year.

The report highlighted Russia, China, and Iran as the primary actors behind these attacks, with sophisticated tactics aimed at disrupting essential services and stealing sensitive information.

China's extensive cyber program has raised significant concerns, with Wray highlighting its size and "mafia-like" tactics.

He emphasized the need to counter China's cyber threats effectively, as their capabilities outnumber those of the United States by a significant margin.

In addition to the growing threats, there are concerns about proposed budget cuts to the FBI.

Both Wray and McKenzie warned against reducing the FBI's funding, stating that such cuts would benefit criminals, terrorists, and foreign adversaries while compromising national security.

Wray criticized the proposed $500 million cut to the FBI's budget, highlighting that while the U.S. might reduce its spending on law enforcement, countries like China are unlikely to follow suit. He emphasized that cutting the FBI's budget would put the U.S. at a disadvantage in addressing the evolving threats.

Recent attacks, including the incident in Russia and others linked to extremist groups, serve as stark reminders of the persistent threat posed by terrorists and cyber adversaries.

McKenzie noted that keeping pressure on extremist groups in their homelands could deter them from conducting large-scale attacks, underscoring the importance of maintaining a proactive approach to counterterrorism efforts.

U.S. officials are emphasizing the critical need for vigilance, proactive measures, and increased funding to address the multifaceted threats facing the nation.

The warnings are issued against a backdrop of increasing concerns about terrorism, cyberattacks, and the possible impacts of budget cuts on law enforcement and national security agencies.

Data indicates an uptick in threats and advanced strategies used by adversaries, highlighting the need for heightened action and backing for national security initiatives.
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So, lemme get this straight...the retired General thinks we should increase attacks on terrorists in their homeland. Meanwhile, the border has allowed millions of "gotaways" into the USA, many of which are no doubt terrorists. How about we start by protecting our own border and finding the terrorists that are already here? I'm not a General, didn't go to a military academy, haven't even served in the military. Just have enough common freaking sense to know that his idea is really, really stupid.


I spent 30 yrs in the mikitary, NCO NOT an O. I agree, and the FBI worrying about their funding? You screwed up over the last 10 yrs or so when you spied on parents, Trump, Whitmer kidnap plot, J6 insurrection.

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