Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
UPDATED 12:45 PM PT – Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing to evaluate U.S. security 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on Tuesday, in which he said the number of domestic terrorism cases in the U.S. has more than doubled since spring of last year.
Wray said about 2,700 domestic terror cases have been under investigation and added the greatest threat in the U.S. was from lone actors. He also said foreign terror groups have continued to attack the U.S. as the bureau has kept an eye on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
“Our adversaries are committed and they are hoping to succeed just once, while we are working to bat a thousand,” he stated. “We’re working with our partners to identify and stop would be attackers before they act.”
Wray went on to say during the past two years, the Bureau has thwarted potential terror attacks in major cities including Las Vegas, New York City, Cleveland and Kansas City. He added preventing terrorist attacks in the U.S. would remain the FBI’s top priority.