We are living in precarious times. If Comey is telling the truth, it says a lot given the CIA's revelations concerning events in 2003 when the US believed an attack on specific infrastructure / cities as very nearly imminent, requiring the US to turn over intelligence to MI6.
Our military has been slashed dramatically, our nuclear stockpile, our navy ... all cut.
And the world's issues have not become less ... more volatility in Syria and a dangerous confrontation with the US /Russia. In Asia, China and the US - the Chinese government have made war with the US a possible scenario to train for. Russia is no friend to the US and the feckless 'reset' by Obama/Clinton have not brought us closer ... in fact, we are perilously further apart. Europe is coming apart, the US is collapsing and will continue to ... and the stability of the world rests not with the feckless UN but with a strong US.
We face not only al qaida but a still serious threat posed by ISIS, added to the destabilization of mass immigration into the US and the threat of terror on our borders and we are in a far less peaceful and safe world today than in the last thirty years.
THE director of the FBI has warned that Western countries will face an unprecedented threat from a “terrorist diaspora”, even if the US-led coalition crushes the Islamic State.
PUBLISHED: 02:12, Wed, Sep 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 04:07, Wed, Sep 28, 2016
During a US Congress hearing on the terror threat 15 years after September 11, James Comey said that even though America is close to destroying ISIS’ so-called caliphate, militants driven out of the Middle East will settle in other countries in order to commit horrific atrocities.
Mr Comey said: “There will be a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we’ve never seen before.”
Comey said that even though ISIS is being undermined in Syria and Iraq, the threat still continues
He added: “Not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”
His chilling predictions were echoed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre, who also testified at the hearing.
Mr Johnson warned that terrorist threats have evolved and that previous attacks had to be directed by terrorists, whereas now they are often simply inspired by terrorist ideology and are carried out by individuals acting alone.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says terrorist threats have evolved
He said that that we now live in a world that “includes the threat of terrorist-inspired attacks” as individuals who live in the West become “self-radicalised” and strive to carry out attacks on home soil.
Johnson said that terror threats from self-radicalised individuals pose complex challenges to security as they can occur with little or no notice and are difficult to detect.
It was revealed that the FBI is currently monitoring nearly 1,000 Americans who are believed to have been radicalised by terrorist propaganda.
The Orlando shootings were carried out by self-radicalised terrorist Omar Mateen
Rasmussen warned that even though the US is defeating ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, the threat post by al Qaeda and its allies remains strong.
Mr Comey noted that ISIS militants present a much greater threat than al Qaeda.
He said that the threat post by ISIS is “10 times that” of al Qaeda, adding: “This is an order of magnitude greater than anything we’ve seen before.”