U.S. security forces foiled "over 60" Islamic State terrorist plots over the past year, according to the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul.
When asked by reporters why Mohammed Abdulazeez had been able to carry out his attack in Chattanooga on July 16, McCaul answered “Twenty-twenty is hindsight. I commend the FBI for stopping so many terrorist plots in the United States. But we will be examining this case.”
Attacks are very hard to stop because of the volume of propaganda put out by ISIS, all encouraging attacks on U.S. soil, McCaul said.
“What they are saying is to attack military installations and attack police officers and what we saw was one of the most deadliest attacks on US soil, against the marines and the American sailor.”
He described the new nature of the threat and the huge volume of propaganda material facing the U.S. adding:
“But this is, again, the new threat that’s out there over the internet that’s very hard to stop. We have 200,000 ISIS tweets per day that hit the United States. The chatter is so loud and the volume is so high that it’s a problem. It’s very hard to stop and disrupt in this country and it’s something we’ve been warning about this last year.
“Unfortunately we saw it happen in Chattanooga. If it can happen in Chattanooga, it can happen anywhere, anytime, any place and that’s our biggest fear.”
Six states have elected to allow National Guard to carry arms at all times in the aftermath of the Tennessee attack.
The U.S. arrested a Yemeni-American pizza store owner for recruiting for the Islamic State and buying weapons with the intention of murdering returning U.S. troop. He is facing charges of “domestic terrorism” but details of the case are being kept secret for security reasons.
Another jihadist recruiter has just been arrested and extradited to the U.S. from Germany. He is charged with raising money and recruiting fighters for the Islamic Republic of Uzbekistan, “a foreign terrorist organization battling the Afghan government and its allies, including U.S. troops.”
The Dutch-Turkish national faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.